I'm shamelessly looking for an opening for a passenger seat. I've done the Rubithon in my own rig back in 2006 and 2007 but had to sell my FJ40 in 2008. I just recently bought a new truck but it won't be ready for a while. I can drive down with someone from the PNW or fly down and meet up some place in the Central Valley / Sacramento, etc.
For 30 years the Toyota Land Cruiser Association (TLCA) has been holding Land Cruiser-specific trail runs through the famous Rubicon trail and not once have they done an official Tacoma run group. Well, now that I’m wheel’n a late model Tacoma, I say enough is enough! For too many years these well-built, well-maintained, highly capable and beautiful Land Cruisers have been making Tacomas look like a possum’s pecker and I say it’s time we stand up and make a change! I say it’s time we show these short wheelbases some new tricks! I say it’s time the trail sees some modern pickup technology! I say it’s time for the FirstAnnualRubithon TacomaInvasion!
If you’ve got a Tacoma that’s not afraid of some rocks, then please join Marlin Crawler this June 21 as I lead the first official Tacoma group in my 580:1 Triple Marlin Crawler Transfer Case’d 2016 3rd gen Tacoma during the extra-special 30th year celebration of the organization’s oldest event through the most famous 4WD trail in the country. The Rubithon Event (Rubithon – The Official Event of the Toyota Land Cruiser Association) is the main event for the TLCA (HOME | TLCA) and has traditionally been the largest annual Toyota gathering on the Rubicon trail.
About the TLCA
Founded in 1976, the Toyota Land Cruiser Association is the international club for Toyota 4WD vehicle owners, and dedicates themselves to bringing together and promoting the interest of Toyota four wheeling. They are also entrusted by more than 50 chapter clubs around the world to preserve and protect the history of the Land Cruiser and Toyota’s off-road heritage. The organization has an amazing history (The Hisotry of TLCA | TLCA) and has the longest running purely Toyota off- road publication known as the Toyota Trails which prints almost 25K copies annually (view the current edition online: Toyota Trails - March/April 2018 Issue).
The TLCA, Marlin Crawler, and Modern Toyota Truck Owner Connection
As the TLCA was founded before the first 4WD Toyota pickup existed, historically it has been a Land Cruiser club. There are however, hundreds of Pickups, 4Runners, Tacomas, and FJ Cruisers registered with the TLCA today. In fact, the TLCA is directly responsible for why countless thousands use modern Toyota trucks and SUVs off-road today. Here is the connection between the TLCA, Marlin Crawler, and quite possibly you:
1. In 1983, Marlin met a TLCA member who convinced him to buy a Toyota Hilux pickup. Marlin did just that and joined the TLCA that same year.
2. After a decade of trying to outdo the Land Cruiser, in 1994 Marlin created the Marlin Crawler, which made the 1st/2nd/3rd gen Hilux Pickup and 1st/2nd gen Hilux 4Runner the most capable off-road Toyota vehicles on the market overnight.
3. Countless former Land Cruiser owners made the switch to a Pickup or 4Runner equipped with a Marlin Crawler transfer case system.
4. The overnight success from the Marlin Crawler brought such momentum to the Toyota off-road world that it transformed the previously dominated Jeep landscape. Prior to the Marlin Crawler, it was at best a 1:30 ratio of Toyota pickups to Jeeps on the trails. Since the Marlin Crawler changed the off-road world in 1994, trails such as the Rubicon now have almost a level playing field of Toyotas to Jeeps!
5. In conclusion, off-road going late model Toyota pickup and SUV owners likely chose a Toyota based on their incredible pickup off-road reputation which originated with the Marlin Crawler.
The TLCA, Marlin Crawler, and you: A history you may not have known existed!
How to participate
To participate, please register online at REGISTRATION – Rubithonor by mail-in form (PDF) at https://rubithon.com/wp-content/uploads/30th-Registration-Form.pdf. During registration, sign up for the “RenegadeRun and specify in the comments sections that you’ll be participating in the Tacoma Invasion Run. This year is a H-U-G-E celebration year, and registration includes emergency airlift service provided by CalStar at no extra cost.
What to do if you are not a TLCA Member?
TLCA membership is required to participate in official TLCA events. If you are not a member, then Marlin Crawler will cover the cost of General Membership by donating a $35 CRAWL Card to you at the event!
What trucks are we looking for?
Anyone with a Rubicon-ready late model non-Land Cruiser Toyota 4WD: Tacoma, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, T100, Tundra, Sequoia, or GX470!
We are going to be looking for 3 seats on Friday from Tahoma for Todd Kaderabek, his son and a friend. They will be flying in to Reno, and will be at staging by Noon. Even though it should take less than 2 hours each way, we are doing Rock Chef Friday evening, and since you "never know" how long it will take to get back to camp, I can't get him. But I know there are people out there that want to make a fun run up the hill. Please message me if you are interested.
We have received notice that after June 1st, the price for AirMedCare Network “AMCN”, formally CalStar, will be going up even for plan memberships. The new price will be $65 for the entire household. The price for those not a part of Rubithon’s Group will be going up to $85.
Please feel free to offer this application to your family and friends as well.
Another item that AMCN advised Rubithon of is that after this year’s event, they will not allow us to send in a check to cover all the participants that signed up for the event. They have advised us that AMCN is now requiring each individual pay for themselves for the household coverage. This means that we will have to change the way we offer registrations for next year, but no need to worry about that for now.
I am attaching the PDF that has the application to it. If you have any issues, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can email you the PDF directly.
You have 12 more days to get your registrations in before the $25 late fee starts. After that you shirts will be mailed after the event. So get those registrations and get those Toyota’s ready for some great summer action at this year’s 30th Annual Rubithon!!!!!
It is with regret that I have to inform that the Metal Tech 4x4 Run has had to be cancelled due to some unforeseen issues. I’d like to thank Mark Hawley for being willing to put this together and hope that we can make it happen again in the future.
That being said, in true TLCA member fashion, one of the other runs, led by Steve Prior, has offered to take those people on to their run. Steve, I know you are already doing a ton for the event, and I can’t thank you enough!
My apologies to the guys we had to move, but thank you for your graciousness and understanding in the change.
The good news is Mark is still sending out all the Rock Chef swag for this year’s Championship of Champions. Thank you sir!
Remember 12 more days to avoid the late fee and having to have your shirts mailed to you.