UWharrie - Fun-Run 1Date: 2001, Jul 29
Author: Mike Spurlock
July 2001 Update:
After some coaxing, I captured and posted the video from the July 2000 Fun Run. There are 2 versions, one for modems, one for higher bandwidth connections. The content is the same.
Modem Version (20 meg)
High-Bandwidth Version (90 meg)
With the destination set, the battle cry
sounded, Isuzu's came from far and wide to the UWharrie National Forest,
near Troy, North Carolina -- 1 hour north of Charlotte for the 4th of July
weekend. It's was an invasion!, with Planet Isuzoo out front!
30+ Isuzu's attended our first run in NC. It
was a wonderful site. Hard to get an exact count due to the influx of
people coming and going but Amigo's dominated. Mostly newer models, 98
& 99's. Trail Leader & Event Coordinator Dan Russo drove his 98
lifted Amigo with only 1 older model -- driven by Trail Leader James Wood.
Next came the Troopers. Several older versions including Planet Isuzoo's
Online-Tech Sam-the-Isuzu-Man and our Webmaster Tad Grosvenor. Rodeo's
barely made an appearence with Mike Spurlock's (Planet President) and Greg
Reynolds from GA with his 98 Rodeo and Chris Thomas with his 94. There was
2 Vehicross' that attended. Jason Dearing from FL with his black 99 and
Lisa Wilson from Isuzu (AIMI) bringing a new 2000 model "Firefox Red Mica"
one.Special thanks to Lisa Wilson & Bob Pullan
from AIMI who stopped by to witness the madness first hand.
The Planet Staff setup camp in the middle of
the Arrowhead campground. It was a site centrally located and easy to get
back & forth from.Special Thank you to
American Isuzu Motors Inc.(AIMI) for their support! Isuzu HQ's
in Cerritos, CA loaned the planet this *huge* Vehicross inflatable
balloon. It was very cool! And it let everyone know they were in the right
spot! It also made it very apparent that Isuzu's were invading the forest!
Special thanx go to Diamond Isuzu - NC For
their help and support. Local Law Enforcement even stopped by to take a
look at our big Isuzu balloon. They loved it and said they'd never seen
anything like it in the forest during the 30+ years they'd been working
there. Things couldn't have been better. The weather was great, the
campground was wonderful. Good clean sites, bathhouse looked brand new,
and paved streets.
There were multiple runs each day. Most of the trails in UWharrie are
only about 2 hours long. Depending on the size of the group and the number
of pull-outs, you can be back to camp in about 3 or 4 hours. This worked
out great because if you missed a run you could either catch up or just
hang tight till they returned. There's a good variety of trails including
nice steep hillsides with big chunks of rock to crawl over, and some mild
ones that make for some good site-seeing. Some of the paths were very
narrow up the side of a hill, and if you made a wrong move...it could be
your last! You'd go right over a cliff with nothing but the bottom
One of my personal favorite trail rides was
when I rode along with the Staff from Fairway Isuzu. Joe and the fellas
came with 2 brand new 2000 model Rodeos that still had the sticker on the
windows! It was great riding along listen to them chatting back &
forth about how cool it was being there...and I agreed with them! It was
very cool! They were also surprised at how difficult the trails were. They
thought it was just going to be a little ride down a dirt road or
something close to that -- NOT driving up the side of a VERY steep hill
with big chunks of rocks sticking out all over the place and a serious
"death drop" off to your right causing you to "lean-in" to the drivers
side and making sure your door is locked! At times not wanting to take a
good look out your passenger window in fear of going over!Special Thanks to Joe Demarest and the guys at
Fairway Isuzu - SC for a great time and they're support!
It was incredible to see how well these 2 new 2000 model stock Rodeo's
did on the trails. Everyone was very impressed at their abilities to go
anywhere and over anything -- all stock! One time when we reached the top
of one of the giant hills there were 6 people at the top on horses that
watch us go by. They're jaws dropped when they saw 2 completly brand new
Rodeos drive passed them -- WITH THE WINDOW STICKERS STILL ON!! They
couldn't believe it. I'll never forgot that look on their faces...it was
ARB 4x4 parts of Seattle, WA donated a $250. gift-certificate to give
away to a lucky participant of the fun-run. That lucky winner was Joe White of Austin, TX. Joe came all the way from Texas
with his 2wd 98 Amigo knowing that some of the trails might get rough for
a 2wd...and he did it anyway. He did an outstanding job of navigating the
trails and only had to be yanked-out a couple of times. Because of his "Go
Further" attitude the staff at Planet Isuzoo decided the prize goes to
Joe. Congradulations Joe White on a job well done! The planet would
also like to give Buddy king at ARB 4x4 parts of
Seattle,WA a special "Thank you."
It turned out to be a great weekend! Planet Isuzoo would like to say
Thank you to everyone who attended. Also thanks to Both Diamond
Isuzu & Fairway Isuzu who without them it wouldn't have been as cool.
Also Special thanks to American Isuzu Motors Inc for their help and
support. It is very much appreciated!!
*To check out more pictures of our NC
adventure, take a look at Dan Russo's collection, our Trail Leader &
Event Coodinator. He has posted a lot of pic's taken during the event. He
has some really good ones. Dan's personal collection
We also have found some from Tad and Derek:
Tad's Personal Pictures