Hey brah, da High Noon Poker Run was off da Richter!!!
The poker run was a fun way for everyone to tour the "back dunes", the remote part of the 1,500 acre dunes complex.
We started from the Surf N Turf camp an headed down the beach along the surf line. The first stop was Jason Cohn's classic FJ56 Japanese firetruck. Jason had the red light flashing as the long line of cruisers drove down the beach only a few feet from the surf.
The next checkpoint featured an intimidating slide down a very steep slip face. Just about everyone had sand on their front bumper after that obstacle.
The line of cruisers continued through the back dunes stopping at each of the five checkpoints. It was quite a sight to see the long line of Land Cruisers snakeing up, down, over and around the wide open sand dunes. Everyone completed the course in about two hours. The jackpot, almost $400, was spilt between the High and Low hands upon completion of the run. Congratulations to the lucky winners, Monica and Mark.
Saturday morning we had a Poker run in the sand dunes. There most have
been at least 50 cruisers lined up for this event. After getting our
poker run cards stamped, we drove around up and down the dunes. My wife
specially liked Competition Hill. Made it up on her second attempt. And
then she did not want to give me back the steering wheel. Anyway, when
we got back to camp we had completely forgotten about the poker run
deal. About an hour later, Jim shows up and asks to see our cards. It
turns out that Monica had the winning hand. Lucky girl!
- Alvaro Rodríguez
96 FZJ80 "La Cabra"
We made every effort to find a route through the dunes that was suitable for stock rigs and inexperienced drivers. This was not suppose to be a "challenge" run. Nonetheless, several people needed a few tries to make it through the soft sand and up the steeper sand dunes. As expected the real secret to successfully driving the dunes was sufficiently aired down tires (10-15 psi). Alternatively, horsepower and a heavy right foot seemed to work good too.
The poker run was a blast! I was near the very front of the line and looking in the rearview mirror at a loooong line of various cruiser vintages, awesome sight.
Photos from Surf N Turf 2003
Amando's Photo Site
Awesome jumping action! 257 photos!
Drexx's Photo Site
Lot's of great Cruiser pictures!!!
Plus VIDEO of Seth Kissing Tree!
Alvaro's Photo Album
Cruisers, People, Beach Camp, Pozo
James' Photo Album 1
And, Photo Album 2
Kemasa's Photo Site
Wild Hill Climb Action at Big Falls
Excellent photos. Awesome 180° panorama shot.
It's even sunny in a few of these!
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Surf N Turf 2002
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