nz4wd December 2014

NZ4WD December 2014
In our last issue we looked at some of the interesting 4WD vehicles spotted at this year’s massive Automechanika trade show held at Frankfurt’s Messe Showgrounds. This month we focus on the interesting parts and accessories side of things..
2up Winch Adaptor
Kiwi ingenuity is alive and well on the winch challenge scene thanks to Auckland man Craig Brassey. Craig wanted to increase a typical winch’s capabilities with more power, better reliability and increased speed. 
Australasian Safari 
After a run lasting some 29 years this year’s Australasian Safari event in Western Australia was the last. We pay tribute to it with a pictorial feature and ponder, what’s next?
Load carrying
There’s no excuse for tarps and bungee cords these days as manufacturers the world over come up with ever more innovative ways to manage everything from kids bikes to a month’s worth of must-haves for a summer holiday by the sea. 
Manukau Winch Challenge
The day before the annual Manukau Winch Challenge the sun shone in an azure sky and there was hardly a breath of wind. The day after….let’s just say that the heavy showers that swept the Onewhero area added to the ‘atmosphere’ of the event.
Superwinch Mainland Winch Challenge
This year’s Superwinch Mainland Challenge ended on a high at an all-action final round at Makikihi south of Timaru. Vicky Newport wrote the story and shared photo duties with Monique Thornton, Lex Bloomfield and Callum Craik.
ORANZ series final
This year’s ORANZ final at Matata in the Bay of Plenty in early October had it all, from a welcome comeback win for series’ legend Tony McCall to a the barrel roll by Neil Hook which became a YouTube sensation.