Detroit 4fest in September, Southeast Michigan’s largest annual off-road event, has a winter partner.
Jeep’s first annual Detroit Snowfest kicks off Saturday with hundreds of off-road warriors in Wranglers, Rubicons, Broncos, Raptor, ZR2s, RZRs, 4Runners and 4X4s descending on Hollyoaks ORV Park. expected.
At their disposal is a 185-acre playground with off-road trials, tracks, and a vertical Mount Magna Obstacle Course with Moab, Utah-inspired features such as Potato Salad Hill and hot tubs. Detroit 4fest — coming into his sixth year next September as part of his September Autopalooza event in Detroit, which includes the North American International Auto Show and the American Speed Festival — was a huge success, attracting thousands of visitors. Off-road enthusiasts flocked to Oakland County. park.
4fest/Snowfest CEO Tom Zielinski said: “And winter brings its own fun challenges with climbs that are more slippery in the wet than in the dry.”
No snow is forecast for this year’s Snowfest and no snowflakes until Sunday. But the tundra is pretty challenging anyway. Zielinski and his team are busy tending the 72-acre lining that was completed last year.
Holly Oaks (50 miles north of Detroit, just off Exit 101 of Interstate 75), open to the public starting fall 2020, aligns with Americans’ appetite for all things outdoors . The auto industry has seen new off-road vehicles such as the V8-powered Jeep Wrangler 392, Ford’s Bronco-branded lineup, Chevrolet’s ZR2 off-road model, GMC AT4 models, Toyota’s TRD, Ford’s Tremor pickup and even Dirt. We’ve dealt with a flood of cars and trim. -Electric pickups such as the Rivian 1RT and GMC Hummer.
Holly Oaks offers enthusiasts the chance to try out new wheels in their backyard without having to travel to secluded parks like Drummond Island on the Upper Peninsula or Silver Lake on the lake (only 4-wheelers at Snowfest). participates and bikes do not). Michigan. To that end, Snowfest offers Off-Road 101 sessions by Discover 4×4 Adventures and his two guided tours of the park’s trails.
The Jeep brand is synonymous with off-road and a major patron of Snowfest. The paddock at Holly Oaks and the Jeep boss have his Jeep on display, Stellantis senior vice president Jim Morrison himself is a ferocious off-roader, and he’s a Wrangler product with his Scott Blum manager. Attend a Jeep Talk.
Gates open at 8am for parking and safety flag sales. High octane coffee is served at 9am, followed by lunch at 11am. For more information and to register for the event, please visit www.detroitsnowfest.com.
“We have a great line-up of participants and are looking forward to a great day off-road,” said Zielinski.
Henry Payne is an automotive reviewer for The Detroit News. Find him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @HenryEPayne.
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