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I’m not going to lie, February kicks my behind! The first two weeks we are at the King of the Hammers and the second two weeks are spent getting all the KOH dirt off everything! My apologies on the late delivery, but I hope you are stoked on the contents. In fact, I am excited to tell you I already have March and April’s shirts in the hopper to be printed! Both of them brand new to you first. This is so much fun! Thanks for Sharing…..
King of the Hammers is one of my favorite events. It is extremely dirty, it is a cash flow nightmare, it is 10 days of no-sleep, and is purely epic. Being on the ground floor since the second year of the event allows me to reflect after each year at the continued success, the growth of drivers and the industry backing. This year there was a new event added: The Backdoor Challenge in coordination with the Southern Rock Racing Rock Bouncers. You may have heard the rumor that I was one of the 50 able to try my hand at it…my full story is below. It isn’t written ‘magazine proper’, this is my real story!
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About Backdoor Challenge and Charlene’s Run:
Here are a few facts to paint the picture: 1. I’ve never raced anything before. We can take that one step further to saying, I have never seen a green flag and hit the skinny pedal. 2. I’ve never driven up the obstacle Backdoor as a passenger…muchless a driver until the Saturday before the event. Sure I have taken hundreds of pictures, but that doesn’t mean you can crawl it. 3. I was driving an everyday crawler. Is that fair? How about a 4 cylinder YJ that has slowly been stripped into an AZUndertakers proven tube buggy. Yes, that makes the decision to compete at this fun challenge even crazier!
We drove onto the lakebed Friday to set up for the week of helping racers. Mid-afternoon Matt came and put me into the buggy – “Time to show me you can do this!” I went up Backdoor as a passenger and learned the passenger line; I got out and watched Matt go up it once and learned the drivers line; then I came back around as a driver and pulled up to feel the angle, gave it a few tries and made it up; went back around for a second try and ONE SHOTTED IT! Whoooohoooo! Talk about some self-confidence. I was ready. Well, maybe not quite yet. We went back out on Saturday night so I could run it at night with a group of hecklers and a helmet on. I could feel the adrenaline and put a few laps on the ‘ol Backdoor. I got this.
When Monday came, I was crazy busy chasing racer boys around the lakebed trying to get work done. (Yes, it’s what I do) I almost lost track of time but headed into the drivers meeting and then raced back to the trailer to get the buggy final prepped. Final prep: Stickers of course! BFGoodrich, Raceline Wheels and WARN, plus the fancy Bower Motorsports Media banner duct taped to the top – thanks to Matt for the touch of Pink 🙂 And we were loaded and headed to staging for the King Shocks Backdoor Challenge.
I think I pee’d 5 times, maybe more. I was nervous. The Backdoor canyon could be described as a scene from a medieval fight arena. To take my mind off things I decided to hike up the canyon to talk to Raceline’s Greg Mulkey and Tim Lund who were announcing. That was a bigger feat than I thought, but I took a bag of koozies and they worked perfectly as bribery: “Here, I am paying ahead to make sure I don’t fall”. Anyone that has walked like a billy goat on the side of a mountain with hundreds of people (or goats) in the way can attest to this feat. I made it and back safely. Then I took my mind off things by cleaning. The jeep was really, really clean.
It was finally time to buckle in. Time to go. What in the world am I doing? I rolled down to the start line. 3-2-1-GO! I went faaast! I’m not sure if you can tell in the video, but I was speeding along to the base of the waterfall. I lined up perfectly. I hit it, but not enough. Dangit! I waited for the buggy to settle, put it into reverse and went too far down! Dangit! Rolled up, and again the 4-squirrels weren’t there. I backed down again, knew that this was my last chance………and it crawled!!!!! I made it up! Slammed into the rock at the top, went around to the right hand climb, walked right up it and then sprinted to the finish.
The volunteer at the finish line has THE STORY. He came up to the buggy and asked if I knew what my time was. “I don’t care! All I care about is I get to talk to you right now and that means I made it to the top!!!!” The end result was a not so awesome time because of all the backups, but I made it up, and within the set cutoff time. That was my goal, that was my accomplishment. This gave me the title of “Fastest Girl up Backdoor” – I’ll leave it at that because we have all been having a lot of fun with that name…
I hope you enjoyed my personal recount of this life altering event and can now wear the shirt with a smile. This is my personality in a nutshell: Simple and Fun? OK, Lets do it!
More of the Story, the Aftermath and Videos at: www.ImNotJustAGirl.com
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Southern Rock Racing Series:
The sport of recreational rock crawling and hill climbing has evolved quickly in the southeast to what is being called “rock bouncing”. High horsepower buggies built to launch up insane climbs, and fast. The Southern Rock Racing Series was formed after seeing these guys out on the weekends putting on a show and decided to put together an organized racing series that would allow these guys to do what they enjoy, only with the added organized safety aspect, excitement and risk/reward of competition.
The SRRS Series is composed of a set group of events, but they have also been putting on exhibition races, similar to the Backdoor Challenge. They have spread into UTV Racing and into another series called Mega Trucks. I think we will be hearing a lot more about all of these series in the upcoming years! Be sure to drop onto their website and check out the schedule…there may be an event near you soon! I hope you enjoy the video by Busted Knuckle Films. Nothing better than listening to a lot of high horsepower!
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