June 6, 2009 by torqdog
Nope, this ain’t the M.C. variety…….. no-no-no, THIS is the real deal! This is where Man meets Desert, meets Rocks and quite often meets destruction, carnage and the accompaning failure to achieve. This is THE race that ties it all together….. flat playa, washboard and most challenging, THE ROCKS!
I had a 1971 Jeep CJ5 rock crawler that had all the goodies….. to the tune of 30k. I remember when the “Sledgehammer” trail first came on the scene back around 1995. I remember really wanting to go and take the challenge. I now see that my Jeep was not worthy…….. by a long shot.
This sport, which is growing exponentially, requires allot of dinero. Most teams are well equipt with chase trucks and a few even have their own Helicopters. A far cry from my simple, 30k Jeep.
Adam, this one’s for you! And Bill…… this is the “playa party” that I prefer…… not that I would ever turn down a Burning Man trip if presented (hint-hint-hint!) ;-)
And be sure to watch the video. It gives you a true understanding of the grueling nature of this Race/Crawl. Just click on play when the home screen opens. This is some Rock-n-Rolla like you’ve never seen! I was especially intriqued by the broken 1/2 transfer case shell sitting on the rock. Talk about carnage!
A little tip I learned this evening (dopey me/never too old) Down in the lower right corner where it says 100%. Change it to 200% and watch this video. It’s awesome!