4th Illini 4x4 Safari

May 19- 21, 2005

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The lovely Walt Gilbert with his authentic Safari tree and authentic Safari hat trying to cajole people into taking his trail.
Almost $4500 in raffle and ice cream donations were raised for a couple worthy causes. But the highlight may have been the dozen or so vehicles that were invited to Tom Doubet and Mike Rahe’s Spring View Acres. Tom and Mike have been allowing TRJC to wheel on their land as part of the Lakeshore Trail. While the trail has been temporarily closed by another landowner who is logging the land on the other half of the trail, Tom and Mike still invited a continent from the Illinois Department of Agriculture to come out for the day and see what our hobby is all about. We had a chance to talk with these folks and explain how we are a family organization that wheels responsibly and helps the communities. We took the 5 members on a short trail ride, much to their enjoyment. In the end, this was a great public relations effort that Tom and Mike set up for us. Not only have they provided food for folks on their trail for many years, not only have they built a shelter for us, they are actively working to show our state officials that our hobby makes a significant economic impact to the Pike County area. Tom and Mike: “Thanks from all of us in Two Rivers and our guests that enjoy the trails on your land!”

On Saturday evening, several women from the Daughters of the American Revolution made a presentation about a Pike County flag used in the Civil War that was recently found and is in need of restoration. The 34 star flag is unique, in that is has the battles in which it was used written on the stripes and also the names of those who perished in the battles. These names were written on the flag almost 150 years ago! This newly discovered flag is a remarkable piece of Pike County’s history. $7000 is needed to restore the flag, place it in a glass case and have it on permanent display in the Pike County Courthouse. $3500 from the Safari raffle sales have been earmarked to assist in the restoration efforts. The balance of the raffle proceeds, plus another $1000 from our treasury was given to support Ag Day, where over 500 school kids come out to learn about soil conservation and agriculture in the Pike County area. This Ag Day would not have been possible this year with TRJC’s efforts.

And by the way, the wheeling was GREAT. Check out the stories that follow.

But before moving on, thanks to Rick Culberson who spent many hours and many headaches coordinating this event. Thanks to Dino and Rachel for all the raffle prizes. Thanks to Graham for his delightful MC-ing. But especially thanks to all of you who volunteered your time and efforts to make this another success. And thanks to all those who came to the event and had fun. This year was a first for me - being on the stage and helping with the prizes. It was my first opportunity to see the look on people’s faces, the smiles, the laughter, the joy when someone won a prize. It made all the hard work, effort and frustration worth every minute! Thanks to all who attended!


Due to the hard work of Dino and Debbie, we have prizes from over 85 sponsors! 

The following were sponsors of this year's Safari. Please thank them for their donations and patronize their businesses whenever possible.  Also check our links page for major sponsor's logos here.

4 Wheel Drive Hardware
4x4 Connection
Advance Adapters
Advanced Air Systems
Alloy USA
Attitude Performance
Badlands Off Road Park
Best Systems Car Wash
Best Top
BF Goodrich Tires
Blue Bell Club
Borgeson Universal
Brewer Science
Brickyard Bar + Grill
Briggs & Stratton
California Duster
Cliff's Insane Terrain
Crane High Clearance
Discount Jeep Parts
Eastwood Automotive Tools
Extreme Outback
Fabtech Motorsports
G.D.S. 4x4 Drivetrain
Giovanni's Pizza
Green Acres Motel
Griot’s Garage
Harpoles Heartland Lodge
Heckethorn/Rough Country
High Impact
High Spirits Liquors
Hi-Lift Jack
Historic Lincoln Hotel
Hopewell Views Hunting Club
Husky Liners

Ice House Inn
Illinois Four Wheel Drive Assn
Interco Tires
James Duff
Jeep of DuPage
Jeepers and Creepers
JKS Manufacturing
K&N Replacement Filters
Mac's 4x4 Products
Mickey Thompson Tires
Monroe Street Suites
Motel Pike
NAPA Auto Parts
Neal Tire
Nth Degree Mobility
Oasis Off Road
Oitker Ford/Traxxas
Performance Gear & Axle
Pine Lakes Resort
Pittsfield Tire & Auto
Predator 4 Wheel Drive
Premier Power Welder
Pull Pal
Red Dome Inn
Refreshment Services/Pepsi
Rockport Off Road Park
Rocky Mountain Suspension
Schaumburg Jeep
Shell Valley
Skyjacker Suspensions
Superlift Suspensions
Tim Miller Electric
Tuffy Security
Vortex by D&H
Created: 05/23/2004