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HOT SPRINGS 2011

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Arkansas Rover Society Spring 2011 Rally  March 25-27

It all started with a 2009 cross country trip to the Land Rover National Rally in Leadville, CO.  with a small convoy of Rovers, and having a wonderful “Rover” inspired experience…..A.R.S. (Arkansas Rover Society) was born.  

Their goal is simple:  ” to bring together other enthusiasts, to join in the adventure and diversity of owning a Land Rover. ” Their  members enjoy outdoor activities , such as, off roading, and camping. Their Land Rovers are as diverse as their age and backgrounds. They met their goals for this event. 98 Land Rover Fans in attendance,

The Spring Rally was held at the Superlift ORV Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The park has trails for every one, Hill climbs, mud pits, rock gardens, water crossings, and all trails are mapped and posted with difficulty ratings, you always know your location, and what to expect terrain-wise.

Friday morning , after a good camp breakfast, registration started. Land Rover Rovers seemed to keep rolling in , There were a few models not represented, but over all good representation the Green Ovals Finest; 3 P38’s , 8 Range Rover Classics, 5 Range Rover Sports, 2 D-90’s, 9 Discovery I , 14 Discovery II, LR3 4 and LR4 2. This included one G4 Discovery II and one Great Divide Range Rover Classic. Josh Gilbert and group from San Antonio Texas with an eleven hour drive, gets the prize for the longest trip. The breakdown by state was; 23 from Arkansas , 9 from Texas, 11 from Tennessee, 1 from Mississippi, 3 from Louisiana. driving 47 Land Rovers.

After a hot lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs provided by Nigel’s Car Place trail runs started. I went with the easy group . We ran Power Wagon Point rated 2, an   easy warm up for everyone. Andrew Mader’s traction control brought him to a stop a connection came loose so Scott Porter towed him to level ground. The group split up, some headed back to the pavilion, The remainder of group ended up in the Play Ground. The crazy souls that don’t mind mud in every crack and cranny decided to play in the mud hole. Well every thing went well until Nigel Jebb’s engine got wet and had to be towed out. So much for having a snorkel. Those high, and hyped up folks choose Fun Run. A three rated, trail, narrow with steep climbs ,slick rock, and loose rock. By now it was time to call it a day.

Saturday night the heater in the Casita Camper kicked on several times. Campers woke up to low 40’s temperatures, and misty rain. Anxious off roaders gathered at the pavilion to start their day with a caffeine and sugar high (coffee and donuts) along with the obligatory drivers meeting held by Nigel. Then every one was off to the trails. I decided to ride shot gun with Tim Woolford trail leader for the “mad hatter” group in his highly modified classic,. We drove Ultimate Adventures Trail. Best described as wet and rocky ,  big tyres and lockers needed  Super lift rates it as a 4. We then cut over to Wrangler Rocks for some more big rock and hill challenges , Tim broke a rear axle and empresses every one with an under seven minute axle swap. Team work on this emergency Pitt stop would make NASCAR jealous as well as the Toyota and Jeepers watching the Land Rover action.

Fried chicken with all the fixens was furnished for Lunch. Quick lies , told and repairs done, every one was  in their groups for more trail runs. I choose to ride with Tim’s group again. We ran Bilstein Ravine, Power Wagon, Buck Horn North,  And Fun Run. Rock slider strongly recommended, as there was a lot of sill dragging and cross axle wheel off ground action.

Arriving back at the pavilion ,exhausted from trail runs and just time to wash up for a delicious Arkansas BBQ dinner, after dinner the raffle was held with some great items from some great sponsors. The Arkansas Rover Society out did them selves, Best said by Mark from Sherwood Ar. “ I have been talking to Nigel about getting a Land Rover and Nigel said come up to Superlift and we will impress you with what they can do. I am impressed !”