Twenty years old and counting
We thought about titling this story "Lima Rains," because saturating rain paid a visit to the 20th Annual Advance Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Lima, Ohio. But then we looked at the official numbers: 1,965 four-wheel-drive rigs and 35,063 spectators, and we realized that the rain didn't dampen enthusiasm for this annual springtime Jambo one bit.
The latest Jambo was impressive in a variety of areas. Most notable was the sheer number of national and local aftermarket vendors that packed the Performance Marketplace. Like numbers? There were more than 75 aftermarket companies on the grounds, and many had their wares available for purchase right on the property. Also impressive was the strong showing from the OEMs. General Motors, Dodge, and Ford all had a presence. Impressive, too, were the rigs in the Show 'n Shine. Not only were there the usual spit-shined, chrome-festooned rigs, but there was a bumper crop of truly innovative rigs that reflect the latest trends in truck building. As a matter of fact, we dodged raindrops to photograph some of these cool rigs for future issues of Four Wheeler.
So ultimately, 2005 was more than a 20-year birthday for the Lima 4-Wheel Jamboree. It was a clear illustration of the fact that Lima reigns supreme in the Jambo world, and dedicated Jambo-goers are undeterred by unruly weather.