by Matthew Scott

Last weekend, long-time Expedition Portal members Dave and Yoshi from The Adventure Duo put on their sixth annual Toys 4 Toys off-road toy drive—benefitting children with a less fortunate holiday season this year. In order to pull together the entire off-road industry, they need to start months before the event contacting vendors for raffle prizes, promoting the event, and most importantly, finding a suitable location for the ever-growing event. This year the event was held at the Akliklik Campground within Hungry Valley SVRA and sponsored by Trasharoo.

Vendors and participants from all over the nationed showed up from every facet of the off-road industry to support the event. From rock crawlers and desert racers to overlanders and adventure motorcyclists there was a huge turnout that brought toys and donations to many, many familes in need this holiday season.

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From stock to wild everyone had a place to test their skills at the Hungry Valley SVRA

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Donation boxes were set up in the middle of camp and quickly overflowed with Expedition Portal member Grizzley donating over 150 toys!

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Hundreds of people and over 100 vehicles showed up to the event with California, Arizona, and Nevada being well-represented, the furthest participant coming all the way from New Jersey.

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All the participants were fed at the event as well. Dave and Yoshi had more than one grill running while they prepared all-beef hot dogs, chips and a soft drink for everyone in the crowd. The hit of the weekend was the Yakatori sauce that was instantly a hot commodity among the crowd.

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Dave Druck mounted a Kaiser Jeep M-715 to give away the raffles prizes contributed by Axial RacingMaxtraxBanks Power and AFE power.

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Dave was literally throwing around prizes like candy.

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A crowd anxiously awaits raffle prizes.

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“I don’t want the bike, give me the Axial!”

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Trophies, donated by Action Trophy, were awarded for the most toys given and the furthest driven.

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The event gathered over 550 boys and girls toys for the Toys 4 Tots foundation.

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Dave and Yoshi loaded up their Land Cruiser and Teardrop trailer to bring the toys to the Marines.

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The day was long and full of activity, but everyone was there for one reason.  The children.   When the sun started to set over the hills and campfire smell was in the air, everyone knew that they did their best.  The toy count came in around 550 toys.  Dave and Yoshi would go ahead and deliver the toys the next day to the Marine Base in Los Alamitos.

We encourage you to join this event in it’s 7th year in 2013.  There’s nothing better this time of year than giving to the less fortunate.  For more information regarding next year, keep an eye out at adventureduo.com or at trasharoo.com.

 

Off-Road Community Pulls Together and Donates Over 550 Toys to Toys 4 Tots

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About the Author: Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott is a dedicated photographer, vintage car enthusiast, and regular contributor to Overland Journal. Growing up in Chicago in a family that valued “all things automotive” as much as exploring the region’s back roads, provided a solid platform for a career as an automotive journalist. He departed the Windy City in lieu of Prescott, Arizona, and the great open spaces and adventure opportunities of America’s Southwest. @matthewexplore