ORBA-Logo-8-8-12The California Motorized Recreation Council (CMRC), Ecologic Partners, and Tierra Del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club (TDS), have started formulating a unified effort to defend Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.

On May 21, 2013 Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Desert Protective Council (DPC) filed a lawsuit to stop open riding in the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). The suit alleges that California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) is not enforcing various Public Resources Codes with respect to trail maintenance and environmental protection.

The Ocotillo Wells SVRA is a very special place to the Off-Road Community and people from all over the country. Not only has it been the location of the popular TDS Desert Safari, but also many of us have raised our families there.  This park was set aside specifically for open OHV recreation.

The members and families of Tierra Del Sol would like to invite you to our 51st TDS Desert Safari. Reserve March 1st, 2nd and 3rd and come out and experience the magic and splendor of southern California’s finest wheeling.

This year will be another epic event with fantastic vendors onsite, an awesome trail, the best raffle on the planet, and yes after last’s years outrageous fireworks show….we are going to do it again.

LOOMIS, CA – The Free Ruffstuff Specialties Open Pit will be set up for the third consecutive year at the 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers.  The 8 bay capabilities will include 9 Lincoln Electric Welders and a 4×4 Torchmate Table in addition to 3 full service mobile welding trucks that can come to you anywhere.  Racers have priority, but nobody will be ignored, including those without broken vehicles who would just like a Free RuffStuff or Lincoln Electric T-shirt or koozie!  “Last year we repaired 198 different vehicles and this year we have doubled our size and added additional capabilities,” said Dan Fredrickson, owner of Ruffstuff Specialties.  “We go above and beyond for anyone, and one of the cool things that we offer is allowing you to try all the latest and greatest equipment from Lincoln Electric.  We know that most off-road guys are welders, sometimes amazingly good and sometimes not, but all can benefit from the hands on experience. If you are looking at plasma machines, there is no better time to check out the Torchmate 4×4 Table in use, and while the pressure is on to get it done right now!”

At this year’s 50th TDS Dessert Safari Jeep awarded to Tierra Del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club a brand new 2012 Jeep. This is to celebrate the clubs work for holding an off road event that has hit the milestone of 50 years.

This Jeep will be given away in a sweepstakes style drawing on December 30th  2012 at the San Diego International Auto Show. The drawing will be held at 2:00 p.m. PST  in the Jeep Pavilion.

The vehicle will be campaigned at most off road expos, car shows and other events throughout California, where tickets will be available for purchase. The tickets are $4.00 each for which the funds raised will go to aid in keeping public lands open for responsible off road vehicle use.

The Jeep has been very well equipped by Jeep with several MOPAR Performance Part upgrades. To order tickets please go to www.tds4x4.com/jeep.

Sweepstakes only open to California legal residence.

The immensely popular Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. With thousands of off-road enthusiasts traveling to Southern California for the weekend of wheeling and fun. The Tierra Del Sol event was put on by the 4-Wheel Drive Club of San Diego, and aside from the packed vendor area and the massive raffle on Saturday night, the event was a giant success. Even the new off-road park was abuzz with off-roaders testing their new rigs, setups, or trying to tackle some of the more challenging obstacles.

Aside from all the events at the main base camp, trails were packed with Jeeps, trucks, side-by-sides and even the occasional dirt bike. Off-Road.com was on hand to capture some of the action. Check out this video with a few highlights from a perfect off-roading in Southern California.

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Borrego Springs, CA - One of the hottest vehicles in the California market will find its way to one lucky winner courtesy of the Jeep brand and the Tierra Del Sol 4 Wheel Drive Club of San Diego.

2012 marks the 50 year anniversary of one of the largest and longest running annual Jeep events in the country, the San Diego-based Tierra Del Sol 4 Wheel Drive Club’s Desert Safari. In celebration of this milestone, Jeep has donated a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport to the club, which it has accessorized with parts from Mopar, Katzkin and Goodyear. For the next nine months, the up-fitted Wrangler will be transported to several locations and events throughout southern California, giving the club the opportunity to educate the public about land-use issues and sell raffle tickets for the vehicle’s eventual auction in December at the San Diego International Auto Show.

“We are honored to recognize Tierra Del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club and the 50th Anniversary of their Desert Safari event,” said Jason Stoicevich, Director, Chrysler Group LLC’s California Business Center. “For more than over 50 years, this club has been promoting the enjoyment and protection of our natural resources, family outdoor living and responsible trail use, values that the Jeep brand has also been supporting for more than 70 years.”

GARDEN GROVE, CA: Raceline Wheels will be at the Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari from Friday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 4th. In addition to displaying their rugged and stylish wheels and answer production questions, on Friday night Raceline Wheels and Falken Tires will host a party for exhibitors and customers.  Want to know how to get in?  It is simple, just print a copy of this page or Raceline Wheels’ / Falken Tires Facebook page showing you as a friend.

Dinner and Live Music begins at 6pm on Friday at the exact opposite end from the main stage at the Raceline / Falken Booth.   Be there promptly with your invitation in hand, because these famous tacos are certain to go quickly!  “This is going to be a lot of fun, not just for Raceline customers but for all of us,” commented Raceline Wheels race director Greg Mulkey.

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the event, Raceline Wheels, Falken Tires and Saavy Offroad have teamed up to host one of the most spectacular fireworks shows at an offroad event to date.  This firework show will be immediately following the notorious raffle on Saturday night.

We received a note on the 50th Anniversary of the Tierra Del Sol. See below for update information on the event – Ed.

The countdown continues….20 days until we start the 50th Desert Safari.  You can register online at www.tds4x4.com if you have not already registered and purchased your collectible t-shirt.  They are awesome as always.   If you have registered, then a huge THANK YOU from all of the members, sponsors and families of Tierra Del Sol.  This coming Safari marks the 50th year where our club has organized the event that you have all come to enjoy.  We take special pride in this being our 50th year and are planning a number of special events and will have the largest and most valuable prize package for our famous raffle.   We are already over $150,000 in prizes.   Remember side-x-sides are welcome so tell your friends and visit our Facebook page “Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari” for continuous updates.

BFG has donated 10 sets of 5 tires for the raffle,,,,your choice of size, but that means this year we have at least 10 sets (5 tires) for the raffle and a whole lot more.

In addition to the $150,000 in raffle prizes….how does this sound to you all.  Here is the official bucket raffle prize list where you can purchase as many tickets as you want.   Remember the main raffle is ONE ticket per registration.  The fairest raffle in the country.   And we listened to those who would like to buy more raffle tickets so you have two choices.  Buy a second registration or pick a bucket and buy as many as you like for these very special bucket raffle prizes.

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4 – Goodyear 40×17 MTR Kevlar tires

4  – BFG 37×12.50×17 Krawler tires

1 – DynaTrac Unlimited Front 44 Axle Housing

1 – Premier Power Welder

1 – Superwinch Talon 98 race winch

1 – Olympic Dave’s Rack

And for those that register ONLINE you are automatically added to a raffle for the following prize package and you still get your raffle ticket for the BIG raffle with over $150,000 in prize packages.

Pre-Registration Prizes:
1 – Trailhead TDS 50th special edition 24k Gold deflators

1 – Skyjacker set of 4 shocks

1 – Fiberlink 2×20 Recovery Strap

1 – Jack Powell Jeep gift cert for parts or service

We rely on you to help us spread the word and we really appreciate your support and participation.

Thank you,

Bob & Barb Alexander

Registration Committee Chairs

www.tds4x4.com


Every year for the past 49, Tierra Del Sol (TDS) Safari has boasted being one of the biggest Jeep and 4×4 events in Southern California. The off-road gathering takes place at  Truckhaven, which is now part of Ocotillo Wells SVRA, with the three-day event offering everything from trail rides, obstacle courses, vendor alleys and more. Next year marks the 50th running of the event, which will take place Friday, March 2, through until Sunday, Mach 4th. Visit www.tds4x4.com for more information.

For full coverage and photo highlights of the 49th Tierra Del Sol, click here.

Photo by Jaime Hernandez