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e will be gathering for our annual convention this month in Visalia. If you haven’t had a chance to join us at a convention before, now is your chance to come out and see what the association is all about. We will be having a hospitality night, wine tasting, the annual meeting, a vehicle and trade show, and our awards banquet. Get more info on page 16. Registration is also open for the Molina Ghost Run, an event held in May at Hollister SVRA. All vehicles and drivers are welcome for this one, and be sure to check out the obstacle course and the wild runs through the mud pit. In our ongoing efforts to increase membership the board has decided to once again offer $10 coupons on events for those who join or renew in the next few months. So if you are on the fence about paying your dues, keep in mind that the coupon could save you $60 during the year. See you on the trail. — Suzy Johnson, Editor/Web Coordinator

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Happy New Year! This year the association is 55 years old and our mission continues advocating for recreation. From the forests, deserts and dunes we work on your behalf. Other issues involve birds, frogs, toads, plants, water and air. We work with other groups, the state and federal government so we continue to have recreational opportunities for our families and friends. As we begin our 55th year our mission continues with your help. Can you help to make the association better and stronger? We often remind the members what they can do to help. ;; Come on an adventure with us at one of our seven events. Our volunteers work hard to provide fun events all over the state in unique areas of our state. The events are a great way to make now friend or connect with old ones. If you can help out maybe you have a new idea that would make the events even more fun for everyone. ;; Recruit one new member. Do you

know someone that is not a member? Ask them to become one — it’s only $3.75/month a small price to pay to help keep public lands open. ;; Buy and sell sweepstakes vehicle tickets. Thanks for all the help. WHEN IS A WIN A WIN? The effort to save Johnson Valley is complete with the passage of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act. What we won: 43,000 acres of Johnson Valley use remains for recreation. • 55,000 acres of shared use area including the Hammers Trails • Congressional designation of the “Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.”

What we lost: 88,000 acres that will be exclusive military use. • 60 days of use in the shared use area. • Some groups involved in the effort to save Johnson Valley used the area that will transfer to the Military Base. • The local residents, who will lose


All vehicles must be maintained to conform to highway safety standards, as well as meet the minimum requirements listed below: 1. Roll bar or full cage or factory installed hard top. 2. Emergency brake, parking brake, line-lock or other redundant braking system. 3. Tow strap or rope (recommend rated at 2 times the vehicle weight). 4. First aid kit. 5. Jack capable of lifting the vehicle and a tool capable of removing lug nuts. 6. Spare tire within 3” diameter of other tires, or, for tires 37” or larger, run-flats or tools to repair/reinflate tire. 7. Fire extinguisher with gauge indicating good/full, appropriately stored. 8. Seat belts for all passengers. 9. Antennas must be rigid or restrained in a manner to prevent injuries. 10. Adequate attachment points front and rear, i.e., tow hooks, receiver, etc. Tow balls are not generally recommended. 11. Battery hold downs (no bungie cords).

visitation days and have the noise from the closer military activities.

What it cost: The effort to save Johnson Valley was concentrated in the halls of congress with the Livingston Group representing recreation. This was an expensive endeavor, the association made significant contributions to the effort. The effort brought many groups together through the California Motorized Recreation Council. This is a Win, without the effort we would have lost everything. A DELAYED WIN The fight regarding the lawsuit against State Parks and Ocotillo Wells SVRA continues, though the Judge ruled in favor of State Parks, he gave PEER 20 days to modify their complaint, which they did. We will continue to support the efforts of our member club Tierra Del Sol 4x4 Club who is taking the lead on intervening in this lawsuit. WIN-A-JEEP 2013-2014 We soon will be giving away the Poison Spyder Gecko Green Jeep. This is the first year that we gave the Jeep to one builder and the result is fantastic. I would like to thank Larry and Cheri McRae for the generous support. I would also like to thank Jeff Blewett, Steve Gardiner, Chris Collard, and Jim Bramham for working closely on the project. We will need help at King of the Hammers selling tickets, contact Jeff or myself if you can help. Please return the tickets CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

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VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT JESSE MAY SOUTH DISTRICT VICE PRESIDENT The holidays are over and it now time to get out and play with our toys. Hopefully you have scheduled the three events in southern California. HDR – May 24 – 26 ODF – October 17 - 19

PVD – November 7 – 9 But if you have more vacation time to burn, there are other events in the state that are fun so plan and join in the fun (look on the web for all the other events and dates) Please come out and support the events and the association. Speaking of HDR the camp

location will be at Slash-X Café, south of Barstow on 247. So we are at a new location and it is not down a long dusty dirt road, very easy access for RVers. Camping is of course dry camping, but with the Café really close there is no reason to go hungry. Please step up and volun-

teer, the events always needs help/support, so please step up and support the association. Of course there is always news of what is going on in the fight, so please read our natural resource to get the latest and greatest.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT ROBERT ESCALERA CENTRAL DISTRICT VICE PRESIDENT I hope everyone puts their best foot forward to meet the challenges in 2014. Please check our calendar for many exciting events being held statewide. Convention is titled United we stand, Divided we fall. Please consider a donation for the raffle. Contact

Amy C. with any questions I always look forward to convention as a time to catch up with old friends and a opportunity to meet new friends Volunteers are needed for King of the Hammers event Feb 1st- Feb 7th, Please contact me with any questions. (when isn’t Cal4 looking for volunteers) LOL! I remind myself of this quote when I start to think

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VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT JEFF BLEWETT NORTH DISTRICT VICE PRESIDENT By the time you read this article Winter Fun Festival 2014 will have come and gone. I hope we had snow to make the event more enjoyable for our participants. I want to thank all the volunteers for taking time out of their busy schedules to help out and make this a great fundraiser for our association. GET YOUR TICKETS TURNED IN We are coming into the home stretch with the Sweepstakes Vehicle Program. Tickets sales have been good but we need to get all those tickets we sent out turned back in before Convention. This is CA4WDC’s biggest fundraiser and we need your help to make it a success. So please take some more tickets and sell them to friends, family or co-workers. We only have a few events left for this year’s Sweepstakes Vehicle and will need help selling tickets and staffing the booths at the King of the Hammers (KOH) in Johnson Valley on February 2-7 and finally the 2014 CA4WDC Convention in Visalia on February 21-24.

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XVENTURE TRAILER Schutt Industries has decided to donate another trailer to CA4WDC




this year. It took a little longer to actually receive the trailer this year, but we finally have it in our possession. Its first show was the International Sportsman Expo in Sacramento. This year’s trailer comes ready to go camping with an ARB overhead tent and ARB refrigerator. The tickets are only $2 a piece and you can check it out at KOH or our Convention this month. SWEEPSTAKES VEHICLE PROGRAM 14/15 BUILT BY METALCLOAK CA4WDC has purchased a 2014 Jeep JK for the next sweepstakes vehicle and MetalCloak will be doing the build. More to come on this.... SIERRA TREK 2014 Amy Sagraves is the new Trek chairperson and she has many ideas on how to make the 2014 Sierra Trek a great event. She had her first planning meeting in January and everything is beginning to take shape. If you have any ideas or you just want to help please contact Amy and I’m sure she can find a place for you or your club to help. IMPERIAL SAND DUNES I just got home from spending eight days in the Imperial Sand Dunes (Glamis) during the week between Christmas

and New Year’s. This is my third year at Glamis during the Christmas break with Jim and Shirley Bramham and crew. The weather was great and in the 70’s every day. Our group consisted of our over 20 people from 5 -60 years old with Jeeps, side-by-sides, quads and motorcycles. Just getting everyone out of camp some days was chore, but once you hit the dunes all was good. I have been to many dune riding areas over the years but the sheer vastness of the Imperial Sand Dunes is what makes it so special. To stand in the middle of the dunes and look in all directions and see nothing but more dunes is priceless.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 you have so you don’t miss out on your chance to win this great Jeep. The drawing is February 22 in Visalia. For the 2014-2015 Sweepstakes program we have Win-a-Jeep and Winan-Xventure Trailer. Win-a-Jeep is a 2014 Wrangler Unlimited and will be built by MetalCloak. The Jeep is currently at MetalCloak undergoing transformation from base Sport model to an adventure rig. Win-a-Jeep will be given away at the 2015 convention in the South District. Win-an-Xventure Trailer is an adventure type trailer with an ARB tent, awning and fridge/freezer. I would like to thank Schutt Industries for this donation. We will draw the winner of the trailer at the 2015 International Sportsman’s Expo in Sacramento.






I have enjoyed my first year as your president and look forward to a productive 2014. If at any time you have any questions please feel free to contact me. 800.348.8339

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ELDORADO NATIONAL FOREST The Forest has put out for comment their draft plan for repairs and reroutes of the Barrett Lake Trail. This is important in two ways. First, it shows the Forest Service’s commitment to do planning according to the Court settlement. Second, it shows that the Forest Service is willing to work within their own rules to continue public access. The proposed plan calls for several water transfer improvements including rolling dips, gabions, and rock lined ditches. It also proposes a reroute around the largest of the areas in question. This reroute has been walked and is certainly possible; the question is whether it is the most viable and cost effective way to address the issue. The route is in its current configuration because this was the site that was used by the early cattle growers for their operation and lodging. Those uses have long ago been abandoned, the remnants barely visible except for the route itself. Kudos to the Hi Landers for their continued Adopt-A-Trail work and leadership along this route. OCOTILLO WELLS SVRA Much confusion and misinformation has arisen from a recent Court decision about the General Plan planning process for this Park. The anti-access folks had sued State Parks to force them to abandon the “open area” style of management that has been implemented in the Park since its inception. They wished to force the Park to plan a designated route network only.

Cal 4 Wheel, in consultation with the major OHV organizations in the state, with legal advice from our counsel, and input from State Parks, agreed that intervenership by OHV organizations was unnecessary. This in no way meant the Cal Four Wheel or any of the other groups was uninterested or lacked input into this process. The judge’s ruling was only temporary in that the Court gave the anti-access groups 20 days to modify their pleading. The preliminary ruling does lean towards State Parks, but it is not a clear-cut victory. The anti-access groups have taken advantage of this 20-day gift and modified their court brief. This means the case is back in the hands of the judge and could be ruled upon the favor of either litigant. State Parks remains the only entity with standing in this case as the Court has granted no intervenership or co-litigant status to any outside group. CARNEGIE SVRA The planning process continues for this park. I have had several conversations with State Parks officials about the plan. I believe they have a renewed understanding to maximize four-wheel-drive opportunity within the park. Within the zone type of planning that is going on currently, site-specific and route specific planning has not occurred. Therefore, it is extremely important to get enabling language into the plan that will allow a comprehensive trail network and other four-wheel-drive opportunities to be developed in the future.

Office is out for review. This area includes the Black Rock Desert as well as many other destinations used by OHV. This plan will be followed by a Route Travel Management Plan that will be heavily impacted by Sage Grouse concerns. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has just gotten back to me concerning Webber’s Ivesia. This plant grows in Western Nevada and extreme eastern California and is of concern to several route networks in this area. I have now received the overlays of routes and proposed critical habitat for review. They plan to reopen the comment period but have yet to determine the dates for such action. FROGS AND TOADS U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues its public outreach with more open meetings in Mono and Fresno Counties this month. The political pressure that has been brought to bear on this issue both nationally and locally has been significant. The Service has painted itself into a corner by having agreed in a court settlement to list the species and declare critical habitat. It is the size and scope of this critical habitat that is now a political hot potato. IMPERIAL SAND DUNES (GLAMIS) The Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP) that was released late 2012 and required to be reviewed by the Court is now at that stage. All briefings have been made and the Court must now decide if BLM can implement the longoverdue plan. In reading the filings, I find very little that is new or overly persuasive

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use” area will be managed by BLM rather than the Marine Corps.

JOHNSON VALLEY The proposed Marine Corps expansion of its Twenty-nine Palms Base into Johnson Valley has been settled with a compromise solution that was a part of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2014. This legislative compromise preserves OHV recreation in Johnson Valley, including the famous Hammers riding area. In short, this was a BIG WIN for the entire OHV community. Note, this was a compromise. OHV did not receive everything they asked for and neither did the Marines. While the Hammers are protected, there is a lot of desert racing area used by AMA District 37 that was lost. Significant: the “joint

OCOTILLO WELLS SVRA On December 13, 2013, Superior Court of California issued a tentative ruling on the demurrer filing by California Department of Parks and Recreation concerning the lawsuit filed by PEER over motorized access to Ocotillo Wells SVRA. The response, demurrer, cited that Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Desert Protection Council (DPC) have improperly invited the court to direct State Parks how to run the SVRA, something the law does not allow. In order to pursue this lawsuit, PEER/DPC must identify a specific non-discretionary task — required by law — that State Parks has failed to perform.

That is something the filing by PEER/DPC failed to identify. In his ruling, the judge did find the initial filing by PEER did not meet criteria to continue. However, the judge provided PEER a 20-day period to re-file their lawsuit to meet required legal criteria. PEER has re-filed their lawsuit seeking to close open riding in Ocotillo Wells SVRA on December 20, 2013. Tierra del Sol 4WDC of San Diego and EcoLogic Partners have been tracking the lawsuit progress and are prepared to intervene on behalf of motorized recreation when appropriate. California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs supports the efforts of its member club, Tierra del Sol 4WDC and EcoLogic Partners.

FIRST IN GEAR DIDN’T HAVE A NAME Our first magazine, issued in August 1961, was as yet unnamed. On page 3, the leaders of the California Association of Jeep Clubs (as the association was named then) were offering prizes to the persons who submitted the best possible names for the magazine. The prizes listed were: 1st prize - A rear fender from a 1903 Essex. 2nd prize - One burned out condenser with points. 3rd prize - One rejected fuel pump. 4th prize - One headlamp from a 1927 Ford

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BRAMHAM REPORT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 in the anti-access groups’ pleadings. This is not to say they may not prevail as they have used very weak arguments to win very large cases in the past. I am very pleased with the BLM’s strong and positive briefing that backs their years of scoping, planning, monitoring, consultation, and plan development. The fact that critical habitat for the Pierson’s Milk Vetch was settled by the Court several years ago has given the anti-access groups a much finer needle to thread in opposing the new RAMP. The decision on this is due this spring so that implementation of the plan may occur by the beginning of the next dunes season starting in October. Thus far, it has been 14 years of work by Cal 4 Wheel and the American Sand Association that has made this document be so scientifically valid and end-user realistic. The new higher fees for the area have been met with mixed reactions — mostly negative. The government shutdown interrupted some of the financial data stream. This meant at the last DAC subgroup meeting no data was available for income under the new fee structure. Visitor feedback and BLM attendance estimates are both trending much lower. Whether this is an across the desert trend or flee from fee is yet to be understood.

The DAC members voted to support the BLM’s effort to get a workable MOU with State Parks and asked to revisit the issues their next meeting. They support the acquisition, but the public voiced unease at Parks involvement and wants BLM to take the lead role. OHMVR COMMISSION The Commission recently met in Borrego Springs, California. The tour was at Ocotillo Wells SVRA where the Commission was updated on both the General Plan process and the current litigation. The two highlighted the outstanding work that has been done at the Park, its historic value to desert OHV recreation, and positive environmental and cultural protections. Very good reports were given on outreach and education and the need to ramp up, both to improve user understanding and compliance and improve public image. From public and private discussions at this meeting as well as a follow-up meeting at division headquarters, I have become part of a planning efforts in this area. I have for years supported the concept of OHV education as part of the driver training program required by DMV. I’ve also been a proponent of four-wheel-drive safety training. I am certain that both of these items will receive evaluations, augmentations and

DESERT ADVISORY COUNCIL (DAC) The Desert Advisory Council met in Riverside recently. One of their main topics was the Eastern Kern County Acquisition. This acquisition is to be made using OHV Trust Fund dollars to purchase much of the Onyx Ranch holdings. The Onyx Ranch is checkerboard ownership of thousands of acres adjacent to BLM lands. The area is east of Bakersfield, west of Ridgecrest and north of Mojave. The acquisition will put back into public ownership a large area that has been historically used by OHV. Concerns have arisen as to the future management of these lands and whether State Parks or BLM will be the long-term lead agency in management. These lands lay adjacent to the very popular BLM managed motorcycle destinations of Jawbone Canyon and Dove Springs. 12

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implementations over the next few years. Cal 4 Wheel has in place the Safety Clinic Program that has slowed to a crawl in the last several years. These clinics had been membership magnets and great source of state and club event participants. I would hope that we would concentrate considerable effort on revitalizing this program as it is an enormous win-win for the public and our association. The Forest Service and BLM gave good reports. It was good to see the Forest Service back at Commission meetings. They are looking for members of the public to serve on the Recreation Resource Advisory Council. This Council oversees fees charged on public lands. UPCOMING EVENTS I am excited to be leading the SUV runs both Saturday and Sunday at Winter Fun Festival. This is always a great event with the surprise element of weather. SNOW BABY SNOW!!! Our Convention is in Visalia this year. The Central District is always a great host and puts on fun conventions. Lots of business and information will be shared but the best part of convention is old and new friends. This year’s Sweepstakes Vehicles is truly awesome, so please sell and buy a ton of tickets!!!




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Ongoing 5 year project CA4WDC and Blue Ribbon Coalition litigation ongoing 10 plus years, Final ROD released; fee increase pending, CBD amended complaint expected. Ongoing, $14,000 donated, legislation is awaiting action in the Senate. Additional funding needed. With CMRC Sub Group. On-Going; TelCon/meeting 3-4 per year

State of California

Ongoing discussions and review by BLM and Desert Advisory Council John Stewart attended a “meet and confer” meeting held at California Desert District Office in Moreno Valley, CA on Sept 5, 2013. Attending were legal counsel for Center for Biological Diversity and environmental plaintiffs, BLM and DOJ Solicitors as the defendants, and legal counsel for the interveners, Dave Hubbard (Eco-Logic Partners). Blue Ribbon Coalition and California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs were the first recreation groups to become involved is legal issues in the southern California desert region. Next meeting scheduled

Multiple Desert

Meeting scheduled

California Desert Districts

North American Motorized Recreation Council State Parks OHV Division State Parks OHV Division State Parks OHV Division

General OHV group cooperation


Meeting scheduled

Carnegie Expansion Oceano Dunes Air Quality Ocotillo Wells General Plan

Carnegie SVRA Oceano Dunes SVRA Ocotillo Wells SVRA

State Parks OHV Division

Ocotillo Wells Lawsuit

Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Meetings and Comments by contractors and members, long standing project. Provide support to State Parks, numerous meetings and comments submitted On Going Support to member club, Tierra Del Sol and work with CMRC Sub Group. Used letter generator as requested by TDS. Awaiting hearing.

Truckhaven Lawsuit

Truckhaven/Anza Borrego State Park

lawsuit won, CA4WDC $8,000 returned to Jack Edwards legal fund.

Ocotillo Wells SVRA

On going

Multiple Sierra Forests

Ongoing, comments submitted as required. Meetings


Ongoing, comments submitted as required. Meetings

State Parks OHV Division

Multiple Sierra Forests

Ongoing, comments submitted as required. Meetings

US Forest Service US Forest Service

Truckhaven/Ocotillo Wells North General Plan Mountain Yellow-legged Frog and Yosemite Toad Proposed ESA/ Critical Habitat Sage Grouse Proposed ESA/Critical Habitat Webber’s Ivesia Proposed Listing and Critical Habitat Designation Dinkey Landscape Restoration Forest Plan Revisions

Sierra National Forest Inyo National Forest

US Forest Service

Forest Plan Revisions

Sequoia National Forest

US Forest Service

Forest Plan Revisions

Sierra National Forest

Monthly meetings Public meetings scheduled Issued their draft Forest Assessment for public comment (comments due Oct 16). Two public meetings were scheduled (Oct 1 and Oct 3). Due to the government shutdown, these meetings have been suspended. The Sierra Forest Assessment comment period has closed. John Stewart submitted comments on behalf of CA4WDC. Lawsuit Filed August 13, 2013; American Forest Resource Coalition, BRC, California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, et al. Quarterly meetings The last round of appeals has been adjudicated and errata issued to modify the Record of Decision.

State Parks OHV Division US Fish and Wildlife Service US Fish and Wildlife Service US Fish and Wildlife Service

US Forest Service

Forest Planning Rule


US Forest Service US Forest Service

Giant Sequoia National Monument Giant Sequoia National Monument

US Forest Service

Land Use Zones, SEIS

US Forest Service US Forest Service

OHV Training Sierra Cascade Dialog Sierra Cascade Landscape Enhancement Project

Sequoia National Forest Sequoia National Forest Las Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests Tahoe National Forest Multiple Forests

US Forest Service

Comments submitted Jim Bramham and Jeff Blewett work with OHV staff on driving skills multiple sessions. Meeting TBA

Multiple Forests

Next meeting TBA Settlement phase; Draft SEIS being developed

US Forest Service

SoCal Roadless Lawsuit

Las Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests

US Forest Service

Supplemental EIS (Lawsuit)

Eldorado National Forest

US Forest Service US Forest Service

Travel Management Lawsuit Water Quality Review Panel

Stanislaus National Forest Region 5

The appeals concerning the 42 routes have been cleared. John Stewart’s Conversation with Laurence Crabtree, Eldorado Forest Supervisor indicates a commitment to get all 18 routes/projects done in 3 years for use by the public. The remaining 24 routes are expected to be available for use immediately, barring any potential weather related or seasonal closure that may apply. Ongoing next hearing Dec 2013, CA4WDC leading coalition in lawsuit Meeting TBA

Majority of information compiled from John Stewart with additional information from Jim Bramham and CA4WDC; list may not be all inclusive. Detailed reports are available monthly from John Stewart and Jim Bramham. 14

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Win this fully equipped off-road trailer donated by Schutt Industries. It is equipped with an ARB tent and cooler. Tickets are only $2, with all proceeds benefitting the association. Drawing will be conducted during the International Sportsmen’s Expo, January 8-11, 2015. Winner need not be present to win.



Two tickets for two-year membership, three tickets for three-year membership, etc.

*Minimum two year membership required.

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HABITS OF ADMIRED FOUR-WHEELERS TOM SEVERIN We all know a person we enjoy when they go four-wheeling with us. And you are not alone in your view. Everyone likes this person’s company. Have you ever stepped back and asked what is it you appreciate about them?

While camping, they get packed up quickly each morning so the group can resume the drive on time.


They set an example in many ways. Picking up trash is a good example. When they see trash on the ground, they pick it up without a sec-


They are aware of their surroundings. As they travel through an area, they survey the bigger picture. They familiarize themselves with various terrain features such as mountains, gullies, streams/washouts and other landmarks. Of course, they are focused on driving, but also take in the scenery around you. This helps them find their way should they get off the established route.


They respect others by keeping music and conversation to tolerable levels at night. By avoiding slamming car doors while others are sleeping, and other disruptive behaviors.


They are a coach. They help lessexperienced drivers grow in our wonderful hobby by patiently imparting their knowledge. They reach out to newer drivers wherever they find them. They make it a habit of talking up our hobby and encouraging non-members to join along on a simple outing.


Papoose Flats What habits do they exhibit that you would like to adopt? Here are some of the habits I have identified of highly admired four wheelers. The list is neither exhaustive nor refined. There is plenty of room for you to pull it apart, reorganize it, add to it and come up with a better list. Can one person exhibit all these habits? I know a few. But we can all strive to do better in each area. Perhaps, the one habit that trumps all the others is number 10 in the list.


They show up on time and are prepared. They arrive at the appointed time with a vehicle that’s gassed up and ready to go. They don’t make others wait for them. They pack up the night before and budget enough time to get to the trail head. 16

ond thought. Often others in the group quickly follow suit. They are willing to share food, equipment, and spares.


They offer to spot. One of the more crucial tasks of off-road driving is spotting. They take the initiative and help fellow drivers find the proper lines. Other drivers appreciate the gesture.


They help during breakdowns. Their confidence that it can be solved encourages everyone. They keep their vehicle in good mechanical order by following basic maintenance, and inspecting their vehicle after every outing. Breakdowns can occur off-road; some trails are really punishing. Routine maintenance, like replacing heater hoses and bushings, should be routine.

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They are safety conscious. Four wheeling can be a dangerous hobby. Certain aspects require concentration and care. Notable among these are winching and recovery. Highly admired 4-wheelers always take these tasks seriously; they don’t rush; and they CONTINUED ON PAGE 17

HABITS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 make sure everyone else proceeds safely, as well.


They are neat. They keep their vehicle and campsite tidy. They dispose of trash and waste properly. They know being tidy is practical: It’s easier to find stuff when it’s put away properly. Have you ever tried to find your gear left outside after a snow storm? Overall, highly respected 4-wheelers maintain a positive mental attitude despite the challenges presented. They don’t whine. They enjoy the moment and embrace the challenges. Because four-wheeling is often a team activity, it’s important that all drivers take on a team mentality. Doing so helps ensure a smoother outing, and enhances the reputation of those who participate with the proper attitude. Tom Severin, 4x4 Coach, teaches 4WD owners how to confidently and safely use their vehicles to the fullest extent in difficult terrain and adverse driving conditions. Visit to develop or improve your driving skill.

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The members of Tierra Del Sol want to invite you to share a weekend of terrific wheeling with some fantastic folks this coming February 28, March 1 and March 2 when we host the 52nd TDS Desert Safari in the Truckhaven Hills area of the Ocotillo Wells SVRA. 18

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Base Camp coordinates for registration: N 33 15.691 W 116 00.857 which is 23 miles east from Christmas Circle (Borrego Springs) on S-22 or 3.0 miles west of state highway 86. This is an easy access dry wash area with lots of room for campers, motorhomes, and trailers. Bring your own nail-free firewood and drinking water. Additional supplies are

available in Salton City. We hope you are you ready for a weekend of exceptional trails, awesome vendors, a world famous raffle and FIREWORKS. Hold on to your rollbars as registration is now open and Tierra Del Sol invites you to visit www.tds4x4. com to purchase your T-shirts, registrations and keep on top of all the latest

announcements, as we get closer to the event. Early registration is $57 and onsite registration will be $65, so save a few dollars and make sure you are able to get the size and style of T-shirt that you want. For the first time this year we are offering additional styles, sizes and colors that will NOT be available onsite and most likely we will run out of the most popular shirts onsite, so order early to make certain you get exactly what you want. All 4x4 vehicles and side-by-sides are welcome to register for our event and remember Tierra Del Sol has been practicing for the last 51 years to put on a great event and each year we hopefully get better at it due in large part to your feedback and encouragement. Included with each registration are a dash plaque, bumper sticker, and one ticket for the famous TDS “raffle� with over $100,000 in prize packages. With more than 100 vendors onsite you will have the opportunity to see the latest products and talk directly to the experts. CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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TDS’ DESERT SAFARI CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 Challenge yourself on the RTI ramp and register to win a set of Goodyear tires. For those of you who prefer snail mail you may also download the registration form at the website Anza Borrego Park System was established in 1941 and that brought developers with visions of a desert resort, which required roads to be created. Those early rough trails were Coyote Canyon, Yaqui Pass and the Truckhaven Trail which at that time was a 30 mile rough road passing over hills, washes and mesas taking 3-4 hours to traverse ending as you arrived at the old Truckhaven café and station set amongst a small grove of trees… literally an oasis in the desert where the early members of Tierra Del Sol, like Tex Webster, Bozzy Willis, Roy Pruitt and Joe Branch planned explorations into the area and laid out many of trails that we still use today. In 1957 the State Committee consented to the construction of a paved road, which followed the general direction of the old dirt Truckhaven trail wherever possible. It was named the BorregoSalton Seaway or more commonly known as the S22. It was completed in 1968 and leads so many of us to the Desert Safari each year. In those early years a “Search and Rescue” team of local men with CB radios explored the area and ultimately became intimately familiar with the entire area, breaking new trails and figuring out how to traverse the notches, hills and valleys thru their rescue work. Several members started focusing on adventure and exploration and two of these early pioneers, Roy Pruitt and Bozzy Willis ultimately formed the nucleus of the club they named Tierra Del Sol. Bozzy created the artwork that is still seen today on all the members’ vehicles. The club was incorporated as a not-for-profit club in 1962 and the annual Desert Safari, now about to reach the 52nd, was born. Proudly the rosters of TDS still contain family names from the origins with generations following in their forefathers’ footsteps, aspiring to protect these lands for our continued use. Albeit a neverending battle, the families and members of Tierra Del Sol continue to enjoy the 20

closures, and to help those that need our support. This year we have had several major challenges and thus far we remain optimistic that the struggle is yielding some positive results. Progress is being made with respect to Johnson Valley and the creation of an OHV area that will keep the trails open for the foreseeable future and most recently it appears that the Ocotillo Wells SVRA area will remain an “open” riding area. These fights for the right to continue our sport are costly and take a lot of dedicated energy from many club members and from The famous raffle features over $100,000 in prizes. many of you and we thank you for your continued support. area and work hard to preserve it for the Your participation in enjoyment of future generations. the Desert Safari helps ensure the continFollow us on Facebook by hitting the ued support of the California Association “Like” button on our FB Page “Tierra Del of 4WD Clubs, San Diego Off-Road Sol Desert Safari” at https://www.faceCoalition, Blue Ribbon Coalition, Friends Ocotillo Wells, Friends of Johnson Safari/203295056374265 to get the latValley, Thundering Trails, Salton City Fire est updates and some special incentives Department, West Shores Ambulance, to be announced. Tread Lightly, Polinsky Center, Foster In the spring of 2011 Tierra Del Sol in Parents Association, Al Bahr Shrine cooperation with California State Parks Transportation Fund, Friends of the held a ribbon cutting ceremony to open Mojave Trail and this year we officially a Training/Obstacle Course collocated to recognize the Wounded Warrior Project the Desert Safari headquarters and we as our special charity. continue to add more challenges and it For more information on Tierra Del Sol is still very popular with a wide variety of and the 52nd Annual Desert Safari, and off-roaders. If you have not visited the to register online, please visit course, you will have a great time either Thanks for your continued support watching or testing your own vehicle and and HAPPY TRAILS. driving skills. Tierra Del Sol is a non-profit family Bob is the Desert Safari Public club that continues to use part of the proceeds from Desert Safari to fight land Relations Director.

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MOLINA Ghost Run

May 9-11, 2014

Hollister Hills SVRA, Upper Ranch 6 miles west of Hollister in San Benito County


„ Saturday Group 1, One Locker Required, Harder Trails & obstacles „ Saturday Group 2, No Lockers, Easier Trails & obstacles „ Saturday SUV Run

This annual event had to be relocated due to the closure of Clear Creek Management Area. We will have some new activities to challenge you and your vehicles. Improved dry camping will be available. Let's make this the best event yet so that we can help fight closures like the one at Clear Creek!

REGISTER ONLINE AT CAL4WHEEL.COM/MOLINA-GHOST-RUN Name____________________________________________________________________ Phone (_______)___________________________________________________________ Email ____________________________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip _____________________________________________________________ CA4WDC Member? Yes____ No____ Individual____ Club Name _______________________________________________________________ Complete and mail before May 3, 2014 to: Molina 2013 1465 North "M" St. Tulare, CA 93274

SAFETY REQUIREMENTS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Have questions?

Steve Egbert (559) 936-3030

Help keep public lands open! Proceeds benefit Cal 4 Wheel

13. 14.

Roll bar or factory hard top Functional parking brake or micro lock Tow strap or winch First aid kit Jack capable of lifting vehicle and tools to change tire Spare tire within 3" of existing tire (no temp spares) Fire extinguisher with gauge properly stored Seatbelts for all vehicle occupants Antenna(s) properly restrained Adequate attachment points front and rear Battery hold downs, no bungie cords Functioning low range in transfer case License or green sticker registration Traction aiding differential in at least one axle for some runs

Safety committee has final say over any questionable issues regarding vehicle inspection.

REGISTER ONLINE AT CAL4WHEEL.COM/MOLINA-GHOST-RUN Registration includes Saturday poker run, one dinner, one dash plaque, one drawing ticket CA4WDC Members $45/Vehicle

$ ______________

Non-CA4WDC Members $55/Vehicle

$ ______________ -- OPTIONAL --

Cal 4 membership ($45 per family)

$ ______________

Extra poker hands

#_____ @ $5 each

$ ______________

Extra adult dinners

#_____ @ $15 each

$ ______________

Child dinners (under 12)

#_____ @ $8 each

$ ______________

Contribution to Clear Creek Legal Fund (voluntary) $5

$ ______________

T-Shirt M___ L___ XL___ XXL___ XXXL___ #____@ $15 each

$ ______________

Sweatshirts L___ XL___ XXL___ XXXL___ #____@ $25 each

$ ______________

Total fee enclosed

$ ______________

(Payable to CA4WDC/Molina)



Panamint is one for the record books TERRY DEAN PHOTOS BY PAUL, NANCY & RYAN ANDERSON


  he 28th Annual Panamint Valley Days was one for the weather record books! Warm during the day, cool nights and stars galore! But there was something missing… wind! No 40-60 mph winds, only a gentle breeze off and on during the day. At times, no wind at all! Several people commented on how great the weather was.

Bonnie Ferguson, Ken Thompson and Skip Howlett, along with Bob & Chris Campbell from High Desert Four Wheelers, arrived first to set up main camp. They met up with Benz port a potties of Ridgecrest, the rental company, to place the units where we needed them. I arrived later in the day after repairing a couple of water leaks in the motorhome, Ugh!!! Friday morning we woke up and manned the registration tables at 6:00 am. We kept busy all morning until the first runs left. Friday opened the event with runs going to Isham

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Canyon, Cummins Cutoff, Snow Canyon (new run this year) & South Park Cabin. These runs left at 8:00 and 9:00 am. Craig Beck from BLM office in Ridgecrest rode along on one of the trails with Victor Valley Four Wheelers. There was also Lookout City sunset run leaving at 2:00 pm. Expect to read run reports from the trail leaders. Terry Burton, Dan Arnold & Steve Zirkelback from High Desert Four Wheelers arrived as well. High Desert Four Wheelers had 100% club participation at this event! Steve Gardiner arrived later in morning with the PA system and set up the merchandise area. He left to meet up with the Win-A-Jeep that was coming from the SEMA event that night. Steve met it at Kramer Junction and brought it back to the event later that night. He didn’t get back until midnight! Thank you Steve G. Steve Egbert arrived with the sweepstakes trailer from SEMA about 1:30 in the morning! Thank you Steve E. Really nice camping trailer, can’t wait to get my tickets for it. Saturday morning we again manned the registration tables at 6:00 am. Saturday had a full day of trails planned such as: Isham Canyon, Cummins Cutoff, Defense Mine, CONTINUED ON PAGE 23

PANAMINT RECAP CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 Goler Wash, Pleasant Canyon, Slate Range Historic run, as well as Nadeau National Recreation Trail. Eddie Duque, from Ridgecrest BLM, visited our camp site talking about our event. Eddie was born and raised in Trona, CA and loves the area he works out of. He brought his daughter with him who was fascinated by a wayward bird in camp. Once breakfasts were eaten and safety checks done, participants lined up to start their respective runs. Whew! Camp was quiet and we got on with setting up for the raffle and dinner later on that night. Bonnie Ferguson worked on the raffle prizes, making sure everything was labeled for the MC to recognize the companies and individuals who donated the excellent prizes. Dinner was catered by Casey’s Barbeque in Ridgecrest and included pulled pork, tri tip, potato salad, steamed veggies and a dinner roll. They catered it last year as well. We all ate, looking forward to the raffle. I opened the evening and handed the mic over to Bonnie Ferguson, she handed out awards and gave thanks to those who helped out over the weekend. Amanda May was MC for the kids raffle and did an excellent job. Thanks Amanda for stepping in. Steve Egbert then took over the mic and started the adult raffle give away. Terry Burton (High Desert Four Wheelers) asked if his daughter could volunteer to pull tickets for Steve. Thank you Sarah Burton, she did a great job pulling tickets. She waited until the end to pull one of her dad’s tickets out of the barrel, kept him guessing if he was going to win. This year the big winners of the raffle prizes were Jeff Newman of the BFG tires and Steve Gardiner won the Warn winch. Our special raffle prize winner, first year Cal4Wheel members only, was James Hertogh. He will receive $100 worth of Win-A-Jeep tickets. We had ten new members attend the event who were entered into the special drawing. I didn’t get the names of those who helped out, but you know who you are. I want to give a big “THANK YOU” for helping out this year. Thank you to all of

our vendors who donated the fantastic raffle prizes. Thank you to the clubs who donated to both of the raffles as well. We closed the event and sat around the campfire with good friends and family. Get ready for the 29th Annual Panamint Valley Days! Hope to see you all there next year! P.S. We hear that four-wheelers are willing to help out when a need arises. Well here is a little example of the generosity during this year’s event. I opened the evening at the mic then handed it over to Bonnie Ferguson for the awards portion. Then she handed the mic to Amanda May for the kids’ raffle. During the start of the kids’ raffle a father with

two kids arrived too late to buy tickets. Bonnie heard about this and gave them her raffle tickets she had purchased. They were very grateful to Bonnie for doing this simple gesture. They would end up winning two prizes, one for each kid. At the end of the evening I’m not sure who was happier, the kids or Bonnie. Four wheelers are the best people!


Steve Gardiner is the lucky winner of the winch.

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SWEEPSTAKES 2014 Last chance for tickets - drawing is February 22 Tickets are $5 with proceeds benefitting Cal4Wheel Imagine buying a brand new 2013 Jeep Wrangler right off the showroom floor, then taking your shiny new prize to Poison Spyder Customs and telling them that they can have their way with it. That’s exactly what the California Association of 4WD Clubs, Inc. has done with this year’s Win-A-Jeep project. We are starting with a new Sport model in lime green with an automatic transmission. The guys at Poison Spyder are going to add a winch donated by Warn, tires donated by BF Goodrich, and loads of their own Poison Spyder parts like bumpers, fenders, and more. Our other sponsors will also pitch in, making this the most complete and awesome rig you could ever hope to own for a mere $5 ticket. Tickets may be ordered online, by mail, or purchased at most off-road shows.

contact info Jeff Blewett 8120 36th Ave. Sacramento, CA 95824 209-210-7880

DRAWING FEBRUARY 22, 2014 Visalia, CA

Winner need not be present to win


Ways to win! ONLINE:

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C L U B S Check the list below to see if there is a club in your area. Visit to find out more or contact your district membership chair (see listing on page 6). Most clubs meet monthly and schedule regular trail outings.

NORTH 4X4 CLIFFHANGERS of Vacaville meet the second Tuesday of each month (except December) at the fire station located on Vine St. off of Gibson Canyon Rd. at 7 p.m. Contact Eron at 707-410-7820 ( or Dan at 707-446-6905 (dragenfab@ ALL SEASON (Somerset). Email for meeting info. BEDROCK 4 Wheelers, Sacramento. Contact Perry at 916-9274858 for info. BLACK SHEEP 4X4 CLUB of Redding meets the first Tuesday of every month. For info contact Mario at mario@ or 530-227-1973, Tony at 530-397-7755 ( BOONIE BOUNCERS 4X4 CLUB (Sacramento). A fun and active club for families and singles that enjoy the great off-road. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Round Table Pizza, located 5424 Dewey Dr., Fair Oaks, CA. Find us on Facebook or contact Bob at 916-783-0233 or for details. CAL-SIERRA ATV CLUB (Sacramento) meets the second Thursday of the month at CA4WDC office. Contact Felton at fomary@aol. com or visit CALIFORNIA TRAIL RUNNERS. Family and community service oriented 4WD club. Open to 4x4s and SUVs of all makes. CAPITAL CITY MOUNTAIN GOATS meet at 7:30 p.m. the first Friday each month. Contact Dennis Bartholomew at 916-4217788 or Tex Texiera at 916-423-1369 for info or visit our website at CONTRA COSTA JEEPERS, Walnut Creek area. Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month. Family-oriented club. Short wheelbase, difficult to extreme trails. Contact Jeff at 925-837-6015. DIABLO 4 WHEELERS (Concord). Family four-wheeling. Established since 1964. All makes of 4x4 welcome. Activities range from conservation projects, community involvement, Adopt-A-Trail, social runs, easy and hard rock wheeling. Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m., Meets every first Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m., Fuddruckers Concord, Willow Shopping Center, 1975 Diamond Blvd, E-260 Concord, CA 94520. Contact Steve Mallo at or visit DIRTY DOZEN (Somerset). Call for meeting info, 530-620-1637. DIXON 4 WHEELERS, families and singles, all types of 4x4’s welcome. First Monday of each month at 7 p.m., call for location. Contact Ken at or 916-502-1305 for info. ESPRIT DE FOUR (San Jose), second Tuesday each month, 7 p.m. Please consult club’s website for location. Activities range from community services, Adopt-a-Trail and safety clinics. We welcome newcomers to our meetings and events. For more info visit www. or contact Ellen at (650-964-4705). EZ JEEPERS (Vallejo). Call 209-604-5194 for meeting info. FORESTHILL FOUR WHEELERS. Family-oriented 4WD club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Pizza Factory in Foresthill. Contact Kurt Huebner at or 530367-3637 for more meeting location and other details. FOUR DICE FOUR WHEEL DRIVE CLUB (San Jose/South Bay Area) meets the first Monday of each month, 6:45 p.m., Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave., San Jose, CA. Contact Keith at 415-309-2658 ( or Alan at 408-218-6774 ( for info, or check our website at GOLD HILLS POSSE 4x4 Club of Folsom/EDH, a very active familyoriented club, meets at 7:30 p.m., the second Thursday of each


month at Round Table Pizza, 8755 Sierra College Blvd., Suite B, Roseville CA 95661, (916) 791-7288. Please call Brad at 916-9330731 or email, or check our website at for additional information.

NAPA VALLEY JEEPERS meet the second Tuesday of each month. Families and singles are welcome, as well as all makes of 4x4s. For further info contact Jim MacLellan at 707-432-1479 or email

GOLDEN GATE JEEPERS (Belmont). Bernard 650-593-4456.

NORCAL 4 WHEELERS, Sacramento. Check website for meeting info and location at

GRASS VALLEY 4-WHEELERS meet on the first Tuesday of the month at Alta Sierra Pizza and Grill, 15690 Johnson Place, Hwy. 49 and Alta Sierra Dr., Grass Valley, 7PM. Guests welcome. Visit or contact David at 530-274-2361 or Jason at 530-292-9338. GRIM CREEPERS 4WDC, Vacaville. Contact Dylan at 707-6856681 or; Randy 707-249-8326. HI LANDERS (Orangevale), meet on second Monday of month at 7:30 p.m., Orangevale Community Center, 6826 Hazel Ave. For more info contact Jerry Hicks at 916-988-2070 or visit our website at HIGH LAKE TREKKERS, Paradise. Contact Norm at 530-877-7025 or HIGH ROCK TREKKERS (Silver Springs, NV) meet annually in July to host the Lassen-Applegate Emigrant Trail event. Contact Dennis at 775-577-9157,; Warner at 775-6299232,, or visit for info. HILLHOPPERS JEEP CLUB (Dublin). Email for meeting info. JEFFERSON STATE 4WD ASSOCIATION (Central Point, OR). Meetings to be announced. Contact Tom, 541-883-2044, or Dick at JOAQUIN JEEPERS meet every second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 4 Wheel Parts in Salida. For more information call Glen at 209-324-4774 or Todd at 209-847-2238. LAKE TAHOE HI-LO’S 4WD Club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, in S. Lake Tahoe, CA. Contact Rod at 530-543-0320 for info. LOW RANGERS 4WDC (San Jose). Contact David at cjjeepdave@ (408-828-9720) or Neel at 408-499-2556 for info. MADHATTERS 4x4 Club, est. 1978, participates in a variety of family-oriented OHV activities. The club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Round Table Pizza, 1024 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore, CA. Everyone welcome! Contact Tom at or Art at vicepresident@ or visit for more info. MENDOCINO 4X4 CLUB (Ukiah) meets every second Monday, 6 p.m., Jensen’s Truck Stop, Redroom Room, Ukiah. Frank 707-9720233, ( MOTHERLODE ROCKCRAWLERS (Amador County), family-oriented, all rigs welcome, responsible four wheeling, first Thursday of month, 7 p.m., Gold Country Driving School, 242 French Bar Rd., Jackson, CA. Contact Ron at 209-920-3150 or Gareth at 209-2953582 for info. MOUNTAIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY (MTA) (San Jose) meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m., Luigi’s Pizza and Pasta, 2495 Winchester Blvd., Campbell, CA. Family and single members, guests are welcome. Host of the annual Mud-n-YerEye Frolic event held at Hollister Hills, CA. Contact Debbie at or visit MUDSUCKERS 4 WHEEL DRIVE CLUB (Sacramento) meet first Tuesday each month, Mark & Monica’s Family Pizza, 4751 Manzanita Ave in Carmichael at 7:00 p.m. Guests are welcome. Feel free to check our website at or contact Brian at 916-871-3458 or for details. NAPA B.E.T.S. 4-WHEEL DRIVE CLUB, an active club and member of CA4WDC. We have one run per month in the summer, one of which is our annual Rubicon Trek. We are open to all 4x4 owners, families and singles alike. For more club information, call Dave Toboni, 707-257-1709.

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NORCAL CRAWLERS meet the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. For more info contact Chad at 530-519-8940. NORCAL MUD SLINGERS (Citrus Heights). Contact Scott at or 916-642-2508 for info. NORTH COAST CLIFFHANGERS meets first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. For more info contact Jim Pofahl at 707-464-3961. NORTH TAHOE TRAIL DUSTERS meet the first Wednesday of every month. For info contact John at 530-546-3642. OPHIR GOPHER JEEP CLUB meet first Friday of the month at varying locations. Call David at 530-589-1434 or Judy 530-5338443 for more information. PAIR-O-DICE 4 WHEELERS meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., Round Table Pizza (near Safeway) on Clark Road in Paradise. Family club with single members. Runs monthly, Adopt-A-Trail, lots of fun, etc. Contact Jim Earl 530-872-8218, or Doug Poppelreiter 530-872-9287 or RAT PACK (Shasta County) meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month except December at Angelo’s Pizza, 1774 California St., Redding at 6:30 p.m. All types of 4x4s welcome. Bob at 530244-2581 ( or Herb/Mary at 530-357-3768 ( ROUGH & READY JEEP CLUB (Sacramento) meets the first Tuesday of each month. For more info contact Jack at 916-991-5756. SACRAMENTO FLAT FENDERS. Contact Jason at 916-429-6553 for meeting info. SACRAMENTO JEEPERS, INC., family Jeeping since 1957. Meets the second Tuesday each month at 7:30 p.m., CA4WDC office, 8120 36th Ave., Sacramento. Please visit our web site at www. for more information. SACRAMENTO VALLEY TOP GUN. Contact Glen (chevyjeep@ or 916-685-5215. SACRAMENTO WIDETRACKERS meeting on the first Saturday of each month at the Pizza Factory in Loomis (Taylor Road) at 6:00 p.m. Family-oriented club. Contact Gary at 916-652-7889 ( info. SAN FRANCISCO JEEPERS, meet only as necessary. Contact Michael at (650-504-0703). SANTA CRUZ 4X4 CLUB. Third Thursday of each month, Bruno’s BBQ, 230 Mount Hermon Suite G (upstairs dining room), Scotts Valley, CA. Contact Robin at or 831-2393350 or see our website at SANTA ROSA 4X4’s meet on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Boy Scout Clubhouse on Schurman Drive. Our club accepts singles and families with all levels of fourwheeling experience and all types of four-wheel drive vehicles. We welcome you as a guest at our next meeting! Visit our club website at or call David at 707-575-4160 for more info. SIERRA TREASURE HUNTERS, a family oriented 4WD club, meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday each month in Sacramento. Email or visit our website at http://www.sth4x4. com. SOUTH COUNTY TRAIL RIDERS 4X4 CLUB meets at 5 p.m. the first Sunday of the month at Round Table Pizza, 14940 Camden Ave., San Jose, CA (off Hwys. 17 and 85). For more info call Glyn Zeiler at 408-224-6549 or James at or 408-410-6100. TRAILBUSTERS 4X4 CLUB (Solano County) meet on the first Friday

of each month at 7 p.m. in Vacaville at the Round Table Pizza, Alamo and Merchant. For more info contact Jason 707-208-0480,

SANTA BARBARA 4WD CLUB, first Wednesday of every month, 7:00 p.m., call for location. Call Dick at 805-968-2437 ( or visit

TRI VALLEY ROCK KNOCKERS, Livermore. Contact Richard at

SANTA MARIA 4-WHEELERS meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., Giavanni’s Pizza, 1108 E. Clark Ave in Orcutt. Contact John at (805-733-0813) or Misty at (805-937-5712) for more info.

WANDERING WHEELERS JEEP CLUB (Hayward): Meetings first Tuesday, 7 p.m., Round Table Pizza, 20920 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley (map at club web page at Call Al Paiva 925-634-4472 or Paul Tavres 510-783-0263 for info. Guests always welcome. WINE COUNTRY ROCK CRAWLERS (Sonoma County). Meet every third Monday night of the month, Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Rd., Santa Rosa. For info contact Ken at ken.herlihy@ (707-792-2265) or visit winecountryrockcrawlers. org WOMEN OUT WHEELING (Sacramento). Contact Shirley Bramham at 916-383-7128 or Claudia Smith at 530-620-0914 for meeting times and locations.

CENTRAL 4X4HIM CHRISTIAN WHEELERS (Fresno/Clovis). Meetings on 15th day of every month at rotating location. Check website at 4x4him. com or contact Cecil at 559-250-4419 ( or Don at 559-972-2200 ( for info. 4X4 IN MOTION (Modesto/Turlock) meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Families and individuals welcome. Contact Wayne at (209-541-7420) or Chris at (209-485-4348) for details. BAKERSFIELD TRAILBLAZERS meet the first Wednesday of each month. Guests welcome. Contact Richard at 661-706-1600 or James at 661-873-5487 for info or visit BRONCOS UNANIMOUS, Laton, CA. Contact Bobby at (559-867-2128) or David at (559-923-9563) for info. CLOVIS INDEPENDENT 4 WHEELERS meet first Sunday each month 6:30 p.m. Call Rick at 559-281-3598 ( or visit our website at EASTERN SIERRA 4X4 CLUB, Inc. meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meet at the Bishop Pizza Factory and come at 6 p.m. if you want to eat. Please check club website for the most current information at or contact Mike at 760-937-6663 or Sherrie at 760-920-0424 or email at FOUR WHEEL DRIVE CLUB OF FRESNO meets second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m., at Old Spaghetti Factory, 1610 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno. Visit our web site at for a map. Call Brad at 559-297-4478 for more information. HILLHOPPERS (Fresno). Contact Shawn at sf77bronco@yahoo. com or 559-324-0372. KINGSBURG 4WD CLUB meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., 21253 S. Locan, Laton. Call David at 559-923-9563 ( for info. LOCK & LOW 4 WHEEL DRIVE CLUB of Visalia. Active family oriented club interested in responsible four-wheeling. Meet first Thursday each month. Call Larry at 559-597-2008 or Dan at 559733-2723 for info or visit our website at http://www.lockandlow. com. LOCKED AND LOADED 4X4, Ripon. Meet first Tuesday, 7 PM at KMD Garage, 775 E. Roth Rd., French Camp. Contact Robert at 209-661-3266 ( or Nick at 209-834-7649 ( for info, or visit MID VALLEY 4 WHEELERS (Merced) meet the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m., 2220 E. Childs Ave., Merced. Contact Rick at or 209-725-8531. MUD, SWEAT & GEARS (Sonora) meet the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Pine Tree Restaurant, 19601 Hess Ave., Sonora. Runs are third Saturday of the month. Contact Erik (president) or 209-890-5599. Club website is ROCKEATERS 4WD (Modesto) meet the second Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. Check our website for location. We are a familyoriented club open to new members of all types and experience levels. Check us out at SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY 4WD CLUB. The SLO 4-Wheelers invite you to come join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., Denny’s, Atascadero. Contact Tom at 805-4664042 ( or George 805-466-7659 ( or visit

92562. Erik Schreiner, 951-672-6726, or visit

SEQUOIA SIDEWINDERS, Porterville. Meet the third Tuesday of each month at Round Table Pizza on Henderson Ave. For info contact Marvin at or Gary at 559-781-0151 or SIERRA CRAWLERS (Clovis), meetings TBA. Contact Mike at or 559-647-1181. TRAIL BUSTERS (Kings County) 4WD CLUB in Hanford meets on the first Thursday at 7 p.m., Kings Co. Bowl, 1050 E. Lacey Blvd., Hanford. Call Paul at 559-924-5875. Families and singles are welcome.

SOUTH ANTELOPE VALLEY FOUR WHEELERS meet the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., at the Round Table Pizza, 44204 N. 10th St. West, Lancaster. For additional info, contact Scott at 661349-2416 or visit BABES OF THE DESERT, contact Ginger at net. CAPO VALLEY 4 WHEELERS (S. Orange Co.) meet on the first Tuesday of each month, 7:30 p.m., Wind & Sea Restaurant in Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point. Family-oriented. Contact Charlie at 949-212-4015 or visit DESERT DAWGS (Riverside) meet the second Tuesday of each month. Call John Snell for meeting info at 951-681-8608 or Visit our website at desertdawgs. org DIRT DEVILS offer family-oriented four-wheeling of all calibers, from mild to wild! Join us on the first Tuesday of each month. 7 p.m., Marie Callender’s, 5711 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. Contact information is on our website at or contact Jesse at DRIFTERS JEEP CLUB meets first Thursday of month. For more info contact Mark Phelps,, (909) 938-8713 or David Meyer,, (951) 487-6693 or visit our blog at EARLY BRONCOS LTD. (1966-77 Broncos) meet second Sunday of month near Ramona, CA. Contact Steve at 858-740-7149 or visit GAD-ZUKS! SUZUKI CLUB meets at 4:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month. All vehicles are welcome. For meeting place info contact Guy 909-466-1513 ( Check our website at GEAR GRINDERS 4WD CLUB meets the fourth Wednesday of each month (except Nov. when Thanksgiving is the day after and Dec.), 6:00 p.m. for dinner, 7 p.m. for meeting, Casey’s Steaks & BBQ, 1337 N. China Lake Blvd., Ridgecrest. Contact Gary at 661-8033418 ( or Mary Grimsley 760-446-3458 ( or visit GEARED 4 FUN 4WD CLUB (north San Diego county) meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Call for more information, contact Angela Cook at 760-505-3579 or Chris Chase at 760-723-3661 or visit our website at www.geared4fun. com. GENERAL 4 WHEELERS. Contact Donna at dlchisum4444@ or call 928-237-9190. HEMET JEEP CLUB meets second Wednesday of each month. Call Mike at 951-929-6492 or or Shawn at 951-767-1258. You can also visit our website at www. HIGH DESERT CRAWLERS 4X4 CLUB (Victorville). Contact Mark at for info, or visit HIGH DESERT FOUR WHEELERS meet first Tuesday of each month, 6:00 p.m. for dinner, 6:30 p.m. for meeting. Red Robin, 1233 W. Rancho Vista Blvd., #301, Palmdale, CA 93535 (in the Palmdale Mall main entrance just off the 14 freeway). Contact Terry at 661-917-3296 ( or Bonnie at 661-943-9744 ( for info or visit HILL & GULLY RIDERS, Jason 562-824-0367 or Robert 951-443-3809. INLAND JEEP FREEKS (Temecula area). First Sunday of each month, TJ’s Pizza Co., 39872 Los Alamos Rd., Murrieta, CA

MISFITS 4WD (Highland), meetings second Saturday of the month at Buffalo Wild Wings, 8188 Day Creek Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. Call Maurice at 562-650-5023 for meeting time. Contact Maurice at (562-6505023) or Zachary at (909-609-4283). ON THE ROCKS meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at Ameci Pizza & Pasta, 1724 E. Avenida De Los Arbolos, Thousand Oaks, at 7:00 p.m. Contact Mike at 805-383-0806 (mikewhitn10@juno. com) or Damian at 818-709-0280 ( for info. Or visit website at ORANGE COUNTY 4-PLAY, second Wednesday of the month, Carrows, 16931 Magnolia St., Fountain Valley. Check their website at for info or contact George at (714-376-3377). OUT FOUR FUN 4WD CLUB (Inland Empire area) meets the second Monday of each month. For location and club info contact Gary at or Paul at PACIFIC OFF ROADERS, Long Beach. Contact Bob at 562-4229640 or Charles at 310-450-4163. THE ROUGHWHEELERS IV CLUB (L.A.-South Bay) meet every second Friday at 8 p.m., Redondo Rod & Gun, 2023 Vanderbilt, Redondo Beach, CA 90278. See for map and details. Guests welcome. Contact Tuvia at 310-937-2328 (tipelc@ or Dave at 310-722-2966 (montego@roughwheelers. com). SAN DIEGO 4 WHEELERS meet the first Thursday each month (except February), at the Automotive Museum in Balboa Park, located at 2080 Pan American Plaza, Suite 12, Park Boulevard, San Diego. See the website for info at or contact Joe at or Rod at 619-445-5310. SAN DIEGO OUTBACKS 4X4 CLUB meets the second Wednesday at the Santa Maria Masonic Lodge, located at the corner of Main and 9th Streets in beautiful downtown Ramona. For info call Marc at SCOUTS WEST meets the second Thursday each month, 7:30 p.m., at Marie Callender’s, 5711 E. La Palma, Anaheim. Call John Vogelsang at 661-245-1493 or visit our website at www. for info. SPINNIN’ FOURS (L.A.-O.C.) meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Call Art Hastings at 562-693-2303 for location and information. TIERRA DEL SOL (San Diego) meets the third Wednesday each month at Al Bahr Shrine, 5440 Kearny Mesa Rd., San Diego, 7:30 p.m. Contact Tim at 760-765-0772 or Sue at 619-562-1225, or visit TRAIL CREW (Santa Clarita). Meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Sizzler, 10401 Sunland Blvd. Sunland at 7:00pm. Come join us and hang out. We adopted and maintain the Look Out trail at Rowher Flats. Our website is For additional info contact Ron at VICTOR VALLEY 4 WHEELERS meet first Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Victorville Motors, 14617 Civic Dr., Victorville. Safari night (family night) is the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30-7PM at Pasco’s Pizza, 17348 Main St., Hesperia. For info call Roger at 760-9483424 (, Lisa at or visit

OUT OF STATE KOMSTOCK KRAWLERZ, Dayton, NV. Call for meeting location. Larry,, 775-246-3212. NEVADA NOMADS. We hold meetings infrequently by consent of the members. Open to all types of 4WD vehicles. Contact Larry at 775-246-3212. ROGUE VALLEY 4 WHEELERS (Oregon), open to all four-wheelers, family-oriented. Meet on second Wednesday of each month at Bruno’s Pizza in Medford around 6:30 p.m. Contact Rick at for info. SIN CITY OUTLAWS 4WD CLUBS (Las Vegas, NV). Meetings to be announced. Contact Gary 702-242-9400,

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ONE MAN’S LOVE STARTS 4X4 LEGACY Reprinted from Jp Magazine, January 2014 CHRISTIAN HAZEL One man’s love of Jeeps can live on from one generation to the next. Charlie Joranco’s daughter Debi, wrote Jp to share a nice story about the family patriarch who spurred more than one generation of Jeep enthusiasts. Through the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, Charlie could be found on the Rubicon and other 4x4 trails in California with a Jeep load of kids and

camping gear hanging off the front and back. Many of Charlie’s grandchildren now have their own Jeeps and are carrying on his love of fourwheeling. From Jp, we say thanks to Charlie for your military service and values. And from Charlie’s family, they say “Thank you Dad, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa!” Charlie Joranco fell in love with Jeeps in 1951 while serving the Air Force in Korea. That’s where he drove his first Jeep, a ’42 MB. It would be ten years and four daughters later before he would own his own Jeep. Charlie in his MB on his first Jeeper’s Jamboree with daughters Karen, Linda, Debi, and Sherry in about 1964. The girls loved to go four-wheeling with dad every chance they got. Lots of weekends 28

were spent down at the beach near their home in Rio Vista, California, climbing the sand dunes and racing down the beach. Charlie is now 81 years old and still loves Jeeping as much as ever! He started a family legacy of four-wheeling that will continue to be passed down to new generations. As Charlie’s daughters grew up, married, and had children of their own, Charlie gave each of them their own Jeeps and they started doing poker runs with their kids in tow. All of Charlie’s children and some of his grandchildren are shown here at the “Run a Muck” poker run. The group became known as “Charlie’s Angels.” Several of his daughters even take on the Fordyce Trail and the Rubicon every summer. Editor’s Note: Charlie (aka Peter Pan) passed away on November 11, 2013, leaving behind his wife Mary, six

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FEBRUARY 2014 2-7 KING OF THE HAMMERS, Johnson Valley OHV area near Landers, CA. For more information visit

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CHILI COOKOFF, Icehouse Resort, Hwy. 50, Pollock Pines, CA. Sponsored by the Capital City Mountain Goats. Bring your favorite chili recipe to compete for prizes. The parking lot will be cleared to make way for the fun. The lodge and bar will be open for breakfast and lunch. Event held rain, snow, sleet or sun! Start time is 9AM, judging at noon. First, second and third prizes will be awarded for the best chili. To get there, take Icehouse Road off of Hwy 50. Follow the road for nine miles. The resort is on the right. Contact Mike Lenno at 916-295-4465 or Dana Holland at 916-812-2578.

KINGSBURG 4WD CLUB SNOW RUN, 35th annual, in the Sequoia National Forest, Hume Lake Ranger District. Snow driving for the novice as well as experienced four-wheelers. Contact Nancy at 559-904-3574 ( for details.

21-23 CA4WDC CA4WDC CONVENTION/ANNUAL MEETING, LampLiter Inn, 3300 W. Mineral King Ave., Visalia, CA. Check cal4wheel. com for information or call 800-4X4-FUNN. 28-2 TIERRA DEL SOL DESERT SAFARI, Truckhaven Hills area of the North Ocotillo Wells SVRA. This area is one of the most

25-27 SCOUTS WEST International Harvester Western Regionals, Calico/Barstow area, CA. Call 714-313-3303 or visit for details. MAY 2014

Putting an event here is FREE to member clubs and associate members. Please try to narrow your event location down to a city, if possible, or an easily located region of the state. This helps our members and guests who are unfamiliar with our events.

ESPRIT DE FOUR SAFETY CLINIC, Hollister Hills SVRA. The one-day clinic consists of classroom instruction, two guided trail tours, and one-on-one guidance through several exercises. Virtually all four-wheel drive vehicles and all levels of driver skills are welcome. Students must provide their own lunch. A barbecue dinner will be provided on Saturday for a nominal fee. For more information contact Doug at or at http:// 23-25




HIGH SIERRA POKER RUN, near Shaver Lake, CA. Runs, camping, raffle. See for more info. SEPTEMBER 2014 20 ESPRIT DE FOUR SAFETY CLINIC, Hollister Hills SVRA. The one-day clinic consists of classroom instruction, two guided trail tours, and one-on-one guidance through several exercises. Virtually all four-wheel drive vehicles and all levels of driver skills are welcome. Students must provide their own lunch. A barbecue dinner will be provided on Saturday for a nominal fee. For more information contact Doug at or at http:// OCTOBER 2014 FUN IN THE DESERT, 23rd annual sponsored by the Victor Valley 4 Wheelers, Means Dry Lake, Johnson Valley, CA. Call 909-880-9030 or visit for info.

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OPERATION DESERT FUN, Ocotillo Wells SVRA. Runs for 4x4s, ATVs, side-by-sides and motorcyles, vendor show, raffle and more. See for more info.



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PANAMINT VALLEY DAYS, near Trona, CA. Runs, raffle, camping and more. See for details.

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SIERRA TREK, near Truckee, CA. Runs for all vehicles, camp activities, raffle, meals. See or see ad in this issue for details.

HI DESERT ROUND-UP, Stoddard Valley OHV area near Barstow, CA. Runs and games for all vehicles, raffle, and more. See for info.

KIDS ON THE ROCKS, Niagara Rim Trail. Mud Sweat and

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Gears of Sonora is inviting everyone to the Stanislaus National Forest for the 24th 4-wheel drive run with the disabled. Check in by 9 AM Drivers meeting at 9:15. The event starts at the Niagara OHV Campground. Take Hwy 108 13.7 miles past the Pinecrest/Summit Ranger Station to the Eagle Meadows turnoff and follow the signs. Free BBQ lunch with a raffle immediately following. For further information call co- chairman Terry Easley at 209-768-2437. Information can also be found at www.

RUBICON OHV AND IRON MOUNTAIN Road Patrols. Volunteers needed to patrol the Rubicon and Iron Mountain trails on Saturdays and Sundays. Contact Dana Holland for more information at 916-457-7272.

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HOOFERS WELDING........................................... 916-348-0662 5729 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608; Vehicular racks and welding IDIC ENTERPRISES, LLC...................................... 916-216-5337 PO Box 340213, Sacramento, CA 95834; Logistics J&M OFFROAD................................................... 530-273-7627 125 Spring Hill Dr., Suite 6, Grass Valley, CA 95945; 4-wheel drive fabrication J&S TRUCKING................................................... 916-424-5800 117 Otto Cir., Sacramento, CA 95822; Truck brokerage J&W AUTO WRECKERS....................................... 800-924-9732 8626 Antelope Rd., Antelope, CA 95843; New and used Jeep parts JEEPERS JAMBOREE, Inc.................................... 530-333-4771 P.O. Box 900, Georgetown, CA 95634,; Jeep trips KARMERE VINEYARDS & WINERY...................... 209-245-5000 11970 Shenandoah Rd., Plymouth, CA 95669; Winery, tasting room, special events KEEPSAFE SAFETY PRODUCTS............................ 530-878-3747 Auburn, CA; Fire extinguisher vertical-horizontal position MONK’S PLACE JEWELRY................................... 916-747-2678 5426 Elsinore W, Fair Oaks, CA 95628; Custom jewelry MS AUTO GEARS................................................ 408-970-9055 1427 Laurelwood Rd., Santa Clara, CA 95054; Jeep/LandCruiser modifications, repairs OFF-ROAD ENTERPRISES.................................... 209-931-1170 2953 Cherryland Ave., #B, Stockton, CA 95215 PARTS MIKE....................................................... 530-885-0673 9600 Hill View Rd, New Castle CA 95658; Internet 4x4 consultant; PRECISION WELDING & OFF ROAD.................... 530-534-8960 1683 Parker Ave., Oroville, CA 95965; Welding of off-road vehicles PULSKAMP......................................................... 916-802-5896 2715 Curran Rd., Ione, CA 95640; Signs & screenprinting VINO NOCETO WINERY...................................... 209-245-6557 11011 Shenandoah Rd., Plymouth, CA 95669;; Winery & tasting room WARN INDUSTRIES........................... 916-984-2122/ 104 Emigrant Ct., Folsom, CA 95630; Winch manufacturer


WEST COAST DIFFERENTIALS............................. 916-635-8696 2429 Mercantile #A, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742; Differential parts

central district

CALIFORNIA CASUALS SPORTSWEAR................. 909-880-0860 P.O. Box 9462, San Bernardino, CA 92427; Silkscreen/screenprinting COYOTE ENTERPRISES LLC....... P.O. Box 12137, Costa Mesa, CA 92627; Manufacturer, importer/exporter offroad aftermarket accessories

B.F. GOODRICH TIRES......................................... 800-458-5000 One Parkway South, Greenville, SC 29615; Tire manufacturer CRAWL PO Box 61091, Reno, NV 89506; CRAWL magazine CRAZY SUZY PUBLISHING & DESIGN.................. 805-550-2804 222 Rainbow Dr., #12269; Livingston, TX 77399; Graphic & web design;

A-1 MOBILE SERVICE......................................... 831-422-4620 P.O. Box 3184, Salinas, CA 93912

CRAIG’S BIG GARAGE......................................... 951-271-0780 13486 Pheasant Way, Corona CA 92880; Off-road parts & sales

ADVANCE ADAPTERS......................................... 805-238-7000 4320 Aerotech Center Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446; Engine & transmission components

DIRTY PARTS...................................................... 310-390-9086 12012 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066-5802;; 4WD parts/accessories/installs

BRIDGEPORT INN............................................... 760-932-7380 P.O. Box 128, Bridgeport, CA 93517-0128; Motel

EARLY BRONCO REGISTRY.......858-740-7149/ PO Box 1354, Ramona, CA 92065; National Early Bronco association

TOM WOODS CUSTOM DRIVE 2533 W 1800 N, Far West, UT 84404; Custom driveshafts

FOUNTAIN VALLEY TIRE & AUTO........................ 714-963-1897 18302 Ward St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708; Auto repair, tires, lifts

TUFFY SECURITY 25733 Road H, Cortez, CO 81321; Storage boxes & accessories

COASTAL FABRICATION...................................... 831-394-7315 PO Box 222278, Carmel, CA 93922; Fabrication DAVID MICHAELS HAIR SALON & SPA................ 559-799-4674 1043 W. Hemlock, Visalia, CA 93277; Complete hair care and spa services EXTREME OFF ROAD.......................................... 559-323-8222 1320 Brookhaven, Clovis, CA 93612; 4WD installations and repairs HELLWIG PRODUCTS CO., INC......559-734-7451/ 16237 Avenue 296, Visalia, CA 93292; Manufacturing KMD GARAGE.................................................... 209-661-3266 775 E. Roth Rd., French Camp, CA 95231; Auto repair and fabrication MARLIN CRAWLER............................................. 559-252-7295 1543-B N. Maple, Fresno, CA 93703; Aftermarket off-road parts MYERS WELL DRILLING...................................... 559-582-1580 11745 2nd Ave., Hanford, CA 93230; Well drilling SANDERS OFF ROAD.......................................... 661-319-9252 1904 Marcilynn Ct., Bakersfield, CA 93312; LED offroad lights, LED work lights, LED bulbs for RVs TOY HAULER LIQUIDATORS................................ 559-229-2277 3186 S. Parkway, Fresno, CA 93725; New & used toy haulers, 5th wheels, tent trailers WILD HORSES FOUR WHEEL DRIVE.................... 209-943-0991 640 N. El Dorado, Stockton, CA 95202;; 4WD parts

south district BAS OFFROAD.......................... 760-963-9933/ 8380 Fairlane Rd., Lucerne Valley, CA 92356; Aftermarket accessories; installation; fabrication JOE BRADLEY AUCTIONEERS.............................. 619-297-7653 San Diego, CA;; Auctioneer services, autos, fundraising, real estate & business liquidations

FOUR WHEEL PARTS WHOLESALERS.................. 310-900-5570 801 W. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90220; Off-road parts & accessories GENRIGHT OFF ROAD......................................... 805-584-8635 4535 Runway St., Simi Valley, CA 93063; Gas tanks, body armor, and more GOT DESERT ID....................... 22369 Osprey Ct., Wildmar, CA 92595; ID kits for off-roaders LAND OPS.....................................714-319-0939/ Garden Grove, CA; Offroad navigation and radio communications challenges MILLER OFF-ROAD PRODUCTS..........................888-90-4MORP 330 Elm, Ramona, CA 92065; Manuf. accessories for Jeeps POISON SPYDER CUSTOMS.. 951-849-5911/ 1177 W. Lincoln St. Ste. 100A, Banning, CA 92220; Hard core Jeep accessories & parts PREMIER DIGITAL PRINTING.............................. 714-293-8790 735 W. Taft Ave., Orange, CA 92865; Printing RUGGED ROCKS......... 909-547-4651/ 13525 Sutter Ct., Fontana, CA 92336; Nissan off-road parts SAFARI TACTICAL.................. 805-232-4220/ Ventura, CA; Custom off-road accessories, MOLLE gear sPOD.......................................... 661-755-8139/ 27804 Zion Ct., Castaic, CA 91384; Switch and power components TOW-RITE TOWBARS...... 3216 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92026; Custom tow-bars

Out-of-state ARB-USA............................................................ 425-264-1391 720 SW 34th St., Renton, WA 98055; Air locker distributors

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associate life members JOE BRADLEY AUCTIONEERS.............................. 619-297-7653 San Diego, CA;; Auctioneer services, autos, fundraising, real estate & business liquidations COYOTE ENTERPRISES LLC....... P.O. Box 12137, Costa Mesa, CA 92627; Manufacturer, importer/exporter offroad aftermarket accessories ENTERPRISE PUBLICATIONS............................... 916-684-7348 3437 Point Pleasant Rd., Elk Grove, CA 95758-9719 EXTREME GEAR OFF-ROAD PRODUCTS.............. 916-635-4900 11389 Trade Center Dr., Ste. C, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742; 4 wheel drive repair/specialty shop/product sales J&M OFFROAD................................................... 530-273-7627 125 Spring Hill Dr., Suite 6, Grass Valley, CA 95945; 4-wheel drive fabrication J&S TRUCKING................................................... 916-424-5800 117 Otto Cir., Sacramento, CA 95822; Truck brokerage J&W AUTO WRECKERS....................................... 800-924-9732 8626 Antelope Rd., Antelope, CA 95843; New and used Jeep parts OFF-ROAD ENTERPRISES.................................... 209-931-1170 2953 Cherryland Ave., #B, Stockton, CA 95215 PULSKAMP......................................................... 916-802-5896 2715 Curran Rd., Ione, CA 95640; Signs & screenprinting sPOD.......................................... 661-755-8139/ 27804 Zion Ct., Castaic, CA 91384; Switch and power components


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KNUCKLE UP FITNESS......................................... 404-339-5425 5956 Rosewell Rd., Atlanta GA 30328; Fitness



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