Best rigs in Australia at 2021 Cliffhanger

Some of the action from this year’s Cliffhanger off road challenge at Mt Gap Station last week. Above photo is contributed by one of the Cobar entrants, 50 Seven (Perry Stylianos and Mitch Jones who won the Buggy Class), heading up the Cliffhanger Wall. Not only are vehicles required to go up, they also need to come back down in a designated area.

The 2021 Cliffhanger 4WD event was
held at Mt Gap Station north of Cobar last
week with the best rigs from all over Australia
competing in three classes.
Famous for its long, hard stages, the off
road event challenges teams in winching up
rocks, navigational tasks, speedy dry creek
runs and long course rally trials over five
action-packed days.
The stages are all long lasting and typically
combine several facets of winching, navigation
and speed, some of which is carried out
in night trials.
The event is also famous for its seemingly
impossible vertical winch walls.
Finishing first in the Winch Truck
(Challenge) Class this year was the CJS Racing
team with Hella Racing in second place
and the Blowout Racing team finished third.
In the Buggy Class, which was first introduced
to the competition in 2019, the vehicles
have been mostly built from scratch to show
off their super flex rock crawling abilities.
First was the Cobar 50 Seven team (of Perry
Stylianos and Mitch Jones pictured on the
front page) with All Metal Magic second
ahead of Energized Racing in third place.
The Super Tourer class, also known as the
“budget entry build,” was taken out by the
MaddMatt 4WD team with Matchbox Racing
second and Leaf Spring Life finished third.
Cobar’s Rob Fing was also back competing
again this year in the F’n C Racing No 14 car
(also pictured on the front page).