It has been almost a year since our last outing to Flagstaff adventures and with new owners at the helm we were not entirely sure what to expect on our second trip. Thankfully it was ‘game on’ as before with pay & play on offer and full, unrestricted access to the entire 120 acre site. The format again was the same; open the gate and away you go.
There was a huge mix of machinery in attendance with Land Rover Discoverys, Defenders and Range Rovers all out to play. We also had two Jimnys, a Vitara, a Wrangler, a Shogun and even a Tourareg on road tyres!
No 4×4 trip would be worth it’s salt without a bit of drama. We had some sort of exhaust failure on the Jimny, which miraculously healed itself after another bout of abuse (do your Land Rovers do that, eh?), a new and very fresh RRS went for some weight loss by dropping one or two bits of trim, a certain Shogun driver may have got himself quite stuck between a rock and a hard place (literally) and a Vitara letting team Suzuki down with clutch release bearing failure at the worst possible location (far side of the site!).
As usual there were plenty of RMS’ers around in all cases to take photos, offer advice in hindsight, hurl friendly banter/abuse and eventually assist in the recovery effort. Or in one case, while trying to help out, requiring the recovery effort themselves (you know who you are!)
I would like to say a huge thank you to the organiser and to the staff at Flagstaff, who were very accommodating and in the event of mechanical failure of the Vitara very kindly offered the use of their own machine.
With talk of a second outing in summer 2016 coupled with a bit of a BBQ I’m sure I speak for all mud pluggers on the forum when I say “bring it on!”