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Drag Week / Rocky Mountain Race Week...for the offroad crowd?

Dan_Goodwin

Birmingham, AL
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It seems like there's a drag and drive / endurance type event every other month popping up on social media for the drag racing crowd. If you're not familiar, its an event where you have to make a run at several different tracks in just as many days and your time slips determine your standings in your class. Check out Drag Week, Rocky Mountain Race Week and Sick Week on the social medias. Seeing the Sick Week coverage last week has me thinking - why isn't there something like this for the off road crowd? Yes, there's Ultimate Adventure but that's once a year and is essentially unobtanium for the average guy. Especially here in the Southeast, there's enough parks within driving distance of each other you could pull something like this off. I get there's a metric crap ton of logistics involved for the sponsor dumb brave enough to put this on, but why doesn't something like this exist?

I don't know how you'd keep the overlanders / angry eye grill crowd out but that crowd does seem to have high credit limits, so maybe having a few wouldn't hurt? I see this as being organized by a tire size class and have 3 off road parks in 4 days. Each park would have a few trail options for each tire class and you'd have to document (somehow) that you completed a trail. Each trail would be assigned a points value. Once you turned in that documentation, you're given a route with checkpoints you're required to take pictures of on your way to the next park.
 
This is something I've thought about as well. Always struggled with the logistics of tow rigs for non street-able rigs.

For semi street-able rigs (like what you are building the TJ into) it could be organized by tire size, take pictures at the midway and exit of certain trails to get directions (via backroads) to the next park.

For non street-able rigs (my juggy on 39'' Reds, full hydro, and low speeds) it could be organized similar in terms of pictures and directions but would be slightly harder since people would either A) have to drive non-street legal vehicles on the road for some distances, or B) use tow rigs and trailers to go from park to park. Tow rigs/trailes takes away the "road day" difficulties of a UA/drag week type trip though.

As mentioned in the irate thread, you could allow tow rigs/trailers if you "Take the Hardline" on the trails/obstacles.

For us southeasterners, using AL, TN, and KY alone leads to a ton of different park and location options within a few hours of time from each other.

 
Sounds like something that Flex, rocks, and rollovers would do for the YouTube crowd.

It’d be fun to watch.

I’ve wheeled 2 parks in the same weekend a few times (Tellico+Blackhouse, Grayrock+Morris Mtn, Mayhem+Golden Mtn) but that wasn’t to prove anything, it just kinda happened
 
Speaking of ^^, maybe the BFG Ontrail app or some other mapping software could "sponsor" and be used for tracking people, along with the pictures?

Maybe you also get Tread Lightly involved, and add a Gambler style twist for trail cleanup points?

To the point, maybe for the "trail only" rigs, l like the idea of harder trails/obstacles since they wouldnt get points for the road piece? Would they still need to take a certain path, or maybe have the tow rigs take a different route vs the offroad rigs?
 
Sounds like something that Flex, rocks, and rollovers would do for the YouTube crowd.

It’d be fun to watch.

I’ve wheeled 2 parks in the same weekend a few times (Tellico+Blackhouse, Grayrock+Morris Mtn, Mayhem+Golden Mtn) but that wasn’t to prove anything, it just kinda happened

Nate has a crew from the west coast that came out this summer and they rode a week. started in harlan then went windrock, aop, coalmont, hawk pride I think was the order they did it. I had to work and only got to do Harlan and AOP with them. Also I miss tellico and GMP, need to make it back to MM before they close down too.
 
Speaking of ^^, maybe the BFG Ontrail app or some other mapping software could "sponsor" and be used for tracking people, along with the pictures?

Maybe you also get Tread Lightly involved, and add a Gambler style twist for trail cleanup points?

To the point, maybe for the "trail only" rigs, l like the idea of harder trails/obstacles since they wouldnt get points for the road piece? Would they still need to take a certain path, or maybe have the tow rigs take a different route vs the offroad rigs?
I like this idea a lot.
 
Nate has a crew from the west coast that came out this summer and they rode a week. started in harlan then went windrock, aop, coalmont, hawk pride I think was the order they did it. I had to work and only got to do Harlan and AOP with them. Also I miss tellico and GMP, need to make it back to MM before they close down too.

Who's Nate?

And what's up with Morris Mtn? didn't they just remodel the bathrooms or something?
 
Sounds like something that Flex, rocks, and rollovers would do for the YouTube crowd.

It’d be fun to watch.

I’ve wheeled 2 parks in the same weekend a few times (Tellico+Blackhouse, Grayrock+Morris Mtn, Mayhem+Golden Mtn) but that wasn’t to prove anything, it just kinda happened
Did you forget Sandmines + Winrock in the snow?
 
The entire idea behind drag week, sick week, ultimate adventure, trail to sema etc is to leave the tow rig and trailer behind and drive your junk. Road miles are what adds to the adventure. Not very exciting to watch a bunch trailered rigs hit obstacles and then load back up.
 
The entire idea behind drag week, sick week, ultimate adventure, trail to sema etc is to leave the tow rig and trailer behind and drive your junk. Road miles are what adds to the adventure. Not very exciting to watch a bunch trailered rigs hit obstacles and then load back up.
I agree there for sure.

Just trying to get myself included in a potential trip :)
 
The entire idea behind drag week, sick week, ultimate adventure, trail to sema etc is to leave the tow rig and trailer behind and drive your junk. Road miles are what adds to the adventure. Not very exciting to watch a bunch trailered rigs hit obstacles and then load back up.
That's fine if you have a streetable rig.... plus nothing is going to want to make me drive my sticky tires on the road and wear them out right now. Freaking tires are ridiculous.
 
That's fine if you have a streetable rig.... plus nothing is going to want to make me drive my sticky tires on the road and wear them out right now. Freaking tires are ridiculous.
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Don't a lot of dragweek guys tow a little trailer for tools and tires? I think that doing street miles in the barely streetable rigs is a large part of the experience. Would be the same for crawlers. Get some taillights and get registered! This would be a fun deal and could turn into something big.
 
That's fine if you have a streetable rig.... plus nothing is going to want to make me drive my sticky tires on the road and wear them out right now. Freaking tires are ridiculous.

I always wondered how he got that thing tagged. but also not ruining my tires street driving them.
I think that's where the similarities with drag week stuff is apparent. Most if not all of the guys running slicks will swap tires for the travel sections. They also have "street legal" cars. Sure there's plenty of faster cars but lots of them don't qualify since they're basically too overbuilt.

So you'd need to do something similar here. Rig needs to be roadworthy and probably need a 2nd set of tires unless you want to run DOT on the trails. If it's too "built" to be able to run on the street, then it's the same difference as the guys that can't run drag week cause they're too much racecar.

That said, those cars are driving a paved road to race on a paved track. To make the offroad version similar, you'd want dirt or gravel travel sections. Now THAT would be cool and serve the same purpose.
 
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