ECXC had a new and welcomed change in 2017 thanks to the hosting club, NeXterra. Supporting clubs with members in good standing position were allowed to bring and wheel their “non Xterra 4×4 vehicles”. As a 2017 sponsor, GPAX brought Xterras, Frontiers, and a bright Yellow FJ Cruisers. Opening the event up to other vehicles allowed club members, who were previous shut out of the fun, to enjoy the annual event and test their vehicles on the Rausch Creek Off-Road Park trails. Even I, the GPAX president, was driving my father’s 2005 Frontier, while my Xterra ring & pinion gears are being replaced.
The 3 day event is a staple of the Nissan off-roading calendar and draws drivers from all across the east coast and interior states. The event featured 3 days of trail riding in specific trail groups, a NeXterra night dinner, a BBQ catered dinner, and a sponsor supported raffle for all attendees. GPAX had an excellent showing this year, as the event is held in our home state. GPAX members from PA, NJ, MD, VA, and NY hit the trails in various groups to explore the 4 properties of Rausch Creek.