It was one of those Thursday nights that felt like a Friday night. Under the bright showcase lights of a giant Orange County cinema, Clean-Dezert.org hosted a truck show/fundraiser/movie showing as a glowing sunset ended the day of April 29, 2010. The truck show itself was open to anyone who showed up and proudly parked their rig in line with a varied bunch of prerunners, 4x4's, buggies, and even the Camburg Engineering trophy truck. ...And show up they did, as the large parking lot was soon filled with an impressive number of trucks, some shiny, and some still caked with dirt and mud from recent adventures. "Turnout was even better than I expected," said Adam Filbin, the event organizer and always-busy leader of Clean-Dezert.org.
Co-sponsored by NS Off-Road, the truck show lasted until nightfall, and included OFF-ROAD project trucks "Jinxy" (our red '94 Ram 1500), "The Juice" (our black '93 Bronco) and "4X4Link" (our white '99 Ranger). At 8 o'clock sharp everyone filed into the movie theater for a large-screen showing of the Baja 1000 documentary "Dust to Glory". Proceeds from ticket sales went directly to Clean-Dezert.org, to help the group continue its mission of keeping the Southern California deserts free of trash and waste. It's a cause we can definitely get behind-as you more than likely know, we 'wheelers get blamed (often unfairly) for a lot of litter and damage to our public off-road haunts. We commend Clean-Dezert.org for their active role in hauling trash out of our deserts and educating enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike about our habits as we enjoy our cherished outdoor environments.
Clean-Dezert.org organizes desert cleanups throughout the year, and we encourage you to visit their website to learn more. We're already looking forward to their next event.