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Old 01-11-2009, 08:46 AM   #1
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rock racing, what do you think?

i think its cool there's more going on in our sport now. but as of right now, i'm not as big of a fan of this. this is at least something coming to the midwest. but the whole big money, hi power, point at a hill and floor it, just doesn't appeal to me. no finess, doesn't seem to be as skillfull(i have not done it though).

all you seem to do is build a rig as beefy as possible, to bash it up a hill. no balance. what do you guys think, this link just describes it coming to the badlands, no pics or vids. i'm just going off of what i've seen before.

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I like it...speed and rocks. What else could you ask for? There is still some skil involved to find the right line so you don't totally jack your ride.

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have you watched those guys, there's no line after the first two feet. they just go barreling up the hill bouncing off rocks any which way at full throttle. they are bouncing over the whole hill with no clue where they'll bounce next. thats what i see when i've watched it.
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I've seen it here in Colorado and they are definately racing but they seem to pick their lines. I think anything that involves a motor has to involve some sort of skill. At least a little.
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:31 AM   #5
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i agree, i'm gonna watch it some more. but for me wheeling, is a thinking man's game. from the stuff i've seen in this racing, they took a lot of that out, and substituted it for gigantor axles and engines, and the skinny pedal.

i think it would be fun, in someone else's rig, i'd never build one for that. but i'd do it if someone offered.

i wonder how it is with the land issues, i bet its pretty hard on the land.
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i like watching it more so than when they crawl, Haven't tried it though but looks fun as hell
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:13 AM   #7
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i'm sure there is some skill in it, but not a lot. i prefer going at an obstacle slowly and then getting over it, not slamming into it at 70 mph.
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i agree, i'm gonna watch it some more. but for me wheeling, is a thinking man's game. from the stuff i've seen in this racing, they took a lot of that out, and substituted it for gigantor axles and engines, and the skinny pedal.
i think that youve answered your own dilemma.....wheeling is a thinking mans game and they have made that game exponentially tougher by adding in high speeds. most of those guys have studied the courses and know which basic line they wanna take when they take off but of course that could change as they bounce of rocks and then that is where the skill comes in.....keeping it on all 4 going along at excessive speeds......no skill...yeah right....perhaps just not your style of wheeling
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please don't mis quote me. the words no skill were never used.

when a higher percent end up on their lid, and/or broken, i feel it is a less skillful idea. it is entertaining to watch.

and like i said, i'm gonna watch it some more, but that's my impression right now.
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have you ever watched woods racing.....that is sometimes completely out of control and is another midwest type offroad circuit....it is very exciting...i think more than rock racing...anybody can compete...only requirement is lack of fear
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:24 AM   #11
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now there i am with ya, these guys are a couple forms of nuts to do it.
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XRRA is a great addition to the Rock Motorsports. I don't know about that TREC stuff, but with XRRA there is definitely some crawling involved also. Of course then there's also hammer down and hope your shit stays together.
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i agree, i'm gonna watch it some more. but for me wheeling, is a thinking man's game. from the stuff i've seen in this racing, they took a lot of that out, and substituted it for gigantor axles and engines, and the skinny pedal.

i think it would be fun, in someone else's rig, i'd never build one for that. but i'd do it if someone offered.

i wonder how it is with the land issues, i bet its pretty hard on the land.
I respect that waay more than "muddin". I think building up huge trucks with gigantor tires and monster axles just to speed through a mud puddle is the most barbaric form of wheeling there is. Unfortunately its one of the most popular forms.

No offense to you southern boys. (Especially you Scout, 'muddin' is NOT a way of life!!)
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Old 01-11-2009, 01:16 PM   #14
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There is something to be said at the end of the day when you've walked slowly up the side of the mountain and didn't destroy your rig. When you can drive it home without being towed or better yet, without a scratch, it just makes you feel like you've accomplished something.

On the other hand: If you have enough cash and cajones to fling your rig at the sheer cliff wall and smash it to the point of nonrecognition...(Unlimited and tiny know what I mean. Those guys at the local rock garden are nuckin futz! These guys had way more money than they had common sense. So, at the end of their day they not only were sore, but had to rebuild a huge portion of their rigs.) I'd say go for it! I'm sure it will give YouTube lots of material.

Looks to me that their taking our "hobby" and infusing it with NASCAR to Red Neck it up a bit!
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:22 PM   #15
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i agree about the muddin.

and ccain, very well put.

i wonder though, if uninformed people see this, ie media and people that are already against our lifestyle, how this is gonna portray what we do. its gonna be like, look at these crazy out of control people, this is why we can't have ohv trails and crap like that.

which obviously this stuff can't be done on most trails. but then again, what if it starts happening. thats what people do, see something, and decide they wanna do it. whether they have the right resources, or place to do it, they will go wherever. like muddin under power lines.

i think its entertaining to watch, but i'm thinking there's a possibility of a negative impact on our sport. almost comes across to the idiot bystander that thats what all offroaders are like, drunk crazy idiots that destroy stuff. (from an idiot perspective)

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