Between December 5th and 7 th, URSUS the beer maker is sponsoring the first “urban offroad” competition. December 5th (Friday) was reserved for the ‘Hobby’ category, December 6th for the ‘Open’ category and Sunday December 7th is when the ‘Extreme’ category will be held. This is my (photo)report of the day.
The “Open” day meant that the track was pretty difficult and cars had to meet minimal requirements like having a winch, at least MT tires, etc. Judging by the going of events, a short wheel base was also vey useful, and the winch and MT tires were sine qua non.
To my shame I did not arrive in time to catch the start of the event, because, being Saturday, I slept until 11:40. But I was lucky enough to reach there just in time to see the perfect example that money is not all: billionaire offspring Costel Casuneanu was going at it when I arrived and he lent his name to a corner, because he did not manage to finish that corner on 4 wheels:
One more thing is that the second pass was still in the first round. Yes, “WHAAATTT??” is the correct reaction to what I described happened 🙂
Nobody else had any problems with the same corner. Furthermore, Casuneanu Jr managed to completely kill the car in the second attempt. Case closed.
Here are some ‘standard’ shots of other drivers and their passings:
These guys went very smoothly in their first run, they made it seem easy, no events, no nausea, just went through it all very well
but then did not manage to complete the second attempt – they got stuck at the early beginning. Too bad:
The firs upped it’s trickiness in between rounds – several drivers had some problems in their second pass:
As you can see, this Vitara’s driver wanted to have some memories from this track, so they snatched a part of the first ramp. The most sought after picture of the first round must be this one (my account on club4x4.ro is not yet validated, so I was not able to post it where they asked for it 🙁 ) :
Just a few days before the event, there were voices on the club4x4.ro forum asking ‘why is it compulsory to have a hard top? why can’t we participate with a soft top?’ Well, the organizers must have foreseen this :
Just imagine these two shots if the car was a soft top. And keep in mind that the driver was the only one without a helmet !! There were also guys who sat this one out:
but this is not about them. The second pass was much more difficult, especially because of the big hole, that was carved even more in the first pass, and became very hard to master in the second, causing a number of abandons:
Mind you, the last two cars are being towed out in reverse! There were some that did make it out, some very easily (a red Wrangler came out incredibly smooth while everybody else were sweating it) and some with hard work, talent and copilot work:
The situation became even more dramatic as the light disappeared and evening snuck in:
In the end of this post, I feel the need to also show the sponsor, because the everything was incredibly well organized (ON THE OFFROAD PART):
Well, actually we should close this with another shot of offroad action: the tires
On December 7th the ‘Extreme’ category follows, and I will be there for more photos. Check back! (Or use the email or RSS to be automatically informed)