Well, this is my first post here in a LONG time...
I registered like over a year ago and surf in once in a while to read stuff... heh heh, I guess i will have to come out of my lurker hole more often now...
First off i want to say thanks to TD(Troy)Graham for putting the melt together again this year!!!! It was a HUGE success thanks to all the volunteers, you know who you are. Also a big thanks to all the vendors that made donations for the raffle prizes!! I would like to personally thank Brent at Trail Tough, i won a really cool Suzuki first aid kit that he donated. I would also like to thank the "other" Troy Graham of GOTZUK.COM, i won a really cool t-shirt and sticker that he donated.
It was great to see old friends again and to make new friends as well, It was a blast wheeling with everyone, i just wish i would have had a chance to wheel with and meet more of ya!!!!
For those of you that didn't make it, you missed a heck of a weekend. From the Hardcore4x4 zukimelt wrench fest, to Billy Bob's cooking, to Dennis Stroot's Samurai lowrider surf-mobile, to 200 zuks of all kinds, to Murph's pink flamingo (BTW Murph, you still owe me a barly pop!), to Beanco's used parts shop, to all the great trails, to the "rock crawl race and spectator chase", and to Rick Lance winning "my" award.
For those of you that don't know the story behind this award, here goes... The first time i ever went to Attica was about 4 years ago, i had just finished my first SPOA, and went there for a run that Troy had set up with a few folks from the old avenza email list. I drove my ZUK there with a pal of mine riding shotgun and we wheeled it hard. I went through 2 or 3 u-joints, broke off a shock mount, blew a tire off the rim, tore the holes out of the end of one of the front frame horns plus some other stuff i'm sure i forgot.
Three years ago, at the first zookimelt, Troy gave out a few cheesey awards, and he named one of them the dana award, which was for the person who suffered the most drive train damage. I was in the running though, to win "my" award back again this year, even though i didn't want it. I managed to break a front, long side axle shaft. It had a birfield ring on it, but it broke the ball cage out and mangled the inner shaft splines. I also had a right front spindle bearing shred itself as well.
Fortunately, Rick Lance has a condition called "heavy right foot-itis" that allowed him to win the award once again.
I also want to apologize to anyone who didn't get to run the pink trail that wanted to. I would have been able to lead a couple more groups on the pink trail on Sat. if i could have fixed my rig quicker.
I also want to say thanks to all the folks that bought parts from my little pile of stuff.
My girlfriend Jen and myself both had a blast this year!