Jump Champs 2 happened again, and it was a success from a lot of angles.
Held at the famed Glen Helen raceway, the time trial track was run on the truck course as well as the surrounding area. The “Time Trials” portion, run as an against the clock competition with no other vehicles on the track took all competitors out onto the famed Glen Helen track as well as a tour around the east end of the GH complex. With fast bumpy straights, jumps and even a sand wash section, the courses had all the good stuff of off-road racing.
A huge variety of vehicles took their turns putting in hot laps and they looked to be having a blast. There were pre-runners, UTV’s, some very fast Baja Bugs and buggies and even a few King of Hammers guys tossing their rock crawlers over the big Glen Helen jumps. If you want to put it on the track, Jump Champs will let you. It’s two-hands full of fun.
Second was the actual jumping event. Last year the jumping was killer…and that was potentially the problem. Exciting it was and safe it wasn’t. Nothing separated the vehicles from the crowd. This year though, the jumping was done on the big tabletop jump on the racecourse. It worked perfectly for it, and huge air shots were going off everywhere. The crowd may have had sore necks from keeping them turned to the left to see that part of the track from the main grandstands, but that’s better than the possibility of an out of control 2 ton, airborne racecar landing on them. This year’s setup was actually better for the jumpers too in that the cars were landing on a slight downhill and not the tooth-rattling flat surface as with last years event. A way better way to land, no doubt.
The time trials saw some folks really getting after it as for many it was their first chance to get their ride out onto a real off-road racecourse. And that’s what is was. They got to see how it is to be behind the wheel at speed, even if they were all alone on the track. It is slightly different when racing in a pack, but this format was great, and everyone had only good things to say about the format.
There were some great leaps, and even those who only left on the smaller jump have our respect; it’s a little hairball to hit any jump north of 60mph with a truck that may be needed to get you to work the next day. Exciting, fun and a little crazy, Jump Champs is worth the price of admission any day.
For info on the next Jump Champs event, go to their website at www.jumpchamps.com and make plans to attend.