The silver anniversary of the Lima Jambo, more correctly known as the O'Reilly Auto Parts Spring 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals, is nearing, and the marriage between that event and those who attend looks as solid as ever. This year marked the 23rd annual of this popular event, and rising fuel prices seemed to have no effect on attendance.
The whole Jamboree series, in several venues around the country, are a festival of four-wheeling. You can see (and buy) the latest gear, and view a sea of built machines that run the gamut from tame to turbulent. Every outlook on a buildup was present, and those who wished could have trained and critical eyes judge their work.
If you like the spectacle of adrenaline-charged competition, the Mickey Thompson Tough Truck Challenge thrilled and amazed onlookers. The NMRO (National Mud Racing Organization) mud dragsters and Monster Trucks fought and clawed for dominance in their classes, prize money, and point standings. The heavy rains just before the show (when hasn't it rained at the Lima Jambo?) made the track particularly tough, and there were a few more spills than usual.
If you find yourself anywhere near Lima, Ohio (pronounced "Lime-ah" not "Lee-ma," dangit!) in Northwest Ohio, this event won't disappoint. Family Events puts on this and many other Jamboree events around the country, and has been doing it for a very long time. They've got it down! Check out the schedule on the Web sites listed below for a show near you.