4x4 Ultimate Adventure Premieres on Motor Trend Channel
Trucks, Trail Rigs, and SUVs Battle 1,400 Miles of Terrain for 2014 Event
4-Wheel and Off-Road gave us a short sneak peek of this year’s Ultimate Adventure in the most recent episode of “Dirt Every Day.” Well, this week, we finally get to see what happened in this year’s event over on the Motor Trend Channel on YouTube.
The first video in the five-part series went live yesterday, showing everything from Suzuki Samurais and Willys military Jeeps to customized K5 Blazers and chop-top Jeep Libertys, each battling through 3-foot water crossings, massive fallen logs, and tight downhill gullies in the sand hills near North Platte, Nebraska.
The truck we’re most excited to see is Fred Williams’ 1990 Dodge diesel. Resurrected from an airport where it was used as a two-wheel drive airplane tug, Williams and his team lengthened the truck on a fully boxed frame, added new extreme-duty axles and four-wheel drive, and replaced the aged slushbox with a manual transmission. A slew of custom bodywork followed, and the now-orange truck can be seen in the video beating terrain into submission. It’s a cool transformation.
One thing that makes Ultimate Adventure so grueling is the variety of terrain each of the rigs is expected to handle. Not only must they navigate through muddy trails and river crossings, but they are also required to be road-legal, as much of the travel between off-road routes is done on public highways. It’s relatively easy to build a buggy that can go anywhere and do anything off-road, but it’s much harder to build one that’s also street-legal. We’re duly impressed.
Check out the first video in the playlist, which is embedded below, and for more Ultimate Adventure action, be sure to tune into the Motor Trend Channel for a new video every day this week. Be sure to head over to Four Wheeler and check out their coverage, as well.
Source: Four Wheeler