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Bower Media Adventures Jeep Beach – with Charlene Bower
I got the opportunity to go to Jeep Beach this year, again as compliments of BFGoodrich Tires. They allowed me the opportunity to be the right seat in a Jeep again, and boy did I have fun!
We had all types of people driving. I think at Jeep Beach at least half of our drivers were actually women, and there were a lot of husbands in the backseat! It was a lot of fun to teach them how to drive. We had a big log course at the end of the track with three logs, so it was really important to teach people how to 2-foot with that one. More importantly, the drivers really got to experience the KO2 Tires and drive a Jeep, what else could you ask for?
The weather was nice, and it was a great event overall. I did ask them for some fun facts, because we all love fun facts.
Jeep Beach 2015 had 107 volunteers, 140 vendors, the unofficial kick-off on Tuesday saw around 265 Jeeps by 8 pm, Wednesday at the Daytona Dodge Cruise In there were around 479 Jeeps, Thursday at Jeep Beach Mixer there were 959 Jeeps. Friday and Saturday at Jeep Beach in the Speedway there were 3924 Jeeps, that number includes the Jeeps from vendors, club members, visitors, etc. On Sunday at the parade there were 1846 Jeeps.
Last week we talked about the Bantam Jeep Festival Guinness World Record attempt and I mentioned Jeep Beach. So everyone at Jeep Beach got together and said, ‘well Bantam you’ve had the Guinness Book World Record for a long time, and we want to compete with you on this.’ So, the group at Jeep Beach put it all together, and on Sunday they got everybody together to attempt to break the record for longest Jeep parade.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records a parade is at least 2 miles at a consistent speed. The group got it all arranged, and as part of Team BFGoodrich Tires, I was lucky enough to pull the keys to the Brute. How did that happen? Well that’s because I was up at 5 in the morning to take pictures out on the beach so I could get those East Coast beach shots with a gorgeous sunrise.
So I got the keys to the Brute, and I got to pull it straight up front to the head of the parade line. I ended up getting the privilege of leading the entire parade, which I won’t deny was one of the coolest experiences ever, especially driving around the racetrack at Daytona. It’s one thing to be there, it’s another to look at it, but to actually be a part and drive around the Daytona International Speedway was a whole different experience. I actually got a little choked up.
Another exciting experience from the week was getting to drive on the beach. We got to hop on the beach on Friday evening and cruise down it. There were a lot of other activities throughout the week, as well as awesome Jeeps. It was fun to see all the different types and set-ups that they had down in Florida. I’m so used to the West Coast that it is always an intriguing experience to be on the East Coast and see how they do things over there, and there were Jeeps from all over the east. It was a pretty neat course that they had set up in the middle of the speedway, and it was awesome to be a part of such an interesting social event.