TO CELEBRATE its 40th anniversary, ARB 4X4 Accessories will take four of the most iconic four-wheel drives from the past 40 years on an epic expedition across the Simpson Desert.
The four rigs chosen to participate in ARB’s Off Road Icons Trip: A Journey of 4x4 Celebration will be the Toyota 40 Series, Nissan GQ Patrol, fifth-gen Toyota Hilux and Land Rover Defender.
The 11-day, 2500km journey will also involve a few modern-day 4x4s, staff, support crew and seven journalists from around the world.
4X4 Australia has been lucky enough to receive one of these invitations to participate in the desert adventure, so be sure to keep an eye out for our complete coverage of the event in the mag!
Sam Boden, ARB’s marketing communication manager, said the event provides a way for ARB to celebrate its 40th birthday and at the same time showcase the products it still manufactures for early-model 4x4s.
“We wanted to generate some nostalgia for the iconic older vehicles that gave birth to the adventurous off-road lifestyle that so many of us enjoy today, as well as highlight how far we’ve come in regards to innovation, engineering and state-of-the-art manufacturing in order to keep pace with modern vehicle design and technology,” Sam said.
Trip planner Mark Lowry added: “We’ve had some great work performed by our ARB staff from around Australia in getting these cars ready. Each car is fitted with genuine ARB accessories that are still manufactured today to support the huge number of retro vehicles still servicing their owners.”
The route will take the convoy through iconic outback locations including the Old Ghan Railway, Mount Dare, Dalhousie Springs, Poeppel Corner, Birdsville, Cordillo Downs, Innamincka, and Cameron Corner.
ARB’s Off Road Icons Trip: A Journey of 4x4 Celebration begins in Alice Springs on September 13.
It will conclude at Eldee Station on September 23, coinciding with the opening stages of the 2016 Outback Challenge.
Keep an eye on 4x4 Australia's website during the event for up-to-date pics and info!