Will Overton in his modified 4x4.
ISLAND off-road driver Will Overton took part in a huge event in Wales last weekend known as the King of the Valleys (KOV).
Will, of Cowes, a member of the IW 4x4 Club, worked for months on his Jeep Wrangler TJ to adapt it for the tough terrain of the event, which is inspired by the US King of the Hammers event.
Set within a reclaimed coal mine, KOV partners man and machine and pits them against the most extreme and challenging terrain imaginable.
Competitors must battle not only tight, muddy forest trails, boulder strewn river beds, high speed rally tracks, steep waterfall ascents and a vertical three-step rock staircase, but must also combat their nerves if they are to successfully navigate the 21.5 miles that lies between the start and finish posts.
Armed with a winch, a spare tyre and a pair of waffle boards, each competitor sets out to complete the course a total of four times over two days, and all against the clock.
His campaign started with the prologue, a three-mile section designed to seed the vehicles into a running order for the following day, which he finished in 19 minutes, 20 seconds.
With four Islanders marshalling and several IW spectators, there was strong support for Will and his co-driver Ben Turpie, from Yeovil, when they started the final push.
Despite their best efforts, punishing and relentless sections of rock crawling caused the hub bolts to shear off, which led to a retirement from the first run and a night of hard work racing to repair the vehicle.
Back on the start line the next day, Overton and Turpie successfully completed the course but were unable to commence the final lap due to further vehicular damage.
After three days of competing, Will finished 33rd out of 50.