Trail Hero 2019
Trail Hero is located on Sand Mountain at Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, UT. This event invites and embraces all types of off road vehicles, not limited to, but including side by sides, Ultra 4 cars, moon buggies, Jeeps, Toyota’s, Trucks, and every type of truggy or buggy you can think of. There are guided runs every day of the week for attendees to participate in, and there are all sorts of different races and rock crawls to watch each afternoon.
This year we were excited to be part of the Lasernut Rock Race with the BDS/Tilden Racing 4502 Ultra4 car. The car, driven by owner Kevin Stearns, had just got a full refresh before coming to Sand Hollow, so this was going to be its first shake down before Nationals in a couple of weeks. The race drew a gigantic crowd, but unfortunately only two of the seven registered race carsit showed up. Nevertheless Kevin wanted to go out and not only try and win against a 4400 car (more capable class than the 4500 that he races in), but put on a great show for the crowd as well. Kevin started out the first heat of 8 laps very strong, pulling ahead of the 4400 car by almost a half a lap. After about five laps Kevin had to back off a little bit due to his transmission getting hot from racing in the sand section (the sand was like powder due to fact that it hadn’t rained in 103 days). The 4400 car passed kevin and won the first heat of the Rock Race. The second heat was even more entertaining as both drivers were racing flat out. On the fourth lap of the race Kevin hit a rock hard on the passenger side of the car which blew both tires and ultimately took him out of the race. Even though there were only two drivers in the race, Trail Hero did a great job with the video that they made. The BDS 4502 car was featured numerous times in the video.
Throughout the week the vendor section was setup more like a pit than what you would picture a trade show booth to look like. When we weren’t on the trails, we were usually at the booth with vehicles displayed. The KJ had a large amount of people that were really excited to see it up close. On the trails, everyone was amazed at how capable that little Liberty is. We took it up the Chute, which is one of the more famous obstacles on Sand Mountain. It is a fairly vertical v-notch, which can go real bad real quick if you stray from the correct line. There wasn’t much that I could throw at the KJ that it couldn’t conquer. We did rip a headlight mount out of it because the 40” tire was so stuffed in the wheel well. We removed the other headlight so it looked intentional.
On Saturday, everyone moved from Sand Hollow down to the city of Hurricane where we all setup booths for the public to stop by and see what we had.
All in all, the event was pretty good. There was a lot of great media that was gained, and we talked to quite a few potential new customers throughout the week. Thank you to everyone that came out and stopped by. We had a great time and look forward to visiting again.