The Gambler 500 is probably the most organized, unorganized weekend you’ll be able to think about. The complete purpose for the hundreds of wildly constructed and embellished automobiles attending is to select up trash. To Gambler 500 motto “at all times be playing” means to be a correct steward of the land. This 12 months, organizers slotted their OG500 occasion to happen at an previous metal mill in Gilchrist Oregon on June 25-27. The occasion was supported by eBay Motors, O’reillys, KC HiLites, Heatwave Visible, and a number of others.
A Gambler weekend means to discover, make new buddies, get together responsibly and dwell the Gambler way of life. Most automobiles sport the letters “ABG” on them which has two meanings. The primary is “at all times be playing”. The second is “at all times bag rubbish”. Correct stewardship of the land is caring for the land.
The Gambler 500 additionally supplies one other wanted increase to this space of Central Oregon. In 2019 alone the estimated financial impression for the world was valued at over $1.1 million. After a forgettable 2020 for many companies, native shopkeepers, motels, fuel station homeowners and markets welcomed Gamblers with open arms.
The Gambler 500 began in 2014 with 14 automobiles. The following 12 months 28 automobiles got here out. 2016 noticed 31 Gamblers. Between 2016 and 2017 a YouTube video went viral leading to over 800 automobiles on the 2018 occasion. From there the numbers rocketed into the hundreds. Different areas of america, in addition to Canada and even Iceland began their very own Gambler occasions.
Tate Morgan, the founding father of the Gambler and its battle-cry to “at all times be playing” doesn’t cost different organizers for utilizing the Gambler title. So long as the folks concerned maintain the beliefs of the gambler way of life that’s sufficient for his Oregon based mostly group.
The fundamentals of being a Gambler.
You’re trundling alongside a forest service street and a carelessly discarded water bottle catches your eye. The car stops, out jumps a gambler or two, rubbish baggage in hand. The water bottle, which might outlive all of us laying there, is now safely scooped up. And so it goes, all weekend, as groups journey the gravel roads of central Oregon searching for enjoyable, buddies, journey and trash. At all times be playing
That’s a whole lot of trash!
How a lot trash? Morgan has scale data totaling nicely over a million kilos. In 2019, Gamblers gathered sufficient trash to fill eight 16 yard dumpsters. Every dumpster can maintain three to 4 thousand kilos of trash. The 2019 haul included 160 tires, two dozen tv units, a number of camper shells and three boats.
This 12 months, there have been a number of junk automobiles, at the very least one boat, a very trashed fifth wheel trailer and baggage of trash piled excessive and extensive. The precise whole for 2021 is not going to be recognized earlier than that is revealed.
However wait! There’s extra!
It’s towards human nature to have this many automobiles gathered in a single spot and never have some type of race. To this finish an integral a part of the Gambler 500 weekend is the HooptieX occasion. Patterned after SCCA Rallycross occasions, this pleasant competitors, which runs on a closed course, has blossomed into its very personal collection. HooptieX occasions now stretch throughout america. For $65 you’ll be able to run all of the laps your car can deal with. Quickest lap in school wins.
There are 4 lessons to select from. In case you have an older, low worth automobile then you’ll be able to run in both 2WD or AWD lessons. Is your automobile newer with fancy electronics you get to run within the Hater Class. Do you will have a flowery aspect by aspect or a off street racing buggy, bug or truck? Then you definately go into Tremendous Smooth Class.
Along with simply the pleasant competitors there has grow to be a severe rivalry between east and west coast rivals. Each got here out to Crescent, Oregon, to duke it out on the grounds of a former metal mill. A twisty course was laid out full with jumps and bumps and deep silt to energy by means of.
Some groups focus on doing each occasions all through the weekend, whereas others are strictly there for the rally type quick course occasion. One factor is clear, whether or not really playing or not, the “at all times be playing” way of life is clear in each teams.
The soar of the weekend!
HooptieX Outcomes: (winner decided by quickest lap time)
2WD Class – Winner, Luke Claughton – Ford Focus 3:45.081. | Second place, CJ Cromwell – Honda CRV 3:47.401. | Third place, Christy Steele – Ford Focus 3:47.789
4WD Class – Winner, John Corridor – Jeep Grand Cherokee 3:30.385. | Second place, Talen Carlson – Jeep Grand Cherokee 3:38.626. Third place, Russel Applen – Subaru Impreza 3:43.202.
Hater Class – Winner, Alex Chadney – Subaru Impreza 3:30.847. | Second place, Jon Moore – Jeep Grand Cherokee 3:31.447.
Third place, Randy Patterson – Propane Jeep 3:36.656
Tremendous Smooth Class – Winner, Robert Bakoczy – Can Am X3 2:59.115 (quickest lap total). | Second place, Zack Carter – Can Am X3 3:36.194. | Third place, Bailey Tarrant – Polaris RZR 3:35.040.
All of it begins on the Gilchrist Mall
Headquarters for the Gamblers is on the Gilchrist Mall. The mall, inbuilt 1939, is the middle of the city and so important to the world it’s listed on the State of Oregon’s database of historic websites. That is the place registration for the occasion is, in addition to merchandise gross sales. The mall is residence to the Gilchrist Market which provides and feeds Gamblers all weekend lengthy.
As a result of you’ll be able to take part within the Gambler 500 with out formally registering getting an actual automobile depend is almost not possible. Waypoint coordinates are revealed freed from cost. Anybody can drop off roadside particles they accumulate. If you don’t register, you do miss out on a cool swag bag that’s greater than well worth the $40 entry payment.
Superior! What’s a waypoint?
How does one really do the Gambler 500? The straightforward reply is, you can also make it virtually something you need. The organizers have a saying, “pavement is lava”. The essential premise is to get open air and assist clear it up. To that finish, Tate Morgan and his crew have laid out waypoints within the type of GPS coordinates.
How you progress from one waypoint to a different is as much as you. Attempt to keep away from as a lot pavement as doable, in any case pavement is lava. Keep in mind that you’re a steward of the land and a consultant of the occasion. Keep on trails, comply with all legal guidelines, choose up trash and be useful to your fellow Gamblers. Most significantly, at all times be playing!
COVID-19 counts Gamblertown as a sufferer
Tenting is the Gambler way of life. Ideally within the firm of as lots of your fellow Gamblers as doable. To this finish, within the earliest days of this occasion Gamblertown was born. To assist keep away from the pitfalls of enormous teams and “mob mentality” Morgan and his group have instilled the concept of excellent stewardship into people who settle for that Gambler way of life. By relying on accountable Gamblers to self-police themselves and others through the years Gamblertown has been a rowdy, however managed gathering place.
In 2020 as COVID-19 enveloped the world and counted tens of millions of victims inadvertently, Gamblertown was one in every of them. There’s nice hope that 2022 will see the return of Gamblertown if present COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
What do you deliver to a Gambler 500 or a HooptieX? How huge is your creativeness? One must guess that the checklist of automobiles utilized in a Gambler 500 can be longer than an inventory of automobiles not used. Certain, there are vans and SUVs and VW Bugs, what you may name the plain decisions. It doesn’t matter what, at all times be playing!
The Gambler is for wildly inappropriate automobiles, modified in probably the most imaginative methods. We’re speaking stuff that even Walt Disney couldn’t have dreamt up even on narcotics. Nonetheless, there are favorites on the market. The Ford Crown Victoria, ideally a Police version (assume The Blues Brothers), is a robust base to construct off of. You see a whole lot of Crown Vics.
Iffy automobiles make the weekend extra enjoyable. In keeping with homeowners of “iffy” automobiles
Different much less sturdy platforms are often what stand out to the lots. The Geo Metro, the Ford Focus, a wide range of Hondas, together with a Del Sol. Greater than a handful of Ford Mustang have been noticed. There was additionally Volvo, Subaru, a Dodge Diplomat and even some homebuilt automobiles that defy clarification.
No matter you’ll be able to dream up is honest sport at a Gambler 500. That’s so long as you at all times be playing.
Oh the locations you’ll go
Shall we say you, your rig, and the folks that got here with you, all determined to hit each waypoint. To choose the panorama clear of particles from inconsiderate non-stewards of the land. Which approach would you will have gone?
Waypoint one was within the Christmas Valley Sand Dunes. This leg was additionally designated because the “Satan’s Butthole” which is what the organizers name probably the most troublesome leg of any Gambler 500. You’ve the selection to do these or cross. You’ve the flexibility to make the Gambler 500 something you need it to be. Straightforward, medium, exhausting, excruciating? It’s all there for the taking. Simply keep in mind that irrespective of your path, at all times be playing.
It was reported the waypoint at Yamsay Mountain was blocked from a sure course so not as many made it there. The Hager Mountain Forest Service Lookout Tower was one other of the waypoints overlooking Central Oregon from 7,195 toes above sea stage. Different waypoints included Fort Rock, China Hat, and La Pine.
Bigfoot guidelines in Central Oregon
The Bigfoot Tavern is a mighty in style place throughout Gambler weekend. Not solely as a result of it was a waypoint, it additionally serves a imply smoked hen taco. The Tavern served as each a waypoint location and a social hub in the course of the weekend. All of the 2021 Gambler 500 GPS waypoints are positioned right here.
And in the long run, the trash you are taking is the same as the distinction you make
Early studies from the particles assortment for the 2021 Gambler 500 are coming in at 380 cubic yards by quantity. That’s a rare quantity of trash collected. Take into account additionally that numbers of groups have been down by a 3rd this 12 months. Taking part groups stepped up this 12 months. Stories are all Authorities companies are tickled with the entire.
Organizer Tate Morgan studies that the 2022 OG Gambler 500 will doubtless run in the identical space, however two weeks sooner than typical. The Gambler has an excellent relationship with the native regulation enforcement, Forest Service and Bureau of Land Administration. The folks in cost see the great in what the Gambler brings to Crescent, Gilchrist, and La Pine, Oregon.
Should you missed the Authentic (OG) Gambler on the finish of June there are others. Within the Pacific Northwest the subsequent one is Washington State on August 7-8, 2021. The occasion takes place beginning in Chehalis. Until than, at all times be playing!