One of the toughest offroad events in Australia, the Outback Challenge, returns to Broken Hill and Silverton again this month after the disappointment of having to cancel the event due to the heavy rain which fell in September last year.
Spectators are more than welcome as the event kicks off this year with the Prologue stage on Saturday night at Silverton, which is a high speed stage run in a creek just south of the township and sets up the competitor order for the more technical stages on Sunday at the quarry also at Silverton. These are tight fast stages with fantastic spectator access from the viewing point overlooking the course.
Now in its 15th year, the Outback Challenge is a travelling offroad event which includes extreme stages for modified four wheel drive vehicles. More than 30 vehicles are entered this year which sees the teams compete in rock, sand, mud and fast motorkhana stages across an extreme week of competition culminating with a final 150km eight hour stage aptly called Mad Max. This stage also sees other entrants come just for this extreme single day challenge.
Competitors are self sufficient for the week surviving on their driving skills, bush repairs and what they can borrow from other competitors. They also carry all food and water for the gruelling week. The theme of the event, “Will you survive?” warns teams of the challenge they are about to undertake.
The organiser, Steve Tjepkema, and his team of more than 50 volunteers has ratcheted up the stages to make this the toughest Outback Challenge to date. Come along and see the action at Silverton on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September.