4WDing is a sport, a hobby and a way of life that allows you to see so much that many people don’t ever get to see. Like everything in life though, there is an element of risk, and things do go wrong from time to time. Over the years we’ve had our fair share of things go wrong, and come across plenty of others who have too. Below are some of the photos we’ve captured.
The old Hilux’s have a pretty high centre of gravity, and a line I thought it would make didn’t turn out so well. We used a snatch strap tied to the bull bar with a few people hanging off it, unlocked one of the front hubs and spun the rear around until it was in a better position!
We heard 4WD’s driving around at night, and a bang later on, and the following morning came across this Land Cruiser, which had hit the bank of the Warren River at high speed and completely ruined the front of his 4WD. A few good blokes jumped in and pulled it away from the incoming tide.
On this particular day, we had about 5 vehicles travelling in convoy along a reasonably well maintained gravel road. We were sitting at about 50 – 60km/h, taking it easy. The Patrol was the last vehicle in line, and moved over slightly to allow more room for an oncoming vehicle. It started to slide, and despite efforts to bring it back in line swung around, hit the bank and rolled right over. No one was hurt (thankfully!), but the vehicle was a write off for sure.
I was pretty concerned with this recovery; there was a huge amount of force, and a lot of it was pulling the back of the Patrol down into the dirt, and not up and out. Luckily nothing broke!
There’s been plenty of other occasions where things have gone wrong, that were not captured on camera. There are times when things don’t go to plan, and you’ve just got to roll with it. Of course, always reduce the risk where possible, and make the best of a bad situation.