Last weekend I had the pleasure to attend a photo shoot run for Crawl Magazine at the Green acres off road area in Clayton. It was an invitation only run with the intention of getting a few rigs together to showcase the area and the great wheeling it had to offer. Rigs from Texas Rockcrawlers, ZukiKrawlers, PSC motorsports, Baertrax, And the Oklahoma Trailchasers just to name a few. Robert Jones of Horizon off road and vice pres. of this club, got the invite and was encouraged to bring along another rig. Rick Mosley, our run coordinator, took his Jeep and I rode passenger with Rick most of the time. We met at the Bulldog café about 8:oo and soon realized word had got out about the publicity. There where rigs everywhere.
Well, Saturday got off to a slow start as the massive group passed by the pay point and to the first trail of the day. We waited in line about an hour or so and soon started seeing the broken parts and egos pass back by as the obstacles ahead had gotten the better of them. Rick’s jeep, was needed to pull a fellow wheeler back to slipped out of line and winched the front end off the ground. Bobby, of LA1 Performance in Texas, had broken a high steer arm and couldn’t keep his wheels straight. We rolled him out to slims, dropped off the rig for repairs, and hauled tail back to the group. We missed out on that trail, but slipped ahead of a lot of folks and got ready for the next area.
We sat and watched here for a few moments and eventually it was Rick’s turn to get over a deep water area with an off camber climb over a small waterfall. Well, I guess Rick wanted to drowned me or something, but when my mustache was closer to the water than my feet, he finally let off the throttle. It never turned over but if some bystanders wouldn’t have pushed it back over, I would have been fighting for a breath, not to mention fighting Rick. We finally found a line that worked out . Shortly after Robert with Grandson Andrew shot right up it without a problem. I Guess that proves wheelbase and rig weight works both ways.( maybe it’s just a Zuk thing, you Jeep guys just don‘t understand)
The rest of the day was about the same…waiting for a turn to get in front of the camera and watching rigs pushed past there limits, just to wait until there fixed or winched and out of the way again. We headed out about 6pm or so and called it a night. I heard some rigs were still there till dark and another group went out on a night run .
The following Morning we got around and by the time we reached the trailhead, only had about a dozen rigs with us. That made for a more enjoyable day. We headed up and down the trails until about 2 that afternoon. We headed out and met back at Slim’s to load up and say the good buys.
Special thanks to Jen Solomon from Crawl Mag. for coming down and letting us show her some real wheelin. Now if we can just keep her north of the Red River, and away from that crazy Texas Bunch.