For our very first charity event, we chose The Semper Fi Fund by recommendation of one of our supporters, Army Sergeant First Class Caleb Brewer (Ret.). Caleb was injured during his time in service and knows the very real sacrifices and issues our veterans face on a daily basis. That's where organizations such as SFF step in. The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
Thanks to this amazing community, we raised $3,000 dollars for the Semper Fi Fund by encouraging donations in lieu of any registration costs for the two day event.
The run was an absolute hit! We experienced every type of terrain this great state has to offer; from the smooth forest service roads of Bloody Basin to the slightly muddy Senator Hwy, from the winding hills East of Crown King to the rocky yet fast trophy truck test area of Geiser Loop. Everyone got a little taste of everything. Our main focus during this event wasn't to rack up as many miles as possible per day, but to focus on community and to get to know each other.
We thank everyone for their amazing support and we are already looking forward to making this an annual event!
Old Burro always with the biggest air!
With $3,000 raise for the Semper Fi Fund, it was a community run that made a difference.
This was our 2nd Annual Racin' To The Basin Event! Starting in Carefree we met for breakfast at a local cafe. After topping off our tanks, we went North towards Seven Springs. Shortly after passing the camp sites, the road began to open up. After stopping for a quick break, we set up the cameras to get some sweet shots of everyone "flying" by. We then continued on down towards Sheep Bridge for lunch at the river.
We made our way back out headed towards the infamous Bloody Basin. This part is one of our absolute favorite stretches of dirt in AZ. Soft, clay colored dirt with mountains that go on for what looks like 100's of miles. Combined with long straight-aways and hair pin turns, Bloody Basin is an experience all in it's own.
We finished off the day with some awesome pie and said our goodbyes! We can't wait until we have this run again next year!
Gen 1 and 2 trucks playing nicely in the dirt!
Dirt Therapy was like no other AZRR event before. After a free breakfast and a chance to chat with local Vendors at Earnhardt Ford, we headed out on two simultaneous runs: One for those who like the higher speed whooped out sections and one for the more technical "expedition" types.
After exploring an old abandoned mine, the first group made their way back to base camp. Slightly behind schedule due to a couple flat tires, group 2 finished the loop back to camp. We ended the day with the group taking turns at a 3 mile loop around base camp. From punishing approach angles to deep silt, this loop combined all different types of terrain to keep everyone on their toes.
With only two flat tires and smiles all the way around, AZRR's very first Dirt Therapy was a huge hit! We can't wait to have another very soon.
Starting the day for breakfast at the Landmark at The Creek we ventured off to air down near Woods Canyon Lake. After a quick safety brief we headed north to Wiggins Crossing. After some high speed straights and some killer photo ops, we headed back down South for our lunch break on the beautiful Mogollon Rim.
With almost 20 trucks, including a Colorado ZR2 and a F350, and over 120 miles of mixed terrain, The "Up On The Rim" event was a great success and we look forward to hosting this run in the near future with a few additional trails!
Starting the day off at the base of the Four Peaks Mountains, we headed down the trail and upwards in elevation. Combined with high speed straights, and technical cornering, the trail took us near the top of the peaks for an incredible view of the Valley. We then made our way down the backside towards Roosevelt Lake. After a series of high speed straight-aways and jumps we made our way on the infamous Apache Trail where we then ended our day at Tortilla Flat. Overall this run was about 109 miles on and off road.
With only a blown fuse on AZRR1 and one flat tire, this was an extremely successful run and we look forward to doing this again next year... with a slight twist.
We started the day with some breakfast and a meet and greet at the Black Mountain Coffee Shop. We then hit the road towards the Seven Springs Campground. Eventually, we made our way to the Sheep Bridge/ Verde River for Lunch, and for those who want to, a quick swim! Next, we made our way back west through Bloody Basin until we made it to the I-17. We then ended the day at Rock Springs Cafe for some of their famous pie. Overall, this was about a 100 mile trip from start to finish with a mix of slow and fast paced driving.
With just under 20 trucks total, we had a great time hitting the dirt and making new friends. This will be an AZRR classic that we plan on hosting each year.
Thank you to all that came and make this a AZRR run for the books!