AFTER learning to drive on his property when he was eight, custom building a four-wheel drive to compete in the Tuff Truck Challenge was a natural progression for Brent Anderson.
The 29-year-old father of three from Bentley will compete against Australia's toughest four-wheel drives with navigator Dylan Rushby at Milbrodale in the Hunter Valley next April.
The youngest of nine children, Mr Anderson said he just finished the two-year build on his V6 Holden-powered Team AT-6 Suzuki Sierra after owning his previous Suzuki Sierra for 14 years.
"When I started building my new one I wanted to make it really competitive so I looked into the specification required like the twin roll cages and all the safety features, which required me to read two large manuals so it complied to the regulations," he said.
"The shape and the size of the Suzuki is what I like and they are light which makes them a good competitive car."
The Tuff Truck Challenge is gruelling and enduring, and provides a real test for competing teams as they push themselves and their vehicles to the absolute limit.
Boulders, rock, mud, giant tyres, deep holes and ruts make up the terrain that competitors must conquer on 12 stages over three days.
To conquer the obstacles, Mr Anderson dropped a V6 Holden Commodore engine mated to an automatic transmission with a custom four-wheel drive transfer case and modified Toyota Hilux differentials into the Suzuki.
To give him the edge in tight conditions, Mr Anderson customised the rear of the Suzuki so it has rear-wheel steering.
Having watched several previous Tuff Truck competitions, Mr Anderson said once he saw his first event, it was on his bucket list to compete.
He said entering was made possible by the support of his sponsors Staunch Window Tinting, TJM Northern Rivers, Burson Auto Parts, B.O.W Auto Electrical, Cottam Auto Repairs and Ace Suspension.
"I wouldn't have been able to compete without the support of my family Lucy, Zane, April and my wife Nikki and my high school mate Dylan," Mr Anderson said.
Any businesses interested in sponsoring Mr Anderson and Mr Rushby can call 0427 811 742.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.