TDS raised over $13,000 for the BlueRibbon Coalition, as well as thousands of other dollars for groups like Friends of Panamint Valley, the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, and local charities. Over 5000 people were running around Truckhaven during the weekend. 1500 registered vehicles were part of TDS Desert Safari this year -- a new record attendance. It was awesome.
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Camping is open -- where ever you can find a spot. It's fun being near neighbors, sharing rig build-up ideas, and good trail talk. I took my motorhome and parked near the vendor area.
Edelbrock rep Frank Alioto proudly displays their trailer and logos of FOTR and BlueRibbon Coalition -- showing their support in keeping our trails open!
The Tin Benders brought a stock Toyota truck, and in ONE DAY built it into an awesome rock crawling rig to raffle off later in March 2005. Proceeds exceeded $8000 and will be donated to Friends of Panamint Valley as well as the BlueRibbon Coalition. What a team! What a feat!
Here the rig is about done. In spite of the chilly wind, this build-up was amazing. Team work was something to behold. On lookers had a great time watching the Tin Benders whiz thru one heck of a wheeler build-up. WOW! Thank you Tin Benders!
TDS Desert Safari is held at Truckhaven near the Salton Sea where desert washes provide fun for all (including dogs).
Marlin (C), of Marlin Crawler was a major sponsor and helper for the Tin Bender build-up project.