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CONTENTS FEATURES

Sherri’s Turn........................................................ 6 Dirtbits ................................................................. 8 Blast from the Past ............................................11 UTV Sports Review: Yamaha Wolverine ......... 12 Coming Events ................................................. 16 Dr. De Forest’s Off Road Health Tips .............. 21 4x4 Coach.......................................................... 22 EPA Abuse ......................................................... 24 SDORC News ................................................... 25 Off Road Friends .............................................. 26 Classified Ads .................................................. 38 The God of Hope............................................... 38

COMPETITION

SNORE Rage at the River ...................................30 Dirt Series Winterfest 2017 .................................32 AMA Kenda/SRT West Hare Scramble ..............33 ZR Promo Championship Awards .....................34 AMA D38 Roadrunner Christmas Classic .........36

AD INDEX APPAREL

Sole Performance (800-944-2755) ............................... 35

BANNERS & SIGNS

JD Built (760-392-0844) ................................................ 24 SignArt (760-940-1939) ................................................. 23

BUGGIES, SAND/OFF ROAD CARS

Axia Alloys (440-216-6266)............................................ 6 B&R Buggie (760-722-1266) ......................................... 24 Benco VW Racing Transaxles (951-339-5900) ............. 8 Buggy Works (619-562-1193) ....................................... 35 Certified Metal Craft (619-593-3636).............................. 9 Crown (760-599-0090) .................................. Back Cover Howe Performance (619-561-7764) ............................. 35 JP Designs (619-448-5465) .......................................... 35 Off-Road Supply Warehouse (760-394-1188) ............15 Outfront Motorsports (714-994-4422) ............................ 35 Paradise Motorsports (760-744-9081)............................ 35 Race Ready Products (619-691-9171) ........................... 19 Rod End Supply (913-768-1017) ..................................... 2 Steinjäger, Inc. (309-772-3163) .................................... 23 Stewart’s Race Works (619-449-9728) .......................... 35 US Chrome (866-922-5066) .........................................31

Ceet Racing (760-599-0115) ........................................35 Coyne Powersports (760-353-2110) .............................3 DG Tailgate Support (dgmtailgatesupport.com) .......32 Duncan Racing (619-258-6310).....................................5 Hi-Flite (760-599-0115) .................................................35 Muy Rapido (760-533-9389) ........................................35 Off-Road Supply Warehouse (760-394-1188) ............15 Seal Savers (951-757-0458).........................................39 Sole Performance (800-944-2755) ..............................35 South Bay Motorsports (619-420-2300) .....................37

POWDER COATING

Coast Powder Coating (949-492-9037) .....................14 ECP Powder Coating (619-448-3932) ........................25 Electro Tech Powder Coating (760-746-0292) ................ 21 Olympic Coatings (800-630-9899) ..............................18

PUBLICATIONS

S&S Off Road (760-767-4680) ..........................22,34,37

RACES & EVENTS

AMA National Hare & Hound (nationalhareandhound.com) ............................37 Big 3 (619-599-0708) ......................................................7 Cody Waters Ride to Survive (310-720-3271) ............29 Dirt Series (dirtseriesracing.com) ................................4 Mexican 1000 (mexican1000.com) ..............19,25,28,33 NORRA Mexican 1000 (mexican1000.com).. 19,25,28,33 Roadrunner Off Road Club King of the Desert (amad38.com) ....................37 TDS Desert Safari (tdsdesertsafari.com)..............13,25

RACE FUEL/LUBRICANTS

NEO Synthetic Oil (562-595-7208) ..............................15

RENTALS

Ironwoods Off-Road Rental (866-230-2933) ....Back Cover Luv 2 Camp (888-898-CAMP) ......................................17 San Diego Motorsport Rentals (760-767-4020) .........20 Star RV Rentals (951-445-6417) .................................16

RESORTS, RV PARKS, HOTELS

Desert Ironwoods Resort (760-767-5670) ..................35 Ocotillo Wells RV Park & Store (760-767-3811) ...........6

RV STORAGE

Desert Ironwoods Resort (760-767-5670) ..................35

SIDE-X-SIDE/UTV

B&R Buggie (760-722-1266) ........................................24 Clairemont Cycle Supply (858-571-5531) ..................24 Coyne Powersports (760-353-2110) .............................3 DG Tailgate Support (dgmtailgatesupport.com) .......32 Duncan Racing (619-258-6310).....................................5 Off-Road Supply Warehouse (760-394-1188) ............15 Seal Savers (951-757-0458).........................................39

South Bay Motorsports (619-420-2300) .....................37 Steinjäger, Inc. (309-772-3163) ...................................23 US Chrome (866-922-5066) .........................................31 Walker Evans Racing (888-933-7223).........................31

STORES in the DESERT

Desert Ironwoods Resort (760-767-5670) ..................35 Ocotillo Wells RV Park & Store (760-767-3811) ...........6

SUSPENSION

Fox Racing Shox (619-596-9820)................................35 King Shocks (714-530-8701) .......................................35 MS Shocks (208-461-3339)..........................................21 Pro-Prept (760-489-5774) ............................................35 Walker Evans Racing (888-933-7223).........................31

COMMUNICATIONS

Rugged Radios (888-541-7223) ................................... 39

EXHAUST

Warner’s Muffler (760-393-2240).................................35

HARDWARE

Axia Alloys (440-216-6266)............................................6 Bolts 4 U (760-736-0010) .............................................35 Crown (760-599-0090)..................................Back Cover Joe Hauler (800-504-2441) ..........................................35 K-Surplus (619-474-6177)..............................................6 Rod End Supply (913-768-1017) ...................................2

HEAT TREATING

Certified Metal Craft (619-593-3636).............................9

LIGHTING

Acro Lights (562-320-2276) .........................................14

MOTORCYCLES & QUADS

C&D Cycle Center (858-277-3298) ..............................19 Clairemont Cycle Supply (858-571-5531) ..................24

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TRUCKS & 4WD

Axia Alloys (440-216-6266).......................................6,37 Autofab (619-562-1740) ...............................................31 Certified Metal Craft (619-593-3636).............................9 Crown (760-599-0090)..................................Back Cover Doetsch Trucks (619-442-7300) ..................................18 Line-X of El Cajon (619-448-2400) ..............................10 Off-Road Supply Warehouse (760-394-1188) ............15 Race Ready Products (619-691-9171) ........................19 Rod End Supply (913-768-1017) ...................................2 Rugged Routes (909-547-4651) ..................................37 Stewart’s Race Works (619-449-9728) .......................35 Steinjäger, Inc. (309-772-3163) ...................................23 US Chrome (866-922-5066) .........................................31

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

Lisa’s Mobile Registration (619-571-8333) ................35 Contact Sherri at ssormag@gmail.com to get your business name listed here or call 760-767-4680

COVER From last year's Tierra De Sol Desert Safari. The members and families of Tierra Del Sol would like to invite you to our 56th TDS Desert Safari on March 2 – 4, 2018 at Truckhaven in the Ocotillo Wells SVRA. Come out and experience the magic and splendor of southern California’s finest wheeling. This year will be another epic event with fantastic vendors on site and the best raffle on the planet (over $150k in prizes)…Yes, we are going to do it again! TDS holds one of the largest weekend events and the proceeds assist us in fighting to keep public lands open. For more information visit www.tdsdesertsafari.com - Photo by Kevin Wright CONTENTS This awesome Make American Great Again sand car was spotted at the Imperial Sand Dunes Cleanup on Martin Luther King weekend. Photo by San Diego Off Road Coalition president Ed Stovin. If this is your car, contact ssormag@gmail.com and we'll comp you a one-year subscription for the awesome flag!


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e have two time zones in our little world. That world that consists of our home, office and shop. You probably didn’t know our desert property where we live, work and play, was so large that it extended out of one time zone into another. But that’s the truth, never mind that you can walk from the home/office to the shop in less than five minutes. The fact remains, it’s in a different time zone. The guy-in-the-garage calls me up and says “Can you come down here and help me for a minute?” I’m working on my own deadline up here, but I always like to help, so I quickly, or fairly quickly, well, okay, as soon as I finish up several more things I am trying to do, hurry down to help him for a “minute.” “Sit on this bike,” he says. “I need to adjust the chain. It will just take a minute.” So I throw a leg over the current project bike he’s got going and I sit there and although I don’t have a watch on and I don’t have a cell phone with me and the clock in his shop is behind me, I’m somehow quite sure I’ve been sitting there for longer than a minute. In fact probably longer than 10 minutes. He’s making some adjustments and muttering to himself and then he gets up and heads across the shop and says “I have to make a few changes and then I can adjust it.” He looks back at me. “It will just take a minute,” he says. I wonder if I should laugh. It seems like it would be rude because I think he really believes what he is saying. By this time I’m pretty sure I’ve been down there almost 20 minutes. So I sit on the bike staring off into space and mentally noting the order of things on my to-do list and what I need to be working on as soon as I am done helping him and trying hard not to grow frustrated. Finally he comes back to the bike

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I am still sitting on (I should have brought a book to read) and says, “Okay, I think now I have it right.” I hear him tinkering with some tools as he’s doing something I can’t see and then he says it again “Okay, this will just be a minute and then you can go. I’m sorry, I know you have a lot of work to do. But it should be just a minute.” Okay, so how do you not laugh out loud at something like that? But you know, I’m just the polite type of person that I have to laugh to myself because I can tell he really believes what he is saying when he asks me to help him for a minute. It sure seemed like about an hour had passed by the time I headed back up to the office to try to remember what pressing deadline I needed to get back to now that my “minute” of helping him was over. But when I want to show him something on my computer that he needs to approve of or make a choice about or maybe even laugh at, whatever the reason, big problems come up regarding the amount of time he is willing to

give to me. If there is something that exists somewhere in the bowels of my computer or that I and only I can access online (meaning he has no clue how to find it), he expects it to be on the screen instantly the very second he steps up to my desk. And if it isn’t there and I make the terrible awful no-good mistake of saying “It will just be a minute,” that’s it. I’ve lost him. He’s gone, shaking his head, saying “I’ll be back when you really have it ready for me to look at.” This guy, who has without qualm, expected me to sit for hours on end (slight exaggeration) waiting while he does things in the shop to get ready for the instant that he will need my help, will not wait 60 seconds (okay, sometimes its a tiny bit longer) for me to show him something. I do have to admit my computer knows him. My computer

knows the instant he steps near my desk to thoroughly hide every single file I need to access to find what he wants to see. The internet will freeze up and nothing will work when he steps near it. And the guy-in-the-garage won’t just step away quietly, he will let me know that I have imposed on his valuable time by expecting him once again to wait and wait and wait. But it finally occurred to me. Maybe we don’t operate in different time zones and maybe the reason he walks away is because he knows when someone says “it will be just a minute,” that in all reality, it could be 30 minutes or more. And he is not now and has never been capable of patiently waiting for anything. I can’t count the miles we have driven out of our way to avoid sitting in traffic or stopping for road construction. Even if it takes longer to get to our destination, in his mind it was quicker, because he was constantly on the move and not sitting still. Like the time we went out for dinner and drove away from five different restaurants because of long lines. An hour later when we finally got to eat I casually mentioned that we would have eaten sooner if we had waited at the first place we went to. But apparently that wasn’t the point. “I don’t wait in line to eat,” was all he said. And since I really enjoy eating with him, I don’t wait in lines either. I ride around in the truck with him. Tonight while working late to meet the printing deadline for the magazine, he offered to make dinner. “It’s ready,” he called out in no time at all. “I’ll be there in a minute,” I said and surprised both of us by really showing up in a minute. “Oh, I thought you were going to keep on working and just let our dinner get cold,” he said as I entered the kitchen. My mind quickly raced back over 40 years, mentally calculating how many cold dinners we have eaten because of shop projects that he couldn’t pull himself away from. “Those sound like fighting words,” I thought and started to say so. But the silly grin on his face reminded me, what’s the use? It’s how we’ve always done it and it works. I wait. He doesn’t. 

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Celebrating 35 Years

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Dirtbits

2017 SCORE Awards Night FGoodrich Tires, Carlos ‘Apdaly’

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Lopez, Dana Brown and brothers Jeff and Rick Geiser were among the major winners Saturday January 13, as SCORE International officially concluded the 2017 SCORE World Desert Champioship with the annual SCORE Awards Night gala held for the first time at the popular San Diego Air & Space Museum at Balboa Park. SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards were presented in 14 categories

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along with the 31 winners of the SCORE Milestone Awards as well as the overall and class point champions of the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Dana Brown was named the 2017 SCORE Person of the Year. Born in Dana Point, Calif., Brown has produced through Dana Brown Films a number of lifestyle action sports dramas, including Dust 2 Glory, released in late 2017 that celebrates the SCORE World Desert Championship with up close and personal stories of racers as well as capturing the stark beauty of Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula and the warmth, friendliness and enthusiasm of the legions of Mexican fans that embrace SCORE Baja racing.

In one of the most impressive driving performances in SCORE history, youthful third-generation desert racer Broc Dickerson, Brawley, Calif., was voted the 2017 SCORE Rookie of the Year after a sterling season. Dickerson, just 16 years old, is a veteran short-course/stadium racer with many Lucas Oil Off-Road Series race wins, 2017 was his first season in desert racing and was competing in the ultracompetitive Class 10 in the No. 1023 Dickerson Racing Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car. Jeff Geiser, co-owner of Geiser Brothers of Phoenix with his brother Rick, was voted as the SCORE Mechanic of the Year for his work with RPM Racing, of Bristol, Tenn., which fields five vehicles in the SCORE World Desert Championship.

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Rick Geiser was voted the SCORE Team Manager of the Year for his work helping coordinate the racing efforts of RPM Racing. Leading the parade of 2017 SCORE Desert Series point champions were the four overall titlists—Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico. (SCORE Overall, SCORE Overall Truck and SCORE Trophy Truck in the No. 1 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck), Broc Dickerson, Brawley, Calif. (SCORE Overall Buggy and Class 10 in the No. 1023 Alumi Craft-Chevy), Francisco Arredondo (SCORE Overall motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited in the No. 45x BREMEN-Arredondo-Haines Racing Honda CRF450X) and Marc Burnett, Lakeside Calif. (SCORE Overall UTV and Pro UTV FI in the No. 2905 Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo). It was the third straight year for ‘Apdaly’ Lopez to win the Overall Truck title and second time in three years to win the SCORE Overall point championship, and first time for Dickerson, Arredondo and Burnett to capture overall category titles. Besides the Geiser Brothers, manufacturer point titles included JIMCO Racing Inc. with the 2017 SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer point championship for the 23rd time in SCORE history. Based in Santee, Calif. and housed in a 16,000-square foot facility, JIMCO Racing vehicles were among the top finishers in several SCORE classes in 2017 including the entire top three in the unlimited Class 1 season points. After another banner year in the SCORE World Desert Championship in 2017, Ray Field’s Dougans Racing Engines of Riverside, Calif. captured the 2017 Engine Builder point championship for the third time. In the fourth year decided by points, Honda won the SCORE Motorcyle Manufacturer of the Year SCORE OffRoadsman award for the third time. In the third year decided by points, Polaris Industries won the SCORE UTV Manufacturer of the Year points for the third straight year Another element of the diverse awards program was the presentation of the 2017 SCORE Milestone Awards. As it has for 32 years, the coveted SCORE Milestone Awards were presented to those drivers who finished all required miles of the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship. A total of 31 racers completed all 2,057.97 required miles in the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship. Dan Sanchez, Editor of the popular SCORE Journal digital magazine and SCORE race programs was voted for the first time as the SCORE Journalist of the Year, while GetSome Photo (Art Eugenio) earned the SCORE Photographer of the Year honors for the fourth straight year. Winning the SCORE Videographer of the Year award for the second time was BCII TV, the award-winning SoCal company that produces all of the SCORE television shows and special content materials for the SCORE website.


Dirtbits

Jason Cobb Captures the First Casey Folks Perseverance Award

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t Best in the Desert's 2017 year end awards capping off the best year for entries in the organization's history, the Inaugural "Casey Folks Perseverance Award" was announced as a new annual award. It is given to someone who encompasses hard work, dedication, integrity and most importantly perseverance. Casey was a man of his word. No matter what it took, Casey persevered to honor his commitments. Throughout Casey’s life, he faced many difficult times. He met challenges head on and would

never back down or take the easy way out. He stood for what was right and was a man of integrity. Casey’s motto was: Lead, follow or get out of the way. Casey was a leader and lived the adventure of a lifetime. This trophy represents all the attributes Casey exhibited throughout his life and the legacy that lives on. Jason Cobb was chosen as the first recipient of this prestigious annual award due to many factors. Jason has been one of Best in the Desert's most ardent supporters for years. He went through a series of serious health issues, but was fortunate to be surrounded by a very supportive family, including his wife Gretchen, and successful racer son Josh. Fortunately Jason is now cancer-free. In

the midst of his health issues, he lost two jobs within the industry, but persevered throughout it all, and is now the proud owner of Trophy Lite. The Best in the Desert organization and family are fortunate to have Jason involved with us, and wish him the best of luck in his Trophy Lite adventure, and all future endeavors. For more information about Jason Cobb and TrophyLite, please visit: www. TrophyLite.com

Bob Ham, AMA Motorcyclist of theobYear Ham, a California

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activist who led the effort to make that state's renowned offhighway vehicle program a permanent part of the Department of Parks and Recreation, is the American Motorcyclist Association 2017 Motorcyclist of the Year. Awarded annually, the AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation recognizes the individual or group that had the most profound impact on the world of motorcycling in the previous 12 months. Ham led a coalition of OHV groups during hard-fought negotiations to turn an

anti-OHV bill in the legislature into a law that provides stability and funding to the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program. "Bob Ham has been a leader in off-road advocacy in California for many years, and his work on Senate Bill 249 and its funding bill (S.B. 159) in 2017 illustrates both his dedication to OHV recreation and his political acumen in navigating the halls of the state legislature," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "The contacts, friendships and alliances he built during the past few decades proved their value when the OHV community was faced with a bad piece of legislation and the possible demise of a great and beneficial program." California's Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program was created in 1971 to provide the state with a better way to manage its growing demand for off-highway recreation, while acknowledging the need to protect natural and cultural resources and engender respect for private property. Ham was involved in getting that Continued on page 10

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legislation passed. It was his introduction to off-road advocacy. Today, the OHV program oversees nine State Vehicular Recreation Areas that offer services and amenities, such as trails and tracks; restrooms, camping and water; OHV parts stores; law enforcement, first aid and rescue personnel; educational activities; maintenance, erosion control and wildlife management. The OHV program, a division of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, is the largest and among the most successful of its type in the United States. In 1982, legislation established a sunset provision for the program, requiring official action to renew it every five years. In 2007, the sunset provision was changed to 10 years. That set the scene for 2017: Without fresh legislation, the program could have expired on Dec. 31. S.B. 249 came from anti-OHV groups and included a host of new regulations, mandated studies, more committees and additional reports. As originally written, the bill would have cost the state an additional $11 million a year, with no appreciable benefit to the OHV community. Even worse, S.B. 249 would have allowed state officials to divert user-paid fees to non-OHV purposes. Working with numerous OHV advocacy groups, including the AMA, Ham won the support of the governor's office and the state Department of Parks and Recreation, and, eventually, turned the onerous S.B. 249 into

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a bill favorable to responsible motorized recreation. Gov. Jerry Brown signed S.B. 249 into law Oct. 3.

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ow in stock at Weddle Industries: Heavy Duty Bell Housings for VW 002 Bus, 091 Bus, and Vanagon transaxles. Made from A356-T6 cast aluminum, these bell housings are much stronger and more durable than the stock magnesium bell housing. The heavy duty design provides extra strength for off-road and other demanding applications. Note: VW Type 1 lower mount bosses have been added to provide additional mounting options and facilitate Bus to Bug conversions. Applications: VW 002 Bus, 091 Bus, and Vanagon transaxles For more info, call 805 562 8600 or email us info@ weddleindustries. com Weddle Industries specializes in extreme-use

racing transaxles, gears, gearboxes and driveline components. The company is headquartered in Goleta, California where they design and maintain a large inventory of racing gears, clutches, torque converters, axles, and other high performance driveline products, all of which are available through an extensive dealer network. For additional information, visit www.weddleindustries. com.

Derek 'Nobby' Clark, Legendary Engine Tuner, passes away

Derek "Nobby" Clark receives his AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame ring from Kenny Roberts at the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Photo erek "Nobby" Clark, who played a key role in capturing courtesy of the American Motorcyclist Association. 17 world roadracing titles developed in Zimbabwe, Mr. Clark's highacross multiple displacements over three school friend, Gary Hocking, built a reputation decades, died Sunday after a long illness. first on the streets of Bulawayo then on local He was 81. racetracks. Hocking's exploits ultimately took The greats Mr. Clark worked with him to Europe, and he encouraged Mr. Clark include AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers to follow. Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Kel In 1960, Hocking got a ride with MV Carruthers and Kenny Roberts. In Agusta and hired Mr. Clark as his tuner. That addition to the 17 FIM Grand year, Hocking was runner-up in 125, 250 and Prix world titles that he earned 350cc FIM World Championships. In 1961, he in classes ranging from 50cc to won the 350 and 500cc titles. 500cc, Mr. Clark contributed to Mr. Clark went to work for the factory winning three Daytona 200s, one Honda team and Jim Redman, following Daytona 100, four Imola 200s and Hocking's death in a Formula One car crash in eight Italian championships. 1962. He stayed with Honda, where he worked Mr. Clark was born in with Hailwood, and then joined a Yamaha September 1936, in Bulawayo, satellite team in 1971. In 1972, he joined the Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia). Yamaha factory team. He studied engineering at Bulawayo Mr. Clark was inducted into the AMA Technical High School and did his Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2012. ď … apprenticeship for Rhodesia Railways. As a vibrant motorcycling counterculture

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From the Trackside photo collection: Winners of the ’75 Mint 400: Gene Hirst and Rick Mears (later a 4 time winner of the Indy 500). Below: In the Winner's Circle is Sandmaster co-owner Don Arnett, Rick Mears and his wife, Gene Hirst, and KJ Howe, Mint Race Director. www.tracksidephoto.com More races are being added every day

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making it a turn-and-burn corner-carver for the trails. At first glance, you’ll recognize the front fascia with its aggressive profile. The swept front hood and fenders allow driver and passengers to easily see over the hood - a huge plus when driving through the ups and downs in the trails. As we mentioned before, you will also notice how short this vehicle is for a 4-seat machine - it measures 122 inches total in length and has a 82.7 inch wheelbase. The tight dimensions make this X4 a cornercarver, with precision scalpel handling that can make the best drivers smile. As easy as it is to go fast down the trail, it is equally as fun to go slow in this machine, namely because of its stellar The new Ultramatic transmission in the X4 is super smooth. Crawl up steep climbs like this with ease in 4WD. Ultramatic transmission and confident 4WD system. More on those in a bit… Let’s go over some more specs that are key to this machine’s success. The X4’s engine measures out to be 847cc and is laid out in a parallel twin setup (DOHC, 8 valves total). This engine is very compact and mounts low in the chassis for optimal centralized mass. Fuel consumption from the 9.2 gallon tank is controlled by Mikuni dual 36mm throttle bodies. Firing order is controlled By Casey Cordeiro is a wonderfully crafted UTV, and we via Transistor Controlled Ignition (TCI) Photos by Adam Campbell recently returned from Brushy Mountain and the starting is of course electric. The Motorsports Park in North Carolina after all-new Ultramatic transmission comes amaha is a standard with powerhouse a traditional manufacturer who V-belt layout makes sure that each and L, H, N, product is meticulously R settings crafted before production with a manual commences. We greatly parking brake. appreciate this about All-wheel the Blu Cru, and every engine braking time we strap into one is controlled of their UTV’s we are by a one-way pleasantly surprised sprag clutch. by the refinement they Putting the bring to the industry with power to the their top notch products. ground is an This top-notch quality On-Command has continued to shine 4WD system, as the Yamaha crew which recently unwrapped their includes latest gift to the UTV 3 different industry, better known as Railing corners is easy with the point-and-shoot handling characteristics of the Wolverine X4. The modes - 2WD, the Wolverine X4. This chassis is very balanced with precise turn-in dynamics. 4WD, full diff-

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The rear seats slide independently, making it easy to carry extra cargo if you only have 3 passengers.

With both seats slid all the way forward, there is enough room in the cargo bed for a full sized cooler. We love the LED taillights as well.

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driving this adventure-ready rig for the first time. The Wolverine X4 is an all-new vehicle with a familiar name. There is also a 2-seat Wolverine in the Yamaha lineup, but that isn’t to be confused with the X4. This X4 variant rides on a purpose-built chassis to handle the 2 extra passengers. Yes, this is a 4-seat machine with a very short wheelbase,

While sitting in the rear seat, you can see how I still have extra legroom, and I’m 6’3”

Full bucket seats adorn the front and rear. Notice the stadium-style seating.

lock 4WD. For those wondering, the rear differential is always locked. In the suspension department, both the front and rear movements are controlled via double A-arms (with anti-sway bars and preload adjustable shocks). Front travel measures out to 8.7 inches, and the rear has 8.9 inches of movement. The special part of the Door handles are located on the inside of the rear shocks is the fact that they contain doors. There is built-in protection for your a self-leveling system that adjusts to the shoulders and secure door latches.

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middle of these 2 machines, and it has the slimmest width. The X4 is significant because it molds the things we like about both the Honda and the Kawasaki into one machine, and it also improves on items that we don’t like about the other 2 vehicles. Let’s dive into it… The Wolverine X4 is the quietest UTV on the market in our minds, bar none. The new parallel twin engine might be small in noise output, but its torquey personality will make you want to step on the throttle all the time. Plus, you’ll be able to tell your passengers how much you enjoy that power-rich feeling as you breeze past the trees. All Yamaha Side-

by-Side’s equipped with the Ultramatic transmission are extremely smooth, and this new version of the Ultramatic in the X4 is ultra smooth. The centrifugal clutch keeps the belt tight at all times, meaning there is no lag when you pick up the throttle from a standstill or when already moving. Plus, you don’t need to worry about the belt having issues - Yamaha’s have essentially no belt issues because there is essentially no opportunity to “smoke it” and break it here with the centrifugal clutch. In addition to the A compact overall package makes this great power output, this powertrain also Wolverine X4 a champion on the trail. The ability has great engine braking, really great. It to carry 4 passengers is the icing on the cake. is smooth in both low and high gear, no Continued on next page

Front center console comes in very handy for stowing extra items for the trail. amount of weight you have in the vehicle and/or the amount of weight you are towing - you can tow up to 2000 lbs via the 2” receiver or haul up to 600 lbs in the dump bed. This suspension system self adjusts via an internal oiling system that makes minute changes based on the pressure in the oil chambers. Because it’s an oil system, there are no electric motors needed or external air bags. Simply drive a little ways and the system self adjusts to the amount of weight you have in and/or attached to the vehicle. For those of you looking to compare the Wolverine X4 to its closest competitors, check out the Kawasaki Teryx 4 (85.6 inch wheelbase, 61.6 inches wide) and the Honda Pioneer lineups (63 inches wide, 80.2 inch wheelbase). The X4’s wheelbase falls right in the

Yamaha included a new electronic limiting device that can keep the machine below 25 miles per hour.

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you need to ensure that the machine is running in top-notch fashion. A passenger glove box, cupholders, and center console round out the front-seat amenities nicely. Moving to the back seating area, we see that there is no dump bed - there is a standard bed that houses the two rear seats and still has a flip-down tailgate. The two rear seats slide forward and backward on a rail system, which allows you to either haul 2 additional passengers or more storage, whichever fits your fancy. One seat can be stored up and the other one slid back for a passenger, as well. Needless to say, the X4 is king when it comes to optional configurations. I also liked how I was able to have ample leg room with my tall figure in the back seats (400mm of legroom to be exact). My knees didn’t even hit the front seat - I was impressed! The back seats also sit up 100mm compared to the fronts so you have a stadium-style view of the trail. Both the front and the back doors have door handles on the inside so that they don’t get full of mud and debris great job Yamaha. All of the models that we drove had the suntop mounted up. It is specially designed so that it doesn’t get hung up on tree limbs and other challenges in the trail. Believe us, we tested it several times and this suntop performs flawlessly. This chassis setup really shines when you get behind the wheel. Not only is it compact so it fits easily on all 60” wide trails, but it is very fun to hustle around corners. True to Yamaha’s

point-and-shoot handling characteristics in their quads and other UTV’s, the X4 goes where you want it to go, even with four people aboard. There are no hints of the machine pushing into the corners. The self leveling shocks really help in this department with four people aboard - you don’t feel like you are driving a school bus into the corners and saying, “hey, watch out for that treeeeee!”. However, if there ever suddenly is a tree laying in the middle of the trail, you can go over it with 10.7 inches of ground clearance and easily-selectable 4WD that will pull you up and over the obstacle (or hill climb, for that matter). One of the other aspects that we really enjoyed about this car was the power steering system - it offers great feedback that actually allows you to “feel” the terrain under you just enough, without being abrupt. Kudos, Yamaha. For those of you who weren’t already aware, Yamaha really dives deep into the development of a new vehicle and incorporates many things into their UTV’s that other manufacturers might not take the time to do in the manufacturing process. For example, every chassis is E-coated, inside and out, before powder coating to ensure that the metal stays free of corrosion, no matter what climate you live in. Also, little things like adding two small drains in the front radiator fan guard are standard fare that Yamaha took the extra time to develop on the vehicle. With all of these great things about the Wolverine X4, you knew that there

Even with 4 people on board, the X4 keeps the front wheels firmly planted on the ground with the self-leveling rear shocks. It doesn’t ever feel tippy, either. matter how fast you are going. Needless language) allows you to select from to say, it was confidence-inspiring and “bunny” or “turtle” mode to limit the we were thoroughly impressed! For those vehicle speed to 25 mph, if wanted. looking to limit the speed they travel or Let’s talk about the cabin. The front limit the speed of new drivers, the drive seats are well bolstered and offer a great by wire throttle (YCC-T in Yamaha view over the hood with their up-right stance. When driving the X4, you can get comfortable with the adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel. For my 6’3” frame, I was a little crunched in the footwell area, Trails are ultra fun in the Wolverine X4. The new twin-cylinder powerplant provides plenty meaning my ankle of power to keep it fun while not being obnoxious. was definitely tired at the end of the day from flexing to reach the gas pedal (this is an issue I have also cited with the Teryx lineup). However, this wouldn't be an issue for someone with shorter legs. And, with the compact chassis dimensions, every seat gets the most legroom possible. The adjustable steering wheel is great, and the gauge cluster gives you all the vital information Here, the rear seats are shown in their back, flat position ready to hold passengers.

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Self-leveling rear shocks provide a balanced ride and great compliance over the rough stuff.

Under the quick-release hood, Yamaha has easy access to some of the vitals of the machine. had to be a couple things that we think could be improved on this new UTV. For example, getting into and out of this X4 is a challenge, both for front and rear passengers. We totally understand how Yamaha wants to make this the safest vehicle possible, and we applaud them for that, but the plastic guards above the front and rear doors With the cover between the rear seats removed, you can get easy access to the engine. make getting into and out of the X4 a challenge where you have to scoot your butt in first, turn, then sit. It could be one swift motion, but it isn’t. In addition to this, there is limited storage area with four people in the car. With a vehicle this compact, this issue is not easy to get around and I understand that fact. I’m sure we aren’t all going to have four people on a long adventure, and the fact that you can have three seats being used and the extra storage area behind the fourth seat is awesome, but there is still limited room when the seats are filled. The other quibble we have is the amount of room in this vehicle in the front seats. I wish the front seats sat up slightly higher to provide a little extra legroom. From the get go, Yamaha brought out a massive list of factory accessories. Which one is our favorite, you ask? We have to pick the full cab enclosure - it is slick! You can mount a heater in there to keep you warm on cold trail days, and you can also have the tunes cranked with specific spots for speakers and a subwoofer. With 280W on reserve from

the stock charging system, powering an assortment of accessories on this X4 is also an easy task. Yamaha does their homework when they develop a new vehicle, so it is hard to fault anything that they have for sale. You know it’s going to be reliable, capable, confident, and comfortable. This all rings true with the new Wolverine X4 - if you’re looking for a vehicle that is adventure-ready with the ability to

haul four people comfortably, this could very well be your machine, especially with a starting price of $15,999 MSRP. The Wolverine X4 is definitely the new standard in this class, and we can’t wait to get back behind the wheel! More information on the USAbuilt Yamaha Wolverine X4 can be found, here: www.yamahamotorsports. com/recreation-side-by-side/models/ wolverine-x4 

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COMING EVENTS

Clean-ups & Trail Work • Desert Racing • Dual Sport • Endurance Races • Endurocross • Enduros • Flat Track 4WD Events • 4WD Training • Fun Runs • GP’s • Motocross • Off Road Shows • Quad Racing • Quad Training • Rock Crawling Sand Drags • Short Course • Speedway • Supercross • Trials • UTV • Vintage Motocross

CLEAN-UPS, TRAIL WORK

CLOVIS INDEPENDENT 4 WHEELERS www.clovis4x4.com May 12, 2018 - Trail Clearing EASTERN SIERRA 4 WHEEL DRIVE CLUB www.easternsierra4wdclub.com May 3-8, 2018 - Guzzler Upgrade Work (Mule Deer Foundation) SAN DIEGO OFF ROAD COALITION www.sdorc.org 858-822-8274 SAND DUNES CLEAN UP www. uniteddesertgateway.org (760) 352-3681

DESERT RACING CARS & TRUCKS

ARIZONA OFF ROAD PROMOTIONS (623) 363-9665 www.arizonaoffroadpromotions.com Feb 10-11, 2018 - Vulture Mine Hare Scrambles, Wickenburg AZ Nov 17-18, 2018 - Gila Bend Grand Prix, Gila Bend AZ BEST IN THE DESERT (702) 457-5775 www.bitd.com Feb 1-4, 2018 - Bluewater Resort Parker 425, Parker AZ Mar 8-11, 2018 - Polariz RZR Mint 400, Las Vegas NV

May 3-6, 2018 - VT Construction Silver State 300, Caliente NV Aug 15-18, 2018 - General Tire Vegas to Reno Oct 11-14, 2018 - Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic, Laughlin NV Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2018 - Pahrump Nugget 250, Pahrump NV CODE OFF ROAD (01152) (686) 553-40-87 www.codeoffroad.com.mx Feb 16-18, 2018 - MR Grand Prix, San Luis Sonora Mar 23-24, 2018 - Desert Race, Mexicali BC May 11-13, 2018 - VW Auto Partes, Mexicali BC Jul 27-29, 2018 - Kendall Motrix Grand Prix, Tecate BC Oct 11-14, 2018 - Mexicana Logistics 500 Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2018 - Polaris Baja 275 M.O.R.E. www.moreracing.net (760) 253-4453 Mar 17, 2018 - Transaxle Engineering Challenge, Barstow CA May 19, 2018 - McKenzie's 250, Lucerne Valley CA Jul 21, 2018 - Sierra LED 250, Barstow CA Sept 29, 2018 - PCI Race Radios 300, Lucerne Valley CA

Oct 19-21, 2018 - Jack and Jill Race Towards a Cure, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Dec 7-9, 2018 - Jamar Championship Series Finale, SNORE/MORE Rage at the River, Laughlin NV NORRA (805) 390-1671 www.norra.com Apr 20-27, 2018 - 2018 Mexican 1000 RECORD OFF ROAD 646-176-16-37 www.recordoffroad.com Mar 9-11, 2018 - La Vuelta 250 Jun 22-24, 2018 - King Shocks Ensenada San Felipe 250 Oct 5-6, 2018 - San Vicente 200 Dec 14-16, 2018 - Race Ready 250 Coast to Coast SCORE (818) 225-8402 www.score-international.com Apr 2-8, 2018 - 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250 May 30 - Jun 3, 2018 - 50th SCORE Baja 500 Sept 19-23, 2018 - Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge Nov 14-18, 2018 - 51st SCORE Baja 1000 SNORE (702) 452-4522 www.snoreracing.net Feb 9-11, 2018 - King Shocks Battle at Primm, Primm NV

Apr 6-7, 2018 - Motion Tire 300, Ridgecrest CA Jun 8-9, 2018 - Caliente 250, Caliente NV Aug 3-4, 2018 - KC Hilites Midnight Special, Jean NV Oct 5-6, 2018 - SNORE 250, Beatty NV Dec 7-9, 2018 - Rage at the River, Laughlin NV SADR (SOUTHERN ARIZONA DESERT RACING) 520-747-0490 www.racesadr.com Feb 23-24, 2018 - Sandstorm 300 May 18-19, 2018 - Desert Race 150 miles Oct 5-6, 2018 - Cholla 250 Nov 30-Dec 1, 2018 - Point to Point the long way TEJAS OFF ROAD RACING ASSOCIATION 432-553-5780 www.torraracing.com TEXAS DESERT RACING ASSOCIATION (361) 522-3520 www.texasdesertracing.com Feb 23-24, 2018 - Texana Apr 13-15, 2018 - Texas 300 Jul 13-15, 2018 - Texana 200 Oct 26-28, 2018 - Lonestar 250 VORRA (916) 925-1702 www.vorra.net

DESERT RACING MOTORCYCLES & QUADS

AMA DISTRICT 37 (714) 747-1211 www.district37ama.org Feb 24-25, 2018 - 4 Aces Desert Scrambles, Spangler OHV, Ridgecrest CA Mar 10-11, 2018 - HBMC Dual Euro Scrambles Slash X, Barstow CA Mar 17-18, 2018 - Prospectors Hare Scrambles, Gorman CA Mar 25, 2018 - Dirt Diggers Desert Scrambles, Red Mountain CA Apr 14-15, 2018 - Rovers Desert Scrambles, Wagon Wheel OHV, Ridgecrest CA Apr 22, 2018 - Vikings Hare Scrambles, Johnson Valley, CA Apr 28-29, 2018 - SoCal Desert Scrambles, Johnson Valley CA May 12, 2018 - Badgers Dual Euro Scrambles, Spangler OHV, Ridgecrest CA Jun 2-3, 2018 - RHR Dual Euro Scrambles, North Anderson OHV, Lucerne Valley CA Jun 9, 2018 - Prairie Dogs Last Dog Standing, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Sept 15-16, 2018 - 4 Aces MC Dual Euro Scrambles, Spangler OHV, Ridgecrest CA Sept 29, 2018 - Shamrocks Dual Euro Scrambles, Charlie's Place, Ridgecrest CA Oct 14, 2018 - Checkeres Hare & Hound, Johnson Valley CA Oct 20, 2018 - Invaders Desert Scrambles, Red Mountain CA Nov 10-11, 2018 - 100's MC National Hare & Hound, Johnson Valley CA AMA DISTRICT 38 OFF ROAD DIVISION (619) 562-1993 www.amad38.com Races held in the Imperial County desert near El Centro CA Bike & ATV Schedule Feb 24, 2018 - Roadrunner King of the Desert, Superstition Mar 17, 2018 - I8 Speed Limit 100, Plaster City West Apr 14, 2018 - OTB Easter Scramble Team Race, Plaster City East

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Oct 7, 2018 - Roadrunner Rattlesnake Chase, Superstition Oct 20, 2018 - I-8 Monster Mash, Dip Nov 10, 2018 - Full Throttle Plaster City Dash, Plaster City East Dec 8, 2018 - Roadrunner Christmas Classic, Lakebed UTV Schedule Feb 24, 2018 - Roadrunner King of the Desert, Superstition Mar 17, 2018 - I8 Speed Limit 100, Plaster City West Apr 14, 2018 - OTB Easter Egg Scramble, Plaster City East Oct 20, 2018 - I8 Monster Mash, Dip Nov 10, 2018 - Full Throttle Plaster City Dash, Plaster City East Dec 9, 2018 - Roadrunner Christmas Classic, Lakebed AMA NATIONAL HARE & HOUND www.NationalHareandHound.com Tentative 2018 Schedule - Subject to Change Feb 24-25, 2018 - Round 2, Roadrunners MC, AMA District 38, Superstition Mountain, Ocotillo CA Mar 10-11, 2018 - Round 3, Texas Apr 21-22, 2018 - Round 4, Little Sahara OHV, Sugarloafers MC, USRA, Jericho UT May 4-5, 2018 - Round 5, Lieel Sahara OHV, Sage Riders MC, USRA, Jericho UT Jul 28-29, 2018 - Round 6 TBD, Wyoming Aug 8-9, 2018 - Round 7, Big Sandy, MT Aug 25, 2018 - Round 8, Silver State Trail Blazers, AMA MRAN, Panaca NV Oct 13-14, 2018 - Round 9, Checkers MC, AMA District 37, TBD, California Oct 27-28, 2018 - Round 10, 100s MC, AMA District 37, Lucerne Valley CA AMA WEST HARE SCRAMBLES www.westharescramble.com Feb 17-18, 2018 - Round 2, Prescott AZ Mar 17-18, 2018 - Round 3, Gorman CA Mar 24-15, 2018 - Round 4, Emmett ID Apr 14-15, 2018 - Round 5, Redding CA Jun 23-24, 2018 - Round 6, Bellingham WA Oct 6-7, 2018 - Round 7, Silverwater OK - East vs. West Oct 20-21, 2018 - Round 8, Truckee (Norden) CA TBA - Round 9, California AMRA ARIZONA MOTORCYCLE RIDERS ASSOCIATION www.amraracing.com Feb 18, 2018 - Race 6, 2018 Arizona Off-Road State Championship, Prescott, AZ Mar 3, 2018 - Race 7, 2018 Arizona Off-Road State Championship, San Manuel AZ Apr 7, 2018 - Race 8, 2018 Arizona Off-Road State Championship, Globe AZ ARIZONA OFF ROAD PROMOTIONS (623) 363-9665 www.arizonaoffroadpromotions.com Jul 28-29, 2018 - Cinder Mountain Hare Scrambles, Flagstaff AZ Aug 18, 2018 - Lynx Creek Hare Scrambles, Prescott Valley AZ BEST IN THE DESERT (702) 457-5775 www.bitd.com Apr 6-7, 2018 - Polaris RZR UTV World Championship, Laughlin NV May 3-6, 2018 - Motion Pro Nevada 200 Trail Ride, Caliente NV Aug 15-18, 2018 - General Tire, Vegas to Reno CODE OFF ROAD (01152) (686) 553-40-87 www.codeoffroad.com.mx Feb 16-18, 2018 - MR Grand Prix, San Luis Sonora

Mar 23-24, 2018 - Desert Race, Mexicali BC May 11-13, 2018 - VW Auto Partes, Mexicali BC Jul 27-29, 2018 - Kendall Motrix Grand Prix, Tecate BC Oct 11-14, 2018 - Mexicana Logistics 500 Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2018 - Polaris Baja 275 NORRA (661) 268-1232 www.norra.com Apr 20-27, 2018 - 2018 Mexican 1000 RECORD OFF ROAD 646-176-16-37 www.recordoffroad.com Mar 9-11, 2018 - La Vuelta 250 Jun 22-24, 2018 - King Shocks Ensenada San Felipe 250 Oct 5-6, 2018 - San Vicente 200 Dec 14-16, 2018 - Race Ready 250 Coast to Coast SCORE (818) 225-8402 www.score-international.com Apr 2-8, 2018 - 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250 May 30 - Jun 3, 2018 - 50th SCORE Baja 500 Sept 19-23, 2018 - Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge Nov 14-18, 2018 - 51st SCORE Baja 1000 TEJAS OFF ROAD RACING ASSOCIATION 432-553-5780 www.torraracing.com TEXAS DESERT RACING ASSOCIATION (361) 522-3520 www.texasdesertracing.com Feb 23-24, 2018 - Texana Apr 13-15, 2018 - Texas 300 Jul 13-15, 2018 - Texana 200 Oct 26-28, 2018 - Lonestar 250 ZR PROMOTIONS (686) 564-6653 www.zrpromo.com

DUAL SPORT

Dual sport rides are designed for street-legal, licensed motorcycles that are capable of being ridden on dirt roads and trails BIG BEAR TRAIL RIDERS MC www.bigbeartrailriders.com 818-391-3083 CAL POLY PENGUINS MC www.penguinsds.com 775-781-7845 Mar 11, 2018 - Hi-Mountain Dual Sport COUNTDOWN www.mex2can.com 775-884-0399 Mexico to Canada Dual Sport Ride Feb 17-19, 2018 – Death Valley Rally, Countdown, Ridgecrest CA Mar 10-11, 2018 - Death Valley 350, Countdown Ridgecrest CA May 7-11, 2018 - Mex2Can 1st Half, Countdown, Tecate CA Aug 17-24, 2018 - Mex2Can 2nd Half, Countdown, Fallon NV Jul 14-15, 2018 - Topaz 600, Countdown, Topaz NV Sept 28-30, 2018 - Trans-Sierra, Countdown, Topaz NV CRAWDAD OFF ROAD EVENTS www.crawdadoffroadevents.com D-37 DUAL SPORT (626) 446-7386 www.district37ama.org/dualsport/ Feb 3-4, 2018 - Howling Mojave Desert Dash, Pearblossom CA Feb 18, 2018 - Mojave Family Adventure, Trona CA Feb 24-25, 2018 - San Diego Adventure Riders Anza Borrego Desert Dash, Julian CA Mar 10-11, 2018 - Countdown Death Valley 350, Ridgecrest CA

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Apr 14, 2018 - Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Ride For Kids, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA DUAL SPORT WEST www.dualsportwest.com 775-884-0399 Feb 17-19, 2018 – Death Valley Rally, Countdown, Ridgecrest CA Mar 10-11, 2018 - Death Valley 350, Countdown Ridgecrest CA May 7-11, 2018 - Mex2Can 1st Half, Countdown, Tecate CA May 2018 - Sheetiron 300, Oakland MC, Stonyford CA Aug 17-24, 2018 - Mex2Can 2nd Half, Countdown, Fallon NV Jul 14-15, 2018 - Topaz 600, Countdown, Topaz NV Sept 28-30, 2018 - Trans-Sierra, Countdown, Topaz NV Sept 2018 - Alpine Trails, Chaparrals MC, Jawbone Canyon CA Sept 2018 - Buckhorn, Redding Dirt Riders, Basshole Bar, Lakehead CA Sept 2018 - Ride Reno 200, Dust Devils, Boomtown, Verdi NV Oct 2018 - Howlin' at the Moon, Arizona Trail Riders, Prescott Valley Nov 3-4, 2018 - China Lake 300 DUST DEVILS MC www.dustdevilsmc.com Sept 2018 - Ride Reno 200, Boomtown, Verdi NV FAMILY OFF ROAD ADVENTURES www.familyoffroadadventures.com 209-649-3633 Feb 18, 2018 - Mojave Family Adventure May 5-6, 2018 – Yosemite Adventure Tour Sept 22-23, 2017 - Yosemite Dual Sport Adventure ORANGE COUNTY DUALIES www.dualies.com 562-243-3301 SAN DIEGO ADVENTURE RIDERS www.dualsport-sd.com 619-825-6308 Feb 24-25, 2018 - 15th Annual Anza Borrego Desert Dash

VENTURA COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CLUB www.venturacountymc.com 805-276-0156 Oct 12-14, 2018 - VCMC Bishop Dual Sport

ENDURANCE RACES

GLEN HELEN RACEWAY (909) 880-3090 www.glenhelen.com Mar 11, 2018 - JBC 6 Hour Endurance

ENDURO CROSS Off-Road motorcycle racing with obstacles such as rocks, logs, water, sand, jumps and tractor tires, sometimes held indoors. GEICO AMA ENDUROCROSS www.endurocross.com

ENDUROS

DISTRICT 37 (714) 539-2357 www.district37ama.org Sept 8, 2018 - Lost Coyotes Sprint Enduro, Spangler OHV, Ridgecrest CA Sept 23, 2018 - United MC Sprint Enduro, Johnson Valley OHV, Lucerne Valley CA

FLAT TRACK

AMERICAN FLAT TRACK www.americanflattrack.com Mar 15, 2018 - Daytona TT, Daytona Beach FL Apr 7, 2018 - Atlanta Short Track, Woodstock GA Apr 28, 2018 - Texas Half Mile, Fort Worth TX May 5, 2018 - Calistoga Half Mile, Calistoga CA May 12, 2018 - Arizona Mile, Phoenix AZ May 19, 2018 - Sacramento Mile, Sacramento CA May 27, 2018 - Springfield Mile I, Springfield IL Jun 2, 2018 - Red Mile, Lexington KY

Jun 16, 2018 - OKC Mile, Oklahoma City OK Jun 30, 2018 - Lima Half-Mile, Lima OH Jul 7, 2018 - New York Short Track, Weedsport NY Aug 5, 2018 - Buffalo Chip TT, Sturgis SD Aug 7, 2018 - Peoria TT, Peoria IL Sept 2, 2018 - Springfield Mile II, Springfield IL Sept 8, 2018 - Williams Grove HalfMile, Mechanicsburg PA Sept 29, 2018 - Minnesota Mile, Shakopee MN Oct 6, 2018 - Meadowlands Mile, East Rutherford NJ AZ FLAT TRACK RACING (602) 320-9201 www.azflattrackracing.com CALIFORNIA FLAT TRACK ASSOCIATION (415) 320-7889 www.californiaflattrack.com CALVMX 619-500-2869 www.calvmx.net All events held at Camp Lockett Event & Equestrian Facility, Campo CA Apr 14-15, 2018 - Round 1 Jun 2-3, 2018 - Round 2 Jul 28-29, 2018 - Round 3 Aug 25-26, 2018 - Round 4 Sept 29-30, 2018 - Round 5 Oct 27-28, 2018 - Round 6 EDDIE MULDER’S WEST COAST DIRT TRACK SERIES (861) 944-1184 www. eddiemulderswcvdts.com QC FLAT TRACK (602) 577-1483 www.qcflattrack.com SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FLAT TRACK ASSOCIATION (951) 443-7622 www.southerncaliforniaflattrack.com All races held at Perris Raceway, Perris CA Schedule subject to change due to weather

Feb 17, 2018 - Round 1, SCFTA Championship Series Mar 10, 2018 - Round 2, SCFTA Championship Series Apr 7, 2018 - Round 3, SCFTA Championship Series May 5, 2018 - TT Race for 150cc and lower Jun 9, 2018 - Round 4, SCFTA Championship Series Jul 14, 2018 - Round 5, SCFTA Championship Series Aug 11, 2018- Round 6, SCFTA Championship Series Sept 8, 2018 - Round 7, SCFTA Championship Series Oct 13, 2018 - Round 8, SCFTA Championship Series Nov 10-11, 2018 - Rounds 9 & 10, SCFTA Championship Series Dec 1, 2018 - Round 11, SCFTA Championship Series

4WD CLUBS

BADLANDS OFF ROAD ADVENTURES www.4x4training.com Mar 26, 2018 - Easter Safari for First Timers, Moab UT, 5 days Apr 13, 2018 - Death Valley Adventure, Ridgecrest CA 4 days Jun 22, 2018 - Summer Fest/Field Day, Frazier Park CA, 3 days Aug 13, 2018 - Rubicon Trail Adventure, Lake Tahoe CA, 4 days Oct 5, 2018 - Borrego Fest, Borrego Springs CA, 3 days Oct 19, 2018 - Death Valley Adventure, Ridgecrest CA, 4 days Nov 24, 2018 - Thanksgiving Adventure, Mojave CA, 2 days BEACH N TOYS (760) 945-3979 www.beachntoys.net CALIFORNIA 4WD ASSOCIATION INC. 1-8004x4-FUNN (916) 381-8300 www.cal4wheel.com Feb 16-18, 2018 - Cal 4 Wheel Convention, Riverside CA Mar 2-4, 2018 - TDS Desert Safari, Ocotillo Wells CA

CAPO VALLEY 4 WHEELERS www.cv4w.org Feb 9, 2018 - King of the Hammers, Johnson Valley CA Mar 3, 2018 - Festival of Whales Parade Mar 8-11, 2018 - Death Valley Run Mar 18, 2018 - Coyote Canyon

PARKER 4 WHEELERS (909) 239-1162 www.parker4 wheelers.net

DESERT DAWGS (951) 681-8608 www.desertdawgs.org

RED ROCK 4-WHEELERS www.rr4w.com Mar 24 - Apr 1, 2018 - Easter Jeep Week, Moab UT

DESERT SIDE TRACS www.dst4x4club.org May 4-6, 2018 - Mojave Road DIABLO 4-WHEELERS www.diablo4wheelers.com (925) 682-5734 EARLY BRONCOS LTD (1966-77 “Early” Ford Broncos) www.earlybronco.com Apr 15, 2018 - Fabulous Fords Forever, Buena Park CA GEARED FOUR FUN 4WD CLUB (760) 751-9733 www.geared4fun.com HEMET JEEP CLUB www.hemetjeep club.com INLAND EMPIRE FOUR WHEELERS (909) 883-7219 www.ie4w.com Feb 2018 - Calico Weekend Apr 2018 - Powder Puff Run May 24-28, 2018 - Taboose Creek JEEP BLITZ www.jeepblitz.com (530) 333-4771 May 24-27, 2018 - 3rd Annual Jeep Blitz, Bushnell IL JUST RUNS (619) 579-7120 www.justruns.com Check the justruns.com schedule regularly. Often runs are added/ changed at the last minute. May 12-21, 2018 - Southern Idaho

POINT MUGU 4WD CLUB, INC. (805) 241-5899 www.facebook.com/pages/PointMugu-4x4-Club/356896013416

RIVERSIDE 4 WHEELERS www.riverside 4wheelers.net SAN DIEGO 4 WHEELERS www.sd4wheel.com Apr 10-15, 2018 - Sand Hollow UT SCOUTS WEST 4WDC (619) 477-6156; (562) 902-8559 www.scoutswest.com Apr 20-22, 2018 - IH Western Regionals, Calico CA SONS OF THUNDER 4-WHEELERS (949) 830-8254 www.sonsofthunder4x4.com Feb 24, 2018 - Snow Fun Run Mar 24, 2018 - Anza Borrego Apr 27-29, 2018 - Calico Days May 26-28, 2018 - Old Dale Mine Jun 22-24, 2018 - Jawbone Jul 28, 2018 - Pilot Rock Aug 24-26, 2018 - Big Bear Sept 29, 2018 - Horse Thief Canyon Oct 27, 2018 - Cleghorn Night Run Nov 23-24, 2018 - Partial Mojave Road Dec TBD - Christmas Party

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Mar 3-4, 2018 - Prairie Dogs GP, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Apr 7-8, 2018 Hilltoppers MC GP, 29 Palms CA May 5-6, 2018 Shamrocks GP, Primm NM Oct 6-7, 2018 Viewfinders GP, Ridgecrest CA Nov 3-4, 2018 Prospectors GP, Gorman CA Dec 1-2, 2018 Vikings GP, Lake Havasu AZ AMA DISTRICT 38 OFF ROAD DIVISION (619) 562-1993 www.amad38.com May 12, 2018 - D38 Grand Prix, Cahuilla Creek, Anza CA AMRA ARIZONA MOTORCYCLE RIDERS ASSOCIATION www.amra racing.com

COMING EVENTS Continued 4WD CLUBS

Continued from Page 17 TIERRA DEL SOL www.tds4x4.com Mar 2-4, 2018 - 56th Annual TDS Desert Safari, Truckhaven, North Ocotillo Wells CA VEGAS VALLEY 4 WHEELERS (702) 558-5786 www.vv4w.org VICTOR VALLEY 4 WHEELERS www.victorvalley 4wheelers.com Oct 2018 - 27th Annual Fun in the Desert, Johnson Valley CA WILLYS OVERLAND MOAB RALLY (714) 478-1867 www.willysrally.com May 18-20, 2018 - Willys Overland Rally, Moab UT

4WD TRAINING

BADLANDS OFF ROAD ADVENTURES www.4x4training.com Feb 3, 2018 - Women Only Getting Started Driving Off-Road, Borrego Springs CA Feb 10-11, 2018 - Getting Started Off-Road Driving, Gorman and Mojave CA Feb 17-18, 2018 - Getting Started Off-Road Driving, Borrego Springs CA Feb 24, 2018 - Starting Rock Crawling, Lucerne Valley CA Ma 4, 2018 - Recovery Clinic, Borrego Springs CA Mar 10, 2018 - Wilderness First Aid, 2 days, Gorman CA Mar 10-11, 2018 - Getting Started Driving Off-Road, Mojave CA Mar 24-25, 2018 - Getting Started Driving Off-Road, Borrego Springs CA

FUN RUNS

BARSTOW POKER RUN (760) 252-3093 www.barstowpokerrun.com CORVA (800) 42-CORVA www.corva.org DESERT IRONWOODS RESORT 760-767-5670 www.desertironwoods.com Feb 10, 2017 - Valentine's Day Golf Tournament Apr 1, 2017 - Kids Easter Egg Hunt May 5, 2017 - Taco Cook-Off May 26, 2017 - Famous Water Slide & Potluck Luau Jun 9, 2017 - Pool Party Potluck EARLY BRONCOS LTD (1966-77 “Early” Ford Broncos) www.earlybronco.com Apr 15, 2018 - Fabulous Fords Forever, Buena Park CA MORONGO BASIN SEARCH & RESCUE (760) 749-6321 www.desertrun.org

PARKER 4 WHEELERS (909) 239-1162 www.parker4wheelers.net REDDING DIRT RIDERS www.reddingdirtriders.com SAN DIEGO OFF ROAD COALITION 858-822-8274 www.sdorc.org SOBOBA RIDES, San Jacinto CA (951) 654-9436 www.sobobarides.biz Feb 18, 2018 - 39th Annual Soboba Trail Ride, San Jacinto CA ZR PROMOTIONS (686) 564-6653 www.zrpromo.com

G.P.’S

AMA DISTRICT 37 (714) 539-2357 www.district37ama.org Feb 10-11, 2018 - Dirt Diggers GP, Taft CA

ARIZONA OFF ROAD PROMOTIONS (623) 363-9665 www.arizonaoffroadp romotions.com Mar 10-11, 2018 - Q-Town Grand Prix, Quartzite AZ Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2018 - River Rampage Grand Prix, Bullhead City AZ May 5-6, 2018 - Winslow Grand Prix, Winslow AZ May 26-27, 2018 - Prescott Valley Grand Prix, Prescott Valley AZ Jun 30-Jun 1, 2018 - Mormon Lake Grand Prix, Mormon Lake AZ Oct 13-14, 2018 - Payson Grand Prix, Payson AZ Nov 3-4, 2018 - Crazy Horse Grand Prix, Lake Havasu City AZ Nov 17-18, 2018 - Gila Bend Grand Prix, Gila Bend AZ Dec 5, 2018 - Christmas Grand Prix, Peoria AZ BIG 6 (562) 423-1889 Ride Hotline (714) 539-2357 www.big6racing.com Feb 10-11, 2018 - Dirt Diggers GP, Taft CA Mar 3-4, 2018 - Prairie Dogs GP, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Apr 7-8, 2018 Hilltoppers MC GP, 29 Palms CA May 5-6, 2018 Shamrocks GP, Primm NM Oct 6-7, 2018 Viewfinders GP, Ridgecrest CA Nov 3-4, 2018 Prospectors GP, Gorman CA Dec 1-2, 2018 Vikings GP, Lake Havasu AZ DIRT SERIES (909) 800-9820 www.elsinore grandprix.com Nov 8-11, 2018 Elsinore Grand Prix, Lake Elsinore CA

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FIRE & POLICE MOTOCROSS www.firepolice mx.com Dec 11, 2018 Christmas GP, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA

GLEN HELEN RACEWAY (909) 880-3090 San Bernardino www.glenhelen.com Feb 25, 2018 - SRA Grand Prix Mar 3, 2018 - Prairie Dog Grand Prix LACR MX, Palmdale CA (661) 754-3366 www.lacr.mx LOS ANCIANOS MC CLUB www.losancianos.com REDDING DIRT RIDERS www.reddingdirtriders.com SRA (714) 957-2985 www.sragp.com Motorcycles, Quads, UTVs All events held at Glen Helen Raceway, Devore CA Tentative 2018 Schedule Feb 25, 2018 - Grand Prix Mar 18, 2018 - Grand Prix Apr 29, 2018 - Grand Prix May 2018 - No Race Jun 24, 2018 - Grand Prix Jul 24, 2018 - Grand Prix Aug 26, 2018 - Grand Prix Sept 20, 2018 - Grand Prix Oct 28, 2018 - Grand Prix Nov 11, 2018 - Grand Prix Dec 16, 2018 - Grand Prix ZR PROMOTIONS (686) 564-6653 www.zrpromo.com

MOTOCROSS

Also see Vintage Motocross Category 333 MX PARK (949) 228-0546 www.facebook.com/thewestmx Apr 15, 2018 - The Dirt Series MX AMA DISTRICT 37 (562) 225-0429 www.district37ama.org AMA AMATEUR NATIONAL MX REGIONAL www.mxsports.com Feb 10-11, 2018 - Southwest Area Qualifier, Arizona Cycle Park, Buckeye AZ Feb 17-18, 2018 - Southeast Area Qualifier, Gatorback Cycle Park, Alchua FL Feb 17-18, 2018 - Northwest Area Qualifier, Riverfront MX Park, Marysville CA Feb 17-18, 2018 - South Central Area Qualifier, Bowers MX, Amarillo TX Feb 24, 2018 - Southwest Area Qualifier, Milestone MX, Riverside CA Mar 10-Mar 11, 2018 - Mid-East Area Qualifier, Fast Farms MX Altamont TN AMA LUCAS OIL PRO MX CHAMPIONSHIP www.mxnationals.com May 19, 2018 - Hangtown Motocross Classic, Sacramento CA May 26, 2018 - Glen Helen National, San Bernardino CA Jun 2, 2018 - Thunder Valley National, Lakewood CO Jun 16, 2018 - High Point National, Mt. Morris PA Jun 23, 2018 - Tennessee National, Blountville TN Jun 30, 2018 - Southwick National, Southwick MA Jul 7, 2018 - RedBud National, Buchanan MI Jul 21, 2018 - Spring Creek National, Milville MN Jul 28, 2018 - Washougal National, Washougal WA Aug 11, 2018 - Unaadilla National, Berlin NY Aug 18, 2018 - Budds Creek National, Mechanicsville MD Aug 25, 2018 - Ironman National, Crawfordsville IN CAHUILLA CREEK MX TRACK (951) 471-6135 Anza CA www. cahuillacreek motocross.com COMPETITIVE EDGE Hesperia CA www.ridecemx.com (760) 947-9054 DT1 MX Park Tulare CA (559) 685-0503 www.dt1mxpark.com


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FIRE & POLICE MOTOCROSS (760) 586-5320 www.firepolicemx.com Mar 12-13, 2018 - Rounds 1 & 2, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA GLEN HELEN RACEWAY, Devore CA (909) 880-3090, San Bernardino www.glenhelen.com Feb 3, 2018 - REM Saturday Motocross Feb 4, 2018 - SoCal Old Timers MX Feb 4, 2018 - Road to Mammoth Qualifier Feb 10, 2018 - REM Saturday Motocross Feb 11, 2018 - Dirt Series INTERNATIONAL OLDTIMER MOTOCROSS www.oldtimermx.com Mar 10-11, 2018 - Arizona OTMX, Canyon MC Park, Peoria AZ Apr 14-15, 2018 - SoCal OTMX, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Apr 21-22, 2018 - Nevada OTMX, Fernley NV May 19-20, 2018 - Rocky Mountain, Niarada, Montana Jun 9-10, 2018 - Sierra OTMX, Prairie City, Rancho Cordova CA Jul -8, 2018 - Oregon OTMX, Washougal MX Park, Washougal WA Jul 14-15, 2018 - Washington OTMX, Ward Creek, Raymond WA Aug 4-5, 2018 - BC OTMX, Agassiz BC Aug 11-12, 2018 - Alberta OTMX, Antler Lake, Edmonton Alberta Sept 22-23, 2018 - Idaho OTMX, Owyhee MX, Boise ID KERN COUNTY RACEWAY Bakersfield CA (661) 835-12642 www.kernraceway.com/mx LA PLAYA MOTOCROSS Rosarito, Mexico (619) 819 6323 www.facebook.com/ laplayamotocross LACR MX, Palmdale CA (661) 754-3366 www.lacr.mx MILESTONE RANCH MX PARK, Riverside CA (951) 686-4669 www.milestonemx.com Feb 18, 2018 - El Dorado #4 Feb 23, 2018 - AMA Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier May 6, 2018 - TWMXRS OVER THE HILL GANG (310) 373-4506 www.overthehillgang.org Tentative 2018 Schedule Feb 11, 2018 - DT1 MX Park, Tulare CA Feb 25, 2018 - LA County Raceway, Palmdale CA Mar 11, 2018 - California City CA Mar 25, 2018 - Sunrise MX Park, Adelanto CA Apr 8, 2018 - REM - OTMX Apr 28-29, 2018 - Sierra National, Hangtown MX, Rancho Cordova CA May 6, 2018 - Cahuilla Creek, Anza CA May 20, 2018 - Honolulu Hills, Taft CA May 26-27, 2018 - Reno National, Fernley NV Jun 10, 2018 - LA County Raceway, Palmdale CA Jun 23, 2018 - SRA Grand Prix, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Jul 7, 2018 - Ride Day Jul 15, 2018 - Comp Edge MX Park, Hesperia CA Jul 29, 2018 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Aug 12, 2018 - Milestone MX Park, Riverside CA Aug 26, 2018 - Perris Raceway, Perris CA Sept 1-2, 2018 - Bay Nationals, Hollister Hills, Hollister CA Sept 23, 2018 - SRA GP, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Sept 30, 2018 - Cal City, South National Warm-Up Race Oct13-14, 2018 - South National, California City CA Oct 21, 2018 - Sunrise MX Park, Adelanto CA

Oct 28, 2018 - Milestone MX Park, Riverside CA Nov 10-11, 2018 - Valley National, DT1 MX Park, Tulare CA Nov 18, 2018 - Comp Edge MX Park, Hesperia CA Dec 2, 2018 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA PERRIS RACEWAY Perris CA (951) 657-6042 www.perrismx.com PRAIRIE CITY MX PARK Sacramento CA www.prairiecitymx.com (775) 265-7223 REM MOTOCROSS (951) 200-0699 www.remsatmx.com All races held at Glen Helen Raceway, Devore CA Feb 3, 2018 - Saturday Motocross Feb 10, 2018 - Saturday Motocross Feb 17, 2018 - Saturday Motocross Feb 24, 2018 - Saturday Motocross Mar 10, 2018 - Saturday Motocross Mar 24, 2018 - Saturday Motocross Apr 7, 2018 - Saturday Motocross Apr 14, 2018 - Saturday Motocross SHORTY'S SPORTS PARK LLC Blythe CA (541) 761-7311 www.facebook.com/ shortyssportspark SOCAL OLD TIMERS MX CLUB (714) 261-3656 www.socalotmx.org SOCAL CHAMPIONSHIP MOTOCROSS SERIES (562) 225-0429 www.amaSoCal Motocross.com Feb 18, 2018 - Round 1, Winter Schedule, Glen Helen Raceway San Bernardino CA Mar 18, 2018 - Round 2,Winter Schedule, LACR, Palmdale CA Apr 22, 2018 - Round 3, Winter Schedule, Comp Edge, Hesperia CA Jun 3, 2018 - Round 1, Summer Schedule, LACR, Palmdale CA Jun 10, 2018 - Round 2, Summer Schedule, Comp Edge, Hesperia CA Jul 1, 2018 - Round 3, Summer Schedule, Glen Helen, San Bernardino CA Jul 15, 2018 - Round 4, Summer Schedule, Prospectors MC, Quail Canyon MX, Gorman CA Jul 22, 2018 - Round 5, Summer Schedule, LACR, Palmdale CA Aug 12, 2018 - Round 6, Summer Schedule, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA SUNRISE MX PARK (760) 680-6619 or (760) 947-9054 www.ride sunrisemx.com THE DIRT SERIES www.dirtseriesracing.com Feb 11, 2018 Round 1, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Mar 11, 2018 Round 2, Pala Raceway, Pala CA Apr 15, 2018 Round 3, 333MX Park, Victorville CA May 6, 2018 Round 4, Comp Edge MX, Hesperia CA Jun 10, 2018 Round 5, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Jul 22, 2018 Round 6, Sunrise MX, Anza CA Aug 12, 2018 Round 7, Pala Raceway, Pala CA Sept 23, 2018 Round 8, Cahuilla Creek MX, Anza CA Oct 14, 2018 Round 9, TBA

TRIPLE CROWN MX www.facebook.com/triple.crown.56 TWMX (760) 722-7777 www.motocross.transworld.net/ twmxrs/race-schedule/ Feb 11, 2018 - El Dorado Series, Round 3, Perris MX, Perris CA Feb 18, 2018 - El Dorado Series, Round 4, Perris MX, Perris CA Mar 4, 2018 - El Dorado Series, Round 5, Comp Edge, Hesperia CA WOMENS MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP www.racewmx.com 304-284-0084 WORCS (435) 635-1597 www.worcsracing.com Feb 2-4, 2018 - Round 1, MC, ATV & SXS, Orleans, Las Vegas NV Feb 23-25, 2018 - Round 2, MC, ATV & SXS, Canyon MX, Peoria AZ Mar 16-18, 2018 - Rounds 3-4, ATV & SXS only (no MC), Crazy Horse, Lake Havasu AZ Mar 23-25, 2018 Rounds 3-4, MC Only (no ATV/SXS) Crazy Horse, Lake Havasu, AZ Apr 7-29, 2018 - Round 5, MC, ATV & SXS, Sand Hollow, Hurricane UT May 25-27, 2018 - Round 6, MC, ATV & SXS, Iron Mine, Cedar City UT Sept 14-16, 2018 - Round 7, MC, ATV & SXS, Glen Helen, Devore CA Oct 5-7, 2018 - Round 8, MC ATV & SXS, Mesquite MX, Mesquite NV Oct 26-28, 2018 - Round 9, MC & ATV only (no SXS), Buffalo Bill's Primm NV Nov 2-4, 2018 - Round 9, SXS World Finals (no MC/ATV), Buffalo Bill's, Primm NV

SAN DIEGO OFF ROAD COALITION www.sdorc.org Aug 25-26, 2018 - SDORC Expo, Lakeside CA SAND SPORTS SUPER SHOW (714) 990-5107 www.sandsports supershow.com Sept 14-16, 2018 - Sand Sports Super Show, Costa Mesa CA UNLIMITED OFF ROAD EXPO (678) 938-2680 www.unlimited offroadexpo.com Mar 3-4, 2018 - Unlimited Off Road Show & Expo, Lonestar Edition, Texas Motor Speedway Jun 1-2, 2018 - Unlimited Off Road Show & Expo, Kentucky Exposition Center

QUAD RACING

Also see Desert Racing, GP’s and Fun Runs ARIZONA OFF ROAD PROMOTIONS (623) 363-9665 www.arizonaoffroad promotions.com Feb 10-11, 2018 - Vulture Mine Hare Scrambles, Wickenburg AZ Mar 10-11, 2018 - Q-Town Grand Prix, Quartzsite AZ Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2018 - River Rampage Grand Prix, Bullhead City AZ May 5-6, 2018 - Winslow Grand Prix, Winslow AZ May 26-27, 2018 - Prescott Valley Grand Prix, Prescott Valley AZ Jun 30 - May 1, 2018 - Mormon Lake Grand Prix, Mormon Lake AZ

Jul 28-29, 2018 - Cinder Mountain Hare Scrambles, Flagstaff AZ Aug 18, 2018 - Lynx Creek Hare Scrambles, Prescott Valley AZ Aug 19, 2018 - Lynx Creek Motocross, Prescott Valley AZ Sept 6-9, 2018 - White Mountain UTV Jamboree, Eagar AZ Oct 13-14, 2018 - Payson Grand Prix, Payson AZ Nov 3-4, 2018 - Crazy Horse Grand Prix, Lake Havasu City AZ Nov 17-18, 2018 - Gila Bend Grand Prix, Gila Bend AZ Dec 5, 2018 - Christmas Grand Prix, Peoria AZ

QUAD X (909) 384-9342 www.dirtseriesracing.com Feb 10, 2018 - Round 1, Glen Helen Raceeway, San Bernardino CA Apr 14, 2018 - Round 2, 333 MX Park, Victorville CA Jun 2, 2018 - Round 3, Argyll MX Park, Dixon CA Aug 4, 2018 - Round 4, 333 MX Park, Victorville CA Dec 15, 2018 - Round 5, IV Expo, Winterfest, Imperial CA

CALVMX 619-500-2869 www.calvmx.net See dates under Flat Track

TEJAS OFF ROAD RACING ASSOCIATION 432-553-5780 www.torraracing.com

SRA (714) 957-2985 www.sragp.com All events held at Glen Helen Raceway, See dates under GP's

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OFF ROAD SHOWS

BIG 3 (619) 276-7135 www.Big3PartsExchange.com Feb 23-25, 2018 - Big 3 Swap Meet 2018 MICHIGAN BUGGY BUILDERS (517) 402-1303 www.buggybuilders.com Mar 11, 2018 - Michigan Buggy Builders Off Road Swap Meet OFF ROAD EXPO (714) 513-8449 www.offroadexpo.com Apr 21-22, 2018 - Spring Edition Off Road Expo, Scottsdale AZ Sept 29-30, 2018 - Off Road Expo, Pomona CA OFF ROAD NIGHTS (760) 533-9380 www.ornscene.com Aug 4, 2018 - Off Road Nights, Temecula CA

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TEXAS DESERT RACING ASSOCIATION (361) 522-3520 www.texasdesertracing.com See dates under Desert Racing WORCS (435) 635-1597 www.worcsracing.com See dates under Motocross ZR PROMOTIONS (686) 564-6653 www.zrpromo.com

QUAD TRAINING

ATV SAFETY INSTITUTE www.atvsafety.org 1-800-786-5559 Free ATV lessons for ages 6-17 Ocotillo Wells location by request Feb 3-4, 2018 - Heber Dunes Mar 3-4, 2018 - Heber Dunes Apr 7-8, 2018 - Heber Dunes

ROCK CRAWLING

SAND DRAGS

BAKO SAND DRAGS (661) 213-6783 www.facebook.com/ bakosanddrags Feb 28-Mar 4, 2018 - Bako Sand Drags

CALROCS RACING (530) 681-5123 www.facebook.com/calrocsracing

ET MOTOPARK (480) 926-6688 www.etmotopark.com Apache Junction AZ

DIRT RIOT ENDURANCE RACING (714) 513-8449 www.werocklive.com Western Series Mar 3-4, 2018 - Round 1 Apr 28-29, 2018 - Round 2 Jul 7-8, 2018 - Round 3 Aug 11-12, 2018 - Round 4 Sept 8-9, 2018 - Grand Nationals

SOCAL SAND DRAGS (559) 679-8994 www.socalsanddrags.com Feb 23-25, 2018 - Sand Drags, Soboba Casino, San Jacinto CA Mar 23-25, 2018 - Sand Drags, Soboba Casino, San Jacinto CA Sept 28-30, 2018 - Sand Drags, Soboba Casino, San Jacinto CA

NOR CAL ROCK RACING www.norcalrock racing.com Mar 24, 2018 - Round 1, Prairie City Apr 21, 2018 - Round 2, Wild West Motorsports Park Jun 23, 2018 - Round 3, Prairie City ULTRA 4 RACING www.ultra4racing.com Feb 2-10, 2018 - King of the Hammers

SHORT COURSE ARIZONA SHORT COURSE SERIES (800) 342-2512 www.lucasoilregionalaz.com Mar 24-25, 2018 - Rounds 1 & 2, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler AZ May 5, 2018 - Round 3, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler AZ Sept 8, 2018 - Round 4, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler AZ Oct 13, 2018 - Arizona Challenge Cup Test Nov 3-4, 2018 - Rounds 5&6, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler AZ

GLEN HELEN RACEWAY (909) 880-3090 www.glenhelen.com Feb 17, 2018 - Lucas Oil Regional LUCAS OIL REGIONAL (951) 233-2088 www.LucasOilRegional. com Feb 17, 2018 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA LUCAS OIL OFF ROAD SERIES (800) 342-2512 www.LucasOilOffRoad. com Mar 17, 2018 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Apr 14, 2018 - Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler AZ May 19-20, 2018 Estero Beach Resort, Ensenada, Mexico Jun 23-24, 2018 Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland MO Jul 21, 2018 - Wild West Motorsports Park, Sparks NV Aug 24-25, 2018 - Utah Motorsports Campus, Tooele UT Sept 22, 2018 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Oct 20-21, 2018 - Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler AZ SPEED ENERGY FORMULA OFF ROAD (704) 9491255 www.stadium supertrucks.com Mar 2-4, 2018 - Adelaide 500, Adelaide, Australia VORRA (916) 925-1702 www.vorra.net

SPEED WAY

COSTA MESA SPEEDWAY (949) 492-9933 www.costamesa speedway.net

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SUPERCROSS

MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS www.SupercrossOnline.com Feb 3, 2018 - West, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland CA Feb 10, 2018 - West, Petco Park, San Diego CA Feb 17, 2018 - East, AT&T Stadium, Arlington TX Feb 24, 2018 - East, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa FL Mar 3, 2018 - East, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta GA Mar 10, 2018 - East, Daytona Intl. Speedway, Daytona FL May 17, 2018 - East, Dome at America's Center, St. Louis MO Mar 24, 2018 - East, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis IN Apr 7, 2018 - West, Centurylink Field, Seattle WA Apr 14, 2018 - East, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis MN Apr 21, 2018 - West, Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City UT May 5, 2018 - East/West, Sam Boyd Stadium,Las Vegas NV

TRIALS

Trials is the extreme level of motorcycle competition that requires precise balance and control while riding over a designated area of difficult terrain. AHRMA www.ahrma.org Feb 3, 2018 - Round 1, Arizona Cycle Park, Buckeye AZ Feb 25, 2018 - Round 2, Perris Raceway, Perris CA Mar 10, 2018 - Round 3, Aonia Pass MX Park, Washington GA Apr 7, 2018 - Round 4, Burrows' Ranch, Chrome CA Apr 13, 2018 - Round 5, Diamond Don's Riverport National, Jefferson TX May 18, 2018 - Round 6, Mill Creek Motorsports Park, Combs AR Jun 23, 2018 - Round 7, Great Plains MX, Nebraska City NE Jul TBA, 2018 - Rounds 8-9, Donner Sumit Trial, Soda Springs CA Sept 15, 2018 - Round 10, Rattlers Run Farms, Fairfield WA Sept 28, 2018 - Round 11, Bushey Ranch, Canvy CA Oct 7, 2018 - Round 12, Barber Motorsports Parkj, Birmingham AL Oct 20, 2018 - Round 13, Hollister Hills SVRA, Hollister CA Nov 3, 2018 - Round 14, Aonia Pass MX Park, Washington GA Nov 10-11, 2018 - Rounds 15-16, Moto Ventures Two-Day. Anza CA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRIALS ASSOCIATION (951) 334-3034 www.socaltrials.com Feb 17-18, 2018 - Round 5-6, Valley Observed Trials Enthusiasts, Romoland CA Mar 11, 2018 - Round 7, Plonkers Trials Club, Lucerne Valley CA Apr 21-22, 2018 - Round 8, El Trial de España, Cahuilla CA Apr 22, 2018 - El Trial Pro Shootout May 20, 2018 - Youth Fun Trial, Motoventures, Cahuilla CA

UTV EVENTS

ALTA VISTA EVENTS (760) 578-6258 www.averacing.com All events held at California City CA Feb 16-17, 2018 - Pure 150 Mar 23-24, 2018 - Pure 150 Apr 27-28, 2018 - Pure 200 Jun 22-23, 2018 - Pure 100 Sept 28-29, 2018 - Pure 200 Oct 26-27, 2018 - Pure 250 AMA DISTRICT 38 (619) 562-1993 www.amad38.com Races held in the Imperial County desert near El Centro CA Feb 24, 2018 - Roadrunner King of the Desert, Superstition Mar 17, 2018 - I8 Speed Limit 100, Plaster City West Apr 14, 2018 - OTB Easter Egg Scramble, Plaster City East Oct 13, 2018 - I8 Monster Mash, Dip Nov 3, 2018 - Full Throttle Plaster City Dash, Lakebed Dec 8, 2018 - Roadrunner Christmas Classic, Pole Line

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ARIZONA OFF ROAD PROMOTIONS (623) 363-9665 www.arizonaoffroadpromotions.com See Dates under Quad Racing ARIZONA SHORT COURSE SERIES (800) 342-2512 www.lucasoilregionalaz.com Mar 24-25, 2018 - Rounds 1 & 2, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler AZ May 5, 2018 - Round 3, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler AZ Sept 8, 2018 - Round 4, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler AZ Oct 13, 2018 - Arizona Challenge Cup Test Nov 3-4, 2018 - Rounds 5&6, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler AZ BEST IN THE DESERT (702) 457-5775 www.bitd.com See dates under Desert Racing LUCAS OIL REGIONAL (951) 233-2088 www.LucasOilRegional.com Feb 17, 2018 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA LUCAS OIL OFF ROAD SERIES (800) 342-2512 www.LucasOilOffRoad.com See dates under Short Course SCORE (818) 225-8402 www.score-international.com See dates under Desert Racing SRA (714) 957-2985 www.sragp.com All events held at Glen Helen Raceway, Devore CA See dates under GP's THE DIRT SERIES www.dirtseriesracing.com See dates under Motocross VORRA (916) 925-1702 www.vorra.net WORCS (435) 635-1597 www.worcsracing.com See dates under Motocross

VINTAGE MOTOCROSS

AHRMA www.ahrma.org National Vintage MX Series Feb 4, 2018 - Round 1, Arizona Cycle Park, Buckeye AZ Feb 24, 2018 - Round 2, Perris Raceway, Perris CA Mar 17, 2018 - Round 3, Motocross of Marion County, Reddick FL Apr 7, 2018 - Round 4, Desoto Motorsports Park, Grand Cane LA Apr 8, 2018 - Round 5, Burrows Ranch, Chrome CA Apr 14, 2018 - Round 6, Diamond Don's Riverport National, Jefferson TX May 5, 2018 - Round 7. Jimmy Weinert Training Facility, Maysville NC May 19, 2018 - Round 8, Mill Creek Motorsports Park, Combs AR Jun 2, 2018 - Round 9, Unadilla Valley Sports Center, New Berlin NY Jun 23, 2018 - Round 10, Great Plains MX, Nebraska City NE Jun 30, 2018 - Round 11, Lake Sugar Tree Motorsports Park, Axton VA Jul 28, 2018 - Round 12, Shady Acres, Friendsville MD Aug 4, 2018 - Round 13, Red Bud MX, Buchanan MI Aug 18, 2018 - Round 14, Mill Creek MX, Pell City AL Sept 15, 2018 - Round 15, Arkansas Dirt Riders, New Blaine AR Sept 16, 2018 - Round 16, Rattlers Run Farms, FAirfield WA Sept 22, 2018 - Round 17, Two Rivers Racing, Milliken CO Sept 29 2018 - Round 18, T&S Racing, Henryetta OK Sept 30, 2018 - Round 19, Bushey Ranch, Canby CA Oct 7, 2018 - Round 20, Barber Motorsports Park, Virmingham AL Oct 20, 2018 - Round 21, HLR Motorsports, Moberly MO

Oct 21, 2018 - Round 22, Hollister Hills SVRA, Hollister CA Nov 10, 2018 - Round 23, Rio Bravo MX Park, Houston TX AMERICAN RETROCROSS www.americanretrocross.org Jan 28, 2018 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Feb 18, 2018 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Mar 11, 2018 - Competitive Edge, Hesperia CA Apr 15, 2018 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA May TBA Jun 10, 2018 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Jul 15, 2018 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Sept 16, 2018 - Competitive Edge, Hesperia CA Oct 7, 2018 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Nov 11, 2018 - Competitive Edge, Hesperia CA Dec 2, 2018 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA AMERICAN VINTAGE DIRT RACERS ASSOCIATION www.avdra.comChampionship Series Feb 4, 2018 - Race 7, Duel in the Desert Championship 22, Arizona Cycle Park, Buckeye AZ Feb 25, 2018 - Race 8, MC Motorsports Park, Tucson AZ Mar 18, 2018 - Race 9, Arizona Cycle Park, Buckeye AZ Apr 8, 2018 - Race 10, Motoland MX Park, Casa Grande AZ Apr 29, 2018 - Race 11, Arizona Cycle Park, Buckeye AZ May 20, 2018 - Race 12, Motoland, Lance Munnery Commerative, Motoland MX Park, Casa Grande AZ CALVMX 619-500-2869 www.calvmx.net Feb 3, 2018 - Season Opener, Perris Raceway, Perris CA Feb 24-25, 2018 - Round 2, Perris MX Park, Perris CA Mar 18, 2018 - Round 3, Lake Elsinore Truck Track, Lake Elsinore CA Apr 21, 2018 - Round 4, Perris MX Park, Perris CA May 20, 2018 - Round 5, Milestone MX, Riverside CA Jun 16, 2018 - Burnworth's So Cal Classic Race, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Jul 14, 2018 - Round 6, Perris MX Park, Perris CA Aug 18, 2018 - Round 7, Lake Elsinore Truck Track, Lake Elsinore CA Sept 9, 2018 - Round 8, Perris MX Park, Perris CA Oct 13, 2018 - Round 9, Perris MX Park, Perris CA Nov 18, 2018 - Round 10, TBA 

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ince off road folks are always concerned about getting good traction, here are some tips, ha! And we are not talking about dirt tire traction here, nope. There are several types of traction treatments for the lower back. Traction may be helpful in a conservative, nondrug, non-surgical attempt at treating lower back pain with or without disc conditions such as disc bulge, desiccation (tearing), disc herniation and or disc prolapse, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis (narrowing due to calcium, scar tissue build up) and/or degenerative arthritis. These conditions are often associated with Sciatica (pain down the leg following the path of the Sciatic Nerve) and lower back/hip muscle spasms. An X-Ray will generally not reveal the condition of a lumbar disc. An MRI will reveal the disc condition the best. However, X-Rays are a good start to see the area. The last few years many of you may have received and or seen advertisements about "Decompression Traction." This is a bit of hype in my personal opinion as there is no decompression with this treatment and it's not like being an astronaut up in space away from the confines of gravity as some of the ads imply. This type of traction for the lower back is run by a computer program and generally has the patient face up on a table with straps around the waist line and padded struts that stick up from the table to hold your place from the shoulder/arm pit area. The computer is then set to pull, traction out your lower back with the patient lying face up with knees bent. The patient will feel a tug from the belts around the waist and it stretches out the lower back (lumbar) as you hold in place using your shoulders and arms. It is set on a program so the patient can tolerate the traction and it lets up for a few minutes, then gradually stretches you out for a few minutes, then rest again and so on. This "Space Age" traction has been the same for years but now a computer program runs the traction amounts and times. Fair enough. Some folks with lumbar disc conditions and/or pain down their legs can get good relief and benefit from this type of traction and even have lasting results. It is generally very expensive, ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 for a series of treatments over a few months at

Traction Options For Lower Back Pain several times a week. In my opinion, if you are not getting results within a few treatments, it may not help you. If you feel results quickly, then go ahead and follow through. A similar type of traction has been around for decades, if not thousands of years (think Spanish Inquisition, ha) or the scene from "Young Frankenstein"

when the Doctor is put on the "rack" at the town square for letting his Monster loose. Counterweights and pulleys are used to stretch the person out and take pressure off the spine. Funny enough for those of you who saw the movie and can remember, as the Henchman lets the Dr. Frankenstein down off the rack after his torture complete cracking and popping sounds, screams, then he smiles and tells the crowd "thank you, my back pain is gone!" As a Cox Traction Table chiropractor, I nearly fell out of my seat in laughter when I saw this scene in the movie. Another type of traction for the lumbar spine is called "Flexion Traction" as it flexes (bends) you at the waist as it tractions your lower back out. This is the one I like best as it is directional specific. These tables can be motorized or done by hand, manually operated. If you are in severe pain and spasm, by hand, carefully, is the best way to go. If the Chiropractor has one of these

tables, it can also traction out your left or right side, depending on what side of your lower back has the most pain and muscle spasm. These traction tables are also known as "Cox Traction Tables" as Arthur Cox, DC was the pioneer of these back in the late 1950's. They work great and offer direction specific traction. They put the patient face down and traction is applied to the lumbar spine as you are flexed, bent at the waistline with padded straps around the ankles. This opens up and tractions out the often compressed/bulging lumbar disc taking pressure off the area and hopefully allowing the disc to regain it's original shape like a car tire or a doughnut. This in part, is what all traction devices try to achieve. Taking pressure off the joint surfaces, the nerves, the disc and stretching tight muscles in the area. Drugs can do a great job of masking the pain that causes these conditions but not much for correcting the cause of them.They are certainly good for folks in severe pain until they correct the actual cause, when possible. Chronic use of strong medication can of course lead to addiction and a host of other side effects. Be informed and make smart choices. When it comes to your health, quick easy fixes are not always the best long term solution. Prescription drugs cause about 10 times more deaths in the USA every year than do illegal drugs. That is on the CDC website.

Home traction for the lower back comes generally in two forms. One that hangs you from the ankles and works like a teeter-totter and one that hangs you from the waist and thighs (see picture). The one from the waist is my personal favorite and I have one at home. It

folds up easily, takes up less space and provides direct traction right where it needs it. You can also do upside down sit-ups/curls on this one and those provide core strengthening to the abdominal muscles and traction the lower back as you do them. The "back-swing" teetertotter hangs you from your ankles and is not as comfortable and if you have had ankle, knee or hip surgery, it may not be the best choice for home traction. Also, as your legs are straight when you are upside down, it is very difficult to do the sit-ups! It also takes up more space. However, they are a bit cheaper than the unit that hangs you from your waist. I would consult with your doctor before starting any home traction program as there are conditions that can be negatively affected by lumbar traction devices. This information is only intended as a general guideline for lower back traction options. Severe lower back disc conditions with spinal nerve involvement can and often do require surgery. Generally best to address these types of issues early, rather than let them become chronic. Proper spinal alignment and motion can help avoid disc degeneration/bulge issues and associated lower back and or Sciatic Nerve pain. Try to stay in shape, keep your weight down and use a kidney belt for rough off road activities to help prevent compression to the lumbar area of the spine. Dr. Gary DeForest is a San Diego based DC of over 30 years with his clinic in Old Town. He is always happy to speak with you about any health concerns. He can be reached at 619-291-2462, no text, or e-mail at deforest192@yahoo.com. Website at deforestchiropracticsports.com ď …

Consult with your doctor before starting any home traction program as there are conditions that can be negatively affected by lumbar traction devices.

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7 Key Skills – Know Your 4×4

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our wheeling naturally involves an orderly process. Driving through difficult terrain far from home is demanding on drivers and their vehicles. Just like driving on roads, you need a lot of hours behind the wheel to become adept off road. Many of my articles are dedicated to reviewing various aspects of four wheeling. This column reviews several more important fundamentals that can be helpful if you are just starting four wheeling.

Shift into and out of 4L (4 low) properly

It’s easy to forget this step while maneuvering through rough terrain. It’s quite simple, but you can mess up your transfer box pretty good if you don’t follow this suggestion. Bring your vehicle to a stop (or near stop), and shift the transmission into neutral. Then you can safely and easily shift into 4L. Shift the transmission back into drive, and continue on. Repeat when

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you need to shift out of 4L. Most of the newer vehicles with electronic selection of 4 low will let you turn the knob but it will not be in 4 low unless you start with the transmission in neutral. If you overlook the flashing light on the dash and press on thinking you are in 4L, you will likely get stuck. Those vehicles with levers will grind or be extremely difficult if not impossible to engage into 4L. Unless you have a classic “collectors” vintage 4-wheel drive vehicle with the older all-gear transfer case, I would take it back to the dealer if you cannot shift into 4 low from a dead stop. If you get stuck while driving in 4 high (like sand dunes), many times you can drive out by shifting to 4 low. Then you have enough power to turn the wheels. You are stuck, so moving the vehicle as a requirement to shift into 4 low is not an option! Electronic shifting transfer cases may need a bit of movement to engage. Hopefully on your vehicle that requires just that slight bump you get to shift from neutral to drive. One side note: You can shift from 2 wheel drive (2H) to 4 High and back again “on the fly.” This means you can shift while driving at any speed. I have

done it at 70 MPH with no ill effect. Check your owner’s manual for their suggestion on the top speed – most likely 50 MPH. Vehicles are getting more and more complicated and there may be a reason to limit the top speed for shifting on the fly.

Know your vehicle’s lowest points of clearance As you approach obstacles, paint a mental picture of your vehicle’s low points. Use that knowledge to navigate around (or over) the obstacles without getting hung up. We recommend picking the 3 lowest spots on the front axle and

the 3 lowest on the rear axle. You can do more but it becomes difficult to process it all in real time. Whether you have solid axles front and rear or independent front suspension makes a difference. On a solid axle, the lowest point is the bottom of the differential. That’s usually only 9 inches off the ground. The front differential also gives you a low

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point, but it’s not in line with the rear differential. Note which side it is on. The other low points (front and back) are the shock mounts or control arms that hold the axle into position. In an independent front suspension vehicle, the back is the same as with a solid axle. However, up-front the lowest points are just inside each wheel. The center of the vehicle is pretty flat and doesn’t present any low points. But don’t line up the center in front with a 12″ rock. The rear diff with not clear it.

Where your front wheels are

Most drivers have a pretty good idea of where the left tire is, but are usually off a foot or two regarding the right. It is critical while off-road that you can place your tires exactly on the obstacle as you planned even when the obstacle disappears into your blind spot. Have someone place their hand on the front face of the right front tire and lift it straight up until you can see where that point is on the hood. It can be helpful, too, if they locate the center line of the tire and show you the point on the hood that is the intersection of the centerline and front face of the tire. Remember the spots. If you are really having difficulty remembering the spot, we can put “training wheels” on (so to speak). Get a small telescoping magnet from the auto store and put the magnet on the spot with


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the handle straight up. Then practice, practice, practice until you can place the front tires exactly where you want – almost every time.

Know your blind spots

Speaking of blind spots, the most important one is out front. On average, the front blind spot extends about 17 feet from the face of your left front tire. (Add 12 to 18 inches more distance for the right tire.) You can reduce this distance as much as 3 to 5 feet by doing what I call “active” looking. That means leaning forward as much as possible and stretching your neck out. Three factors influence the size of the blind spot: how tall you are, how your seat is positioned, and the design of your vehicle. You cannot do much about the vehicle design or your height, but you can change the seat. Lift it up and bring the seat back forward. If your seat does not have adjustments for height, have the seat mounts modified to permanently raise it a few inches. Remember that as you approach a rock, it will eventually enter your blind spot. Now you see (no pun intended) why it’s useful to know where your tires are, as well as your low points.

Throttle control while in 4 low

The first time in low range, a driver’s instinct is to push the accelerator like you normally do. Low range has a lot of torque and power so this causes the vehicle to leap forward. The driver backs off on the gas. Due to the low gearing, the vehicle slows down immediately – too slow now. The driver hits the gas again, with the result being a jerky motion.

For 4 wheel drive, you need a nice, smooth throttle. Remind yourself that when in 4L, apply lighter pressure to the accelerator. Over time you’ll educate your right leg. For more on the effect of a smooth throttle (or lack of), see the article on “Cobblestone” (www.4x4training. com/w/cobblestone/).

Fuel usage

Because your mileage drops while off road, especially in 4L, it’s good to calculate your off-road fuel mileage. You’ll find that mileage drops anywhere from 2 to 5 mpg while off-road. Of course, that affects your range based on the fuel in your vehicle’s tank. But remember you also bring along a spare fuel can. (You do, don’t you?!) Assume you bring a 5 gallon gas can. At 10 mpg, that gas will get you 50 miles. At 15 mpg, you’ll go for 75 miles, and so forth. Compute Off-Road Mileage: Fuel up as close to the trail head as possible. Gas up again afterward, and calculate your fuel mileage. Your off-road driving involved a combination of 4L and 4H, but at least you’ll have a reasonable average to work with later. Sounds to me like a legitimate reason for a day of 4-wheeling. “Dear, I am going 4-wheeling. Tom says I have to compute my off-road mileage. I don’t want to risk your safety and the kids’ safety by running out of gas.”

want to take and assess the risks. Add to that planning what steps you will take if results on the ground do not go as planned. If you plant it in your mind in advance the specific skills you will use on this obstacle, you can react quickly. My favorite contingency is – stop, back out (if you can) and recon again. Another example: You are looking down a steep, off camber, rutted slope. It appears to have good traction, but you’re concerned that your wheels might slide. If so, you’d turn sideways and roll over. If you still feel the risk is not high enough to turn around, your contingency plan might be: If the wheels start to slide, I am going to let up on the foot brake pressure. If the wheels are still sliding, I’ll power up enough to gain control and take any lumps from hitting the bottom too fast.

At first glance, these tips may appear daunting. You probably wonder how you’ll remember it all, especially the vehicle’s low points. Over time these will become second nature. As you drive a trail, your brain will work through the various processes and steps, and you will automatically perform these steps. The result will be a more enjoyable off-road experience. Tom Severin, 4x4 Coach, teaches 4WD owners how to confidently and safely use their vechicles to the fullest extent in difficult terrain and adverse driving conditions. Contact him at tom@4x4training.com or visit www.4x4training.com to develop or improve your driving skill. Copyright 2018, Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc E

Rehearse your contingency steps Many obstacles require you to get out of the vehicle and recon (look at/walk) the terrain. That is how you avoid falling off a cliff you can’t see from behind the wheel. It gives you more time to plan the line you

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Scott Pruitt said in a statement to The Washington Examiner. At the start of 2018, EPA employed 14,162 workers. Through Pruitt’s series of buyouts and generous retirement packages, as well as normal retirements, up to 47 percent of employees will leave the agency in the next five years. Trump initiated a hiring freeze in Jan. 2017 that will prevent retirees being replaced by new hires. If the EPA remains on its current course, agency could employ less than 8,000 people in the next few years. It would be the leanest workforce the agency has seen since 1972, two years after it was created

Trump’s Interior Will Sell Land To Alaskans They Trump’s EPA Is On Have Begged Course To Retire Decades For By Tim Perace, Posted Jan 8, 2018 Half Its Staff By Tim Pearce, Posted Jan 9, 2018

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ue to a series of buyouts and retirements, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could cut its workforce in half by the end of President Donald Trump’s first term in office, The Washington Examiner reports. Several agencies in the Trump administration are focused on a leaner workforce and cutting spending. The EPA is leading the pack. It is on track to reduce the size of the agency anywhere from 25 to 47 percent. “We’re proud to report that we’re reducing the size of government, protecting taxpayer dollars and staying true to our core mission of protecting the environment,” EPA administrator

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he Department of the Interior (DOI) agreed to swap tracts of land with a remote Alaskan village wanting to build a gravel road through a stretch of protected wilderness, The Washington Post reports. The 11-mile road would run between King Cove and the Cold Bay Airport, a passageway King Cove has sought for decades. The project has been continually blocked by federal officials not willing to compromise the small stretch of land that runs through the 315,000 acre Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge provides a feeding ground and habitat for migratory birds, bears, caribou and other species. Though no formal agreement has been made, residents of King Cove, Alaska, “are encouraged that this administration has a different attitude about this road, and … that the needs of the people in King Cove can be met. At the same time, the special qualities of the Izembek refuge can continue,” City Administrator Gary Hennigh told WaPo. King Cove officials say the airport access is necessary for the town’s 925 residents in case of medical emergencies too severe for the local clinic to handle, CNN reports. “King Cove is an isolated community accessible only by air and

sea. The absence of the road has meant life-and-death for the inhabitants of King Cove,” DOI Spokeswoman Heather Swift told The Daily Caller News Foundation last month. “The careful construction of an 11-mile single lane gravel road in a manner that conforms with all applicable environmental laws, rules, and

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regulations and gives easier access to the local hospital makes sense.”

Members of Alaska’s indigenous population have petitioned for the road for 27 years, according

to a resolution the National Congress of American Indians passed in 2015. Without the gravel road “lifeline,” the only other ways to access the King Cove airport is by boat or charter plane. Those modes are reliable 60 to 70 percent of the time, according to the resolution. At least $50 million has been spent on developing an alternate travel means and route that would not affect the protected land. Nothing has worked so far, however. Sierra Club Land Protection Program Director Athan Manuel was immediately critical of the proposed land swap and the road through Izembek. “Donald Trump and Ryan Zinke’s plan to construct a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is as disastrous as it was when it was first proposed decades ago,” Manuel said in a statement. “Study after study has shown that a road through this pristine refuge will still pose winter safety risks while wasting millions of taxpayers’ dollars.”. 


The Endangered Off Roader The newsletter of the

By Ed Stovin, President

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Ocotillo Wells cleanup sometime this March. On the land use front, there are four federal bills we are interested in. They all are modifications to the Endangered Species Act and we like them all. HR717 says that when species are considered for the ESA list, economic considerations need to apply. HR1274 says that information that is used to make an ESA listing must be shared with the State that the species lives in. HR2603 says that species that are not native to the area are not allowed to be listed. HR3131 says that legal fees that are paid back to a prevailing plaintiff in an ESA suit cannot exceed $125 per hour. Yes, that would be an improvement, believe it or not. The National Forest Service is revising how they apply the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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he Ocotillo Wells lawsuit is history now. Open riding will remain and we can breath a sigh of relief. We can all be thankful the State fought this suit strongly. Yes, the interveners helped, but it was the State Attorney General's office who led the way. It also helped that the staff at Ocotillo Wells have done a great job of managing the park. Part of the reason the State fought this suit hard was to prevent similar suits from being filed against other SVRA's. At one point, one of the intervener's lawyers suggested we talk about a settlement, asking, what would it take to make the lawsuit end? The Volunteers gathered at the annual dunes clean-up. State wasn't interested in settling, they wanted to set the legal Comments are being accepted on this precedent that they manage their parks through Feb 2nd. I have only started properly and I'm happy for it. I'll quote to look at this, but it looks favorable to my favorite line from the Judge's ruling OHV. again. "The petitioner has succeeded We are working on both our next only in showing that the Department is Lost Lizard Fun Run and our Expo at not managing the park in the manner the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds. We would Petitioner would prefer." Even though the love to have some help with these events, ruling was "close" according to the judge, especially leadership help. I have chaired the State won and similar suits shouldn't both events and can tell you it is very be coming. gratifying to plan an event and watch The annual dunes cleanup just it become a success. It also looks great took place. I was at the south dunes on your resume to show your leadership and it went well. We all picked skills. We have lots of experience and know how to share with the right person. up a mountain of trash and You can contact us at info@sdorc.org. enjoyed some hamburgers I hope you have all been enjoying and won some raffle prizes. the desert this season and I will see you ď … We thank Norm for using his out there.

trailer to move the trash and thank everyone who came out to help. It still mystifies me that so many people leave trash out in the desert. They

can get it out there, why can't they get it home? Also, look for an

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Off Road Friends Best friends....loving every minute of our desert time and each other. Mike and Kimberly Braddy from Lakeside CA. Photo taken in Sandstone Canyon off of Fish Creek.

Abigail Zynda, six years old, and KateLynn Wilson, eight years old, race buddies at Shorty’s Sports Park in Blythe CA Katelyn got a toy dropped by the paragliders over New Years weekend in Glamis. - Laura Rockwood, Jamul CA

Off road friends Summer and June camping out in Ocotillo Wells

Mike Patton in the front with Mike McGuire in the back in Ocotillo Wells. - Colby Zethraeus, Anaheim Hills CA

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Andre Lusti and the family

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My brother Chris in his Yamaha and me in my Suzuki in the Evans Creek area of Mt Rainier National Park, September 2017 - Venessa “ZukiChick� Cunningham, Auburn WA

Anthony Cavigliano and Samantha Holmes, taken on the Bear Valley loop trail in Pine Valley.

"Speedo" (John Lusti) with Flight Commander Wayne Breise before take off.

Paul Golden (masked), with son, Blair, at Basketball Hoop

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Jd Newman and Tiffani McEntire having summer off road fun with family and friends. Stopping for a cold drink. Photo taken at Lake Murray in Oklahoma by Cindy Whitney

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Elijah Zethraeus with his brother and good friend Joel (in helmet) at a creek in Lake Arrowhead. - Colby Zethraeus, Anaheim Hills CA

Triplets Media selfie: Anton io Welmori and Dulce Renee at Los Ancia nos Tecate Enduro, December 2017 at Santa Veronica tower.

Brendan, Steve and Katelyn - Laura Rockwood, Jamul CA

Hill N Gully 4 Wheelers at top of Caddy Hill Rubicon

Dave Wiles, Scott ,Speedo and Rebecca near the Phone Booth. Miguel Pena celebrating his first place finish with Mo Martinez Best friends. We have a favorite area in Ocotillo Wells. We took this pic Thanksgiving week and used it in our Christmas Cards. - Ralph and Joan, La Mesa CA

SXS Adventure Ride I did in Arizona in early January. 450 Miles of the Arizona Peace trail with Jon Crowley, Trevor Nordin and Troy Merrifield. - Reid Nordin, Walker Evans Racing, Riverside CA

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Mo Martinez with team rider Alexis Velarde at the recent Baja 1000 #177 Danny Gonzales friends since high school 1976, #22 Jeff Snyder friends 20 years, and me #232 racing every month with Calvmx. - Marty Eisen, Tarzana CA

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Heather Herrmann, second Limited Sportsman

Harley Letner, first overall

Harley Letner Wins the 2017

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By Brandon Homme Photos by RNR Photography

he close of the 2017 SNORE season did not disappoint. With well over 400 entries in 23 classes it was, in my opinion, one of the best desert races ever held. As a spectator, many of the top names were there, Robby Gordon, Harley Letner, Cole Pots, Steve Oliges, Justin Bean Smith, to name a few. With qualifying, technical inspection and contingency, and two days of sun up to sun down racing, it was four days of fun and excitement. Brock Heger, first Class 10 This year had a large number of spectacular roll overs and crashes that even led to suspending the racing early on Saturday evening in the Trophy Truck, Class One, and Pro 1450 divisions for safety reasons. The racing started before sun up on both Saturday and Sunday with a two lap

prerun class, followed by Heat 2 (my heat), which started around 6:30 am. Rage at the River it seems to be a favorite to many of the racers. It has three to five approximately 14 mile laps, depending on the class you run. Many classes, like mine, were to complete 4 laps per day. It Joseph Cammans, second Class 2000 was a fast track and rough with many different types of terrain. It had an infield section with man made jumps and berms that make for some very exciting viewing for both the racers and spectators. There were a total of seven heats each day and, to add to the excitement, the direction of racing was switched between Saturday and Sunday. We placed 5th overall of 17 in Unlimited

Sportsman Buggy. We did have some minor issues Sunday on lap three that cost us about 12 minutes, but finished strong both days. I could not be more pleased with the outcome. I compete in a budget built Class 5 Unlimited chassis with a GM v6 that was featured

Joshua Englestead, fourth Class 9 here in S&S Off Road’s Readers Ride in September 2017. Heat 3 saw Class 9, Class 5, and a few different classes of side by sides. It was very exciting with large car counts and door to door racing. The Class 9 cars with very little suspension are truly good watching and remind me of a small boat in the ocean. Next came heat 4, Class 1/2 1600 and 1800 with 50+ 1600 cars this was another very competitive and exciting heat to watch. Heat 5 was Class 1450 and Class 2000. This was a race of attrition with many crashes and roll overs that kept the retrieval and safety

crews quite busy. With big horsepower and a touch of ego, the 1450 class is always worth watching. Heat six was Class 10, Class 12 and Class 5 Unlimited. These are the drivers’ classes, with amazing young, upcoming talent and seasoned drivers. It is fast and fourious for real, not like those silly movies. Blade Hildebrand was the fastest qualifier, but Brock Heger took home top honors in Class 10. Finally came heat 7 with Trophy Truck, Class One, 6100, and Pro 1450. Wow, was this exciting, watching the all out drag race off the start with three vehicles

Jeremiah Drew, third SxS Pro Turbo Unlimited

Ruben Garcia, first class 5-1600

Rob Hendrickson, third Class 1-2/1600

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Kyle Coletti, first 1450 Sportsman

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Brandon Homme, fifth Unlimited Sportsman


Tom Coons, first Class 3000 Kenny Freeman, ninth Unlimited Sportsman

Cody Nygren, first SxS Pro Limited at a time, Robby Gordon and Harley Letner banging and rubbing at every corner. The big boys were all in with something to prove. Saturday, after an accident involving Cody Parkhouse in a Class one buggy, the race had a complete restart. Then, with another accident with full course blockage after the restart, they suspended racing for the day. Sunday, the top honors for the weekend went to Harley Leter with a blistering pace and the talent to match. The end of this amazing weekend found many with broken and beat up equipment and

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Bill Markel, first ATV Vet 50+ Open

Cadence Cowan, second RZR 170 Limited

Sam Scaroni, third RZR 170 Limited Tristan Baker, first Mini Open 70 Jackson Petree, RZR 170 Limited class Conrad Orwe, fifth 450 Novice

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Korbin Lopez, second Open 800 UTV

PHOTOS BY JUDD NEVES RZR 170 Pure 1. Dominic Dollente 2. Carter Tucker 3. Gage Eugenio 4. Ryan Vogel 5. Dash Eugenio RZR 170 Limited 1. Ethan Groom 2. Cadence Cowan 3. Sam Scaroni 4. Chsae Mankin 5. Braden Coyne UTV Open 200 1. Ethan Groom 2. Cadence Cowan 3. Chase Mankin 4. Sam Scaroni 5. Sebastian Hernandez UTV Open 800 1. Casey Sims 2. Korbin Lopez UTV Open 900 1. Cadence Cowan UTV Production 1000 1. Travis Wood 2. Eliott Watson 3. Shawn Smail 4. Carla Sims ATV Mini Open 50 1. Landen Fonseca ATV

Larry Roeseler, second Vet 40+

Mini Open 70 1. Tristan Baker ATV Mini Open 90 Randi Schaller, 250 Beginner 1. Jaydon Jackson 2. Brice Ford 3. Zaine Flagg ATV 250 Open 1. Brian Jackson ATV 450 Novice 4. Chris Brooks 5. Conrad Orwe 450 Vet 40+ 1. 1. Sebastian Marquez 2. Howard Savige 3. Carlos Cordero 4. Braden Schoeffel ATV 450 Int 1. Brock Giovanni Spinali 2. Larry Roeseler 3. Craig Estrada 4. Chris Brooks 5. Craig Smith 2 Stroke Open Pennington ATV Vet 40+ Open 1. Howard Savige 1. Tyler Sarver 4 Stroke Open 1. Justin Carnes 2. Wes Dobbins ATV Vet 50+ Open 1. Bill Markel Trophy Kart Jr 2 1. Stone Hall 2. Scott Parkes ATV Open 1. Brock Pennington 2. Kevin Poch ATV 450 Pro 1. Auston Baxter 2. Andy Chavez 3. Travis Miranda 50 Beg 1. Brock Pennington, first ATV 450 Intermediate Jackson Petree 2. Danny Alcala 65 Beg 1. Dyson Smith 2. Clayton Bradley 3. Brice Ford 4. Gage Thomas 5. Dana Raynor 85 Beg 1. Bryce Clayton 2. Samantha Velasquez 3. Hayden Delong 85 Open 1. Brett Berker Schoolboy 1. Evan Estrada 2. Dylan Earle 3. Andrew Hendrix 4. Cody Hatfield 250 Int 1. Tyler Sarver 450 Beg 1. Paul Thomas 450 Nov 1. Evan Estrada 2. Craig #107 Jackson Petree, first 50 Beginner and #172 Estrada 3. Tim Clayton Carlos Cordero, third 450 Novice

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third place, Seven Diaz had to make up time after going down in the third turn with the rest of the line. Diaz was able to battle his way to the third place position, only second behind the battle between Kerling and Ferrante. The Big Wheel podium saw an overall win from Zach Kerling, Anthony Ferrante in second, and Seven Diaz in third.

WOMEN

There was a new turnout for the podium positions in the Women's class today with Kaitlyn Jacobs sitting on top in first, Sharon Mowell in second and McKenna Cheff in third. Starting off her 2018 season better than her last, Kaitlyn Jacobs dominated the Women's class. Battling with Mowell who finished in second place, Jacobs held what seemed like an untouchable lead. Beta's Max Gerston finished at the top of the Pro podium in 1st place After stealing once throughout the race, earned the hole shot, Mowell his spot on top of the podium. stumbled upon some After coming in second off of the difficulties but only start, Kroll pushed his way to the came out strong, top for first place, the first 65cc striving for a solid victory of the season. Having some finish and landing in difficulties in a new format than second. McKenna Cheff what he is used to, Kevin Holman coming in third for the struggled with tight sections and Round 1, January 14-15, 2018 Women's class was finding his way around the course. Rancho Cordova CA comfortable with the Nonetheless, Holman raced off-road terrain and used that like a natural, earning his second ound 1 of the 2018 AMA Kenda/SRT to her advantage while place position. Behind Holman in West Hare Scramble Championship competing with the rest third place, Brandon Munce had a Series presented by MOJO Motorsports very muddy race. Coming in the top of the Women's class. The Women's took place at Prairie City SVRA. Hosted by three, Munce was pumped to make podium saw a win from Polka Dots MC, the terrain could not have it on the podium with the rest of his Kaitlyn Jacobs, Sharon class. been any more moist, due to the fog that Mowell in second place The next race on the lingered throughout the weekend. Along with and McKenna Cheff in schedule saw the 50cc class. After the action packed start line featuring the best Kaitlyn Jacobs, Women’s class winner third place.

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of the best, racers were prompted to start with the sound of a shotgun. Racers were sent off the start line and immediately drug through the slick mud and quick turns, which put some time gaps between the thick line of competition. The racers then hit the pavement to soon be taken to the super moto track where the pavement seemed to be even more slick than the wet mud. Being faced with slick pavement, slippery rocks, thick mud, and even a sand track, these racers had a challenge awaiting them from the very beginning!

Trystan Hart finished second Pro after a hard fought battle with leader Max Gerston to defend his 2017 championship title. Although Gerston placed first overall, it was not an easy journey to that position. Coming from Arizona, Gerston found himself struggling with the constant changes of terrain, only making his victory that much sweeter. 2017 Pro 250 Champion, and Team SRTHusqvarna backed Trystan Hart was not going to let Gerston get away with an easy win either. Throughout the course of the entire race, Gerston and Hart battled each other for the first place position. Wrapping up his first lap, Gerston was in the current lead, with Trystan Hart three racers behind him. It was not until the second lap that Hart was able to make a pass on Gerston. Seeing Hart gain time, Gerston found a new motivation. Taking each section on the course as a lesson on how he can improve on traction and throttle control for the next lap. Gerston found his groove just in time for Hart to blow a turn and put Gerston back in the lead. Holding a steady pace behind Hart, RPM Racing backed Dante Oliveira was making his mark on the Pro class. Coming in third overall, Oliveira

YOUTH

Before the fog had even lifted, the 85cc Jr., Jr. Girls, and 65cc classes were lined up and ready to kick off the race weekend. The gun was shot and off the line the 85cc Jr.'s went. Ryder Deherrera was already plotting his battle with Wyatt Spies in the first lap when Deherrera was behind in third place. Deherrera landed his spot on top of the podium for the Youth C class and overall for the 85cc Jr. Race. Not too far behind, the 65cc's were having their own race. Ryder Kroll, who did not stop to pit

The Big Wheel winner Zach Kerling

The Big Wheel podium saw an overall win from Zach Kerling, Anthony Ferrante in second, and Seven Diaz in third. a quick battle between Talan Staggs, who was holding a lead for almost the entire race, Cody Solis and Brewer McNulty, Solis finished off the race with a win. Staggs came in second, not even a minute behind Solis. The 50cc podium saw a win from Cody Solis. The last youth race of the weekend, it was time for the Big Wheels to dominate the course. It was not long before Zach Kerling was able to steal the first place position. The third turn on the course posed a difficulty for what seemed like the entire line of Big Wheel racers, except for Kerling, who took this as an opportunity to get out ahead. Creeping on Kerling in second place was Anthony Ferrante. Riding smooth and holding a steady pace for a portion of the race, Ferrante made a pass on Kerling in the super moto section, which put up a challenge for Kerling because of the slick pavement. In

PRO 250

Racers in the Pro 250 class, coming in not too far behind the Pro finishers, were reaching for a battle beyond their class. Coming up on the Pro class several times, Jeremy Wilton sits at the top of the Pro 250 podium in first place. Wilton struggled with some throttle control on the slick rocks, which seemed to pose a difficulty for every racer out on the course. Nonetheless, Wilton rode a clean race and held a nice time gap on second place Dan Capparelli. After having some struggles with visibility due to the extreme muddy conditions, Capparelli found his focus and raced for a podium spot. Coming in third place on the podium was Nathan Gibson.

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Beta's Max Gerston, who sat at the top of the Pro podium in first place, had no problem conquering the tough course terrain while racing

Pro 250 Podium: Jeremy Wilton in first, flanked by third place Nathan Gibson and second place Dan Capparelli had a battle of his own with Gas Gas's Joey Fiasconaro and Travis Coy. The three Northern California racers held a very small space between on another, all hungry for the same third place position. Prairie City SVRA and Polka Dots MC did not let these racers leave without a fun challenge, making round 1 of the AMA KENDA/SRT West Hare Scramble Championship Series one to remember. ď …

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2017 Autoproductos Triple Crown ZR Promo Championship Awards PHOTOS BY HERMES ANGELES

B.C. (68 pts) UTV 1. Richard Sandoval, Imperial CA (67 pts) E

Overall Points Champion: Cornelio Garcia Simental, Ensenada Baja Mexico M/C Open Expert 1. Alberto Ruiz, Ensenada B.C. (89 pts) 2. Raúl Ortega Jr. Ensenada B.C. (87 pts) 3. Carlos Castillo, Mexicali B.C. (68 pts) M/C +30 1. Juan Carlos Vidauri, Mexicali B.C. (69 pts) M/C +40 1. Cornelio García Simental, Ensenada B.C. (93 pts) M/C Open Novice 1. Jorge Armando Astorga, Mexicali B.C. (92 pts) 2. Luis Ángel De La Mora, Mexicali B.C. (62 pts) Quad +30 1. Eddie Bareño, Mexicali B.C. (81 pts) Quad +40 1. Carlos Servando López Martínez, San Felipe B.C. (71 pts) Quad Novice 1. Ramiro López Dueñas, Mexicali B.C. (80 pts) 2. Jorge Luis Ramírez, Mexicali B.C. (73 pts) 3. Alberto Silva 2017 ZR Overall Champion Cornelio Garcia. Estrada, Mexicali

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Barker 4. Ivan Delgadillo 5. Chris Brooks Senior Exp 1. Kyle Harrold 2. Derek Ball 3. Dan Malcom 4. Craig Estrada Sup Sen Exp 1. Robbie Pippin 2. Brett Driscoll 3. Loren Diamond 4. Mark Zela 5. Dewey Belew Sup Sen Amateur 1. Don Elliott Sup Sen Nov 1. Jerrome Foster 2. George Harris 3. Robert Feinstein 4. Robert Stuckey Sen Exp 1. Shad Badenstadt 2.Darren Southworth Sen Amateur 1. Chris Segal 2. Loren Taylor Sen Nov 1. Darin Smith 2. Davin Brigman 3. Tony Gonzalez 4. Kenny Schwenck 5. Paul Hernandez Master Exp 1. Dave Gazzaneo Womens Nov 1. Kaylie Millikan 2. Cassidy Estrada 3. Randi Rudin 4. Samantha Velasquez ATV Exp 1. Oscar Ruiz 2. Ismael Cazarez 3. Gabriel Rascon ATV Nov 1. Diego Beltran 2. Nicolas Ibarra ATV Vet Exp 1. Eric Hartell ATV Vet Nov 1. Carlos Moreno 2. Mike Weaver Father and son #139 Chad Goodsell and Nathan Goodsell ATV Nov 1. Jordan Brenner 2. Junior Razo AMA D38 Roadrunner Off Road ATV Sen Exp 1. Rob Niemela ATV Womens Nov 1. Tina Kennerly 2. Mariah Brown 3. Alison Niemela 4. Tovia Lowry 5. Jen Shaurt UTV Pro Unlimited 1. Steve Carver, Max Carver 2. Todd Barnhill 2. Thomas LeBrecque, Justin Ball 4. Kevin Smith, Mike Starlings 5. Scott Webster UTV Pro Production 1000 1. Bill Koppeurd, Cory Koppeurd UTV Pro December 9, 2017, Plaster City East Stock 1. Seth Quintero, Colby Wemple 2. Matteo Photos by Judd Neves Beckenbach Justin Herrera 3. Chris Niemi 4. Nick Open Expert 1. Justin Carnes 2. Brad Millikan 3. Justin Kennamer 4. Anthony Santos 5. Robbie Pippin Open Amateur 1. Max Drew 2. Austyn Smith Open Nov 1. Wyatt Holmes 2. Javier Gutierrez 3. Abraham Gutierrez 4. Nathan Holly 5. David PonceDick 250 Expert 1. Tyler Sarver 250 Amateur 1. Matthew Belew 2. Isaiah Ivory 3. Alex Hill 250 Nov 1. Brendan Hinkle 2. Kyle Gray 3. Anthony Grasmick 4. Tristan Brigman 5. Cooper Smith 200 Expert 1. Evan Estrada 200 Amateur 1. Brock Price 200 Nov 1. Dylan Earle 2. Chad Goodsell 3. Cade Buscaglia 4. Cameron Stouckey Vet Exp 1. Craig Smith 2. Eric Biddlecome 3 Brad Millikan Vet Amateur 1. Richard Gray 2. Jason Johnson 3. Richard Harrison Vet Nov 1. Erick Burnworth 2. Jeremy Melton 3. Daniel

Gary McAbee with Anthony Frank, eighth UTV Pro Stock Niemi, William Banks 5. Damian Bermudez, Spenser Pike UTV Sportsman 1. Karl Ziegler, Andrew Aoodaca TEAM RACE Open Exp 1. Justin Carnes, Eric Biddlecome 2. Evan Estrada, Brad Millikan 3. Justin Kennamer, Chase Northrip 4. Anthony Santos, Max Drew Open Nov 1. Michael Russel, Nathan Holly 2. David Ponce-Dick Sup Sen Exp 1. Robbie Pippin, Brett Driscoll 2. Randy Whittenburg, Mark Zela 3. Eric Wright, Dewey Belew Sup Sen Amateur 1. Don Elliot, Bill Hinkle Sen Exp 1. Craig Smith, Craig Estrada 250 Exp 1. Matthew Belew, Daniel Fenton 2. Dylan Earle, Tyler Sarver 250 Nov 1. Tanner Engen 2. Tristan Brigman, Davin Brigman 3. Brendan Hinkle 4. Jack Northcutt, Josiah Northcutt 200 Amateur 1. Jeremy Rinder, Dale Fenton 2. Brock Price Vet Exp 1. Henry Daly, Daniel Barker Vet Nov 1. Erick Burnworth, Ivan Delgadillo 2. Bryan Kennerly, Jeremy Melton 3. Devin Thornton Vet

Grant Holmes Amateur 1. Richard Gray, Kyle Hearold 2. George Harris, Jason Johnson 3. Albert Valenzuela Sen Novice 1. Darren Smith, Chris Brooks 2. Jerome Foster, Tony Gonzalez Sen Exp 1. Derek Ball, Jason Gaut Sen Amateur 1. Ken Schwenck, Chris Segal ATV Nov 1. Ismael Cazarez, Cesar Lopez 2. Mirario Haro, Delfino Haro ATV Vet Nov 1. Carlos Moreno, Rob Niemela 2. Mike Weaver ATV Womens Nov 1. Mariah Brown 2. Jenn Shuart, Alison Niemela 3. Sandy Flores, Rachael Weaver Womens Nov 1. Cassidy Estrada, Kaylie Millikan

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