Jeep TJ Gets Garmin GPS Option
Mopar has added a cool new dealer-installed option to its line of aftermarket Jeep parts. The Trail Guide is a Garmin-built GPS navigation system designed for the Jeep Wrangler that mounts to the dashboard in a custom cradle. Jeep dealers can install the Trail Guide in any '97-'06 Wrangler or Unlimited model. The custom mounting cradle also provides power to the unit and audible voice prompts through dedicated speakers that are said to be easy to hear even when the top is down. The unit can also be removed from the cradle for on-foot travels. The Trail Guide includes detailed street-level maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, with nearly 6 million points of interest, including gas stations, lodging, restaurants attractions, and Jeep dealers and service facilities. It also offers a host of features and capabilities, such as a high-resolution color TFT display, a folding antenna, automatic route calculation, turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions, and automatic route recalculation. The unit is completely waterproof and has an internal lithium-ion battery that provides 20 hours of use outside the mounting cradle. The Trail Guide also accepts Garmin's MapSource U.S. Topo data for off-road adventures. For more information, contact your local Jeep dealership.
BFG Ranks High at CORR Series Finals
Carrying on its victorious reign in off-road motorsports, BFGoodrich earned Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) championship titles in the Pro-4, Pro-2, and Pro-Lite classes at the Nissan Off-Road Nationals presented by Lucas Oil. The series was held in Chula Vista, California, and marked the fifth straight sweep of the CORR year-end Pro-2, Pro-4, and Pro-Lite class championships. Racing on BFG Mud-Terrain T/A KR tires, Pro-2 winner Carl Renezeder remarked, "This is a demanding race, and in order to succeed you need quality tires that can withstand extremely rugged terrain. I'm proud to race on BFGoodrich tires because they consistently perform at the level needed to win an off-road race of this caliber." BFG also made headlines when seven-time AMA Supercross Champion, Jeremy McGrath, raced on to the course in a Pro-2 vehicle equipped with BFGoodrich tires. McGrath earned a Fifth Place Pro-2 finish in Round 13 and a Pro-2 Fourth Place finish in Round 14. In eight consecutive years of CORR events, BFG has won 19 Pro-class championships, reinforcing its position as the tire of choice for the racing series.
Tread Lightly! for Kids
Tread Lightly! recently unveiled its latest effort in teaching outdoor ethics to the growing number of youths recreating with motorized and mechanized vehicles. A new interactive Web site, www.treadlightlykids.com, features Tread Lightly!'s squirrel mascot, Lightfoot, and several of his animal friends, who all teach responsible outdoor use. Kids can enjoy an outdoor quiz and the ATV trail maze, or read the hiking checklist before a trip. A story builder and coloring pages are also offered. Tread Lightly! will also make available a Youth Outreach Kit to government agencies, educators, and other organizations to download. The printable kit includes pledge cards, a kids' principles sheet, a poster, kids' Web banners, and coloring-book pages. For more information, check out www.treadlightlykids.com. Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower generations to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.
UFWDA Adopt-A-Road 4 Conservation Program
The United Four Wheel Drive Association (UFWDA) has made it even easier to participate in the U.S. Forest Service Adopt-A-Road program. The organization has created the United Adopt-A-Road 4 Conservation Program, which provides educational materials on its Web site to aid four-wheel-drive clubs, associations, and businesses in adopting a forest road in their regions. The ultimate goal of the program is to help UFWDA members adopt at least one road in every district of every national forest in the country, which would culminate into a donation of more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service a year. Some of the information offered through the program is a nationwide listing of all Forest Service ranger districts, an Adopt-A-Road agreement form, a guide for planning and conducting an Adopt-A-Road event, a sample event announcement, press release, and newspaper article, and a volunteer sign-in and hour log sheet to track your organization's time and effort. The UFWDA has also declared the first Saturday in October of each year as a coordinated Adopt-A-Road event worldwide and encourages all of its members to create an event to be held on this date. The inaugural event was held October 1, 2005.
The purpose of the Adopt-A-Road program is to develop a partnership between the Forest Service and local citizens to aid the agency in caring for specific roads, trails, or four-wheeling areas. An Adopt-A-Road event typically involves some type of light maintenance to the adopted road and trash cleanup. For many locations, the volunteer efforts of local four-wheel-drive enthusiasts means the difference between keeping a road open or having it closed. For more information, check out www.ufwda.org/adopt-a-road.htm.
CA4WDC Land-Use Bracelets
Want to help keep trails open for motorized use? The California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) is selling its "Working to Keep Our Trails Open" bracelets to do just that. The bracelets sell for $5 each plus shipping and handling, and all proceeds go toward land use. Bracelets can be purchased at the CA4WDC store at www.cal4wheel.com.