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54 | Blast from the Past

Memories from the Riverside World Championship with Trackside Photo


56 | 4x4 Coach

About those cell phones, sometimes they really annoy me

98 | Classifieds

06 | Sherri's Turn 08 | Dirtbits

AlumiCraft Racer Triumphs, Bigelow Motorsports and SCORE World Championships

12 | 2021 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction ceremony honors eight inductees

16 | ASA News

Official news from the American Sand Association

18 | Coming Events For every type of off road vehicle

26 | Best Off Road Memories of 2021

Four-Wheelers have a lot to be thankful for in 2022

Free off road photo classifieds


54 | SCORE Baja 1000

BF Goodrich sponsors the 54th running of this iconic race

64 | BF Goodrich Mint 400

Rob MacCachren takes the overall in a dramatic finish

70 | Veterans Day Dash

AMA District 38 desert racing presented by Full Throttle MC

76 | SCFTA Flat Track The final round of the 2021 SCFTA series

Looking back over a year of off road fun

80 | CALVMX/Top Gun Series Flat Track

Round 7 of the 7 round 2021 CALVMX series

86 | Great American Shortcourse Powered by Optima Batteries

42 | Fire in the Sky UTV Fun Run

92 | Shreddy 200

Presented by MORE Racing and Gravel Kings

Here's an alien story for you to enjoy

50 | The Endangered Off Roader San Diego Off Road Coalition News

52 | Bike Shop The joys of riding a wheelie


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COVER (Top) Combat Veteran Dustin Slade finished first overall at the AMA District 38 Veterans Day Dash.

Photo by FreedomFilmz (Bottom) Jarrett Valenti finished second Class 6100 at the More Racing Gravel Kings Shreddy 200 in Barstow CA. Photo by RNR Photos

CONTENTS Phil Blurton, 35, out of Auburn CA with co-driver Beau Judge finished first overall UTV at the 54th Annual BF Goodrich SCORE Baja 1000 this past November. Photo by GetSomePhoto.com

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hey call it a smart phone but the same can't always be said for the people who own them. It's no secret that I'm not fond of cell phones and anyone who has the misfortune of spending a lot of time around me has surely heard me rant and rave about the nuisances they are. I haven't been a fan since way back when they were flip phones and burst into our world disrupting all inperson conversations. People carrying them would demonstrate how very little regard they had for you because at any moment an in-person conversation would be interrupted by the ringing of the cell phone. Cell phones came along and let us all know that the most important person in the world was the person calling and not the person you're standing next to. Walking through the pits at a race track you can see people sitting near each other, both deeply engrossed in their phones, not a word being shared between the two of them. And not just race tracks, but even in restaurants where you think people have gone to share a meal together. No. They might be sharing a table, but any communication going on is not in real time, real life, talking to the person they're near, but it's scrolling through the phone or texting someone with no regard for the person they're with. They call it social media. But has it helped our social skills or hurt them? Talking with the manager of an auto parts store some time ago he shared with us how hard it was to hire young adults entering the job world, as their communication skills did not go beyond their ability to hold and stare at a phone. In fact some seemed incapable of carrying out a face to face conversation, one young man even finding it difficult just to ask for a job 6

application without staring down. Technology is wiping out our need to communicate with people. How many robots do we talk to on the phone in the course of a week? I used to slam the phone down, adamant in my refusal to communicate with a machine. But now if I want to get anywhere I have no choice but to talk to the inanimate objects. So recently we needed to request a tow from Triple AAA. For 32 years we've been paying for the roadside service insurance and for the last 17 we've had the 200 mile premium towing option. But apparently now they don't want you to talk to a real person when you call for a tow. Multiple times they said they had sent us the text link to request service. Well, when you're calling from a landline that text link just doesn't cut it. The guy-in-the-garage got fed up and turned the job over to me. So I dialed the number then did that thing where once the robot comes on the phone you politely yell at the top of your lungs, "Representative!" And finally a real person will come on the line to listen to you. The broken down vehicle was parked at our home which I do admit is in a very rural deserst location that sometimes can be hard to find for people unfamiliar with the area. And if you're using the map on your phone you just might get completely lost and maybe even stuck. It has happened. Just ask the big guy from Home Depot who trusted his phone more than he did the directions we gave him. So this gal takes my address and when I offer to give her directions she says they don't need them, they'll use the GPS. I told her sometimes that doesn't work. I'd rather give you the directions. they're fairly simple. Make a right off the highway, go half mile, then make a left, go half mile on a dirt road, then there we are. If you go any other way you won't find us. She hesitates but finally decides

she'll take the directions down and pass them along to the driver. Then she reads them back to me incorrectly. Four simple directions, which did include street names that I'm leaving off here, so everyone around the world reading this doesn't come and test them to see if they work. So I told them to her again. She read them back again. Still wrong. For the third time I gave her the instructions and this time she said, "Oh, okay. I see it here on the map. So we turn at the bar right, that's what it shows on the map?" To which I reply. "No." That is why I said to go by my directions and not the map on your phone or GPS or whatever map it is out there that sends people the wrong way. She still insisted I send her a pin drop because people born and raised in the days of technology don't trust good old-fashioned instructions from real people who might know what they're talking about with regard to the area where they live. It occurred to me as I rant and rave about the downside to cell phones and the problems they cause that I should give a line or two to the positive side. Sure enough I discovered that in this technologically advanced age of magazine publishing, during the last six months 76% of our readers in 118 countries around the world have accessed the magazine on their phones. Okay, so maybe phones aren't all that bad. We should just all remember not to rely on them to the extent we can no longer use our brains to think or reason. And even more importantly don't let the entertaining activity on the phone replace what's really most important in our lives. The people in the same room, across the table, next to us around the campfire or riding in the car. Try putting the phone down and talking to them. Think of it as a revolutionary new way of communicating. No technology required. Have a wonderful and blessed 2022 communicating with those nearest to you! E

I dialed the number then did that thing where once the robot comes on the phone you politely yell at the top of your lungs, "Representative!"

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moving to the next stepping stone on our way to the top." "This season was full of ups and downs, and the odds were seldom in my favor," Gibbs admitted. "But I was told when I first started racing that you do not have to win a race to win a championship. That was exactly the case this season. We came into the first race not planning on racing the whole series. By the end of the first two rounds, I found myself in the championship running. From there, we were all in on winning it. By qualifying in first or second every race, I was always inverted towards the back. With perseverance and drive, I found

Alumi Craft Racer Trey D Gibbs Triumphs For GAS Pro Buggy Championship hort course racing is the grid-iron


of off-road motorsports. The arena of close quarters race tracks with racers battling it out for victory. The ones left standing on top of the podium may attribute success to their motivation and equipment. Trey D Gibbs, the first to be crowned Pro Buggy Champion in the Great American Short Course (GAS) off-road series, believes his Alumi Craft Racecar was paramount in this achievement. Gibbs driving the #15 Alumi Craft Pro Buggy, earned this highly competitive GAS Pro Buggy title by earning consistent top podium finishes and notching 31 additional points during the qualifying sessions. Earning those extra points was crucial in the points championship, which Trevor Briska, throughout the entire season evenly contested. Going into the last event, Trey was leading the championship by only four points. Racing can always throw a curveball. But it is your reaction and effort that determines the outcome. The final round


did not start so well for Gibbs. "During the first practice, I ended up popping a motor,'' Trey stated. "The team was able to get it swapped just in time for qualifying. With no real practice, we did what we could and qualified third on the pole. In Round 7, I got tangled up and had to push up for a second place finish which made it a tie for championship points going into the final round." Gibbs finished the eight-round season with five podium finishes, four of them being in second place, which scored him 395 points total and the top earner to be crowned the Pro Buggy Champion in the inaugural season of the Great American Short Course series. "Officially, as the 2021 Pro Buggy champion, I cannot put it into words how good this one feels. This championship was not for me but for all the people who support and believe in me. Now that we got this one wrapped up, I can say we are

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myself on the podium for most of the races except one." Trey continued, "My Alumi Craft Pro Buggy stood up to all the abuse and carnage that was thrown at it. To win a championship takes not only a good driver but a race car that has been developed to handle anything thrown at it. For that reason, I choose to work with the Alumi Craft family. Their race cars are built exceptionally well and tried and true." Trey D Gibbs fought valiantly and earned a well-deserved title in a very competitive Pro Buggy division. Alumi Craft congratulates and wishes him continued success. If you need a competitive and fast vehicle capable of winning, call Alumi Craft Racecars for an expert consultation on what it takes. Give Alumi Craft a call at 619-596-9841 or go to: http://alumicraft.info/ to learn more about our race products and services.

Bigelow Motorsports & Behemoth Drivetrain


fter a hiatus from Ultra 4 and RockSports racing Bigelow Motorsports is proud to announce the return to RockSports and the public relationship with Behemoth Drivetrain, a division of Winn Capital, for the 2022 race season and indefinite future. “One of the ideas that I have had for Bigelow Motorsports for a long time is to align ourselves with companies that are at the forefront and cutting edge of Motorsports. We want to partner with those companies that are also geographically close to our East Coast base and testing areas that also will allow us to get together to receive feedback from our partners to make us a better race team. "Behemoth owner Jim Winn and I have had some incredible conversations about how we have gone about our programs over the years and Behemoth and Bigelow Motorsports align very well. I am incredibly excited to begin working with Behemoth Drivetrain and Jim Winn on a multitude of new ideas, but most importantly on the design and go to market testing of the new Colossus Transfer Case”, said Doug Bigelow, driver and owner at Bigelow Motorsports. “We recognize that Doug Bigelow and Bigelow Motorsports have been involved in off-road racing for a long time and are widely recognized as one of the East Coast OG’s in the markets we are specializing in. His teams over the years have helped many brands in the off-road industry to develop, test, market and sell their products with extreme success. From the race course, the internet and everywhere we cannot be - his background in National Sales and Marketing coupled with his teams hard work, perseverance and grit is a win for Behemoth Drivetrain”, said Jim Winn

owner of Behemoth Drivetrain and CEO of Winn Capital. Behemoth Drivetrain, LLC was acquired by Winn Capital in 2020 and designs and manufactures high quality products made 100% in the USA with a core focus around developing high performance custom drivetrain components, specializing in transfer cases, underdrive units, clocking systems, and adapters. The company is focused on aggressively investing to keep product inventory in house, to scale their manufacturing capacity, and to bring disruptive new designs to market to meet and exceed customer demand. Home of the Colossus NP205 and Dana 300 billet transfer cases, and the gear reduction Strongbox Underdrives, Behemoth is located in Leitchfield, KY. Bigelow Motorsports is a Maryland and Tennessee based off-road racing motorsports team that has been driving professionally since 2003 in various off-road racing events from the Southern California deserts to the tight two tracks of the West Virginia Hills. For more information on both entities, visit www.Behemothdrivetrain.com and Facebook.com/BigelowMotorsports

2021 SCORE World Desert Championship FINAL Points limbing the ladder race-by-race, noted


Northern California racer Phil Blurton enjoyed his first season competing full-time in SCORE by winning the SCORE

Overall, SCORE UTV overall, and Pro UTV FI class point championships in the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. Blurton, 35, and teammate Beau Judge, 44, may have been rookies in the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship, but they have been honing their UTV driving skills competitively for over four years before their big splash in this year’s SCORE series. Celebrating its 28th season as the marquee racing division in the sport, winning the season championship in SCORE Trophy Truck for high-tech, 1000-horsepower unlimited custom trucks was Las Vegas’ legendary Rob MacCachren. He also is the SCORE Truck season point champion for 2021 and ended up fifth in the overall point standings. Winning his brutally tough Pro Moto Ironman class for solo riders for the second straight season, Bolivia’s Juan Carlos Salvatierra also earned the 2021 SCORE Overall Motorcycle point championship for the second straight year on his No. 725x KTM 450XC-F motorcycle. With back-to-back class wins sandwiched between a sixth place to start the season and another sixth place to cap the season, SoCal’s veteran Jason McNeil won not only his Trophy Truck Spec class, but also captured the SCORE Overall Truck point title of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. For more information on class championships and upcoming SCORE races for 2022 visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com. Dirtbits continued on page 11

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Combat Veteran wins AMA District 38 Veterans Day Dash


apturing his first overall victory in a desert race, Army Veteran Dustin Slade picked the perfect race to win. Presented by the Full Throttle MC Club, the fall AMA District 38 desert race honors our nation's veterans and acknowledges Veteran's Day with the annual Veteran's Day Dash desert race. Combat Veteran Dustin Slade finished the four lap race with a total time of 1:56:59, also winning the Vet Expert class. "Winning the overall at the District 38 Veterans Day Dash this year is special to me. I'm part of Dustin Slade and wife Victoria with son Vincent, 14, and the Warrior Built Foundation, a group of combat vets. daughter Ireland who is now 3. Being a vet myself, and getting my first overall on a Veterans Day race was all too perfect. There isn't a single race I would rather win." Thirty-one year old Slade was born in Ulm, Germany to U.S. Army parents stationed abroad. He was raised in San Diego, then as an adult followed his parents example, enlisting in the Army. Stationed in Germany, Slade also served in Afghanistan. He was discharged after three and a half years of service upon being injured by an IED while in Afghanistan. In addition to this overall win, Dustin secured two championships for 2021: AMA District 38 Desert Series Championship in the Vet class and the Dirt Series Motocross Championship in the 4-Stroke Open class. His plans for the future include racing in the Best in the Desert Series and continued racing with AMA District 38. E

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2021 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Honors Eight Inductees


he AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inducted eight new members during the 2021 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by American Honda. The members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2021 include Dave Arnold, Nancy Davidson, Gary Denton, Tommy Hays, Loretta Lynn, Scott Plessinger, Kenny Tolbert and Ryan Villopoto. Ceremony emcees, well-known actor and director of stage, screen and television Perry King and motocross rider, sidecar enthusiast and sideline reporter Laurette Nicoll, guided the audience through the careers and accomplishments of the inductees. “Tonight, we are reminded of the determination that lands a select few men and women at the top of their class,” King said. “Each has found the strength, the courage, the sheer grit and fortitude to face down any force that rises up against them, whether in competition, in industry, in the halls of government, or in the court of public opinion.” 12

During the ceremony, those gathered also honored the memories of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers who have recently passed away: Mike Bell, Joe Bolger, Everett Brashear, Carl Cranke, Babe DeMay, Yvon Duhamel, Dick Klamfoth, Del Kuhn, Dick Mann, Derek Rickman, Joel Robert, Marty Smith, Bill Tuman, Ed Waldheim and Dale Walksler. In addition to presenting sponsor American Honda, additional supporters and partners for the induction ceremony included Motion Pro, Blendzall, MX Sports and Federal Motorcycle Transport.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Following an introduction, each member of the class of 2021 was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and inductees in attendance were presented with the prestigious Hall of Fame ring by fellow Hall of Famers and industry legends. Many of the inductees, or their friends and family members, then addressed the audience.

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Dave Arnold

Dave Arnold worked for American Honda from the mid-1970s through 2013, developing some of the greatest racing talents — and motorcycles — in the sport, and helping forge the program’s historic dominance in AMA Supercross and Motocross alongside legends like AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Marty Smith, Roger DeCoster, Bob Hannah and Jeremy McGrath. Arnold’s talents, which contributed to 60 titles on Honda factory and factory-supported teams over the years, transcended race operations to productionlevel research and development, resulting in advancements in production motorcycles that impacted motorcyclists all over the world — and will continue to do so for decades to come. “I want to thank the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame,” Arnold said. “I’m really honored and humbled to receive this recognition. I’ve looked up to many Hall of Famers as mentors and role models,

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“When I look back on 4-wheel ATV racing and all my good fortune” he continued, “having all these people help me, I realize I am beyond blessed by God and He is the one that has directed, guided and put all of these amazing people in my life!”

Tommy Hays

AMA Hall of Fame Continued so to be in their company is an honor. I’d like to dedicate this to my younger brother Richard, who passed away earlier this year. He loved motorcycles and racing as much as I did.”

Nancy Davidson

Nancy Davidson, wife of AMA Hall of Fame Legend Bill “Willie G.” Davidson, was one of the most impactful female icons in the American motorcycling community. She contributed to charity rides and supported the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the HarleyDavidson Dealer network and held the No. 2 membership card in the Harley Owners Group. A lifelong advocate for the AMA, she espoused the freedom and adventure of the motorcycle lifestyle, influencing ridership across the globe. In the motorcycle community, few families elicit such admiration as those who carry the Davidson name. Besides the duties and responsibilities that come from the Harley-Davidson’s namesake, they serve as the enduring spirit of American manufacturing, its motorcycling traditions, and are elevated into our cultural ethos as celebrities. And none represented that so aptly as Nancy Davidson. Although AMA Hall of Fame Legend Willie G. Davidson was unable to attend his late wife’s induction, the Davidson family created a beautiful video to be shared with the audience. 14

“Well, this is your day Nancy,” Willie G. Davidson said, “we are very, very proud of you … This is kinda a special way to celebrate our lives. We rode together; Nancy was a great partner. We crisscrossed the country, and it’s a tribute to a great lady. For that we are thankful and we are proud to be represented in the AMA Hall of Fame.”

Gary Denton

Gary Denton was the dominant ATV racer in the ’80s and ’90s, winning eight AMA ATV Grand National Championship titles from 1987 through 1994. Before racing ATVs, Denton started his motorcycle racing career at age 14 and went pro at age 16, getting his first major title at the CMC Night Nationals in the 125cc class in 1976. From late 1978 to 1982, he raced professionally, with a best finish of fourth in the 125 National class and scoring 13 top-10 finishes. After racing locally for a couple years, he had the opportunity to begin racing ATVs in 1985, getting a factory ride with Suzuki in 1987 to race in the AMA ATV Grand National Championship. From that point on he dominated the ATV series, winning the championship eight years in a row and setting the standard for excellence in the division. “I’m truly humbled to receive this honor,” Denton said. “This is the highest compliment, being voted in by the industry and my peers! I also want to congratulate the other inductees.”

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Tommy Hays was one of the best Class C dirt trackers of his time, and arguably the most successful racer from the pre-Grand National Championship era (1933-1953) who was not previously inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Hays’ AMA National career ran from 1937 to 1941, giving the young rider enough time to set records that lasted decades beyond his untimely death on the racetrack. Hays, who was skilled as well as fearless, won seven AMA National TTs during his career, and currently sits in fourth for most career AMA National TT wins. He was among one of the first riders to receive a National Number and was voted Most Popular Rider for 1941 after his death.

Loretta Lynn

Legendary country singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn was born April 14, 1932, in Butcher Hollow, Ky. Although widely known for her success within the country music industry, Lynn’s massive impact on the motocross community can be found at her and her late husband Mooney’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., where the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship has been held for four decades. Since 1982, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch has welcomed some 60,000 riders. Hosting an average of 36 classes vying for AMA National No. 1 plates each year, the annual event is known as the site of the largest amateur motocross event in the world. Lynn is the first person to be inducted into both the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. “My mom has such an incredible legacy with her music,” said Loretta Lynn’s daughter Patsy Lynn Russell. “But thanks to [Hall of Famer] Dave [Coombs Sr.] and [his wife] Rita for just happening on the ranch after a race in Oklahoma and seeing the property, that legacy has been enhanced in so many ways through motocross sports. So many people from all over the world

may not know one song my mom sang, but they know her from motocross…from all of you coming to the ranch and participating. And that means the world to us. Thank you!”

Scott Plessinger

Scott Plessinger was a top off-road racer in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and while he started his career in motocross, it didn’t begin to take off until he shifted to off-road racing. By the fall of 1986 he was winning nearly every local race he entered, but it wasn’t until 1989 that he finally claimed the ultimate prize, scoring his first AMA Hare Scrambles National Championship. Throughout his successful career, Plessinger won two Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) titles in 1994 and 1995, and two AMA National Hare Scramble titles in 1989 and 1992. The four-time National Champion from Hamilton, Ohio has scored 41 national event wins during his career, mostly on KTMs. “Definitely want to thank everyone that voted for me,” said Plessinger. “I really didn’t expect this … and I was really surprised to find out I was voted into [the Hall of Fame].”

Kenny Tolbert

Kenny Tolbert is a legendary tuner in AMA Grand National history, a man who built and developed the motorcycles that carried AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Chris Carr and Jared Mees to an astonishing 12 AMA Grand National Championships and 121 Grand National wins. Carr and Tolbert won their first Grand National Championship together in 1992, winning six more between 1999 and 2005. Mees and Tolbert have won five Grand National Championships together and continue to rack up Grand National wins. Tolbert’s engine and chassis combinations have also claimed an additional six 600cc AMA Championships and 31 AMA 600cc wins since 1988. Both championship and win tallies are second place only to Hall of Fame Legend Bill Werner (13 championships and 149 wins). “There’s a long list of people that have been involved in my career,” Tolbert

said, “and I can never thank everyone … Chris [Carr] and I, we fueled off each other and learned how to race together. We have lifelong memories together and now here we are today. I’m thankful to the AMA for doing this and having us here and all the people who voted. And being involved with Jared [Mees] and Indian Motorcycles has been phenomenal.”

Ryan Villopoto

Ryan Villopoto had a simply monstrous motocross career during his decade-long professional run, accumulating five AMA Pro Motocross and four AMA Supercross Championships across two separate stretches of success on Kawasaki. In the span of his professional career, the Poulsbo, Wash. racer tallied 41 main event

wins in AMA Supercross and 31 national wins while racing AMA Pro Motocross. In AMA Supercross competition, Villopoto has the fifth most wins in the 450cc class, elevating him to third all-time in championships behind AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael. In AMA Pro Motocross, Villopoto became only the third individual to claim multiple championships in both the 450cc and 250cc classes. “This all started with my grandpa,” Villopoto said while overcome with emotion. “Grandma and grandpa are here, thank you to them. My wife and boys are here — Kristen, Gage and Brax — thank you. My dad’s been gone for some time, and he’d be stoked and amazed that we made it here.” E

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California Assembly Bill 232: OHV Registration Reciprocity

alifornia recently amended the state Vehicle Code in response to other states no longer honoring California OHV Identification. Beginning January 1, 2022, residents of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming


will be required to purchase a California OHV Non-Resident Permit when visiting AB232 specifically amended CA Vehicle Code Section 38010 (b)(10) to exempt from CA OHV identification: “A motor vehicle with a currently valid identification or registration permit issued by another state, if the other state recognizes an identification plate or device issued by the department pursuant to subdivision (a) as valid for use in that state.” This will have a major impact on the Imperial Sand Dunes, given the large number of Arizona residents that visit each year. California amended their Vehicle Code primarily in response to Arizona requiring ALL out of state visitors to purchase an OHV permit. However, the California Vehicle Code is flexible enough to allow reciprocity with any state that amends their law to honor valid California OHV Identification (Green or Red Sticker). For further clarification contact Superintendent Mark Hada, Visitor Services Manager, Off- Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division HQ at 916-475-8138. E

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Coming Events

Desert Racing • Dual Sport Endurance Races • Endurocross Enduros • Flat Track • 4WD Events

• 4WD Training • Fun Runs • GP’s • Motocross • Off Road Shows • Rock Crawling • Sand Drags • Short Course • Speedway • Supercross • Trials • Vintage Motocross CLEANUPS SAN DIEGO OFF ROAD COALITION www.sdorc.org - For info Ed Stovin motoed@hotmail.com 858-822-8274 Jan 15, 2022 - 24th Annual ISDRA Cleanup, Glamis, Buttercup, Gordon's Well Feb 19, 2022 - Ocotillo Wells Cleanup, Meet at Main Street Event Center, Ocotillo Wells CA Feb 26, 2022- Painted Gorge Cleanup, DESERT RACING ALTA VISTA EVENTS www.averacing.com AMA DISTRICT 37 www.district37ama.org Motorcycles & Quads AMA DISTRICT 38 www.amad38.com Races held near El Centro CA Motorcycles & Quads Jan 8, 2022 - OTB Sand Blast, Sueprstition Feb 5, 2022 - Full Throttle PCE 120, Plaster City East Feb 26, 2022 - Roadrunner King of the Desert, Superstition Mar 19, 2022 - I-8 Speed Limit, Superstition Apr 16, 2022 - Full Throttle Desert Cross, Plaster City West Sept 25, 2022 - Roadrunner Rattlesnake Chase, Plaster City West Oct 15, 2022 - I-8 Monster Mash, Plaster City West Nov 5, 2022 - Full Throttle Veterans Day Dash, Lakebed Dec 10, 2022 - Roadrunner Christmas Classic, Pole Line UTVs Jan 8, 2022 - OTB Sand Blast, Superstition Feb 5, 2022 - Full Throttle PCE 120, Plaster City East Feb 26, 2022 - Roadrunner King of the Desert, Superstition


Mar 19, 2022 - I-8 Speed Limit, Plaster City East Oct 15, 2022 - I-8 Monster Mash, Plaster City West Nov 5, 2022 - Full Throttle Veterans Day Dash, Lakebed Dec 10, 2022 - Roadrunner Christmas Classic AMA NATIONAL HARE & HOUND www.NationalHareandHound.com Motorcycles & Quads AMA WEST HARE SCRAMBLES www.westharescramble.com Motorcycles & Quad 2022 Tentative Schedule Mar 12-13, 2022 - Round 1, Doyle CA Mar 26-27, 2022 - Round 2, Jacksonwillve OR May 21-22, 2022 - Round 3, La Pine OR Jun 18-19, 2022 - Round 4, Bellingham WA Jul 8-10, 2022 - Round 5, Washougal WA Oct 15-16, 2022 - Round 6, Boise ID Nov 5-6, 2022 - Round 7, Toutle WA Nov 19-20, 2022 - Round 8, Wilseyville CA AMRA ARIZONA MOTORCYCLE RIDERS ASSOCIATION www.amraracing.com Motorcycle Racing Dec 12 - Hare Scramble, Peoria AZ ARIZONA OFF ROAD PROMOTIONS

www.arizonaoffroadpromotions.com Jan 15-16, 2022 - Vulture Mine Off Road Challenge, Wickenburg AZ Aug 6-7, 2022 - Cinder Mountain Off Road Challenge, Flagstaff AZ Nov 5-6, 2022 - Todd Peterson's Vulture Mine Hare Scrambles, Wickenburg AZ CALL TO VERIFY INFORMATION BEFORE TRAVELING. EVENTS SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION OR ERROR

BEST IN THE DESERT www.bitd.com Jan 6-8, 2022 - Parker 250 UTV/MC/ Quad Jan 9, 2022 - Parker 425 Pre-Run Car/Truck Jan 20-23, 2022 - Parker 425 Car/Truck Feb 17-20, 2022 - UTV Legends Championship, Laughlin NV UTV/MC/ Quad Mar 17-20, 2022 - Adelanto Grand Prix, Adelanto CA MC Apr 28-30, 2022 - Silver State 300, Alamo NV Car/Truck/UTV/MC/Quad Aug 10-13, 2022 - Vegas to Reno Car/Truck/UTV/MC/Quad Sept 22-25, 2022 - Battle Born 200, Ely NV, Car/Truck/UTV/MC/Quad Oct 20-23, 2022 - Laughlin Desert Classic, Laughlin NV, Car/Truck Nov 4-6, 2022 - World Hare & Hound, Tonopah NV, MC/Quad/UTV CODE OFF ROAD www.codeoffroad.com.mx LEGACY RACING www.legacyracing.net Jan 5-9, 2022 - Desert Showdown, Pahrump NV Cars/Trucks/UTV Feb 4-6, 2022 - Hare Scrambles, Laughlin NV MC/Quad May 4-7, 2022 - Baja Nevada, Cars/ Trucks/UTV/MC/Quad Jun 23-26, 2022 - Virginia City to Tonopah NV, Cars/Trucks/UTV/MC/ Quad Sept 8-11, 2022 - Stateline Shootout, Primm NV, Cars/Trucks/UTV Oct 7-9, 2022 - Dirt Rebelution, Cedar City UT MC/Quad/UTV Nov 10-13, 2022 - Battleground, Jean NV, Cars/Trucks/MC/Quad/UTV M.O.R.E. www.moreracing.net Cars, Trucks and UTVs NORRA www.norra.com Apr 29-May 6, 2022 - Mexican 1000 Sept 29 - Oct 2, 2022 - NORRA 500

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RECORD OFF ROAD www.recordoffroad.com SCORE www.score-international.com Mar 29-Apr 3, 2022 - 35th San Felipe 250, San Felipe, Mexico Jun 1-5, 2022 - 54th Baja 500, Ensenada Sept 13-18, 2022 - 3rd Baja 400, Ensenada Nov 15-20, 2022 - 55th Baja 1000, Ensenada SNORE www.snoreracing.net SADR - Southern Arizona Desert Racing 520-747-0490 www.racesadr.com Feb 18-19, 2022 - Sonoyta 160 May 13-14, 2022 - Tequila 150 Sept 23-24, 2022 - Point to Point Dec 2-3, 2022 - Cholla 250 ZR PROMOTIONS (686) 564-6653 www.zrpromo.com Motorcycles, Quads and UTVs DUAL SPORT BIG BEAR TRAIL RIDERS MC www.bigbeartrailriders.com CRAWDAD OFF ROAD EVENTS www.crawdadoffroadevents.com D-37 DUAL SPORT www.district37ama.org/dualsport/ DUAL SPORT WEST www.dualsportwest.com Jan 29-30, 2022 - Hi Desert 250, Ridgecrest CA Feb 19-21, 2022 - Death Valley Rally, Ridgecrest CA Mar 12-13, 2022 - Death Valley 350, Ridgecrest CA Apr 24-27, 2022 - New Great Western Trail 1st Section, Nogales AZ May 2-6, 2022 - Mex2Can 1st Half, Tecate CA

www.autofab.com Jul 11-15, 2022 - New Great Western Trail 2nd Section, Williams AZ Aug 13-20, 2022 - New Great Western Trail 3rd Section, Park City UT Sept 10-11, 2022 - Mammoth 300, Daily Loops out of Mammoth Sept 24-25, 2022 - Topaz 600, Daily Loops out of Topaz NV Oct 22-23, 2022 - Lone Pine, Daily Loops out of Lone Pine Nov 5-6, 2022 - China Lake 350, Ridgecrest CA DUST DEVILS MC www.dustdevilsmc.com FAMILY OFF ROAD ADVENTURES www.familyoffroadadventures.com 209-649-3633 Feb 20, 2022 - Mojave Family Adventure Apr 30 - May 1, 2022 - Yosemite Adventure Tour Jun 11-12, 2022 - Lost Coast Adventure Oct 15-16, 2022 - Mammoth-2-Tahoe ORANGE COUNTY DUALIES www.dualies.com SAN DIEGO ADVENTURE RIDERS www.dualsport-sd.com

VENTURA COUNTY M/C CLUB www.venturacountymc.com Oct 7-9, 2022 - Bishop Dual Sport Adventure ENDURANCE RACES Glen Helen www.glenhelen.com ENDUROCROSS GEICO AMA ENDUROCROSS www.endurocross.com ENDUROS ARIZONA OFF-ROAD STATE CHAMPIONSHIP www.amraracing.com DISTRICT 37 www.district37ama.org LOS ANCIANOS MC CLUB www.losancianos.com WORCS www.worcssprintracing.com FLAT TRACK AMERICAN FLAT TRACK www.americanflattrack.com Mar 10-11, 2022 - Volusia Half Mile I&II, Barberville FL Mar 19, 2022 - Texas Half-Mile, Fort Worth TX

Apr 23, 2022 - I-70 Half-Mile, Odessa MO May 28-29, 2022 - Red Mile I&II, Lexington KY Jun 11, 2022 - Laconia Short Track, Loudon NH Jun 25, 2022 - Lima Half-Mile, Lima OH Jul 2, 2022 - New York Short Track, Weedsport NY Jul 16, 2022 - Port Royal Half-Mile, Port Royal PA Jul 30, 2022 - Peoria TT, Peoria IL Aug 6, 2022 - Black Hills Half-Mile, Rapid City SD Aug 13, 2022 - Castle Rock TT, Castle Rock WA Aug 20, 2022 - Sacraento Mile, Sacramento CA Sept 3-4, 2022 - Springfield Mile I&II, Springfield IL Sept 24, 2022 - Cedar Lake Short Track, New Richmond WI AZ FLAT TRACK RACING www.azflattrackracing.com Races held at Adobe Mountain, Glendale AZ Mar 26, 2022 - Round 1 Apr 2, 2022 - Round 2 Apr 16, 2022 - Round 3 Apr 30, 2022 - Round 4 May 14, 2022 - Round 5


May 21, 2022 - Round 6 Sept 10, 2022 - Round 7 Sept 25, 2022 - Round 8 Oct 8, 2022 - Round 9 Oct 22, 2022 - Round 10 Nov 5, 2022 - Round 11 Nov 19, 2022 - Round 12 CALVMX FLAT TRACK www.calvmx.net Races held at Camp Lockett, Campo CA LAKE ELSINORE MX PARK www.facebook.com/Lake-ElsinoreMotorsports-Park-104247691683693/ Flat track open for practice on weekends. No knobbies. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FLAT TRACK ASSOCIATION www.southerncaliforniaflattrack.com All races held at Perris Raceway, Perris CA Feb 5, 2022 - Round 1 Mar 5, 2022 - Round 2 Apr 9, 2022 - Round 3 May 7, 2022 - Round 4 Jun 4, 2022 - Round 5

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COMING EVENTS Continued Jul 16, 2022 - Round 6 Aug 6, 2022 - Round 7 Sept 10, 2022 - Round 8 Oct 8, 2022 - Round 9 Nov 12-13, 2022 - Rounds 10-11 Dec 3, 2022 - Round 12 WESTERN FLAT TRACK www.westernflattrack.com 4WD CLUBS & EVENTS BADLANDS OFF ROAD ADVENTURES www.4x4training.com Mar 18-21, 2022 - Death Valley Adventure Aug 15-19, 2022 - Rubicon Road Trip Oct 21-24, 2022 - Death Valley Adventure CALIFORNIA 4WD ASSOCIATION INC. www.cal4wheel.com Jan 14-16, 2022 - Superstition 24, Superstition Off Road Area Jan 14-16, 2022 - Winter Fun Festival, Grass Valley CA Mar 5, 2022 - Kingsburg Snow Poker Run, Sequoia National Forest CA Mar 30-Apr 2, 2022 - Death Valley Experience, Furnace Creek CA 20

CAPO VALLEY 4 WHEELERS www.cv4w.org Jan 15, 2022 - Red Cloud Road Jan 20, 2022 - Parker 425 DESERT SIDE TRACS www.dst4x4club.org Mar 25-30, 2022 - Sand Hollow

DIABLO 4-WHEELERS www.diablo4wheelers.com Jan 14-16, 2022 - CA4W Winter Fun Festival, Grass Valley CA

CALL TO VERIFY INFO BEFORE TRAVELING EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR ERROR RACE PROMOTERS Send your event information to ssormag@gmail.com POINT MUGU 4WD CLUB, INC. www.facebook.com/pages/Point-Mugu4x4-Club/356896013416 RED ROCK 4-WHEELERS www.rr4w.com Apr 9-17, 2022 - Easter Jeep Safari, Moab UT

HEMET JEEP CLUB www.hemetjeepclub.com

SAN DIEGO 4 WHEELERS www.sd4wheel.com Dec 30 - Jan 2, 2022 - SD4W New Year's Weekend Bash at Superstition Mountain Jan 14-16, 2022 - 24th Annual Superstition Mountain Event Jan 28-Feb 6, 2022 - King of the Hammers, Johnson Valley OHV Feb 12, 2022 - Bratt Run to the Corrizo Overlook


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JUSTRUNS www.justruns.com

SCOUTS WEST 4WDC www.scoutswest.com Apr 2022 - IH Western Regionals, Calico CA

EARLY BRONCOS LTD www.earlybronco.com GEARED FOUR FUN 4WD CLUB www.geared4fun.com

PARKER 4 WHEELERS www.parker4wheelers.net

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SONS OF THUNDER 4-WHEELERS www.sonsofthunder4x4.com TIERRA DEL SOL www.tds4x4.com Mar 4-6, 2022 - Tierra Del Sol's 60th Annual Desert Safari, Truckhaven Hills, Ocotillo Wells SVRA VEGAS VALLEY 4 WHEELERS www.vv4w.org VICTOR VALLEY 4 WHEELERS www.victorvalley4wheelers.com WILLYS OVERLAND MOAB RALLY - www.willysrally.com 4WD TRAINING BADLANDS OFF ROAD ADVENTURES www.4x4training.com San Diego Area - Getting Started Off Road Driving Clinic Los Angeles Area - Getting Started Off Road Driving Clinic


FUN RUNS CORVA www.corva.org Jan 22, 2022 - Poker Run, Ocotillo Wells CA HI-DESERT CHARITIES OFF ROAD POKER RUN www.facebook.com/Hi-DesertCharities-Offroad-Poker-Run1472979602913413/ MORONGO BASIN SEARCH & RESCUE - www.desertrun.org REDDING DIRT RIDERS www.reddingdirtriders.com SAN DIEGO OFF ROAD COALITION www.sdorc.org SOBOBA RIDES, San Jacinto CA www.sobobarides.biz Feb 27, 2022 - 42nd Annual Soboba Trail Ride G.P.’S AMA DISTRICT 37 www.district37ama.org Jan 15-16, 2022 - Round 1, So Cal MC GP Feb 12-13, 2022 - Round 2, Dirt Diggers GP

Mar 5-6, 2022 - Round 3, Prairie Dogs GP Apr 2-3, 2022 - Round 4, Hilltoppers GP Apr 23-24, 2022 - Round 5, Shamrocks GP Oct 1-2, 2022 - Round 6, Viewfinders GP Oct 29-30, 2022 - Round 7, Prospectors GP Nov 12-13, 2022 - Round 8, Vikings GP AMA DISTRICT 38 www.amad38.com May TBA, 2022 - D-38 Grand Prix AMRA ARIZONA MOTORCYCLE RIDERS ASSOCIATION www.amraracing.com ARIZONA OFF ROAD PROMOTIONS www.arizonaoffroadpromotions.com Feb 5-6, 2022 - Havasu Havic GP, Lake Havasu AZ Mar 26-27, 2022 - Blythe GP, Blythe CA Apr 16-17, 2022 - Chino Valley GP, Chino Valley AZ May 14-15, 2022 - P Mountain GP, Page, AZ Jul 9-10, 2022 - Mormon Lake GP, Mormon Lake AZ

Sept 10-11, 2022 - Mormon Lake GP II, Mormon Lake AZ Dec 17, 2022 - Canyon Christmas GP (Non points), Peoria AZ FIRE & POLICE MOTOCROSS www.firepolicemx.com Dec 6, 2022 - Christmas GP, Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, Lake Elsinore CA Glen Helen Raceway, Devore CA www.glenhelen.com LACR MX, Palmdale CA www.lacr.mx LAKE ELSINORE GP www.elsinoregrandprix.com National Grand Prix Series www.ngpcseries.com Jan 15-16, 2022 - Round 1, Delano CA Feb 12-13, 2022 - Round 2, Taft CA Mar 5-6, 2022 - Round 3, Glen Helen CA Apr 2-3, 2022 - Round 4, 29 Palms CA Apr 23-24, 2022 - Round 5, Primm NV May 14-15, 2022 - Round 6, Delta UT Aug 20-21, 2022 - Preston ID Oct 1-2, 2022 - Ridgecrest CA Oct 29-30, 2022 - Blythe CA Nov 12-13, 2022 - Havasu AZ

REDDING DIRT RIDERS www.reddingdirtriders.com SRA www.sragp.com Motorcycles, Quads, UTVs All events held at Glen Helen, San Bernardino CA Jan 23, 2022 - Round 1 Feb 6, 2022 - Round 2 Mar 27, 2022 - Round 3 Apr 9, 2022 - Round 4, Location TBA May 1, 2022 - Round 5 Jun 26, 2022 - Round 6 ZR PROMOTIONS www.zrpromo.com MOTOCROSS Also see Vintage Motocross Category 2X PROMOTIONS www.2xpromotions.com AMA AMATEUR NATIONAL MX REGIONAL www.mxsports.com AMA LUCAS OIL PRO MX CHAMPIONSHIP www.mxnationals.com May 28, 2022 - Fox Raceway National I, Pala CA


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Jun 4, 2022 - Hangtown Motocross Classic, Rancho Cordova CA Jun 11, 2022 - Thunder Valley National, Lakewood CO Jun 18, 2022 - High Point National, Mount Morris PA Jul 2, 2022 - RedBud National, Buchanan MI Jul 9, 2022 - Southwick National, Southwick MA Jul 16, 2022 - Spring Creek National, Millville MN Jul 23, 2022 - Washougal National, Washougal WA Aug 13, 2022 - Unadilla National, New Berlin NY Aug 20, 2022 - Budds Creek National, Mechanicsville MD Aug 27, 2022 - Ironman National, Crawfordsville IN Sept 3, 2022 - Fox Raceway National II, Pala CA



www.ameminicross.com All events held at Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Apr 2, 2022 - Stacyc Spring Series Round 1 Apr 3, 2022 - Stacyc Spring Series Round 2 Apr 17, 2022 - Stacyc Spring Series Round 3 May 1, 2022 - Stacyc Spring Series Round 4 CAHUILLA CREEK MX TRACK. Anza CA www.cahuillacreekmotocross.com DT1 MX Park Tulare CA www.dt1mxpark.com FIRE & POLICE MOTOCROSS www.firepolicemx.com Apr 11-12, 2022 - Rounds 1-2, Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, Lake Elsinore CA Oct 10-11, 2022 - Rounds 3-4, Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, Lake Elsinore CA

LA PLAYA MOTOCROSS Rosarito, Mexico www.facebook.com/laplayamotocross LACR MX, Palmdale CA - www.lacr.mx OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES RACING www.ossrg.org All races held at Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA OVER THE HILL GANG www.overthe hillgang.org Perris Raceway Perris CA - www.perrismx.com REM MOTOCROSS www.remsatmx.com All events at Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA SOCAL OLD TIMERS MX CLUB

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www.socalotmx.org SOCAL CHAMPIONSHIP MOTOCROSS www.socalmxseries.com Jan 30, 2022 - Winter Series Round 4, Cal City MX, California City CA Feb 6, 2022 - Winter Series Round 5, Glen Helen, San Bernardino CA STATE FAIR MX www.statefairmx.com THE DIRT SERIES www.dirtseriesracing.com WORCS www.worcsracing.com Bike Schedule - tentative for 2022 Jan 21-23 - Round 1, Primm NV Feb 18-20 - Round 2, Devore CA Mar 11-13 - Round 3, Lake Havasu City AZ Apr 8-10 - Round 4, Taft CA Apr 29-May 1 - Round 5, Las Vegas NV May 27-29 - Round 6, Cedar City UT Sept 16-18 - Round 7/8, Preston ID Oct 14-16 - Round 9, Mesquite NV


Nov 4-6 - Round 10, Primm NV Quad/SXS - tentative for 2022 Jan 14-16 - Round 1, Primm NV Feb 11-13 - Round 2, Devore CA Mar 4-6 - Round 3, Lake Havasu City AZ Apr 1-3 - Round 4, Taft CA Apr 29-May 1 - Round 5, Las Vegas NV May 22-22 - Round 6, Cedar City UT Sept 9-11 - Rounds 7/8, Preston ID Oct 7-9 - Round 9, Mesquite NV Nov 4-6 - Round 10, Primm NV OFF ROAD RALLY SONORA RALLY www.sonorarally.com Mar 14-18, 2022 - Sonora Rally, Sonora, Mexico OFF ROAD SHOWS OFF ROAD EXPO www.offroadexpo.com Oct 1-2, 2022 - Off Road Expo, Fairplex, Pomona CA OFF ROAD NIGHTS www.ornscene.com SAND SPORTS SUPER SHOW www.sandsports supershow.com Sept 16-18, 2022 - Sand Sports Super Show, Costa Mesa CA ROCK CRAWLING DIRT RIOT ENDURANCE RACING www.werocklive.com Western Series Feb 26-27, 2022 - West 1, Bagdad AZ Apr 30-May 1, 2022 - West 2, Cedar City UT Jul 9-10, 2022 - West 3, Rangely CO Aug 6-7, 2022 - West 4, Goldendale WA Eastern Series Mar 26-27, 2022 - East 1, Mason TX May 14-15, 2022 - East 2, Mapleton KS Jun 18-19, 2022 - East 3, Glencoe OK Jul 22-23, 2022 - East 4, Dayton TN NOR CAL ROCK RACING www.norcalrockracing.com ULTRA 4 RACING www.ultra4racing.com


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Jan 27 - Feb 5, 2022 - King of the Hammers, Johnson Valley CA Western Regional Series Apr 15-17, 2022 - Utah Motorsports Complex, Tooele UT May 20-22, 2022 - El Rey de Las Bajas, Baja, Mexico Jul 1-3, 2022 - Southern California, TBD Northern Regional Series Jun 17-19, 2022 - Big Sky 200 (Yorr), Billings MT Aug 5-7, 2022 - Black Hills Throwdown, Sturgis SD Sept 2-4, 2022 - The Crandon Classic, Crandon WI Eastern Regional Series Mar 25-27, 2022 - Battlein Bluegrass, Bedford KY Jun 3-5, 2022 - Teardown in Tennessee, Pittsburg TN Jul 15-17, 2022 - Visions, Jay, OK

Dec 3, 2022 - Round 10

SAND DRAGS SOCAL SAND DRAGS www.socalsanddrags.com

VORRA www.facebook.com/pg/ VORRARacing/events/

SHORT COURSE GLEN HELEN RACEWAY www.glenhelen.com GBC UTV/Quad/Trophy Kart Short Course Series Jan 29, 2022 - Round 1 Feb 26, 2022 - Round 2 Mar 26, 2022 - Round 3 Apr 23, 2022 - Round 4 May 7, 2022 - Round 5 Jun 25, 2022 - Round 6 Sept 17, 2022 - Round 7 Oct 15, 2022 - Round 8 Nov 12, 2022 - Round 9

GREAT AMERICAN SHORTCOURSE www.greatamericanshortcourse.com Mar 19-20, 2022 - Rounds 1&2, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler AZ May 14-15, 2022 - Rounds 3&4, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Jul 9-10, 2022 - Rounds 4&5, SBC Fairgrounds, Victorville CA Oct 1-2, 2022 - Rounds 7&8, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Nov 12-13, 2022 - Rounds 9&10, SBC Fairgrounds Victorville CA OFF ROAD NIGHTS www.ornscene.com SPEED ENERGY FORMULA OFF ROAD www.stadium supertrucks.com

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KERN RACEWAY www.kernraceway.com SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FLAT TRACK ASSOCIATION www.southerncaliforniaflattrack.com All races held at Perris Raceway, Perris CA Jan 15, 2022 - Round 1 Feb 26, 2022 - Round 2 Mar 19, 2022 - Round 3 Apr 2, 2022 - Round 4 May 14, 2022 - Round 5 Jun 18, 2022 - Round 6 Oct 22, 2022 - Round 7 Nov 19, 2022 - Round 8 Dec 10, 2022 - Round 9 SUPERCROSS MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS www.SupercrossOnline.com 2022 Season Jan 8 - Round 1, Angel Stadium, Anaheim CA Jan 15 - Round 2, Ring Central Coliseum, Oakland CA Jan 22 - Round 3, Petco Park, San Diego CA Jan 29 - Round 4, Angel Stadium, Anaheim CA Feb 5 - Round 5, State Farm Stadium, Glendale AZ Feb 12 - Round 6, Angel Stadium, Anaheim CA Feb 19 - Round 7, US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis MS Feb 26 - Round 8, AT&T Stadium, Arlington TX Mar 5 - Round 9, Daytona Intl Speedway, Daytona Beach FL


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Mar 12 - Round 10, Ford Field, Detroit MI Mar 19 - Round 11, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis IN Mar 26 - Round 12, Lumen Field, Seattle WA Apr 9 - Round 13, Dome at America's Center, St Louis MO Apr 16 - Round 14, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Atlanta GA Apr 23 - Round 15, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA Apr 30 - Round 16, Empower Field at Mile High, Denver CO May 7 - Round 17, Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City UT TRIALS AHRMA www.ahrma.org

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRIALS ASSOCIATION www.socaltrials.com Jan 23, 2022 - Round 6, Happy Trial, Romoland CA Feb 20, 2022 - Round 7, SDTR, McCain Valley Mar 20, 2022 - Round 8, Plonkers, Lucerne CA Apr 23, 2022 - Round 9, SCTA 50th El Trial de España, Motoventures, Cahuilla, Anza CA Apr 24, 2022 - Round 10, SCTA Conquer The West Cup, Motoventures, Cahuilla, Anza CA


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May 22, 2022 - SCTA Awards Trial & Youth Fundraiser, Motoventures, Cahuilla, Anza CA VINTAGE MOTOCROSS AHRMA www.ahrma.org National Vintage MX Series AMERICAN RETROCROSS www.americanretrocross.org

AMERICAN VINTAGE DIRT RACERS ASSOCIATION www.avdra.com Jan 9, 2022 - Race 1, Motoland, Casa Grande AZ Feb 13, 2022 - Race 2, Motoland, Casa Grande AZ Mar 5-6, 2022 - Race 3, Duel in the Desert, Buckeye AZ Apr 10, 2022 - Race 4, TBD May 15, 2022 - Race 5, Arizona Cycle Park, Buckeye AZ Jun 27, 2022 - Race 6, Bull Hollow Stampede, Monticello UT Sept 18, 2022 - Race 7, Motoland, Casa Grande AZ Oct 9, 2022 - Race 8, Arizona Cycle Park, Buckeye AZ Nov 13, 2022 - Race 9, TBD Nov 14, 2022 - Motoland Rider Appreciation Day, Casa Grande AZ CALVMX www.calvmx.net


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Best Off Road Memories

of 2021

Favorite part of 2021 was cruising around Ocotillo Wells with my dad in his dream car, a 1994 Ford Bronco. Nothing better than seeing the joy on his face every time he’s behind the wheel! - Kaylee and Richard Calahan, Temecula CA

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Resurrecting a flag pole at TB Sands General Patton desert base - Nefty, Neal & Chad Trevino, Holtville CA

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Fifteen years ago my daughters started out on 2006 Honda TRX 90’s. Through those years they have moved to a Honda TRX 250EX and a Honda TRX 450ER. Labor day weekend 2021 Jammi Whitney, now almost 26, has taken on the 2020 Honda Talon 1000X4 Fox Live Valve. Although she still loves the others and rides them all the time she loves Daddy's Talon. - James Whitney

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Me and my Polaris play car out in the desert in Nevada. - Angie Mitchell, Henderson NV Juan Carlos Jimenez Jr. pre-running the 2021 GP Mitsubishi Motors

Early in October I finished a 1 hour 45 minute long cross-country race in Arkansas. Although I had four overall wins for the season at that point, and rode my butt off that race, I lost to Josh Nelson and came in second overall. Afterward at awards I stood on the second spot on the podium and was happy to be there. We got a picture and when I stepped down my three-year-old son runs out of the crowd and wants to see the trophy. We are still in front of everyone and he looks at the trophy, looks at me, and very loudly asks “Why is there a 2 on it?” The crowd found it funny and I said “I just admitted today Josh was faster, buddy.” I was able to pull off the points championship win and my son will get to see a bigger trophy with a 1 on it! - Jake Harrison, McLouth KS

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Bronco rides with my daughter and son, grandkids and Happy Harlow the GSP. - Richard Calahan, Temecula CA

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Fire in the Sky UTV Fun Run Arizona Rim Country


long the Mogollon Rim of Arizona, tucked away in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, lie two small quaint towns combined to be called HeberOvergaard. Do not let these small towns fool you. There is plenty to do and see year-round! Fishing, hunting, biking, hiking, camping and of course our personal favorite activity...UTV off-roading (lots of it). With trails in every direction imaginable and a good bunch of people to go with, you cannot go wrong. UTV Offroad Adventures put on a spectacular event in this beautiful in the fall of 2021. Thanks to AJ's Getaway RV Park and the amazing mid 70's temperatures this event was incredibly fun. Packed with vendors, cornhole, raffles, a Poker run, rides, and stunning views, the fun just never stopped. So bring your RV and UTV, stay and play at AJ's Getaway and explore the spectacular Arizona Rim Country.

Travis Who?

Star Performance of Heber-Overgaard, a presenting sponsor for this event, surprised everyone by bringing a friend, Travis Walton. For those of you who do not know the name, watch the movie Fire in the Sky. We took the liberty of watching this just before attending the event. His incredible story will excite and thrill you to the bone. On November 5, 1975 Travis Walton and his fellow forestry crew were working deep in the woods of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. A light and floating unidentifiable object was witnessed by the crew in the late hours and poof, through a beam of light, Travis was gone. Appearing five days later by the road in Heber, just as mysteriously as he left, he phoned home from a phone booth. The phone booth is still standing today and can be found between Alien Autoworx and Casa Ramos (an amazing

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restaurant by the way). Stop in, take a photo with little green men and imagine what his experience might have been like. His alien abduction experience has been documented in his book The Walton Experience, and be sure to watch the movie Fire in the Sky. Travis was kind enough to give everyone a little bit of his time for Q&A. He is a kind, quiet person. Everyone truly enjoyed his presence and the ability to chat with him one on one. Happily he took the time to come out, shared some amazing stories and captured some Kodak moments with those who requested them. UTV Offroad Adventures thanks you for your time and sharing your experiences with us all.

Wait, There’s More?

Choose Your Adventure! With rides that are Alienthemed, you never know where you are going to end up. This year was a Space Invader Loop and the Galaxy Loop. Both rides were approximately 40+ miles of fun, sun, a slight sprinkle of rain, and a little wildlife to boot. One ride even takes you past Travis Walton's original home. You cannot miss it as it has a sign out front, "Alien House." Very well decorated and a superb sight to see.

The raffle items are EPIC! Whip lights, tires, shirts, hats, oil, slime light bars, radios and so much more. Now for a UTV enthusiast, there are some sweet items to be scored here. AZ Kidz Experience was there accepting donations as well as selling tickets for their upcoming raffle. A 2021 Maverick X3 DS Turbo Can-Am UTV. All proceeds were for the benefit of the Phoenix Children's Hospital. For more information visit AZKIDZEXPERIENCE.COM.

Still Time for More Fun in 2021

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Follow The Lights

The Alien Night Ride kicked off the Friday night festivities. A perfect Arizona sunset, a superb starry night coupled with a full moon, and just like that, you have the perfect UTV night ride. With whip lights all aglow and a dusty trail, you have the best ingredients for a fabulous time. An amazing experience to be had and fun for all ages. Just follow the lights in front of you and you are on the right trail for adventure.

Saturday Night Festivities

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here's lots going on in the off-road world today including some bad science in Oceano dunes, a dangerous fence by Superstition Mountain, three desert cleanups, and a dual sport motorcycle ride.

Oceano Dunes

In Oceano Dunes, the local Air Pollution Control District has been testing air in the region and says that off-roading in the dunes is making toxic dust. They not only claim that, but they forced California State Parks to agree to a Stipulated Order of Abatement to reduce this dust. So, State Parks, has been closing areas, installing wind fences and planting ground cover all in an effort to reduce toxic dust emissions. The Scripps Institute of Oceanography has concluded a dust study of their own and their results differ significantly from the APCD's results. The APCD says that the dust is toxic silica dust, the Scripps study says it is not toxic. This is a big deal and has the potential to change how Oceano Dunes is managed. I was on a Zoom call with the head of State Parks recently and when we brought this up, asking if they can void the Stipulated Order of Abatement with this new study, State Parks was quiet. We would like State Parks to grab the study and say "heck no" to the Stipulated Order of Abatement. Being that one State Agency is doing this to another, they may need to be careful. The user groups don't need to be careful and are strongly considering legal action.

Superstition Open Area

After the Lost Lizard Fun Run, I rode the length of the new fence between the Superstition Open area and the Navy bombing range. The fence has three strands of smooth wire with a post every 12 feet and goes from the Dip on Huff Road to just east of the Superstition sand fingers. We noticed that the fence can be hard to see, especially at night. We spoke to the Navy about the problem and they said they do not have money to buy reflectors, but if we want to, we can add reflectors to the fence. So, we are applying for a grant to buy about 5,000 reflectors and have been talking to a reflector manufacturer about buying a large order. At our last SDORC meeting, a dozen members volunteered to go out and help install reflectors on the fence. I feel pretty good about getting the grant and I think it is likely that we will have a 46

reflector installation party before the season ends. The Navy told me that they have had three breaches to the new fence. We don't know if they were accidental or on purpose, but if they were accidents, we would like to prevent future problems. If you would like to help, email us at info@sdorc.org with your info and desire to help and we will contact you when the time comes.

Desert Cleanups

SDORC will be involved with two desert cleanups, Imperial Sand Dunes January 15 and in Painted Gorge February 26. Friends of Ocotillo Wells is hosting a cleanup February 19th meeting at the event center on Main Street off Highway 78. There will be a BBQ and raffle after the cleanup. The dunes cleanup will be on a fee free weekend and there will be four staging areas, at Glamis Store, Gecko Rd, Gordon's (Dunebuggy Flats) and Buttercup. Sign up will be from 8 to 11 a.m. and we will all meet at the Glamis store or Gordon's for a drawing at 3:00 p.m. The Painted Gorge Cleanup will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and will meet by the dumpster along Painted Gorge Road about three miles in from Evan Hewes Highway. Cleaning areas in the desert not only makes the areas nicer to visit, it lets the land managers know we care about the areas and like them managed as open for motorized recreation.

Dual Sport Run

You may remember we wrote about the Border Patrol's intentions to close the west side road of Otay Mountain Truck Trail. I heard from the BLM that the gate at the bottom had been locked. I just went over there to look and saw the gate was open and watched a Border Patrol vehicle drive through. They still want to close the trail, but have a process to go through. The BLM do not want to close the trail, but have trouble going up against Homeland Security. I reasoned that if the BLM had a permit application in hand asking to use that trail, it would give them more leverage to keep it open. So, I went to the San Diego Adventure Riders to see if they would like to host an event that uses that trail. They liked the idea and it looks like an event will be planned to go over Otay Mountain. The event will be called Mountain Dash and will likely cross Palomar, Julian and Otay Mountains and end at Pio Pico Campground and will

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probably happen in mid-May. This will be a joint event with SDORC and raise funds for both organizations. If you enjoy riding dual sport or adventure motorcycles, keep an eye out for details on how to sign up. https://dualsport-sd.com/


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By Clutch Roberts

he wheelie defies the laws of physics, looks cool and feels great. Of course, the wheelie can be broken down into types. You can just pop a wheelie or ride a wheelie. It can be sit down or stand up, slow speed or high. Once mastered, variations come into play like sticking feet out, standing on the seat or using only one hand. To start a wheelie, you pull up on the bars and lean back just as you open the throttle at the right RPM. It is pretty straightforward to bring the front up on most dirt bikes. The next trick is to keep from going over the back or looping out. The best way to control the top of a wheelie is with the rear brake. If you start going past the balance point, ease on the rear brake and bring the front back over. A skilled wheelie rider can work the balance point gassing the front just over, then catching it with the rear brake, back and forth. Once you become friends with the balance point, you can fine tune your position with just the throttle. A most unlikely place to find wheelie experts is inner city Baltimore. Look up the movie 12 o'clock Boys. A group of kids begin to worship the wheelie on dirt bikes and ATVs. The movie trailer will blow you away. 12 o'clock is for riding a wheelie with the front tire directly above the rear, rear fender scraping the ground. I'd love to take these kids to Ocotillo Wells to show them what real dirt biking is like. While in no way do I sanction their behavior, I do admire their heart. Evil Knievel rode a lot of wheelies before his famous jumps, but no one made the wheelie more famous than Doug Domokos. Domokos was a racer who played around riding wheelies between motocross races. He got so good that someone challenged him to wheelie the entire motocross track, which led to an unlikely career as a stunt performer, wheeling around supercross tracks and doing wheelie shows. Doug owned the wheelie record at the time going 145 miles, as well as the highest wheelie ridden on top of the Empire State Building. Doug's bike was setup for wheelies with very low gearing, an electric motor that kept the front wheel spinning, allowing him to balance easier, his number on his skid plate and different places to put his feet. Ironically, Doug passed away prematurely in an ultralight plane accident. Everyone who rides a dirt bike fast knows how to pop a wheelie. It comes in handy lifting the front tire over holes, rocks, whoops and other obstacles. I would encourage anyone who rides to enjoy some wheelies, just remember the rear brake. E Clutch in 1980 48

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Blast from the Past

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Start of the motorcycle main showing the packed crowd at the 1987 Riverside World Championship


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Four-Wheelers Have A Lot To Be Thankful For in 2022

was well into my second day of a four-day trip through Death Valley. Suddenly, after bumping over a rut, the left front spring broke in half. I looked at it in disbelief — the rut wasn’t that deep. (The spring may have been cracked prior to hitting the rut.) The body hadn't collapsed on the tire, so I knew I could drive on it for a bit. It would not survive the terrain the next day. Approximately two hours later I was within cell range. I determined there was a replacement spring in the Compton, California, warehouse of 4-Wheel Parts and called a friend. He graciously agreed to buy the replacement spring and deliver it. He stopped what he was doing and headed out the door. This Good Samaritan drove all night long to meet me in Death Valley, arriving at our campsite just as the sun was poking its nose over the mountains. I installed the spring, and was able to continue the trip. A true friend indeed. Thinking of that incident reminded me that we four-wheelers have a lot to be thankful for besides really good friends. The start of a new year is a good time to be reminded of the things we can be grateful for.

Vehicle-related aspects:

Discount Tire's great warranty (also known as America's Tire on the west coast). If they can't repair the tire, they'll replace it. The warranty adds 10% to the cost of the tires, but is well worth it. Tires take a beating off road. I'm thankful for having 200-mile AAA towing coverage. It provides peace of mind, particularly while in remote areas. I have used it many more times than the cost of the premium. At $10 a mile, that's $2,000 in savings for just one tow. People who buy four-wheel drive vehicles but don't go off 52

road. When those vehicles are traded in, they're in good shape. Four-wheelers can count on a good selection of used vehicles to choose from when they need a replacement. Or in the event they don't want to take a new vehicle off road. They can simply buy a used one for that purpose. Four-wheel drive fabrication shops that do lifts on independent front suspensions. Without that service, it would be difficult to install bigger tires on our vehicles. Good friend Obie Dee. Haven't heard of him? Obie Dee is formally known as Onboard Diagnostic or OBD. We're thankful for having OBD because it helps us diagnose engine problems. We're especially thankful for the latest offspring of Obie Dee, OBD II. Coupled with an inexpensive OBD code reader, we can quickly determine what the "check engine" light is telling us. Some situations, such as those related to smog, aren't that significant and we can continue driving.Other cases, say a failed crankshaft position sensor, can be addressed off road. Just remember to pack a replacement. The $5 Harbor Freight packing blankets. Inexpensive and so versatile. We use them as padding for the bottom of a tent, or placed on the ground while working under a truck. They're also used as a "parachute" over a recovery or winch line. And if one rips or becomes heavily stained, you simply replace it. Another $5 won't bust the budget.

People for whom we're thankful

One of my associates said he's thankful for having a group of fun people to spend time with while four-wheeling in the mountains. In addition to the camaraderie, he gains peace of mind knowing that help is nearby (like right behind him) if it's ever needed.

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Another friend is thankful that someone usually cooks with a Dutch Oven during his camping trips. The cook always prepares more than needed and has some to share. Meaning, this guy gets to enjoy the great cooking too! As mentioned at the beginning, I'm thankful for friends who bring spare parts to me on the trail, sometimes involving a significant effort on their part. The stories, jokes and lies told around the campfire. And how they get embellished as the night progresses. Four wheelers know how to tell the tall tales. Zoom. Unheard of just a few months ago, the software allows us to meet in between our off-road trips. And continue time-honored traditions. Spouses and significant others who like to go four-wheeling and camping. The outdoors is much more enjoyable when experienced with a loved one.

Outdoors-related aspects for which we're thankful

thankful for the comfortable weather in the desert in November through April. Without that, we would not be able to experience the uniqueness of the desert. As you can see, we four-wheelers have a lot to be thankful for. (I've just scratched the surface here. You will have your own list.) The next time you hit the trails, take a moment to acknowledge all that four-wheeling offers.

Four-wheeling itself. Amazing as it sounds, four-wheeling was designed for a pandemic. We're essentially quarantined. Inside our vehicles, we're isolated and practicing social distancing. Tom Severin, 4x4 Coach, teaches 4WD owners how to confidently and safely use their vechicles to the fullest extent in We're also thankful for the two-way radios that allow us to stay in touch while on the trails. We can talk about trail conditions, difficult terrain and adverse driving conditions. Contact him at the landmarks we see, and the history of the area. Four-wheeling tom@4x4training.com or visit www.4x4training.com to develop allows us to see parts of this nation that few people can. We take a step back in time while visiting ghost towns, closed mines and old or improve your driving skill. Copyright 2022, Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc railroad beds. Talking about these experiences via radio allows us to experience a richer and more enjoyable outing. Propane-fired campfires. We can enjoy a relaxing campfire even when fire restrictions are in place. That the Rubicon Trail is a county road. In addition, the county doesn't try to maintain the road. The result is a fourwheeling experience like no other. And no permit is needed to drive the Rubicon. We're very thankful for that. The great outdoors: the incredible scenery, majestic mountains and wide-open skies. For the amazing, starfilled skies we witness at night, something that's just not possible in the city. And we're Harbor Freight packing blanket and lots of help. E www.ssormag.com - JANUARY 2022 - S&S OFF ROAD MAGAZINE


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Rob MacCachren and Luke McMillin teamed together to win the overall 1226.35-mile Baja 1000 Gold

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Brad Wilson from Long Beach CA won Class 1 with co-drivers Justin Munyon and Ronny Wilson


n a race full of ‘SCORE Super Teams’, admired as the G.O.A.T. in desert racing, Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren as driver of record for San Diego’s budding youthful super star Luke McMillin rose above the rest in a field of 299 starters to win the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck title in the legendary season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. Starting second physically on the road in the elapsed time race and splitting the driving in McMillin’s Big Blue M racing machine all-wheel drive 4 Wheel Parts/BFGoodrich Tires No. 11 Chevy Silverado, the dynamic duo patiently worked their way to the front of the pack and finished the beautifully bodacious 1,226.35-mile race down Mexico’s majestic Baja peninsula in a stunning time of 20 hours, 45 minutes and 59 seconds with an astonishing average speed of 59.05 miles per hour. This year’s Granddaddy of All Desert Races was a peninsula run down Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur. It started and finished under strict BioSecurity health and safety protocols in both Mexican states.


Primarily because of the length of the course, Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee MacCachren, 56, stabled his aging two-wheel drive thoroughbred when invited to join the Big Blue M race team for this historic race and drive Luke McMillin’s AWD Chevy Silverado built by Mason Motorsports. Using Luke McMillin’s No. 1 SCORE Trophy Truck, the McMillin family decided to give the popular Mac Attack a shot at winning another SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship. MacCachren entered the race just two points behind Larry Roeseler so the McMillins graciously allowed MacCachren to be the driver of record and run MacCachren’s No. 11 on the No. 1 truck of the McMillins. A third-generation desert racer, Luke McMillin, 28, and venerable veteran ‘Rob Mac’ started second behind another ‘Super Team’ of Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies and Luke McMillin’s cousin Andy McMillin, also of San Diego.


With A. McMillin at the wheel, the motor let go just before race mile 700 in the grueling race in the No. 7 AWD SCORE Trophy Truck. The No. 7 started first and was being following closely by the No. 11 truck of MacCachren/L. McMillin. Stalking their prey like a hungry jaguar, MacCachren stayed the course, with L. McMillin taking over the wheel around race mile 700, quickly taking the lead from A.McMillin/Menzies, and never looking back the rest of the way to La Paz. Luke’s brother Daniel, who won the 2019 SCORE Baja, 500 fell out of the race as the result of damage from a significant rollover in the first 175 miles with Las Vegas’ Justin B. Smith at the wheel.


With an enduring legacy started by the late family patriarch Corky McMillin, Luke McMillin added to the Big Blue M rich history with his second career victory in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division. Besides his late grandfather Corky, Luke McMillin’s champion family members include his brother Daniel McMillin, his dad Mark McMillin, his uncle Scott McMillin, and his cousins Andy McMillin and Jessica McMillin. As a family, the McMillins now have earned a race-record 14 overall victories in the SCORE Baja 1000. While Luke McMillin earned his second (straight) SCORE Baja 1000 overall, his father Mark has five as does his cousin Andy and his uncle Scott has two overalls in this storied race.


When the final checkered flag fell, a total of 299 vehicles left the starting line early Thursday morning in Ensenada in the elapsed time race. When the course officially closed at 3:13:35 p.m. MT on Saturday there were 205 official finishers for a very strong 68.6 percent finishing rate on the very long, extremely challenging race course. The legend grows. In the 22 years that this treasured race has finished in La Paz, the 299 starters are the fourth-most in race history and the 205 finishers are the third most finishers when this race finishes in La Paz.

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Following the Mac Attack/ Cool Hand Luke talented tandem onto the podium were Mexico’s legendary Vildosola Racing family and Hall of Fame SCORE champion/Action Sports Television announcer Cameron Steele of San Clemente, Calif. Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, 39, of Mexicali, Mexico, finished second while splitting the driving with his champion father Gustavo Vildosola, 68, Mexicali, and Hall of Famer Ricky Johnson, 57, Trabuco Canyon, Calif. They drove in their sparkling new Mason AWD No. 21 Ford Raptor to a time of The overall motorcycle winning team of Mark Samuels, Justin Morgan, Kendall 21:18:47 (57.54mph). Third on the podium was Norman and Brandon Prieto another ‘SCORE Super Team’ motorcycle title in a SCORE race on their No. 1x Slam Life Racing Honda of Steele, 53, Ryan Arciero, 48, Foothill Ranch, Calif. and Rhys Millen, CRF450X. 48, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (New Zealand). Their finishing time in the Winning their 12th consecutive SCORE race the super team No. 16 Desert Assassins Monster Energy Ford Raptor (built by Geiser finished the grueling course in a time of 23:07:18 with an average speed Brothers) was 21:27:00 (57.17mph). of 53.04mph. Morgan won the SCORE Baja 1000 last year with Samuels and Justin Jones, SLR M/C SAGA CONTINUES Murrieta, Calif. Continuing their winning ways individually and as a team, Mark Morgan has Samuels, 32, Yucca Valley, Calif. and his teammates Justin Morgan, 15 consecutive 31, El Cajon, Calif., Kendall Norman, 37, Santa Barbara, Calif. and Brandon Prieto, 30, Ensenada, Mexico won their 12th consecutive overall SCORE race wins over the last five

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Jorge Sampietro out of Ensenada B.C. finished third Trophy Truck Spec years. Individually this was the sixth SCORE Baja 1000 overall victory for Samuels, fifth overall for Morgan, seventh for Norman and first for Prieto. Morgan started the race and rode the first 444 miles. Samuels took over from there to rocket to race mile 816. At the point, Norman took over and rode the motorcycle to race mile 1000 where Prieto jumped on and cruised it to the finish line and a victory margin of over one hour, 15 minutes.

of record Rolf Helland, 62, Morris, Ill. in his Ford Raptor built by Mason Motorsports. Sharing the time behind the wheel with Helland were Rick D. Johnson, 55, Barstow, Calif. and Jon Walker, 55, of Guam. Finishing 10th overall and third in Trophy Truck Spec was defending series class point champion Jorge Sampietro, 30, Ensenada, Mexico in the No. 200 Mason-Chevy. Also driving part of the race was Mexico City’s Santiago Creel, 34, Mexico City.



Besides podium finishers MacCachren/L. McMillin, Vidosola Jr/ Vildosola Sr/Ricky Johnson and Steele/Arciero/Millen seven of 10 the top 10 overall four-wheel vehicles were SCORE Trophy Trucks. SCORE Trophy Truck is the marquee racing division in the sports for high-tech, 1000-horsepower unlimited custom trucks. The class was created by Sal Fish, who owned SCORE for 38 years, and created the ‘Monsters of the Desert’ in 1994. Fourth Overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck was another ‘SCORE Super Team’ of Alan Ampudia, 30, Ensenada, Mexico/Jax Redline, 16, Amarillo, Texas/Ken Block, 53, Park City, Utah in the No. 16 Chevy G-6 truck built by Geiser Brothers. Finishing fifth overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck Las Vegas’ Tim Herbst, 58/Pat Dean, 51, Las Vegas/Troy Herbst, 56. Las Vegas (No. 19 Ford F-150-Herbst/Smith). Sixth overall and a surprise first-time winner of the Trophy Truck Spec class was Pennsylvania’s Elijah Kiger, 22, of Kirby, Pa./Sean Bogdan, 28, Kirby, Pa./Christopher King, 26, Kirby, Pa and Jason Coleman, 37, Huntington Beach, Calif. in the No. 238 TSCO-Chevy, prepped by Collins Motorsports of Las Vegas. A solid seventh overall and sixth in SCORE Trophy Truck was Justin Matney, 36, Bristol, Tenn. in his No. 4 RPM Racing Chevy R-6 built by Geiser Brothers. Sharing the driving were Josh Daniel, 46, Vista, Calif. and C.J. Hutchins of Henderson, Nev. Brothers Justin, 28 and Jeremy Davis, of Chino Hills, Calif., and third driver Dustin Grabowski, Upland, Calif., finished eighth overall and second in Trophy Truck Spec in their No. 258 Green Army BrenthelChevy. Winning the SCORE TT Legend class, seventh among SCORE Trophy Trucks while finishing ninth overall was the team led by driver 60

After post-race penalty review, Brad Wilson, 32, Long Beach, Calif. was declared winner in the unlimited Class 1. He was behind the wheel of the Wilson Motorsports No. 153 Jimco-Chevy in a time of 24:10:15. Driving also were Kyle Quinn, 30, Lakewood, Calif. and his father Rony Wilson, 59, Long Beach, Calif.


Finishing his rookie season in SCORE racing, multi-time UTV World Champion Phil Blurton, 35, Auburn, Calif., was the driver of record, winning his first SCORE Baja 1000 title and his first overall UTV title over 62 starters in four classes while winning the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class. He was timed in 26:58: in his No. 2944 Can-Am X3. Also driving with Blurton were Beau Judge, 44, Rockland, Calif. and Wayne Israelson. Blurton had a victory margin in his class that had 29 starters of just 33 minutes over Branden Sims, Prescott Valley who was DOR for the No. 2989 Polaris RZRXP4 Turbo. Winning the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) class was Ensenada’s Elias Hanna, 39, in his No. 1920 Proctor Racing Honda Talon 1000R. Hanna led a five-driver team in this fabled SCORE Baja race.


With over 300 career race wins in desert, short-course and stadium racing, MacCachren earned his fifth SCORE Baja 1000 overall victory in this race. Joining Luke McMillin at the finish line, MacCachren, as always, had plenty to say… “The race was incredible” commented MacCachren. “It’s an honor to be asked by Luke McMillin and the McMillin Race team to drive with them. I didn’t have any issues at all, just wanted to take care of the truck

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Winning Class 30 for riders over 30, rider of record Greg Bordonnex, 46 out of Visalia CA rode with Shane Esposito, James Justin Shultz, Francisco Septien, Shane Schorno, Sean Kepler, Morgan Crawford and Chris Brown and give Luke a good truck. Luke did a heck of a job. Everything went as planned."

No. 308x, Yamaha WR450F) and Juan Carlos Salvatiera, 40, Bolivia (Pro Moto Ironman, No. 725x KTM 450XC-F).



Luke McMillin reflected on the race as well, saying “It was a great day. Rob (MacCachren) brought me a great truck in second place. He got on the radio and told me it was a perfect truck so that put the pressure on me that it’s go time. We did our homework, we did our pre-running. We hit our marks. Zero flat tires, zero close calls. The BFGoodrich Tires were unbelievable. We just stayed on the course and did our thing. That made it fun.”


With this being his sixth overall motorcycle victory in this glorious race, Samuels said “We had a good battle. Justin had a lot of dust to deal with at the start. He made some passes and put it into second place when he handed it to me I had some dust to deal with over the whole Bay of LA; I sat in dust for over one hundred miles. Then I was finally able to get a pass, made a little bit of a ground, then handed it over and let the boys finish it off.”


With their class wins in this SCORE Baja 1000, finishing the 2021 SCORE World Championship season five racers remain undefeated: Rolf Helland, 61, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, 55, Barstow, Calif. (SCORE TT Legend, No. 37L Ford Raptor), Mike Cafro, 51, Fallbrook, Calif. (Pro UTV Stock, No. 3956 Polaris RZR Turbo S), Justin Elenburg, Mesa, Ariz. (Pro UTV Open, No. 1870 Can-Am X3), Ryan Liebelt, Reedley, Calif. (Pro Moto 40, No. 408x, Yamaha WR450F), Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto 50, No. 510x Yamaha YZ450FX).


Winning for the third time out of 2021 SCORE Baja races to end the season are six additional racers: Jeff Proctor, 43, Glendora, Calif. (Class 7, No. 709, Honda Ridgeline), Justin Park, 45, Encinitas, Calif. (Class 7F, No. 714F, Ford Ranger), Armando Duron, 58, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 7SX, No. 758, Ford Ranger), Greg Bardonnex, Vista, Calif. (Pro Moto 30,

Among the other class winners in this year’s epic SCORE Baja 1000 were: Ethan Hagle, 29, Somis, Calif. (Class 10, No. 1046 Alumi Craft-Chevy), Doug Satterfield, 44, San Diego (SCORE Lites, No. 1229 Mirage-VW), Eli Yee, 47, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600, No. 1600 Kreger-VW), Don Chase, 53, La Crescenta, Calif. (Class 5, No. 523 Jakes Fab-Chevy), Jorge Gutierrez, 44, El Cajon, Calif. (Class 5-1600, No. 598 1600cc VW Baja Bug), John Williams, 44, Murray, Utah (Baja Challenge, No. BC1 BTC-Subaru) and Hector Martinez, 20, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 11, No. 1145 VW Baja Bug). Among the other motorcycle and quad class winners are: Christopher Gill, 27, Buelton, Calif. (Pro Moto Limited, No. 109x Honda CRF450X), Craig Wear, 63, Carson City, Nev. (Pro Moto 60, No. 625x Honda CRF450X) and Miguel Arran, Spain (Pro Quad Ironman, No. 99a Honda TRX450R). LR DID IT As always, the SCORE Baja 1000 is filled with heroic tales of the extreme adventure but one that stands out is Larry ‘Mr. Baja’ Roeseler who accomplished a feat that few others in the history of the world’s desert race have done before. He was the solo driver in his truck, and he is 64 years young from Imperial, Calif. And he finished all 1,226.35 miles with a tremendous effort and a huge assist from fellow-racer Robby Gordon. He drove every blistering mile and finished in a time of 24:23:31 in the No. 43 Baja Jerky Cantina Racing Toyota Tundra. Roeseler, of Imperial, Calif., has 14 overall victories in this race (10 on a motorcycle, two in a race car and two in SCORE Trophy Truck) including last year with this year’s co-winner Luke McMillin. In none of his overall wins did he attempt to drive solo in a four-wheel vehicle or ride ironman-style on a motorcycle. This year after running in third place physically, the inimitable LR finished eighth out of 29 starters in the marquee racing division. An obviously exhausted yet definitely thrilled Roeseler said at the finish line after completing the demanding and excruciating pace of the race down Baja’s dynamic peninsula, “I have some stories. It was an Continued on next page

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Third Class 11, Alex Gonzales, of Palm Desert with co-drivers German Melendrez, Clyde Stires, Tim Sletten, Nelson Fonte, and Pete McLeod amazing day. We started really good, we got by Cameron (Steele) and was running with the lead pack. On the beach, Dan (McMillin) crashed, Tavo (Vildosola) got by me in the pits. I settled in and we were running a good pace. I pulled back the pace a little since it was only 200 miles in. “By the middle of the night, I was fourth physically and was hoping for a podium finish. A podium is like winning the race to me. But then the transmission let go at race mile 980. We were lucky to get it to the BFGoodrich Tires pits at race-mile 1000 and put in a couple gallons of oil. We kept filling it with oil but it would pour out as fast as we added it. We literally had gallons in Eric’s (Brandt, navigator) lap and on the floorboard

and between us. He was just pouring oil in and we were just trying to make it to the finish. At the top of the hill with 10 miles to go to the finish line, the truck just stopped. “Robby (Gordon) came up behind us and stopped and offered to pull us in. He pulled us all the way to the pavement. I have all the respect for him. Really cool that he gave us a few positions to help us. I would still be out there sitting if it weren’t for him. “During pre-running, I flew back in a helicopter and just took it all in, looking at Baja and the terrain and what we are so blessed to be able to race through, all the cities, we race by missions built in the 1700’s.

In Pro Motorcycle, Derek Ausserbaue with co-rider Colton Udall finished second in class

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Finishing second in Class 5 the team of Ben Swift out of Costa Mesa CA with Pete Swift, Zac Reish and Erik Irvine

Second in Pro Moto 30 the team of Jano Montoya from Winter Garden FL with Bryce Stavron, Alberto Ruiz, Kyle Tichenor and David Zarate It is just amazing. The countryside, the people, the fans everywhere. And to share with the Baja Jerky team and Eric Brandt rode the whole way with me. He gets a lot of credit too. I think it is easier to drive than to sit in the right seat. He did a great job for me. The whole team. Of course, we would have liked to finish better. But I feel like this was a win. “I’ve done some amazing events throughout my career. This one rates right up there near the top. This is one I will never forget, the highs and the lows. My family was here waving the checkered flag for me. That was really, really special. “My hat goes off to SCORE and Jose G (SCORE President Abalardo Grijalva) and the amazing SCORE race staff. This has to give them headaches but they pull it off

and they did a spectacular job.”


Just like their Big Screen idol, an unusuallyhigh 12 Class 11 for sublime stock VW Sedans, at the foundation of desert racing, competed in this year’s race and eight of those ever-socute ‘Love Bugs’ officially finished the race of over 1200 miles, but nowhere as fast as the other classes. Winning this race in the ever-so-slow, but perservering class was the 11-driver team led by Hector M. Martinez, 20, of Ensenada. His team’s winning time of 42 hours, 01 minutes and 32 seconds. Following each other in caravan-style down the peninsula, the last of the eight official finishers in the lovable stock Baja Bug class was the team led by Nico Samaras, 33, Scottsdale, Ariz. in a time of 48:36:41. For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www. SCORE-International.com. E www.ssormag.com - JANUARY 2022 - S&S OFF ROAD MAGAZINE



MINT 400 December 1-5, 2021 - Las Vegas NV - www.themint400.com - Photos by RNR Photos

Overall Mint 400 winner Rob MacCachren

Max Gordon, 11th UTV Pro NA


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Ryan Arciero, second overall

First and third place finishers Rob MacCachren and Luke McMillin celebrating at the finish after battling til the very end of the day. Tommy Croft finished second Vintage, followed here by Josh Mann, third Vintage



Zachary Zobrist, third Vintage Open ust a few short weeks ago, Rob MacCachren and Luke McMillin were teammates celebrating a victory in Baja. At the 2021 BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400, they were fierce adversaries. But only one could take the victory in the latest edition of the Great American Off-Road Race, and it was 2017 winner MacCachren over 2020 winner McMillin in a battle that went down to the very end of the day—and included contact between them just miles away from the checkered flag. “It was an unbelievable race,” an emotional MacCachren said on the podium. “We were just chasing Luke around, and it was materializing into a last lap battle, and the wind slowed down and the dust started hanging really low, which was weird. Sometimes you see the fog and it’s high, but on the dry lake, we couldn’t see the ground. We had a 90 degree left, a 90 degree right, and then my son said ‘that’s Luke, right there.’ We turned the lights off on him and followed him through the speed zone and over the bridge.


“We got in the dirt and some chicanes before the last couple of miles, and I don’t know what happened, but we got into the back of him in the dust and tipped him over. I was pretty bummed about it—we stopped and wanted to help him get back over. He’s the last person I’d want that to happen to. They’re an incredible family and an incredible team.” McMillin launched alone at the start-finish line in Primm to start the day as the top qualifier, with MacCachren following alongside Harley Letner soon after. When Letner suffered a mechanical failure on the first lap that led to a DNF, most of the day came down to a battle on corrected time between the Baja teammates, with MacCachren looking to keep the gap on course as small as possible. But just a handful of miles short of the finish, the entire complexion of the race changed. After contact between the two racers as MacCachren caught up, McMillin suffered a spectacular wreck that saw his truck take heavy damage. MacCachren stopped on course, where McMillin confirmed that he was alright and encouraged MacCachren to

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Best In The Desert’s Planned 2022 Race Schedule: Parker 250 January 6-8 - Parker, Arizona UTV/Motorcycle/Quad Parker 425 January 20-23 - Parker, Arizona Car/Truck UTV Legends Championship February 17-20 - Laughlin, Nevada UTV/Motorcycle/Quad Adelanto Grand Prix March 17-20 - Adelanto, California Motorcycle Silver State 300 April 28-30 - Alamo, Nevada All Classes Vegas to Reno August 10 -13 - Las Vegas, Nevada All Classes Battle Born 200 September 22-25 - Ely, Nevada All Classes Laughlin Desert Classic October 20-23 - Laughlin, Nevada Car/Truck World Hare & Hound November 4-6 - Tonopah, Nevada UTV/Motorcycle/Quad

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Chad Hall in the Unlimited Truck Spec class Bruce Binnquist, 14th UTV Pro Turbo

#8170 1 Kevin Thompson (left), first Open Sportsman running side by side with #8144 Kyle Jergensen who finished fifth in the same class.

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Garrett Harvey, tenth Class 11 continue. McMillin was then able to recover to finish third, with Ryan Arciero completing the podium between them. “I said ‘Rob, if I’m not going to go win this deal, you go get it, you earned it,’” said McMillin, who joined MacCachren on the podium for the post-race celebrations. “There are absolutely no hard feelings.” Full live timing and scoring (including live unofficial results), as well as the replay of both days’ livestreams, can be found at live. themint400.com. The Mint 400 has held the title of the toughest, most spectacular off-road race in North America since 1968 when it was first run. Initially, the race was a public relations event promoting the Mint Hotel’s annual deer hunt. but what started out as a hotel promotion soon grew into a legitimate desert race. Since its 2008 revival, “The Great

American Off-Road Race” has only gotten bigger and more prestigious, and deeper fields every year only make it tougher to win. The 2021 BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400 concluded on Sunday with the official awards ceremony for race winners. More information on the event for racers and spectators is available at TheMint400.com, or follow the event on Facebook and Instagram. E

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Todd Barnhill, first Masters Expert

Danny Garcia-Meza, second ATV Novice



TOP TEN OVERALL 1. Dustin Slade 2. Justin Wilson 3. Kole Parker 4. Mike Fermoile 5. Joshua Sharp 6. Noah Clevenger 7. Dilan Avalos 8. Daniel Fenton 9. Cole Herbrandson 10. Joe Saelens TOP TEN UTV OVERALL 1. Bryce Marking 2. Todd Barnhill 3. Victor Rangel 4. Oscar Ruiz 5. Michael Sandoval 6. James Vanlandingham 7. Dustin Twamley 8. Jesse Melrose 9. Will Salazar 10. Bill McNeer Vet Exp 1. Dustin Slade 2. Mike Fermoile 3. Joe Saelens 4. Chance McCarnish 5. Travis Dillon Vet Nov 1. Greg Williams 2. Joseph Putrino 3. Steve Whitaker 4. Rusty Sexton 5. Evan Kleen Open Expert 1. Justin Wilson 2. Kole Parker 3. Joshua Sharp 4. Daniel Fenton Open Am 1. Cole Herbrandson 2. Logan Green 3. Eric Moreno 4. Anthony Biondo 5. Brendan Hinkle Open Nov 1. Dilan Avalos 2. Trevor Parrott 3. Joshua Shutrump 4. Cameron Kinnear 5. Jacob Saelens 250 Am 1. Noah Clevenger 2. Luke Howard 3. Andrew Hendrix 4. Tristan Brigman 5. Salador Paniagua 250 Nov 1. Josiah Northcutt 2. Jake Diaz 3. Enrique Almodovar 4. Hunter Alvarez 5. Christian Shira 200 Am 1. Matthew Savoy 200 Nov 1. Conner Belew Sen Exp 1. Kyle Hearold Sen Am 1. Courtney Ludwin 2. Davin Brigman Chance McCamish, fourth Vet Expert, 13th overall 72


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Oscar Ruiz, fourth overall and fourth UTV Unlimited

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Gabriel Rascon, seventh UTV Pro Sportsman

Nick Ewing-Pistelak, third UTV Pro Stock

Jessica Engen during a desert race start. Heavy dust is a desert racer’s reality. 3. Chad Prey 4. Darin Smith Sen Nov 1. Nicolas Whitehead 2. Donnie Durfee 3. Joseph Moore 4. Derek Swanson 5. Brad Destache Sup Sen Exp 1. Loren Dimond 2. Jason Cogbill 3. Jack Northcutt 4. Robert Feinstein 5. Bill Hinkle Sup Sen Am 1. Mark Baker 2. Zac Shira Sup Sen Nov 1. Paul Kitchin 2. Scott Kinnear 3. Shawn Wilber Masters Exp 1. Todd Barnhill 2. Mark Zela 3. Brian Jordan Masters Nov 1. Craig Skoglund Womens Am 1. Cassidy Estrada ATV Exp 1. Juan

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Elliott Iverson, first place Super Senior +60 Expert

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Nick Armstrong, third place Pro

#74 Kensei Matsudaria, first 85cc 2-Stroke Amateur and 85cc Open with #45 Colton Shafer, second 85cc 2-Stroke Amateur and 85cc Open


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Classic Vintage 1. Dwayne Lock 2. Joe Pape 3. Jim Ottele 4. Rick Logan Senior Vet +50 Exp 1. Jon Nunes 2. James Morris 3. Robert Bush 4. Scott Hanson 5. Michael Diffenbaugh Senior Vet +50 Am/Nov 1. Mark Norman 2. Steele Friedrich 3. Shawn Doucet 4. Jerry Schenamsgruber 5. Andrew Davis Madd Dog 1. Sierra Hickerson 2. Conner Hickerson 3. Jasper Heathfield 4. Summer Gary Leopold, Kukla 5. Zane Bodenbender Premier first Super Senior Senior 1. Wayne +60 Amateur Warrington Vet 35+ Am/Nov 1. Joseph Boyd 2. Alex Thermiotis 3. Edgar Zargoza Framer Exp 1. James Ott 2. Jeff Johnson 3. Josh Mills 4. Michael Diffenbaugh 5. Nick Armstrong Framer Am/Nov 1. Adam Lesley 2. Brandon Gerdas 85cc 2 Stk Nov 1. Emmet Brown 2. Jasper Heathfield 3. Curtis Nugent 85cc 2 Stk Amateur 1. Kensei Matsudaria 2. Colton Shafer 3. Rider Bitz-Hay 4. Maeson Baker 50cc 2 Stk Beg 1. Thomas Chavira 2. Michael Sadowski 3. Bryce Eikelberger 4. Ben Eikelberger 5. Jace Jones 65-70 Open 1. Brody Davis 2. Jackson Joner 3. Enzo Tafoya 85 Open 1. Kensei Matsudaria 2. Colton Shafer 3. Emmett Brown 4. Jaspher Heathfield 5. Maeson Baker 50cc Open 1. Thomas Chavira 2. Bryce Eikelberger 3. Jace Jones 4. Annika Ruelas 5. Jackson Joner 65-70cc 2 Stk Beg 1. Brody Davis 2. Jackson Joner 3. Enzo Tafoya 65-70cc 4 Stk Beg 1. Ian Hoyer Sup Sen +60 Exp 1. Elliott Iverson 2. James Morris 3. Joe Steffen 4. Don Jenson 5. Johnny Custom Northworthy Open Unclassified 1. Joshua Lesley 2. Alex Thermiotis 3. Phyl Zub 4. Michael Resendez 5. Travis Horn Open Exp 1. Joe Kidd 2. Cole Norman 3. Phyl Zorb 4. Conner Hickerson 5. Matt Foster Vets +35 Exp 1. Jon Nunes 2. Michael Diffenbaugh 3. Robert Bush 4. Helder Alvernaz 5. LJ Gronek Powder Puff 1. Sierra Hickerson 2. Summer Kukla Open Nov 1. Evi Perrault 2. Maxwell Claunch 3. Sierra Hickerson 4. Joseph Boyd 5. Zane Bodenbender Bomber Exp 1. Danny Perkins 2. Joe Steffen 3. Scott Hanson 4. Ken Shilling Bomber Am/ Nov 1. Brandon Gerdes 2. Steel Friedrich 3. Sott Hanson 4. Joey Crabtree Pull Starts 1. Conner Hickerson 2. Helder Alvernaz 3. Dan Brown 4. Sierra Hickerson 5. Dan Shaw Open Am 1. Michael Resendez 2. Joshua Lesley 3. Alex Thermiotis 4. Travis Horn Hooligans 1. Helder Alvernaz 2. Joe Kidd 3. Paul Hartman 4. Adam Lesley 5. Douglas Darrah Pro 1. Grant Holmes 2. James Ott 3. Nick Armstrong 4. Jeff Johnson 5. Nick Garcia Grant Holmes, first place Pro www.ssormag.com - JANUARY 2022 - S&S OFF ROAD MAGAZINE




FLAT TRACK November 19-20, 2021 - Camp Lockett Event & Equestrian Facility - Campo CA www.calvmx.net - By Steve Caro - Photos by Kathryn Caro and Judd Neves

#17 Michael de la Garza, second Senior Vet Novice and #44 Chris Piccirillo, first Senior Vet Intermediate. Judd Neves Photo


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#7W Chyrisma Isom and #454 Julian Hoefert racing in the Quad main, turn four, last lap, checkered waving. Isom won the Quad B class while Hoefert was the A class winner. Judd Neves Photo

Jason Bishop #23 and Gary Deforest #33 finished second and third in the Open Knobbie class. Judd Neves Photo



#56 Ron Esau, eventual winner, leads the karts with #12X Tyler Scott close by. Judd Neves Photo he final round in the 2021 CALVMX/TOP GUN Regional Flat Track series took place on a blustery and wind-swept November weekend. For the final time this year, the two, three and four-wheeled competitors were turned loose on their 1/6th mile oval.


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Under the direction of Chief Starter Jeff Apple and Staging Manager Scott Hoefert, Saturday’s qualifying heat races set the start positions for the impending main events. The cooler weather kept the oval race ready throughout the day. Saturday’s main event for the Pull Start Open Expert class featured a duel between Vance Welder and Lane Miller for the class win. Welder led early in the race with Miller close behind. The lead duo stayed side-by-side as they powered around the Camp Lockett oval. Miller executed a textbook perfect pass at the mid-way point of the race to take over the lead. Welder didn’t concede and kept the pressure on until the end of the race. Miller withstood the challenge to take the win over Welder, with Helder Alvernaz crossing the line in third.

Mark “Saby” Arguilez taking a victory lap. Judd Neves Photo

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#15 Greg Collins followed by eventual winner #65 Pat Donahue. Others in the large field were #6 Rita Green, #138 Racheal Scott, #7 Sam Scaroni and #28 Shawn Schmitz Sr. Judd Neves Photo The karting contingent have become a staple of the CALVMX/TOP GUN racing series. No matter the class of kart, from the plethora of choices, the diminutive speedsters virtually guarantee a race of close quarter passes, controlled broad slides and no hesitation to “bang bumpers”. In the 125cc “A” class final, series regulars Pat Donahue and Ron Schoonover timed the pace lap perfectly and at full throttle, took control of the top #16 Brayden Levy and #6 Addison Levy racing in the Mini Dwarfs B class on Saturday. two spots. Donahue and Schoonover pulled Judd Neves ahead of the field and Photo proceeded to engage in a bumper banging duel that would continue to the finish. The veteran Donahue held on to take the win, while Shawn Schmitz Sr. crossed the line in third. The Mini Dwarfs were out in force this weekend. Saturday’s Dwarf A-1 final saw the six-car field launch after a perfect pace lap and Jeff Apple’s green flag. Ryder Patterson led going down the back straight with Donald Diffenbaugh parked on his rear bumper. The duo bumped and slid their way around the oval in lock step for eight solid laps. Patterson prevailed at the end to take the win, with Diffenbaugh and Tyler Warner second and third. Other class winners on Saturday included Joseph Boyd in the Vet 35 Plus bike division, Jonathon Thorpe in the 12 and Under 100cc Novice bikes, while Summer Kukla topped the 16 and Under #33 Lane Miller, first place Pull Start Open Expert followed closely by Open bike class.Continued Chad Reed the second place Vance Welder. Judd Neves Photo ontopped next page www.ssormag.com - JANUARY 2022 - S&S OFF ROAD MAGAZINE


The Manalo Brothers: Jacob #16 and Nathan #18, the pair finished in this order, first and second in the Mini Dwarfs A2 class. Kathryn Caro Photo Cadet Karts, with Ron Schoonover taking the win in the pit area were wisely taken down. Per club tradition, the 100cc Two-Stroke B karts. Sunday program spotlighted the four wheeled competitors, Heavy wind gusts enveloped Camp Lockett on Sunday specifically the various kart and dwarf car classes. to the point that the ubiquitous canopies populating the The Mini Dwarf cars led off Sunday’s main events. In the A-2 division, Jacob Manalo got a perfect start to lead the field coming off the pace lap. Running a close second was his brother Nathan followed by the brother and sister duo of Harmony and Jason Painter sparring for third. The brothers Manalo gave no quarter as they powered around the course. Jacob held off his brother’s quest for the lead to take the main event win, while Harmony stayed ahead of her brother to take third. Brian Pusey maintained his dominance in the 4 Stroke Adult Kart A division with another dominating performance. With the characteristic bellowing four-stroke roar, the start had Pusey leading Michelle Munoz and Jeremy Johnson into turn one. The top three set a torrid pace around the oval. At the mid-way point, Pusey had lengthened his lead over the field. Never setting a wheel wrong, Pusey Troy Goodenough Jr., first Open Knobbie Expert. Judd Neves Photo sped to another main event victory,

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Art Leva, first Adult Mini 80 Intermediate. Judd Neves Photo with Johnson and Munoz rounding out the top three placings. A six-rider field lined up for the Junior Quad B finale. Starting from the second row, Mark “Saby” Arquilez blitzed his way into the lead, with Gage Scott, Kayden Peterson and Tori Thorpe giving chase. Arquilez established a torrid pace as he reeled off the laps. Unfortunately, with two laps remaining, the bad side of racing luck struck young Arquilez as a

Jason Painter, first Youth 12 & Under Beginner. Judd Neves Photo mechanical failure saw him roll to a stop in the infield. Scott seized the opportunity and sped to the win with Peterson and Thorpe taking second and third. Ending their season with class victories included Rita Green in 125cc B karts, Julian Hoefert in Open Quad A and Tyler Warner in Cadet Kart A and Ken Davey in Pull Start 6 HP Novice. The Camp Lockett oval is now silent for the winter months. Plans for the 2022 season are in the initial planning stages. Dates for the 2022 season will be announced and posted when available. E Wyatt Reed, first Youth 12 & Under Novice in Sunday’s race. Kathryn Caro Photo www.ssormag.com - JANUARY 2022 - S&S OFF ROAD MAGAZINE


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#15 Trey Gibbs, fourth Pro Buggy and #5 Matthew Brister, first Pro Buggy

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Corry Weller, second SR1 UTV class

Camren Sorenson, sixth Modified Kart


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Matt Land, third Weller Racing SR1 UTV

#528 Connor Barry, first Cylex Signs Modified Kart, followed by #590 Trey Eggleston and #524 Drake Bitetti

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Youth 1000 1. Drake Mittag 2. Jessie Owens 3. Cole Gamma 4. Chaden Zane Minder 5. Ryder Chapman RZR 170 1. George Llamosas 2. Aadan Aguilar 3. Jake Hill 4. Dexter Warren 5. Brixton Wirt RTL Traffic J2 Kart 1. Brodie Martin 2. Chaden Zane Minder 3. Truly Adams 4. Jessie Owens 5. Mikey Childress AM Ortega J1 Kart 1. Truly Adams 2. Chase Berry 3. Travis Jones 4. Luke Berry 5. Brody Glaze Open V8/Ultra 4 1. Kipp Mickels 1600 Desert Buggy 1. Carson Smith 2. Kevin Streety 3. Joe Whiteley Limited Buggy 1. Kyle Knott 2. Evan Bradford 3. LJ Kennedy 4. Shane Prescott 5. Darren Sefton Weller Racing SR1 UTV 1. Jason Weller 2. Corry Wessler 3. Matt Land 4. Christophe Redden 5. Larry Hayes Cylex Signs Modified Kart 1. Connor Barry 2. Trey Eggleston 3. Dane Culver 4. Ethan Ebert 5. John Walls Production Turbo UTV 1. James Maki 2. Chance Haugen 3. Kevin Walsh 4. Anthony Ochoa 5. Dan Kelly Production 1000 UTV 1. Cody Hogdson 2. Dallas Nord 3. Billy Nichols 4. Abby Keyes 5. Brock Hammer So Cal Fleet Services Pro Buggy 1. Matthew Brister 2. Zachary Drapkin 3. Lorenzo Bonacci 4. Trey D. Gibbs 5. Trevor Briska Pro Lite 1. Christopher Polvoorde 2. Robby Hornsby 3. Brody Eggleston 4. Kyle Knott 5. Matthew Brister Pro 2 1. Dave Mason Jr. 2. Ricky Gutierrez 3. Justin Suhr 4. Michael Stell 5. Erik Jacobus


2022 race schedule DESERT SHOWDOWN: January 5-9 - Pahrump, NV

Cars, Trucks, UTVs Point to Point Race, approximately 250 miles Pre-Run January 5

HARE SCRAMBLES: February 4-6 - Laughlin, NV

Motorcycles, Quads Loop Race, approximately 100 miles

BAJA NEVADA: May 4-7 - Nevada

Cars, Trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles, Quads Point to Point Race, approximately 650 miles, Single Day

GOLD RUSH: June 23-26 - Virginia City to Tonopah, NV

Cars, Trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles, Quads Point to Point Race, approximately 300 miles

STATELINE SHOOTOUT: September 8-11 - Primm, NV

Cars, Trucks, UTVs Loop Race, approximately 120 miles

DIRT REBELUTION: October 7-9 - Cedar City, UT

Motorcycles, Quads, UTVs Loop Race, approximately 200 miles

BATTLEGROUND: November 10-13 - Jean, NV

Cars, Trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles, Quads Loop Race, approximately 250 miles

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Kyle Knott, fourth Pro Lite followed by Matthew Brister who finished fifth

John Walls, fifth Cylex Signs Modified Kart

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Dallas Nord, seventh Weller Racing SR1 UTV

Christopher Redden, fourth Weller Racing SR1 UTV

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Richard Oja, fifth Class 2000

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James Woods, third Class 1300

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Cory Vandemark, second Class 11

Class 1300 1. Brandon Whitehead 2. Trevor Nappi 3. James Woods 4. Cole Szlauko 5. Emily Gonzalez Class 1600 1. Matt Creveling 2. Jeremy Buckley 3. Cole Hardin 4. Moises Ledezma 5. Desirae Jones Class 7200 1. Austin Smith 2. Mark Johnson Class 1400 1. Joser Herrera 2. Sawyer Chavez 3. Brycen Bradfield 4. Mike Thomas 5. Angel Aviles Class 5U 1. Ethan Jackson

Class 10 1. Corey Goin 2. Jared Sallenbach 3. Ivan Tagle 4. Adam Gonzalez 5. David Norris Class 6100 1. Mike Valentine 2. Jarrett Valenti 3. Ryan Agius Unlimited Class 1. Johnny McCall Ultra 4 1. Ulises Galvan 2. Eric Hardin 3. Harley Letner Class 2000 1. Allen Byma 2. George Maciel 3. Andrew Beccera 4. Kameron Wells 5. Richard Oja

Richard Sletten, sixth Class 11

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Class 11 1. Blake Wilkey 2. Corey Vandemark 3. Joey Smith 4. Butch Maisterra 5. Brooke Cote Class 5/1600 1. Raul Solano 2. Larry Negrete Jr. 3. Guy Savedra 4. Ken Flippin 5. Richard Miramontes Class 9 1. Wesley Welch 2. Brandon Heald 3. Kevin Kopitch











Harley Letner, third Ultra 4 Kyle Thomas, sixth Class 2000

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Ryan Agius, third Class 6100

David Norris, fifth Class 10

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