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Rock Crawling 4X4 Off Road Trucks - 4 Word

Posted in Features on February 1, 2003
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Contributors: Mark Nobles

'Crawling Forward
In the past few years, I've been to a lot of rockcrawling events. A lot. From one end of the country to the other, I've watched some of the brightest talents in the rockcrawling kingdom take on their competition and provide a hell of a show while doing it. So when I was approached about signing on as a sponsor for an event to be called the Super Crawl, I was a little ambivalent. When you start attaching adjectives like super, fantastic, or best ever to something, you set yourself up for all kinds of criticism because such things rarely come off as well as you'd like. Murphy is always there, waiting to remind you that you are not omnipotent.

Well, the Super Crawl was held in Farmington, New Mexico, on the second weekend in October, and I have to say it was one of the most impressive rockcrawling events I've attended. For one thing, there were more than 100 competitors in attendance, each one ready to battle for the number-one slot. Standing there in the early morning light, watching more than 100 rock rigs getting prepped for the day was an impressive sight. And it definitely added to the "super" atmosphere that promoter Craig Stump strove to create.

And while I'm on the subject, I have to hand it to Craig. As far as I'm concerned, he did a great job promoting Super Crawl. He seemed to have every form of media working for him: papers, magazines, radio, TV. If attendance is any measure of an event's success, then Super Crawl was simply amazing. By all reports, more than 15,000 people came out to watch the rockcrawlers go at it, and that is hands down the biggest crowd I've ever seen at a 'crawling event.

Adding to the rarified atmosphere was the terrain itself. The field of competition was among the most experienced anywhere, and when the drivers finally had the opportunity to see where they would be doing battle over the next two days, every one of them knew they would have to raise their performance level by a notch or two. The courses were simply brutal. I've seen some rockcrawling that boggles the mind, but the Super Crawl courses were just staggering.

Now, if you were hoping to see some of the coverage in this issue, you're going to be disappointed. The event was only a few days ago. However, next month's issue will have a special section on the Super Crawl, and you'll be able to see just how awesome this event was. For now, you can sate your rockcrawling appetite with this month's coverage of Madness at Moon Rocks.

Have fun, and keep 'crawling.

Adding to the rarified atmosphere was the terrain itself. The field of competition was among the most experienced anywhere, and when the drivers finally had the opportunity to see where they would be doing battle over the next two days, every one of them knew they would have to raise their performance level by a notch or two. The courses were simply brutal. I've seen some rockcrawling that boggles the mind, but the Super Crawl courses were just staggering.

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