For the fourth year in a row the Backcountry 4×4 club provided service vehicles with crews for the 2016 Ledwidge Lookoff Rally. Rally vehicles from as far away as New Hampshire and Quebec competed in several stages from groomed gravel roads in a LARGE quarry, to midnight running in the backwoods of Noel, NS. Backcountry supplied Car 00, 0, 99 and 2 sweep vehicles. As always, a good time was had by all! It is great to support fellow automobile enthusiasts! Visit the Ledwidge Lookoff Rally website for more details.
The second annual M.U.D. run was another great success. It was held August 28-30. Starting in Sackville, the event visited Hammonds Plains / Pockwock and then spent the entire weekend in the former Bowater area between Hwy 103 and Hwy 101. The group exited the area into Ellershouse/St. Croix late Sunday afternoon.
Pics to follow.
The Backcountry 4×4 Club provided service vehicles and crews to support the 2015 Ledwidge Lookoff Car Rally. This was the third year in a row helping at this event. This year the Rally asked for 6 vehicles and we supplied 7, allowing for attrition. A great time was head by all, pictures to follow. We supplied a Cherokee Trailhawk, several JK Wranglers, a Grand Cherokee, an Xterra, and others. We performed the duties of Car 00, Car 0, Car 99, and 4 Sweep vehicles.
For the second issue in a row the Backcountry 4×4 club has an article published in the Canadian 4WDrive magazine. This time one rig is on the cover, and another has a two page photo. The article is about support given to the Ledwidge Lookoff Rally in 2014.
The link to the digital story is now available!
The story of the inaugural 2014 M.U.D. run is published in the May 2015 issue of Canadian 4WDrive magazine. The article was written by James Chisholm of the club. Just another way of the club contributing to the 4×4 community!
The Backcountry 4×4 club assembled the Santa Claus float for the Spryfield (near Halifax) Christmas Parade for approximately the 5th year in a row. The Spryfield Christmas parade is the oldest running parade in the area and possibly Eastern Canada. This year was record breaking at 60 entries and 10,000 spectators. A member/friend of the Backcountry club rides the big chair! The club had only one vehicle planning to participate as well this year, (No. 61!) but a last minute memory issue by the driver caused a DNS (Did Not Start!). (Insert shamed eyes here. It was a lack of available fuel issue…)
With the growing success of the parade and the club, next year promises to be better yet!
The local volunteer, non-profit, Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) team, Halifax Regional Search and Rescue, asked the Backcountry 4×4 Club for assistance in providing parking lot attendants at a fund raiser. The club was able to assist with 4 folks volunteering on a busy ‘summer’ Saturday. The event was held at Exhibition Park, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.
The assistance of the club helped raise several thousand $ in funds and raise awareness of both ground search and rescue and the club.
Several members of the club are also past, current, (and probably future!) members of the HRSAR team, the Eastern Shore Ground Search and Rescue team, and the Lunenburg County Search and Rescue team. There seems to be a natural fit for 4×4 and search and rescue folks!
Personal 4×4 vehicles of club members have been used to assist GSAR in the past as well and will be reported here next time.
The Backcountry 4×4 Club was approached to help at the 2014 Ledwidge Lookoff Rally. You know, Subaru WRX style cars at full speed on closed-course dirt roads! At speeds approaching 100 mph! The Backcountry 4×4 Club provided 4 vehicles, each with a driver and a crew member. We ran as Car 00, Car 0, Car 99, and Sweep.
And we did a wonderful recovery of Car 3 that had a spectacular off-the-course incident!(Thankfully no one was injured.)
Posts and stories can be on the Forums page, youtube, and http://www.lookoffrally.com/
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This was the second year the club provided service at the growing, annual event.
The inaugural M.U.D. expedition event was held July 25-27, 2014. The event consisted of starting in Ellershouse, NS and ending 3 days later in Porters Lake, NS, almost all off-highway! We traversed over 6-8 trails with only a couple of highway sections in-between. All told, we ran 175 km off-highway and 75 km of paved road. We roughed camped both nights alongside lakes-of-opportunity. Ten vehicles took part, many of the participants never having met before. At the end, all were friends and looking forward to next year! For more details and pics check out ‘2014.M.U.D. Run’ under ‘Forums/Photos and Videos’!