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This might be a little long but I think its worth sharing with you guys. Im Cody Addington the driver of #4680 toyota pickup at KOH this year. I have been a spectator at KOH for the three previous years. This whole experience started for me one day while i was laying in bed watching the 2010 KOH video. I had remembered hearing that Dave had opened the field to a stock and modified class. I proceeded to get online and see what i needed to do to enter. I knew my truck would fit in the stock class so I read the rules and found out that it would. I asked my girlfriend hat she thought and she said go for it. I got online and paid the initial $200 to save my spot and get me into the EMC stock class.

From there I had to figure out how to actually make everything happen. I had about four months of night and weekends to make my truck pass tech and try to withstand this brutal race. I started by purchasing all the safety items and slowly started installing them, fuel cell, seats, harnesses, shutoffs master kill ect. I also had to redo my front end from jumping it at a local rock race. The process was slow but I made steady progress virtually ever night. I did 90% of the work at home after my day job as a contractor. I am by no means a fabricator or skilled metal worker but I was able to make things work. I worked up until the day I left for KOH Thursday February 2nd. The truck was prepped and ready for the EMC race when we arrived at the lakebed. In between the time I registered for EMC and arriving at the lakebed I had another brilliant idea over some beers with friends. I decided to register for LCQ as well. I figured since my truck will pass tech and be there already why not. My cousin threw some money down and we signed up that night. Little did I know then we would actually be in the main race in my beat ass trail rig.

We arrived late thursday and pre ran about 60 miles with my co driver Justin Foxworthy friday and saturday. We had virtually no issues except minor stuff. We prepped the truck and were ready to race EMC. We started and had fuel/ignition issues early on. My co driver ran back to camp for parts and we fixed the truck and after about two hours we were running again. The problem came and went but we still made an 8th place finish in class and 17 overall.

After the EMC race we set up the truck for LCQ by installing larger 39.5'' Iroks and bump stops in the rear. We ran LCQ thursday and the same fuel issue showed its ugly head again. We smoked the rocks like we should have then the truck died on the back side. I jumped out and messed with the carbureteor and pulled off the air cleaner and it ran again. We made a poor time of 12:54 but were able to finish. We knew there would be no way to get in the big race with that time so I cut off the window nets and took my girfriend crawling on wednesday. Then Dave threw it out there that all LCQ entries were in. I knew this was a chance of a lifetime and jumped on it. I began trying to pool money for the entry and IRC fee. A few companies and friends stepped up and pitched in about half the money needed. We never thought we would be in that race and were not prepared at all. We didnt even have a spare tire for the 39.5's and eneded up borrowing a friends 38" bogger. We re prepped the truck and were ready to race on friday.

We started 130th off the line and our goal was to finish. We knew a finish in this was as good as a win. The day was fairly uneventful as we just slowly made our way through the desert and rocks. We lost all power steering at mile 40 and had to man handle it for over 120 miles. Each time we came to pit or a main spectator are we had grown quite the following and the cheering was awesome to hear. We just cruised and did great in the rocks and went as fast as we could in the desert. We only had to winch three times and were happy about that. We also had to help a few teams along the way and everyone had the same joke and asked if we had our camping gear in the back. We steadily made forward progress and worked our way towards the finish. We knew it was close to ten and decided no matter what we were going to complete the entire course. We got to the top of Resolutin and it was 10:11 and realized we would not complete the race in time. We ran it and back door again and competed the course at about 10:35. We had our team and quite the following waiting at the finish line.

When we crossed the finsih line even though we were over time it was an amazing feeling. We had accomplished a dream for both of us. The little toyota pickup made it with no other issued besides the power steering not working. It just overheated due to no cooler and the reservoir was to close to the exhaust maifold. Dave was waiting at the finish line and couldnt believe his eyes. He said something to the effect of you guys are f-ing crazy and if you can finish in that I wonder what you guys can do in something else. We endured a race that seemed almost impossible. This was an experience of a lifetime. Our efforts were rewarded with a merit spot into KOH 2013. The race was completed with no gps, radio communications or parker pumpers. A map was our only sourse of navagation.

I would like to thank my friends and family for all there help. My girlfriend for dealing with me being in the shop all the time. My co driver Justin. I definitely couldnt have done it without him. He is smart and kept me cool and on course the entire race.My mom for paying some entry money. My pit crew of friends Dusti, Nicky, Matt, Jason, Greg, Max, Prescot, Brian, Blake, Dino, Kevin, Jimmy, Lisa, Kristen Brandon, Trish and everyone else that helped. Partsmike.com for great deals and entry money, 4x4 Inovations, Predator Offroad, Trail Gear. Fox for tuning our shocks and making the truck do much better in the desert. Corbeau for making a nice seat. After 14 hours of racing my back felt great. My arms hurt but my back felt great. I cannot wait to see what next year will bring.

People keep asking about truck specs so here it goes. Its a beat 1980 toyota pickup with god knows how many miles. Its a carbeureted 22r block and 20r head. Stock rear axle with a detroit and 5:29 gear. Rock assault front with 6 shooter knuckles, trunion eliminator, ARB, bobby long axles and hub gears. It has 44044 front spings and chevy rears and fox remote reservoir shock. Weld on beadlocks and 39.5'' Iroks.

Thanks again Dave for letting us in and competing at a level I could only dream of before. Your the man!

Check out this article on pickuptrucks.com! http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2012/03/the-king-of-the-hammers-unsung-pickup.html

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Cody Addington
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That is such a crazy story. Congrats Cody and team. It was unbeleivable to see you guys come across the line. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next year.
 

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Absoultly awesome. Watching you guys run was the highlight of the race for me.

Mile 2 was awesome when one of the course workers came on and said " some guys put some numbers on their truck and slapped on some helmets and are driving on the race course"

My other favorite moment was going up short bus after passing 150k worth of broken race cars at the bottom and trying like 10 times to make it up that damn Rzr came over the top and you started honking your stock ass horn at him and headed right for him.... He must of shit his pants!! Awesome.

If you need any pit crew help next year we will be there!

14 hours with no pumpers, radio or gps is just amazing in any rig!!

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You guys are what it really is about!! NEVER QUIT!!!!!! EVER!!!!!!

Plus, Dave has a soft spot for Japanesse cars!:flipoff2:

Ask me how I know!!!!!!:smokin:




See you guys next year!

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Well Cody what a way to earn a spot for 2013! Congrats and I cant wait to see what you bring to the table next year!

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It is so awesome to see that a 'normal guy' can compete and finish in a race so tough. Congrats guys for going the distance!!!
 

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That is a great story! I was at remote pit 2A on Sunday when you came in and were lost. I was talking with the President of the Pirates.

To see you come across that finish line no matter what time it was simply awesome! I hope you are back again next year.

Sheriff Tree aka I am not Dave...but his brother!

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Congratulations, Cody. You make all us Toy peeps proud! :beer:

You guys were right behind us on WB on Weds, but you looked a lot more tired by the campfire on Friday night! :laughing: It was pretty cool hearing that tired 4-banger coming up Fissure behind us in the dark and seeing the 2 stock headlights (when everyone was running $10k in HID's or LED's) bouncing across the ridge.

Let me know if I can help you with radio comms for next year. :)
 

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I cheered my ass off for you guys! Robert said he was watching you from Afghanistan and cheering for you as well. As one of the last 4 cyl rigs in KOH it warmed my heart to hear you all finished! :roxy:
 

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we had been watching you all day and keeping up with you at night. listening to the radio we were bumbed about you not finishing in time. we were tired but about 10 of us all walked from our pit to the finish line just to be there for you. i wanted to make sure people were there when you finished. man i was suprised that we were not alone. there was like 50 people all waiting for you. congrats again cody.
 

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Awesome seeing you guys go by. We had just gotten the call at the bottom of jack (RM 62ish) to pack up and you went by. It was late and very dark by then. Awesome effort.

That call over KOH1 about the stock pickup racing was one of the highlights of my day. I figured it was you guys since I saw you at interview time Thurs morning.

BTW.. were you guys out around Apple Valley Wed night getting fuel? Rental white tow rig?
 

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Good job Cody!

Best part was when I saw your tracker start the second lap!

You make all of us trail wheelers proud!
 

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I remember passing you guys after getting a shock replaced. Then blowing off course cause we were talking about your rig instead of watching the gps. :laughing:

Don't change a thing, you are what KOH is supposed to be about. Some have lost that or never even had it. Congrats!
 

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We kept routin for you guys every time you pitted in at 2A! It was a thrill to see you guys every time! Laughin and Chit! Here is apic of you guys during your last Pit (I believe) No forward light, only your front rock lights worked when you guys left pit! Glad to hear you finished! Bummed it wasn't official, Go 4680!
 

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