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Tierra Del Sol Safari

Jeep Wrangler Crowd
Christian Lee | Writer
Posted August 1, 2012
Photographers: Kevin Blumer, Gary Goetz, Brian Goetz

50 Years of Fun

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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