NOAS Fall Run, 2003
Saturday October 25, 2003 - Tuesday November 30, 1999
NOAS embarks on its Fall Run:
The crew from the Nissan Offroad Association of the Southeast (NOAS) held their third annual Fall Run to the Uwharrie National Forrest OHV Park located near Troy, NC on Saturday, Oct. 25. The first Fall Run started in 2001 with only a mere 7 or 8 Nissan trucks whose owners met on various web sites. This, the first fully organized NOAS run saw a stunning 27 Nissan four wheel drive trucks and SUVs turnout for the day of trail riding and camping. Nissan owners came from as far away as Maryland and Florida for the event with some traveling as much as 13 hours each way to join the group. Many members arrived Friday afternoon to set up camp and meet up with the people they have talked to on the internet for several years.
Early Saturday morning the drivers headed toward the ElDorado Outpost, located just outside the park to gas up, air down, and meet the other incoming drivers. As the meeting time approached, more and more Nissan began to filter in the Outpost parking lot and created a seemingly endless lineup of over two dozen Nissan four wheel drives. The lineup consisted of everything from bone stock trucks to highly modified and lifted ones. All years and models were represented, including Hardbodies, Pathfinders, Frontiers and Xterras. Promptly at 9:30 a driver meeting was held and three groups were made. Since even the stock drivers decided they could handle the modified trails, two modified groups were formed along with one heavily modified group. Trail leaders and sweeps were picked. Shortly after, trail plans were formed and the groups dispersed toward the various trail heads.
Each group chose trails to challenge the drivers' skills and experience. The day went by fairly uneventful with very little breakage other than the occasional tie rod and a CV joint although there were some great stories of close calls from each group. Notably, there were three locked Xterras that were quite possibly the first documented Nissans to climb over Kodak Rock - an obstacle on the Rocky Mount trail that is normally believed to be impassable by most IFS trucks. The Nissan groups truly gained some much deserved and long awaited respect on these trails.
After a full 7 or 8 hours on the trails, the individual groups began to migrate toward the group camping site for a night of camping, socializing and some great door prizes. Companies such as TJM, Mile Marker, Skidrow, Bilstein, 4wheel Parts, Redhook Brewery and Automotive Customizers donated items that were raffled to the members attending. A big thanks goes out to Mike and Jane from Automotive Customizers for their generosity and dedication to NOAS. Many thanks to Superior Nissan as well for donating the T-shirts for the run.
All in all the run was a great success. Being a relatively young club comprised of trucks that typically struggle for respect and recognition on the trails, NOAS made some great strides for the Nissan offroading community. With a total of 27 Nissan four wheel drives in attendance, this was the biggest NOAS event turnout yet and borders on one of the biggest Nissan only events in the country to date. Be on the lookout for bigger and better NOAS events coming soon...
Details on the NOAS Spring Run are now up in the Upcoming Events Section. You can also go to NOAS4x4club.com for more details and pictures. It was tough to choose from all the great pictures so I highly recommend you check out the NOAS site for the full line-up.