Rainforest Challenge – RFC 2010: The Twilight Zone

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RFC founder and organiser, Luis Wee, described the Twilight Zone as ‘No Man’s Land’, where no other 4x4s have been before. There is a reason. It is a soggy, swampy forest with giant mud pools and watery ditches acting as graveyards for vehicles. True to form, it swallowed almost every brave vehicle that attempted. The recovery of the stranded machines was just as difficult and back-breaking…

Officer Zawali

Officer Zawali

Officer Zawali from Terengganu ferried us into the deep jungles. He drives barefoot and crashes into every ‘elephant pit’ willingly but winches himself out single-handedly! I was nervous about the 240v AC power outlets under his dashboard since we were submerged in water most of the time.

Muddy Vehicle

What was the colour of this vehicle?

Another Trap

Another trap in the Twilight Zone

Ouch!

Ouch!

This gentleman just grabbed the wrong tree trunk. The porcupine-like tree is armed with sharp thorns as long as four inches (see the spikes shown in inset pic).

The Roving Mechanics

The Roving Mechanics

Some of the teams from Johor had mechanics providing support on specially modified motorcycles. They are actually ‘cub-cai‘ turned into scramblers. Being lightweight, they are very agile and can reach places where others can’t. Still, the swamps swallowed them up and many have to be towed out as well. I like the fuel tank on this bike.

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All pictures captured with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 camera by TV Smith

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One thought on “Rainforest Challenge – RFC 2010: The Twilight Zone

  1. In fact the engine of the bike was not running anymore due to too much water in the air filter and i had to push the bike until the last mud pit !

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