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2005 World Extreme Rockcrawling Grand Nationals

Posted in Events on March 1, 2006
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Winning the Modified Stock class is an unsung glory, and is done in rigs on 35-inch tires built in a more real world style than those in the Legends or Super Modified class. This aluminum-bodied Jeep was driven by Dan Patterson, and not only did it take the First Place trophy, it also demonstrated excellent driver and spotter skills between Patterson and his spotter Bob Roggy. Check out that muddy climb and stack of pipes and try and tell us you wouldn't love to have that in your backyard.

Imagine a concrete skate park where punk kids with baggy pants scoot around on wooden boards with little wheels. Multiply the park by 10, give the punk kids 10 to 30 years and turn those boards into conglomerations of tube, tires, and revving motors. Now you know what we saw in Ohio last fall.

The World Extreme Rockcrawling Championship series (W.E.ROCK) Grand National championship event was held at The Roc off-road park in Columbus Ohio, and it was pretty dang cool, to put it bluntly. This isn't the first man-made rockcrawling course, but it is the coolest we've seen so far. Instead of the half pipes you or your kids used to ride, imagine full pipes up to 12 feet in diameter and nearly 60 feet in length. Plus there were stacks of pipes, concrete slabs, and rock all assembled and then sprayed with layers of concrete, forming obstacles with tons of different lines.

Once again the father-and-son team of Big Rich and Little Rich Klein and their gang of judges and support staff put on a top-notch event with courses that not only pushed the skill and nerves of the competitors, but also gave the crowd (albeit small due to rainy weather) an exciting show.

Think you're ready to test the cones and concrete in your rockmobile? You can find W.E.ROCK at or call 530.417.5333. And if you want to go test The Roc yourself visit, or call 614.497.0756 and find out when the next open house is.

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