2010 M4x4A Officers

Submitted by tsm1 on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 17:32

For Information Contact:
Tom Mandera

For Immediate Release


BILLINGS, April 24th, 2010 --- The Montana 4x4 Association (M4x4A) held their 36th Annual Convention in Billings Montana. During the annual meeting the 2010 officers were elected. President Tom Mandera of Helena was retained for his 6th term, and Vice President Don Apker was retained for his 3rd term. Secretary Stacey Osborne was installed, along with Treasurer Dawn Hines. All officers were elected or retained through unanimous acclaim.

Past Secretary Shirleen Wheeler was awarded the M4x4A Outstanding Four Wheeler of the Year award for a second time.

The Montana 4x4 Association has member clubs throughout Montana comprising over two hundred family memberships. M4x4A members have been promoting responsible family recreation, cooperation and coexistence with other users, forest conservation, and motorized competition, while championing Montanans’ rights to access their public lands since 1974. For more information on the Montana 4x4 Association visit www.m4x4a.org.


Founding member passes - Bob Bradley Sr.

Submitted by gasgas on Mon, 03/15/2010 - 10:22

Bob Bradley Sr. , long time member of the Mountaineers, passed Saturday 13 March 2010.

Sr. was one of the original Old Fart Racing Team members. Sr was his happiest when he was racing his race rig. He had so many good friends. He will be sorely missed.

Services will be Saturday, March 20th at 2:00 at Dokken Nelson Funeral Home

Robert L. Bradley(1929 - 2010)

Robert Leonard Bradley Sr., 80, a Bozeman native, passed away March 13, 2010, at Bozeman Health and Rehab Center. He was born on Dec. 27, 1929, in Bozeman, to James and Florence Nixon Bradley. He grew up on the family farm on South Gooch Hill Road and attended Rea School and Gallatin High School.

After graduation, Robert married Alice Akens in August 1950 in Bozeman. They had three children: Robert Jr., David, and Lori. The couple later divorced.

In October 1969, Robert married Myrtle Swanson in Bozeman. Together they raised Marilyn and had a son, Michael.

Robert was a diesel mechanic and an over-the-road truck driver. In the 1970s, Robert and his brother, Curt, formed Bradley Brothers Trucking and Bradley Repair in Belgrade.

Robert enjoyed building and racing his Jeep. He was a member of the Bozeman Mountaineers Club and the Montana 4 x 4 Association.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Myrtle; brother, Curt; and sister-in-law, Susan.

He is survived by sons, Robert (Fran) Bradley Jr., David Bradley, and Michael Bradley; daughter, Lori McAllister; step-daughter, Marilyn (Ed) Cox; brothers, Raymond (Betty) Bradley, and Paul Bradley; sister-in-law, Betty Bradley; six grandchildren, Jeff Bradley, James Bradley, Johnny Cox, Aubrey Bradley, Deb Hawe, and Alan Aznoe; and eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel, followed by a reception in the basement of the Bozeman United Methodist Church. Robert will be laid to rest next to his wife, Myrt, at Sunset Hills Cemetery.

A special thank you to Dr. Harris; his nurse, Barb; and the staff at Bozeman Health and Rehab.

Donations may be made in Robert's name to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on March 17, 2010

Mountaineers' Motorsports Swap Meet 4/25

Submitted by RCURRIER on Tue, 02/09/2010 - 01:27

Announcing the Mountaineers' Motorsports Swap Meet (sponsored by Dark Horse Customs) Sunday, April 25, 2010 at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman. Gate for sellers opens at 8:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm. Gate for buyers will be open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Participants of all motorsports (4x4, motorcycle, snowmobile, stock car, ATV, etc.) are invited to sell, but please keep it motorsports oriented. Dealers and resellers welcome. Suggested items are: vehicle parts, tools, tires & wheels, CBs, helmets & snowmobile suits, other riding gear, vehicles or pictures of vehicles for sale, etc.

Buyers get in free and all profits will go to a dedicated land-use fund.

Seller space is $10 for a 10ft x 20ft indoor spot to park or set up a table. We'll provide a pro-rated spot to share with others if you have only a few small items to sell. For the commercial seller it is $25 for a 10ft x 20ft space. There are spaces available for $50 for really large trailers. Spaces will be provided on a first come, first served basis until all spaces are full.

For outreach purposes, free spaces will be provided to access-oriented organizations, i.e. CBU, Blue Ribbon Coalition, etc.

You are responsible for your stuff, you and your buyers' safety, conducting yourself in a professional manner, cleaning up your area when done for the day, and removing any unsold items from the fairgrounds. No alcohol. We reserve the right to reject any sale items or eject participants for just cause. Contact Rob for additional details 579-9073.

Upgrade your CB - add a Ham Radio

Submitted by tsm1 on Wed, 11/18/2009 - 16:57

During our last Delegates meeting we discussed Divide Ride 2010 in the Boulder area, and Don Apker and I spoke a bit more and I happened to mention that we would have good "2 meter radio coverage" for the area thanks to a repeater on Boulder Hill and other resources. As many of you know, I picked up a new hobby a year ago by becoming a licensed ham radio operator. Don expressed some interest in what advantages ham licenses could be for all of us, and what steps are involved. So, here's my attempt.

Southwestern Virgnia Four Wheelers assist FS with repair

Submitted by tsm1 on Sat, 10/31/2009 - 22:46

Blacksburg, VA (October 2, 2009)... Forest Service road crews are working to finish repairs to the Patterson Creek Road (Forest Service Road 184) in Craig and Botetourt Counties in time for most of the fall hunting season. Crews are using heavy equipment to repair/replace culverts, reestablish drainage ditches, reconstruct hardened road base, and fill the largest mud holes. The road was closed in the spring due to extensive damage created by illegal off-road vehicle use that resulted in citations being issued to 39 individuals.

“The repairs are going well,” reports Eastern Divide District Ranger Cynthia Schiffer. “Although progress has been impacted by vandalism and thunderstorms, we will have the road opened by October 16th.”

Equipment on site has been damaged by vandals twice. Anyone with information about this vandalism is encouraged to contact the Forest Service at 1-866-241-6669.

Southwestern Virginia Four Wheelers assisted the Forest Service with the repair work. The club acquired a grant from United Land Action Fund to help cover the cost of stone, arranged for donated lime from Titan America (Roanoke Cement) and had individual club members donate straw for erosion control. Martin Morrison, Club President, said “The club would like to thank all of the companies and individuals for their donations. As a club, we are proud to assist the Forest Service in promoting responsible use of our public lands.”


The passing of "Uncle" Vic Eklund

Submitted by tsm1 on Mon, 09/21/2009 - 16:38

Uncle Vic Eklund passed away on Saturday, 9/19/2009 at the age of 82.


Saturday Sept. 19th we lost an Icon in the 4X4 comunity. Uncle Vic Ekland passed away.
A memorial service is set for Sunday Oct. 4th at Lakeside Comunity Chapel in Lakeside Montana.
For the full obituary go to the Daily Interlake Web site.
Uncle Vic was a lifw Member of the Skyliners and will truly be missed