years first ARCA event happened at Johnson Valley on Friday and Saturday
the 16th and 17th and I was lucky enough to be there armed with my digital
camera, my new APS my video camera and a press pass. The trip started
on Thursday and I hopped in to Jeff Fretwell's dually with cabover pulling
his cruiser on down to Johnson Valley. The trip down was a long one but
we were lucky enough to have EXCELLENT weather all weekend!
the time I arrived at the event on Friday after hunting all over the area
for it the action was well under way. All the Big Dawgs were there, along
with a lot of trick rigs from tube chassis customs to jeeps, land cruisers,
and even a mini monster truck Cherokee.
way out there we came across a couple people in a isuzu trooper.
Thinking they might need a tug from that soft sand we stopped to see
what the problem is. Turns out they had never engaged their 4wd so
Jeff had the honor of teaching them how.
I could only be at one place at a time and I could only use one camera
at a time so I did not see all the action. Bob drove very well and his
newly redone rig did great, but had its share of breakage - which it seemed
was like the plague and hit every vehicle out there!
The POR team's rig (Bob's)
broke two steering boxes, a dana 60 stub axle, hub, and the rear 4
link system. POR's sister club, Al Berikoff of the sweaty nipples
off road team (SNORT) put on a very impressive show. I believe his
list of busted parts included both front axle shafts of a warn eliminator
kit, about 5 297x u-joints, front driveline (what that blew he twisted
around and hauled ass backwards to try to finish), lower bar from
his 4-link, and one hellava beating on the new 7 day project! Check
out that trail fix image to the right (Duct tape was tried first)!
provided plenty of entertainment at Pirate camp. I met a ton of really
cool people and if you are reading this and you asked me to mention club
on the writeup email me at [email protected]
and I will add it, unfornately due to a really cool gas powered margarita
blender I can't remember all the names of the people I met but I had a
great time just the same!
Maniac flying over the fire with his ATC
Full Size chevy with a trailer attached ramping
on Lane's tires!
Bob Roggy of the Pirates of the Rubicon 4wd Club
Al Berikoff of the Sweaty Nipples Off Road Team
(SNORT) and 4offrd.com