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Memorial Ride for Tom Guaraldo @ Crozet, VA (Oct. 10-12)
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Wed Sep 10 2008, 04:43PM

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Oct. 10-12th, Crozet, VA

Shane, Mike McKnight, and a few others may remember Tom from the snow run @ Crozet a few years ago (light blue YJ).... shortly after this ride Tom and his wife packed up and moved to CO. They then became involved in rock racing. Well, in June Tom passed away while testing his new buggy for an upcoming race. (some may have seen the threads on pirate) This is a memorial ride for Tom and its asked that those who attend, bring a new-unwrapped toy for Toys-4-Tots...

here's the thread from the Crozet site:

Memorial Run for Tom Guaraldo with RCPFA – October 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2008

Please remember that this property is private. Please take with you all your trash/broken parts. Please leave the area in as good a condition as when you arrived. Thank you.

When is the event?

Friday, October 10th setup camp anytime after 4:00PM
Saturday, October 11th 8:30 AM wheeling (PLEASE BE ON TIME TO GET INTO GROUPS)
Sunday, October 12th 8:30 AM wheeling (PLEASE BE ON TIME TO GET INTO GROUPS)
Depart by 4:00PM October 13th or earlier

What is the event?

This will be a memorial weekend for Tom Guaraldo. He tragically perished on June 22, 2008 from an accident while wheeling in CO. He was a close friend to many of us on the East coast and in Colorado.

We will have stickers in remembrance of him on-site provided by Dave Smiley. If you are coming to attend the memorial ride, please bring a Toy for donation to Toys-for-Tots in his memory -- that was Tom's favorite charity.

He is the main reason most of us on the Red trails in RCPFA are now wearing helmets. RIP Tom.

Where is the event?

The event will be held in Crozet, VA. Please check for directions. For any questions regarding the event, please post up on the RCPFA forum (

What is the cost for the event?

RCPFA Memebers: $25/day per vehicle, $40/2-day weekend per vehicle (no passenger fee). New RCPFA memberships will be accepted on this weekend (please see for more information).

Public: $30/day per vehicle or $60/2-day weekend per vehicle (no passenger fee).

If you are writing a check please make it payable to RCPFA.

Alcohol is NOT PERMITTED during the trail rides. You may drink after you are done wheeling. Alcohol is permitted in the camping and bonfire area .

Let this be a reminder to us all to always wear our safety belts while wheeling. That few extra seconds to buckle up would have saved his life, and a whole lot of grief for his family and friends. We miss you Tom.

RCPFA BOD, Chris and Heather, and family and friends of Tom

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Mon Oct 13 2008, 07:42AM

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made it there, and it was a blast as always!

Bill, Red, Erin(my girl), and myself loaded up the truggy and the buggy, and left my house around 5 Sat. morning. Made it there by 9, and took off to the obstacles.

A guy in a Sami buggy blew a bead right off the bat and Bill pulled up to give him some air... got back in the truggy and the starter took a sh*t... Bill & Red go get a new one, catch back up with us a while later, only to have starter #2 die as well. Back to town for starter #3 and a tune up (it was running like crap)

Finally the truggy's running, and we're all trying new obstacles... I decided to take a break from driving as Erin has been wanting to try her hand at it. We get in, Chris puts us on "house rock" and before I could say "get on it" we flopped!! Laughter and winches followed to upright the buggy, turn it over a few times to clear the cylinders and then it cranks. We continue on to run body shop, Bill and Red take one more ride through the woods, and then we head in for dinner/campfire BS.

Sun. morning comes way to early, but not before a night of nosey cows, and cold feet. We're back on the trails by 9, and have a group of 8 rigs. The conversation topic for today is the moon buggy who joined us for some practice with their new set-up. (this rig was awesome and almost small enough to put in the back of a pickup.) Bill managed to flop the truggy with the slowest roll I've ever seen... I think they had time to get out and watch it roll with the rest of us.... that's how slow it was. We ride 'til lunchtime and then load up for the long ride home... which seemed to take forever as we talked about rides from the past and upcoming rides.

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Mon Oct 13 2008, 11:52AM

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sounds like fun.

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Mon Oct 13 2008, 12:03PM

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got a few, should get them loaded this week.

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