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Three years ago, the Over The Hill Gang Four Wheelers, an off-road club in Michigan, made their fifth annual trip to the hills of kentucky. The trails they visited were in the area near Natural Bridge State Park, although most of them were on private land. Permission to drive on that land had been pre-arranged; in fact, one of the owners brought his 4x4 along with the group. During this trip, they were hosted by several employees of the Jeep/Eagle dealership in nearby Lexington.

The purpose of this article is to show some of the extremes to which folks having a little fun will go. In the accompanying photo, a highly-modified Jeep CJ8 Scrambler belonging to one of the hosts can be seen attacking one of the more difficult sections of the trail. This section, called Carburetor Hill, requires a line to be taken that will put considerable lean (tilt) to the vehicle, often causing the carburetor in non-fuel-injected vehicles to flood. Naturally, this causes the engine to stall, placing driver and vehicle in a vary precarious position. Assistance by other vehicles in winching the troubled vehicle is often required, and is known as "Taking The Hook."



Uploaded: 2/21/2004