by Jimmy Ruffler
The sportsman or woman certainly looks forward to the cold winds of fall so that the hunting gear can be unwrapped and put to good use. But there is another extremely enticing thing to do before those cold winds begin to blow.
Off-roading is not only fun, but it also offers the spark of danger sports fanatics love; racing through the forest or across the Southwestern desert. In fact, off-roading has become such a popular sport, that visionaries have been making off-road vehicles that can transform into boats in less than 15 seconds. That way, not only do you have the harsh landscape at your fingertips, but you can also have a little water sport added into the fun.
Amphibious vehicles are available to one and all; even Watercar, a well-known manufacturer of this item, has presented the Panther, which is a Jeep-based off-roader that can actually swim.
These amphibious vehicles are not innovations; the original actually appeared in 1961. The Amphicar (manufactured in Germany) sold almost 4,000 models before cashing out. Apparently, the world was simply not ready to off-road in water at that time.
WaterCar, however, has seen massive profits from the new 21st-century mindset of the Great Outdoorsman. They even entered the Guinness World Record Books in 2010, as having the fastest amphibious car called the Python.
There are many off-road vehicles the sportsman can own that combine a little NASCAR skill with their off-roading experience. And skill is most definitely needed to maneuver the car. When it comes to desert fun, the techniques to learn can turn you into an off-road racer or a stuntman/woman who can do the craziest, coolest tricks anyone has ever seen.
Whether amphibious vehicle or not, off-roading has a list of styles and different types of racing that will bring a massive amount of fun to whoever tries them.
Dune bashing is one category of off-roading that more and more people are trying out. Whether it be the ‘tatees’ form which involves climbing a single slipface that may be a hundred meters and higher; to cross-country dune bashing that is focused on a solitary dune. The cross-country off-roading is what many choose for their summer vacations because this type lasts for several days and can cover all different terrains from desert to timberland. Believe it or not, the number is rising when it comes to taking cross-country off-roading trips to Africa, which is one country that literally loves this sport.
Other types of trips that the family can go on are called Raids, which have vacationers winding their way through relatively uninhabited areas. The deserts located in Tunisia, Morocco and several other countries are being raved about as the best summer places to visit when undertaking this sport.
Although illegal on public lands, mudding is extremely popular in the U.S. on private lands. (Don’t believe me? Take a look around your local neighborhood at some of the 4×4’s in the yards. That truck covered in mud didn’t get that way by chance.) Mudding takes the off-road enthusiast through wet mud or clay, with the actual goal being to drive as fast as possible without getting stuck.
And for someone who wants more risk, rock crawling is something to look into. These vehicles, with different suspension components and tires, allow the driver to traverse obstacles while their ‘spotter’ works the area to prevent the driver from making a wrong turn that’s out of sight.
Like any sport, RTV’s have their own events, competitions, etcetera, and die-hard sportsmen and women compete to see who can lay claim to being the best driver off-road.
Whether purchasing a vehicle or designing and building one yourself, off-roading is an extremely cool sport to learn. And for you hunters who are dying to get out there, off-roading can definitely hone skills as well as teach you new skills to use when walking through those cold winds to bag the ultimate buck.
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Souce: Baret News Wire