2014 Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Run Features Nevada
In June 2014, Wheelers for the Wounded (WFTW) grew from a California based organization to the
inaugural event involving Nevada 4x4 volunteer drivers. Members of the Sierra Stompers and other Nevada 4x4
masters get briefed by organizers Kevin Carey and Dan Hiney. This is the prelude to Saturday's Rubicon Trail
run for the guest Vets.
The Wheelers for the Wounded grew from a California based volunteer organization to now include a Nevada
contingency. At right, Kevin Carey and Dan Hiney talk about the organization before briefing the 4x4 volunteer
drivers and Vets for the Saturday, June 7th trail run!
At left, Jake Munoz of the Sierra Stompers stretches before the Saturday run. A highly active 4x4 driver,
Jake is also a Vet. With seven major
spinal surgeries, Jake Munoz volunteers to drive in this June 2014 WFTW Rubicon
Super Event. The run is the first to involve Nevada volunteers...At right is the Saturday morning bag lunch
line before heading out on the Rubicon Trail. The TDO 4x4 Club works hard to see that all
volunteers and guest Vets get quality meals over this three-day weekend event!
For the first time, seasoned Nevada volunteer drivers take the Wheelers for the Wounded guest Vets over
the Rubicon Trail. 4x4 masters, the WFTW organizers and other volunteers provide guests with this unique
opportunity. In this full-length feature HD video, join the group on this all-day fun run and a weekend
R&R for veterans.
At left, Jake Munoz drives his specially built
Jeep flatfender 4x4 over the rough stuff. This vehicle is purpose built for trails
like the Rubicon and keeps Jake safe in the wake of his spinal injury history. At right, organizers Dan
Hiney (driving) and Kevin Carey (spotting) tackle the trail with the volunteers and Vets. Jake, Dan and
Kevin are each veterans.
After a hard day on the Rubicon Trail, the guest Vets and Nevada volunteer drivers return to the
South Fork Campground. The tri-tip dinner prepped by the TDO 4x4 club is stellar, and the vets hear from Gunny
Rios about veteran flights to Washington, D.C.
The meals were each ready on time and offered quality food for the Vets and volunteers. At right,
79-year-old Bing is the first Korean War veteran to become a WFTW guest. (WWII Vet Francis Resta precedes
Bing.) Bing's service in the U.S. Marine Corps entitles him and other Vets to a grand time on the Rubicon
Trail! Vets from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, the Afghanistan conflict and other
U.S. service experiences are all welcome guests at these Wheelers for the Wounded 4x4 runs.
PURPLETOP Garage is well known at Northern California and along the Rubicon Trail. At the June 2014
Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Super Event, Nevada 4x4 volunteer drivers hosted the Vet guests. Mark Elliott,
owner of PURPLETOP Garage, came from the Sacramento Area to support this event and Vets. The
PURPLETOP Garage features custom suspension for trail 4x4s. Mark also designs and builds 4x4 accommodations and
equipment for disabled Vets and others with physical challenges. Meet Mark Elliott in this HD video
interview at the Sluice Box on the Rubicon Trail!
Mark Elliott's purpose-built Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (left) plies the Rubicon Trail at the June 2014
WFTW Rubicon Super Event. Mark supports Vets and trail running activities at the Rubicon and other Sierra
trails. At right, several of the participant drivers, Vets, the organizers and Mark Elliott pause at the
granite bowl for a photo on the tail end of the day's run over the Rubicon Trail!
Without the help of volunteers, these WFTW Rubicon Super Event runs would not be possible. The organizers, 4x4 clubs and individual
four-wheelers volunteer their time, material resources and fuel to
the Wheelers for the Wounded cause. Drivers commit to a three-day weekend plus their travel time to the
Like this June 2014 WFTW HD
video event coverage, 4WD Mechanix
Magazine supported and filmed
the 2010, 2011, 2012 WFTW
Rubicon Super Events. These Vets deserve our
support and an opportunity to enjoy our very best and
most exciting public lands. As the Nevada 4x4 volunteers form a
Nevada chapter of Wheelers for the Wounded, 4WD Mechanix
Magazine looks forward to continuing this coverage at Nevada-based