Approximately 100 vehicles invaded the Badlands Off Road Park in Attica, Indiana, last weekend for the 10th anniversary of the North American XJ Association (NAXJA) Winterfest. As we noted in our previous blog, we hung out for a couple of days shooting features and running the trails with NAXJA members. It was a blast. Here are some photos from the event. We'll have a full write-up on Winterfest, along with lots more photos, in the August issue of Four Wheeler. More info on NAXJA can be found at www.naxja.org.
Hundreds of NAXJA members and their rigs congregated in the lower parking area for Saturday's check-in and driver's meeting.
The first trail we ran on Saturday was the Orange Trail. As is typical on this trail, the low spots harbored lots of standing water.
We were riding with Steve Luccioni when he found a particularly deep mud hole on the Orange Trail. Even with ARB-stuffed D44s the '98 XJ wasn't going forward or backward.
The mud was incredibly slippery. Brian Peterson found that the hot ticket to not getting stuck was to straddle the ruts with his all-terrain-shod '00 XJ.
This rig is representative of how muddy the vehicles got after just a couple hours on the trail.
After running Orange Trail we headed to the other side of the park to give the "Rock Face" a whirl. In our convoy was the '97 TJ of event sponsor Rough Country Suspension.
Matt Rowland's rig began life as a '95 XJ, but today it's a heavily modified, coilover-shod rock animal.
As Saturday drew to a close, Sean Rafferty treated his wife, Laura, to her first-ever rollover.
Here you can see Rafferty's rig where it came to rest. That's Rafferty on the right, scratching his head.