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2002 Skyjacker Off Road Challenge

Story By Jenifer Cohn
Photos By Michael "TXJEEPER" Cohn

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Next was a Blindfold Run which consisted of weaving through a tight trail cut though a forested area, with of course, the driver blindfolded and having only the word of the navigator to guide him. Most teams did remarkably well with this part, only one hit a tree and even then not very badly. At the end of the trees the drivers remove their blindfolds and raced down a hill, up the other side, turned around and flew back to the top again for the fastest time. Some of the teams were really pushing it and caught some air on the way back to the finish point. This part of the event was a big hit for the spectators, many of whom found themselves dodging the seemingly runaway trucks as they topped the hill.

2002 Skyjacker Challenge
Driving blindfolded
2002 Skyjacker Challenge
The downhill speed run got quite exciting at times!
2002 Skyjacker Challenge
2002 Skyjacker Challenge

After the blindfold run was the log drag, which required the pulling of logs with tow straps along a straight line, dragging each log a set distance to the next, then swapping logs out, for the fastest time. The logs had a tendency to slip out of the straps, making this event a bit frustrating.

2002 Skyjacker Challenge
2002 Skyjacker Challenge

The high-speed obstacle course run followed the log drag event. Competitors walked the course beforehand to see where to drive, then got to drive one practice lap before the timer started. The first part of the course is a short uphill bump that, when taken slowly, is no big deal. Historically however, many teams have chosen to take this bump with a bit more speed, and this year’s competitors were willing to give the folks on the sidelines plenty to take pictures of. Team 14, made up of Bic Boyte and Doug King, both previous competitors, took their Ford Ranger up the hill at what seemed like pedal to the floor, and rewarded the crowd with some great photos which, unfortunately, ended with Bic bending his front axle housing, popping a tire and bending a wheel in the process.

2002 Skyjacker Challenge
2002 Skyjacker Challenge
2002 Skyjacker Challenge
2002 Skyjacker Challenge
2002 Skyjacker Challenge
2002 Skyjacker Challenge
2002 Skyjacker Challenge
2002 Skyjacker Challenge

 

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