4 years 11 months ago - 4 years 11 months ago#50by fullsped
SANTA CRUZ, CA (February 9, 2012) -- Santa Cruz 4 Wheel Drive Club's annual "Last One Standing" 4x4 competition results in a generous $1100 donation to the BlueRibbon Coalition Legal Action Fund, a national recreation advocacy group.
On a sunny and surprisingly warm Saturday in December of 2011, a group of 21 individuals and approximately 75 additional spectators gathered together at Hollister Hills SVRA (State Vehicle Recreation Area) for the 3rd annual Last One Standing (LOS) event hosted by Santa Cruz 4 Wheel Drive Club. The LOS is a competition-style event that pits drivers of modified and stock 4x4 vehicles against each other and the clock to achieve the lowest time in several challenging off-road courses. The event is open to club members and guests and has been one of the favored "runs" of the club's monthly activities for the past 3 years.
It had been customary in the past for the SC4WDC to charge a $20 entry fee to guests that wish to participate in the club event. This year the LOS organizer's Eli Casey and Wade Leishman thought "outside of the box" of a way to generate more funds for the BRC, and so they decided to add a raffle to this year's event. SC4WDC reached out to over twenty vendors to drive this effort and secured the following prizes for the raffle:
Axial Racing: 2 separate prize packs containing RC crawler bead locks, wrench set, t-shirt and stickers -
Tom Woods Driveshaft's: 3 separate gift certificates ranging from $50 to $200 off -
Thanks to the generous donations by these vendors SC4WDC was able to sell approximately $900 in raffle tickets, and combined with this year's guest entry fees, totaled $1100.00 raised by this event.
SC4WDC's LOS event is organized into 5 separate timed events using the Hollister Hills SVRA man-made obstacle course. Each obstacle is scored and then all 5 scores are added together. The obstacles are:
Stair steps and rock wash - a steep man-made section covered by cement and rocks to simulate a sheer granite wall, followed by traversing a narrow and rocky creek bed.
The bumps - a section where the dirt is piled in large mounds that the driver must navigate through and back again at speed and within the course boundary.
Teeter Totter - a mechanical device that is driven upon to check the balance of the vehicle.
Blind driver's challenge - the driver is blind-folded and is directed by the passenger through the old tire & mud pit and after making a u-turn, must go back again to the start.
The frame twister - a section with un-even ledges, drops and several large logs.
There are two winners determined each year, and they are awarded custom-made trophies created by SC4WDC organizers. One award goes to the highest scoring SC4WDC club member and the other is to the guest with the highest score. The 2011 SC4WDC Last One Standing winners were: Rick Frier; overall highest score and SC4WDC member, and Jared Bishop; club guest and 3rd year participant. Additionally a small trophy and SC4WDC t-shirt was awarded to the person with the biggest "WOW" factor and best break, (ie; a crowd-pleasing feat or catastrophic failure) which was awarded to guest Scott Price for his near-rollover in the blindfold course and Big John for snapping the rear pinion on his rear Dana 44.
The Santa Cruz 4 Wheel Drive Club is a group of dedicated 4 Wheelers and their families located in the Central California Coastal region of the Monterey Bay. We enjoy all types of off-road adventures from the high desert roads to "the rocks" of the Rubicon trail and wintertime wheeling on snowbound trails. We promote safety and preservation of our natural environment on all club activities.
For more information please contact:
Santa Cruz 4 Wheel Drive Club
P.O. Box 66492
Scotts Valley, CA 95067