Outdoor Channel Goes High-Def
Following the popularity of such programs as Primedia's Hot Rod TV and Dema Production's Four Wheeler TV, the Outdoor Channel has made the jump to high-definition. The two programs, each with distinctive and loyal fan bases, are now available in vivid HD as part of the programming lineup on the new, all-HD Outdoor Channel 2 HD. Four Wheeler TV offers coverage of off-road adventures, industry events, and contests and challenges, as well as how-to segments that showcase products and accessories from leading manufacturers. For more information and show times, check out: www.outdoorchannel.com.
2006 JeepSpeed Series to Include Wrangler, V-8 Engines
My buddy Super Steve sent me an e-mail the other day with news from the JeepSpeed online forum that Clive Skilton's JeepSpeed Challenge competition series had added some new classes for the 2006 season. In addition to the very popular JeepSpeed Cherokee XJs, a new Wrangler Unlimited class has been announced. Standard-model Wrangler 4x4s will also be permitted providing the vehicle's wheelbase is stretched behind the cab to 103.4 inches. This is the stock wheelbase of the Wrangler Unlimited. Vehicles must include an upright windshield frame, hard doors, and a solid roof above the cab area. Additionally, rear coil springs must remain in the factory location.
The second new class is an Open Jeep class that will include any Jeep vehicle with a max wheelbase of 110 inches. Any Jeep, AMC, Mopar, Dodge, or Chrysler engine will be permitted, with V-8s limited to wet-sump small-blocks. For more information, contact: JeepSpeed, (714) 538-7434, www.jeepspeed.com.
New Events, Just Trails Option for 2006 Jeep Jamboree Season
With two new Jamboree events, the debut of a special edition trip, and a new "Just Trails" option, the 2006 Jeep Jamboree USA season is underway. The first event of the year, the second annual Texas Spur Jeep Jamboree in Llano, Texas, will occur March 24 through 26, and is followed by 31 events across the United States, taking place through the end of October. The new Jambos for 2006 include the Top of the Ozarks Jamboree (4/21-4/23) in Seymour, Missouri, and the Ruby Mountains Jamboree (9/15-9/17) in Elko, Nevada. The special edition adventure includes the first-ever Great Nevada Outback with Mark A. Smith which will provide the opportunity for a select group of Jeepers to spend three days with Off-Road Hall of Fame honoree, Mark A. Smith, on a personal journey through the lands he calls his "backyard."
The latest and greatest feature of the 2006 Jeep Jamboree season is the new "Just Trails" option that will include the traditional Friday and Saturday night family-style dinners but will allow Jamboree guests to make their own meal plans for the remainder of the weekend. This feature was added in direct response to Jamboree guest requests and will help make the "Just Trails" designated events more affordable for families. For those who enjoy the traditional Jamboree format with all seven meals provided for the trip, the "Classic" Jamborees will still be available.