If you've got the ability and opportunity... and you're NOT doing it... then you're doing it wrong.
Just a quick run-down on big events we know of, so far, for 2012. Get out your calendars! Heaven forbid someone sign you up to attend a wedding when you could be wheeling! If your club has an event planned and you want folks to know about it, let us know or post it up in the Upcoming Events Forum!
Rock Corps 4x4 Club will be having an open ride on January 14, 2012, at The Flats to raise money for a family in need. Gates will open at 8am and close at 6pm. Fees are $10 per rig, $5 per person, for the day. All proceeds will go to the family.
Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 21, 2012, is the Gulches Presidents Day Run Weekend. Always the biggest day of the year, last year's President's Day (Save the Gulches) Run brought over 500 rigs and helped keep the park afloat. Mark your calendar, you don't want to miss the Southeast's biggest kick off event of the year. A preregistration discount program form will soon be up on the Gulches home page.
There is an off-season workday for clubs that are a part of the Forest Service Partner Program scheduled for February 25, 2012 at Uwharrie National Forest.
There is an off-season workday for clubs that are a part of the Forest Service Partner Program scheduled for March 17, 2012 at Uwharrie National Forest. The trails open this year at noon on Friday, March 30!
The First Annual Uwharrie Off-Highway Vehicle Jamboree will be March 30 - April 1, 2012, at the Eldorado Outpost and the Uwharrie Off-Road Training Center (UORTC) located across the road.
The Outpost and UORTC are celebrating the early opening of the trails by putting on 25 acres of family-friendly OHV fun!
Events are set (so far) to include:
* 4WD Swap Meet
* ATV/Dirt Bike/UTV Dealer/Vendors
* Fullsize 4WD Dealers/Vendors
* ATV & 4WD Club Booths
* Adventure Run - "Sasquatch Scramble" sponsored by Outreach America
* US Forest Service (USDA) - Recruiting Volunteers
* TREAD Lightly! training and information
* Food and Drinks
Rock Corps 4x4 Club will host an Open Invite and Benefit, Down and Dirty For Life, on April 20-22, 2012. The event will combine everything great about wheeling at The Flats with a fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.
There will be a tent with Cancer Information, event t-shirts and rubber bracelets, vendors and a raffle. One of the raffle items will be a handmade Cancer Awareness quilt. Luminaries will be lit at dusk on Saturday in remembrance and support of anyone who has battled cancer. The gates will open at 9am on Friday and close at 5pm on Sunday. Admission is $10 per rig, $10 per person, kids 16 and under are free. Camping is free.
The Spring Farm weekend, hosted by the Big Dixe Boggers, is tentatively scheduled for May 4-6.
Congratulations to the Thomson Reuters-sponsored Polar Expedition Vehicle Team on breaking the Guinness World Record for the fastest Antarctic land crossing! The team made the trip in 1 day, 15 hours and 54 minutes, almost exactly 100 years since the first humans reached the Geographic South Pole.
Beating the previous record by an impressive 29 hours, arrival at the South Pole was that much sweeter for the team after the early struggles they faced with breakage and weather. After nine hours navigating the "sastrugi fields," wind-blown snow dunes, bypassing a large crevasse field and then pushing through a large section of deep, soft snow, the team stood at the bottom of the earth! Pretty cool (no pun intended), even on 30 hours with no sleep!
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