The Minnesota Go-4s Annual Bash
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Its proper name is the Minnesota Go-4 Wheelers Annual Total Off Road Rally, but in the four-wheel-drive community, its simply referred to as Dresser. The Rally takes place at the Trollhaugen Ski Area near the small town of Dresser and includes mud racing, tough truck drags, monster trucks, trail rides, camping, and more. Over the years, the Go-4s have transformed some of Trollhaugens unused property into a home for this diverse event. The Go-4s designed all the 4x4 trails and modify them each year, incorporating ideas gleaned from experiences at other trail rides as well as their own twisted sense of extreme four-wheeling. The group has hosted the Rally for 31 years and counting.
Hard-core trail runners will be quite pleased at how the Go-4s construct their trails. Deep mud, Hyundai-sized rocks, and looming tree-trunk stairs are prevalent. Lockers and 33s are the rule if you want to do battle with the major obstacles (and win). There are bypasses around each of the difficult obstacles, so the adventurous can still enjoy the trails without risking drivetrain and/or body damage. All the obstacles have names, so participants can brag about which one they beat or mumble about which one kicked their butts. Of course, all trail vehicles must pass a basic tech inspection to run, and for safety, Go-4 members are posted at each obstacle to lend assistance during recoveries. Each member assigned to an obstacle is in radio contact with event operations.
Each year, the Go-4s have added to and improved their infield, which now features tracks for monster and tough trucks as well as dual mud-racing lanes. For spectators, every seat is a good one, because the track sits in a natural bowl. In 1999, the Go-4s brought in six monster trucks (Gravedigger, Nitemare II, Bearfoot, Monster Patrol, Extreme Overkill, and Executioner) for a Double Triathlon, which included a killer freestyle show. (Overkill broke an axle.) Dual black peat mud tracks welcomed a full plate of mud racing from Stock to Open classes. The Central Mudracing Association (CMA) sanctioned the event, which drew in some of the best mud racers in the business. The National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA)sanctioned tough truck racing took place on a lengthy, chewed-up track and included every obstacle known to destroy a truck.
The spectator area, known as The Hill, featured a manufacturers row, food, and the XXX-treme Challenge. The XXX-treme Challenge offered spectators the chance to watch the rockcrawling participants do battle against a man-made, uphill boulder field. This competition was open to all registered players. An RTI ramp (sponsored by the Minnesota Four Wheel Drive Association) was in the camping area along with food, showers, and evening entertainment under a big tent.
The 2000 event will feature all kinds of new stuff, including the brand-new Dresser Y2K Trail Challenge, which is open to any registered participant from the 99 event. This hard-core event (modeled after Four Wheelers Top Truck Challenge) will test your vehicles toughness and your driving skills over a series of runs. The winner will be showered with more than $5,000 in cash and prizes.
It doesnt matter what you call the Go-4s Memorial event, just make sure youre there in 2000. For information on Memorial 2000, contact Go-4 at its Memorial hot line 612/427-5903 or visit its Web site at www.memorial4x4.org.