Home of the 4405 "land-use" Rig!
The 4405 team's beginnings started from a chance meeting at the little sluice box on the famed Rubicon trail. While shooting for an issue of CRAWL magazine, and passing out land-use literature, Promoter Kurt Schneider was introduced to Travis Carpenter of the Nor Cal Rock Zombies.
The first version: The Friends of Eldorado Buggy
Three months later, when Travis Carpenter's club, the Nor Cal Rock Zombies attended the very first Friends of Eldorado National Forest work-party, Kurt and Travis began talking about how to raise awareness of land-use issues within the OHV community and with the general public. Early the next year, they deceided to use Travis's new buggy built by Dan Trout of Fishmouth Fabworks as the "Friends of Eldorado" buggy.
The vehicle was so masterfully built, that it turned the heads of the general public and 4x4 enthusists alike. Dan Trout is an artist, and he built a masterpiece that people could not help but to be attracted too. Because of this, Kurt and Travis figured that the buggy would be a great centerpiece for discussion. Since the vehicle seemed to draw a crowd, Kurt and Travis could turn the conversation from talking about the vehicle itself, to land-use, trail stewardship and responsible recreation. Not only would the vehicle be seen at competitions that Travis entered, but they would put it on display at companies, trade shows, in parades, etc. to get the message out to the general public, and at trail workparties to reach their own crowd. On the trail, Travis could also pass out land-use literature from the vehicle
The 4405's mission is clear: To Keep Public lands Open to the Public and wheeled motorized vehicle access. This is done through the team's land-use Outreach program, which is just as grueling as the 4405's race schedule.
In March of 2010, the 4405 burned completely down in a structure fire.