-- Christian blogged about the flatfender with the event badges on the dash. Some of those badges included the Fast Camel Cruise put on by the Sareea Al Jamel 4/W.D. Club. A couple of decades ago, I was a member of Sareea Al Jamel and was its last president.
Sareea Al Jamel was supposed to mean "The Fast Camel," but I'm not sure that's the correct translation. Maybe one of you readers can correctly translate it for us. Nevertheless, The Fast Camel 4WD Club started shortly after WWII and lasted until 1991.
I fondly remember many of my fellow club members, most (or all) of them gone now. Vern Slankard with his stretched flatfender, Ham Hamilton with his flatfender, Bill Bryan, who owned a number of vehicles, even a first-generation Isuzu,, Harold Huffman (Uncle Snuffy) with his famous old Willys Wagon, Frank Brandon in his F150 he could fit everywhere, and many others were dedicated to off-roading and having fun in the backcountry.
I still have my steel and ceramic vehicle plaques and a jacket patch. Maybe the plaques will find their way onto my Gen IV YJ, even though I never owned a YJ while a member of Sareea Al Jamel.
The BLM has done its best to close the Fast Camel Cruise trails in the California desert, but they missed some. I plan on taking Christian and Kevin out there and running a couple of the trails that are still open.
We'll tell you about it.