UT - The Rock Crawlers Association of America (
RCAA) just came off of the biggest season ever in the history
of competitive rock crawling. RCAA president Ranch Pratt contributes
the phenomenal growth of this grass roots sport to hard work,
and attention to detail from RCAA’s crewmembers, the many
sponsors, and the vast support of the media.
In the past
two years alone you can frequently find supportive media groups
such as: newspapers, magazines, radio, online magazines, and even
television covering RCAA events. The Goodyear/Skyjack-er Extreme
Rock Crawling National Series has been covered by media outlets
such as: Automobile Magazine, Four Wheeler, Off-Road, Four Wheel
Drive & Sport Utility Magazine, Petersen’s 4Wheel &
Off-Road, Jp Magazine, Car & Driver, Truck & SUV Performance,
the widely read Auto Week Magazine, many on-line magazines, Washington
Times newspaper, Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland, Salt Lake
Tribune and the L.A Times, RCAA
events have also been seen on The Edge of Outdoors, The History
Channel, NBC, and the very popular Junkyard Wars. Even televisions
Outdoor Channel showcased the series. This media coverage as well
as magazines from Canada, France, Mexico, and Venezuela have contributed
tremendously to the growth of the sport across the world. RCAA
has reported crowd numbers up to twenty thousand strong.
Pratt announced various tentative rule changes for the 2003 season.
This includes two separate classes: Modified Stock and Super Modified.
According to the new rules the Modified Stock class utilizes OEM
based vehicles with allowed upgrades and modifications as outlined
in the new rulebook. Further, vehicles competing in the Modified
Stock class may not compete in the Super Modified Class. The Super
Modified class is for exotic buggies and highly modified stock
vehicles. Those running this class cannot be scored with the modified
between the two classes concern the hood, grill, fenders, tub/cab,
hydraulic steering, and the suspension. Apart from the two classes
the biggest rule changes would be a minimum weight limit of 2400
pounds and assessment of two points per obstacle once a spotter
pulls on a strap. These rule changes are still subject to change.
The final rules will be posted on RCAA’s web site by the
5th December. A copy of said rules will also be available via
fax or email upon request. For more information about the tentative
rules go to www.rockcrawler.org. or contact RCAA at 801-446-5337.
In other recent
news, Pratt announced RCAA’s 2003 tentative event schedule.
April 10-12 Reno, Nevada
May 22-24 TBA
July 10-12 Cedar City, Utah
October 4-11 Farmington, New Mexico