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Ultimate Adventure 2015: Help Us Choose the Final 12 Applicants!

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2015 on April 16, 2015
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Each year, we put out a call-to-action for all off-roaders who deem themselves and their rigs fit for the task of a full week of 4-wheeling, covering multiple states and thousands of grueling miles. If you think you meet the requirements and are up for the task of wheeling through some of the most incredible trails in the country, we want you to apply to take part in a once in a lifetime adventure, the Ultimate Adventure! Ever since the beginning of Ultimate Adventure we have gotten hundreds of applications from hopeful readers eager to join the elite ranks of those who have gone before.

We present to you, a view inside the decision making for who will get to join us on our 2015 Ultimate Adventure. The deadline to enter has passed and we have narrowed down our selection to these 12 applicants. Who exactly is going on UA15? We can't tell you. Not because we don't want to but because we haven't decided yet. We want your opinion! Tell us who you would like to see join our crew on Ultimate Adventure 2015 by commenting on these 12 finalists. And stay tuned to www.fourwheeler.com for more updates on Ultimate Adventure 2015!

Remember, you are not voting on who will attend Ultimate Adventure. This is not a contest and the final decision is up to the 4-Wheel & Off-Road staff. We are only looking for INPUT and OPINIONS on who you would like to see join us on this trip.

Bill Costa

Age:41
City: North Concord
State: Vermont
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1946 Chevrolet Pickup
Engine: 5.3-liter GM LS V-8
Induction: EFI
Transmission: 4L60E
Transfer Case(s): 203/205 Doubler with triple stick shifters
Front Axle: Dana 60
Differential: Locked
Gear Ratio: 5.13
Rear Axle: Corporate 14-Bolt
Differential: Locked
Gear Ratio: 5.13
Front Suspension: 4-link with 18-inch coilovers
Rear Suspension: 4-link with 18-inch coilovers
Tires (make, model & size): 39.5x13.5R15 Super Swamper IROK
Wheels (make, model & size): 15x9 steel with weld on beadlocks
Winch: 12,000-pound Smittybilt
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 2 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: N/A
How long have you been wheeling?: Over 20 years.
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: North Woods Off Road
What trails do you run?: Local club trails, Field and Forest, Rocky Mountain Terrain Park, Jericho State Park
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?:No, longest was a 30day camping trip.
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: I can't think of a better way to spend a vacation. Two of the things I love the most, wheeling and camping. Add to that the thrill of the adventure, not knowing where you'll be heading one day to the next, being surrounded by a group of awesome capable 4x4's and a bunch of like minded folks, and a few beers around a campfire, it would be the trip of a lifetime.

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Carl Jones

Age:32
City: Park Hill
State: Oklahoma
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1984 Toyota Pickup (GOAT)
Engine: 3.4-liter Toyota V-6
Induction: EFI
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Transfer Case(s): Ultimate Duals Marlin Crawler Cases with 4.7 gears in the rear case (223:1 ratio)
Front Axle: Toyota 8-inch with Trussed Chromoly Dirty 30's
Differential: Detroit Locker
Gear Ratio: 5.29 gears
Rear Axle: Toyota 8-inch with Chromoly Dirty 30's
Differential: Marlin Spool
Gear Ratio: 5.29
Front Suspension: Trail Gear HD 5-inch springs
Rear Suspension: Trail Gear HD 5-inch springs
Tires (make, model & size): 38.5x14.5R15 Super Swamper SX with balancing beads
Wheels (make, model & size): 15x10 MRW Extreme 36-bolt beadlocks
Winch: 8,500-pound Superwinch
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 12 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Marlin Crawler Hi-Steer, Toyota IFS Steering box, LineLock, Toyota V-6 front brakes, rear disc brakes, Stainless Steel brake lines, 1-inch Master Cylinder, Trail Gear Diff armor, Trail Gear bombproof engine and transmission mounts, Trail Gear low profile crossmember, Trail Gear Creeper joints, Trail Gear front driveshaft, custom rear driveshaft, chromoly output shaft in T-case, Bilstein 5150 shocks with bumpstops, HID headlights, a pair of 10-inch CREE LED flood light bars, 35-inch CREE LED light bar, CREE LED rock lights, 1996 Tacoma dash, Twin Stick with hardened springs, custom ammo boxes for storage, full 1.75-inch exocage
How long have you been wheeling?:14 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: Urban Wheeling, NEO 4x4, Oklahoma Crawlers, Yota Crawlers, Extreme 4 Wheelin
What trails do you run?: Green Mamba and Extension, Black Sheep Boulevard, Pucker Sluce, Lonestar, Cakewalk, Van Alstine (Clayton, OK), Waterfall, Lil' Blue and Nose Dive (Disney, OK)
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?: Yes
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: I've been reading 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine since I was 16 and have always been amazed by the rigs and vehicles. When I was 17 I saw the first issue featuring the Ultimate Adventure and I was hooked on the experience. Ever since then, I have wanted to participate in it. The UA is an off-roader's dream. It's an ultimate test of your rig, yourself and your teammates. I would love to experience the challenge of off-road driving, road driving, camping and being self sufficient for a week of wheeling with a group of 20-30 wheelers. To be able to experience the comradely of different wheelers from around the country would be a great way to spend a week. Just to see the different types of rigs, with different setups and ideas to problems. Wheeling isn't about how much money you have, what type of rig you have or where you live. It's about having fun in the outdoors, conquering obstacles and pushing your boundaries while enjoying the company of friends and meeting new people to wheel with. When I joined the Army in 2012, I made myself a promise to get my truck ready to enter in the first Ultimate Adventure after I got out. The time has come for 2015 where I am able to enter. I look forward to the opportunity to join the short list of people that have participated in the Ultimate Adventure.

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David Pearcy

Age: 34
City: Federak Way
State: Washington
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1993 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ80
Engine: 4.5-liter 1FZ inline-6
Induction: EFI
Transmission: A442F automatic
Transfer Case(s): Stock Fulltime 4WD
Front Axle: Stock high pinion Toyota 8-inch
Differential: Stock E-locker
Gear Ratio: 4.88 gears
Rear Axle: Stock Full Float 9.5-inch
Differential: Stock E-locker
Gear Ratio: 4.88 gears
Front Suspension: Stock radius arms with Slee 4-inch Kit (including adjustable panhard), Bud Built draglink and tie rod
Rear Suspension:Stock 4-link with Slee 4-inch kit (Including adjustable upper control arms and panhard), Metal Tech lower control arms
Tires (make, model & size): 315/75R16 Toyo Opern Country Mud Terrain
Wheels (make, model & size): N/A
Winch: Warn 9.5XP with remote control
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 5 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Driveway bob job, Metal Tech front bumper and sliders, 4x4labs rear bumper, Custom transmission/T-case skid plate, Longfield Superaxles, Cobra CB, Safari Snorkel
How long have you been wheeling?: 5 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: Seattle Cruiserheads
What trails do you run?: Elbe Hills, Evans Creek, Naches, Elbe Hiils, Walker Valley and Tahuaya
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?: No
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: It's on the wheeling bucket list. moab, Rubicon, and UA if I can get in. Long-time outdoor enthusiast. started in my boyscout years (Eagle Scout, numerous 50 mile hikes). After getting my BS in Mechanical Engineering, I caught the wrenching bug and got into autocrossing. Besides stereos, I'd never worked on cars or even changed my own oil. I could not afford to pay so I had to do all my own work. Lots of reading and trial and error and soon I had a built supercharged Civic SI. Then my autocross club changed and it lost the friendly vibe. My best friend was raised in a Jeep family. (Barrel racing and off-roading) I'd gone out with him several times and really had fun. While on a two-week business trip I decided to sell my Honda parts and get a 4x4. One week after getting home I bought my FZJ80, dropped $5,000 on the Slee lift, sliders and the 35-inch Toyo's. Two weeks after buying it I was on the trail. Ever since I have loved adventuring, modifying my rig, seeing what I could do and coming home to fix things. Shooting the breeze with good people and trail fixes are almost as fun as driving. UA would be a once in a lifetime chance to see wheeling outside the PNW. I currently don't have a cage but have been considering one. UA would be the perfect excuse to pull the trigger. Funds will not be a problem.

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Jack Sloan

Age: 31
City: Farmington
State: West Virginia
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1993 Ford Explorer
Engine: 4.0-liter OHV V-6
Induction: EFI
Transmission: A4LD Automatic
Transfer Case(s): Borg Warner 1354
Front Axle: High Pinion Dana 44
Differential: Detroit EZ Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.88
Rear Axle: Ford 8.8
Differential: Lockrite Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.88
Front Suspension: Radius arms with variable rate coils
Rear Suspension: Spring Over Axle lift
Tires (make, model & size): 35x12.50R15 Cooper STT
Wheels (make, model & size): N/A
Winch: Rugged Ridge Recon 10,500-pound winch
How long have you owned this vehicle?:12 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Internal roll cage, rock sliders, custom front and rear bumpers, winch, CB radio, lockers, extended radius arms, fire extinguisher, LED flood lights, recovery equipment
How long have you been wheeling?: 8 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: president of the West Virginia Jeep Club, Marion County Off-Road
What trails do you run?: Hatfield McCoy Ivy Branch, Chaos Off-Road Park, Big Dogs Off-road and local trails
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?: 4 day weekend trips
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: The best part of being involved in this sport is the comradery you find when you're out with others. UA 2015 not only gives me a chance to meet new people and experience new trails, it also lets me see how far I can push mine and my rig's abilities. I've been building my Explorer over the years to be both capable and able to get me to and from the trails. UA 15 will be a real test of what my soccer mom SUV turned off-roader can handle and a great time shared with people who have a common interest in the off-road lifestyle.

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Jeffrey Corwin

Age: 42
City: Littleton
State:Colorado
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1998 Land Rover Range Rover
Engine: 4.6-liter V-8
Induction: EFI
Transmission: Automatic
Transfer Case(s): Factory Borg Warner
Front Axle: Factory Rover
Differential: ARB Air Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.10
Rear Axle: Factory Rover
Differential: ARB Air Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.10
Front Suspension: Modified factory radius arm with air suspension
Rear Suspension: Modified factory radius arm with air suspension
Tires (make, model & size): 315/75R16 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM2
Wheels (make, model & size): Factory Rover alloy wheels
Winch: Warn 9000-pound winch
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 9 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Fabricated front bumper, custom suspension with lengthened radius arms with caster correction, Arnott Inc Gen 3 air bags capable of more wheel travel, custom air springs spacers, OME shocks, modified EAS height sensors and software calibration, aftermarket bump stops, 1-inch body lift, aftermarket bucket seats and mounts, CB radio, Safety Devices roof rack, RCV front axle shafts, Chromoly custom rear axle shafts.
How long have you been wheeling?: 15 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?:Solihull Society (Colorado Land Rover club), Blue Ribbon Coalition, Stay the Trail supporter
What trails do you run?:Trying to hit everything Colorado and Moab, Utah has to offer. My Holy Cross, Mt. Blanca, Spring Creek, Moab Rim, Poison Spider, Gold Bar Rim, Hell's Revenge, Pritchett Canyon.
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?: Close but not yet. Looking forward to it.
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?:I have followed the Ultimate Adventure stories for years, and love the belief that the vehicles should and can be used day to day on the road and on the trail. It's a lot of what I saw in the old Camel Trophy adventure films from Land Rover, only with harder and more established trails. It's the group spirit of adventure and friendships and helping each other. I like that it's not about one vehicle being better than another, but that each one has it's own qualities, and how the owner and driver has put themselves into that vehicle build. Sure I'd like to see a Land Rover on the Ultimate Adventure and even better if it's mine, but it's also about being a part of a unique event with cool and interesting people and getting to see places I haven't been. The outdoors and wheeling is part of what I enjoy and any opportunity is great. Of course to promote responsible use of trails, land and vehicles is important as well as promoting good will towards others.

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Justin Cardwell

Age: 34
City: Eugene
State: Oregon
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1994 Suzuki Sidekick
Engine: 2.7-liter Toyota 2TR-FE
Induction: EFI
Transmission: Toyota R150
Transfer Case(s): Toyota Dueals with 23 spline inputs, 4.7 gears in rear case
Front Axle: Toyota FJ60 Land Cruiser front axle
Differential: Toyota locker
Gear Ratio: 5.29
Rear Axle: Toyota FZJ80 rear axle
Differential: Toyota Electric Locker
Gear Ratio: 5.29
Front Suspension: 4-link with coilovers and hydraulic bump stops
Rear Suspension:4-link with coilovers and hydraulic bump stops
Tires (make, model & size): 39.5x13.5R15 Interco Irok tires
Wheels (make, model & size): 15x10 American Racing 589 wheels with Inner Air Beadlocks
Winch: Warn HS9500i
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 6 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Stock equipment would be the body panels, dash and a portion of the frame. The rest was modified by myself.
How long have you been wheeling?: 16 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: Oregon Overtakers
What trails do you run?: TSF, Hoodoo, Rubicon, Hammers, All over the Oregon Dunes, Any number of mountains which ever has the best snow that day.
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?: Yes
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: I have been reading your magazine way before I was old enough to drive. The Ultimate Adventure issue is always something I look forward to. I can only imagine the sleepless nights leading up to this adventure if I was actually chosen. Behind my family, wheeling is what I live for. There is nothing that gets me more excited than going wheeling on trails that I have never been on. So naturally, Ultimate Adventure would be a dream come true for me.

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Mark Young

Age: 42
City: Bothell
State: Washington
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1961 International Harvester Scout Model 80
Engine: 472ci High Compression V-8 out of a 1969 Cadillac
Induction: Tuned Quadrajet (TBI is in the works and could be on by the event)
Transmission: TH400 Switch Pitch Automatic (dual stall), Derale fluid cooler with fan
Transfer Case(s): Dana 300 with twin stick shifters
Front Axle: Chevy Full Width Dana 44
Differential: Lockright Locker
Gear Ratio: 5.38
Rear Axle: International Full Float Dana 60
Differential: Lincoln Locker
Gear Ratio: 5.38
Front Suspension: Spring over axle leaf sprung setup, long travel Bilstein 5125 shocks
Rear Suspension: Spring over axle leaf sprung setup, long travel Bilstein 5125 shocks, anti-wrap bar
Tires (make, model & size): 37x14.5R15 Toyo Open Country Mud Terrain tires
Wheels (make, model & size): 15x8 US Wheel steelies with weld-on beadlocks with 3/8-inch thick aluminum ring
Winch: Warn 8270 - Non free-spool version of the 8274. Upgraded motor and in-cab controller.
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 10 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: High-flow power steering pump and box modifications, Hydro-assist steering ram, Hi-steer steering arms with studs and acorns, Tilt and telescoping Cadillac steering column, RCI bucket seats, Full multi-point rollcage, LED front driving lights, LED interior lights, Derale transmission fluid cooler with fan, remote oil filter, hood louvers for reduced engine compartment temps, custom windshield drop hold down assembly, 19-gallon aluminum fuel cell, fuel cell vent with roll-over loop, LED tail lights, front and rear rock lights, iPod/iPhone stereo and marine amp, front tow hooks, rear tow clevis, vehicle mounted Hi-lift jack, vehicle mounted short space shovel.
How long have you been wheeling?: 22 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: None
What trails do you run?: Wenatchee National Forest - "Little Naches" area, Reiter Trails (new ORV area) and Walker Valley in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?:Yes, multiple times, just not this far from home.
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: The Ultimate Adventure series is one that I greatly look forward to every year in the print magazine. The past 2 or 3 years have been great to watch on Youtube. To me it fully represents what the sport/hobby is about. Taking a group of individuals and going on a journey with a varying level of skill, vehicle ability, and driving prowess. There is something to be learned everyday and the UA is a full week of learning. I have been wheeling/off-roading for what equals half of my life now, and yet I have never been on an adventure like this. I have been on multiple week long wheeling/camping trips with friends, but never with a group of like minded strangers. I would love the opportunity to represent my area, my vehicle brand, and myself by being a part of the group. I feel that I have enough experience and capability to be a valid addition to the group, and an overall good companion. I work in outside sales for a living, so I have the ability to take the time for the trip, and use my background to really become a great team member. I have been socially active on Pirate4x4.com since 2002 as "HARVESTER OF SORROW" and am very active on Instagram, Facebook, and various other more local boards. I would be very pro-active in promoting #UA2015 and the brand as a whole. I understand that aspect is crucial to the continued success of the UA series. Lastly, to be given the opportunity to be a member of the 2015 UA would be a dream come true. For back in 2003/2004, before the internet, I applied to be a part of the Camel Trophy series. Though so unrealistic at the time, it was still a dream. Hand writing the application, sending in color shots of some wheeling adventures, licking the envelope and affixing a stamp squarely on the corner...so romantic. Then I had my first son. Then my second. Then, well you know the rest of the story, life just happens, and we struggle to different degrees to just get things done. Now my boys are 17 and 14...and I think it is time to go on that adventure.

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Phil Pasciak

Age: 45
City: Minden
State: Nevada
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1969 Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser
Engine: 4.2-liter Toyota 2F Inline Six
Induction: Weber 38/38 that has been jetted and tuned. Works great at angles
Transmission: GM SM420 4-speed manual
Transfer Case(s): '73 Toyota T-case with Fairy OD
Front Axle: Toyota 9.5-inch axle
Differential: Factory Electric Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.88
Rear Axle: Toyota 9.5-inch axle
Differential: Detroit Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.88
Front Suspension: Spring Under Axle with custom Shackle reversal, BDS rear 4-inch FJ-40 springs, stretched 3 inches
Rear Suspension: Spring Under Axle with inboarded hangers, BDS 5-inch YJ springs, stretched 7 inches
Tires (make, model & size): 37x12.5R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers
Wheels (make, model & size): 17x9 Method Beadlocks
Winch: Warn 8274-50 with Masterpull synthetic rope
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 18 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Saginaw power steering with 1-ton rod ends, 4x4 Labs low steer arms with 5-bolt modification, four wheel power disc brakes, York on-board air, dual Optima batteries, hot water shower, welder, inverter, Chromoly axles and hub gears, Cage tied to frame, DOM fenders front and rear, 1/4-inch wall driveshafts, everthing armored under the rig. I've built every piece on the rig from setting up the differentials, rebuilding the transmission to fabrication using the KISS principle. I sometimes wheel alone so prer, knowledge of the rig are a must. Simple, reliable and Functional.
How long have you been wheeling?: 28 Years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: TLCA, Pacific Mountain Cruisers, TRG
What trails do you run?: Rubicon, Fordyce, Barrett, Moab, Hammers and some Northern Nevada trails.
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?: Yes
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: I feel Ultimate Adventure truly embraces the freedom a 4x4 can give a person. For me, the adventure starts when I leave the driveway, not at the trail head. Discovering new places to wheel and having a versatile enough vehicle to get there, explore, and get back is what wheeling is to me (most of my wheelin' buddies' rigs have evolved into trailer queens). I enjoy every minute of it, including getting it there, the stucks and the breaks. It just adds to the adventure and makes for better stories. Knowing and driving to my Cruiser's strenghts and weaknesses helps me push the limits and keep the breakage to a minimum. I've followed UA for years and always wanted to attend. Finally I'm in a position where I am able to go. Sharing this wheeling adventure with like minded people would be an incredible experience. It's as much about the people as the 4x4's.

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Robert Keller

Age: 36
City: Deland
State: Florida
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1989 GMC V3500
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Induction: TBI Fuel Injection
Transmission:SM465 4-speed manual
Transfer Case(s): NP205
Front Axle: Dana 60 front
Differential: Spartan Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.11
Rear Axle: GM 14-Bolt
Differential: Grizzly Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.11
Front Suspension: Relocated front spring hangers with 52-inch springs swap and 6-inch shackles, 14-inch stroke King shocks
Rear Suspension: Stock 56-inch springs with leaves removed and homemade shackle flip with 12-inch stroke Rancho shocks
Tires (make, model & size): 40x13.50R17 Goodyear MTR/Kevlar tires
Wheels (make, model & size): 17x9 Cragar Soft 8 steel wheels
Winch: Hidden Smittybilt 12,000-pound winch with synthetic rope
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 1 year
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Crossover steering, hydro assist, 1.5-inch DOM Tierod, custom shock hoops, custom built bed with toolbox and fuel tank, wheelbase shortened 42 inches from original cab and chassis lenght to 120-inch wheelbase, front axle moved 1.5 inches forward, provisions for rear mounted winch, 1410 front driveshaft
How long have you been wheeling?: 15 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: F.A.R. (Florida Adventure Rigs), Mid Florida Jeep Club
What trails do you run?: Ocala National Forest, Hardrock MX, Windrock, Hatfeild McCoy Trail System (Ivy Branch), The Cove (Bigdogs Spring Fling), Citrus WMA, Southern Off-Road Adventure Rally
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?:Yes
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: I want to go on Ultimate Adventure because it has been a dream of mine. I have read and watched Ultimate Adventure for years and I finally have a rig I feel is capable of surviving the adventure. I'm at a point in my life I am able to go on a trip of this magnitude. I have recently joined a small group that has reignited my passion for off-road adventure, the group goes on a several days, up to a week, of adventure wheeling. My first trips were in my jeep, but now I have returned to my fullsize roots and decided to build this truck so my wife and son can go on some of my adventures. The truck is a jack of all trades with a simple drive train that's easy to find parts for. My dad gave me the truck, but it had been sitting for over 9 years in the woods and had a small rodent issue in the cab. I have currently been driving the truck daily just because it's fun to drive. I have no issues with repairs, and I've done all the work on the truck myself, including building the driveshafts. If you would like to see any other pictures of the truck, you can find them on Instagram @rkeller51 . I hope to get a phone call, if not, I'll try again next year.

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Roy Obermann

Age: 53
City: Delta
State: British Columbia, Canada
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1972 GMC Jimmy
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Induction: Tuned Port Injected
Transmission: NV4500
Transfer Case(s):NP205 with Offroad Design Magnum Box
Front Axle: Dana 44 HD
Differential: ARB Air Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.09
Rear Axle: Strange Engineering Dana 60
Differential: ARB Air Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.10
Front Suspension: Leaf Springs
Rear Suspension: Leaf Springs
Tires (make, model & size): 35x12.50R15 Goodyear MTR Wrangler tires
Wheels (make, model & size): Trailready HD Beadlocks 15x9
Winch: Milemarker 9,000-pound hydraulic winch
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 10 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Psc hydraulic assist steering, RCV performance cv axleshafts, solid axle forged spindles and hubs, Willwood dual piston front brakes, Baer drilled and slotted rotors front and rear, ARB iron diff covers front and rear, Offroad Design crossover steering, brace and shackles, Strange 35-spline 1540 steel rear axleshafts, Tom Wood 1350 CV driveshafts, CNC cuttiing brakes, twin stick shift for transfer case, performance aluminum radiator, dual batteries, Derale engine and hydraulic fluid oil coolers, custom DOM roll cage, custom rock sliders, Advance Adapters clutch bellhousing, heim joint clutch linkage, Hedman ceramic headers, CB radio, fire extinguisher, matching spare beadlock wheel and tire, custom dual shear steering box pinion shaft,
How long have you been wheeling?: 35 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: 4 Wheel Drive Association of British Columbia
What trails do you run?: Whipshaw Creek, all over British Columbia backcountry, mud, rocks and anything. Attended Blazer Bash in Moab, Utah in 2012.
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?: Yes
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: I think it would be a lot of fun and very cool to go. I think I could learn from all the experience of the group. My Jimmy is a beautiful truck loved by most people, an icon of 4 Wheeling history. Most of my friends think it would be crazy to risk damaging such a beautiful and rare 4x4, but I think the Jimmy deserves it! My Jummy is also a standard and not many guys are driving standards these days. I can drive it very well. I also believe that it would bring attention to your advertisers in your magazine. I have parts in the Jimmy from many of them including DTS Drivetrain Service, Tom Woods, RCV Performance, Offroad Design, Summit Racing, LMC Truck, Milemarker, Trailready, Goodyear, PSC, Advance Adapters and ARB just to name a few. Thanks for your consideration.

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Stephan Blair

Age: 31
City: Cedar Rapids
State: Iowa
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1984 Jeep CJ-7 Tube Buggy
Engine: 360ci AMC V-8
Induction: EFI
Transmission: TH400
Transfer Case(s): Dana 300
Front Axle: Spidertrax 9-Inch
Differential: Detroit Locker
Gear Ratio: 5.40
Rear Axle: Ford 9-Inch
Differential: Spool
Gear Ratio: 5.40
Front Suspension: 4-link with coilovers
Rear Suspension: 4-link with coilovers
Tires (make, model & size): 42x14R17 Super Swamper Irok tires
Wheels (make, model & size): 17x9 steel wheels with Marsh Racing weld-on beadlocks
Winch: Warn 9.5ti
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 16 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: The Shorter list is what stock parts are left. After ripping suspension mounts off the frame multiple times and a fair amount of body damage, the Jeep was rebuilt into a tube chassis with roughly the same dimesions as the original Jeep. The T-case, hood, grille, cowl and section of the tailgate are all that is left from the original Jeep.
How long have you been wheeling?: 18 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: Currently none.
What trails do you run?: Private land in Iowa, Cliffs Insane Terrain Park, public land in the UP of Michigan
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?: Yes
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: Short Answer: I've dreamed of going on this trip since 2002-ish, and I can't think of a better way to spend a week in July. Long answer: I pretty much eat, sleep, breath all things 4-wheeling, and it I'm sure it drives my wife crazy. I love camping, being outdoors and playing with 4x4's. I am always up for an adventure and trying new things(at least in a 4x4). Being led blind across the country in a group of 4x4's seems like the ultimate vacation I could ever go on(I've got 2 young kids, I'm used to not having a lot of sleep). My second favorite part of going 4 wheeling is meeting new people with the same addiction I have. I built my Jeep to be able to take it all around the country, although it may have gone a little too extreme for regular street use, I'm trying to bring it back some. I've got some paint work to do when I finish the body work on the hood and grille. I'll pretty much paint it any color if it means getting to go on Ultimate Adventure.

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Travis Bennett

Age:35
City: Picayune
State:Mississippi
Entered Before?: No
Vehicle (year/make/model): 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Engine: 360ci AMC V-8
Induction: EFI
Transmission: Torqueflite 727
Transfer Case(s): Dana 300
Front Axle: Dana 60
Differential: Spool
Gear Ratio: 4.56
Rear Axle: 14-Bolt
Differential: Detroit Locker
Gear Ratio: 4.56
Front Suspension: 4-Link with 14-inch air shocks
Rear Suspension: leaf springs
Tires (make, model & size): 38-inch Yokohama Geolander MT
Wheels (make, model & size):17-inch Raceline Beadlocks
Winch: Warn 8274
How long have you owned this vehicle?: 9 years
Please list any other non-stock equipment: Custom roll cage, suspension seats with 5-point harness, on-board air, front and rear Tom Woods driveshafts, ORC diff covers, 35-spline Warn locking hubs, chromoly frotn axles and joints, full hydraulic steering, twin stick shifters
How long have you been wheeling?: 20 years
What four-wheeling clubs do you belong to?: South coast Un-Club
What trails do you run?: Gardendale, Gray Rock, Catahoula Recreation Park, Texas Flat Off-Road Park
Have you ever been on a week-long wheeling trip?: Yes
Why do you want to go on Ultimate Adventure?: I have been on the UA twice as a co-driver for VJ Perrin and I really enjoyed the experience. My favorite part was getting to ride in places I might not get to go on my own. I would like to come back with my own Jeep as a driver because I miss summer camp.

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