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« on: June 28, 2011, 05:23:59 pm »

The Modesto Ridge Runners would like to invite you to participate in there annual high desert rally August 12 and 13  check in is at The El Capitan Motel and casino in Hawthorne Nevada. This years entry is $275.00 which is for two people, with 2 nights room, two dinner tickets, two rally t-shirts and two event dash plaques. This will be our first time at the event, maybe others who have gone in years past can let us know more about the event. It sounds like a good sized event and a lot of fun.

Here is the flyer and I hope clears up any questions.
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2011, 08:34:41 pm »

thanks for posting this event. Hopefully a few of our nevada folks or anyone who is up for a roadtrip can make it.
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2011, 07:44:23 pm »

I've been twice as a passenger in my buddy Rich's "rail". We finished both times I went with him..... It seems that a little less than half the cars end up not making it ALL the way. Seems like they are doing it earlier this year than usual? If I remember correctly it was the end of Sept. beginning of Oct. previously...

 It usually starts with check in the day before, you car NEEDS to pass inspection, (must be currently reg'd either green sticker or for the street), checking for cracks, missing bolts, muffler or USF approved spark arrestor, fire extinguisher, shovel, and I'm sure there are things I'm missing.

Morning starts early, get lined up. Police escort to the start point, then your "released" one at a time, think it's 2min intervals, there are a number of checkpoints along the way, Most have drinking water(but you should still bring your own, maybe some snacks too), and the middle stop has gas(must buy gas tickets the night before, DON'T LOSE THEM!)

Then you hopefully make it to the finish, cruise back to town on your own, SHOWER(you'll probably be sucking dirt/dust ALL day). Then that evening is the dinner, awards and raffles.

Next morning pack up your stuff and head home.

MOST cars arrive on trailer, because this run will usually prove the weakest link on your ride. SPARES and TOOLS are a must

Rich and I had "issues" both times I rode with him. First year we were dealing with clogged idle jets ALL day, lost the lower bolt on the right front coilover, luckily one of the guys that stopped to help us out had a bolt that would fit.....

Second time, well, that damn bolt we borrowed the year before snapped between the last check point and the finish, (It was less than grade 5, shoulda fixed that after the first time). Since it was snapped off we yanked the coilover(I carried it in my lap, and used a come along on the driver rear to get a little lift on that right front) We then ended up smacking the hell out of a LARGE! rock and bent the beam/trailing arms/thru rods not but 1/8 mile from the finish... Did I mention this ALL happened out front of EVERYONE ELSE, yeah, we weren't sucking dust at all after the first 5 miles!

As far as terrain... Expect it ALL, soft deep stuff, hard stuff, rocky stuff, inclines, declines, maybe some water crossings, fast smooth stuff(at least it felt that way with 16in of travel , slow HOLLY COW HOW DO I GET AROUND THIS STUFF, stuff

Rich still hasn't fixed the rail Sad, maybe I should have a talk with him about making it again this year.
Overall advice, be prepared, VERY PREPARED, trailering your car there is probably your best bet. Overall opinion of the weekend, A FRIGGIN BLAST!  

Pics: I believe this was '08 and '09, could be off a year...

Rich Strapping down the Tools and Spare Parts, did i mention tools and spare parts


Sucking some dirt.












Bent front Beam




Think I covered most of my experience...  Grin Cool

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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2011, 09:03:48 pm »

Thank you for the input, do you recall what was the highest altitude was ? we are concerned about jetting. "Fasty" it sure would be nice if you and Rich were able to attend this years event. ( hint, hint ) Is there anything elsa we need to know before the event ? do to the fact it is in August we are building a soft top to keep the sun off us and we added a CB to keep in contact with everyone.
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2011, 05:12:45 pm »

Thank you for the input, do you recall what was the highest altitude was ? we are concerned about jetting. "Fasty" it sure would be nice if you and Rich were able to attend this years event. ( hint, hint ) Is there anything elsa we need to know before the event ? do to the fact it is in August we are building a soft top to keep the sun off us and we added a CB to keep in contact with everyone.

I highly doubt we will be making it, I believe Rich is headed to Disneyland that weekend as it is his Wife's and a close friend of ours 6yo daughters birthdays and I will be in the middle of finishing a large project at work. Can't tell you the altitude as I was just along for the ride, and never thought to look it up. I don't remember many people having CB's possibly cause I payed no attention, but I'm sure the people putting it on have them.

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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2011, 05:30:27 pm »

Ok, thanks from your photos the trails look nice.
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2011, 09:48:24 am »

The run gets up to 8000 ft or so in some spots.
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2011, 03:12:13 pm »

That sounds like a blast, but I think my rail will be in for some re-construction at that time... going to upgrade the front end and add an oil cooler/filter before anymore long runs.
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2011, 06:49:34 pm »

how many total miles is the race?
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2011, 08:04:45 pm »

how many total miles is the race?

roughly 100 and change if I remember correctly. And it's not a "race" more of a rally, sometimes they do poker. Person with the closest to the average time Wins!
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2011, 09:03:52 pm »

well im interested  Grin I just need to convince my brother and dad to tag along.

is there any more info somewhere?
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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2011, 07:39:00 am »

What elsa are you looking for ? I posted date,time,place and price. I can maybe post a copy of the flyer in a few days if that helps.  Its sounds like a fun event, I will be something new for us also.
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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2011, 10:54:25 am »

Is it 50 miles out and then 50 miles back? Or 100 miles out and then you travel the 100 miles back at leisure later in the day? What did all the guys do that broke down? that seems like a high ratio of break downs...
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« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2011, 12:59:00 pm »

I must have missed the break down ratio, it sounds like it is one big loop. I do know there is a fuel stop, you buy the tickets for the fuel before the event then use them at the fuel stop. its the 39th running of the event so I bet they have all the bugs worked out, Not like Yerington where we stop 1,000 times for nothing.
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« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2011, 01:08:05 pm »

Is it 50 miles out and then 50 miles back? Or 100 miles out and then you travel the 100 miles back at leisure later in the day? What did all the guys do that broke down? that seems like a high ratio of break downs...

It's a loop for sure. They have a LARGE number of volunteers out there that will help folks get their cars back, and often times many of the others out there will stop to help out if possible.


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