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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby SAS » Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:08 am

Van wrote:
SAS wrote:Van, looking for a co-driver or spotter for 2016? I know a young man who'd volunteer for that. :mrgreen:


Since I'm an old fart compared to you, are you volunteering?


Van, no, I'm not volunteering...but I have a feeling that TJ would! He's 16 now and has his own Trooper! (It's in no condition for VOT, but he would love to be your codriver/spotter! Check out the "Back to the Future 1988 Trooper" thread in 'members rides'.)

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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby imamonstertruck » Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:16 am

Drover wrote:Hey! Ya think this qualifies me for "truck or the month" ???


Thats an idea... my nomination fell through as the truck is not around anymore.



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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby Cronk » Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:54 pm

Curious, where did you place in this event?
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby IsuzuGeek » Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:25 pm

Cool pics, and there is absolutely nothing to "joke" about with a well equipped gen1 as an overlander! As we all know, Troopers are more than capable! Who needs a solid front axle?!?!

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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby Drover » Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:50 pm

Cronk, I came in 14th out of 35 trucks. I was actually the second guy to cross the finish line. This year rules were different than years past. There were points given on how you drove a "challenge" section of trail , they were as follows
If you drive straight through without stopping = 0 points
If you stop = 1 point
If you back up one tire rotation = 3 points
If you winch = 1 point


So even though I was the second truck to cross the finish line , on points my place was 14th

To be honest with you......I wasn't very conscience of the point system early in the event. I drove the way I normally wheel. You get stuck, back up and take a different line. So I racked up more points than I should of , in the first two days.

Out of the 35 trucks , 30 of them were jeeps with 6"-8" of lift and 35"-40" tires

I'll have to admit, when I would see a solid axel jeep with 35"s get stuck in front of me, my ego would get in the way and I was determined to "drive it" and not winch. So , I think I could've placed in the top 5 , had I been smarter about it.

The whole event I only winched twice, in hind site I probably should've winched more, and would've saved some body damaged to the truck.

But I had to show everyone what the little troop could do!!!!

Hey! Does anyone have a passenger side mirror they can sell me?? Lol
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby ubs_lover » Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:51 am

:shock:
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby zimm » Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:45 pm

but will it return next year? ;-)
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby Drover » Wed Aug 26, 2015 7:27 pm

Zimm , nope!!

I think I'll take the ural!!! You can ride sidecar!!
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby zimm » Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:44 pm

Drover, nope.

remember, i saw you launch the trooper on obstacle one. at 6-4 i was glad i wasnt a passenger, or ida needed a gurney bubble! or, more likely, my head woulda made one.
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby Chris-6mgte » Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:09 pm

Awesome thread! Thanks for the pics and inspiration. You kicked some egos in the butt for sure, with limited/ basic equipment on an under-dog rig. Just makes me want to get out in the garage and work on mine even more.

An over land challenge/ extended camping trip (or similar event) is something I would like to do in a few years. Do you have any advice on gear selection, from basic cooking, camp showers, water storage and filtration? What works well - vs what you have been frustrated with? Did you you bring too much of this, and not enough of that? I bet a propane lantern would be useless on a trip like this - mantles would break every day (just my guess). Could you recommend some good web sites to help educate some of us interested in doing a trip like this?

Again, thanks MonsterTruck and Drover for sharing!
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby lorenzo816 » Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:09 am

Drover & Ian, tag me on IG with this account.
I would love to keep up.
I need to re-read this awesomeness and hopefully one day compete in this thing.
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby mtncrsr » Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:16 pm

That was truly amazing and cool. How about a rodeo next year ? lol I'm older than dirt and have the T-shirt to prove it. Your adventure will always be in the back of my mind. I'm taking my 91 rodeo from California to Ohio come spring with my 4 legged son (Chance) and pulling a 14' trailer. I'm leaving in April and will take my time.

Again congratulations on a fine run and a really great write up.
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby BD22980 » Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:16 pm

This looks like a ton of fun... Are there more events in the mid-Atlantic area?
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby shaggydoink » Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:54 pm

BD22980 wrote:This looks like a ton of fun... Are there more events in the mid-Atlantic area?


There is one that's brewing in the Uwharrie National Forest area of North Carolina next summer - not a lot of information is available yet, but here's the initial press release:

http://www.36uwharrie.com

I've been chatting with a couple people about doing it, although no commitments from anyone yet.

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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby Bizmarkie » Mon Dec 21, 2015 11:56 pm

Just found his thread. Great Job Drew. My role in this was really non-existent. I just knew some folks who had stuff. lol

Again Great job with the Troop. You did good.
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby wmorrisiii » Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:13 pm

Knew about the VOT, but had no idea how tough the trails were or the level of competition. There were some money trucks there for sure. That little First gen did everyone proud, and having an obviously experienced (and great) driver made the difference ( garage close by didnt hurt either) 8) But you know, you did cross the line second, putting her across first would be legendary! Run the old girl one more time, she's used to it now...

Seriously, a hell of an adventure and I really enjoyed reading this post!
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby totten » Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:54 pm

Good job! Thanks for the pictures. 8)
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby lorenzo816 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:51 am

shaggydoink wrote:
BD22980 wrote:This looks like a ton of fun... Are there more events in the mid-Atlantic area?


There is one that's brewing in the Uwharrie National Forest area of North Carolina next summer - not a lot of information is available yet, but here's the initial press release:

http://www.36uwharrie.com

I've been chatting with a couple people about doing it, although no commitments from anyone yet.

Jonathan


Shaggy sounds fun but doesn't look like they have much committment yet or updated list of signups.
I'd do it with my Bro for sure. Ping me if you hear more on costs and correct me if I'm wrong, its in August right?
I need a canoe. lol

There is a similar event out west called RallyVenture.
I would love to drive out there and do one of those.
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby shaggydoink » Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:54 am

lorenzo816 wrote:Ping me if you hear more on costs and correct me if I'm wrong, its in August right?


Yeah, I have no idea why they would have picked one of the hottest months in the year, but it's August 11-14. The cost is $1,500 per team.

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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby paulevans76 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:38 am

shaggydoink wrote:
lorenzo816 wrote:Ping me if you hear more on costs and correct me if I'm wrong, its in August right?


Yeah, I have no idea why they would have picked one of the hottest months in the year, but it's August 11-14. The cost is $1,500 per team.

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Those two things coupled with the whole -hush-hush- about actual events/challenges were deal killers for me. I wouldn't mind paying a sizable chunk of change if it was going to be more of a race event with a guarantee of tons of swag and a lot of fun, but I really have no idea whether it will actually be any fun (to me at least). If it was bombing trails, racing kayaks/canoes, and shooting skeet in a sorta off-road triathlon way, I'd be finding a way to make it happen. But all the rumors I've heard were that it will be more of a collection of challenges for points, but the challenges would be like seeing how far you can winch yourself macguyver style using a hilift, some tow straps, etc, in a certain amount of time, and other less exciting things (to me) like that. Not my cup of tea really.
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby jeffryscott » Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:54 pm

Great story. Get a Suzuki for next year! Another underdog that is capable. Ran a similar event in my Vitara. The Expedition Trophy, an event in the early days of expeditionportal.com. The Suzuki Vitara was a surprise to the Jeeps and Toyotas and hung with them, and beat them in some cases. You proved it is more about skill than big tires!
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby lorenzo816 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:37 am

Okay not trying to hijack the thread but in the theme of putting in an Isuzu in an offroad event,
you heard it here: I'm going to do the 36 hours of Uwharrie in my Isuzu.

I called Scott to get more information and then I talked to my bro to get him in as my copilot.
Scott said they have another sponsor and the price has been reduced. Great!
I called my brother because he is a bad --- green beret and can land nav and shoot all day, plus I got him hooked on offroading years ago.
He used to have a rubicon and knows the fundamentals of off road driving and winching.
I have a whole summer to stock pile spare parts and the rear is gonna get fixed pronto.


Its going to be a triathlon event: offroad driving with land navigation and a few odd challenges, a paddling event (thus the canoe) and then a shooting event.
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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby shaggydoink » Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:10 am

lorenzo816 wrote:you heard it here: I'm going to do the 36 hours of Uwharrie in my Isuzu.


That's awesome!! As hush-hush as things seem to have been to date, the event sounds like it will be pretty legit and well worth it! :thumbup:

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Re: Vermont Overland Trophy 1st gen Trooper

Postby lorenzo816 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:21 pm

OKay bad news on my Isuzu doing the 36 Uwharrie deal.
Too many setbacks and my choices of co-pilots just aren't lining up.
I have too many things to do to get the truck ready in time.
I did get the rear axle done but thats a whole other story.
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