The courses test the mettle of both the driver and the rig, as setups are pushed to the absolute extreme both in durability and capability. This is most evident in the fact that no single setup is perfect for racing, as rigs built for prowess in the rocks will fall to the back of the pack out in the high speed straights and curves in the desert, but rigs built for handling out in the desert will absolutely FLOUNDER in the rocks. Finding that perfect balance of speed, handling, and crawl-ability is truly an art-form perfected by a select few. That's what draws me to media, and social network when KOH comes around. Watching the skill used by these drivers is incredible!
I sometimes feel like anybody can jump in a car and race on pavement, or hop in a truck and blast down a dirt track... But, it takes serious skills, and a heavy pair of you-know-whats to jump in a high horsepower 4wd rig and go blasting as fast as possible through dirt jumps and virtually impassable rock sections, to jump in and out of your rig to run the winch, and to even use your competitors as a ramp to get over an obstacle, if need be. That's some serious cajones, fellas.
I know, I know, I'm oversimplifying other forms of racing! I'm not trying to hate on you guys! I don't doubt the skill involved in them, and I realize the technical nature of their respective setups! But it takes a dose of know-how, mixed with a healthy dollop of good-old-fashioned-down-home crazy to race on the rocks.
Crazy like us. Like dudes that can spend hours to go about 5 yards.
Dudes that spend thousands to go slower.
Seriously, guys. There's something wrong with us.
Any thing helps when it comes to making a track a reality, and anything you can do to help is appreciated!
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