4×4 show ready to rock and (hopefully not) roll
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – What started seven years ago as a way to show off the four-wheeling fun to be had with a Jeep has turned into a fun annual event for participants and spectators alike.
Berthod Motors’ 4×4 Show returns Saturday, with demonstrations on the “boulder run” course and other events geared toward four-wheeler enthusiasts and anyone looking for some motorized entertainment.
The show takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Berthod dealership lot on South Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs.
“With us being the local Jeep dealer, we wanted to do something that promoted the four-wheeling aspect of the Jeep brands,” said Greg Hire, used car manager at Berthod and one of the organizers of the 4×4 event with co-worker Greg Hooker.
Last year’s show drew about 60 participants from throughout the region, and upwards of 500 spectators. The one-day event is free for both participants and spectators.
“The biggest draw has been the boulder run,” Hire said. “We used to have a log obstacle course, but then we decided to have boulders instead.
“It’s quite a spectacle to see as these crawlers go bombing through the boulders,” he said.
There’s also an articulated ramp demonstration.
As for the vehicles, “we get all kinds of four wheelers from old wheelie wagons and rock buggies to some of the Jeeps people just bought from us last week. We get quite a range.”
Hire said the dealership-based demo event is unique as far as he knows.
“I don’t know of any others that are out there,” he said.
Berthod has been stock-piling the rocks to be used for the boulder run course for the past year, and clears out the lot to put them in place for Saturday’s event.
“Part of the show is a people’s choice award, where people can vote for their favorite vehicles in compact, medium and full-sized categories,” Hire said.
There will be prizes for Best of Show and Best of Class.
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