Rock Crawling: Tearing It Up

Rock Crawling: Tearing It Up

by Paul Hoblin
     
 

Did you know that some drivers go over boulders instead of around them? Rock crawling vehicles have huge wheels that can grip rocks and help the cars climb steep slopes. The sport is all about precise driving. At rock crawling events, you might see cars crossing wide chasms, driving down steep slopes, and finding the best way around tough obstacles. Sometimes

Overview

Did you know that some drivers go over boulders instead of around them? Rock crawling vehicles have huge wheels that can grip rocks and help the cars climb steep slopes. The sport is all about precise driving. At rock crawling events, you might see cars crossing wide chasms, driving down steep slopes, and finding the best way around tough obstacles. Sometimes you'll even see cars tumble end over end down a hill!

Enter the Dirt and Destruction Sports Zone to learn about the history, strategies, competition rules, and the best drivers connected to rock crawling. You'll learn:

• When and where the first-ever rock crawling competition took place.
• What tools and strategies the drivers and spotters use to overcome obstacles.
• Why rock crawlers try to get the lowest score possible.
• How to stay safe in a vehicle perched on the edge of an enormous boulder.

Are you into sports? Then get in the zone!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
What do you think about when you hear the phrase "rock crawling?" Well, it is a relatively new sport that began in the early 1990s. Vehicles that resemble the moon lander attempt to traverse an obstacle course. One such event is the annual world extreme (W. E.) Rock Pro Rock Crawling Championship Western Series. Like skiing, these vehicles and their drivers must navigate a course that is laid out with gates (orange cones). It is a timed event so the fastest car through the gates wins, but the driver is only given ten minutes to complete the course. There is even an association, the Rock Crawlers Association of America, although the sport originally began in the Western United States, it has now grown and spread across the country and even outside the United States. Rock crawling is not an individual sport. Each driver has a spotter who communicates and helps the driver over obstacles and with repairs. The courses are 300 to 600 feet. There are rules and the drivers and spotters know what they can and cannot do. The vehicles fall into many classes and while some look like modified jeeps others resemble no vehicles known to man. Safety is an issue and there are usually overhead coverings, fire extinguishers, harnesses for the driver, and fire resistant suits. Like any sport, there are stars and there are families who enjoy the sport including the Blumes and the Campbells. The book closes with a few definitions, references to books and websites, and an index. It is part of the "Dirt and Destruction Sports Zone" series. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781467721196
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2014
Series:
Dirt and Destruction Sports Zone
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,006,171
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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