Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 17, 1973 · Page 35
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 35

Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, April 17, 1973
Page 35
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TMf., A|»ril 17, It7» QREELEY (C«l«.) TRIBUNE 35 WORKING IT OUT -- Competitors in the Badlands to go through. They point there vehicles in any direction Baja find mud at the bottom of one of the gullies they had they feel will get them out. (AP Wirephotb) " ;jMlRU'-- 1 5s* -·dRtaai FORDING WITH A FORD - A competitor in a Ford Badlands Baja. The stream is only one of the hazards in Bronco crosses a stream on part of the course of the the race. (AP Wirephoto) Just finishing Black Hills race is a good start INTERIOR, S.D. (AP) -The race course runs more than eight miles, most of it up and down across Ihe gulches of the Badlands moonscape. The fifth running of the Black Hills Four Wheelers' Badlands Baja attracted pickup trucks, jeeps, cars with cut-off bodies or no bodies at all and--per- haps to spite Ralph Nader--one Chevrolet Corvair. The idea is not only to finish first, but also to finish at all in the race of endurance, a test of how much punishment a four- wheeled vehicle and its driver can take. . Shortly after entries in one of the three separate classes left the starting line, several were devoured by a draw not 200 yards from the start. Those vehicles not claimed by the jaws of the earth fell victim to mud that gobbled its prey right to the axle. One competitor hauled his pickup from the mud with a chain. Another rocked back and forth .in the goo, but only sunk deeper. A Ihird left his chariot, walked up t o - I h e edge of the draw and snt down to ponder his bad luck. The field was the biggest ever for the race--133 vehicles. The race was to go seven laps around the eight-mile course or stop at 4 p.m. None of the entries went the 56-mile distance. Spectators paid no admission to watch the cars bounce from ditch to ditch, but donations were accepted for the Rapid City chapter of the Black Hills Four-Wheelcrs Club's public service programs. As sundown lengthened shadows across the Badlands and competitors and spectators went home, leaving until tomorrow the chore of collecting spare tires, wrenches, shovels, chains and defeated vehicles abandoned on the course. WStsM. GOOD CLEAN FUN -- After spending a day on the 8-mile Badlands Baja course, crew members of one car look like the land they have been driving. The race was to be seven laps or until 4 p.m. Nobody completed seven laps in time. (AP Wirephoto) PARDON MY DUST - Dust fills the air as the Black Hills Four Wheelers' Badlands Baja begins. In the course of the race competitors encountered water, mud and rocks also. (AP Wirephoto) PULLING OUT - One cnr, a chassis with no body, pulls out of the mud and up n hill spitting muck back at anyone unfortunate enough to be following too closely (AP Wirephoto)

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