One hundred and twenty cross-country vehicles travelled through rough terrain in the Austrian state of Karnten on January 7, 8 and 9.
GV Jeeps starting off in snow. (2 SHOTS)
SV TRACKING SHOT Jeep through woodland. (3 SHOTS)
SV Chains being fitted to wheels.
SV Woman in car PAN TO other jeeps. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Starting flag, and jeep sets off through snow into woods.
GV PAN Jeep ploughing through snow in woods. (3 SHOTS)
SV TRACKING Hands on steering wheel, PAN TO right hand side drive wheel.
GV & SV Jeep in woods, then driving into snow storm. (3 SHOTS)
SPORT: ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLE RALLY
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Background: One hundred and twenty cross-country vehicles travelled through rough terrain in the Austrian state of Karnten on January 7, 8 and 9. They were competing in the sixth Karnten Winter Rally, held in the vicinity of Portschach. In one section of the event, 30 American Jeeps set off across a snow-covered field. The rally, organised by the Old Timers Car Club, was primarily a meeting for owners of former military vehicles, most of whom found snow chains on their wheels to be a very useful addition. The toughest run this year was an 800 metre-long mountain forest course. Many of the enthusiasts who compete in this event buy their vehicles for about 1,000 dollars and then rebuild the engines and restore them themselves. New vehicles were allowed for the first time this year, but they did not necessarily give their drivers an advantage as experience counts more than a shiny new machine. In fact, the old Jeep enthusiasts may well have the key to future success in rallying. Ever since a four-wheel-drive Auddi Quatro won the manufacturers' road rally world championship last year, more and more drivers are turning to all-wheel-drive vehicles.