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Nevada Trophy 2004 - T
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15-Hour days of Nevada
 
Team Walker Wins Nevada Trophy 2004

Right: The “A” Team of Doug Walker & Jason Walker (A1) and Adam Walker & Deakin Hodge (A2) of Los Angeles, California won the 2004 running of Nevada Trophy.

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Lovelock, NV. The “A” Team of Doug Walker & Jason Walker (A1) and Adam Walker & Deakin Hodge (A2) of Los Angeles, California won the 2004 running of Nevada Trophy.
 
The Nevada Trophy was first run in December 1996 in Fernley, Nevada, the creation of Michael Green and John Gulliford of the Off-Road Experience; the event has endured and become an annual event.

The event is unlike any other in North America, and the most copied. NVTR is fact a number of events in one; Geocacheing (which has become very popular in the USA today), a Navigational Adventure, and an Off-Road Adventure all wrapped up into one.
 
NVTR works like this: Weeks, even months prior to the event, the NVTR Course Crew set out on their own adventure, that of laying out waypoint markers. The marker is normally a 3” diameter colored tag, these may be attached to a wooden stake, a bush, in a tree, or on/near a building. In some cases a power pole will be used, in other cases trail marker, a road sign and even old ghost town ruins. Depending on the time format (12-hours per day, 15-hours per day, or 36-hours non-stop), will determine how many waypoints are set, in extreme cases this will be 200 per book (2 books are normally used).

Participants are required to have a 4WD (Land Rover), a GPS, a Nevada Atlas, a compass, recovery gear, and first-aid kits, among other items. Since 2003, laptops have been legal.

Participants are given a route book, on each page are five waypoints, the Lon/Lat is provided of the location of the waypoint, each has a point’s value of 100 to 1000 points (the greater the value, the greater the difficulty), and a clue as to what they are looking for is included, such as “Stake”, “Bush”, “Tree”, “Ruins”, “Pole”, etc. The object is to get to the waypoint, then write down in the book what is written on the tag, thus proving you had been there. While searching for these waypoints, participants will encounter varied terrains – from highways to bladed gravel roads, to two-track dirt trails… always Treading Lightly! The team with the most points wins. But it’s not that easy, as organizers sometimes booby trap waypoints, and Special Tasks are included throughout the weekend. Navigation and Time Management is the key to NVTR. Come in late and you receive a penalty of 200-points per minute late… this can and have ruined a number of team’s scores in the past.
 
Thursday April 29th, was reserved for Registration and Tech Inspection. NVTR staff inspects the vehicle for safety and that the required equipment is on board and securely stowed. Friday morning, April 30th, at 8:30am is a mandatory drivers meeting. Michael Green will discuss safety, route instructions, and the how-to of the route book, among other things. At 9:00am, Chief of Scoring, John Gulliford hands out the route books and logs the “out-time” to the minute. The participants will have 15-hours from this time to complete the days tasks.

With their route books in hand, the teams now have to enter the Lon/Lat’s into their laptops and GPS’ and determine what route they will take (this is left solely up to them on how they attach the course). While they are doing this, they will have to consider the “Mandatory Waypoints(s)” listed in the book. These are just as the name suggests, and sometimes will have “hours of operation”. Teams will have to include this, as missing a Mandatory will result in penalties, not only for missing it, but lack of points earned doing the Special Tasks located there. For Friday they have 80 waypoints, since they won’t be able to get them all, and due to the values vary, strategy is key.

By 9:30am most teams are on the road… as are officials, as they head out to the Special Task areas. On Friday the officials will drive 52.5 miles, 40 miles of this being off-road, to the Task Area. Waiting for the participants on this day will be four tasks: First up is the Slalom; this is in a wash, and the further you go through it, the tighter in becomes, turning within the cones is a big problem for some. In all driving tasks, Low-range is required, and fastest time wins. Todd Rueppel & Bill Lockridge, two firemen from Livermore, California, in a 2004 Discovery-II took first place with a time of 71 seconds.
 
Slalom:
Placing: Vehicle: ET: Points:
First B1 71 4000
2 A2 84 3100
3 D1 110 2500
4 C2 116 2000
5 D2 127 1800
6 B2 131 1600
7 C1 274 1400
8 A1 275 1200
 
Next was the Hill Climb, a steep climb with a hairpin at the top, followed by a downhill and right-hander to the finish. Doug & Jason Walker aced this tasks with a time of 43.22 seconds. Chien Liew looked as though he would win it, but a big slide slowed his pace to 47.35.
 
  Hill Climb:
Placing: Vehicle: ET: Points:
First A1 43.22 4000
2 B1 45.39 3100
3 A2 45.85 2500
4 B2 46.73 2000
5 D1 47.35 1800
6 D2 52.29 1600
7 C1 55.85 1400
8 C2 62 1200
 
After the driving, it was a True/False First-aid test issued by Bill Turpie. First-aid may not seem so important, but if an injury occurs, it could very well play a huge part in a teams day.
 
First Aid:  
Placing: Vehicle: Correct: Points:
1 B1 10 2900
1 B2 10 2900
1 C1 10 2900
1 D1 10 2900
5 C2 9 1700
5 D2 9 1700
7 A2 8 1400
8 A1 7 1200
 
Then for fun, we had the always-popular Shooting Task. John Gulliford & Woody would set up a .22 and targets, each participant had 10-rounds. D2 of Jim Pasichuke & Craig Milligan win this task with 14 hits out of a possible 20.
 
Shooting:
Placing: Vehicle: Hits: Points:
First D2 14 4000
2 D1 12 3100
3 A2 10 2500
4 B1 9 1900
4 C1 9 1900
6 A1 8 1600
7 B2 6 1400
8 C2 5 1200
 
Friday Night Scoring:


At 5:00pm the officials cleaned up and broke camp, while participants where on there way into the moon lit night searching for more waypoints, their “In-Time” being Midnight.
Vehicle: Points: Penalty:
A1 38,300  
A2 44,700  
B1 44,200  
B2 36,000  
C1 25,700 3200
C2 28,900 3200
D1 33,550  
D2 29,600  
 
Saturday, May 1st, at 8:30am, would entail another drivers meeting. On this day, other participants were included, those participating in the “12-Hours of Nevada” (this is a 1-day event combined into the 2-day event). Following the meeting, John Gulliford again issued books with a 9:00am out-time, again another 80 waypoints, though these would be a bit more difficult.

Once again the event officials were laying in wait for participants with a few more Special Tasks, this time located near an old ghost town. First up was the Reverse Slalom course designed by John Gulliford and Fred Cone. Here the participants have to run the course (the clock running), and then the driver is to reverse through the pylon course, the Navigator spotting him along the way. Fastest time wins. This time Adam Walker & Deakin Hodge would have the fastest time in their D90 Wagon.
 
Reverse Slalom:   
Placing: Vehicle: ET: Points:
First A2 2:18 4000
2 A1 2:42 3100
3 B2 2:48 2500
4 D2 3:06 2000
5 D1 3:28 1800
6 E2 3:38 1600
7 B1 3:50 1400
8 C2 4:32 1200
9 E1 4:37 1100
10 C1 6:36 900
 
Then a new task for NVTR, was Chef Earl’s Egg Cook Contest. Earl Minkler would hand each car 2-raw eggs and two matches, the object: “I want the yokes hard”, said Earl. It was amazing how this event progressed and the ideas used to cook the eggs. Two-Time NVTR winner, Wayne VanNorsdall cracked one egg on the hot radiator that was slow in cooking, so used the exhaust manifold for the other. Chien Liew and David Juricic tried the valve cover, while yet another team used the catalytic converter, and the two firemen started a fire. The winner? Jim Pasichuke & Craig Milligan with their gasoline fire in an incredible time of 3:31. Post event comments from D1; “My D90's Radiator-omelet was fun. Too bad, we didn't understand just "hard yolk". I am adding Cream-Brule torch to my off-road list. Next time, I'll be able to show some real Martha "Rover" Stewart's cooking to Earl. With a torch, I think 30 seconds and I can win it. LOL! It was a really fun NVTR.” - Chien.
 
Egg Cook:
Placing: Vehicle: ET: Points:
First D2 3:31 4000
2 A2 5:15 3100
3 B1 6:26 2500
4 A1 7:00 2000
5 C2 9:39 1800
6 E2 10:32 1600
7 B2 13:07 1400
8 D1 17:16 1200
9 C1 24:37 1100
10 E1 DNF 0

Doing the tasks as quick as possible and getting on the road again to search for waypoints is the best way to stay ahead of the competition. Next up was Bill Turpie’s Knot Tie task.

Here Turp had 10 knot displayed, points varied on difficulty of the knot itself. Each Driver & Navigator had to pick two knots each, would have two attempts, with no time limit. The three winners (tied) would tie a Bowline, Sheet Bend, Rolling Hitch and a Curling A Rope Plus Finish Hitch.
 
  Knot Tie: 
Placing: Vehicle: Tie Points: Points:
1 A2 75 3200
1 B1 75 3200
1 D2 75 3200
4 C1 70 1800
4 C2 70 1800
4 E2 70 1800
7 A1 60 1400
8 D1 45 1100
8 E1 45 1100
 
By 5:00pm all cars had been and gone from the tasks area and were now on the road again searching for waypoints… such as “Pyro’s Gulch”, “Dead Critter Canyon”, these two hidden up a box canyon that required low-range. Another one would require a bit of time: Finding the stake at the Lon/Lat provided, the teams would find that they were required to “Go To… 41 XX.XXXN – 119 XX XXXW”, finding the next stake they again would find “Go To” instructions. Finding stake #3 they would find further instructions: “Go To: Bearing 320 degrees, Distance .41 mile”. Sound easy? NOT! It’s one of those, “can’t get there from here” waypoints, as the #3 stake was on a rock outcropping, which was nearly straight down. Teams would have to get creative and use the road winding down to the south & west to gain access to the final waypoint tag. Another stake nearby was titled, “A 110 can do it”, making reference to the rock wall that the Off-Road Experience uses on its Intermediate class, as well as past NVTR task’s.

The final task of the event would be in the mountains near the base of operation, in the trees. The task would have a time limit of 9:00pm to Midnight, show up at 12:00.01 and you’re DQ’ed. This task is known as the Fire Fly. Here officials had placed 12 small reflectors in the trees to mark the way around the course. The object; Using a flashlight, the team is to make their way around as fast as possible on foot. Finding the first one is easy; once there you sweep the light beam through the trees until the next one appears, then continue on. Officials had two courses so both team cars could participate at once. That said, once you’d finished Course-1, you had to complete Course-2 before the stopwatch was stopped. Team D1 of Chien Liew & Dave Juricic had the fastest time with 9:55, whereas the slowest was 18.20. It was here at the Fire Fly that team would be clocked in, the overall winner A1 clocked in at 11:54pm, thus completing 30-hours of competition.
 
Fire Fly:  
Placing: Vehicle: ET: Points:
First D1 9:55 4000
2 B1 10:23 3100
3 A2 12:24 2500
3 C2 12:22 2500
5 E1 13:50 1800
6 D2 14:05 1600
7 A1 14:36 1400
8 B2 14:44 1200
9 E2 17:16 1100
10 C1 18.2 900
 
Sunday May 2nd, at 9:00am was the Awards Breakfast at the Ramada Inn in Lovelock. There were some surprised people in the room, to say the least. Team Walker, who had won the NVTR-II in miniature last October, won this years NVTR, A2 of Adam Walker and Deakin Hodge (’97 Defender 90 Wagon) from Los Angeles, CA., were the overall individual winners, beating out Todd Rueppel & Bill Lockridge by only 300 points! When the officials averaged the teams overall scores, Team Walker A1/A2 were announced at this years winning team. Team B of Rueppel/Lockridge and VanNorsdall/ Palladine were second overall.

Michael Green and John Gulliford would award the winning medals, while Ritch Julian helped distribute prizes donated by ARB Inc., British Pacific, DAP Ent., and Rover Accessories. Officials and competitors alike thanked these companies for their participation in NVTR. NVTR & Off-Road Experience officials then thanked Dunlop Tires for their support and tires donated to official vehicles.

As for Nevada Trophy 2005… Stay tuned to www.offroadexperience.com for dates.

Thanks to all the workers and participants alike for the job well done.
 
TEAM FINISHING ORDER:  (Team scores are averaged to find the winning team) 
Placing: Team: Points (average):
First A 146600  
2 B 142200  
3 D 102150  
4 C 88600  
5 E 40750 (First in 12-Hours of Nevada)
 
INDIVIDUAL FINISHING ORDER:  
Placing: Vehicle: Points: Spec Task: Total Points:
First A2 54200 22300 75500
2 B1 53100 22100 75200
3 A1 54200 15900 70100
4 B2 54200 13900 67000
5 D1 34600 18450 53050
6 D2 34600 14500 49100
7 C2 34500 14600 45900
8 C1 34800 11100 42700
9 (1st in class) E2 15300 6100 21400
10 (2nd in class) E1 15300 4050 19350
 
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