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Bigger, better Off Roading on the Farm this weekend

BY RORY DALEY
Observer writer
daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, October 25, 2019

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Staying true to his promise to make each instalment of Off Roading on the Farm bigger and better, event organiser Troy Bernard has moved to a two-day format for this weekend's event at Brighton River in St Elizabeth.

Tomorrow, October 26, patrons can camp overnight for Off Roading on the Farm: Stage IV on Sunday.

“We have prepared a section of the property with great assistance from one of our sponsors Source One Feed JA and we welcome patrons to bring their tents and grills for a bonfire and games,” said Bernard.

There is a fee associated with using the camping facilities, but it includes admission for the next day.

“We needed to make big changes to keep our patrons stimulated and happy. We believe in growth and are taking Off Roading on the Farm to next level,” added Bernard.

On Sunday the Off Roading competition kicks into high gear at 10 am. Participants in their off-road vehicles will have a host of timed challenges to attempt for points which will determine the overall, and class winners.

The off-road vehicles will range from the everyday pickups, to wildly modified rigs. The trials start as simple as a log challenge, where the vehicles must drive up a log-lined hill, to having to navigate a deep swampy mud pit.

“We added more difficult challenges, and placed them more central so less walking for those watching,” said Bernard as he described one of the new sections as the hell hole.

“Competitors will drive down into a pool of mud and try to exit up a steep hill. From there they take on another new challenge called the balance bridge, it's a see-saw for 4x4s.”

So far, Bernard said competitor interest has been strong.

“Last year's winner is determined to hold on to his title, and the contenders are determined to take it away.”

Cheval Darby took the Off Roading on the Farm: Stage III crown last year. He surprised everyone, as a consistent performance across all the challenges gave him the overall victory in his stock 1995 Nissan Patrol.

Having entered on the spot Darby plans to return more prepared this year with his off-roading crew.

Second overall last year was Steve Case while Shane Howden finished in third place. Case also captured the Amateur Championship, with Howden second and Dwayne McKenzie third in that class.

“Patrons should expect a day filled with excitement, new challenges, stiff competition and loads of fun,” declared Bernard.


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