Project VehiCross Goes GamblingPosted on August 21, 2018August 24, 2018byDave ZipfThe next trail was on very loose sand and very steep hills. The only way to get up it (without low range) was to get a good running start through the mud, through the sand, and as far up the hill as your car and right foot could take you. Due to all of the off-roading, there were a few berms and the result was a less than comfortable ride. A special shout out to this Saab that ingested a bit of water in the pond on Day 1, but didn’t hydrolock the motor and kept on going.Once through the mud, a few hundred feet of deep, loose sand covered the road. The ruts being dug were easily ankle deep and it was easy to high side and bog down. Getting traction was incredibly difficult even for those with 4WD and good ground clearance.Trail etiquette demanded we stop and wait our turn to get a clear shot up the hill. If I had one complaint about the Gambler, it’s that the trail etiquette was rather poor. I suppose when you’re trying to get 700+ people all down the same trails at the same time with a high chance of breakage or getting stuck, you need to keep sending cars, but we saw a lot of people get stuck because they refused to wait, took the poor line, and got bogged down. Fortunately, we did not see any accidents due to too many people trying to occupy the same piece of road at once, but we did see a few near misses, including one that involved the VehiCross!Once the road was clear, the JP Jeep and Project VehiCross walked right up the hills. 4WD and low range are kind of cheating in the Gambler, but they sure make for a relaxing drive! I should add, that while I have done a ton of time on an R/C rock crawler, this was my first time doing anything full size, much less with the VehiCross. My whole goal was to make it to the end of the event, preferably without getting stuck or breaking. Considering some of these trails were breaking Jeeps, this was a taller order than you might think!On the final trail of the day, this Neon put up a valiant effort, but ultimately got trapped in the mud too. Finally, we would be able to tow another car free and get ourselves a Gambler token! Gambler tokens are what you get for freeing another vehicle. One of the ways to “win” the Gambler is to collect as many as possible. Every team starts with one and if you get a tow, you give it up.RelatedPrevious page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10Next pageRelated TopicsOffroadingIsuzuVehiCrossGambler 500Camping Previous Article Civic Si (EP3)ProjectsTundraHondaToyotaCan Oil Improve Your Fuel Economy?Posted on August 20, 2018August 21, 2018byMike KojimaView Post Next Article FeaturesHellafunctional Showdown Presented by KW – Round 2Posted on August 23, 2018August 23, 2018byMartin GonzalesView Post 2 commentsThose ZJs came with a shitty full time 4WD transfer case with a viscous center section that eventually failed. The NP231s that came in base models were true 4WD (locked front to rear with no differential). Still open diffs front/rear though…ReplyIsuzu’s are workhorses. Period.ReplyLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Your Comment *Name *Email *Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.