Sunday, December 7, 2008
Move Over Santa...
Tinkerbell, Shawntel and I had a little fun playing Santa Claus this past weekend at the 6th annual Christmas Caravan for Kids run. This event is organized by the off-roading community and is a toy drive for Toys for Tots. The event this year was awesome. I had only been to one other one in the past and I am going to make it a priority to go to all I can in the years to come.
The event took place at Jefferson County Fairgrounds near Golden, CO. Everyone who attended brought a toy wth them along with their off-road rig of choice. It's like a huge truck and jeep show as well. The Marines were there to collect the toys, there were vendors, live bands, a raffle jeep, free lunch donated by Little Ceasars...and my favorite, the RTI (Ramp Travel Index) ramp!
The RTI ramp is just that...it's a ramp. It tests the "flex" or suspension travel of a vehicle. There is a scoring system that can be calculated by using wheel base length, ramp angle and distance travelled up the ramp without lifting one of the three remaining tires off the ground (see the pictures). Well, Tinkerbell didn't let me down when I put her on the ramp. She climbed herself all the way to the top. The crowd watching cheered as we had gone as far as the ramp would allow us to go. We could have gone a little farther, I think, if the ramp was longer/taller. Shawntel took some really kick ass pictures of us. At the end of the day Tink and I had earned the highest score of the event - a 913! We won! I am so proud of her and I can't thank my friend Tom enough for putting such a great suspension under her.
The weather this year was perfect, the turnout of off-roaders was amazing, Tink had fun showing off and best of all I got to share this experience with my fiancee Shawntel :) I am already looking forward to next year's 7th annual Christmas Caravan for Kids. I can't wait!