Words and photos by Jose Carlo R. Sapera
As a true blue car enthusiast, I'm fascinated with anything on four wheels, especially the ones that go off-road. I'm not talking about showroom spec SUV's such as Land Rovers or Hummers, but all-out modified Suzuki Samurais and old-school Toyota FJ Cruisers that sport huge tractor tires, snorkels, and bullet-proof roll cages, which are purpose-built to go over boulders. And that's exactly what we, with other off-road enthusiasts, witnessed at the 11th Tough Truck Challenge held last December 3 to 4, 2011 at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.
Organized by 199 Off Road House, the country's premier off-road shop, this year's roster of tough trucks hailed from different parts of the country and faced yet another daunting challenge of mud, glorious mud. This would also be the first time that the competition was held outside Metro Manila.