Editor Cappa ruffled more than a few feathers with his March '07 editorial in which he claimed, "Rockcrawling is boring." If that did not put enough of a bull's-eye on his back, Cappa went on to praise the Formula Off-Road competitions of Scandinavia and asked, "We have the American know-how and components to build these things here, so where are they?" The answer, as unlikely as it might be, is Ohio.
Ohio might be more famous for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and college football than for good four-wheeling, but people in the Buckeye State still take their Jeeping seriously. Very seriously. Gravelrama is an annual ritual that draws thousands of off-road racers and fans to the small town of Cleves, Ohio, every August. Located only half an hour from the major metropolitan center of Cincinnati, Gravelrama has everything from camping to funnel cake, with gratuitous amounts of horsepower thrown in. The centerpiece of Gravelrama is the notorious Big Eliminator. Standing seven stories high, with a length of 175 feet and an angle of about 75 degrees, the Big Eliminator is the closest thing that we have to the Formula Off-Road here in the United States. Check out gravelrama.com for more info.