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Raid North Georgia, 2004

By Steven Snyder

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Conclusions
The bottom line is that the first-ever Raid North Georgia event was a success and the organizers are already planning for next year. Because this was the first time for this event, there were definitely some places they can improve on and streamline for next year. Despite snags, the organizers were professionals all weekend and participants that completed the Raid all had a great time. I believe I heard most say they were already looking forward to next year.

There were a few mechanical problems that knocked teams out but in all fairness, any stock 4WD vehicle could have been successful. Remember, the folks that won were driving a mildly modified (tires, small lift) 2002 Nissan Frontier. The Raid was not about extreme off-road vehicles, rahter it was more about teamwork. Most of the teams that did not finish the Raid simply quit. The most common complaint I heard was that the event was not ‘extreme’ enough and there was too much street driving and not enough "real" off-roading.

I certainly see their point. I too had visions of grandeur and expected much more off-roading (although not necessarily ‘extreme’). However, that is not what this event was about. If you read the writing on the Raid logo, this event was about trail riding, mountain biking, TSD's, canoeing, navigation runs, and a mud drag. There was nothing on there about ‘extreme’ anything. Okay, so maybe the Raid was not exactly what I expected (little in my life is exactly what I expect), but I still had a great time, as did the teams that stuck it out and finished the challenge. Now I am looking forward to next year’s Raid!

Finally, a few thank yous for the people that helped me cover this event (sorry if I leave anyone out) are in order. Thank you to the organizers and their support staff who not only helped competitors and organized the event, but also made sure I was carted around for the best photo opportunities.Thank you to: Kyle, Eric, Ryan, Kathy, and Heather.

Another big thank you to Mac, Laura and Jeff, who were also support staff but I’ll remember them most for the awesome meal Jeff cooked for us Saturday evening.

Thanks everyone and I look forward to seeing you again next year.

For more information and registration for the 2005 event go to www.raidnorthgeorgia.com.

 

Final Scores

Team

Nav 1

Paddle

TSD 1

Bike

Nav 2

Hill/Mud

Food

Night TSD

Night Nav

Penalty

Bonus

Total

01

NR

50

0

90

NR

DNF

02

10

30

0

0

NR

DNF

03

NR

100

0

85

NR

-25

DNF

04

NR

35

39

45

NR

DNF

004

NR

90

37

65

NR

DNF

5

NR

55

0

0

NR

DNF

05

38.75

75

0

80

20

90

100

88

55

 

 

546.75

06

NR

80

0

70

NR

DNF

07

NR

60

0

0

NR

DNF

8

6.25

0

0

0

20

25

DNF

10

38.25

20

100

55

30

0

50

0

0

293.25

13

Disqualified

23

37.5

70

0

50

NR

85

10

DNF

37

NR

45

0

0

NR

DNF

72

10

65

0

100

15

0

25

0

0

215

80

12.5

40

3

60

30

100

50

0

10

305.5

99

NR

25

0

0

NR

DNF

666

50

85

53

95

27.5

95

25

0

0

430.5

 

TEAMS
Team 01, McFann (d) Tim Pannone (n), 1969 Ford Bronco
Team 02, Danny Jennings (d) Carl Butler (n), 1978 Bronco
Team 03, Chris Billings (d) Mike BIllings (n), 1975 Ford Bronco
Team 04, Pat Hayes (d) Brett Withers (n), 1966 Ford Bronco
Team 004, Scott Wold (d) Dennis Brown (n), 1997 Land Rover Defender 90
Team 5, Matt McFann (d) William Lake (n), 1978 Ford Bronco
Team 05, Nate Murray (d) Brian Larkin (n), 2002 Nissan Frontier
Team 06, Trevor Hutton (d) Scott Hutton (n), 2001 Nissan Xterra
Team 07, Eddie Pryon (d) Jeff Degallaford (n), 1985 Chevy K10 pickup
Team 8, Gary Smart (d) Floyd SMith (n), 1977 Toyota FJ-40
Team 10, Tom Greig (d) Robert Harvey (n), 1997 Toyota Tacoma
Team 13, Disqualified
Team 23, Chris Langdon (d) Dan Wisniewski (n), 1981 Jeep J-10
Team 37, Patrick Down (d) John West (n), 1995 Land Rover Range Rover
Team 72, Peter Beilman (d) Robbie Flowers (n), 1972 International Scout II
Team 80, Billy Wheeler (d) Jacob Emperley (n), 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Team 99, Bill Watson (d) David Boswell (n), 1994 Land Rover Defender
Team 666, Tony Hirko (d) Wade Long (n), 1977 Jeep CJ-7


Steve Snyder

Steve lives in Southwest of Houston where he spends weekdays as a college professor and weekends trying to keep all four wheels of his Jeep on the ground. Steve is a member of Southern High Rollers 4x4 Club

Contact Steve at steve@southernhighrollers.com