Day 2 of the 2016 Working Man’s Challenge was quite a bit of a different than day one. A late night in Crested Butte’s finer establishments and snoring roommates made for a night with little sleep and a foggy feeling in the morning.
We were up early, maybe a little too early for having 2 door less vehicles. A quick visual inspection of the 2 vehicles remaining was not ideal. It appeared that somewhere on the way Lindsay’s fuel tank sprung a leak, and Ross’s oil leak had become a lot more evident, to top that off Ross’s Bronco wasn’t shifting well. A morning meeting confirmed that we would take the easiest shortest route back, Schofield pass.
Each vehicle performed great for this trail we kept the speeds down and enjoyed the epic scenery. Ross had lost 1st gear on his Bronco so you could really smell the brakes heating up on the downhill. Still the Bronco performed flawlessly. With minimal traffic this was a quick uneventful trip all the way to Marble with just a hand full of stops to check out the scenery.
The first Working Man’s Challenge is in the books. I can comfortably say that all parties involved had a blast. With 3 cars totaling less than $2400 dollars we had a priceless amount of fun. Although the Rover didn’t finish the race it was a blast to drive and with more time and bigger tires I think it could have been a contender. The Bronco has had a season of full throttle fun and though it’s showing its age for $925 all in it has paid out 10 times that in fun. Lindsay’s $500 dollar FJ80 may be the crown jewel. It’s not easy to find a land cruiser for this cheap but if you don’t mind a lack of glass and missing body panels it can be done and the amount of abuse this thing has taken is unreal with virtual no negative effects.
If you want to get out and explore or tackle some tough terrain it can be done on the cheap without a full fab shop. We did all the work to these cars in a gravel ally way with hand tools and I expect all of them to keep driving for another season.