Arizona Land Rover Rally

Overland Journal was pleased to participate in the second annual Arizona Land Rover Rally, which was held in Gold Canyon, just east of Phoenix.  The event was particularly fun for me, as I have been a member of the Arizona Land Rover Owners (AZLRO) in years past, and having just purchased another Discovery, I was able to reconnect with the club and old friends.

The event was held over two days, with easy-to-moderate trail runs held in the Florence Junction area and surrounding mountains.  Over 60 vehicles were lined up on Saturday morning.

Nice license plate!

For the days trail run, I worked with Graham Jackson from Overland Training to conduct the beginners 4wd run, where we traveled the Box Canyon trail.  This is a very scenic route, and I was encouraged by how clean the area was on the whole.  I had stopped traveling in this area because of the trash and vandalism, but I am pleased to say that things are significantly better now.

On the trail, we drove the Overland Journal project Discovery I, which had recently been upfitted with several HD steering components and rear suspension links from Rover Tracks.  I am continually impressed by this Land Rover, and its performance on the trail.

The route was rated as a 2.5 on the 5 scale, and had just enough challenge to keep things exciting.

A student with his LR3.  These vehicles are impressive in stock form

Box Canyon is a beautiful trail, and provides access to remote camping and connection points to longer overland routes into the Superstition Mountains

Box Canyon changes significantly from year to year, as the summer rains reshape the canyon bottom.  This year, the trail was the easiest I had seen, but fortunately, there is just enough challenge to make for a great test of all of the new components we have fitted to this pinnacle overlander.

The day ended with a dinner and prize raffle.  A big thanks to the AZLRO for their hard work and for putting on such a classy and fun event!



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