WE-ROCK Western U.S. Nationals
Goldendale, WA
   May
25-27, 2007
Presented by Trail Gear, Precision Gear, and Alloy USA

By Chris Geiger, Houp Photography & Jack Geiger
 
Event Photos Here!  



As always the town of Goldendale, WA gave us a warm welcome over the holiday weekend, and unlike last years hot weather; we had great weather on Saturday. Even with the wind and chill factor on Sunday it was still a fantastic weekend! The event ran smoothly and courses were tough, technical and challenging for everyone. It was a great balance of uppers, downers and side-hilling obstacles. Cody and Jim did a great job maneuvering through trees, climbing up loose boulders and going from silt-dirt to rock!

Usually front engine vehicles have an easier time in Goldendale, but it would seem this event was for the rear engine "Moon Buggies". Jason Paule, who has won this event the last two years, did a great job finishing in 4th place with an awesome fill-in-spotter, Mark Berger. (Mark is filling in for Travis Wadeson while he is recovering from a recent car accident). Tracy Jordan surprised us all bringing his Toyota Land Cruiser Competition Rig and had a rough start to his day Saturday. I believe it was Tracy's first course of the day, A4, where he caught on fire and rolled over. And Shannon Campbell was in the lead going into Sunday's event until he started his buggy up and blew a rod on his first course, closing the door on his chances for finishing on top. In Goldendale there is no making up points with any mishaps, you are either on your game or you're not. And it seemed that Team Waggoner was on their game the entire event!

Keeping it consistent throughout the weekend Cody and Jim completed each course with minimum penalty points. With Cody, a.k.a. 'Bones', (thank you to Mike at Houp Photography for the new nickname), being 52lbs lighter he was able to hop out of the buggy to help stack rocks with Jim. 'Roxanne' seems to like carrying around a lighter load too.

The top 6 teams ran through the Shoot-Out with only Jason Paule completing the course. "Mr. King of Rear-Steer" shows why he is a tough competitor to beat. Others came close to finishing and put on a great show for the spectators. Because the other competitors didn't finish, it gave us enough of a point gap to secure our first place position before even running the Shoot-Out. Cody and Jim still gave it their all, but ended up getting stuck between a rock and a tree about halfway through the course. Good times!!!!!

Events that are set in locations like Goldendale are the best "REAL" Rockcrawling events! Having an event held in a familiar 4x4 setting might encourage spectators to become future competitors. It's amazing what a couple orange cones can do to a hillside that will spark the curiosity in a fellow wheeler.

-Lindsay Waggoner


UNLIMITED CLASS SCORES

Name Team # Score Rank
Cody Waggoner 117 -28 1
Jason Scherer 13 -20 2
Bruce Zeller 181 -17 3
Jason Paule 0 10 4
Tom Haman 22 44 5
Tracy Jordan 112 55 6
Brent Bradshaw 12 107 7
Bobert Mckenney 8 163 8
Bill Kreisel 7 166 9
Shannon Campbell 35 224 10
Scott Ellinger 8 235 11
James Treacy 138 258 12
Kurt McLaughlin 33 289 13
Richard Wiltfond 114 324 14
James Pearson 417 338 15
Peter Antunac 679 354 16
Brad Sybouts 120 372 17
Kevin Dubois 41 409 18

PRO MODIFIED CLASS SCORES

Name Team # Score Rank
Brian Errea 1 57 1
Terry Dagan 35 72 2
Brad Lovell 232 82 3
Buzzy Bronsena 17 83 4
Ben Hanks 163 104 5
Tim Florian 777 113 6
Becca Webster 88 137 7
Dean Bulloch 9 145 8
Dave Cole 54 166 9
Glenn Bonner 19 169 10
Michael Klensin 143 183 11
Mike Bailey 262 189 12
Hal Frost 21 212 13
Todd McCullen 222 235 14
Ted Grady 464 251 15
Carl Nielson 65 274 16
Andy Johnson 33 312 17
Mark Thurston 308 339 18
Jeff Mellow 888 366 19
Cisco Sabin 111 407 20
Jody Everding 619 407 21
Jason Minnoch 16 408 22

MODIFIED STOCK SCORES

Name Team # Score Rank
Troy Bailey 1 -53 1
Buzzy Bronsema 17 -41 2
James Andrus 222 -20 3
Jeremy Sodorff 188 -1 4
Dan Patterson 124 3 5
Eric Hackney 76 32 6
Troy Trinka 963 40 7
Travis Thompson 22 55 8
Glen Granger 91 77 9
Jamie Dunbar 25 127 10
Crystal McAuliffe 629 167 11
Joel Monroe 4 171 12
Jesse Bigby 121 231 13
Brandon Henker 433 350 14

FORMULA TOY SCORES

Name Team # Score Rank
Hobie Smith 10 -50 1
Matt Messer 29 -41 2
John James 28 -27 3
Brett Portor 20 -20 4
Cody Deschamps 35 39 5
Chris Pook 32 52 6

 

 

Having problems finding a place to mount your Radio? Tired of having it hang from your belt?

Ok duct tape it to your helmet!

 
 

Lance Clifford dropped a huge rock on his left foot causing a rather colorful injury. Looks like nothing is broken, but it may be awhile before he kicks anyone's ass with that tender foot. Later he also tore up a couple of his fingers moving the rocks around the course.

Sunday morning services were held for those that wished to attend at the Trail-Gear Camp site.