An extreme challenge
Tuesday, 3rd August, 2010
Broken Hill will be home to a brand new 4x4 off road competition run by two local charities.
The ARB Australian Outback 4x4 Extreme challenge is to be held in May next year, and organisers hope that it will be the country's best 4x4 event and attract the best local and international competitors.
The event is being run by Rotary and Legacy and all money raised will be put back into the community.
Organiser Alan Thys said he came up with the idea along with Jason Gould, and approached the organisations with a proposal.
"We only ever wanted a local event," Mr Thys said.
The challenge runs from the 7th to the 13th of May next year, only a couple of weeks before the long-standing 4x4 Outback Challenge.
The Challenge has had one of its major sponsors pull out to support the new competition.
Mr Thys said there was a two-week break between the two, and competitors had the chance to compete in both.
"Currently we have a number of competitors that have already paid their registration fees."
"Thirty teams registered their interest prior to the formal nominations."
Mr Thys said the aim was to make it more accessable to locals, whilst providing a boost to local businesses such as mechanics.
The track will be located 100 to 150kms from Broken Hill to make it easier for competitors and spectators to attend, he said.
Mr Thys said that a number of property owners had expressed interest in having the event held on their land, but they were still in the "final formality stages."
Competitors will be based at a central camp close to the city, and spectators can also use the base for accommodation.
Mr Thys said organisers were looking for local volunteers to give ground assistance and help with marshalling.
"The more volunteers we get on board the better."
Anyone interesting in competing or volunteering can visit the competition's official website at www.aus4x4extreme.com.au or contact Kevin on 0438 814 969.