The “Go for Broke”, King of the Hammers, Everyman’s Challenge Jeep Buildup.
This is part 2 of our journey; how to build a KOH race jeep with very little out of pocket expense.
Every day is an adventure with our “Go for Broke” KOH Jeep build up. Since our last update, BBOR has been busy conducting jeep runs, meeting with the Big Bear Grizzly newspaper staff, obtaining new sponsors and completing the logo for window stickers and T-Shirts.
(www.Facebook.com/BigBearOffroadRacing)and also our website
(www.BigBearOffroadRacing.com ).The first official run was a Snow Run at Gold Mountain on April 14, 2012. More than 20 jeeps and 45 people arrived at the Discovery Science Center in Big Bear Lake ready to go, even after we had a 2 foot dump of snow the night before. Forbidden Jeeps were a great help at sponsoring this run. We had a blast! Thanks to everyone who came out. The most recent run was Motino Wash, lead by Scott Durkin of our race team. Motino Wash is a very hard core trail with many “Hammer” like boulders; see the You Tube video link on our website. Again, thanks to everyone for your support.
Next, in late April 2012, the BBOR crew met with a reporter from the Big Bear Grizzly newspaper. I must say, we were pretty excited about sharing with her our dreams of completing and winning the KOH – Every Man Challenge in 2013. We had a small write up in the local paper, and a photo was taken of our team, as well. The article came out in the May 2, 2012 addition of the Big Bear Grizzly
(www.BigBearGrizzly.net).The Grizzly will continue to follow our build. Special thanks go out to Karen Portie with the Big Bear Grizzly; she even wants to go on a run, even though she has never driven Offroad.
We have been very fortunate to pick up a number of top of the line sponsors from our local area. Our thanks go out to all of them. TeraFlex will be sponsoring all the complete suspension and tummy tuck; Jeep Thrills is sponsoring the axles (Dana 60 front and 14- bolt rear);Poison Spyder Customs, Inc is sponsoring Body Armor and Bumpers.(defender fenders flares, competition crusher corners with flares, ricochet rockers, a stinger tire carrier, front bumper with competition stinger and also a complete Roll Cage);Adams Driveshaft will be providing chrome molly axles and driveshaft’s and All J Products, Big Bears Jeep Shop and 4×4 will be performing all the install. A special shout out to Nathan Riddle at Krawlzone.tv for his support, as well as MoparNorm, Big Bear Mountain Brewery, Doug at Forbidden Jeeps.com, and Hudson Management Service for their gracious donations.
The Big Bear Offroad Racing logo is complete and T-shirts are ready for sale. Please visit our website (www.BigBearOffroadRacing.com/OrderForm.php) to purchase your T-Shirts. Window stickers and decals, along with hats are in the works and will be available sometime soon.
On May 18, 2012, BBOR visited Poison Spyder Customs, Inc. to tour their facility and pick up parts. A special thanks goes to Dusty and Rick for the great hospitality and tour of their compound. What a top notch company. We felt very welcome from the moment we entered their doors. Thanks again to all the folks at Poison Spyder Customs and especially to Larry & Cheri McRae. After having lunch with Dusty, we loaded up the truck and headed back up to Big Bear and drove straight to All J Products to drop off the parts to be installed on the KOH Jeep.
Other very special thanks go out to Quinn and Heather at All J Products here in Big Bear. They have one of the most important sponsorship of our KOH Jeep build and that is to install all our parts. All J Products has a great professional reputation for installing top notch products on all makes of Jeeps, check them out at www.BoulderBars.com. Quinn and his crew at All J Products have also indicated that he would assist us in the Pits at King of the Hammers since they will know the KOH Jeep inside and out. Thanks again Quinn and Heather with All J Products here in Big Bear Lake.
That’s about all BBOR has to report at this time, but stay tuned to us on Facebook and our Website for more runs and updates on our KOH build up. We also have T-shirts available on line, and don’t forget if you’re every in Big Bear visit the Big Bear Mountain Brewery. They’re nice folks and a great place to stop and tantalize your taste buds. They’re located at 40260 Big Bear Blvd; just on you’re left before you get into town.
This will be an ongoing story, so keep watching for future articles on our KOH Jeep Build up.
Written & Edited by: Ron Griffo & Monica Ortega.