Scott purchased his vehicle for work purposes, but after
a couple of weeks of carting the mixer and tools around
his navi Jaey Perason (who had a V8 range rover with GQ
diffs) asked him to go out for a 4wd. They headed to Toolangi
state forest where Jaey proceeded to a fairly deep bog
hole and told Scott to go first in attempting the crossing.
Scott proceeded and got bogged up to the sills and filled
the vehicle (then Scott's pride and joy) with mud. From
that moment on Scott decided that he didn't want to get
bogged ever again and that's how the MeanGU build up started.
first modifications were a 2" suspension lift, some
34" Simex Jungle Trekkers and a front ARB air locker.
With this new equipment he went back to the boghole and
drove straight through it only to get bogged whilst departing
the steep exit. After this lesson came a Warn low mount
and since then he has spent every cent he could on upgrading
the GU. As soon as he had enough money he bought a rear
locker, a 2" body lift and some 36" internal
beadlocked Simex Extreme Trekkers.
One day Scott and Jaey were talking about competing at
the 2007 Vic Winch challenge. Both thought it was a great
idea and they bought a highmount winch and customised
the vehicle's tray to competition specifications, which
included a 4 point roll cage. They had a ball finishing
the modifications and completing the event to take out
11th place over all. From that moment on both Scott and
Jaey had caught the 'comp bug'. Upon
returning home the modifications once again were underway,
starting with a 24volt twin motored, an air freespool
winch (which cost almost as much as the entire vehicle),
some serious rubber in the form of 37" Maxxis Trepodores
and a full 6 point cage. They then participated in the
Engel Series and destroyed the winch.
Class was soon formed and Scott decided he would try his
hand at a class that was remarkably cheaper to compete
in instead of trying to compete with the big boys and
their endless budgets. As things turned out, he soon discovered
that he was particularly successful in this new class.
selling what was left of the winch, tray and tyres, he
was able to pay for a new tray and paint job. He then
took the body lift out of car and bought some 35"
Simex on Walker Evans rims. With the different set up
the vehicle was driving better than it had ever before
and he went on to win the Production
Class at the 2008 Vic Winch Challenge.
are not too many plans for the future of the MeanGU, just
some cleaning up to do and maybe some new shock absorbers.
Both Scott and Jaey are enjoying the competition scene
and have a big calender planned for 2009 - including 4
rounds of the Engel Series, the Alpine Challenge, the
Super Special Stage and possibly the State of Origin Challenge.
So far they have placed first in their class at the Engel
Round 1 for this year.