2016 Northwest Challenge

Where: Squamish, British Columbia

When: September 30, October 1, 2, 2016

It’s time to start ramping up towards this legendary event, this year being held in a private mountain area just north of the Squamish BC, just a couple of hours north of Vancouver. There will be two or three exciting off-road stages that will be tight, technical and challenging. These courses will be exciting to drive and entertaining to watch. This year we are inviting 3 levels of participants to get involved, the Driver/Co-Driver, the Volunteers and the Spectators.

Thank you, we have enough volunteers at this time, but please come out as a competitor or spectator.

Drivers & Co-Drivers will be required to arrive at the event location on Friday evening Sept 30th & the event will be complete on Sunday late morning. Camping is available for all registered entrants and event volunteers. Port-a-potties & a shelter will be available onsite.

Registration is open to a maximum of 20 vehicles, 2 adult participants per vehicle. All registrants will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate. Spectators will be invited for the main event on Saturday.

The registration fee is $60 for 2 adults and a vehicle ($30 each). This fee helps offset the cost of holding the event. Early registration is recommended and includes a discount, $50 for 2 adults and a vehicle ($25 each) for all entrants that have registered before Sept 5th. Payment can be made by PayPal via the online registration form on this site. If you cannot use the registration form then email us for a PDF version.

Included in the registration fee, each entrant will receive a Drivers package, unique NWC T-shirt, Saturday night dinner and Sunday morning pancake breakfast. Also many great prizes for the winners and participants.

Vehicle requirements:

All vehicles MUST:
– Pass Friday safety check list to participate
– Be a Land Rover that is licensed, insured and in good mechanical condition.
– If soft top or open top it must have a roll bar (internal or external).
– Have strong tow points front and rear.
– Recommended (but not mandatory) is a Vehicle winch.

Note – for safety reasons & to avoid vehicle damage, this year these off-road stages will not be time trials, but more emphasis will be applied to taking the course slow and steady, applying more skill and judgment to navigate the obstacles.

Come on out, get involved, challenge yourself and your Land Rover to a weekend of thrills and good mountain air!

Updated August 18, 2016.

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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