2018 Northwest Challenge – Dust and Glory!

Where: Bend, Oregon

When: October 6-7

Come out and play in the Central Oregon Outback. Test your Land Rovers preparedness and how well it matches up with your Mental Condition. We hope to take you on some fun remote roads and pathways.

We are not planning anything that will cause more than a little pin stripping, But, things can happen in the spirit of competition. Generally, if you cannot live with a little trail rash, the NWC is not for you.

Be prepared! Normal trail gear; ie: Fire extinguisher, first aid kit, shovel, water, etc. I also suggest compass, GPS, and a trusty co-pilot! Liability Waiver will be signed upon arrival with vehicle insurance info.

We will have a central base camp and will be doing a group Pot-Luck Dinner Saturday evening.

Be prepared for a possible Night Exercise! We will try to be wrapped up by Noon Sunday for our journey home.

Entry Amount $30 per vehicle. Includes Two T-shirts

Event – (Oct. 6, start time 8:00am )

Entry – Download this PDF and email it to Doug.

Updated September 18, 2018.

A brief history of the Northwest Challenge

In 1989 the first Northwest Challenge was held in Oregon, organized by Doug Shipman. The group of Land Rovers braved the wet weather and headed out into old snow conditions, which made for slow progress. Although there were no prizes for this wet run the Northwest Challenge has evolved over the last 25 years and has even been featured in Land Rover Owner, Land Rover Monthly and Land Rover International Magazines. The original organizers Gord ‘n Perrott (WA), Aart Van Der Star (BC) and Doug Shipman (OR) thought it would be best to share the load of putting on this event every year and thus the Northwest Challenge alternates host locations between Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Since 1989 members of the Pacific Coast Rover Club and Rover-Landers of British Columbia have organized and participated in the Northwest Challenge. Dedicated Land Rover enthusiasts have come from as far as Vermont and S.F. California to participate.

Typically entry is accepted on a per team basis, although depending on what the organizer does, you could be assigned a teammate/truck when you arrive. A team consists of two Land Rovers with a minimum of two adult occupants per vehicle. Land Rovers must be licensed, insured and in good mechanical condition. A proper roll bar is required for all open and soft-top vehicles. Equipment carried, must be sufficient to see the team to and over all obstacles encountered, without the assistance of other participants.

In recent years it has been challenging to find enough volunteers and hard-core participants to pull off a challenge similar to the past, where most often the teams consisted of two vehicles, each with a driver and co-driver. The Challenge is evolving to included more technical and fun challenges, and participation by newer vehicles and competitors, rather than just a tough off-road event. With this, new life is being breathed in to a long-standing Land Rover event in the Pacific Northwest.


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