We live for the offroad lifestyle. We eat, sleep, and breath it whether at work or on our own time. Camping out, sleeping in tents, trailside wrenching, and making friends out on the trail is what it’s all about. With this past weekend was a great opportunity for us to go 4wheeling with family and friends in a couple of killer rigs. A few of us from BDS Suspension, along with reps from sister companies Zone Offroad Products and JKS Manufacturing, met up at Rocks and Valleys Offroad Park in Harrision, MI, a short 2.5 hour cruise from our home office in Coldwater, MI. On the docket for the weekend, the Crawl Magazine Midwest Reader’s Ride complete with trail riding, short course racing, a gnarly hill climb and more all organized by Rock Solid Performance and Ron Price from Rocks and Valleys. Over 300 trail rigs, comp buggies, daily drivers and rock bouncers made it out for the event for a full day of offroad action.
We made it out to the park Friday afternoon to set up camp and check out the event prep. After dinner we hung out by the fire and enjoyed some cold beverages as many stopped by to check out the rigs. Come Saturday we were awoken by the sound of big blocks roaring by the campsite (a car guys alarm clock). After some morning 4wheeling around the park and a photo shoot with the John from Crawl Mag, we met up at the short course races to see the various classes of run-what-you-brung to unlimited comp rigs take on the course for a chance at some prize money and bragging rights. Following the races we heading over to the Bounty Hill Challenge for a select group of rigs took on steep concrete slab hill climb that had a $1000 payout to the first rig able to crest the top. Nearly a dozen competitors took on the challenge, many with capable tube chassis trail rigs, however in the end no one took home the prize. From rollovers to broken axles, sheered steering rams and blown tires, it was one hell of a show, unfortunately no cash in hand for any of the competitors.
Following the challenge the crowd dispersed, some headed out, but many stayed around to wheel out the rest of the daylight. BDS stuck around to wheel with Zone’s MJ, JKS’s JK-8, and a few friends that tagged along. Along the way we met up with John from Crawl Magazine and Charlene from Bower Motorsports Media to hit the trails and give them a chance to jump behind the wheel of the Project KJ. All in all it was a great weekend. We had time to catch up with old friends, spend time with family and get in some great 4wheeling.
To see and comment on all the photos from the event head to the BDS Facebook Page.