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2005 Supercrawl 4 Las Vegas

Foam crawling in Vegas

Fred WilliamsPhotographer, Writer

Lights, cameras, and rockcrawling action. SuperCrawl 4 had it all, plus it was in Las Vegas, the city of sin. Most of the time, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but we couldn't let this event go by without bringing you some highlights. This meeting of rock wheelers from across the nation was again held on a man-made course, but this time comprised of dense Styrofoam covered with spray concrete, and assembled in less than a week in the front parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The teams of wheelers were split up so that different drivers would compete over the course of three evenings with competition starting at 5 p.m. and running till midnight every night.

Watching the competitors go at it under the night sky with Vegas lights in the background was an exciting change, plus with the SEMA show coming up the following week, we also got a sneak preview of the crew filming Overhaulin in a tent beside the SuperCrawl courses.

This event definitely had some unique news with it. First is that there are some new owners of the UROC Series that puts on SuperCrawl, so it will be interesting to see what 2006 will bring. Also, liability issues required that spotters could not use ropes or straps to try and help pull or balance the buggies on obstacles. This is an idea we support, being both safer and encouraging innovation in the design of new crawlers. The obstacles themselves were interesting to watch for someone with a 4x4 background, but we weren't surprised with how the crowds thinned out as the night got late. Hopefully next year it will start a wee bit earlier, and even more folks will come see where the sport is headed. To get the 2006 schedule, check out www.uroc.com or call 801.932.0322.