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Tierra Del Sol Safari

Posted in Events on August 1, 2012
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Photographers: Kevin BlumerGary GoetzBrian Goetz

For 50 years, the Tierra Del Sol 4 Wheel Drive Club of San Diego has been inviting off-roaders to Ocotillo Wells SVRA for a weekend of 'wheeling. Starting out as a smallish group of Jeeps tackling the desert terrain the event has grown by leaps and bounds and attracts thousands of enthusiasts who return year after year.

The fateful first event was held in 1963. Registration for the event was just $2 and 150 vehicles were expected. At the time you could buy a new Jeep CJ for $1,950. Fast-forward five decades and quite a few things have changed, but the basic premise of the event — family, fun, and 'wheeling — has remained the same. The Tierra Del Sol 4 Wheel Drive Club still boasts founding club member's names on its roster as each generation follows the path in to the club.

With 50 years of safaris behind them, the Tierra Del Sol 4 Wheel Drive Club will continue its reign in the desert. It's a fantastically organized event that is sure to make it to 100 years if land closures don't shut it down.

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The Original SoCal Club
The Tierra Del Sol 4 Wheel Drive Club of San Diego was incorporated in 1962. The club is a member of the Blue Ribbon Coalition, the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, the Mojave Desert Heritage and Culture Association, the San Diego Off-Road Coalition, the Salton City Chamber of Commerce, and Tread Lightly!

TDS is a family-oriented club and its members responsibly use public lands for off-road recreation. They actively pursue opportunities to fight land closures and to keep trails open for future generations. New club members are always welcome.

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