Poteau OK -
After The Roll
by Jack Brinks
After The Roll
By now, most of you know I rolled my CJ7 on TV Cable Hill in Poteau, OK
over Labor Day weekend. Actually,
I didnít just roll it, I demolished
it! Obviously, I didnít do
it on purpose, but, based on ďeye-witnessĒ accounts, I was blaming it
all on driverís error (in other words, me!)
since seeing the videotape, I now know that I didnít run the right front
tire up a tree (something Iíve done before!) causing me to go over
backwards down the hill. I
can also see why witnesses thought that and why the Jeep wouldnít turn
left; both front tires were in the air! With the front tires in the air,
the right rear tire lost traction as I was coming over the last ledge.
All the power from the 401 went to the left rear tire, which had
plenty of traction. The jeep
abruptly turned right before I could jam in the clutch and hit the brakes.
It then rolled backward enough for the rear tire to fall off the
ledge, pointed the Jeep to the sky and then back down, unfortunately wrong
side up! It happened so fast,
that had I been in their shoes, I would have thought I hit the tree too.
Either way, I still donít get to blame it on someone else.
I built the Jeep from top to bottom, front to back.
I was the one behind the wheel, no one else.
I was the one who thought he could make it up those ledges.
I was also the one who didnít follow his gut instinct to take the
winch. Iím also the one who
didnít follow my own rule of ď3 strikesÖyouíre out!Ē Hey, two
vehicles had made it up unassisted prior to me, I could certainly make it!
Oh well. Now
what? I liken my current
situation to falling off a horse. I
need to get back on. While I
donít plan to do much (if any) hardcore stuff in the future, I canít
just walk away from a sport I enjoy so much.
I plan to rebuild my Jeep (even though the entire body and frame
now rests in the scrap yard) as soon as feasible.
Fortunately, most of my investment is still intact, including
drivetrain, suspension, tires & wheels, and of course, my ďshiny
Iím going to take some time and do some things around the house that Iíve
been putting off, but I donít think itíll be too long before you see
me back on the trail.
I would also like to thank Scott Havis, Shawn Pagan, Karl Pretzer, Bob Fleming and Christi Baker & Tom Pennington (I hope thatís right) for all their help and support, both physically and emotionally. People like these are a big part of the reason I enjoy our sport!
KEEP THE SHINY SIDE UP!