Half the SUVs that went into this ravine (above) did not make it out.
Those who did went in bravely, with their feet planted on the accelerator pedal.
But many had to be pulled out of the 2m-deep mud pit with a towline.
It was muddy, challenging and the undisputed highlight of the The New Paper SUVival Challenge that took place over the weekend.
The obstacle, called Mahi Mahi — it should actually have been “muddy muddy” — was this year’s toughest off-road segment.
Half of those who tried, failed, said event organiser Mr Suhaimi Badri, president of All Wheelers Group Singapore.
The TNP SUVival Challange, in its ninth edition, was organised by The New Paper and run by All Wheelers Group Singapore.
Participants had set off before sunrise on Saturday, driving off from the Singapore Press Holdings News Centre at Toa Payoh.
Each team was given a Marbella GPS unit and the coordinates for the checkpoints.
Participants first had to visit a checkpoint in Singapore before crossing the Causeway to tackle the other stations scattered about Johor Baru and Malacca.
Finally, it was a drive to the off-road station, situated at a plantation on the outskirts of Malacca, about 170km from Singapore.
Participants had to drive through the plantation while completing a specially constructed obstacle course.
The day’s fun ended with a delectable dinner buffet spread at the Equatorial Hotel in Malacca.
Here are some pictures from the event.
The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on April 28, 2014.