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It's early in the year but we're compiling a list of events scheduled 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.
There will be an Open Run at Crozet (both existing members and prospective members/nonmembers are eligible to attend) Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22, 2012. Search 6000 Bearwood Rd., Crozet, VA 22932 for directions. A non-member pre-registration form can be found on the RCPFA website here.
Crozet is privately owned land maintained by RCPFA and is NOT open to the public at any other time unless arranged via the RCPFA (Rock Crawlers for the Preservation of Future Access) Board of Directors. All persons attending must either drive their rig or have a seat in another rig, no spectators are allowed at wheeling events.
The 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers is February 10, less than five weeks away! Hammer Town officially opens February 3rd, 2012, on the lake bed.
Hammerking Productions has announced the addition of the King of the Motos race, at 11am Thursday, February 9, 2012. The sixty-five mile course will feature a demanding combination of high-speed Baja-style desert racing and ten miles of extreme rock terrain that will rival Erzberg. An invitation-only field of twenty top riders from the enduro, desert racing and trials world will compete for the King of the Motos crown!
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 celebrate the early opening of the trails at UNF!
The Eldorado Outpost and the Uwharrie Off-Road Training Center (UORTC), located across Highway 109, will host 25 acres of family-friendly OHV fun, including a Swap Meet, vendor booths and a Spartan Race (mud run), March 30 - April 1, 2012. The website will be updated soon with a list of vendors.
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.
Stage 6, Faimbala-Copiapó, of the Dakar 2012 had to be cancelled due to bad weather continuing over the Andes Mountain Range. The Dakar was scheduled to cross over the Andes for the seventh time but, with temperatures in the high teens (-8°C / 17.6°F), unfavorable weather conditions and the need to guarantee the security of the competitors and those following the rally, and the Chilean authorities were forced to close the border at the Paso de San Francisco pass for the night. January may be summer in the southern hemisphere, but the rugged landscape of Argentina and Chile includes mountain passes at over 15,000 feet and hairpin descents.
The convoy stretched out along the route to its destination, with the last crew driving Toyota Land Cruiser No.392, along the Paso San Francisco pass and on to Copiapó, Chile, the start and finishing point of the 573-km Stage 7. Sunday will be a rest day followed by Stage 8 from Copiapó to Antofagasta. The rally's longest special stage will be used to allow the competitors to get back into the pace of the competition. On the stone-covered tracks which will lead to Antofagasta, the pace will be rather intense, but this will not prevent the drivers from catching sight of some magnificent views.
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