Trophy '99 - a Navigational Adventure
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Left; Brett Pemberton
(navigator) and Right: Craig Almaguer (driver) celebrates
their overall victory in NVTR99 At the WigWam in
1995 saw the birth of the Nevada Trophy, at least on
paper, our idea was to mimic the Warn Challenge then running
in the UK and Europe, and maybe even the Camel Trophy to some
extent. Our scheduled event date was the first weekend in
December’96, the event would wear the title of the "Off-Road
Experience Challenge 96".
"F1"… with a time of 7 minutes, 10.93 seconds, the
duo of Craig Almaguer (driver) and Brett Pemberton (navigator)
in their 1994 Land Rover D90 V8i take 4th overall
during the "TROPHY"
1997 we changed the name to the "Desert-Pro
Challenge" at the urging of the LROA, who for two
years would help sanction the event. In 1998 we again changed
the name, this time to something far more fitting, the "NEVADA
TEAM", Team-F, NVTR99
Cameraman: R. Schoff
F1 Navigator: Brett Pemberton
F1 Driver: Craig Almaguer
F1: 1994 Land Rover Defender 90
F2 Navigator: Andy Grayson
F2 Driver: Eric Hart
F2: 1999 Land Rover Discovery II
Finished 2nd Overall
F2: Eric Hart (driver) and AndyGrayson (navigator ) in a new
Land Rover Series II Discovery… en route to best time on TROPHY
COURSE task with a time of 6 minutes, 38.97 seconds.
F2 would finish Second
overall in NVTR99 final results, including being half
of "Best Team".
How Does It
is a Navigational Adventure, it is not a race,
nor a pro-rally, but an adventure. Navigation is the key to
the "NVTR", poor navigation means poor
participating must have a Driver and a Navigator, and all
vehicles must be a street legal 4-wheel drive, as defined by
reasons, "Teams" will be made up of every Two
vehicles (each entry will be teamed up with another, either of
your choosing or ours). These "Teams" are required
to stay together throughout the event… They may share
navigational information, but may not separate for any reason.
is required to have on board a GPS, a Compass, a Map, CB
Radio, and many other aids and safety equipment as defined by
the rules. GPS’ with maps down-loaded into them are not
permitted! (and will be erased or taken away).
THIRD OVERALL was D1 of Cas Stimson (driver) and Brad
Baldridge (nav) of Santa Barbara, CA., in their 1997 D90. Here
they complete the tyre tote during the TROPHY COURSE Task.
They finished this task in 3rd with a time of 6
minutes 57.84 seconds!
WINNERS; B1 (left – right)
Navigator: Ivan Lee
Driver: Chien Liew
1997 Land Rover D90W
Second; B2 (center-right)
Navigator: Lorie Rueppel
Driver: Todd Rueppel
1963 Land Rover 88" Hardtop
will be giving a Navigation Booklet 1-hour prior to their
"Out-Time", thus allowing for some studying and
course plotting. These books will have, in no particular
order, waypoints listed by Lon/Lat coordinates. It is up to
you how you get to them, the bottom line is each waypoint is
worth X points (as shown in the books) , the team with the
most points wins! Waypoints could be located almost anywhere:
Major highways to two-track dirt roads, to downtown (don’t
ask either! These are kept secret). You will have 12-hours
each day (to gather waypoints), returning late will incur you
penalty points for every minute you’re late.
& Stages will also be tossed in. In the past we begin
Day-2 with our "Challenge Course" (where you’re on
"our time", not yours). Scoring is added to your
overall total. Other "Special Tasks" have been
surprised on all participants without warning, such as the
Tire Change and Night Nav Run. Normally these are mandatory…
and if you miss it you’ll earn penalty points, and even more
if you refuse to do the task.
done via Points Earned and Points Lost (penalties). Each
Vehicle is scored separately. Scoring of the two cars will be
combined to seek the "Best Team" of the weekend.
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