Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, as documented by off-road.com. Thousands of off-road enthusiasts descended upon Southern California for the weekend of intense off-roading and fun. The event was put on by the 4-Wheel Drive Club of San Diego and was a huge success. “Even the new off-road park was abuzz with off-roaders testing their new rigs, setups, or trying to tackle some of the more challenging obstacles.” The trails were packed with Jeeps, trucks, and even the occasional dirt bike. The below video will highlight the events from an ideal off-roading weekend in Southern California.
On January 28th off road enthusiasts traveled to Washington City fault line for the third annual Winter on the Rocks, covered by The Spectrum & Daily news, in the wilderness connecting the city to Hurricane. The West Rim and Fault Line trail is one of a handful near Washington Dam Road and the Sand Hollow recreation area to create environmental consciousness. The Marketing Director of Utah 4×4 Club, Kelly Jenson, is quoted as saying “‘We do cleanup events throughout the year…everybody has a garbage sack, and we’re telling them, ‘If you see a can out there, pick it up.’” Brian O’Conners of Fort Carson, Colo., said the emphasis on wilderness duty is a reason he, Hurricane Mayor Tom Hirschi, enjoys this event. The Bureau of Land Management is also supportive of Winter on the Rocks, for their promotion of a cleaner environment. This event provides the riders with a sense of camaraderie, while giving the drivers peace of mind as they rely on trail-side spotters. This event is welcoming to all off road drivers, regardless of experience level.
Crandon, Wisconsin for the past 42 years has held an exhilarating off-road race; Todd Kaho in “Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races” explains this excitement from a firsthand experience. This race consists of off road power trucks that top speeds of 101 mph and going airborne for more than 100 feet. The first race started way back in 1970, riding on a 101 mile trail through the woods. The race evolved to a short-course competition and moved to his current location in 1984. Crandon is a town of less than 2,000 people but graciously welcome off-road fans for the Spring Run and the Labor Day weekend “World Championships.” The Crandon raceway is a “13/4-mile circuit is natural terrain carved out of the rolling hills in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.” The course continues to go through alterations, which has led to track records falling.
The weekend is capped off with the running of the Amsoil Cup, which consists of pitting the Pro 2WD trucks against Pro 4x4s. “The Pro 2WDs are given a head start, since their lap times are a little slower. To win, a Pro 4×4 must catch and pass the entire Pro 2WD field.” This feat was actually reached last year, when Scott Douglas broke away to lead the 4x4s then weave through the 2WDs to take the checkered flag. The rush you receive from off-road truck racing is very addicting, leading to the religious return to “the best short-course off-road racing in the world.”