Flatlanders Jeep Club
Hard Luck Trophy
The Hard Luck Trophy is awarded monthly to the person who had the
worst luck on the trail ride. On a good day, something as minor as
poor traction from old tires could win the trophy. On a bad day,
a broken driveshaft may not be enough. The trophy is passed from
the previous winner to the new winner each month. At the end of
the year, the person who won it most often gets to keep it permanently.
Below is a summary of the meetings I've been to:
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- 14 Sep 97:
Brian "Red Rocker" Baker broke a front driveshaft
U-joint climbing a steep hill. He fixed it where he sat (half
way up the hill) and then took the easy route out of the ORV area.
- 12 Oct 97: It poured
rain from 10pm Saturday til 4pm Sunday, so the ORV area was soup.
Surprisingly, there was no breakage and very few stucks.
Jim Arp took the trophy for some minor slippage.
- 9 Nov 97: I didn't make it to this meeting, but Nick Falcetto
reports that everyone seemed to want the Hard Luck Trophy that
day. The first contestant's parking break wouldn't even let
him leave the parking lot at Briggs. Jim Arp nearly flipped
over backwards & ended up twisting his rear driveshaft and
bending a rim. Leon Smith's CJ sent the fan into the radiator.
Jim Arp and Leon Smith tied
as trophy recipients.
- 14 Dec 97: It had
snowed quite a bit the week before, and then temps were in the
40's all weekend, which meant most of the surface was mud and
wet snow. Nick Falcetto lost traction on a
steep hill and had to be winched to the top by John Miller.
- 11 Jan 98: After a
couple weeks of very light snow and 20 degree temperatures, the
ORV area was one great big ice slick. For the second
straight month, nobody broke anything, and the Hard Luck Trophy
was awarded to someone who succumbed to the strap. On the first
big hill, both Ben "Obi-Wan" Hollingsworth and
Ernie Scheir made it up all but the last 10
feet and had to be yanked the rest of the way.
- 8 Feb 98: For the
first time since September, we finally had a gorgeous, sunny
day for our club outing. We had such a big turnout that we
split the group in two for the trail riding. Nick Falcetto
had to be yanked up the newly-named Falcetto Lane, but Brian
"Red Rocker" Baker stole the trophy by snapping his drag
- 22 Mar 98: The 8 Mar
meeting got snowed out, so the official club meeting was
rescheduled for the 22nd. Nick Falcetto reported lots of mud
and an entertaining afternoon. Newcomer Dave Givens
took home the trophy for a non-working front differential and
the harvesting of a dead tree out of season.
- 2 May 98: The May club meeting
was moved to coincide with the 1st annual Flatlanders 4x4 Fest
(and to avoid Mothers' Day). Jim Arp broke an axle stub shaft
at the event (on Arp Hill, appropriately), but thanks to some
charismatic campaigning on Jim's part, the trophy went to club
president Doug Knox for his little mishap
while preparing for the 4x4 Fest the week before.
- 21 June
98: The June club meeting was moved to coincide with Father's
Day. Leon Smith had trouble with his distributor
cap, which earned him the trophy for the month.
- 12 Jul
98: The July trail ride saw very high water levels at the
reservoir and nearby creeks, but otherwise reasonably dry ground
and good traction. Bob Belbeck needed a slight application of
the strap to get over one ledge, but Stacy Edwards took
home the trophy thanks to a faulty fuel filter and problems with
his clip-less leaf springs.
- 29 Aug 98: Most people try to avoid the Hard Luck Trophy,
but not Bill Bears. Apparently, he figured
if he brought two Jeeps to the August meeting at Waterville,
his chances would be better. It seems his Scrambler's carb
had trouble, and the CJ-7's was dead. Both vehicles had to
be towed in on Saturday.
- 1998: Leon Smith became the permanent owner of the 1998
Hard Luck Trophy.
- 10 Jan 99: In an unusual stroke of luck, nobody did
anything to deserve the Hard Luck Trophy this month.
- 14 Feb 99: Aaron Kilgariff managed to take home the trophy
on the maiden voyage of his CJ-5 thanks to several driveshaft
problems. He managed to destroy the rear pinion yoke U-bolts
on the ledges behind Knox Landing, and then bent his front
driveshaft slightly. He managed to make it out of the park
in front wheel drive.
- 1 May 99: Ben "Obi-Wan" Hollingsworth took his new SOA
lift on its maiden voyage and found that tack welding spring perches
to the axle wasn't sufficient to withstand the stress of climbing
ledges. His on-board welder saved the day, and he was able to
drive home under his own power.
- 20 Jun 99: Numerous minor problems plagued the annual Father's
Day outing. Several sustained minor body damage. Jim Davis
bent a spring on a hidden stump. Tom Corbett blew a bead and
bent a rim. On his first outing as a club member, Michael
Baugh ("The Grim Jeeper") took home the trophy by blowing
a bead and slashing a tire open while climbing Driveshaft. We
secured his CJ-5 with tow straps and swapped tires half way up
the hill, allowing him to drive out on all fours.
- 8 Aug 99: Bob Butcher got the trophy for a little
ecology experiment. That is, "Let Bill pull me and I will
save on gas and not release harmful emissions into the air."
- 12 Sep 99: Tom Corbett loaded up his Willys to head
to the meeting. When it started raining, he changed his mind
and swapped his good tires onto the CJ-7 instead. One wheel
wasn't seated quite right when he tightened the lug nuts, so
four of the lug studs worked their way back into the hub
while the fourth one sheared off.
- 10 Oct 99: Ken Waters had some problems with the
electrical system on his CJ-8 that appeared to be caused by a
faulty electronic control module. He managed to get things
sorted out in time for the next month's meeting.
last updated 15 Nov 99