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Hannibal Rocks- 23 Aug 2008
Courtesy of Mark

Photos of the day's events are here.


 

On Saturday the 23rd of August 2008 Charlie Ater and I went to the Hannibal Rocks Off Road Park to watch fellow TRJC members compete in this year’s final event of the RROCK Extreme Rock Crawling Series.  We had a great day watching everyone there but especially our friends from TRJC.   

On Saturday the 23rd of August 2008 Charlie Ater and I went to the Hannibal Rocks Off Road Park to watch fellow TRJG members compete in this year’s final event of the RROCK Extreme Rock Crawling Series.  We had a great day watching everyone there but especially our friends from TRJC.   

Alan and Thomas Grady compete in the Legends Class and had a great day, Thomas showed how his four years of seat time has paid off and he won his first event ever and took third in the season series.  Thomas has more maturity both in and out of the driver’s seat than many people I’ve seen and he certainly gets a lot of respect from the crowd and other competitors.  Here are a few photos of Alan and Thomas in the event.  A few are a series of him as he finishes a stage while missing a cone most everyone else hit, and while doing so he saves the situation as he almost rolls over.  Thomas is getting a good enough reputation that people are starting to refer to Alan as “Thomas’s dad”.  They make a great team.  It’s hard to imagine but at twelve Thomas has to wait a couple of more years before he can step up to the WEROCK series as their age limit is sixteen.  Gives those drivers a couple years reprieve before Alan and Thomas start kicking some ass there.  If you want to ride with this great team sign up for a trip on Atlas at the TRJC. 

Lisa and Jim Catt along with their spotter Dave Koenig were also there competing in the Modified Stock Class.  It was a tough day for Lisa, as she went on to earn the title “Miss Excitement”.   On her first stage of the event Lisa rolled the Jeep onto it’s side and then back onto it’s tires and she then kept going.  She then finished that stage by rolling the Jeep onto it’s roof.  Just to be fair, four of the first five competitors in her class all rolled on the first stage, and throughout the day we saw at least fifteen on their sides or roofs.  On another stage she rolled completely over and back onto her tires completing the stage.  On another stage she dropped her front driveshaft climbing the obstacle and her spotter Date Koenig used a spotters rope, pulling her over the last obstacle to finish the stage.  Jim Catt quickly made repairs and although Lisa was a little late to her next stage she made it and continued.  Later in the day Lisa again dropped the front driveshaft.  To add to her problems she landed hard enough on a rock that the fuse to the fuel injection blew and Dave had to replace it on the course.  All in all they worked hard to get through the day, finished seventh, and I think everyone had a good time.  Rumor is that the team is building a new Jeep to compete in the RROCK series with next year and a new Cherokee to ride at TRJC with also. 

Charlie and I have attended every RROCK event in Hannibal this year.  It’s as exciting to watch the competitors climb obstacles that look impossible to climb as it is to watch them when they roll over.  I would encourage everyone to make the time to go to Hannibal Rocks Off Road Park, both to support the competitors from TRJC at the RROCK events and to ride the 60 acres of trails there.  Hannibal Rocks is owned by Tom and Debbie Wombles, Tom was instrumental in starting the TRJC and their web site is http://www.rorp.com/homepage.html.

Mark

Created: 9 Jul 2007