Rubicon Rocks! |

Rubicon Rocks!

By Lindsey RhynardDrivers from 'Club Bent and Twisted' get a friendly push on the Rubicon Trail.

A four-club off-road competition was held at Donner Ski Ranch on July 4, with bragging rights on the line.

“Carnage for the Con,” an annual fundraiser for Friends of the Rubicon, drew teams from as far away as Southern California.

Participating clubs included the Pirates of Rubicon, Tin Benders, Sierra Crawlers and U.R.J.B.

The course included two sections, or obstacles, that drivers had to negotiate within a set time period.

“Each obstacle has a series of gates that [drivers] have to navigate,” explained promoter “Big Rich” Klein.

“Time is not a factor, but they have to complete it within that time or it doesn’t count.”

Klein said drivers are required to run pure water and no anti-freeze so that in case of rollovers, pollutants released into the environment are kept to a minimum.

Oil and other fluids are also cleaned up with special cloths used for oil spills, Klein said.

“We don’t want to give the environmentalists any fodder,” he joked.

And while there were no cash prizes, bragging rights were at stake.

All proceeds went to Friends of the Rubicon, an off-road club trying to keep the Rubicon Trail open to 4×4 vehicles.

Klein runs CalROCS, the company that sponsors an offroad series in California.

Their final event of the season will also be held at Donner Ski Ranch on September 27-29.

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