by Rob Mullner, Chief Enthusiast JC Whitney
Nestled on the Gulf of Mexico is a little beach hamlet that is the perfect place for a Jeep getaway. So we loaded up our trucks, hitched the trailer and piled into the JC Whitney Jeep for the 1,000 plus mile drive to Bolivar, Texas and the Texas Topless event.
We left JC Whitney headquarters bright and early for the long haul and stopped in Texarkana for the night having crossed the borders of Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas and Texas in a day.
The next day saw another 300 plus miles of Texas and arriving safely at Crystal beach was quite a relief. As we got acquainted with the town we immediately saw the allure and why so many Jeeps come here for the Jeep Weekend on the Bolivar Peninsula. Our friends at the Unlimited Off Road Expo series set up a playground on the Jeep Resort just across the highway from Crystal Beach for the thousands of Jeep fans to check out the latest goodies from JC Whitney and a host of brands including Adventure 2018 tour sponsors Aries, Curt Manufacturing and BF Goodrich tires to name a few.
The Adventure 2018 RAM was a big burly hit on the beach and more than a few people asked where we got the Flag graphic on the tailgate. We reminded everyone we chatted with that if they are or know a Veteran, Active Duty service member, law enforcement officer, fire fighter or EMS that they are invited to enter the Pay It Forward sweepstakes at http://blog.jcwhitney.com/jc-whitney-pay-it-forward-sweepstakes-2018/ between now and August 31.
The real action was on the beach itself with folks driving in and setting up camping spots for the week. With a reasonably priced beach permit (just $10) you can drive on Crystal Beach to see the sites and Jeeps and Truck of all heights, colors and ages; chock full of folks having fun. Thousands of Jeeps on the beach with flags flying was quite a sight.
At the JC Whitney tent we showed off the latest gear from the JC Whitney catalog and featured parts from Adventure 18 presenting sponsors Aries, Crown, Curt, Powerstop, Rancho and RT Offroad as well as a host of cool accessories including Airlift, BF Goodrich, Covercraft, Edge, EGR, GoRhino, JW Speaker, Luverne, Method Wheels, Mile Marker, Superchips and UWS.
After the event concluded we tore down the tent, packed up and prepared for the trek home having met new friends and dodged multiple armadillos!