Four-wheelers can’t wait for Berthod rally |

Four-wheelers can’t wait for Berthod rally

This Saturday, Berthod Motors is holding its fourth annual 4×4 show, and past attendees can’t wait.”They put on a great show. They’re helpful, they’re friendly, and that’s what keeps people coming back,” said Steve Carver, owner of Big Steve’s Towing.Carver, who has won Best in Show every single year so far with his rebuilt 1955 Willy Jeep, attends car shows all over Colorado, as well as in Utah and Nevada.But Berthod’s is one of the best, Carver said. Why? Because it’s one of the few shows that focuses on four-wheel drive vehicles.”They have four-wheel drive competitions that let people see what their vehicles can do,” Carver said.Greg Hire, one of the organizers of the event for Berthod, said the rally will feature an articulation ramp, a log obstacle course, a balance beam, and a boulder course – all for participants to test out their rigs.There’s also a competition aspect to the obstacles. For each obstacle completed, participants garner points for how fast they finish and how much their vehicles can handle. At the end of the day, winners receive prizes provided by event sponsors.And because the event is so much fun, it’s grown exponentially in the past several years. This year, organizers expect upwards of 500 participants, whereas past attendance has reached about 400.The event has become so popular, in fact, some even think high attendance might become a problem.”There’s certainly a point at which it couldn’t grow too much more,” said John “Mad Cow” Hembel, who attended the rally the first two years. Hembel’s planning on showing his wife’s 1986 Samurai on Saturday.”It’s going to do nothing but grow,” he said.If he could change one thing about the event, Carver said it would be “more room to where they could keep the events going on all day in four different places.”Hembel added that though space may be tight, “for the valley it generates some awareness of what we like to do.” In other words, the rally helps spread the word that most offroaders only take existing legal trails, and don’t simply go around tearing up the wilderness.Hembel will also be representing the local offroading club, High Country Four Wheelers. The group will provide concessions at the rally, with proceeds benefitting offroad charity action funds around the state, Hembel said.The 4×4 show takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Berthod Motors parking lot at 2914 Grand Ave. For more information, contact Greg Hire or Greg Hooker at 945-7466.Contact John Schroyer: 945-8515, ext.

• What: Fourth annual 4×4 show • When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday• Where: Berthod Motors parking lot, 2914 Grand Ave.• Information: Greg Hire or Greg Hooker, 945-7466

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