The Rock Race competition has no rules, and from start to finish, speed is the only factor. Backing up, stopping, or winching are no problem - the only concern for the competitors is getting from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible. This may sound easy to some racers, but hold the event on some of America's toughest rockcrawling courses and you have yourself a wild event.
Steve Rumor, owner of Avalanche Engineering and Avalanche Ranch, created the Rock Race, which offers rockcrawlers the opportunity to compete in a no-hassle competition event. Steve will tell you that there are no cones or backup points, and no whining - just an all-out fun event for competitors and spectators alike. Don't take the no-holds-barred lack of competition rules for granted, however; this is a true motorsport event, and safety and vehicle requirements must still be met.
For each day of competition, there are four to five stages (rockcrawling courses) with a start/finish line. There are no gates or cones - only boundaries and timed checkpoints. Penalties will only be assessed for driving out of bounds, driving out of position due to a breakdown or repair, or unsportsman-like conduct. The team with the lowest overall time for all stages wins.
This Rock Race was the final event for the 2003 season. Pat Gremillion won the event, and Rich and Ryan Schmaus from Wisconsin were named champions for the 2003 series. The 2004 series kicked off March 26-28, with three more competitions held in May, August, and October. For more information about the events, contact: Avalanche Engineering, (970) 884-7716, www.avalancheohvranch.com, www.avalancheengineering.com.