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TOTAL Trailblazers SUV & 4×4 Off Road Rally

Posted By: Gerrard Wilson25/09/10No Comments;
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TOTAL Trailblazers SUV & 4×4 Off Road Rally
Article written by Gopaul Carlton

Total Lubricants sponsored the Total Trailblazers 4×4 Off-Road Rally, This 1st annual open off roader event at Caroni Bird Sanctuary on 25th September was planned and designed for both the everyday SUVs/4×4 driver as well as the professional and seasoned offroad competitor with their highly modified 4×4‘s .

Total SUV & 4x4 OilThe day started off  at the Bird Sanctuary with a navigational rally through the Caroni Plains & Peter’s Field area. Competitors converged at the motocross track at Indian Trail, Couva to compete in the King of the Hill side event. This event had both Pro’s & Novices competing in their respective classes. Heavy rains made the King of the Hill quite a challenge for all involved.

The Novices with their everyday SUV, 4×4 pickup were hesitant to challenge the king of the hill as the heavy showers caused the special stage to be more extreme than the event plotters and planners expected. Never the less some of them took the opportunity to test their everyday ride. Despite the challenges, fun was had by all.

The final stage “mud hog” was held back where it all started. near the Caroni Bird Sanctuary car park Two mud pits one 18” deep for novices & one 3’ deep for PROS. There was also a twist at that stage with a short steep ramp, at the end. What an attraction for the spectators and competitors alike. There was no shortage of mud and as a few SUV /Jeeps made their way through the pit it got deeper & tougher, it was an amazing sight to see those extreme off roader vehicles submerged in mud & water up to their door handles. The novices also performed extremely well as they ran through their mud pit with relative ease while the huge crowd cheered on in excitement.

It was a real spectacle to see ehicles submerged; the red, Total sponsored Suzuki driven by Sherrie Ramlagan up in the air and even our very own IHRA Drag Racing world record holder Sheldon Bissessar took time off from competing at the drag strip to test his Land Rover Defender in the mud. Members from other motorsport clubs such as TTRC, TTORC, TRINI 4WHEELERS, TTKA, Barry Mc Kenzie, Shivanand Maraj, Sheldon Mohammed, Craig Seumed also took part adding to the excitement.


Photos by Kevin Khan, Gerrard Wilson, Robert Cadiz, Aaron Forbes, Gopaul Carlton, Danny Ramroop and Nirmala Surjan

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