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Moab's Potato Salad Hill

Posted in Events on September 1, 1998
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The best place to watch people taste it in Moab, Utah, is Potato Salad Hill. Named for a rollover that resulted in potato salad being spewed all over the obstacle (it was improperly packed away, not ejected from the driver), spectators are near-guaranteed a 360 every day of the week-long Easter Jeep Safari.

Keeping up the tradition this year was Adam Swanson of Salt Lake City. He spied the hill last year but decided to build a rollcage for his '85 CJ-7 before even trying it. Good thing, 'cause this year he began the climb, got vertical, and then the left front tire slipped off the ledge and rotated his world. Since nearly all rolls on the spud hill are slow ones, Adam had enough time to double- and triple-cinch his 3-inch racing seatbelts and tell passenger Nicole Bellon to tuck-and-roll with the Jeep. And notice that neither of them made the knee-jerk reaction of putting a hand outside the vehicle-Adam gripped the steering wheel and Nicole held onto the grab handle.

A full rollcage is a must-have for saving skull on these types of extreme obstacles. Although the Adam-designed/Extreme Motorsports-built rollcage has a slight bend in one of the bars from the tumble and the Jeep now has some sheetmetal reminders of this incident of '98, every other part remained intact, including the windshield. The CJ is held together by a bashable body featuring a Dana 30 with a Lock-Right up front, a Dana 44 with an ARB Air Locker out back (both with 4.10 gearing), a 4-inch lift from National Spring, a Ford T-19 tranny Advance Adapted to a Dana 300 transfer case, Chevy Astro reclining seats, JBL and Sony musical pieces, 33x12.50 BFG Mud-Terrains wrapped around 15x10 Panthers, and a straight-six with milled heads, a Weber carb, and an RV cam.

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