The road rally had teams head out in their own vans past many of the area's lakes and rivers, the towns of Kamas and Midway, Cascade Springs State Park, and on to Robert Redford's Sundance ski area and back. The final event, a scavenger hunt, required the teams to explore everything from the 2002 Olympic facilities to a local brewery.
The final afternoon was devoted to seminars by Warn and Mike Quigley. As the rally came to an end, there was a last round of volleyball and, for the kids, a rubber-duck race down the creek, a Sportsmobile pinata, and one last chance to play in the inflatable Bounce House. That night's party included a great dinner, live music by the Sportsmobile Band, and the awards ceremony.
The next day, vans headed in all directions, some to nearby Park City for a parade and fireworks, off-roaders to wilderness camping in Central Utah, some families north to explore Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, and others home, with journeys that would take them to places ranging from Seattle to New York. With their newfound skills, many owners were already talking about returning to Moab for the next rally, in May 2004.
For the Serious Adventurer
Sportsmobile West used this year's rally to introduce its prototype upgraded 4x4 system that'll be an available option on 2004 models. This system, designed for the rockcrawler crowd, uses a Dynatrac Pro Rock 60 front axle and a super-low-geared 3.8:1 Advance Adapter Atlas transfer case. The T-case is all gear-driven (no chain) and uses a two-stick system: One stick engages and selects gearing for the front, and the other controls the rear axle. With a busted rear, you don't have to drive home with the driveshaft tied up out of the way--just shift the rear to Neutral and head home on the front. The installation uses a reverse-shackle front suspension and a quick-release anti-roll bar. Once disconnected, the front end has an incredible 21 inches of travel. With the addition of lockers, you could see Sportsmobiles camped at the ends of the toughest trails. The limiting factor will become size, not capability. This may be one time size does matter.