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Muddy Challenge in Tutong

Abang Jit Manis

AUGUST 1, 2010 – Hundreds of people gathered at a dirt track near Mahad Islam in Tutong Town on July 25 to watch a 4WD challenge held in conjunction with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 64th birthday celebrations.

The competition was aimed at highlighting the importance of safety and discipline when driving in challenging road conditions. Though it was raining, the competition got underway without any delays. Amid the sounds of the high-powered engines, the participants showed off their skills on the muddy track as the spectators cheered on.

The event handled by the Tutong 4WD Association attracted participants not only from Brunei Darussalam but also a few from a neighbouring country.

Thirty-nine participants took part in two categories – 1,999cc and below and 2,000cc and above.

Often the 4WDs needed assistance from a towing vehicle to pull them out of the pools of mud. The smell of smoke from engines added to the excitement.

According to a 4WD enthusiast, it requires a lot of money to modify a vehicle before joining the competition. This includes buying bigger tyres and accessories which are needed if the vehicle gets stuck in the mud.

The prizes were presented to the winners by the chief guest, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry Home Affairs Awang Roslan bin Hj Taja’ah. Also present was the Tutong District Officer Haji Muhammad Suffian bin Haji Bongsu.

Stuck in the mud. PHOTOS: ABANG JIT MANIS
ABOVE & BELOW: Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry Home Affairs and chief guest Roslan bin Hj Taja’ah presenting a prize to a winner; and a driver changing a tyre due to a puncture at the dirt track near Mahad Islam in Tutong Town. The event handled by the Tutong 4WD Association attracted participants not only from Brunei Darussalam but also a few from a neighbouring country. The competition was aimed at highlighting the importance of safety and discipline when driving in challenging road conditions.