The Gambler 500 began as little more than a way to kill a weekend. Over beers in a local tavern, founder Tate Morgan and a couple of friends laid out the guidelines for an off-road navigational challenge. The catch? Each challenger’s car had to have a purchase price of no more than $500. Soon enough, word started to spread, and the guys began to receive inquiries about participation from people all over the country.
By 2022, the “OG Gambler” held every summer in Central Oregon was attracting thousands of participants from all over North America. Regional events sprang up in every corner of the U.S.
Along the way, Gamblers have removed over one million pounds of garbage from America's public lands. More than anything, however, the aggressively tolerant alternative to traditional car culture has become a sort of surrogate family to all manner of people.
Builders, rugged explorers, and more than a few lunatics have all carved out a place for themselves in the Gambler community. Collected within these pages are just a few of their stories.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Clint Requa is a twenty-seven-year-old water treatment operator and connoisseur of the inadvisable. He has been an avid urban explorer for almost a decade, finding his way into long-abandoned mines and empty hospital corridors all over the Golden State. When he isn’t inhaling the crisp, fresh air found only in the bowels of a Superfund site, Clint enjoys building and racing cars, swimming, hiking, reading, woodworking, and anything else that might keep a young man’s mind distracted when he’s too cheap to pay for cable. He lives on the sunny Central Coast of California with his fiancé and their four cats.
Publisher: America Through Time
Imprint: America Through Time
Series: America Through Time
Publication Date: 28th August 2023
TRANSPORTATION / Automotive / General
TRANSPORTATION / Automotive / History
TRANSPORTATION / Automotive / Pictorial