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ARB 4X4 Off Road Novice Trail - How To 'Wheel Like Sam

Posted in Features on February 1, 2003 Comment (0)
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Give a man a 4x4 and he'll have fun for a day. Teach a man to 'wheel that 4x4 and he'll 'wheel for life. That's the basic ideology behind the Sam's Off Road-ARB Novice Run, held each year in Clayton, Oklahoma. Building on what started out as a means of getting his customers' feet wet in the world of 'wheeling, Sam Patton, owner of Sam's Off Road in Tulsa, has watched the event expand to include more than 150 vehicles. While many of the participants are veterans of the run and over the years have built their vehicles to be competent enough to conquer any terrain, the Novice Run still attracts a great deal of newbies to the sport in mildly modified to stock vehicles. "We started doing this to involve people in four-wheeling and allow them to meet other people in to four-wheeling," says Sam. In its sixth year, the Novice Run is still providing these opportunities.

The trails around the small town of Clayton offer a diverse selection of terrain, from narrow, wooded Jeep trails to steep hill climbs and dry creek rockcrawls. The novice 'wheelers are treated to a day of scenic dirt trails interspersed with tempting obstacles. Trail guides are on hand to encourage and instruct the new drivers on how to operate their vehicles off-road and comfort them in the event that they experience that first scratch or dent in the fender. For those repeat visitors to the event who have developed and built up their vehicles over the years, Clayton offers plenty of challenging obstacles to further test their driving skills and machines. While much of the trail system sits on public and state land, some of the trails reside on private land, making an event like the Novice Run a great opportunity to conquer trails not readily open to the public.

Customer appreciation is another apparent aspect at the Sam's Off Road-ARB Novice Run. Though you don't have to be a customer of Sam's to participate in the event, you'll certainly want to be a customer once you attend. The family and friends nature that Sam and his staff of family and friends exude is just the first of many good reasons. When you see all the free stuff you could end up with in the after-dinner drawing, you'll probably come up with a few more good reasons. The grand prize was a Mile Marker winch, but no one was disappointed upon winning products and gift certificates from the likes of ARB, IPF Lights, Superlift, Oasis, Sun Performance, Tuffy, or Rancho, to name a few. Also, everyone gets an equal chance at winning; each registered driver received one ticket in exchange for a canned food item to be donated to the local food bank.

Along with ARB, Sam's Off Road has done it again, bringing the sport of four-wheeling to many new, smiling faces. If you're interested in learning the ins and outs of 'wheeling, or simply want to have a good time with old and new friends, sign up for next year's event. Before long, you just might find yourself 'wheeling like Sam. For more information, check out, or call (918) 446-5535.


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