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Trip Report: Sungai Berakit, Pahang 15-17 March 2002

While the fastest cars on earth are racing in Sepang for the F1 championships, a group of 4x4 enthusiasts decided they'd rather go on their own adventure. Organised by ORCP Sdn. Bhd., this light family trip saw 42 vehicles taking part in various category of 4x4 activity. They range from standard unmodified 4x4s to monster trucks. The prizes that were handed out include: Simex tires, batteries and vacation stays in resorts.

Logon to the Internet to see picture.Participants were given opportunities to test and enhance their driving skills e.g. driving up muddy slopes and sandy terrain. The campsite at Sungai Berakit is spacious and sits beside a clear beautiful river. To reach here, the track is easy when dry. Certainly an enjoyable trip in the beautiful rainforest, made possible only with a 4x4.

Event Update

Melaka 4x4 Showdown 2002 (13 -14th April)
Come and join in the fun as 4x4 teams present their skills and mean machine on tarmac in historical Melaka. See how these tough guys use their machines in ways you never thought possible. And for the first time ever in Melaka, you can try these seldom seen machines in the Charity Joyride. They will demonstrate their "jungle & 4x4 skills" right in the city for you to enjoy. A competition will be held among the teams for the best-presented show. Mark those dates on your calendar and don't miss it!

Fees are RM150 for a superior room with 1 night's stay, breakfast and dinner for two and two t-shirts. If you would like to enjoy a deluxe room, the fees are only RM200.

All competitors can register now with Janice Sim at 03-92009844. Call her now to book the limited space available.

Welcome to our second edition of Mudface! Thank you to all our readers and we hope to bring you even more trip reports, updates and stories about 4x4.

I hope you will continue to let us know what you think about Mudface. We're still growing and I would be happy to hear more about what you want to see in Mudface and story comments.

Don't forget to let all your friends know about Mudface, especially those you've been trying to convince to go offroad with you or deciding whether to get a 4x4.

Best Regards, The Editor.

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April's Mudface 4x4 Personality

The star of the show this month is Encik Abdul Rahman. Trailblazing through Malaysian road with his blue Ford Ranger (intercooler turbo 2500cc), Encik Rahman is a serious offroader. For his suspension, he uses 5 speed adjustable Rancho 9000 shocks and still keeps his existing leafs as "they are still good". A site to watch, his Ranger spots a set of Silverstone MT117EX mud tires and 15" Mangels rims, perfect for rough terrains. And he likes it that way. Perhaps it is the easy maintenance when it endures bents or knocks.

His recovery equipment is as complete as any 4x4 competitor. On his custom made bull bar, he has installed a Warn XD9000i winch. This powerful winch can take a load of up to 9000lbs. Up in the front he has powerful Hella lights to light up the track or roads for comfortable night driving. His recovery equipment is completed with Jackall hi-lift jack, recovery straps, shackles, heavy duty gloves and a full kit TJM recovery bag. To protect his front wheels fender, he has installed side bars connected to the bull bar and side steps, which are heavy duty made for use with hi-lift jacks. He is impressed with the ability of these jacks and puts them in his truck everywhere he goes. To round up his equipment is a rear bar with spare tire carrier. He puts a Hella Matador light at the rear for lighting when reversing and also setting up camp. He is thinking of adding extra shocks and replacing the torsion bar to get the ultimate ride.

Encik Rahman is no newcomer. He has been to various trips since beginning offroading in 1999. In last year's Sepang Silverstone 4x4 Jamboree, he won the 9th placing out of 70 over competitors in Category B (2,010-3,000cc). Despite the serious competitions on Encik Rahman field book, he still enjoys the family trips where he can bring the family along for some outdoor fun. He has been to various 4x4 tracks in Malaysia, usually self organized with friends or with other clubs like Iguana Adventurers.


When asked about his perfect 4x4, the Toyota Land Cruiser 80 series comes out tops because of its toughness. A tough expedition vehicle of choice for long range trips. With a large capacity cabin, it is highly comfortable and has a lot of safety features. He likes the fact that it is also a very family-oriented 4x4. With its 4.2 diesel engine, power is just a step away.

For those with a 4x4, his advice should be well heeded: "When offroad, never compromise safety. Use all accesories & equipment according to the procedures stated in the manual. Be careful because when in the jungle no one can helps us. Attempt only if you are 100% confident. Practice & self discipline will help you to enjoy the sport safely. Lastly, take care of your 4x4 because it will get you out!"

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