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    2013 Vegas to Reno Best in the Desert Race Recap

    Last weekend, we headed out to the Nevada desert to help Mel Wade out as he took on the 2013 Vegas to Reno Best in the Desert Race in the Discount Tire/Off Road Evolution EVO 1 Jeep JK Wrangler Race Rig. At almost 550 miles long, it is by far the longest off road race in America and because of it, participants are allowed 24 hours to complete it. For our purposes, we would officially be Chase 7 and our job was to leap frog from pit to pit and assist in any way that we could. Here are some pics from our adventures following EVO 1 to the finish line, I hope you enjoy

    Friday Morning - 4:30 am
    Leaving South Lake Tahoe bright and early to head to the start of race in Beatty, NV and meet up with the EVO Crew




    RubiCAT's shadow


    Friday - 10:30 am
    We arrive in Beatty just when EVO1 is starting to line up




    Mel and co-driver Colin ready to go!






    Crew Chief Kyle making sure everything is set


    Getting closer to the start




    EVO1 at the starting line


    Friday - 11:10 am
    And they are off!


    Our first stop would be at Pit 3. Eddie and Brian putting on the Mastercraft/Impact fire suit to get ready for the fueling.




    The fuel is ready.


    Here comes EVO1


    Friday - 2:11 pm
    EVO1 arrives at Pit 3 with some electrical problems


    Eddie and Brian begin fueling


    Kyle works on the electrical issue and Lisa provides food and drinks - did I mention it is over 100 deg out!


    Fueling done, wiring patched, helmets on


    Friday - 2:21 pm
    Time to head out!


    Our next stop would be Pit 6


    Discount Tire RESQ1 standing by at Pit 6




    Hanging out at pit 6 as the sun goes down


    Here comes EVO1






    Friday - 7:13 pm
    EVO1 arrives at Pit 6 and fueling begins




    Dan performs a visual inspection


    Colin cutting an old piece of scrap metal found laying around on the ground to use as a heat shield for the fuel pump


    Getting ready for night racing


    Little Mel getting ready for his turn as co-driver


    Harley helping her dad get suited up


    Loading up


    Almost ready to roll out


    Friday - 7:35 pm
    And they're off


    Next stop, Pit 10


    Friday - 11:45 pm
    EVO1 arrives at Pit 10


    Fueling


    Changing out a low tire as a precautionary measure


    Visual inspection and a co-driver change - Kyle's turn


    Friday - 11:50 pm
    Time to head out


    At Pit 13, Chris gets suited up for fueling


    Saturday - 2:56 am
    EVO1 arrives at Pit 13




    Little Mel gets back in the co-driver seat after Kyle




    Almost ready to take off


    Father and son getting ready to head for the finish line


    Saturday - 3:06 am
    Off they go!


    FINISH LINE - Saturday - 5:22 am - 18 hours and 11 minutes
    And they made it! WooHoo! Congratulations EVO!








    Mel and co-drivers Colin, Little Mel and Kyle


    EVO and Pit Crew


    EVO1 loaded up.


    The sun is just beginning to come up. After being up for more than 24 hours, it's time to go get some sleep!

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    Awesome shots, I think you forgot the team breakfast before bed... LOL!

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    Awesome shots looks like a great race wish I could of been there!


    Ray ⛺

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    Cool pictures...Thanks for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris@OffroadEvolution View Post
    Awesome shots, I think you forgot the team breakfast before bed... LOL!
    LOL!! I think I was still half asleep

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    Dang!!! Looks like too much fun to be had at those events.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    LOL!! I think I was still half asleep
    I'm still trying to catch up.. But

    Completely worth it!

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    Great photos! Congrats to Mel and team!

    Really bummed I missed this. Stupid work!

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    Thank you for the great pictures. Would love to be part of the pit crew.

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    From one photog to the next great job on the low light shots.
    Seeing these gave me the feeling I was there experiencing the moment first hand.
    What a great team effort, all those buggies, but only one EVO 1.

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