2009 Blesing of the Jeep Experience - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest

Go Back   Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > General 4x4 Stuff > The Pub
GL4x4 Live! GL4x4 Casino

The Pub A friendly forum where everybody is nice, and will answer any questions you have about life.

greatlakes4x4.com is the premier Great Lakes 4x4 Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Search
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old May 2nd, 2009, 04:45 PM   #1
SammySmalls
Senior Member
 
SammySmalls's Avatar
 
Join Date: 02-04-09
Location: Farwell, MI
Posts: 437
iTrader: (2)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Thumbs up 2009 Blesing of the Jeep Experience

This was my first time at this event, so I thought I'd let the rest of the potential new comers know what to expect.

I set out about 9am 60 miles away, and it was about 45 degrees. The minute I got on 115 to head towards Cadillac, I joined a small caravan of Jeeps. I felt like part of a superforce that was going to save Mesick from its rocks and sanddunes. There were some small construction nuissances on the way, but there wasn't any fuzz and we tooled about 65 mph up state. I arrived @ 10:15am, and the blessing was planned for 11am. We turned onto the industrial drive from 115, and there were two long lines of Jeeps getting checked in, it was about a 25-30 minute wait. If I had gotten in earlier, it would have shorter too. Also, if I had gotten on the industrial drive from 37, I would have gotten checked in a lot sooner, that side was very short for lines. The wait was long enuf and I began to worry about engine temp on my new 401 that had less than 200 miles break in on it. (I have an old 75CJ5, with no cowel). When I did get a registration paper, it was at 240F and I had to shut it down an decided to push it in to prevent more heating. Of course I got a lot of looks and comments about gas mileage being better the harder I pushed...

First off, I guess I would make a comment on the staff. These people were very friendly and cheerful. The first staff gal I met I wish I had asked for her phone number...er for my brother. I know I know, its a Jeep thing...

At 11am, a gal named Deb grabbed a mic, and ushered people toward the event trailer to begin acknowledging sponsors, goals, events, ect. I was lucky enough to get a national guardsman to plant ths US flag right in front of us and stand as color guard as the Mesick band played the Star Spangled Banner. (Team America *&^% Ya!). The high school band played very well BTW, and this compliment comes from a vetran Trombone player of 20 years. As the Banner played, I couldn't help but think about the history of Jeep, how it got its name from a Popeye character, how it represented America when it was with AMC, how many people have enjoyed its engineering, and conversely what its future holds. I dread to think there will be no more Jeep if Chrysler really tanks, but not as much dread as I think I would have to pronounce Jeep with a French accent if they merge with Fiat.

Pastor Dave eventually took stage and gave a 15 minute sermon on examples of blessing. I have this on media, and can post if there are requests. Pastor Dave finished up with a prayer, and we were officially imbued with divine intervention of trouble. Immediately following we covered rules and track info. "Chadville" course looked the most interested to me, but in order to pass tech, you need at least one locker and a winch, which are on my next upgrade list. They offered a mudbog, and a "stock" course as well.

The Mesick band was selling 50/50 tickets for a Florida trip, and I was surprised to find out it was only a $260 pot. There were over a 1000 Jeeps, and many many people. I think they were short on raffle volunteers, otherwise they could of done very well. I bought $15 worth.

There were a limited number of vendors, and since I had over heating issue while waiting in line, I b-lined over to "Be Cool" Radiators. There were no prices displayed on the aluminum radiators, so I asked if they had one to fit my model, and I seriously thought about buying one on the spot, having $500 on me. When he quoted me $1050, my significant other gave me a covert wedgie and we moved on to find something to drink.

Jeeps began to line up for courses, and I decided not to take mine until I saw how fast traffic was moving. It looked like "Chadville", the extreme course, had a lot of novice drivers getting stuck and caused jams. From the spectator point of view, it appeared to go really slow. We waited quite a while for the first jeep to approach the middle of the expert course. In the mean time, were scored some food. Kids got cotton candy for free, friggin awesome. My 5 yo girl was so occupied between dogs on leashes, jeeps int he mudpit, and cotton candy, that she had a great time. I saw quite a few toddlers however, that did not have a good time, and thier parents were not having a good time either.

After standing at the mud pit for a while, I met 3 conservation officers in uniform. Traditionally, my side of the family avoids the law, but these 3 guys were cracking jokes at those who less than succeed, just like I do. I watched them interact with people. They were a good model of of how an officer should demonstrate good public relation practices. Of course everyone behaved, and no one gave them a reason to do otherwise, but thier genuine interface with the public made me respect thier function.

We moved on and got some seats on the hill side and watched tracks for a few hours, taking some pics. Since the Jeep line up was at 4pm, I decided to make an escape about 3:30. I didn't want to have my new motor waiting in line again, and be the shmuck who died in line to slow down a world record, lol.

We went back to the trailer to see if we had won the raffle for the winches, but I lost out. My bud did win a trivia question about the maximum dB allowed at Silver Lake, 94, and he won a free pass to the Harrison Rocks and Valleys 4x4 course. He will have a hard time taking his Monte Carlo on that course, so I suggested that we work together in our efforts to tackle it.

On my way back to my Jeep, I caught some people checkin it out, which made me feel good. It fired right up with no problems, and we drove home 60 miles, stopping at Cadilac McDs for some caffiene. It's been a good day.

I have many compliments for the Cadillac Jeepers and thier sposnors, they did a great job and I appreciate them putting together a great time. The only bit of constructive criticism I have is to review the logistics of letting people on the course. I didn't drive the course, but it looked like a lot of people were waiting for the guy in front to get his axles off the rocks...perhaps a wider course that allows drive bys next year...

I also saw a slew of trophies at the beginning of the event, but never found out what they were for...

Anyway, thats my experience, and I had a great time. I have mud video I will post later.

http://s240.photobucket.com/albums/f...t=DSC03768.jpg
http://s240.photobucket.com/albums/f...t=DSC03769.jpg
http://s240.photobucket.com/albums/f...t=DSC03770.jpg
http://s240.photobucket.com/albums/f...t=DSC03771.jpg
http://s240.photobucket.com/albums/f...t=DSC03772.jpg

Last edited by SammySmalls; May 2nd, 2009 at 04:54 PM.
SammySmalls is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old May 2nd, 2009, 06:41 PM   #2
gmotox
Senior Member
 
gmotox's Avatar
 
Join Date: 06-08-08
Location: Waterford/Michigan 48327
Posts: 2,553
iTrader: (99)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Nice write up, wish I could have went!
gmotox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 2nd, 2009, 07:49 PM   #3
GNJEEPN
Grumpy Grampa
 
GNJEEPN's Avatar
 
Join Date: 02-20-06
Location: Twilight Zone
Posts: 2,284
iTrader: (1)
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Default

I have to say that with the amount of people and Jeeps that show up that The Cadillac Jeepers do a pretty good job at this event. They learn every year and try to make it better and they have from what I have seen. While I didn't go on the obstacle coarse it appeared that thing were moving a little more smoothly than last year. Is there room for improvement? Sure. But when you put as many vehicles that show up in an area the size that they have to work with there are going to be some delays.
I am sure they had over 1000 vehicles there today. It was a good thing they moved up to the upper field. I don't think they would have had enough room were they have had it the last few years.

Oh and you won't need to learn to speak French. You might have to learn Italian since Fiat is Italian.
GNJEEPN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 2nd, 2009, 08:08 PM   #4
Mudr83
D.F.A.A.R
 
Join Date: 05-11-07
Location: Traverse City,MI
Posts: 226
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

couple of pictures of jeeps coming in to the blessing and also of the parade



Mudr83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 2nd, 2009, 09:00 PM   #5
SammySmalls
Senior Member
 
SammySmalls's Avatar
 
Join Date: 02-04-09
Location: Farwell, MI
Posts: 437
iTrader: (2)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GNJEEPN View Post
Oh and you won't need to learn to speak French. You might have to learn Italian since Fiat is Italian.
Lol, ya I may have confused them with Renault... Viva La Jeep Monsuier! And yes I realize the conflict of of my concerns with my avatar...

Last edited by SammySmalls; May 2nd, 2009 at 09:09 PM.
SammySmalls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 2nd, 2009, 09:48 PM   #6
Tweeternpi
Senior Member
 
Tweeternpi's Avatar
 
Join Date: 01-23-06
Location: Carleton, Mi
Posts: 1,041
iTrader: (35)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

I would just like to say, this was the first time my family and I have made the trip and we are happy we did. This is a great event!!! All the people that put it on do a great job. and I would like to say thank you to them!!!!!
Tweeternpi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 4th, 2009, 07:38 PM   #8
SammySmalls
Senior Member
 
SammySmalls's Avatar
 
Join Date: 02-04-09
Location: Farwell, MI
Posts: 437
iTrader: (2)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

grr photbucket cropped these to 5 minutes...
SammySmalls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 4th, 2009, 08:35 PM   #9
ronprice
Senior Member
 
ronprice's Avatar
 
Join Date: 09-03-07
Location: Harrison/ Mi.
Posts: 4,987
iTrader: (22)
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Default

Tell your buddy when he brings the Monte to Rocks and Valleys, We will show him all the rock crawls and spot him threw.
As a C.J. member thanks for attending and the great write up too.
ronprice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 5th, 2009, 08:20 PM   #10
leiterch
Cadillacjeepers.com
 
leiterch's Avatar
 
Join Date: 09-18-06
Location: Boon, MI
Posts: 108
iTrader: (1)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Default

Thanks for the writeup. As a Cadillac jeeper, we take all of the ideas and try to improve them each year. We see the registration being an area of opportunity. The moderate course was where the hold up was for getting jeeps through the course. I really like how we bypassed the mudpit and added the stocker course. It make things flow much better than last year. I was walking down the road talking to people and getting finding out which course they were on. This worked well to shorten the line, cause Chadville and the stock course were open all day. I was surprised how many built rigs were running the stock course. They all seemed to smiles on their faces. Especially when they climbed that hill at the end of the course. The towtruck climbing that hill was great. Talk about a great guy, he was a riot. The course was flowing really well until later in the day once people started making there 2+ trip through the course, then we bogged down.

Again, Thanks for the comments and we will make improvements. You can count on it. Lets make it bigger next year.
leiterch is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > General 4x4 Stuff > The Pub

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:17 PM.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright 2000 - 2012, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Page generated in 0.27455 seconds with 50 queries