4×4 = fun at annual rally
On Saturday, Glenwood Springs will be invaded – by four-wheel drive vehicles.Berthod Motors, which is hosting its fourth annual 4×4 rally this weekend, expects more than 500 people from around the region, said Berthod spokesman Greg Hire.”Last year, it rained all weekend, and we still had three or four hundred people show up,” said Hire.Participants will be able to test their vehicles’ abilities on an articulation ramp, a log obstacle course, a balance beam, and a boulder run, all of which are designed to push the limits of four-wheel drive vehicles and weed out the best of the bunch.”That’s definitely the funnest part, seeing what these vehicles can do,” said Hire, who added that the boulder run is the new attraction this year.Each year, the rally keeps getting bigger and better. The first year the event was held, Hire said, they only had the articulation ramp. The year after that, they added the balance beam. Then came the log obstacle course.At the end of the day, prizes will be awarded for Best in Show and Best of Class, said Hire, as well as for smaller categories such as best articulation. Hire said that Best in Show usually has gone to a blue ’55 Willys Jeep, which is always a big hit with participants.Local sponsors – including Mountain Off Road Enterprises, Offroad Design, Code 4×4 Inc., the Powder Shop, Stage West Four Wheel Drive Center, Proffitt’s Cruisers, the Four Wheelers and Earth Works Construction – have provided the prizes.Concessions will be provided from the High Country Four Wheelers local chapter.Contact John Schroyer: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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