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North West Rock Crawlers Association - The Gorge

Posted in Events on July 1, 2001 Comment (0)
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The off-road world has been rocked by the extreme rockcrawling craze. And organizations such as the North West Rock Crawlers Association (NWRCA), created specifically to promote the sport, are on the leading edge of this trend. We recently hooked up with the folks at the NWRCA for their inaugural Rock Crawling Championship, a full weekend of hard-core four-wheeling at its best.

Adrenaline flowed as the competition began on the first morning of the two-day event. A field of more than 100 competitors was broken down into two classes: modified class; the basic "run-what-ya-brung" class, which required 35-inch tires or smaller, at least one Posi-traction or locker, and a winch; and the extreme class, which required 36-inch tires or larger, front and rear lockers, and a winch. Both classes were slated to run six obstacles on the first day of competition.

Based on the lower-is-better point system, the rules were fairly simple. With a maximum time limit for each obstacle, competitors were docked for infractions such as backing up, knocking down flags, or using a winch. The first day of competition narrowed the field down to the top 10 drivers in each class, who would shoot it out the following day to find out who was the best of the best.

Boulder-strewn, off-camber climbs, insane side hills, and sheer drop-offs made short work of separating the men from the boys. Boggers and M/Ts clawed away at 5-foot vertical ledges and churned up the loose volcanic shale in an attempt to clear each obstacle. The unmistakable sound of failing axles, U-joints, Birfields, and differentials could be heard throughout the weekend with rigs toppling over with the regularity of Tonka toys in a sandbox. Portable shops, set up on site, made quick repairs and got contestants back on the track.

The two-day event, which was held on private land, went off without a glitch and attracted more than 4,000 spectators. "We could not have pulled it off without our volunteers (more than 100) and the support of our vendor sponsors," said Tom Carbary, an NWRCA staff member. The North West Rock Crawling Association will be staging further events as part of the Championship Series throughout 2001. (It's even rumored that British Columbia may see one.) With more exotic rigs, technical courses, bigger crowds, and intensified vendor sponsorships, these events are sure to be even bigger and better.

TOP 10 STANDINGS: MODIFIED
Standing Driver
1st Mark Tihnovich
2nd Jay Fellenstein
3rd Ross Fahler
4th Jon Yarbrough
5th Todd Olson
6th Tim Lund
7th Sam Miller
8th Dave McNeil
9th Dean Eklund
10th Chad Jones
TOP 10 STANDINGS: MODIFIED
Standing Driver
1st Carl Jantz
2nd Keith Warren
3rd Al Berikoff
4th Jeff Neely
5th Tom Lablanc
6th Robert McKenney
7th Jamie Eklund
8th Kevin Kehrberg
9th Jess Whipple
10th Kevin Protinga

Further Facts
01074wdcalendarqxFor more information about upcoming events, contact the North West Rock Crawlers Association at www.nwrca.com.

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