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Tone
05/16/2004, 07:14 PM
Another fantastic time in the Canyonlands! Great to see some old friends and a couple of new ones! Date for 2005 is the 3rd week in May - mark your calendar so work wonít get in the way. If you have links to pics or comments, please post in this thread. Uploading a few hundred right now and will post shutterfly links shortly.

Lisa and I made it home in under 16hrs even with my wrong turn in Farmington! Renting the ATVs was a serious blast and I strongly recommend it next time you are out there - we plan on going in a few days earlier next year to fit more ATV trails in.


http://share.shutterfly.com/osi.jsp?i=EeBN2zdu3ZM2T8 - Tip Toe Thru Hell & 7 Mile Rim

http://share.shutterfly.com/osi.jsp?i=EeBN2zdu3ZM2UC
VX only run Dome Plateau - includes pics from Scott and Kirk

Green Dragon
05/16/2004, 07:46 PM
Getting to old for this. Just got back from Moab, Great time except for breaking a CV joint while driving down main street, would you believe it? Changed it out & ran the trails without any problems.

Congrats in order for Jay (spotter) & Moncha (blindfolded driver) in winning the obstacle course event going away.

Also, Moncha won the best looking rig award( Deservedly so) as I watched him work his toothbrush over the engine compartment for hours etc.

Moncha also ran Hells Revenge down & back up STOCK. Really good driving.

The VXs for some reason drew a tremendous amount of attention & questions this year. I had one guy follow me into the motel parking lot & just pepper me with questions. This is the VXs 4 th year at Moab but their appeal is just awesome.

Bob F

Moncha
05/16/2004, 09:10 PM
I'm back!!

I had a great time!!! The event was smaller by half of last years with approximately 57 rigs registered. This did lend to a closer socialization of members folk though, allowing everyone to learn more about each other.

Yep! Congratulations to Jay Dunford for his wonderful and precise spotting that allowed him to guide me blindfolded (Yes blindfolded!) through a twisty course lined with traffic cones. He took the trophy with only 9 points to boot! (The lower the points the better)

Through all of the poking and teasing, I did win the prize (A car wash kit!) for the prettiest truck. Poor Bob, he did suffer so by watching me scrub my little VX .

Larry almost got the trophy for the best stuck as he seemed to have a rough day or two.

By intently watching Bob I was able to pick a line down the most challenging obstacle I've ever attempted with great success!! Although, it only qualifies as 1/2 of The Hell's Gate.. With different tires, I'll do the whole thing next year. But hey, going stock, 1/2 is better than nothing!! Thanks Bob!!!

I even had a visit from a future owner from Telluride, CO. just so he could see a VX up close! Whew! Thank goodness Moncha was clean! ;)

Hopefully, we'll be able to get a bigger contingency next year as it is very impressive to see 20+ VX's running down Moab's main street!

I know there's lots of trail stories from all that attended so, please post!

Here's a link to the EVENT GALLERY (http://www.vehicross.info/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=561&thumb=1) for those that would like to upload there. I'll be adding mine in the next days.

Andrey
05/16/2004, 09:24 PM
Tone, thanks a lot for wonderfull pictures. I wish I can do Moab one day... too far away from Boston :) We need to come up with North-East Challenge :)

nocturnalVX
05/16/2004, 10:24 PM
Thanks for getting pics up so fast. Glad everyone had a fun time, and by the way... what was the final count of VXers? Who all ended up showing? See you next year!!!

By the way... this is my fav!

http://shim1.shutterfly.com/procsserv/F-BN2zdu3ZM2UGXiBUGD7zI

Oh, and I found this on one of Sweater's galleries on the Wire... Bob, you ROCK! I don't recall this part of TipToe Through Hell, but it looks knarly!

http://planetbantz.com/albums/album02/051204ZuZoo_019.jpg

One last thing... I know you just got back from Moab Scott, but why won't these images show?

NC_VX
05/17/2004, 06:36 AM
That pic of Tip Toe through Hell looks crazy. If someone who drove that wants to tell the story of how it felt and how you accomplished it, tha twould be terrific. I was just thinking that what if you coudln't make it, like the engine wasn't able to do it or your tires or something, how the hell do you get back down? Did you have a winch on the front that connected somewhere up top so you didn't role? thats amazing footage!

Apostle
05/17/2004, 06:49 AM
Great pics man

Still kicking myself for not seeing the event that made it unable for me to attend.
Hopefully next year i will be able to.



Side note: did meet a fellow VX'er up in cripple creek, co fri night.

VX crazy
05/17/2004, 06:50 AM
Another great time in Moab, depressing to be back home in the regular grind! Was nice to get to know more about each other, especially Jay! :)

The ATVs were the most fun I had, so we all need to do that next year!

Too bad Tone and I missed the festivities saturday! Hopefully next year will be a longer vacation for us, and a little more relaxing.

http://share.shutterfly.com/osi.jsp?i=EeAOWbdszauWbFeA

Hope this link works! I am not the photographer thats for sure!

Green Dragon
05/17/2004, 10:26 AM
Originally posted by NC_VX
That pic of Tip Toe through Hell looks crazy. If someone who drove that wants to tell the story of how it felt and how you accomplished it, tha twould be terrific. I was just thinking that what if you coudln't make it, like the engine wasn't able to do it or your tires or something, how the hell do you get back down? Did you have a winch on the front that connected somewhere up top so you didn't role? thats amazing footage!

Hells Revenge
No winch & no strap.
Engine more than capable of making it.
Thinking if you don't make it up then you roll down or upside down as others have.

Felt a little tippy but no fear, think both front wheels were off the ground at on point. Only real problem was too many directions from too many spotters. Settled on one spotter and drove right up.
Dragon Bob;Db;

Moncha
05/17/2004, 11:02 AM
Originally posted by NC_VX
That pic of Tip Toe through Hell looks crazy. ...

The tip toe is actually the easy way through Hells Revenge. Bob, me and a few others decided to go more on the revenge side and do Hells Gate. It's a "U" shaped obstacle that you go down on one side and up the other.

Here's Bob going down the gate entrance.
http://shim1.shutterfly.com/procsserv/F-AOWbdszauWbFbGBAqLTo5i

Here's me coming back up the gate's entrance as with street tires and being bone stock (no lift) the other side as shown in Gill's post was a little too challenging.
http://shim1.shutterfly.com/procsserv/F-AOWbdszauWbFbGJAqLTo5g
http://shim1.shutterfly.com/procsserv/F-AOWbdszauWbFbGZAqLTo5k

The two dimensional photos give absolutely no guage as to the extent of the steepness of either of the sides of the gate. There were some jeepers that went down just before we did and they were very impressed that a stock VX could do even what I did. Plus the VX looks so good doing it!! I made it through all trails this year without any amage save for the "Cheese Grater" skid plate that I have. ;)

Gill,please post links to where you found the other pics so no one has to search for them. I also fixed the link problem..

Triathlete
05/17/2004, 11:26 AM
Here is the link to the pics at the 4x4wire (http://www.4x4wire.com/forums/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=522298&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=14&fpart=1)
Looks like you guys had a blast. I may be able to go next year!!!!

NC_VX
05/17/2004, 12:55 PM
GOod Job Green Dragon and the rest of the gang, can't wait to give it a trie!!!

Anita
05/17/2004, 03:19 PM
Bob, you're my hero!

Locomigo
05/17/2004, 10:28 PM
BTW,

Congrats Bob for successfully navigating Hells Gate, this has always been a questionable obstacle on the Hells Revenge trail, however it has been officially BLM included as a part of the trail including Escalator (April 04). (Hells gate is out near the overlook on Hells Revenge.)

After the run, I talked with Randii who led it, and essentially if you did the Narrows Canyon at the end and Tip Over Challenge without the bypasses, you did the official Hells Revenge trail. I know Randii did lead a bunch through the whole trail that felt up to it, and kudos to those that tried Hells Gate (Moncha, 1/2 is better than none).

I look forward to seeing more of you next year, and definitely welcome yall for Colorado 'Zu 6 (second weekend of August in Ouray/Silverton/Durango, CO).

Take care,
Keith
Moab 'Zu Zoo VII Trailmaster

Triathlete
05/18/2004, 10:51 AM
Green Dragon (http://www.planetbantz.com/vid/zuzoo7/grampa_hellsgate.wmv) rocking in only the way he can! (from the 4x4wire) http://www.wheelingarizona.com/forums/images/smiles/notworthy.gif http://www.wheelingarizona.com/forums/images/smiles/notworthy.gif http://www.wheelingarizona.com/forums/images/smiles/notworthy.gif http://www.wheelingarizona.com/forums/images/smiles/notworthy.gif http://www.wheelingarizona.com/forums/images/smiles/notworthy.gif

AnalogVX
05/18/2004, 11:01 AM
words cannot describe...:goof:

Cyrk
05/18/2004, 11:02 AM
WOW... that is AWESOME!!!

What a cool crawl up a steep hill.... I am impressed.

VX crazy
05/18/2004, 12:42 PM
yeah, impressive, you should see in one of my pics on shutterfly he has the front tire in the air coming up that hill!

SPAZZ
05/18/2004, 04:35 PM
ok ok...pics are torture...not to mention not being able to do Hells's Gate neither. But, I will be there next year...and I should be running a solid Dana 44 locked coil over front and locked rear Dana 60 full floater with 510 gears.

Lisa, Shannon says to have that Jeiger ready next year.....fyi.....she also said she would be joining you on the all girls run and......seeing as how she stole my VX...."IF" and only "IF" I'm lucky would she let me ride with her....;eekp; ...she said she would share though, but only until I got my own VX......;eekp;


I guess I better start saving up for another VX...(one that hasn't rolled... ;Dp; ;Dp; ;Dp;) then I can start modding all over from scratch.....

VX crazy
05/18/2004, 06:37 PM
Well James, tell Shannon I have kinda given up the jaeger, too unpredictable with my behavior, and you better hope your not around me after drinking that WITH a full moon! You know there was not a girls only run this year, and how much fun could that be, I mean really, no boys????;eekp;

I certainly hope more decide to make it next year!

Locomigo
05/18/2004, 07:22 PM
Originally posted by VX crazy
You know there was not a girls only run this year, and how much fun could that be, I mean really, no boys????

It was decided this year that we would not include the Ladies Only run this year due to last years lack of interest.

Should we receive feedback to the contrary from the participants, then we may be able to implement that for next year's 'Zu Zoo VIII.

This kind of feedback is essential for the improvement of the quality of your event.

Thank you,
Keith
Moab 'Zu Zoo VII Trailmaster

Moncha
05/18/2004, 08:39 PM
Don't let Lisa lead, she may VOMIT! ;Dy;

Zu4two
05/19/2004, 01:52 AM
Finally got some of my pics posted
http://www.vehicross.info/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3086&ppuser=82&thumb=1

Had a blast, as usual. Sorry I had to leave early :( Really sorry I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to everyone :(

I sure hope I can make it back next year.

Kirk

VX crazy
05/19/2004, 06:52 AM
Scott, Actually I may do better leading, its the anticipation of whats coming that makes me feel like yakin! ;puke2;

And thanks Kirk for getting those pics of me, talk about puking! Thats was the scariest thing thinking I was going to scrape!

And after getting home I did notice where I dinged a fender molding after doing a whoop do whoop thing and the fender came down on the tire as I was turning, dang, at least no metal dent, just the cladding!

Green Dragon
05/19/2004, 07:00 AM
Kirk: Great photos- Appreciate all the good lines you gave me, on the trail,made driving that much easier. See you next year.

Bob;Db;

Triathlete
05/19/2004, 10:01 AM
Check out this LINK (http://www.fisherfotos.net/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=album86) for a ton of ZuZoo pics!

Moncha
05/19/2004, 10:02 AM
Cool pictures Kirk! any chance of getting a CD? Look forward to seeing you next year. I may be in Tempe in October, might be able to do dinner?

Todd Adams
05/19/2004, 05:12 PM
Originally posted by Triathlete
Green Dragon (http://www.planetbantz.com/vid/zuzoo7/grampa_hellsgate.wmv) rocking in only the way he can! (from the 4x4wire) http://www.wheelingarizona.com/forums/images/smiles/notworthy.gif http://www.wheelingarizona.com/forums/images/smiles/notworthy.gif http://www.wheelingarizona.com/forums/images/smiles/notworthy.gif http://www.wheelingarizona.com/forums/images/smiles/notworthy.gif http://www.wheelingarizona.com/forums/images/smiles/notworthy.gif

I took the Jeep through a few years ago but I doubt I would have followed Bob this year in my VX. Great driving and a good spotter! Maybe next year I wonít have to work so I can go on a few of the runs with you guys. Even so Linda and I had a great time.
I hope I can get away for crawlloween (sp?) this year. Anyone else?
Todd

NC_VX
05/19/2004, 08:51 PM
great video, thanks for posting that. Wow Bob, that's amazing stuff there! Such confidence with the VX!!!

Swordy
05/20/2004, 11:51 PM
Holy **** Bob, good thing there was a mountain beside you. I bet that got your adrenaline pumping.;eeky;


Kirk, if Scott talks you into a pic CD make me one too. I wore my clicking finger off and didn't even get halfway through the gallery. I wanted to go to Moab sooo bad.


Andy

UtahVXer
05/21/2004, 02:32 AM
I must say those who haven't been to Moab, don't have any idea what they are missing. Events like this are one of the reasons for owning a VX. It was great to meet everybody. I was extremely impressed with the VX's off-road capabilities. I am looking forward to going again next year. My thanks to everyone there, but especially to Tone for giving me his custom skid plate off his own rig. It definitely came in handy during Saturday's run. I'll post some of my pics when I figure out how to reduce the resolution.

WormGod
05/21/2004, 02:37 PM
Simply awesome guys!

Were I 2000 miles further west, I still don't think I would have the balls to run my VX through that. It's bad enough it gets dirty when it rains. :p

Kudos kids! You take care of the offroad genre.... I'll make sure we still rule the highways! ;)