Saturday, June 14, 2014

News Report on Off-Roading


Off-roading featured in the NBC nightly news!

It's not very often that 4-wheeling is featured by the mainstream media, but WMTV out of Madison, Wisconsin recently aired the following 2-minute feature on a local Jeep club.  The video was shot on private land and presented off-roading as the fun, family activity that we all know it to be. 

A group of 4x4s featured in the news report

The story can be found on WMTV's website.  While I don't particularly like the inexperienced reporter's use of the term "ripping through the narrow trees" to inaccurately describe the experience, she still portrays 4wheeling in a positive manner.  One shot shows the 4-wheelers and some equestrians happily sharing the same trail; other shots focus on a happy dog and grinning children enjoying the adventure in their families' Jeeps.  I'm especially fond of the "endangered species" Jeep t-shirt that is worn by one of the 4wheelers who was interviewed in the report.  The video can be viewed here:



The report's transcript is as follows:
POSTED Tuesday, June 10, 2014-- 6:00 p.m.
In a Jeep or another four wheeled vehicle you'd see out on the road, NBC15's Britni McDonald is taken into the woods and out onto bumpy trails for an off road experience.
Ripping through the narrow trees, gripping every corner, it takes skill and control.

"It's more technical than people realize," said Wisconsin Four Wheel Drive Association's Luana Schneider.

Off roading on many Wisconsin trails is less about speed and more about maneuvering around obstacles.  But sometimes the obstacles get the best of you.  It's all part of the adventure.

"I always wanted to see how far you could drive into deep snow," said Dave Bahr.
 Bahr is part of a four wheel driving club that's been around since the 70s.  "I can drive somewhere, do a little trail riding, and drive home with it," said Bahr.

For them, it's a family activity, away from the daily grind and into Wisconsin land.
"We go camping, we have picnics together," Schneider.

The off roaders are all part of the Wisconsin Four Wheel Drive Association.  They say the problem is that accessibility to open trails is low, often having to use private land with permission.   They say they're working with the DNR to open more off roading trails around the state.

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