JANUARY 7th, 2019 – Our friend’s at Driving Line Magazine are constantly looking for vehicle driven experiences combined with automotive enthusiast culture. At The Jump Champs & Time Trials Events you get all of this plus a heavy dose of off road race track competition.
Author Matt Moghaddam immersed himself into the drivers seat with his own personal Toyota PreRunner and entered as a the Time Trials Event as a typical competitor. The article presents his experiences, perspective, and after thoughts.
JUMP CHAMPS: THE GRASSROOTS OFF-ROAD RACE YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR
Somebody once said, “It’s better to be a racer for a day than a spectator for a lifetime.” The first time I heard that, I wasn’t really paying attention to the significance of what it meant. I was too busy trying to adjust the fire suit I had just rented after removing the visor from the obvious dirt-bike helmet I planned on wearing for an event that had absolutely nothing to do with dirt-biking. I had entered an event known as the Jump Champs Time Trials.
The concept was simple: race around a dirt track filled with jumps, bumps, turns, washes and berms and let the one with the best lap time win. Although my trusty ’91 Toyota Pickup 4×4 was well-built and ready for the abuse, it was certainly no race truck. But as I looked around at all the other competitors staging for the race, seemingly just as nervous and excited as I was, preparing themselves and their home-built vehicles, I suddenly realized how much fun this day was going to be.
ABOUT THE JUMP CHAMPS
The Jump Champs main focus is gathering the fans, the enthusiasts, the recreational off-road vehicle or UTV owners and giving them a place to show off their vehicles and driving ability. With featured events such as The Jump Champs, The Time Trials, The Desert Drags, The Drift Wall, and The Dirt Champs are contest of skill which allows for the most participation with very affordable entry fees. This event has been long overdue and we are excited to team up with sponsors, big name racers and the iconic Glen Helen Raceway to bring this event to the masses. The goal is to bring the average spectator out to be part of the event, instead of sitting in the stands.