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TLCA : Toyota Trails, Jan/Feb 2011
Rubithon Chairman Tony Twiddy had contemplated retirement due to family and career concerns the past two years (including a move and a new job) but like the Brett Favre of TLCA, Tony could not stay away from the game.
Equipped with depth in his backfield, with returning running backs such as the Mog Crew's Phil Pasciak and Jeff Michalak, veteran wide receiver Dave Thomas and Hall of Famer Ross Woody, and a returning front line of experienced players including Bill Jackson at left tackle, Andy Pollock at right tackle, Dale and Mike Knorr at left and right guards and "Big Jim" Adams at center, Tony announced his return from retirement to take Rubithon to another TLCA Championship!
On December 28, Tony
put out the word that he
"will continue to chair the event based upon the fact that all of you work so hard to make this event safe, fun and successful"-and with that, he
was out of retirement for the second time to Chair Rubithon
The last couple of weeks before the big event had Tony
checking film, modifying the playbook and calling audibles due to the condition of the playing field.
Mog leader Phil Pasciak informed Tony that the snow defense was simply too strong and they would not be able to get the Unimog into The Springs.
This meant the amount of game necessities had to be cut back and Tony called his first audible, much to the chagrin of wide receiver Ross Woody.
While the Tahoe defense might be penetrated, Tony
was not ready to risk the game by proposing that play call for everyone.
The chairman's pre-game planning went long into the night, as Tony
called nearly all of the registrants, telling them about the game conditions, no food to be provided and offering refunds.
I say "nearly" as he
purposefully left out a few people, such as special teams Double Locker Run players, who just look at the snow as another team to be defeated.
continued to study the film and check with his
offensive coordinators to see which way to get the game supplies in (Loon or Tahoe?), checked on field conditions and began to think of alternative coliseums for the event, such as Pac Bell Park or Lambo Field.
crew responds to Tony Twiddy's
audible by switching from using Mogs to towing gear in trailers.
Summertime on the Rubicon Trail….
demonstrates how the snow-packed exit strategy works.
Now how's he
going to keep track of all those raffle tickets...?
TLCA : Toyota Trails, January/February 2007
2006 TLCA Individual Member of the Year - Tony TwiddyTLCA : Toyota Trails, January/February 2007
...2006 TLCA Individual Member of the Year - Tony Twiddy
...Tony Twiddy was voted TLCA Member of the Year for 2006 by the TLCA board of directors.
Tony's list of accomplishments in 2006 is very impressive, most notably his
work on the 30th Anniversary History of TLCA articles published in Toyota Trails.Tony
worked countless hours researching, calling people and writing the series.It is something that will be looked back on generations from now as the ultimate reference of the beginnings of TLCA
I met Tony many years ago at a PMC Swap Meet
at Ron Patston's house.Tony
is a very affable character, one to greet you with an open hand and his
characteristic phrase—"I'm Tony Twiddy and I'm damn glad to meet ya!"The nice thing is, Tony
really means it.Tony was born in May of 1960 in Northern California.Tony
and I actually grew up in the same part of Humboldt County but our paths never crossed.Tony
met Jeff Bromke while in high school and together, they have been running the McGrew Trail Ride for six years now.
Jeff is actually the one who introduced Tony
to the supremacy of the FJ40.
was driving a Jeep Cherokee back then—Tony doesn't talk about this much but we think that is why he
is so tolerant of another friend, Jeeper Ron. Tony
has been married to Cindy Twiddy for 20 years and Cindy is a huge support to Tony
in all that he
does.They have two girls, Sheryl and Katie, and after the girls graduate, Tony and Cindy plan to relocate from Healdsburg, California, up to Auburn to be closer to their favorite trails—Rubicon and Fordyce.Tony and Roger Taylor co-founded Pacific Mountain Cruisers in 1996 and Tony then began writing the club's newsletter and became PMC's TLCA delegate.Tony and Roger Taylor co-founded Pacific Mountain Cruisers in 1996 and Tony then began writing the club's newsletter and became PMC's TLCA delegate.
has always had the knack for creative writing and his
articles have graced the pages of Toyota Trails many times.He
became actively involved with TLCA
in 1997 by serving as Secretary for then President Ron Patston, and continuing through many board positions including Western IR and MSVP—and eventually became TLCA President in 2003, serving through 2004.Today he
is in his
5th year as Rubithon
Chairman and still writes the PMC newsletter. Tony
has long-supported the Blue Ribbon Coalition and Friends of the Rubicon
and has participated on numerous trail committees, trail clean-ups and PMC club runs—he's also the first person to pass Del Albright's Recreational Leadership Training Course.Tony founded the PMC Swap Meet and has wheeled almost every inch of California with his two best wheeling buddies, Phil Pasciak and Jeeper Ron Thomas.
When I asked friends and fellow wheelers for pictures and anecdotes about Tony
, I noticed that in nearly every picture, Tony
is either wearing a TLCA hat, jacket or shirt.Or all three.Tony
lives and breathes TLCA
and it shows in his
actions as well as his
is very good at getting people to help him and he
delegates jobs well.He
is a true leader, making sure that all of his
volunteers have the support and equipment they need.I have been helping Tony
's Saturday dinner for 5 years now.In 2004, it looked like I wouldn't be able to make it, but Tony
called around and hooked me up with Jim Brantley, who picked me up and drove me into the Springs.
That's the type of guy Tony
is—a guy who makes sure everyone can get done what needs to be accomplished.Tony
and Cindy are also an integral part of the annual PMC Swap Meet
...One of our mutual friends here in the San Francisco bay area likens Tony to Eric Stratten, Rush Chairman of the Delta House in the movie Animal House.
always greets you with a smile and a handshake, spins great stories and just makes you feel welcome.Another friend mentioned that he
has never heard a disparaging remark about Tony
, and that Tony
always makes people feel accepted.I saw a great example of that this year at Rubithon—for anyone who has ever chaired an event, you know that your time is stretched thin, and you have to be in a dozen places at once.Despite this, on Friday night Tony made sure that his guests, Todd Kaderabek (Toyota Trails Editor) and Erik Christiansen (TLCA Executive Vice President) had a steak dinner ready for them when they arrived in camp.
was the one cooking it!
is the type of folk who does stuff just because.They aren't expecting any honor in doing it.They do it because they feel it in their heart—the type of folks that aren't going to be overly willing to accept an honor because they did their work because they wanted to and for no other reason."
So raise a glass to Tony Twiddy—a most deserving TLCA Member of the Year.
I have taken liberty with TLCA president Tony Twiddy's Jan-Feb 2004 introduction in Toyota Trails to make a point.
compared the coming year as being at the trailhead, he
also noted that as on the trail, problems and obstacles encountered are handled with assistance from the members present.
TLCA: Officers and Staff
Rubithon Chair: Tony Twiddy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Toyota Land Cruiser Association | Board and Bylaws
Rubithon Chair: Tony Twiddy, Rubithon@tlca.org