I'll be there but I'll be working the event. My local club is the one that sponsors that run every year.
I think some of you may be missing the point. This isn't a trail run you can go on. That is an admission fee for the spectators. This event is friggin' insanity. It's pretty much fastest man to the top of one hell of a gnarly rock climb is the winner. Some of these guys hit the "f*** it" button and just go balls out. Lots of horsepower and LOTS of carnage.
Oh and for the curious... this event is held on private farm land. The farmer lets the club use the undeveloped hillsides on his property to design the courses through the areas he has set aside just for this event. This is the ONLY time vehicles are allowed on his property. Part of the admission fee goes to him for insurance liability coverage and so forth as well as just making it worth his while to allow something like this to take place.
Did I see Tim Camerons fat girl buggy in there? Damn thing is wicked. O and Steeze you have to pay to play in the midwest at every park in Iowa for ORVs and most in Missouri. I pay $35 a year to be able to wheel on the MIOBI land whenever I want. plus an entry fee for the big Memorial day and Labor day events.
Yes that was Mr. Cameron's buggy. Some of these guys also run on the W.E.ROCK circuit. Some seriously high-dollar rigs at this event. I couldn't imagine putting $40K in a vehicle to bring out and absolutely destroy in a day. But I'll be happy to watch. lol
Well we finished the course prep last weekend and let me say, right out of the gate, these guys are going to get hit right in the face. Literally. One really nasty boulder pile with an immediate right hand turn to an off-camber line between two trees. We predict at least 2 rollovers here for guys running rockwells and full-width axles. After that, a rough but fast paced dash to the top before hitting another rock wall and then an abrupt u-turn to come back down.
Expecting a smaller turnout than normal (normal is 40+ rigs) but this should allow us to give the competitors more than one shot to the top which will make for better times and better competition.
If you're in North Alabama or bordering state lines, come on out. This should be a good one!
Just realized I never did update the results from our competition. I didn't get but a few photos during the competition as I worked the staging area most of the morning and then did course work the rest of the day (recovery and DQ). It was an awesome event. In our unlimited class, 1st and 2nd place was separated by only .051 of a second!!! The morning started out rough due to a crap load of rain the previous night but around lunch, the course started drying out and it started getting exciting after that.
Here's some videos and images taken by the others there.
This is something I consider remarkable and another argument in the anti-offroad and why we shouldn't be restricted from lands. This driver is a paraplegic and as you can tell, is one very awesome rig. Unfortunately he blew his hydraulics on a ledge and had to take a DNF but still a great show nonetheless.
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