'Wheeling San Diego Style
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That this event even took place is testimony that four-wheelers have more fun than scientifically allowable, because it was doomed. Full of bad omens. For starters, the inaugural 99 event was promoted as the first annual, so technically, it didnt even exist. Then there was the Y2K hoopla that preceded this second happening by a mere two weeks, where little, if anything, was supposed to survive. Add to this that the entire gig takes place in the Superstition Mountains and you have a recipe for near certain disaster.
Against these odds, the second annual San Diego 4 Wheelers Superstition Mountains run was quite enjoyable, much like last years event. With runs suited for everything from the novice SUV driver to the harebrained dents-be-damned wheeler, and the terrain ranging from rather large sand dunes to unforgiving rock (sometimes combined), it would be hard not to find fun at this site. Should someone still manage to get bored, there was always the opportunity to discuss the weather, which in this locale just north of El Centro, California, offered temperatures in the low to mid 70s under clear to occasionally overcast skies. In other words, perfect January desert weather. Four-wheel-drives of most every make (when was the last time you saw a Nissan Patrol?), model, and size lined up in the morning for Saturdays trail runs, and shortly thereafter the Blue Angels started their free show, practicing spectacular aerial maneuvers over a nearby bombing range for all participants to see.
The first two San Diego 4 Wheelers Superstition Mountains runs attracted about 100 registered vehicles, and this relatively small number indicates that the odds for winning on the entry ticket at the raffle were good. That may change, of course, if more people find out about the third event, scheduled January 1315, 2001. In other words, dont tell too many of your friends to check out the San Diego 4 Wheelers Web site (sd4wheel.com) for more info on next years run. Unless, of course, the new millennium does the world in when it arrives for real just a few days before, and the whole thing gets canceled. Nah, thats just one lousy threat, and besides, the third time is supposed to be a charm.