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Nevada Trophy II - The 12-hours of Nevada

Nevada Trophy II 2004NVTR-II 2004 WINNERS

Right: Chien Liew and navigator David Juricic in Defender 90 won the 2004 Nevada Trophy-II - The 12-hours of Nevada.

Lovelock, NV – After 12-hours of competition, Chien Liew and navigator David Juricic, both from the San Francisco Bay Area, won the Nevada Trophy-II, The 12-hours of Nevada. Driving Chien’s 1997 Land Rover Defender-90 Station Wagon (all stock), the duo made an impressive run during Saturday’s event, scoring 40,250 points, of which 28,650 were from waypoints gathered. During the Mandatory tasks, the Liew/Juricic combo moved ahead with great scores. In the bow/arrow contest David scored third behind Jason/Adam Walker and winners Todd Bringewatt/Doug Walker.  During Fred Cone’s tossing-slalom course, which had drivers navigate a slalom course while the passenger tossed rings on to PVC pipes, David drove while Chien tossed rings with a time of 3 minutes/25 seconds, beating out Jason & Adam Walker’s time of 3m-49s. The final task was a GPS navigational task. Only one participant from each car would tackle the course, which had four waypoints, the participant chose which one by a draw. Like the other tasks, this too was on the clock. Two-Time NVTR winner Wayne VanNorsdall won with a time of 5m-07s’ with Chein coming in with a time of 6m 25.9s. Third was Todd Rueppel at 6m 45.7s. Chien and David’s task score would total 11,600 points from a possible 12,000.   Chien’s advantage? Time management. Chein and David arrived shortly after the tasks area opened for business, thus had no waiting. The others, for the most part, arrived at the same time late in the day, thus creating a back up, which was costly in regards to lost time that couldn’t be won back.

Waypoints, which are listed in a route book by Lon/Lat, and scattered all over the course in random order, will vary in degree of difficulty. A 1000-pointer could be either on a very nasty trail, or…  easy to get there, but the hike to the tag is a real bear. Whereas a 100-point waypoint could be as easy as a road sign.  Normally one would find a small tag with something written on it, this writing needs to be put in the route book to prove you have been there. These waypoints for example could be a stick in the ground, or on an old building. Then again the waypoint may be a road sign, a historic marker, or such… in the route book it would ask you a question, the answer would be on the sign somewhere. The roads these waypoints are on vary too, from paved highway to two-track dirt roads, and the driving conditions may vary too.

Though it was December 11th, the weather was absolutely perfect! In the high 50’s with blue skies and no wind at all, we couldn’t have asked for better. Sadly the snow was new zero, though some roads were damp and wet in some areas.  Chien and David arrived at the finish in Lovelock at 10:02pm, thus receiving a 400-point penalty, thus adjusting their score to 40,050.  These same penalties affected a few others too… Todd and Lorie Rueppel went from second place to forth after arriving 4-minutes late, thus allowing Wayne VanNorsdall and Brad Davidson (RR) in car #1, and W.W. VanNorsdall and Philip Turner (D90) in car #2 to finish is second and third respectively.  Recent two-time NVTR winners, Team Walker from
Los Angeles, ran into trouble during the day; Doug’s Defender 110 overheated and Jason’s Range Rover had problems, which cost near 90-minutes, when the brake light switch failed and locked the transmission in park (their thanks go to the US Government!). Jason was able to finish fifth, with Doug and Todd seventh. Bill Lockridge and first-time navigator Dave Bardsley finished sixth in their 2003 Disco-II. Rounding out the top-8 was Greg & Greg Chapel in their Pinzguer.

Though Land Rovers have been the dominant force since 1997, NVTR is open to all makes of 4WD suv’s, and these owners are encouraged to enter. NVTR creator, Michael Green, recently stated, “some first time people are intimidated by the modified cars, but let it be know, stock cars have won more times than not.  It would be great for NVTR to see some real heads-up off-road competition between the manufacturers with standard cars, and the bragging rights afterwards could be a huge benefit too”.
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