For Immediate Release

Team Expeditions West, First Americans to Win the Outback Challenge

Over five days and 2,000 KM's in Northern Africa, Driver Scott Brady and Navigator Nathan Hindman from Team Expeditions West competed in the event, finishing first, and bringing the Outback Challenge trophy to the USA.

May, 2006 in Morocco and Algeria, the Outback Challenge tested the drivers and machines with nearly a week of special tasks, recovery competitions and thousands of kilometers of high speed and technical off-road driving. Team Expeditions West was driving a PZJ73 Toyota Land Cruiser specially prepared by 2B 4x4 in Chamas, France and sponsored by Outback Imports, France.

The competition brought drivers from throughout the world, and the field included Toyotas, Nissans, Fords and Land Rovers. After crossing the Atlas Mountains, the initial stage was held in Moulay Ali Cherif and covered over 450 km's, including crossing into Algeria to arrive in M'Hamid. Day two brought more navigation challenges as the teams negotiated the Saharan dunes resulting in several DNF's among the entries. More technical driving and recovery stages followed over the next three days including the final water stage and rock crawling event.

Team Expeditions West won all of the recovery events using a hybrid Warn 8274, and finished in first position for all but one navigation stage. The team finished first in the closed course sand climb and second in the rally stage. The team finished first in the water/rock event bringing the overall victory to nearly six hours ahead of the second place team.

The Toyota was equipped with BFGoodrich Baja T/A tires, Staun Bead locks, Old Man Emu Suspension, ARB Bumper, Warn 8274 winch, Extreme Outback recovery and tire repair gear and an Outback drawer system. Navigation was by Garmin GPS and Terra Trip. The Land Cruiser had no mechanical failures during the event. Team Expeditions West was one of two vehicles in the Alice Springs event pairing, which included another 70 series Land Cruiser piloted by Nicolas Min and Sebastien Robert of Luxemburg.

The Outback Challenge, Morocco is an annual 4wd competition held in Northern Africa, and was sponsored by Warn, ARB, Old Man Emu, Option 4x4, Outback Imports and others.

Expeditions West is an adventure services company located in Prescott, Arizona, providing professional event drivers, product consulting and editorial content to the off-road industry. Expeditions West is sponsored by: ARB USA, American Racing Wheels, Adventure Mexican Insurance, Adventure Trailers, Donahoe Racing, Deaver Springs, Extreme Outback Products, Pangaea Expeditions, and Mexico Maps.

Contact: Scott Brady, Expeditions West. EMAIL


Images by Nathan Hindman, Scott Brady and Evgeny Konstantinov