"Allie is a Jeep lovin', motorcycle riding, WRX racing lady who is passionate about automotive events and is self employed as an Automotive Events Manager. She also volunteers at CRC Rally's, loves snowboarding and doing yoga. Allie has participated in a Jeep Jamboree event, is launching an offroad event of her own this year, and she has a miniature RC Car of her rig! The three words she feels describes this experience are: Adventure. Experience. Fun. "
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I am a Jeep loving, motorcycle riding, WRX racing lady from Ontario, Canada, who is passionate about automotive events. So much so, that it’s my business. I am self employed as an Automotive Event Manager, who, in her spare time, volunteers at CRC rally’s, and also loves snowboarding and yoga.
How long have you been offroading?
I have been off-roading for almost 3 years. My 2001 Jeep TJ was my daily driver for 9 years before I bought a second car to use for my daily driver. Now the Jeep is my off-road toy.
At first, I wanted/bought a Jeep because it was cool. No one had one, it was different, it was up high (I am tall), and it wasn’t a Ford (I come from a family of Ford drivers). Then, through word of mouth and people always asking, I started to think about using it off-road. I was afraid to do anything too radical with it because it was my daily driver. My first experience off-road was for work.
Tell us about your vehicle:
2001 Jeep TJ Wrangler Sport 4:OL 5 speed manual with light bar, CB, light protectors, and 31-inch tires.
Jeep Jamboree 2016 July - Coal Mountain. It was the first (of hopefully many) and to be part of a large Jeep community is great.
What was your most exciting offroad achievement?
My most exciting off-road achievement would be trusting the vehicle to go down hill in 4LO without me having to brake - the engine gearing allows the vehicle to ‘crawl’ down a steep incline. That was a huge thing for me to overcome.
The exploration, the learning about myself and what the vehicle can do - who knew? The fun! Exploring the unkown, off the beaten path, and self-exploration as well.
What do you think is the most challenging aspect of offroading?
Trusting the vehicle, trusting your ability to maneuver the vehicle, trusting another person (your spotter), trusting yourself, and letting go of all your expectations of off-roading.
Exploring the wilderness and myself, also having to trust and give up control. It is an opportunity for personal growth, that, to me, makes it fun.
What does prepping for an adventure look like in your world?
Prepping looks like; stocking up on snacks and water, the roller coaster of emotion, excitement, anxiousness, and stress (they all burn up calories so I need the snacks and water to refuel haha), and obviously stocking up an off-road kit and doing a once-over of the vehicle.
Black Bear pass, the Rubicon Trail, and other Jamboree would be awesome. Honestly, for me, it’s not necessarily about going to specific events. It is more about me doing, and the learning to look within and grow, and just experience.
Tell us about your typical offroading companions:
I have been off-roading with my boyfriend. I have also gone off-roading with instructors for work events, and I have been out with friends from off-road clubs. There isn’t really a set person or group that I go with. I am happy to share with newbies and experienced off-roaders!
1. Wet Naps! 2. Always off-road with someone, NEVER go alone! 3. Zip ties! 4. Water! Also, trust and HAVE FUN!
Do you have anything else you would like to add?
I have ridden motorcycles since the age of 19. I currently own a Ninja 2X6R (2000). I also love my WRX. Learning how it handles on the track has been a huge learning curve for me.
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