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Tellico Summer Sizzle

Story By Nancy Barry

Tellico Summer Sizzle
Throttle-happy Beau Byrom in his ulta-slick "cab truck" shows how to have a bouncing good time on Slick Rock. This hybrid started life as a 1 ton Crew Cab Chevy and retained the big running gear; Beau added the S-10 cab, a Fuel Injected 350, Detroit's and 44" Boggers to this shiny big banana.

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Beau Byrom after the big bounce in the photo to the left. It's a good thing that he owns a body shop!

 

By the time the weekend was over, the two groups had conquered all the trails that the Tellico ORV Area had to offer, including coming down Guardrail in the rain. Given the wet conditions, carnage was actually less than expected with a couple of busted drive shafts, the normal snapped axles and one rollover on Slick Rock. In fact, the guys from Greensboro, NC had a transfer case go out on them at the bottom of Lower 2. Believe it or not, they pulled a spare out of the toolbox, did the swap right on the trail and caught up with the group before the next obstacle!

There was a bit of unusual excitement on Saturday when the call came over the CB radio that an injured ATV rider needed help getting out of the woods. While climbing a ledge, his 500 cc ATV flipped back on top of him causing substantial head injuries. He was in an area on Trail 8, which is accessible only by ATV and bleeding quite badly. Jack Lancaster of JeepBox was the first in our group to reach him and the injured rider was placed in the Jeep for the 45-minute ride out. Cell phones and CB's all over the area crackled with the news and arrangements were coordinated with the Forest Service for an ambulance to meet at State Line Campground.

Cissy Lancaster, who is a RN, inspected the bandages and first aid that had been administered to the injured rider and followed closely behind in another jeep. Lancaster later said that the effort put forth by all the Offroaders in the area contributed to the injured man being successfully transferred to the ambulance, "I never had to stop for anyone to get out of my way on the trails, folks were pulled off to the side waiting for me to pass."

Tellico4x4's event was first class in every aspect and was topped with a huge raffle and some good old fashioned Carolina barbeque on Saturday night. The ladies "Jeep Trivia" contest came down to a sudden death playoff with Aileen Reynolds being the victor. These gals really amazed us with their wealth of Jeep & 4x4 knowledge, answering questions that would have stumped most of the local shade tree mechanics.

Tellico4x4's Fall Crawl on October 26-28, 2001, will be their final event of the year. Anyone wanting to register can do so online at www.tellico4x4.com or by calling 800-792-2280.

 
Tellico Summer Sizzle
Ricky Harold and his daughters keep the wheels spinning on their '97 TJ via a 4" Teraflex lift, 8.8 Ford rear axle, front OX locker and the only Sears & Roebuck winch in the crowd!
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Cathy Baucom shows the boys how to go down Slick Rock.
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Sam Gillis and partner seemed to be more interested in what's going on behind them. Given Sam's last experience at Slick Rock when he rolled twice, you'd think he'd pay more attention to where he's going.
Tellico Summer Sizzle
Harold & Linda Brownloe shown easing down Guard Rail in their big YJ. The square headlight's sit in front of a Chevy 350 which turns a Dana 70 & Dana 60 axles and 38.5 inch Swampers.
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The JeepBox jeep getting twisty at the bottom of Guard Rail.
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Trail leader Dan Moore with his new bride (Mary) shown coming up Lower Two. The license plate on their jeep says it all! Newlyweds of only a couple of weeks, they spent their honeymoon out in California running the Rubicon. Is she special or what?

 

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