4WDrive - - Club News & Events -

More and more women are get­ting into off-road rac­ing, and Amanda Bracket is as en­thu­si­as­tic about rac­ing as her Jeep XJ is bright. She caught the at­ten­tion of Heinz57Rac­ing and soon found her­self as part of the team.

“They were look­ing for a new fe­male driver and I was lucky enough to be given the op­por­tu­nity," said Amanda. "It’s an adren­a­line rush you’ll never get sick of and it’s so much more than just rac­ing. The great times, great peo­ple and a whole new com­mu­nity you be­come apart of to make amaz­ing mem­o­ries.” Lady Luck was not on her side at CRAWLfest. Dur­ing her first lap the pink XJ suf­fered a bro­ken steer­ing tab fail­ure on the right knuckle.

For some peo­ple, off-road rac­ing of­fers a free­dom that cannot be found be­hind the wheel on our pub­lic roads.

“The only rea­son I’m in off-road rac­ing is be­cause the penalty for do­ing any­thing ‘fun’ is too much these days", says Adam Bul­lock. He gets his adren­a­line fix tear­ing up the track in his Un­lim­ited class rig. “Now that I have a fam­ily, this is a cheap hobby the fam­ily can en­joy.”

Cheap is not some­thing you’d nor­mally ex­pect to hear roll off the tongue from some­one rac­ing a heav­ily mod­i­fied ve­hi­cle, but if you’re will­ing to put in the hours and turn a few wrenches, you can find your­self be­hind the wheel of a sweet rock buggy at a rea­son­able price. Adam and his heav­ily mod­i­fied Toy­ota truck (that now looks like a Jeep CJ) placed 8th over­all in the Un­lim­ited class, and while he didn’t find him­self on the podium, Adam cer­tainly wins the “best tow rig” award in his vin­tage 1977 GMC Fleury RV!

Chris Dale is still pa­tiently wait­ing to get be­hind the wheel of his Jeep Grand Chero­kee and ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of rac­ing. Un­til that day comes, his kids have been do­ing a fine job the last three years pi­lot­ing the Jeep for him. Dale Rac­ing is a fam­ily af­fair, with rac­ing roots

that go all the way back to Eng­land where Chris raced in the Bri­tish Off-Road Cham­pi­onships. Be­ing ex­posed to rac­ing at an early age, it was just nat­u­ral that his chil­dren Jack, Rebecca, and Ge­or­gia would even­tu­ally fol­low in his foot­steps. Dur­ing pre-run­ning, the front right axle shaft let go, but thanks to great sup­port from the fam­ily and the Baja Jeep Club, a team of peo­ple had the shaft pulled out and a spare in­stalled just in time for the morn­ing races. A tire blow-out dur­ing the first heat caused them to limp to the fin­ish line with an 11 min 13 sec time, but they picked up the pace in the af­ter­noon and man­aged to se­cure a fourth­place fin­ish in the Stock class.

TMR Cus­toms is a name well known in the off-road rac­ing world. Tim and Mike Rogers have been in­stru­men­tal in sup­port­ing the rac­ing com­mu­nity by step­ping up as the pri­mary spon­sor for the TMR Cus­toms Off Road Rac­ing Se­ries.

Not ones to sit on the side­lines, Tim and Mike each take a turn pi­lot­ing the TMR “Pri­or­i­ties” tube chas­sis race buggy. 4wheel­ing for the broth­ers goes all the way back to their youth when they would drive around in an old Jeep CJ that their fa­ther had re­ceived from their un­cle. Tim re­calls, “I re­mem­ber ask­ing my Dad, what’s that on the floor? Well it turned out there wasn’t a floor and I was see­ing the ground rush­ing past!”

The TMR “Pri­or­i­ties” rig is a fierce rac­ing ma­chine - crate GM 6.2L LS3, Reid Rac­ing Turbo 400 trans­mis­sion, SCS Trans­fer case, and Ford 350/450 axles hold­ing up mas­sive 42” BFGoodrich tires. It’s no sur­prise they se­cured 1st place in the Un­lim­ited class and by a mar­gin of just 1 se­cond, laid down the fastest lap time of the day at 3 min 55 sec.

CRAWLfest was a blood bath of ve­hi­cle car­nage - 11 DNF’s, a front axle hous­ing com­pletely snapped in half, a ve­hi­cle rollover, nu­mer­ous snapped axles and u-joints, blown tires, busted leaf springs... the list goes on. So why on earth would any­one be in­ter­ested in de­stroy­ing a ma­chine that cost so much money and time? Maybe your friends are right - maybe you are a bit crazy. Ev­ery­one has a dif­fer­ent story. For some it’s about get­ting that adren­a­line rush, oth­ers want to be part of a com­mu­nity, while some are just fol­low­ing the path they be­gan walk­ing down with their par­ents.

Best of luck to all the rac­ers in the 2019 sea­son! YouTube video of event: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=ZbtRKAtUgL­4

David Bouthillie­r is a mo­tor­sports en­thu­si­ast, metal fab­ri­ca­tor, and soft­ware de­vel­oper for a hi-tech com­pany in Kanata. To­gether with his wife Ange, they have cre­ated GLASSGLOWZ Me­dia, a com­pany that fo­cuses on mo­tor­sports pho­tog­ra­phy and videog­ra­phy. When he’s not be­hind the cam­era, David can usu­ally be found in the garage work­ing on his 74 Dodge Chal­lenger, or out for a rip on the ATV’s with his wife and kids. You can fol­low him on In­sta­gram @glass­glowz­me­dia, YouTube, Face­book, or www.glass­glowz­me­dia.com

The “Hoist Wagon” run­ning strong in Mod­i­fied class. Pete Ha­mann giv­ing the crowd a big high­five

Dale Rac­ing strug­gling to make it home.

Sharon Sauer search­ing for trac­tion.

Pete Ha­mann from Heinz57Rac­ing with his cus­tom tube chas­sis buggy.

Crack­ing un­der pres­sure.

The Dale Rac­ing team.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.