Hittin' The Slopes At The W.E. Rock Western Finals
Is competitive rockcrawling dead? No way. In fact the sport has spawned a whole new troop of competitors, and though many old names and faces are gone from the scene, the sport has definitely continued to progress. We recently spent a weekend in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains where we watched drivers from all over the western United States compete in the W.E. Rock Western Nationals series finals held at the Donner Ski Resort just west of Truckee, California. In addition to new drivers and rougher courses, rockcrawling competitors have pushed the technology in a new direction. But don't think you have to have the most cutting-edge wheeler to go run with these guys. We saw everything from the latest greatest wiz-bang buggies to 4x4s built in home garages with recycled junkyard parts.
Now is a great time to get into competitive rockcrawling as the action seems to be moving from the Unlimited Class where anything goes and into the Pro Modified and Modified Stock classes where the rigs more closely resemble trail rigs. The Pro Modified Class is still being won by experienced wheelers with ultracapable vehicles, but fresh new faces are showing up, learning the ropes, and giving these veterans some competition. If wheeling nasty rocks is your thing and you've always wondered how you compare to some of the best buggy pilots in the country, then check out www.we-rock.cc and find an event in your neck of the rock pile.
Shannon Campbell almost took out the barrier flags, the crowd, and our photographer with this Evil Knievel stunt maneuver, but his skill and quick reflexes saved the day. In the end those skills also earned him the top spot for the weekend in the Pro Modified Class after some amazingly tight competition.