The last weekend in June we took a trip to the Billing Off-Road Show. And yes I took the truck around the infamous lakeside offroading course, obviously it showed those Land Rovers how it was done!
The show itself was incredible. Just the parking lot alone was full of nice looking Land Rovers, and of course my Nissan!
Land Rovers! Land Rovers everywhere!
I would say that 90% of the show catered to Land Rover owners (so my brother in law was very happy as he had just purchased a disco 1). With only a couple specialising in non Land Rover modifications. But then again it was still pretty cool seeing all the different things you could do to an old truck. It also gave me some ideas: a hidden winch system, creating a rear bumper with a spare tyre holder on, among many other things. So my goals for the truck have been completely overwhelmed with new ideas.
The demonstration area seemed to be a big hit. I mean there’s no reason it wouldn’t be. High powered 4x4s racing around a dirt track, climbing over logs and various obstacles, then throttle down to jump a small mound in front of the spectators. It was great to watch. All the kids watching seemed to be entranced by it.
There was camping right next to the show area, with a bar and live entertainment (basically just a guy singing karaoke from what I could see, but he was pretty good). I think next year I will camp there and experience the whole weekend of 4×4 relaxation!
The Lakeside off-road course was incredibly well done, hard challenges – with bypasses, and nice easy ‘green lane’ style parts. I think any standard 4×4 could have driven around it, as long as you were sensible and avoided the things that you’re rig couldn’t do. Learn from a brand new Land Rover Evoque that tried to do a water crossing with street tyres and no snorkel. He got stuck in the middle and killed his engine. Poor guy had to be towed out, and it would not start again. But with the abundance of Land Rover parts and expertise, I’m sure he drove home from that show.
My truck on the other hand attracted attention. There was only a couple other non Land Rovers, a Hilux and a D-max. But mine seemed to handle everything, only occasionally needing a little throttle to get myself out of trouble.
The areas I thought I would get stuck on such as the camel humps (basically a mound with a steep incline/decline), the truck handled with ease. Just gliding up, grounding out ever so slightly and gliding down. No issue.
The long water crossings didn’t pose much of a challenge. I just got in second gear low, and kept up a little momentum and it was easy. The back did try to float away a couple times but the truck would not stop (Some may say this was due to skillful driving… others would say it’s just a good truck!).
Even the infamous mud run. Second gear low and go go go! I couldn’t hold back for this. Not having big gnarly mud tires put me at a disadvantage here, but I tell you what, the truck did it with grace. Thank you BFGs! Made a big splash and the crowd loved it, Land Rover fans cheering at my import. How unconventional!
I was like a proud father driving home in my muddy truck after the show. It conquered everything that those big, jacked up Land Rovers could do, and then I cruised home at 70mph no issue.
Overall the Billing Off-Road show was awesome, and definitely worth a visit if you are interested in anything 4×4. Plus it gives you the perfect opportunity to test new mods to your rig without the worry of getting stranded.
I’ll be posting more pictures/videos from the show over time on my instagram @overlanding_skunk, so go check that out!
Till next year Billing!