This past weekend BDS Suspension hit the road in route to a pair of Pennsylvania 4wheel events, the Bloomsburg 4Wheel Jamboree and the Outback Offroad Adventure. BDS Reps Dave DeVormer and Ryan Snyders took the company’s TJ out for the weekend of wheeling and camping out at the park. The ORV park is owned and operated by the crew of Meridian Offroad in Butler, PA and Rob, Terry, and Jeff continue to be a great BDS distributor offering top notch customer service and installs. Their passion for the sport get them out to the park on the weekends and organize big events from time to time like this past weekend’s outing. The park has a variety of terrains and numerous obstacles to challenge every level of offroader. Dave and Ryan made it back with tons of stories from the wheeling and hanging out with the staff and other wheelers. Here’s what Dave had to say,
We arrived in Six Points about 9:30 Friday night where we were greeted by Rob, Terry, and Jeff from Meridian Offroad with some delicious sausage and corn on the cob. After getting our tents setup, we played some washers and ended up staying up until 3AM. We woke up to Jeff jumping on the trailer right next to my tent at about 7 am for early breakfast before the drivers meeting at 9:30. First we ran the snake trail with no problems then we started over to the new side to hit the extreme ravine trails on the newer property. The trails wind up a creek bed full of boulders and ledges, where we did had to winch a few times. Everyone in our group made it through the trail without any casualties except for Skinny, a buggy on Rockwells with rear steer. His tie rod broke, but that didn’t stop him, he was able to drag the buggy out of the woods with the rear tires pointing whatever direction they pleased. We ended the day with some of Jeff’s amazing cheesy, bacon burgers. The next trail day we covered porcupine trail, pinion trail, rockslide, extreme mud and climbed House Rock just before it started to rain. Our group’s casualties were Alex’s front u-joint caps popping out and an XJ with bent steering linkage. The day ended with a large raffle of prizes including a winch and BDS t-shirts. The weekend had a good variety of rigs from extreme buggies to nearly stock jeeps. The guys at Meridian Offroad have put together a great park and the BDS Outback Adventures never fails to be a great time to meet up with old friends and meet new ones at camp and on the trail.
Check out some of the pictures from the event and make sure to head on over to the BDS Facebook page to see more.
Want to go wheeling with the engineers from BDS Suspension? Then head to the Outback Offroad Adventure Park in Eau Claire, PA for a weekend of wheeling. Hosted by Meridian Offroad, this park boasts trails from mild to wild with obstacles to challenge 4wheelers of all levels. Camp on the park grounds and and meet the staff of Meridian as well as BDS. For info, photos, rules, directions, and to get in contact with the park, check out Outback Offroad Adventure Park‘s website. To see photos and video from last year, head on over to the BDS Facebook album and see below. We’ll see you out there!!!!
Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival Butler, PA Aug.12-14, 2011
The guys from BDS took that familiar cruise along I-80 from Coldwater, MI to Butler, PA to hang out with Meridian Off Road Center at the 1st Annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival this past weekend. Hosted by Butler Country, this historic event was nothing short of amazing as well over 1000 Jeeps of all years, sizes, shapes, and pedigrees inundated the area and held the largest Jeep parade in history. Butler is the known as the birthplace of the Jeep, where back around 1940 the Bantam Car Company won the bid to manufacture a small light-weight 4WD vehicle to aid in the war efforts.
BDS made it early and set up in the vendor area next to our local distributor, Meridian Off Road Center, a local 4×4 shop to Butler, PA offering top-notch service with over 27 years of experience. Throughout the weekend BDS talked to customers, showed off some of our latest products like the new Fox 2.0 Performance Series Shocks, and took part in the various festival activities. Friday night was the parade and cruise, followed by by vendor show on Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds where they they also had a live demonstrations like the Jiffy Jeep Build (see video), how-to clinics, live concerts throughout the weekend, on site obstacle course and trail rides, show ‘n shine contest, kids playground, Jeep heritage exhibit, tons of raffle prizes, fireworks, and so much more. Meridian also held scheduled trail rides out at the 4×4 Outback Adventure trails in Eau Claire, PA 30 Rob and the crew form Meridian held killer deals throughout the weekend on everything from BDS lift kits, Warn winches, Mickey Thompson tires, and Jeep accessories keeping the booth buzzing on Saturday as Jeepers flocked to the fairgrounds to take part in this inaugural event. An early Sunday morning rain and overcast conditions limited attendance until the afternoon on Sunday as everyone came out to find great last minute deals on the perfect accessories for the beloved Jeeps. All in all we had a blast out at the event; all the volunteers and the Butler Country Tourism did an amazing job organizing the event, and Meridian Off Road Center went above and beyond to make this event a memorable experience for everyone attending. If you missed the event, don’t worry, there are already plans in the works for next year and we can’t wait to take that drive again!
The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival starts today out in Butler, PA. Known as the birthplace of the Jeep, this little town is being overrun by the influx of around 1500 Jeeps for a celebration of everything Jeep: the people, the lifestyle, the heritage. BDS will be hanging out in the vendor area with our local distributor Meridian Offroad Center showing off our cool new Jeep products and offering up great show specials. If you’ve been holding out to buy that lift than this weekend is the time to buy, stop by the booth and take advantage of the special incentives.
The entire town has chipped in to make this an amazing weekend full of fun and excitement for the entire family. In addition to the vendor show, there will be a Jeep Parade, onsite obstacle course, product demonstrations, show & shine contest, Jeep heritage exhibits, trail rides at the local offroad park 4×4 Outback Adventure, live concerts, and so much more. In addition to the parade and music going on tonight, the Canadian Jiffy Jeep Crew will be demonstrating their amazing tear down and rebuild, check out the video for a preview.
Nestled in the backwoods of Eau Claire, Pennsylvania, the 4×4 Outback Adventure has terrain to challenge offroaders of all levels. BDS made the 5hr trip to enjoy a weekend of 4wheeling, meet some of our customers, and hang out with the crew from Meridian Off Road. After some rain the night before the event, the weather brightened up and made for some great wheeling. Rigs of all shapes and sizes made it out, many running BDS lifts. Over the course of two days, the terrain caused some casualties in the form of rollovers, broken driveshafts, overheating and more. The BDS TJ well victim to a shattered rear yoke and u-joint out on House Rock. After a quick trip back to camp for spare parts the Jeep was back up and running for more trail time. There was a great group out at the park, everyone friendly, ready and willing to lend a hand to those in need. We love making the trip out to Eau Claire each year for some wheeling and can’t wait till next time. Enjoy the photos!
BDS Suspension is loaded up to hit the trails this weekend. Carter and Jeff are bringing the BDS Ultimate Adventure TJ to Eau Claire, Pennsylvania for the 4×4 Outback Adventure, presented by Meridian Off Road Center. The park boasts trails of all levels with a healthy mix of mud ravines, scenic trails, rocky trails, hill climbs, scenic fields and rock gardens to challenge every level of off-roader. The event runs Saturday and Sunday (June 11-12, 2011). For more information, registration and photos, check out 4×4 Outback Adventure. Here’s a video from the 2009 Outback Adventure.