Off-road enthusiasts help organize Euharlee 4-Wheel Drive Show

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Known for its pink accessories, Kirstyn Bauer’s Wrangler is one of a kind. Sharing her passion for Jeeps and off-roading with her husband, Hunter, the 26-year-old is a member of Bartow Krawlers and is currently helping organize the inaugural Euharlee 4-Wheel Drive Show.

“My fascination with Jeeps started when I was 15, when my boyfriend, now husband, purchased and built his first XJ Jeep Cherokee,” Bauer said. “We grew up riding the trails that are now owned by Sheriff’s JeepFest in Pickens County.

“Our love for Jeeps grew from there,” she said, adding they now own a 1999 Jeep Cherokee XJ and 2012 Jeep Wrangler JKU. “… I enjoy that anywhere we go people appreciate all the work we have put into our Jeeps. And the fact that you will never find one just like ours.”

Modifying her silver Jeep — named Karma — over the years, the Acworth resident has added a host of pink features to its interior and exterior. Some of the colorful adornments include handle inserts, gas cap, shock boots, bullet antenna, vents and keys.

“I purchased my Silver 2012 JKU in February 2017,” she said. “Since then, my husband and I have put a lot of time and energy into Karma’s build. It has a 3.5-inch MetalCloak Lift, Fox 2.0 shock, 35x12.50x20 Nitto Ridge grapplers, Poison Spyder fenders, Bauer custom halo headlight/light bars and much, much more.

“Yes, my Jeep has pink accents. A lot of people see it and either love it or hate it. That’s the awesome thing about Jeeps. You can personalize it however you would like.”

Along with modifying her vehicle, Bauer delights in taking her Jeep off-roading, with her favorite experience occurring at Tray Mountain in north Georgia.

“I usually take the top off my Wrangler when enjoying the weekend in the mountains trail riding,” she said. “I love to feel [the] breeze and the smell of fresh air.

“If I’m on the trails, I’m always happy. I guess you could say it’s my happy place away from the crazy world.”

Citing its “amazing views at the top,” Bauer shared Tray Mountain provided the ideal trail to test out her Jeep’s potential.

“One of my favorite and most memorable experiences with my Jeep was in February 2017,” she said. “This was the first time I got to take my Jeep off road and see what it was capable of doing on the trails.

“…Tray Mountain had a little bit of everything from easy to moderate. My favorite spot at Tray Mountain is the washout. It’s a little tricky at times if you don’t climb up [at] the right angle. The washout is where a huge culvert is across the trail and the rain has washed all the dirt from around it. It’s right before the beautiful look out.”

Joining Bartow Krawlers in 2017, Bauer was thrilled to meet others who shared her interest in four-wheeling. Established in September 2017, the group features more than 300 members, ages 18 to 70, with vehicles, ranging from two-wheel drive trucks to modified Jeep Wranglers to buggies.

“We are not just an off-road club,” Bauer said. “We help/plan events for the community like Bartow Toys for Tots, Back the Blue, Respect the Red and many more events. We are currently helping plan the upcoming Euharlee 4-Wheel Drive show on June 1 in Frankie Harris Park.

“Myself and other admins of Bartow Krawlers have been there every step of the way planning the Euharlee 4-Wheel Drive Show. We will be helping in every section at this event. … I absolutely love helping the community and giving back.”

As Bauer noted, Bartow Krawlers’ members are joining other off-road enthusiasts in assisting the city of Euharlee for its four-wheel drive show Saturday. Ongoing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will showcase a wide range of off-roading vehicles, including Jeeps, trucks and rock crawlers.

“The Euharlee Special Events Steering Committee outlines several types of events that they hope to bring to Euharlee,” said Katie Gobbi, director of the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum. “One idea was a Jeep or four-wheel drive show. One of the committee members is also connected to the Bartow Krawlers and other organizations that have helped plan this event.

“The Krawlers as well as members of Southern Jeepers and Outlaw Krawlers have been a vital part of putting together this event. They know the community and how to organize this type of event.”

In addition to a spectator-judged Jeep and truck show, the offering will consist of a flex ramp competition, vendors, food and children’s activities.

“I’ve been around the off-road life over 30 years. I’ve had 12-15 4x4s, and not only Jeeps, but trucks and rock crawlers,” said Kingston resident Kevin Barnett, event speaker for the Bartow Krawlers, adding he hopes the Euharlee 4-Wheel Drive Show “will bring people in and let them appreciate the hard work that gets put into these rigs.

“… I will be in charge of announcements and the flex ramp, which is where we see the articulation of the vehicle up the ramp with one tire and the other three still touching the ground. The best modified should be judged on how much modifications have been done to the vehicle from its original look from stock.”

While the event is complimentary for spectators, those wanting to enter their vehicle or serve as vendors will need to register by Wednesday. For more information and fees, prospective vendors and competitors need to visit www.euharleehistory.org/euharlee-4-wheel-drive-show.

“There has been a lot of interest and positive feedback about the event,” Gobbi said. “I think there are many people throughout Bartow that are interested in or involved with 4x4 vehicles, and they will be excited to see the show. I’m particularly excited to see the flex ramp competition.”

For more information about the show, call 770-607-2017 or follow the event at Facebook.com/Euharlee4wheeldrive.