Obstacle with a twist

Put your reversing skills to the test at the upcoming Circular Head Show. Organisers and sponsors (from left) John Bergman, Lex Laing, Tony Hine, Scott Clark, Michael Sheehan and Phil John are challenging locals to manoeuvre a side by side vehicle backwards through an obstacle course and learn the safety lessons involved. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Challenge. Think you have what it takes to pass a reverse obstacle course? Then put your skills to the test.

The Circular Head Agricultural Society is introducing a new attraction to the upcoming Circular Head Show.

An obstacle course will await those game enough to attempt, where competitors must manoeuvre a Honda Pioneer Side by Side 700, loaned by Circular Head Motorcycles, through a series of cones and hurdles. The catch? You must complete this task in reverse.

CHAS president Tony Hine says the exercise is one of skill and safety.

“It is a test of what you should or shouldn’t be doing when you get in any farming vehicle,” he says, including the correct use of helmets, seat belts and roll cages.

Competitors will be judged on a 20 point system, losing points for skill error and lack of safety.

The competition will be open to drivers with a road provisional licence or higher and locals can compete individually or in a team of two with a navigator.

Phil John of Safe Farming Tasmania will judge participants alongside local industry leaders.

As side by side vehicles become more common on local farms, Mr Hine says it is important to educate community members on the proper use and safety of the machines as well as quad bikes.

The reverse obstacle course will be set up at the tennis courts. Participants can register on the day with a gold coin donation and be in the running to win prizes.

The 109th Circular Head Show will be held on Saturday December 9 at Stanley Recreation Ground. Cost is $10 adults, $5 children or kids under five go free. A $25 family pass is available by contacting Sue Smedley on 0456 003 609 prior to the event.

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