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Jeep Jamboree - 4X News

Front Line
Christian Lee | Writer
Posted October 1, 2002

Jeep Jambo Back In Baja
Jeep Jamboree events have been Jeeping across the nation for 50 years since its inaugural run of 55 vehicles over the Rubicon Trail. Since that time, the events have grown in size and number, now boasting 34 events per year with thousands of participants and vehicles in attendance. Now, in response to veteran jamboree participants, the organization is reintroducing one of the most popular events of its busy calendar, the Sea of Cortez Jeep Jamboree, held in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.

The Sea of Cortez Jamboree will feature three days of professionally guided exploration through a variety of trails of all degrees of difficulty, including a newly opened route through the Sierra San Pedro Martir Mountains. Each of the trailruns will wind around the sandy beaches of San Felipe and into the hills and desert areas filled with Cardon Cactus and geological history. The trail rides will also traverse sections of the Baja 1000 racecourse and are fully narrated on the local history by experienced guides. The evenings will come to a close with a traditional Mexican fiesta, complete with traditional pig roast and mariachi music performed by local musicians. After the festivities, the town of San Felipe offers its own blend of night life, from classic lounges such as Bar Miramar to night club life at Rock-a-dile. San Felipe also offers up some of tastiest fish tacos and local cuisine in the region. For more information about the Sea of Cortez Jeep Jamboree, contact: Jeep Jamboree USA Inc., Dept. 4WDSU, (530) 333-4777, www.jeepjamboreeusa.com.

Support The Sport
What do you do when your hobby starts losing ground in its efforts to stay legal? Spend every living second of your life working to ensure that it does? Believe it or not, there are a few good souls out there who do just that. In many cases it's in addition to their normal 40-hour week, too. So what can you do that's maybe a little less labor-intensive and time-consuming but still a great service to the off-road community? Ensuring that the sport of four-wheeling will be around for your grandchildren's grandchildren to enjoy can be as easy as supporting others in similar efforts. Talk to your local 4x4 shop to find out if they're active in the cause, and if they aren't, encourage them to get involved. Support businesses that support the United Four Wheel Drive Association (UFWDA) and other four-wheel-drive enthusiast and activist organizations such as the Blue Ribbon Coalition and Tread Lightly. Joining these organizations is also a good start. Another great means of becoming involved is through joining your local 4WD club. Many of these clubs not only offer fun events and club rides, but they also organize trail cleanup and repair weekends, donate time to local charities, and form a strong alliance against those groups focused on land closure. For more information about fighting the good fight and helping to keep trails open to the public, check out the following Web sites. And remember, even you can make a difference. Now get busy at it. These Web sites will show you how: www.ufwda.org, www.sharetrails.org, and www.delalbright.com.

Address Correction
The contact information for Front Range Off-Road Fabrication included in the July '02 issue in the article titled "Full-Floater" is incorrect. The company can be reached at Front Range Off-Road Fabrication, Dept. 4WDSU, 24192 Red Feather Rd., Red Feather, CO 80545, (970) 881-2418, www.frontrangeoffroadfab.com.

NEUROC On The Block
Adding to the recent surge in rockcrawling competitions popping up across the Nation, the North Eastern U.S. Rockcrawling and Offroad Championship, aka NEUROC, is the newest organization to offer such events. Using rules similar to those of RCAA, CalROCS, and other sanctioning bodies, and even hiring known tech specialists and course designers, Rick Klein and Bob Roggy, NEUROC's first event will take place September 7-8, 2002, at the Paragon Adventure Park in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

NEUROC will offer three separate vehicle classes geared to attracting a good variety of competitors. The classes will be split into Stock Modified, Pro Modified, and Unlimited, with a maximum tire size of 35 inches for Stock Modified, 40 inches for Pro Modified, and any DOT-approved tire size for the Unlimited. Each competitor will also adhere to strict safety and vehicle regulations per their class designations. A full listing of the rules is available on the NEUROC Web site at www.neuroc.com. Also look to the event sponsors for further information. Event sponsors include OK Auto 4WD & Tire, Skyjacker, TJM Products, Advance Adapters, Staun Tire Deflators, Warn Industries, Tom Wood's Custom Drive Shafts, Fisher, Xtreme Performance Products, Extang, and Bushwacker. Links to these Web sites are available at the NEUROC site.

Descending upon Farmington, New Mexico, October 8-12, the 2002 World Championship SuperCrawl will boast a purse of $52,000, said to be the largest ever offered for a single rockcrawling event. SuperCrawl will bring together the Top Ten finishers of designated events sanctioned by participating organizations. Those participating include such groups as UROC, CalROCS, ERoCC, Kremmling Crawl, Rock Garden Four Wheelers, ProROCK, NWRCA, RCAA, and Extreme Crawlers. Each of the qualifying participants, some traveling from as far as Iceland, Italy, and Canada, are among the top rockcrawlers in the world and will be competing for the World Championship for the first time ever. For more information about SuperCrawl or any of the participating organizations, visit www.uroc4x4.com.

100 Years Of FordWith its centennial celebration right around the corner, Ford Motor Company has planned a series of activities to commemorate the event. This historic milestone in Ford's history falls on June 16, 2003. In an effort to communicate the company's history to the public, as well as better involve those who hold the Ford brand near and dear to their hearts, Ford has established a 100th anniversary Web site, which can be accessed through www.ford.com. The Web site will be continually developed in phases through the next year as the scheduled events unfold. One of the sections of the anniversary Web site titled, "Your Stories," invites site visitors to relate their Ford stories. All you Ford folks might hop on this opportunity to share your experiences about your early or late-model Bronco, fullsize tow rig, or even that GPW you drove while overseas.

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