What's New for 2017
Competitors will be in groups of approx 10-12. These are manageable sizes and competitors will stay racing within their group for the entire week. This exciting concept will encourage :
- Bonding, Comradory, Team Spirit and Sportsmanship
- Less waiting time at stages
- Smaller and safer groups when multi cars on stage
- Greater and closer new friendships formed
- Cross team banter and competition between teams
You may nominate a specific group to join upon entering or elect for random group allocation. If we have enough interest from Production or Open classes these will have their own groups. That will make for easier variations of stages to suit the classes.
Kids under 15 spectate FREE
To encourage more families, kids under 15 may attend FREE.
Touring and Middle Classes
Two new entry level classes - Touring Class is for the everyday 4WD and Middle Class is for the up and coming team in an environment where affordability is a key issue. These new classes will bring new blood to the sport and attract a lot of positive attention from sponsors now we are in a world their market can relate to.
We shall have retired racers or experienced racers not racing to pre-run stages the day before to give feedback on correctness, safety and integrity. Pre-Runner rigs need to be a similar standard and ability to the comp trucks.
We will have an independent scrutineer who will be looking for safety aspects and compliance of vehicles before and during the event. That way it is not the event organiser's role to say a car can or can not continue racing after an incident. Removes an awkward conflict of interest.
Working in conjunction with the Pre-Runners this person will be reviewing stages and spectator areas the day prior to address safety aspects for everyone involved. This person will deal directly with spectator leaders and also ambulance crews.
Cliffhanger 2017 Is Coming!
Welcome to the New Look Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger is an annual week long off road event involving winching up rocks and through mud, speedy creek runs, navigational tasks, rally stages on farm trails and is famous for its vertical winch walls. The stages are all long lasting and typically combine several facets of winching, navigation and speed.
We have entry level Tourer Class - stages set with an attempt to avoid vehicle damage and safety aspects considered given these guys dont need roll cages and are running every day 4wd's limited to 33" tyres. Not so much rough terrain but harder navigation. Still get the big cliffhanger walls and sandy creek runs and a group effort in the technical winching stages.
Our new Super Tourer class looks after all those bigger 35" rigs, allows V8 conversions and have 4 point roll cages. So all those rigs not wanting 6 point cages should consider this class. The 2.8 and 3.o litre Patrols now with LS conversions, those Duramax V8 diesels, the rangies and discos and what about all those Jeeps dressed up with no where to go? This class should sell out.
And our traditional Challenge Class caters for the crowd pulling and DVD selling high powered action.
Typically every day will have a speed stage, winch stage, navigation stage and then a few stages that have a bit of everything. Competitors are known to quote "Now that was a Cliffhanger Stage". In 2017 we started stringing stages together to create longer stages. A very popular outcome.
NEW BANK ACCOUNT -
BSB - 013279
ACC - 461538778
Cliffhanger 4WD Events
BASE CAMP - Cliffhanger is a Family Friendly base camp, week long event where competitors, pit crew, friends, family and marshals all camp together in a social and friendly atmosphere.
Speaking of Base Camp we have the same location still at the far end of the Mt Gap Rd.
School Holidays We have set the dates to coincide with school holidays in both Qld and Vic. 8th to 13th April, 2018 is the first full week after Easter. You can still do your traditional Easter "thing" and still do Cliffhanger and kids dont miss school. Also kids under 15 are FREE.
There is also a week in July each year where the school holidays line up and that's our back up standby week in the very unlikely event we get rained out. Given we have already had our 1 in a hundred year big wet we should be right for another 98 years.
GPS TRACKING - Once again we will be using Rallysafe. We can find lost or stranded vehicles, we can send basic messages and we can also see who is going the wrong way, taking a short cut or speeding (Tourer or Super Tourer Classes). There are also safety features like warnings of approaching vehicles (New Feature).
WRONG WAY GO BACK - in rally stages we often use arrows at gates and intersections to guide you. On the back of those signs we now have signage clearly saying "WRONG WAY - GO BACK !" If you choose to ignore these signs you are clearly going the wrong way and place yourself and others at risk of collision. A practice we can not endorse and so we have a rule that says teams will be disqualified if the GPS tracker shows us they have been going against the signs. Not only are we making the track easier to follow but making it a lot safer too.
2018 IS RUNNING - We are off to a great start and have tremendous interest in 2018's event. Already we have a good list of entries. If teams pull out like they did in 2017 and we again have 15-20 cars then 2018 will still go ahead regardless but then 2018 will be the last. We wont be taking a hit for a third year in a row. But that is the limit of my negativity - I am motivated to make 2018 even better than 2017 and that was a great year, most say it was the best ever. And off the back of a really great year we follow it up with sell out numbers so get set for a fantastic 2018 event.
Deposit - To get on the list you need to either pay a $500 non refundable deposit or go onto a set payment plan. Dont risk missing out on your spot.
Balance Due - Entries need to be paid in full by 28th Feb which is about 5-6 weeks before the 2018 event.
Payment Plans - We can work out how many weeks remain from your time of entry until Balance due date of 28th Feb and work out a weekly or monthly payment amount. You can either do internet banking automatic payment or I can process a credit card monthly or weekly. What ever suits you.
Invoices - you get a tax invoice when you enter Cliffhanger and it can be in a company name.