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FEATURES

COMPETITION

She's got a new hat. Why would that be?

62 | SCFTA Flat Track

Maxxis Casey Folks Vegas to Reno Presented by Fox celebrating it's Silver Anniversary

66 | Vintage Motocross Series

08 | Sherri's Turn 10 | Dirtbits

15 | In Memory Judith Duncan

Saying good-bye to the beloved Mom and Office Manager of Duncan Racing International

14 | ASA News

Official news from the American Sand Association

18 | Coming Events They're back by popular demand

24 | Celebrate America

Travel across the United States checking out off road areas with our readers all over the USA

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

46 | Friends of Oceano Dunes Another court victory in the battle for the dunes

48 | Bike Shop Dirt bikers and their injuries

50 | San Diego Jeep Club: Go Topless Day A tradition celebrated by thouands

54 | Blast from the Past Memories from the 1989 Fireworks 250

56 | 4x4 Coach

Round 5 of the 2021 SCFTA season in Perris CA

Presented by CALVMX/Legends & Heroes

70 | CALVMX/Top Gun Regional Flat Track

Round 1 kicks off at the Camp Lockett Event & Equestrian Center, home track to the series

76 | Mormon Lake Grand Prix Presented by AZOP Racing

80 | DP4 Racing Hot Nights @ Slash X Plus The Johnson Valley 150, Rounds 2 and 3

86 | MORE Racing McKenzie's 250 Lucerne Valley desert racing

90 | Legacy Racing Baja Nevada Desert racing in Alamo, Nevada

Beginning 4WD Mistakes

58 | Cherry Creek UTV Fest Exploring Arizona with UTV Off Road Adventures

96 | Dr. DeForest's Off Road Health Tips Shoulder or upper back pain? Which is it?

98| Classifieds Free off road photo classifieds

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COVER (Quad) Mentored

by long-time quad racer Rachael Weaver, 16-year-old Chyrisma Isom has taken to flat track racing like a natural. Shown here in her first race at CALVMX in Campo CA. Judd Neves Photo (Bottom) Garrett Nanos from Glendora CA. Photo by Neal Rideout Photography, www.fe135.com

CONTENTS Dusti Kemple

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got a new hat recently. It was time to retire my much-loved old hat that I had worn faithfully since 2018. As much as I loved the old hat even during the years I wore it, I was careful where I wore it. Race tracks were okay. Around our desert property was great. It was fine if I went to certain homes or businesses, but other places I didn't wear it. If I ventured far from our desert home to somewhere other than an off road location I definitely didn't wear it. I'm not a fan of cancel culture, but I am a fan of all my flesh being intact with no visible blood and I'd seen the news reports of people being bruised and bloodied for the simple act of wearing a hat similar to mine. You probably figured out by now that it either had to be a Trump 2020 hat or a Make America Great Again hat. Both had the irrational ability to drive some people absolutely crazy. Besides my Trump 2020 hat, I owned a Trump 2020 over-sized ink pen, a 12 foot tall Trump 2020 feather flag that was displayed in our pits at the race track, an American flag with a Trump quote on it, given to us by a friend, a Trumpkin Halloween T-shirt and a red Make America Great Again hat that was stolen from me. But since it was the granddaughter-in-thegarage who stole it and wore it to all the races, I didn't worry much about the theft. A cherished possession in our Trump collection was a personal letter from President Trump thanking us for 8

the magazine we sent him with the "All their lives to start this special nation. Aboard the Trump Train" special feature in It took a few weeks, maybe even a the October 2020 issue with multiple pages couple of months to realize something very of off road vehicles flying Trump flags. important. As much as I believe in and And of course we're two of the support President Trump and all he stood millions and millions who voted for for, putting my faith in him is not the right him back in November. In the weeks thing to do. My faith needs to be fully in following, my faith never waivered that the Creator of the world, my faith needs to right would prevail because Trump and stand firm, holding on to the Word of God the conservative movement had the law and putting my hope only in Him, trusting and the power on their side with the Vice in His plans for myself and our nation. President and the conservative majority on Donald Trump is a human, and some the Supreme Court. There was no doubt in anti-Trumpers held that against him. They my mind that we'd be living through four had their beliefs that a flawed person such more years of Keeping America Great once as Trump could be of no use to lead our Inauguration Day rolled around! country. But if those same people were to I couldn't have been more wrong. read and believe the Bible, they'd know It wasn't that President Trump didn't win that God often used imperfect, fallible the election, it was that the corruption in human beings. Some of the most wellall levels of government that he tried hard known Bible personalities committed to rid America murder and more, of during the last yet God still four years, at used them. Am I this stage of the saying that God game, prevailed. used Trump? I The corrupt Deep absolutely believe State, I believe, He did and may was greater than have plans for even Donald Trump him yet still. But recognized. I never whether He does truly comprehended or not, I've been the extent of reminded my corruption in the faith does not government in both lie in any one political parties until person, my faith Donald Trump came is only in Jesus. They call it the “distressed” style, but I along and began call it the de-stressed style. Putting my It's not up to me shining the light in faith in the right place is the only way to determine the to live a fairly stress-free life. the darkness. course of our In the days nation, only to that followed that bizarre Inauguration Day find out what God's will is for me each day with more flags attending than people, I, and how He wants to use me to help make along with millions of other people, felt my little piece of this great nation we live empty. We'd lost our leader, the man who in, the best that I can make it. was reclaiming greatness for our nation, the And that is why I have a new hat. E man who reminded us how awesome this country was and stood for the values the Founding Fathers shared when they risked

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Vegas to Reno Celebrating Silver Anniversary he 2021 Maxxis Tires “Casey Folks”

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Vegas to Reno Presented by Fox marks the 25th anniversary of the Vegas to Reno event. The world-famous race was first held in 1996 and welcomed cars and trucks to compete alongside its motorcycle entries, officially opening the Best In The Desert series to all off-road vehicles. The race was a life-long dream of Best In The Desert founder Casey Folks. Though the racing association was originally organized as a motorcycle desert racing series only, he wanted to hold events open to the car and truck racing community. While there were some who weren’t supportive of the decision to open the series to all off-road vehicles, Folks

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worked tirelessly to embrace the entire desert racing community which grew the association into what it is today. The first Vegas to Reno race started about four miles south of Sloan, Nevada and finished at Aspen Creek Ranch seven miles south of Dayton. The event in 1996 turned out to be more successful than Casey Folks or his critics imagined. While the race was a hit for motorcycle competitors who had grown to love and expect exceptional events organized by Best In The Desert, it was the 60 car and truck entries that would become big supporters and help to grow the series. Legends like Curt Leduc and Rod Hall were excited to be a part of something new and were impressed with not just the level of organization and the professionalism Casey Folks brought to the inaugural event, but his passion as well. Jeff and Jim Stiles won the 1996 Vegas to Reno in a Raceco car in 11:04:29 while Ty Davis and Paul Krause took the fastest overall time in the Open Pro Motorcycle class with 8:44:57. Since the first Vegas to Reno was also the first Best In The Desert race open to cars and trucks, it would be the first time motorcycles competed against cars/trucks for overall bragging rights. And while the motorcycles held the early advantage, the cars and trick trucks soon caught up celebrating overall winning times themselves. And now it’s the UTVs who are climbing the ranks. It’s all a part of the competition. Vegas to Reno has since grown to include nearly 400 competitors in 2020, making it the largest and the longest single-day off-road race in the U.S. at 500 miles. Last year, a USA Today Readers Poll named Vegas to Reno the seventh most prestigious motorsports event in North America, solidifying the association’s role in the sport and expanding its reputation. “The Maxxis Tires ‘Casey Folks’ Vegas to Reno Presented by Fox is a special event for us,” stated Best In The Desert CEO Daryl Folks. “We look forward to pulling out all the stops this year and celebrating an event our father would be proud of. Make no mistake, this will be one of the most challenging Vegas to Reno races ever. The winners and everyone who finishes will have had the adventure of a lifetime.”

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Race Operations Director Jeff Phillips added, “We have been working on this year’s route for quite some time now. We think everyone will be pleasantly surprised by the 25th-anniversary course. Vegas to Reno is the ultimate challenge in our race series and this year will be no different.” The 2021 Maxxis Tires “Casey Folks” Vegas to Reno Presented by Fox marks the silver anniversary of this cherished event. After twenty-five years of organizing this classic race, Best In The Desert has been working all year to make this one special. The racecourse is close to 500 miles in length and the racers will have the added incentive of competing for the Maxxis Triple Crown Series which will award additional prize money to winners of the series. This year’s event will start with time trials on August 11 and the event will run through August 15, 2021. The first motorcycle entry will leave the starting line at 5:45 a.m. on Friday August 14th followed by the rest of the field. With COVID restrictions being lifted, Best In The Desert is planning a big after-race party to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the event at the Sands Regency Hotel & Casino in Reno, NV. Registration is open at www.bitd.com

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AMA Announces 2021 ISDE Teams he American Motorcyclist

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Association announced the 10 Trophy team riders selected to represent the United States at the 2021 FIM International Six Days Enduro in Italy on Aug. 30 - Sept. 4, 2021. The 10 Trophy riders will compete as the U.S. World Trophy, Junior World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy teams. Every country participating in the ISDE is allowed four riders on its World Trophy Team, three riders age 23 or younger on its Junior Trophy Team, and three female riders on its Women’s team. The U.S. World Trophy Team last won the ISDE — the world’s largest annual off-road motorcycle competition — in 2019, giving the U.S. its second ISDE World Trophy title. The U.S. Women’s Trophy team won in 2019, as well, the first time since 2007 the Women’s Trophy team had taken the award. The 2021 U.S. World Trophy Team includes: Johnny Girroir of Boonville, N.C., GASGAS EC 250F; Taylor Robert of Scottsdale, Ariz., KTM 450 XC-F; Layne Michael of Boonville N.C., Yamaha YZ450F; and Ryan Sipes of Ekron, Ky., GASGAS EC 300 TPI. “I’m excited to return to ISDE racing after a long, one-year break from it,” said U.S. ISDE Trophy Team Manager and FMF KTM Factory Racing Team Manager Antti Kallonen, “and our motivation is high 12

with lots of fresh faces on our team roster this year.” “I’m excited to bring a new rider — Johnny Girroir — to the World Trophy team” Kallonen continued, “as [Girroir] has been dominating in our national races here on a 250F. He is new to ISDE, but I have all the confidence he will perform well. With our seasoned veterans and former ISDE overall winners Taylor Robert’s and Ryan Sipes’ guidance, I have no doubt about it. I’m very excited to welcome back Layne Michael, who was part of our championship team in 2016. Since then, Layne has developed tremendously and I’m looking forward to a great performance from him as well.” The 2021 U.S. Junior World Trophy Team, made up of riders age 23 and younger, includes: Cody Barnes of Sterling, Ill., Honda CRF250R; Dante Oliveira of Hollister, Calif., KTM 450 XC-F; and Austin Walton of Sparks, Nev., Husqvarna FX450. “I’m equally excited about our allnew Junior team this year,” Kallonen told the AMA. “Our former riders from the past have all aged out and we have some very fast, next-generation riders eager to step

new rider Britney Gallegos to the team and work with her and the entire team to have a successful race.” Joining the 10 Trophy riders are 21 Club Team riders, who have qualified through the AMA East and West ISDE Qualifier series in the first six months of the season. Club Team riders include: Tyler Vore — Indianapolis, Ind. Axel Pearson — Panaca, Nev. Tanner Whipple — Colona, Ill. Preston Campbell — Murrieta, Calif. Travis Reynaud — Strafford, Mo. Anson Maloney — Grass Valley, Calif. Cade Henderson — Pacelot, S.C. Josh Knight — Ogden, Utah Talon Soenksen — Fife Lake, Utah Anthony Ferrante — Penn Valley, Calif. Nicholas Swenson — Delano, Minn. Nathan Ferderer— Bend, Ore. Grady Faint — Hoschton, Ga. Joel Tonsgard — Arlington, Wash. Brian Storrie — McKinney, Texas Jayson Densley — Fairfield, Utah Reid Brown — North Plains, Ore. Mateo Oliveira — Hollister, Calif. John Beal — Snohomish, Wash. Cole Martinez — Camp Verde, Ariz.

The 2019 U.S. ISDE team (photo credit: Mark Kariya) in, prove their speed and continue the title hunt in the Junior class. The 2021 U.S. Women’s World Trophy team includes: Brandy Richards of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., KTM 250 XC-F; Rachel Gutish of Terre Haute, Ind., Beta 250 RR; and Britney Gallegos of Monte Vista, Colo., Husqvarna 250FX. “We have some new faces in the Women’s division as well,” said Kallonen. “Brandy Richards will be returning and gunning for the overall victory together with new team member Rachel Gutish, who is no stranger to ISDE and I’m happy to welcome her back. I’m excited to bring

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“We are thrilled to continue to grow the talent in the field of Club Team riders after taking the Club Cup win at the last ISDE in Portugal,” commented AMA OffRoad Racing Manager Erek Kudla. “We’ve got a great mix of seasoned veterans like Brian Storrie, who’s going to his 17th ISDE, and brand-new faces like 18-yearold Anthony Ferrante and 16-year-old Cade Henderson, going to their very first ISDE.” For more information on the U.S. ISDE team, please see www. americanmotorcyclist.com.

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Hall of Famer David Aldana to be Grand Marshal of 2021 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

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avid Aldana, one of motorcycle racing’s most legendary and popular riders, and a fixture in Bruce Brown’s epic moto-documentary On Any Sunday, will be Grand Marshal for the 2021 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days presented by Royal Enfield, July 23-25, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Aldana replaces fellow On Any Sunday alumnus Mert Lawwill, who unfortunately had to back out due to a scheduling conflict. Known worldwide for his trademark black leathers with a white skeleton print, Aldana will do more than simply meet and greet fans and sign autographs at this year’s event. He’ll also compete in the AMA’s vintage dirt track program on Saturday evening at the nearby Ashland Country Fairground. “With the theme of this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days being On Any Sunday,” Aldana said, “which is far and away America’s favorite all-time motorcycle movie, things are going to be extra special. 14

For the fans, for sure, but also for me, as my memories of that 1970 season and that movie are so powerful. I can’t wait to reconnect with all the great motorcycling folks who come to Mid-Ohio each year and celebrate what Bruce Brown achieved, along with so much motorcycle history. VMD is such a great event!” Aside from Aldana’s presence and a scheduled screening of the movie on Friday night, AMA VMD 2021 will also feature several motorcycles from the fabled film, including a real-deal Husqvarna Malcolm Smith rode in the movie, Mert Lawwill’s KR750 dirt tracker (which he rode during the 1970 season) and a Cal Rayborn HarleyDavidson XRTT 750, also seen in the footage Brown shot. There’s plenty of racing action for racers and fans, from road racing and motocross to cross-country, dirt track and trials — and much of it with an AMA Grand

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Championship flavor. Riders as young as age 4 are permitted to compete in motocross, while those 12 and up can ride in trials, dirt track and hare-scrambles events. There’s also exhibition pit-bike racing on Saturday. Learn more and register today. There’s also the biggest swap meet in North America, with parts and bikes and memorabilia from the past 120 years of motorcycling. Add all that to the scenic Mid-Ohio grounds, plenty of food and refreshments, lots of camping and vintage motorcycles as far as the eye can see, and you’ve got what’s considered one of the very best events in all of motorcycling. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, which houses the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and other thematic exhibits that celebrate motorcycling’s heritage. The museum was founded in 1990 to provide a permanent home to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which celebrates and preserves the rich tradition of motorcycling in America through the recognition of the sport’s greatest heroes. Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days are donated to the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization tasked with funding the operation of the museum and Hall of Fame activities. To learn more about this year’s event visit www.vintagemotorcycledays.com. You also can opt-in to receive the official AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days e-newsletter. For updates on Facebook follow @ AMAVintageMotorcycleDays or search for the hashtag #AMAVMD. E


In Memory

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or many years the voice at the other end of the line when you called Duncan Racing International was that of the matriarch of the family, Judie Duncan. Last year illness forced retirement for Judie after 40 years of being the office manager for the family business that is known around the world for ATV products and high performance engine builds. Sadly she passed away on May 12, 2021. Besides serving the ATV community, Judie and her husband of 58 years, Danny Duncan raised over a dozen foster children in addition to their own five children. Judie is survived by her husband Danny, sisters Gene Rohner and Joan Carr, sons Loren (wife Tammy), Leonard (wife Tere), daughters Kevolyn White (husband Allen), Jonal Schlisser (husband Corey), and Angela Rosado, in addition to 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. E

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NEWS "UNITE, INFORM AND MOBILIZE"

The American Sand Association's primary objective is to "UNITE, INFORM and MOBILIZE" the sand duning community to protect the right to ride on all public lands in a responsible, environmentally balanced manner. along with two other volunteers to inform people that there were closed areas, and that we needed to stay out of those areas or risk losing the entire recreation area. I was able to ride out to the large closure area south of Roadrunner campground, and did see some closure markers, but certainly not enough for people to know what was open and what was closed. Thankfully, after the busiest weekend of the season, the judge did not expand the closure to the entire dune area, and we were able to keep enjoying a portion of the dunes while we fought to reopen the rest. I have continued to volunteer for the ASA for the past 20 years because of how much the dunes mean to me. For me, the dunes are my center, and the closest place to what I feel as “home”. I have been going to dune riding areas since I was three years old, and how far of a drive it is to the dunes has been a

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ome people believe standing up for what you believe in is hard. For me, it was very easy. When I first heard about Glamis being closed down in 2000, it hit me like the death of an old friend. I had been driving equipment around in the company van, and a colleague and fellow duner told me about it when I stopped at his location. My first reaction was to take duct tape (green, as I recall) and spell out SAVE GLAMIS on the back doors. I don’t remember how my boss reacted, although I do recall removing the tape at the end of the day. What I do remember is seeking out ways I could fight to keep the dunes open. The internet was in its infancy, pagers were still far more common than cell phones, and communication was done the old-fashioned way, face to face. I found Sanjay, who ran an ATV rental place in Orange, California; he was coordinating efforts to let people know what was going on in the dunes. The biggest challenge with the judgment for injunctive relief that temporarily closed 49,000 acres at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area was in the timing. The closures were to be implemented immediately, the Bureau of Land Management did not have the resources to mark out the closed area, and the judgement was issued just weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday. The call went out, and I drove out to the dunes on Thanksgiving Day to set up a small information kiosk at the Gecko campground

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The judgement to close 49,000 acres was issued just weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday in 2000.

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major consideration for every move I have made. I have served in many different roles from California Events Coordinator to Forum Moderator/Administrator, to Board Member, Board President and now interim Executive Director. The victory of the reopening of 40,000 acres has been tempered by the unbalanced impact to the south dunes along with the loss of an OHV “legal” crossing to the east side of the dunes. The next battle is against the efforts of the California Coastal Commission to shut down Oceano Dunes SVRA. As long as there is a need to stand up for our riding areas, I will continue to serve my fellow duners in whatever capacity I am able to do so. Please join me in supporting the ASA, whether through a Supporting Membership, a Business Sponsorship or by volunteering. Every contribution is vital to our efforts to keep fighting for OUR sand dune recreation areas! E

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Events are: 1) It takes away from room for photos 2) Our readership area has expanded far beyond our southwestern United States roots which is the area the Coming Events covers. So give us some feedback on the Coming Events column. DOES IT STAY OR DOES IT GO? Text 760-336-1512 or email ssormag@gmail.com

DESERT RACING ALTA VISTA EVENTS www.averacing.com Jul 24 - Round 2, Pure 200 Night Race, California City CA Aug 28 - Round 3, Pure 300 Night Race, California City CA

ARIZONA OFF ROAD PROMOTIONS www.arizonaoffroadpromotions.com Nov 6-7 - Todd Peterson's Vulture Mine Hare Scrambles, Wickenburg AZ

AMA DISTRICT 37 www.district37ama.org Motorcycles & Quads Sept 4 - Checkers Dual European Scrambles Oct 16 - Shamrocks Dual European Scrambles Oct 25 - 100's H&H AMA DISTRICT 38 www.amad38.com Motorcycles & Quads Sept 26 - Roadrunner Rattlesnake Chase, Superstition Oct 16 - I8 Monster Mash, Plaster City West Nov 6 - Full Throttle Veterans Day Dash, Lakebed Dec 11 - Roadrunner Christmas Classic, Superstition UTVs Oct 16 - I8 Monster Mash, Plaster City West Nov 6 - Full Throttle Veterans Day Dash, Lakebed 18

Dec 11 - Roadrunner Christmas Classic, Superstition AMA NATIONAL HARE & HOUND www.NationalHareandHound.com Motorcycles & Quads Sept 11 - Round 6, Panaca NV Sept 25-26 - Round 7, Lucerne Valley CA Oct 9-10 - Round 8, Lovelock NV Oct 23-24 - Round 9, Lucerne Valley CA AMA WEST HARE SCRAMBLES www.westharescramble.com Motorcycles & Quad Oct 16-17 - Round 5, Boise ID Nov 6 - Round 6, Stillwater OK Nov 7 - Round 7, Stillwater OK Nov 20-21 - Round 8, Wilseyville CA AMRA ARIZONA MOTORCYCLE RIDERS ASSOCIATION www.amraracing.com Motorcycle Racing Oct 23-24 - Hare Scramble, Globe AZ Dec 12 - Hare Scramble, Peoria AZ

BEST IN THE DESERT www.bitd.com Aug 11-15 - Maxxis Tires “Casey Folks” Vegas to Reno MC, Quad, UTV, Truck, Car Sept 9-12 - All Terrain Concepts UTV Legends Championship, MC, Quad, UTV Sept 23-26 - King Shocks Laughlin Desert Classic, Truck, Car Oct 29-31 - Bluewater Desert Challenge, MC, Quad, UTV Nov 4-7 - 2021 Bluewater Desert Challenge, Truck, Car CODE OFF ROAD www.codeoffroad.com.mx M.O.R.E. www.moreracing.net Cars, Trucks and UTVs Jul 31-Aug 1 - GG Lighting Freedom Cup, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Sept 25 - PCI Race Radios 300, Lucerne Valley CA Nov 13 - Slash X, Barstow CA

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NORRA www.norra.com Oct 7-10 - Norra 500 RECORD OFF ROAD www.recordoffroad.com Aug 13-15 - Ens - San Quinton 250 Oct 1-2 - San Vicente 200 Dec 10-12 - San Felipe 250 SCORE www.score-international.com Sept 14-19 - 2nd Annual Baja 400, Ensenada Nov 15-20 - 54th Annual Baja 1000 SNORE www.snoreracing.net Jul 16-17 - Lightforce Midnight Special, Jean NV Oct 15-16 - Battle at Primm, Primm NV Dec 9-12, 2020 - McKenzie's Rage at the River, Laughin NV SADR - Southern Arizona Desert Racing 520-747-0490 www.racesadr.com Sept 24-25 - Point to Point Dec 3-4 - Cholla 250 ZR PROMOTIONS (686) 564-6653 www.zrpromo.com Motorcycles, Quads and UTVs


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www.stewartsraceworks.com DUAL SPORT BIG BEAR TRAIL RIDERS MC www.bigbeartrailriders.com

FAMILY OFF ROAD ADVENTURES www.familyoffroadadventures.com 209-649-3633

CRAWDAD OFF ROAD EVENTS www.crawdadoffroadevents.com Oct 1-4 - Bar 10 Ranch, Mesquite NV

ORANGE COUNTY DUALIES www.dualies.com Jul 30 - Aug 1 - Kennedy Meadow Club Ride

D-37 DUAL SPORT www.district37ama.org/dualsport/ DUAL SPORT WEST www.dualsportwest.com Jul 24-25 - Countdown Topaz 400, Topaz NV Aug 14-21 - Countdown Mex2Can, 2nd Half, Fallon NV Sept 18-19 - Countdown Mammoth 300, Mammoth Lakes Oct 23-24 - Countdown Lone Pine 300, Lone Pine CA Nov 7-8 - Countdown China Lake 300, Ridgecrest CA DUST DEVILS MC www.dustdevilsmc.com Jul 17-23 - Reno to Crater Lake Aug TBD - Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route (NVBDR) Sept 11 - RR200 Restart/Memorial Ride

SAN DIEGO ADVENTURE RIDERS www.dualsport-sd.com VENTURA COUNTY M/C CLUB www.venturacountymc.com ENDURANCE RACES Glen Helen - www.glenhelen.com Oct 9-10 - 3 Bros 24 Hour Endurance Race ENDUROCROSS GEICO AMA ENDUROCROSS www.endurocross.com Sept 18 - Round 1, BOK Center, Tulsa OK Oct 2 - Round 2, Amarillo National Center, Amarillo TX Oct 9 - Round 3, Reno Livestock Events Center, Reno NV Oct 23 - Round 4, Findlay Toyota Center, Prescott Valley AZ

Oct 29 - Round 5, National Western Complex, Denver CO Oct 30 - Round 6, National Western Complex, Denver CO ENDUROS ARIZONA OFF-ROAD STATE CHAMPIONSHIP www.amraracing.com Oct 9 - Kirkland AZ Nov 14 - Oracle AZ DISTRICT 37 www.district37ama.org Sept 18 - Hilltoppers Sprint Enduro Sept 19 - Vikings Sprint Enduro LOS ANCIANOS MC CLUB www.losancianos.com WORCS www.worcssprintracing.com 2021 Season Cancelled FLAT TRACK AMERICAN FLAT TRACK www.americanflattrack.com Jul 17 - DuQuoin Mile, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, Duquoin, IL Jul 24 - Port Royal Half-Mile, Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal, PA

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Aug 13-14 - New York Short Track, Double Header, Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Aug 21 - Peoria TT, Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL Sept 4-5 - Memphis Shades Springfield Mile I & II, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Sept 11-12 - Sacramento Mile I & II, Cal Expo Fair, Sacramento, CA Oct 8 - Charlotte Half-Mile, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC AZ FLAT TRACK RACING www.azflattrackracing.com Races held at Adobe Mountain, Glendale AZ Sept 25 - Round 8 Oct 9 - Round 9 Oct 23 - Round 10 Nov 6 - Round 11 Nov 20 - Round 12

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COMING EVENTS Continued CALVMX FLAT TRACK www.calvmx.net Races held at Camp Lockett, Campo CA Jul 24-25 - Round 3 Aug 21-22 - Round 4 Sept 25-26 - Round 5 Oct 30-31 - Round 6 Nov 20-21 - Round 7 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FLAT TRACK ASSOCIATION www.southerncaliforniaflattrack.com All races held at Perris Raceway, Perris CA Jul 10 - Round 6 Aug 7 - Round 7 Sept 18 - Round 8 Oct 2 - Round 9 Nov 6 - Round 10 Nov 7 - Round 11 Dec 4 - Round 12 WESTERN FLAT TRACK www.westernflattrack.com Aug 23-24 - Fuji Park Flat Track, Carson City NV 4WD CLUBS & EVENTS BADLANDS OFF ROAD ADVENTURES www.4x4training.com Jul 3 - Independence Day Club Run Aug 16 - Rubicon Adventure Sept 4 - Labor Day Club Run Oct 15 - Death Valley Adventure Nov 27 - Turkey Day Run Dec 29 - Saline New Years Deal CALIFORNIA 4WD ASSOCIATION INC. www.cal4wheel.com Jul 16 - Lassen-Applegate Emigrant Trail Ride Aug 12 - Sierra Trek CAPO VALLEY 4 WHEELERS www.cv4w.org DESERT SIDE TRACS www.dst4x4club.org Jul 22 - Full Moon Run Sept TBA - Sand Hollow Oct TBA - Death Valley DIABLO 4-WHEELERS www.diablo4wheelers.com Jul 10 - Slick Rock Jul 22-25 - 69th Annual Jeepers Jamboree Jul 22-25 - Fordyce and Meadow Lake Camping Jul 30 - Aug 1 - 43rd Jeep Jamboree Aug 12-15 - Cal 4 Wheel Sierra Trek 20

Aug 18-23 - Dusy Ershim Sept 3-6 - Cal 4 Wheel High Sierra Poker Run Sept 10-12 - Jack Harper Memorial Run Sept 26-Oct 3 - Moab EARLY BRONCOS LTD www.earlybronco.com GEARED FOUR FUN 4WD CLUB www.geared4fun.com HEMET JEEP CLUB www.hemetjeepclub.com

INLAND EMPIRE FOUR WHEELERS www.ie4w.com JEEP BLITZ www.jeepblitz.com JUST RUNS www.justruns.com PARKER 4 WHEELERS www.parker4wheelers.net POINT MUGU 4WD CLUB, INC. www.facebook.com/pages/Point-Mugu4x4-Club/356896013416 RED ROCK 4-WHEELERS www.rr4w.com Sept 4-6 - Labor Day Safari SAN DIEGO 4 WHEELERS www.sd4wheel.com Jul 31 - Night Run at Corral Canyon Aug 5-8 - Pismo Beach Sept 3-6 - Labor Day Weekend to Big Bear Oct 4-9 - Trail Hero, Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane UT Oct 8-10 - Corral Canyon Trail Cleanup Oct -10 - Pismo Beach Jeep Fest Oct 15-16 - Operation Desert Fun Ocotillo Wells CA Oct 15-16 - Picacho Peak Run, Arizona side Oct 22-24 - Borrego Days Festival, Borrego Springs CA Oct 28-31 - VV4W Hump-n-Bump Oct 30-31 - Lucerne Valley, Cougar Buttes SAN DIEGO OUTBACKS 4X4 CLUB (760) 789-8294 SCOUTS WEST 4WDC www.scoutswest.com Apr 2022 - IH Western Regionals, Calico CA

CALL TO VERIFY INFO BEFORE TRAVELING EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR ERROR RACE PROMOTERS Send your event information to ssormag@gmail.com SONS OF THUNDER 4-WHEELERS www.sonsofthunder4x4.com Jul 24 - Cleghorn Aug 20-22 - Big Bear CA Sept 25 - Dishpan Oct 22-24 - Joshua Tree Nov 19-21 - Truckhaven TIERRA DEL SOL www.tds4x4.com Jul 24 - Coast Cruise Oct 4-9 - Trail Hero, Sand Hollow UT Oct 16 - CA4WDC Operation Desert Fun Oct 28-31 - Hump n Bump, Logandale NV Nov 12-14 - CA4WDC Panamint Days VEGAS VALLEY 4 WHEELERS www.vv4w.org Oct 28-31 - Hump 'N' Bump 2021 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 - Oct 23-24, Nov 20-21 Los Angeles Area - Getting Started Off Road Driving Clinic - Jul 10-11, Jul 24-25, Oct 23-24, Nov 6-7, Nov 20-21 Jul 10 - Tire Repair & Hi-Lift Mini Clinic Aug 28 - Sand Dune Off-Road Driving, Oceano Dunes Sept 11 - Tire Repair & Hi-Lift Mini Clinic Sept 25 - Winching Clinic FUN RUNS CORVA www.corva.org 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

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SAN DIEGO OFF ROAD COALITION www.sdorc.org Nov 13 - Lost Lizard Fun Run, Superstition Mountain OHV Area 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 Aug 21-22, Round 7, Idaho Oct 24 - Viewfinders GP Oct 30-31 - Prospectors GP Nov 12-14 - Shamrocks GP AMA DISTRICT 38 www.amad38.com AMRA ARIZONA MOTORCYCLE RIDERS ASSOCIATION www.amraracing.com ARIZONA OFF ROAD PROMOTIONS www.arizonaoffroadpromotions.com Jul 10 - Mormon Lake GP, Mormon Lake AZ Oct 2- Payson GP, Payson AZ Dec 18 - Canyon Christmas GP and Team Race, Peoria AZ DIRT SERIES www.elsinoregrandprix.com Nov 12-14 - 52nd Annual Lake Elsinore Grand Prix, Lake Elsinore CA FIRE & POLICE MOTOCROSS www. firepolice mx.com Dec 7 - Christmas GP, Lake Elsinore MX Park Glen Helen Raceway, Devore CA www.glenhelen.com SRA GP - Jul 18, Aug 15, Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 5 Nov 26-28 - Day in the Dirt LACR MX, Palmdale CA www.lacr.mx National Grand Prix Series (Formerly Big 6) www.ngpcseries.com Aug 21-22 - Round 6, Idaho Oct 2-3 - Round 8, Ridgecrest CA Oct 30-31 - Round 9, Blythe CA

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COMING EVENTS Continued Nov 12-14 - Round 10, Shamrocks GP Nov 26- 28 - Round 11, Socal MC, Delano CA REDDING DIRT RIDERS www.reddingdirtriders.com SHORTY'S SPORTS PARK LLC Blythe CA www.facebook.com/shortyssportspark SRA www.sragp.com Motorcycles, Quads, UTVs All events held at Glen Helen, Devore CA Jul 18 - Round 7 Aug 15 - Round 8 Sept 19 - Round 9 Oct 17 - Round 10 Nov 21 - Round 11 Dec 5 - Round 12 ZR PROMOTIONS www.zrpromo.com MOTOCROSS Also see Vintage Motocross Category AMA AMATEUR NATIONAL MX REGIONAL www.mxsports.com Aug 2-7 - Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, Hurricane Mills TN AMA LUCAS OIL PRO MX CHAMPIONSHIP www.mxnationals.com Jul 3 - Red Bud MX, Buchanan, MI Jul 10 - The Wick 338, Southwick MA Jul 17 - Spring Creek MX Park, Millville MN Jul 24 - Washougal MX Park, Washougal WA Aug 14 - Unadilla MX, New Berlin NY Aug 21 - Budds Creek National, Mechanicsville MD 22

Aug 28 - Ironman Raceway, Crawfordsville IN Sept 4 - Fox Raceway, Pala CA Sept 11 - Prairie City SVRA, Rancho Cordova CA AME MINICROSS www.ameminicross.com

CAHUILLA CREEK MX TRACK. Anza CA www.cahuillacreekmotocross.com DT1 MX Park Tulare CA www.dt1mxpark.com FIRE & POLICE MOTOCROSS www.firepolicemx.com Oct 11-12 - Fire & Police MX National, Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, Lake Elsinore CA FOX RACEWAY Pala CA raceway.palatribe.com Jul 17 - Big Mini Fest Round 6 Aug 14 - Big Mini Fest Round 7 Sept 3 - Big Mini Fest Final Round Sept 4 - Fox Raceway National 2 Glen Helen Raceway, Devore CA www.glenhelen.com Jul 24 - REM MX Jul 25 - OTMX MX/ARX Aug 7 - REM MX Aug 8 - OTHG/CalVMX Aug 14 - REM MX Aug 21 - REM MX Aug 22 - OTMX MX Sept 4 - REM MX Sept 5 - CALVMX MX Sept 12 - ARX Sept 18 - REM MX Sept 25-26 - WORCS Bikes LA PLAYA MOTOCROSS Rosarito, Mexico www.facebook.com/laplayamotocross

www. kingshocks. com LACR MX, Palmdale CA - www.lacr.mx Jul 10 - OTHG Races Jul 18 - SoCal Races Sept 12 - OTMX Races OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES RACING www.oldschool scramblesracing.com All races held at Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Oct 30-31 - OktoberFast Grand Prix & TT Scrambles Rnd 5 Dec 11-12 - TT Scrambles Rnd 6 Truck Track OVER THE HILL GANG www.overthe hillgang.org Jul 10 - Round 3 Summer Series, LACR, Palmdale CA Jul 18 - Round 4 Summer Series, Perris Raceway, Perris CA Aug 8 - Round 5 Summer Series, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Aug 21 - Round 6 Summer Series, Glen Helen Raceay, San Bernardino CA Sept 3-5 - Bay National, Argyll MX, Dixon CA Sept 19 - Round 1 Triple Crown Series, Cal City MX, California City CA Oct 3 - Round 2 Triple Crown Series, DT1 MX, Tulare CA Oct 22-24 - Valley National, DT1 MX, Tulare CA Nov 14 - Round 3 Triple Crown Series, Glen Helen Raceeway, San Bernardino CA Perris Raceway Perris CA - www.perrismx.com Jul 18 - OTHG Round 4 Summer Series Jul 25 - Tera Firma Round 3 Dec 5 - Fall Classic Round 4 REM MOTOCROSS www.remsatmx. com All events at Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA

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Jul 3, 17, 24 - Motocross Aug 7, 14, 21 - Motocross Sept 4, 1, 18 - Motocross Oct 31 - OctoberCross Nov 20 - Motocross SHORTY'S SPORTS PARK LLC Blythe CA www.facebook.com/shortyssportspark SOCAL OLD TIMERS MX CLUB www.socalotmx.org Jul 18 - Perris Raceway, Perris CA Jul 25 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Aug 1 - Perris Raceeway, Perris CA Aug 22 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Sept 21 - LACR, Palmdale CA Sept 26 - Lake Elsinore MX, Lake Elsinore CA Oct 10 - Cahuilla Creek MX, Anza CA Oct 17 - Perris Raceway, Perris CA Oct 31 - Glen Helen, San Bernardino CA SOCAL CHAMPIONSHIP MOTOCROSS www.socalmxseries.com Jul 4 - Round 3, Glen Helen, San Bernardino CA Jul 18 - Round 4, LACR, Palmdale CA Jul 24 - Round 5, Glen Helen, San Bernardino CA Aug 15 - Round 6, LACR, Palmdale CA Aug 22 - Round 7, Glen Helen, San Bernardino CA STATE FAIR MX www.statefairmx.com Jul 11 - Terra Firma Swapmoto Aug 15 - Terra Firma Swapmoto THE DIRT SERIES www.dirtseriesracing.com Aug 21 - Round 4 TBA Sept 11 - Round 5 TBA


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WORCS www.worcsracing.com Bike Schedule Sept 10-12 - Round 6, Flying E Ranch, Wickenburg AZ Sept 24-26 - Rounds 7&8, Glen Helen, San Bernardino CA Oct 22-24 - Round 9, Mesquite MX, Mesquite NV Nov 19-21 - Round 10, Buffalo Bills, Primm NV Quad/SXS Sept 3-5 - Round 6, Flying E Ranch, Wickenburg AZ Oct 1-3 - Rounds 7&8, Glen Helen, San Bernardino CA Oct 29-31 - Round 9, Mesquite MX, Mesquite NV Nov 10 - ATV with MC, Round 10, Buffalo Bills, Primm NV Nov 12-14 - SXS ONLY, SXS World Finals, Buffalo Bills, Primm NV OFF ROAD RALLY SONORA RALLY www.sonorarally.com

NOR CAL ROCK RACING www.norcalrockracing.com Jul 16-17 - Round 3, Rancho Cordova CA Jul 16-17 - Round 4 Norcal SXS, Rancho Cordova CA Aug 27 - Round 5 Norcal SXS, Fernley NV ULTRA 4 RACING www.ultra4racing.com Aug 6 - Sturgis West and North Joint Race, Sturgis SD Sept 3 - Crandon East and North Joint Race, Crandon WI Oct 15 - Ultra 4 Nationals, Davis OK SAND DRAGS BAKO SAND DRAGS www.facebook.com/bakosanddrags

Aug - TBA Sept 24-26 - Long Beach CA Nov 12-13 - TBA

ET MOTOPARK www.etmotopark.com Apache Junction AZ

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

SOCAL SAND DRAGS www.socalsanddrags.com

SPEEDWAY COSTA MESA SPEEDWAY www.costamesa speedway.net

OFF ROAD SHOWS OFF ROAD EXPO www.offroadexpo.com Sept 11-12 - Phoenix Raceway, Avondale AZ Oct 2-3 - Lucas Oil Off Road Expo, Pomona CA

SHORT COURSE GLEN HELEN RACEWAY www.glenhelen.com Sept 11 - GBC UTV/Quad Stadium Short Course Dec 4 - GBC UTV/Quad Stadium Short Course

OFF ROAD NIGHTS www.ornscene.com

GREAT AMERICAN SHORTCOURSE www.greatamericanshortcourse.com Oct 9-10 - Rounds 5&6, Location TBD Nov 13-14 - Rounds 7&8, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA

SAND SPORTS SUPER SHOW www.sandsports supershow.com Sept 17-19 - Sand Sports Super Show, Costa Mesa CA ROCK CRAWLING DIRT RIOT ENDURANCE RACING www.werocklive.com Western Series Aug 7-8 - Round 3 West, Broken Boulder Farms, Goldendale WA

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OFF ROAD NIGHTS www.ornscene.com SPEED ENERGY FORMULA OFF ROAD www.stadium supertrucks.com Tentative 2021 Schedule Jul 2-4 - Mid-Ohio Indy

SUPERCROSS MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS www.SupercrossOnline.com TRIALS AHRMA www.ahrma.org SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRIALS ASSOCIATION www.socaltrials.com VINTAGE MOTOCROSS AHRMA www.ahrma.org National Vintage MX Series

Oct 31 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Nov 14 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Dec 19 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA AMERICAN VINTAGE DIRT RACERS ASSOCIATION www.avdra.com Sept 19 - Race 7, Thunder in the Valley, Lakewood CO Sept 26 - Race 8, Motoland, Casa Grande AZ Oct 17 - Race 9, Arizona Cycle Park, Buckeye AZ Nov 14 - Race 10, Motoland, Casa Grande AZ Dec 26 - Race 11, Race of Champions, Casa Grande AZ CALVMX www.calvmx.net Aug 9 - Round 5, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Sept 5 - Round 6, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Oct 3 - Round 7, Lake Elsinore MX, Lake Elsinore CA E

AMERICAN RETROCROSS www.americanretrocross.org Jul 25 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA VERIFY INFORMATION BEFORE Sept 12 - Glen Helen Raceway, TRAVELING - EVENTS SUBJECT TO San Bernardino CA CANCELLATION OR ERROR

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Off-roading at Rausch Creek in Pinegrove, Pennsylvania - Tara Reitz, Palmyra PA @viragojeep_jku

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God bless America Land that I love

Arkansas

Jon Christian and Jill Hawkins in Mulberry Mountain, Arkansas. Photo taken by Jill Hawkins and submitted by Judy Munns Newman, Duncan OK

Montana

Kentucky

Lee Falk enjoying riding in the forest at McAlister MT

We've been to 46 states in the last year and a half riding and racing along the way. This is Kentucky Lake. - Tim Morenc, South Dakota

Michigan

Colorado

My Arctic Cat Wildcat at Silver Lake Dunes in Michigan. - Ed Willcome, Marne MI

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Lee Falk exploring Boggy Draw outside Dolores, CO

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Alaska

My daughter and I on Top of the World Highway crossing into Alaska on our way to the Arctic Ocean - Lance DesBaillets, Oak View CA

Utah

California

Curtis Duggan from Spring Valley with his 2001 Cherokee and my 2016 Wrangler JKU on Moki Dugway just north of Mexican Hat, Utah. We just came through Valley of the Gods in the rain and mud. Photo by Rick Moore , El Cajon CA

Arizona

Here is our Jeep at Superstition OHV area near El Centro CA - Mary Moses, San Diego CA

Here is Brookelyn riding a seesaw on a sand dune in Arizona, looking over the Colorado River into Southern California. - Bryan Jacobson, Placentia CA THE JOURNEY ACROSS THE USA CONTINUES

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Stand beside her and guide her Indiana

Mike "The Pigfarmer " Cuff at Lafyette Indiana Badlands OHV Park. He's a demonstration driver for Yamaha Motorsports in his spare time...

Nevada

Ken Pellman in Nevada

Hawaii

Kahuku motocross track on the North Shore of Oahu. From front to back is Destin Cantrell, Justin Boyer and Greg Williams

Minnesota

General CC Andrews State Forest, Willow River, MN - Kari Johnson, Mora MN

New Hampshire

John Hisel in New Hampshire KEEP GOING TO CONTINUE THE JOURNEY ACROSS THE USA

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By Mike McGarity, Vice President, CORVA

lovis Independent 4 Wheelers is a California based club who volunteers with the Sierra National Forest under their Adopt-A-Trail Agreement. Our club members are long time members of two California Land Use Advocacy groups: Cal4Wheel (California Four Wheel Drive Association) and CORVA (California Off Road Vehicle Association). Both groups fight to protect our OHV access for everyone. Our South Fork Tamarack OHV trails were absolutely destroyed by the Creek Fire in September 2020. Over the past 35+ years, our club has been volunteering for the Forest Service and has seen so many changes which have led to these wildfires becoming extremely dangerous and catastrophic. There are a few contributing factors as to why these wildfires are so catastrophic. Some argue that Climate Change is the main reason; which has led to years of drought. Many areas across the state have been starved for water. Then the bark beetle invaded and wiped out acres and acres all by themselves. The lack of long cold winters has allowed the beetles to survive in the trees and thrive. The lack of water has restricted the lack of sap which would push the beetles out in a healthy situation. The pure density of too many trees per acre has contributed to a competition of the survival of the fittest. Over the past 10-20 years, volunteers have seen a steady decline in the health of our beloved forest. What are the sources of ignition? In some cases people have been irresponsible and unintentionally or at times intentionally ignited the fires. Downed powerlines, lawn mowers, dragging 30 30

chains on a trailer, an unattended campfire and even a gender reveal party. Lightning strikes are another source of fire. Regardless of why and how they start we have to push back on the false ideology of the “Hands Off” approach. This is not Forest Management. Forest Fire Suppression is not management. An “Environmentalist” is by definition supposed to be a person who is concerned with or advocates for the protection of the environment. This person is supposed to be a conservationist, preservationist, ecologist, and nature lover. How can a person love the forest yet sit idly by and watch one wildfire be followed by another wildfire, so on and so on. Over the past 100 or so years, the “environmentalists” have created layers of polices, protections and bureaucracy to prevent proper Forest Management. The staff and volunteers of the Forest Service, BLM, and State Parks are the true environmentalists. Not the people living in the big cities and along the California Coast. The true environmentalists are the ones who are collaborating and volunteering with the land managers, not working against them and threatening lawsuits every time we turn around. The most recent wildfire to hit our Sierra National Forest was the Creek Fire. So sad to see, actually breaks my heart knowing how beautiful our trails once were in the destroyed areas. Totally preventable, but the ignorance of these so called “environmentalists” are responsible. They actually say in public forums that thick, unmaintained forests are more resilient to fires. Just unacceptable! All wildfires, regardless of why or how they started could have turned out differently if proper Forest Management had been approved, funded and executed. We all need to advocate for and promote proactive forest management! This reactive approach must end! Being reactive is not Forest Management. A forest veteran of 40 years explained to me that trees now only know two things. They grow, then they burn. He explained that the local Native Americans were the best environmentalists. They would use fire to clear their land for crops and pastures. They would light fires behind them in late November or December as they moved down to the warmer foothills. Once the weather heated up in late spring, they would move back up to the forests. Catastrophic wildfires were never the case back when they properly managed the land. Their “cultural burning” promoted the health of vegetation and provided food to the animals, clothing to the people. Fires served many other purposes as well. In 1911, following the largest wildfire in current history at the time, the US Forest Service was pressured by the environmentalists at the time to move to a 100% fire suppression policy. Prescribed control burning was outlawed and abandoned. Our club’s hardest hit OHV trails connect Tamarack Rock Creek Road to the Red Mountain Trail system. The timber along

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When trees are packed and crowded, they are all competing for survival. Our OHV area has the Ponderosa Pine, Jeffrey Pine and Red Fur. These are all big beautiful trees when healthy! As soon as the tree mortality hit and the bark beetle was found, steps should have immediately been taken. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the bark beetles along with drought have affected over 30 million trees. The bark beetle is the size of a piece of cooked rice. They tunnel under the bark, cutting off the tree’s supply of food and water. It take as little as 2-4 weeks for bark beetles to kill a tree. Every dead tree must be removed! All trees can be dangerous, but the bark beetle infested trees can be the worst. They are unsafe to climb and very difficult to predict where they will land once they fall. What can we do once the above steps are being executed? Open more Biomass facilities next to the saw mills. All the left-over organic material can be put to use. Wood chips make fuel for biomass facilities to produce heat and energy. When done correctly, experts say that it’s cleaner than natural gas. “Environmentalists” claim that that biomass facilities increase carbon emissions, yet they turn a blind eye to the pyro-cumulonimbus cloud as it mushroomed up from fire tornadoes straight into our atmosphere. Environmentalists turned a blind eye to the pyro-cumuSo, where do the • Weeding/ cleaning forest lonimbus cloud as it mushroomed up from fire tornadoes OHV advocates go from floor of fuel loads. during the Creek Fire in September 2020 here? My goal as an active • Timber harvests/ sale. Keep and engaged OHV volunteer trees separated by 6-8 feet. is to advocate for the proper forest management as listed. I will • Timber thinning. A healthy forest has approx. 30 trees per acre. collaborate and work with the Forest Service to aid in following an • Reduce Fuel Loads/ Prescribed and controlled burns. effective management plan. • OHV Trails/ Firebreaks We will follow and implement the said goals and objectives. • Timber re-growth and re-planting practices. We will follow all resource mediation efforts. We will consult the • Forest fertilization. Sierra National Forest specialist in all ground operations. We will • Drainage control/ alterations. ie: water bars/ turnouts/ dips develop and execute a schedule for conducting best management •Pesticide applications. practices. We will keep accurate records and evaluate our efforts • Agroforesty. ie: Silvopasture/ Alley Cropping/ Forest Farming and outcomes. OHV volunteers are vital to the Forest Service. The staff The US Forests are estimated at about 120 million acres with cannot do this work by themselves. I will continue to be one of the 33 million being in California, some of which is privately owned. true Environmentalists! It is estimated that our forest has 165-170 trees per acre. Some If you want to make a difference and volunteer, come join our forests are recorded as having upwards of 260 trees per acre. This club. Join a Land Advocacy group. Become part of the solution is just too many! Experts explain that when trees are too close and push back on failed policy by the people who have a failed together, the lack of air circulation can lead to mold and mildew track record. We need everyone involved in advocating for OHV forming on the trees. Too many trees shut out the important here in California! sunlight; which prevents the growth of native plants that the local wildlife are looking for. Too many trees also lead to skinny, slow growing trees. these OHV trails consisted of 80-90 percent tree mortality for the bark beetle which unfortunately provided all the fuel this fire needed to blow up as it did. When done, the Creek Fire destroyed 379,895 acres. It took 3.5 months before it was 100% contained. Proactive proper forest management is key to stopping catastrophic wildfires. We will never stop wildfires. Fire is necessary for a healthy forest. Forests cover almost 30% of the earth's land area. Healthy forests are absolutely critical and provide an abundance of ecological resources to our earth. Close to 5 million acres have been scorched in California. Fire suppression isn’t the long-term answer. Proactive Proper Forest Management is the answer! A forest management plan is extremely comprehensive, huge and takes multiple layers of expertise to fully develop. Here is my short list from the perspective of an OHV Environmentalist who loves the forest and who wants his children and grandchildren to enjoy it for generations to come. Proactive steps within the plan can and need to maintain wildlife management practices; follow Best Management Practices; comply with Federal/State regulations, such as the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and other laws to ensure resources are protected:

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Through the night with the light from above 717 trails near Colorado Springs about one year after a forest fire! - Greg Williams, Yuma AZ

Colorado Ohio

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Texas

I race the TORCS series in Texas. Photo by @Tiffany Wilson - Sierra DeBakey, Leander TX

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From the mountains to the prairies

Off road pic from the great state of Nevada, Budweiser Canyon in Reno - Brigitta Hopkins

Nevada Florida Idaho

Mike and Lonnie Smith in Cascade ID

New Mexico

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Azalea City Hare Scrambles in Florida 2011 - Greg Williams, Yuma AZ

North Carolina

Going to the mailbox with my granddaughter in North Carolina - Randy Hutchins, El Cajon CA

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Heather Wilson riding in Greenville, Ohio

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To the oceans white with foam On the Oregon coast near Florence. I’m on the red/ white quad, my lady friend is on the yellow quad and in the yellow buggy is Lorna Blaine and Ron Cressman. - Thomas McEntire, Chino CA

Nevada

Oregon

Arizona

This is up on Genoa Peak, 9000 feet above Lake Tahoe NV - Mike Moore, Sparks NV

Oklahoma

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John King playing with FranknYODA at Lake Martinez, Yuma AZ

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Ohio

This is the Middletown, Ohio area on my personal property. - B. Perschii

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God bless America . . . Texas My girl Lisa Rose in Houston Texas - Kristen Baxter

Arizona

@QueenGlamis chilling out in the tall pines in Tonto National Forest, Happy Jack AZ with our AlumiCraft Race Cars - JR Levitz, Scottsdale AZ

Washington

Ken Pellman from Las Vegas, Nevada in Washington

Kentucky

Dirty 30 off road club, Dynamic Precision Fab - Jeremy Montgomery, Jackson KY

Ohio

South Dakota

Mid-Ohio at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Between heats on a rainy hot day. Mine is the white ČZ (v15) and the red transit van. The 1975 Husky (32) and 74 Honda Elsinore belong to a friend. Modern bikes to the right belong to a buddy from NY upstate. - Mark Ruhm, Escondido CA

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Arizona Jim and Jan Mc Garvie from Payson AZ on a trail southeast of Roosevelt Lake with their 2018 Wrangler JKU on the left and my 2016 Wrangler JKU on the right. Jim and Jan previously lived in El Cajon and are still active members of SDORC and Jim is our Membership Chairman. - Rick Moore, El Cajon CA

Louisiana Dustin Slade from San Diego CA at Desoto Motorsports Park in Louisiana

Arizona Tom Clark from Thousand Oaks CA in Lake Havasu City AZ

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. . . my home sweet home

Oklahoma

Wisconsin

This picture was taken in Harrison Hills by Ament Lake in Lincoln County Wisconsin - Robert Weinkauf, Ringle WI

Arizona

Matt Christian of Duncan, Oklahoma climbing the trails at Crossbar in Davis, Oklahoma. Photo taken by Randy Nowlin and submitted by Judy Munns Newman

Arizona

Jim and Sandi Wilson and me in the mountains outside Kingman, Arizona. - Randy Ressell, Westminster CA

Wyoming

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Mike Smith in Jackson Hole WY - Lonnie Smith, Salton City CA

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New Mexico California

Yosemite National Park in California - Valorie Wiley, Del Rio TX

My Cheney framed 1965 Triumph 500 Twin in the mountains above Santa Fe, New Mexico - Randy Ressell, Westminster CA

Oklahoma

Oregon

In the mountains close to Tillamook, Oregon. I’m riding the red/white quad, my lady friend is on the yellow quad in front of the yellow buggy is Ron Cressman - Thomas McEntire, Chino CA TURN THE PAGE FOR THE LAST STOP ON OUR USA JOURNEY

John, David and Tim at the Oklahoma 500

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God bless America . . .

Vince and Julie Jaacks from Temecula CA in Moab, Utah March 2021

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Legislation

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he world of California off-road politics has slowed down quite a bit lately. That is good for us, as most news in our world is bad news. There is a little action in Sacramento. There are two bills we strongly oppose this year, SB799 and AB1512, similar bills that will have the State sell half of Carnegie SVRA. In a surprise move, the author of SB799, Glasier, withdrew his bill. This means it will no longer be considered this year. We are in the first year of a two-year legislative cycle, so it is possible this bill will come back next year. If it does, it will surface at the same place it is now, that is, it will have passed its house of origin (Senate) and will head to the Assembly. Why did this take place? It is likely that the proponents of closing half of Carnegie SVRA are putting their eggs in the basket of AB1512 (Rebecca Bauer-Kahan). I don't know if one author

is better than the other, but Rebecca Bauer-Kahan received a perfect report card from the Sierra Club last year. The two bills we support, AB232 and SB227 are in the other houses of origin and will be heard in committees soon.

Cleanups We believe strongly in cleanups because they help our areas and send a strong message to land managers that users care about the areas. The easiest way to manage an area is when it is closed, something we never want. So, we sponsor and partner in cleanups. We are talking about cleaning Otay Mountain Truck Trail this September. We have seen trash along the trail and shooter trash on the east side. At our Lost Lizard Fun Run, we do a cleanup. We also have cleanups at Painted Gorge and trail trimming and cleaning at Corral Canyon. Both of these may take place this winter. Details will be released as soon as we know.

Lost Lizard Our big fundraiser is the Lost Lizard Fun Run and will be this November 13 at the end of Wheeler Road by Superstition Mountain again. This is a very fun event for both beginners as well as experienced off-roaders. We have five checkpoints and each has a playing card for you as well as a game to win raffle tickets. Best five card stud poker hand wins a prize, as well as second best and worst hands. Chris Boyer from the DSC morning radio show on KGB 101.5 FM will announce 44

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Join San Diego Off Road Coalition to help protect off road areas www.sdorc. org/joinsdorc/ the raffle prizes. We have a fun route planned, great prizes and a friendly vibe in the desert. Preregistration is now open on sdorc. org and we have had a number of entries already. Pre entry saves you money, gets you a T-shirt and saves time at the event. At signup you just give us your name and we hand you your bag.

Audrey Mason, foreground, with Dave Stall (left) and Ed Stovin on the SDORC radio show

Radio We still have our radio show on KCBQ AM 1170 at noon on Sundays. You can also hear older shows on sdorc.org. Audrey, Dave, Nicole and I talk about off-road politics, racing and general off-roading topics. If you would like to sponsor some shows, let us know at info@sdorc.org and we will get you set up. E www.ssorm.com - JULY 2021 - S&S OFF ROAD MAGAZINE

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BY Jim suty www.oceanodunes.org

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n November 30, 2020, Friends filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) for failing to provide Public Records that Friends requested via an official Public Records Act (PRA) request. Failure of the CDFW to provide these records was in violation of the Public Records Act and the Court sided with Friends.

Friends' and CDFW's counsel have met and conferred and agreed, in lieu of further litigation, to this stipulation for judgment in favor of Friends, and that Friends is the prevailing party in this litigation. The parties have further stipulated to an award of attorneys' fees and costs to Petitioner Friends as a prevailing party, and agree that the California Public Records Act, Gov5tCode § 6:z5g(d), mandates an award of reasonable attorney's fees to requesters who prevail under the Act. In the interest of conserving judicial resources and avoiding further hearings, CDFW and Friends have agreed that CDFW will

provide all the documents and pay attorney’s fees. Friends is pleased with this verdict but is frustrated by the continued delay and stall tactics of those working on behalf of all Californians from their offices in Sacramento! Friends of Oceano Dunes is a 501(C)(3) California not-for-profit corporation expressly created in 2001 to preserve camping and off-highway vehicle recreation at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area (ODSVRA). Friends is a grass root volunteer organization which represents approximately 28,000 members and users of the Oceano Dunes SVRA. www. oceanodunes.org E

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Bike Shop By Clutch Roberts

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irt bikers don't like to talk about injuries, unless they weeks later I feel pretty good and just started back at work with are bragging. There is a certain charm to being hurt light duty. doing what you love and being impatient to get back to A lot of my personal identity revolves around motorcycles. I riding. It is cool for teenagers to show up in school in an arm cast, love riding, racing, tuning, repairs, trips and just about everything less cool for working adults. else about them. I've had bad crashes before and they haven't kept Last month I wrote the column, about my beautiful new me from going riding again. Part of my life strategy is having a Husqvarna FC450, from a hospital bed. I had been out trail riding secure job where sick leave hours accumulate forever. I normally on my FE501 and didn't see a diagonal never call in sick, so when this happened, rut obscured by grass. I hit the ground I had 1100 hours on the books. I have a hard right on the side of my torso. It secure job and good medical insurance. hurt really bad, but I didn't think it was If you love riding dirt bikes more serious until I spit some blood. than anything, I would advise you to work I rode out with my friend and he towards a similar life situation. For sure took me to the ER. They took me in get great medical insurance and have a right away. I found out I had 10 fractures few thousand extra dollars (or investments on eight ribs along with some lung easily convertible to cash) at the ready. I problems. At my worst I had 11 tubes love to look at ads for motorcycles for sale, and wires on my body. I spent one day but always cringe when I see 'Injury forces The 2022 version of the Husqvarna in ICU and a week in other rooms. Four FE501 the author was riding sale". E

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ho is up for taking their top off and going for a run? A question most would find slightly crazy or even maybe a bit offended by. But not the Jeep community. This is something reveled in and looked forward to by thousands of Jeep enthusiasts all over the world each year. And the San Diego Jeep Club is no exception.

Thanks to All Things Jeep, May 2008 started a worldwide yearly tradition that has brought even more joy and fun into the Jeep community called “Jeep Go Topless Day”. As if owning a Jeep was not fun enough! May 16, 2015, newly founded San Diego Jeep Club joined in that tradition and has done a club “Jeep Go Topless Day” run every year since. The club’s largest turnout so far is 90 Jeeps! 50 50

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Diego Jeep Club Black Ops crew walking the rows of Jeeps greeting members and assisting when needed is such a great sight. The club's mission statement “Bringing together new and seasoned Jeepers to educate and promote safe and responsible off-roading’ is always the theme of the club runs. After the Drivers Meeting the club president Joe Caldwell directed the flow of Jeeps safely out of the staging area to avoid cross traffic. Black Ops Jeeps were placed every half dozen or so to be available. If anyone needed anything while on the trail there was someone close by to assist. Starting at the Ocotillo Chevron off Imperial Highway and the 8 Freeway, 56 Jeeps traveled in unison anticipating the beautiful desert trails that lay ahead. Heading out on a frontage road, we then turned left at the railroad tracks which are part of the

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May 15, 2021 “Jeep Go Topless Day” for the San Diego Jeep Club run was in the Southern California desert. Driving on parts of Old S-80 Evan Hewes Highway into Plaster City OHV about 100 miles east of San Diego, not only offered both new and seasoned members a chance to participate in the tradition but also a chance to drive on one of the oldest highways in Southern California. All while enjoying some living history. Plaster City is the site of the last industrial narrow-gauge railroad in the U.S. The line runs north to the gypsum quarry and brings gypsum from the quarry to the plant. All the San Diego Jeep Club group runs start well before the Jeeps hit the dirt. First the Board chooses the location and a trail boss and names the run. A post is made on the Facebook group page so all 4500+ members have a chance to plan to participate. A pre-run is done a week or so before with the Black Ops who will be attending the run. After the pre-run, the location of the meet up spot and directions are pinned at the top of the post. The Board keeps tabs on how many people are going to attend the run. This helps ensure there are plenty of Black Ops on hand. Reminders are posted for members to do a safety check of their Jeep before the event and a safety check list is filled out by each attendee. The more prepared we can be running as a group the more pleasant time will be for everyone! Club members met at the Ocotillo Chevron off the Imperial Highway to prep their Jeeps for a day of fun. Observing the San

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old San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway completed in 1919. Heading under the freeway we continued down the abandoned old route S-80. As we passed the entrance to Plaster City we turned left on a trail to a wash. While traveling down the wash we could not help but notice all the sage that was in bloom with beautiful purple flowers. Such a pretty sight in the mostly neutral colored Southern California desert. Once out of the wash we turned onto old Overland Stage Route. A historic route traveled in another time for a completely different purpose. Driving on an all but forgotten dirt trail on a plateau looking out in the distance at a city in the middle of a desolate desert resembles a scene from a Star Wars movie. Plaster City has a remarkably interesting history and is still www.signartgraphix.com running today. It is a gypsum quarry that was started in 1920 and was acquired by United States Gypsum in 1945. Gypsum is a “wonder” mineral that is used in construction, fertilizer, chalk, health products, as a water purifier and even consumables among other things. As of 2019 the US is the largest gypsum producer in the world with California being in the top five. Stopping for lunch atop a plateau looking out over the vast desert with the warm wind blowing (97 degrees) we could for the San Diego Jeep Club. We are looking forward to joining sit and enjoy being out in nature with friends. After the lunch stop, the charity trend and incorporating that into our future “Jeep Go off we went toward Painted Gorge and back to S-80. There are Topless Day” runs by selling annual Go Topless shirts with the tread lightly and or off-limits areas along the way toward Painted proceeds going towards our Toys for Tots yearly fund. Giving Gorge that were pointed out for those who were not aware. back to our local community is something our members genuinely As we came around the corner to enter Painted Gorge the red enjoy. rocks were already peeking out, giving us a glimpse of the treat we San Diego Jeep Club has embraced the “Go Topless Day" were in for while traversing the gorge. It was a beautiful mix of tradition along with many others in the world. Celebrating the love protected areas to just look at, appreciate and not intrude upon and of Jeeps, the start of spring and the beginning of warmer weather. areas to play and explore. We continued to drive through the gorge Feeling the wind in your hair, the sun on your face and the without stopping but did encourage members who still wanted to sense of freedom that comes with owning a Jeep is a feeling like do some exploring to head back out and enjoy the areas available no other!! E to them. Over the years the “Jeep Go Topless Day” run has become an avenue to raise money for charities all over the world. Raising funds for the Toys for Tots program here in San Diego is a passion www.ssorm.com - JULY 2021 - S&S OFF ROAD MAGAZINE

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1989 Fireworks 250. Don Adams passes Walker Evans coming out of a wash midway through the race.

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Beginning 4WD Mistakes

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e were cruising the dunes in the desert in California. It was a nice sunny day with great visibility. Though the area is mostly dunes, it is possible to encounter long stretches of level sand. From a distance such an area appears featureless. But looks can be deceiving. The lead driver stopped on a level area. The second driver, probably 200 yards back, raced to meet him. Traveling about 6 or 8 feet to the right of the lead vehicle’s track, the second driver assumed the terrain remained the same. Suddenly he arrived at a small cliff. Unable to stop, he launched off about a 4-foot cliff. The flat terrain merged with the visual horizon, and he never saw the cliff until it was too late. That driver, who had several years of fourwheeling experience, made a rookie mistake. Two rookie mistakes, actually. He was driving too fast and he didn’t recon the area. He just took for granted that the terrain was level and featureless the entire way. He hadn’t counted on a drop off just a short distance to the right of the path the lead vehicle took. This driver suffered only a bruised ego. But it could’ve been worse. As a fourwheeler, you must be on constant alert. And recon, recon, recon.

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Throttle control: One of the first issues for new drivers is to train your right leg to maintain a nice, steady throttle. When in 4 Low the engine delivers a lot of power. Pushing hard on the accelerator just like you do on the street causes the vehicle to

jump. Realizing it was too much you ease up, and the vehicle settles down quickly, creating a hopping motion. If questioned about it, blame it on the rough terrain causing your foot to bounce on the accelerator.

Tire placement: The next thing new drivers need to master is placing your front tires exactly where you planned when you no longer can see the obstacle. Remember that there is a significant blind spot – anywhere from 15 to 20 feet – in front of your vehicle. Approaching an obstacle, you line up your front tires. Eventually that obstacle is in your blind spot. Are your tires still lined up? (The right tire can be particularly difficult to judge.) Practice this

maneuver by picking out a small rock. Did you drive over the rock? A student of mine took this idea to heart. One late night on a long drive on a lonely highway in Kanas he thought the lane markers Bott’s dots would be good practice and would stave off boredom. After explaining the concept to the cop he was spared a lecture and ticket. More power when stuck: It is easy when first starting to drive off-road, to assume if you are not moving forward, you must not have enough power and you push down hard on the accelerator.

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If you’re going uphill and not moving forward, there are a couple things that could happen by adding power: 1 The wheels are spinning and the vehicle drifts off the trail. Where you end up is uncertain. You could drift right off the side of the hill. And you are digging holes that make it more difficult going up next time. 2. If you’re using heavy throttle but not drifting, the vehicle front end might start jumping up and down in place. Every time those big wheels come down and hit the dirt, they send a shock wave through the drive train. So much torque is delivered when those wheels touch the ground, you could break an axle or tear a drive shaft off the pinion. If you’re stuck in rocks, it could be that a wheel is trapped. Continuing to use throttle will break axles. You can try backing out, but use a light throttle and finesse. Turn on your lockers for more traction. If that doesn’t do it, use a strap or winch to get unstuck. Protect your vehicle and its drive train. Insufficient reconnoitering: Four-wheelers tend not to do enough reconnoitering, in my opinion. By examining the terrain, you can avoid mistakes like hitting an obstacle, getting in a jam, or driving over an edge. Get out of your vehicle and survey the area. You may have to walk up the hill to see if there’s something on the other side. When traveling downhill, stop and walk down the trail. Look back at the slope you want to come down. There might be a drop


off on one side that you can’t see from the top. Many times, just standing up by the driver’s door is sufficient. Following too closely: If you follow too closely, the terrain immediately behind the vehicle in front of you is in your blind spot. You won’t see the obstacle yourself. You will not be able to formulate a plan, pick the best line, and visualize the obstacle as it moves under your vehicle. Stay back far enough to see well but close enough to observe the other driver’s actions. Watching another vehicle may give you clues of what to do or not to do. Fatigue and overconfidence: Do you know when most of the accidents occur off road? It’s late afternoon. The cause is fatigue. Drivers just aren’t as sharp as they were in the morning. Another possibility is overconfidence. When a trip is going well, drivers tend to push on. They’re looking ahead to camp. At some point their concentration falters and mistakes occur. If your route is a particularly stressful one, arrange for a break in the early afternoon. Give your mind and body a rest before embarking on the final leg. Sticking a hand out the window: The obvious reason is so you don’t break a wrist or arm on a nearby branch. Another reason is not so obvious. Picture this: A vehicle is driving through a narrow canyon. It starts to climb a small ledge, causing the vehicle to tilt slightly to the left. The driver puts her hand out the window, thinking she’d keep the vehicle upright. It was purely an instinctive move, much like throwing your hands out when you’re about to fall. One little bounce, though, and her hand would’ve hit the canyon wall. Hands and arms should always be inside the vehicle. That goes for drivers and passengers.

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www.sdiracing.com 714-464-2050 | eclikshocks.com Worse, it puts those lives at risk. There are methods to safely free up a vehicle. Whatever is employed – winch, recovery strap or jacks – make sure bystanders stay clear of the vehicles and equipment involved.

Getting caught up in the moment (“testosterone poisoning”): There’s a challenging spot in the trail up ahead. Drivers have attempted to negotiate it and failed. You’re determined to make it through the mud pit or up the hill. You’re caught up in the moment. You hit the throttle, hoping momentum will carry you through. Maybe it does. But sometimes it won’t. Going fast you don’t have much time to react. And you don’t have the control over the vehicle you should. Next time you might hit those rocks or go sailing over the edge you couldn’t see. Check the ego, and drive smart. Hanging on the vehicle while attempting an extraction: Dangerous. It’s too easy for someone to fall off or get stuck underneath if the vehicle is bouncing or moving. Some people think that added weight helps the situation. It doesn’t.

Standing too close to vehicle when spotting: The obvious concern is getting hit by the vehicle. Also be mindful of boulders, trees or canyon walls nearby. Position yourself so you can provide valuable hand signals, but don’t get pinned between the vehicle and an obstacle. A manual transmission adds another challenge. Moving slowly is difficult as the driver has to maintain a minimum speed to avoid stalling. If you as the spotter are too close, or in the wrong spot, you won’t have time to get out of the way. Give yourself extra room whenever spotting for another driver. All four-wheelers make mistakes on occasion. Handled properly, they can be learning experiences. Even so, being aware of basic errors – what I call rookie mistakes – should help you avoid these issues when you're off road. Tom Severin, 4x4 Coach, teaches 4WD owners how to confidently and safely use their vechicles to the fullest extent in difficult terrain and adverse driving conditions. Contact him at tom@4x4training.com or visit www.4x4training.com to develop or improve your driving skill. Copyright 2021, Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc E

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nly found off the beaten path, Young, AZ is a true gem! Deep in the heart of the Tonto National Forest lies this small ranching community. There are roads in and out but only by getting a little dirty. No fully paved highway will connect you to Young, only dirt roads. There is a beautiful winery called the Bruzzi Vineyard that has wonderful food, there is a gas station, and a few places to stay. The Dead Broke Inn Saloon Guest House and Corral had a movie made there recently.

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This event was held at the beautiful Cherry Creek Lodge. Established in 1879 this area was the site for the famous 10 year Pleasant Valley War. Cherry Creek Lodge is now a working dude ranch full of adventure and wonderment! Feed the chickens, pet the goats, ride horses, skeet shoot, fish and venture out on the many UTV trails (and there are many). Your hosts Pete, Reece, Carol, Kenny and more will welcome you and make your stay memorable. The lodge will host your event filled with food, fires, comfort, relaxation and drinks after your long day rides. The perfect Arizona old west feel to hold any event. We thank you all for the enjoyable stay and accommodations. Bear, bobcat, mountain lion, turkey and much more frequent the area and a few of us on the trails had the pleasure of seeing them. You will also be entertained by cattle, horses and plenty of birds. It is hard to believe you would experience all of this at all, let

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alone from your UTV. The scenery is nothing short of miraculous. This place is a must do for anyone seeking adventure and to get away from the tech of the world. The Friday night ride kicks off the event with lights, lights, and more lights! Against the backdrop of rolling Arizona hills and remarkable sunsets you can watch the flashing light parade weave in and out of the trees. The best place to be to witness this is at the back of the pack. A long line of lights can be seen for what seems like miles once the sun fully drops. The fun is in the colors and flashing of lights to music or on random waves. Some have their undercarriage lit up. Wash up after each day's ride, you will need it. Enjoy cornhole and refreshments on Saturday evening. Sit with old and new friends and enjoy the ranch life. After a feast by the Cherry Creek Lodge fit for a slew of ranch hands, the true fun begins. UTV

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Offroad Adventures holds some terrific raffles. There are so many product sponsors that donate some seriously sweet loot! Whip lights, oil, coolers, slime, all things for your UTV to be won. There is also a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to the Phoenix Children's Hospital. A very near and dear cause to many here at UTV Offroad Adventures. Do not forget to check your poker hands from your weekend of fun, grab your cards on the ride stops. Choose a ride for Saturday then again choose the other one for Sunday. Wash up, rinse and repeat the next day on a totally different ride. Try the Haigler Creek Loop of 40+ miles to stop at a watering hole and jump in if you are brave enough, water is a little cold still but a few certainly jumped. There are multiple water crossings to splash through and a jaunt through the town of Young. A quick

stop at the field of very interesting large boulders makes for a great time to snack and visit. The Aztec Peak Loop of 60+ miles leads you past waterfalls, over bridges, through water crossings, and to a cabin that is frequented by many off road travelers. Aztec Peak is amazing and boasts views for miles. There is Flinstone style furniture, made of stone, to eat lunch at and relax at what feels like the top of the world. You can even see Roosevelt Lake from the fire towers here. A miraculous sight to see. These events would not be possible without all of the amazing people behind the scenes working endlessly to make all of this happen. Thank you!

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Flat Track SCFTA Racing

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#45 Colton Shafer first place 65-70 cc Open class and #22 Jackson Brown second place

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65cc 2 Stk Beg 1. Daniel Iha 2. Nixon Alvis 3. Cameron Neelings 65-70cc Open 1. Colton Shafer 2. Jackson Brown 3. Nixon Alvis 4. Cameron Neelings 65-70cc 2 Stk Nov 1. Jackson Brown 65-70cc 2 Stk Am 1. Colton Shafer 85-100cc 4 Stk Nov 1. Ryder Bitz-Hay 2. Jasper Heathfield 85-100cc 2 Stk Beg 1. Jackson Brown 2. Tammy Neelings 85-100cc 2 Stk Am 1. Colin Petton 2. Colton Shafer

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#65 Duke Makarevich, first place 50cc Open class and #11x Bryce Eikelberger, fourth place Madd Dog 4 Stk 1. Sierra Hickerson 2. Conner Hickerson 3. Marc Heathfield 4. Ryder Bitz-Hay 5. Daniel Iha Seniors Vets +50 Am/Nov 1. Mike Diffenbaugh 2. Adam Lesley 3. Donny Moore 4. Shawn Doucet 5. Jerry Schenamsgruber Super Senior +60 Am/Nov 1. Gary Lane 2. Mike Boal 3. Patrick Hayes 4. Tom Avolan Premier Senior 1. Denis Cameron Vets +35 Exp 1. Jon Nunes 2. Ryan Reed 3. Scott Hanson 4. Helder Alvernaz 5. John Clayton Pull Starts 1. Daltin Collie 2. Dan Shaw 3. Dan Brown 4. Conner Hickerson 5. Jeff Apple Open Unclassified 1. Daltin Collie 2. Michael Lopez 3. Michael Resendez 4. Alex Thermietis 5. Joshua Lesley Senior +50 Exp 1. Jon Nunes 2. Mike Vital 3. James Morris 4. Travis Ward 5. Johnny Custom Bomber Exp 1. Danny Perkins 2. Scott Hanson 3. Joe Steffen Bomber Am/Nov 1. Joey Crabtree Custom Open Exp/Non-Pay Pro 1. Travis Petton 2. Ryan Reed 3. Matt Foster 4. Conner Hickerson Hooligan 1. Helder Alvernaz 2. Adam Lesley 3. Daniel Ito 4. Douglas Darrah Jr. 5. Douglas Darrah Powder Puff 1. Sierra Hickerson 2. Joey Crabtree Custom Open Am 1. Daltin Collie 2. Michael Resendez 3. Alex Thermietis 4. Moises Castaneda Open Nov 1. Maxwell Claunch 2. Joshua Lesley 3. James Broskey 4. Joseph Boyd 5. Damian Doffo Pro 1. Travis Petton 2. Nick Garcia 3. Colt Foster

#20 Annika Ruelas 5th place 50cc 2-Stroke Beginner followed by #11 Ben Eikelberger 2nd place

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themselves from the rest of their class and waged a two-rider duel for the top spot. Lead changes were numerous, often several per lap. At the finish, Medeiros emerged with the win, followed by Byram, with Garrett Gesselman (Yam) in third. With the distinctive sound of twostroke power filling the air, the second moto saw Medeiros and Byram once again locked into a two-way battle. Mere bike lengths separated the two throughout the moto. Medeiros easily hurled his nearly 40-year-old machine over the tabletop jumps as he navigated the Elsinore course. At the checkers, Medeiros luck prevailed, taking the overall win, with Byram a well-deserved second, followed by Gesselman in third. One of the most consistently entered Joshua Sparks won the Vintage Sportsman 250 Intermediate class classes over three decades of vintage he fourth round of the 2021 CALVMX/Legends & Heroes vintage racing has been the Vintage Sportsman motocross series saw competitors returning for their second 250 Intermediate. At Elsinore, Joshua Sparks (Yam) powered his twin shock visit to the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park and the popular Vet machine to a two moto sweep of the class. The start of moto one saw Sparks and Track. Cool temperatures and steady breezes made for a good day of Justin Douglas (Yam) leading their class onto the circuit. Sparks appeared to be at racing on the well prepared and maintained course. ease with his Yamaha MX 250 as he rapidly put distance between himself and his A healthy cross section of machines ranging from the pre-1975 “vintage” pursuers. Douglas and Chris Christenson (Husq) stayed within striking distance, bikes on up to the pre-1996 “post vintage” filled the pit area and track. Included but the moto belonged to Sparks as he took a flag-to-flag win. in the mix was a rarely seen British built Rickman Triumph dating back to the mid The second moto made it obvious Sparks was determined to take the 1960’s era of scrambles racing. overall victory, as he rapidly sped away from the rest of the Intermediates Prior to the first motos, a lap of honor was held in honor of AMA Hall Of into a dominating lead. Douglas and Christenson put up a valiant pursuit, as Famer and motocross legend Marty Smith and his wife Nancy who died tragically they pushed their classic mounts to their limits. In the end, the moto and class one year ago. The original teenage motocross ace still prompts strong memories overall belonged to Sparks as he swept to 1-1 scores, followed by Douglas and and is greatly missed by those who knew and admired his racer prowess. Christenson. Vintage 60 Plus class Expert Doc Alexander (CZ) dominated the Elsinore Other winners on the day included Randi Perkins (Bul) using a 1-3 score course with a sweep of both motos. In the first moto, Alexander hurtled out of the to top the Vintage 60 Plus Intermediates over Dave Murphy (Suz), while flat starting gate into the lead group of the mixed moto which included entrants in the track ace and motocrosser Jeff Apple (Yam) took the top spot in 50 Plus G.P. Open Age, 50 Plus and 70 Plus classes. Tracking Alexander were fellow 60 Plus experts John Forsythe (Hon) and Tim McIntyre (CZ). Alexander seldom backed off Intermediate division. Representing the earliest days of motocross, Rick Hurst (Rickman Triumph) took the win in Classic 500 Expert, while Greg Tomlinson on the throttle as he railed the course while building up a commanding lead. With his ultra-trick looking CZ, (closely resembling a full-on “factory” machine from back (Triumph) topped the Premier Experts. Round five of in the day) running flawlessly, Alexander sped to the moto win, followed by series the 2021 CALVMX regulars Forsythe and McIntyre. Five laps stood between Alexander and the overall win as the second moto series will take place on August 8th on launched into action. As he had done in the first moto, Alexander once again the Vet/REM track powered his way into the lead group of riders at the start of the moto. Forsythe’s at Glen Helen. With booming four-stroke Honda once again gave chase, followed by McIntyre. four of seven rounds Proving that nearly 50-year-old machines can still offer good racing, Alexander completed, numerous and company put on a spirited display. On a day where nothing seemed to go class championships awry, Alexander powered his way to the overall win, with Forsythe and McIntyre are still up for the rounding out the podium in second and third. taking. Moving into the next era of machinery, the pre-1981 GP-1 250 Experts featured a two-moto duel between Yamaha mounted Brian Medeiros and the Honda of Chris Byram. In the first moto, Medeiros and Byram quickly separated Doc Alexander dominated the

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Machines of all sizes and riders of all skill levels staged for their turn on the 1/6th mile track. Prior to qualifying heat races, a lap of honor was held in the memory of Ray Lopez, a series regular, who died recently. Led by his son Michael a large number of entrants circled the oval in tribute to their fallen comrade. With the qualifying heats setting the start positions, the main events were called to

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staging. In a first for CALVMX flat track, three Class A speedway bikes took to the track. Mark Fillebrown and Tom Bryana brought their highly specialized machines to the Camp Lockett oval and put on an impressive display of what the methanol fueled, brakeless and one speed gearbox vehicles were capable of. Scored separately, Fillebrown took the win in the Expert division, with Bryana taking the Intermediate class. Gamely hanging tough was CALVMX regular Julian Hoefert on his oldschool upright mounted motor Jawa, finishing a not too distant third and garnering first place as the Novice entrant. Both Fillebrown and Bryan had positive impressions of the Camp Lockett oval and the CALVMX organization. The Senior Vet 50+ Experts finale featured a close quarter duel between the top four entrants. On the front row were Jeff Apple, Michael Diffenbaugh, Del Ocheltree and Steve Kukla, who was astride a twin cylinder, two stroke Yamaha, its high revving howl echoed around the oval. The start saw Diffenbaugh blitz into the lead while Apple and Ocheltree vied for second with Kukla in pursuit. Diffenbaugh’s ride was flawless as he took an uncontested flag-to-flag win, followed by Apple, Kukla and Ocheltree. In preparation for their full program on Sunday, ten of the pull-start bikes took to the course in a variety of classes. Versatile racer Daltin Collie swept both the Open Expert heat and main event, with chief starter Jeff Apple second and Cameron Lankford third. Jason Offendahl topped the Intermediate class while Jeff Harris took the win in the Open Novice class. In addition to the numerous two-wheeled classes, the kart racers were also out in force on Saturday. In the 125cc A class, Claude Bell took an early lead, trailed by Ed Dustin and Pat Donahue. Preferring a wet circuit, the numerous battles ensued in flying clouds of mud. The lead position changed several times with Dustin and Donahue in a tight, high-speed duel. At the finish, Dustin flashed across the line with the win, followed by Donahue, while Will Carter wove thru the pack to take third. Sunday featured another impressive turnout of competitors in a variety of racing disciplines. The biggest surprise was the unseasonably cold spell that enveloped the area. The entire day dealt with cold winds and chilling temperatures. Ten of the fastest Pull Start Open Experts lined up in two rows for their main event on Sunday. In this division, a wide variety of motors can be seen in an equal variety of frame designs. The start saw a mass of machines crowding into turn one with Dan Shaw taking the lead on the back straight followed by Eduardo Ramirez and Lane Miller. The ensuing nine laps saw innumerable position swaps with the one constant being Shaw holding the lead for the first three laps. By lap four, Dan Brown


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Wyatt Gibson, first Youth 12 & Under Beginner (less than 51cc). Judd Neves Photo

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Matthew Savoy, first Youth Up to 16 Novice. Judd Neves Photo

Jeff Apple, third Open Any Bike. Kathryn Caro Photo

Chyrisma Isom, first Womens Open Quad B. Kathryn Caro Photo

#5 Ed Bustin, second 124cc Tag A. Judd Neves Photo

Rachael Weaver, first Women Open Quads A. Judd Neves Photo

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had closed in on Shaw and took over the lead. Shaw held a very close second place with Miller in third. The savvy Brown used lapped traffic to increase his lead on the way to the win, followed by Shaw and Miller. The Sunday schedule is the big day for the kart racers, with machines ranging from kids karts up to the powerful 125cc adult karts. In the Adult Open Class A final, Brian Pusey, Richard Fitzgerald and David Kimmel engaged in a three-way duel that only ended at the checkered flag. Kimmel took the early lead until Pusey passed on the back straight. Undaunted, Kimmel immediately found the traction he needed and took the lead back. Kimmel maintained a torrid pace, using it to pull a few lengths ahead of Pusey. Kimmel sped on to the win followed by Pusey and Fitzgerald. Not to be outshone by the adults, 12 dwarf cars took to the oval on Sunday. Utilizing a quad ATV as a “pace car”, Ryder Patterson grabbed the lead at the green flag to lead the Mini Dwarf A division. Chasing Patterson was Tyler Warner and Drew DeVerelly. Patterson owned the oval, pulling out a five second lead over his competition at one point. Patterson put together a flawless set of laps to take the win, followed by Warner and DeVercelly. Other class winners on Sunday were Pat Donahue in 125 A Karts, newcomer Chyrisma Isom in both Quad Open B and Women’s Quad Open B, Wyatt Reed in Cadet Kart A and Brian Pusey in 4 Stroke Adult A karts. Josh Degan took the trophy in Pull Start Open Intermediate, while Rachael Weaver took wins in Open Quad A and Women’s Quad Open A. The erratic weather tested both competitors and track staff on both days. High winds and bone chilling cold tested the corner flagmen as well as the chief scorekeeper. Special acknowledgement goes to scorekeeper Alexis Taylor. The petite college junior student gamely charted every lap of every race over the weekend including the difficult task of charting the mud splattered karts with barely discernible numbers. In a very short time, Ms. Taylor has become an integral part of the CALVMX staff, and her contributions are invaluable to the success of the race events. More rounds of the 2021 CALVMX/TOP GUN SERIES will be held one weekend a month through November at the Camp Lockett oval. With classes available to virtually any two, three and four wheeled vehicle and all skill classes, newcomers are always welcomed to join in on the weekend of racing. Visit www.calvmx.net for more info.

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Tyson Snyder, first Open Knobbie Intermediate. Judd Neves Photo

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ZOP Racing Rowley White RV Series presented the Mormon Lake Grand Prix at Mormon Lake Lodge in Mormon Lake, AZ, sponsored by L&D Hydraulics and Sunny’s Haul Away Service. Both days of racing were a challenge with the dry and windy conditions reducing visibility to zero. The track was deceiving around a few turns for some of the racers coming to an unexpected halt putting the Sweeps to work. First up on Saturday were the Mini Bikes and Pull Start classes lined up 46 riders deep. Three 80-150cc A riders maintained the top podium positions throughout the entire race with first place #032 Tristan Andrade from Lake Havasu City having more than a one minute lead over fourth place. Twenty-five seconds behind Andrade was second place #362 Demarco Dugi, and third place Marley Kuhn. Sunday brought a new pack leader with #168 Samuel Campbell from Gilbert crossing the finish line 22 seconds before second place #78 Jacob Jewell, and third place Tristan Andrade. Eighty-three Big Bikes lined up next, each rider attempting the hole shot before reaching the choke point at the first turn. Tate Vanvoorst #415 from New River pulled off dual wins both days with a 14 second lead on Saturday, and a 21 second lead on Sunday. Coming in second on Saturday was #372 Alejandro Cortez Jr, and in third was #590 Matt Dally. On Sunday Dally improved his performance gaining a lap and placing second over third place, #138 Cody Reyes. Big Quads and Trikes were off next with 31 entries including two trikes. Saturday saw Ron Suor #102 destroying the competition with a stunning two lap victory over second place #27 Ian Sessions, and third place #65 Ian Kubik. In the Trike class, #71 Paul Airey beat out #208 Ed Hicks. The following day we saw an interesting change on the podium. Ron Suor fell to third and a lap less than Saturday, and #199 Jarrett Curley who placed 12th pushed himself to second place. The top spot on the podium was #34 Andrew Simmons with a one minute lead.

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Three UTV races were next with the first being the 570cc Youth 1000 classes. TJ Siewers #157 and Braden Krah #147 were the excitement of both days. These two were neck and neck battling for first often barely squeezing two-wide around turns. In the end, Siewers had a 34 second lead over Krah for first. Coming in third over a minute behind Siewers and #566 Alexia Leaming. Sunday brought remarkably similar results with a Siewers and Krah having their own race amongst themselves. Siewers again came in first with a 21 second lead over Krah. Holding true to Saturday’s podium positions, Alexia Leaming repeated third place. Second UTVs to race was the UTV 1000 N/A class with 11 entries. Coming in first on Saturday was #971 Will Munns out of Flagstaff over second place #1994 Tyler Hurlock and third place #314 Katin Ladin. The next day, Munns was only able to finish one lap before breaking a tie rod paving the way for the Tyler Hurlock to place first over second place Katin Ladin and third place #169 Mike Aanenson. Last of the big UTVs was the UTV Turbo and Pro classes. The Winiecki family out of Ehrenberg showed up ready to drive with three separate Winieckis on the track at once bringing home two victories and a second place. Kody Winiecki #903 placed first on Saturday with Clayton Winiecki #901 placing second, and #80 Hayden Thomas. On Sunday, Clayton Winiecki remained on the podium to place first over Hayden Thomas, and third place #900 John Nix. After the last of the big UTV races came to an end, nine Mini Quads lined up ready to take off. Both days of Mini Quads ended with the same podium positions with #187 Jayden Llamas coming in first, #10 Sage Mckinney in second, and #47 Ryder Nugent in third. UTV 170cc Beginner/250cc were on the line next before UTV 170cc Modified/Advanced. In the Beginner/250cc class, #45 Dexter Warren placed first in both days of racing. On Saturday, #10 Reid Aikins placed second and #411 Cache Crawford placed third. The following day #136 Krew Hart came in second and #210 Triton Lawrence came in third. In the 170cc Modified/Advanced class, #1866 Cameron Leaming came in first both days of racing. Jaxson Leaming #866 came in second on Saturday, and #31 Evan Atkins came in third. On Sunday #130 Kash Hart came in second and #258 Declan Shields placed third. The final two races were Pee Wee Quads and Pee Wee Bikes. In the Pee Wee Quads #88 Tyler Wade dominated the field both days with a 49 second lead on Saturday and a 36 second lead on Sunday.

On Saturday Cain Llamas #623 placed second and Cutter Gehrts #200 placed third. Sunday’s race saw Kaiden Lee #31 place second and Cain Llamas placing third. The last race of both days was the Pee Wee Bikes. Tanner Sutton #51 from Williams raced four times throughout the weekend. Sutton bumped up to the Mini Bike Open class for the Mini Bike race for nonpoints and won his first race of the weekend in the non-points class, then went on to win overall during the Pee Wee Bike race. The following day, Sutton repeated his performance taking home two more trophies. Coming in second in the Pee Wee Bikes on Saturday was #45 Shay Anderson and in third was #17 Courtney Curley. On Sunday coming in second was #881 Jake Pennington and coming in third was Shay Anderson. As always, the AZOP Racing Rowley White RV Series would like to thank Mormon Lake Fire Department, L&D Hydraulics, Sunny’s Haul Away Service, Rowley White RV, and all its sponsors, staff, volunteers, racers, and spectators for making this another great race weekend. For complete race results and upcoming events visit www.azopracing.com.

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Gary Sewell, first Stock 1000, Round 3

Gabe Matthews, fourth Pro NA, Round 3 Don Shapen, 24th Production Turbo, Round 3

Kimberly Lynch, seventh DP4 Pro, Round 3

Keith Thompson, second Production 1000, Round 3

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ROUND 3 Barstow CA - May 22, 2021 OVERALL: 1. Chris Blais (CAM); 2. Larry Heidler (POL); 3. Brayden Baker (POL); 4. Mike Zeller (CAM); 5. Bradley Howe (HON); 6. Jimmy Walker (POL); 7. Steven George (CAM); 8. Zach Quiroz (CAM); 9. Kimberly Lynch (CAM); 10. Josh Wakeland (YAM); 11. Kolby Buentjen (POL); 12. Ryan Edwards (POL); 13. Aj Fernandez (CAM); 14. Gary Sewell (HON); 15. Zachary Michel (POL); 16. Ryan Dickinson (POL); 17. Douglas Allan (POL); 18. John Connolly (KAW); 19. Gabe Matthews (POL); 20. Todd Barnhill (POL) DP4 PRO: 1. Chris Blais (CAM); 2. Larry Heidler (POL); 3. Brayden Baker (POL) 4. Mike Zeller (CAM); 5. Bradley Howe (HON) DP4 PRO NA: 1. Josh Wakeland (YAM); 2. Kolby Buentjen (POL); 3. Douglas Allan (POL); 4. Gabe Matthews (POL); 5. Aaron Clark (POL) PROD TURBO: 1. Steven George (CAM); 2. Zach Quiroz (CAM); 3. Ryan Edwards (POL); 4. Aj Fernandez (CAM); 5. Ryan Dickinson (POL) PROD 1000: 1. Zachary Michel (POL); 2. Keith Thompson (YAM); 3. Gary Jones (POL); 4. Steve Knight (POL); 5. Adam Baggerman (POL) STOCK 1000: 1. Gary Sewell (HON); 2. John Connolly (KAW); 3. Ryan Slessor (POL); 4. Rick Smith (KAW); 5. Kahle Steinmetz (POL) PROD 900: 1. Trevor Dacosta (POL)

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Todd Barnhill, eighth DP4 Pro, Round 3 Shayan Darvish racing in Production Turbo during Round 3

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Austin Phillips, 34th DP4 Pro, Round 2, then came to Round 3 and placed ninth in the same class

Robert Kroeker, 30th Production Turbo, Round 2

In Round 2 action #968 Dan Guido, 12th Production 1000 with #694 Xander Ludwig passing by for a 42nd overall finish and Stock 1000 class win

John Raviscioni, 37th Production Turbo, Round 2

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Carey Chrisman, third Class 6100

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McKenzie's 250 Cole Hardin, ninth Class 1600

Ruben Garcia Jr., eighth Class 5/1600

Grant Williams, fourth Class 1600

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CLASS RESULTS - TOP FIVE (Still Unofficial at press time) CLASS 10 (Heat 2) 1. Ivan Tagle 2. Ezra Ebberts 3. Tom Coons 4. James Ford 5. Roger Starky CLASS 10 1. Ezra Ebberts 2. Ivan Tagle 3. Dan Reger 4. Justin Buckley 5. Roger Starky CLASS 1600 (Heat 1) 1. Abraham Guittierrez 2. Jeremy Buckley 3. Jack Clinkenbeard 4. Grant Williams 5. Gavin Martin

First class 1600, Abraham Guitierrez

CLASS 11 (Heat 1) 1. Blake Wilkey 2. Brian Crofts 3. Brooke Cote 4. Jorge Ventura 5. Jeff Wykoff CLASS 1300 (Heat 1) 1. Brooke Perfect 2. Brandon Whitehead 3. Anthony Clements 4. Bobby McCall 5. Emme Hall CLASS 1400 (Heat 2) 1. Kyle Scott 2. Joser Herrera 3. Mike Thomas 4. Eric Ludian 5. Mark Rotarius CLASS 5U (Heat 2) 1. Erik Irvine 2. Justin Smith 3. Ben Swift 4. Don Chase 5. David Sissum

Bradley Drake, sixth Class 1600

CLASS 2000 (Heat 1) 1. Ryan Galloway 2. Enrique Quidera 3. Aaron Bruno 4. Rich Henry 5. Janis Miller CLASS 5/1600 (Heat 1) 1. Raul Solano 2. Larry Negrete Jr. 3. Luis Herrera 4. Jake Woodruff 5. Sidney Hardy CLASS 6100 (Heat 2) 1. Travis Chase 2. Bear Nunley 3. Carey Chrisman 4. Will Heaton 5. Ryan Agius

Michael Mullen Jr. racing in Class 1300 Anthony Clements, third Class 1300

UNLIMITED TRUCK (Heat 2) 1. Eric Hardin 2. Ulises Galvin 3. Ross Mattox 4. Gatlan Haddon 5. Sam Baldi CLASS 9 (Heat 1) 1. Wesley Welch 2. Danny Modica 3. Brandon Meehan 4. Mike Clark 5. Garrett Church CLASS 1 (Heat 2) 1. Johnny McCall 2. Bill Wingerning 3. Pat McCarthy 4. Charlie Peltzer

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CLASS 1350 (Heat 2) 1. John Morgan 2. Mark Anderson 3. Larry Shields CLASS 3000 (Heat 1) 1. Schaeffer Slavic 2. John Slavic CLASS 1400 PRO (Heat 2) 1. Jeremy Deakins 2. Dan Fertal JEEP SPEED (Heat 1) 1. Arthur White CLASS 1900 (Heat 1) 1. Doug Maclachlan

Ivan Tagle, first Class 10

CLASS 2900 (Heat 1) 1. Jacob Fielding

Joey Smith, 10th Class 11

Brian Dague, seventh Class 5U

Jacob Fielding, first Class 2900

Justin Dowey, tenth Class 11

Nick May, ninth Class 10

Ryan Galloway, first Class 2000 Bobby McCall, fourth Class 1300 E

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Out of Yucaipa CA, Jake Johnson with co-drivers Sam Baldi and Robert Llewellyn finished first Class 1 and third overall

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JA NEVADA Brent Fox with co-driver Cayden MacCachren, first Class 6100

Reed Dodenbier, 21st Class 6100

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CJ Hutchins with Drew Aguiar racing in Class 1

Troy Grabowski with Jack Grabowski finished first Class 5 Jimmy Rodriguez with a younger Jimmy Rodriguez and David Clay finished first Class U RS1

Mike Podratz with Damian Bermudez and Esteban Aguayo finished sixth Class U NA 1900

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CLASS 1 1. Jake Johnson, Sam Baldi, Robert Llewellyn 2. Brandon Bailey, Matthew Salgado, Jason Dudley 3. Bill Wingerning, Ron Rice, Paul Keller, Nick Tiedemann 4. Brad Etter, Danny Ebberts, Derek Vanderwaal, Matt McDaniel, Carl Petersen, Brian Anselmo 5. Butch Jensen, Tricia Reina CLASS 1/2-1600 1. Ryan Etter, Danny Ebberts, Derek Vanderwaal, Matt McDaniel, Carl Petersen, Brian Anselmo CLASS 10 1. Dan Reger, Logan Bennett 2. Blaine Conrad, Conner McMullen 3. Hank Winter, Jeff Huebner, Dustin Winter, Scott Tilley, John Rosenthal 4. Mike Coulter, Troy Combs 5. Peter Hajas, Elijah Ronning, Erik Smallbetter, Matt Heitan CLASS 11 1. Garey Leavitt, Tyler Leavitt, Gabriel Kelley, Yan Shen CLASS 5 1. Troy Grabowski, Jack Grabowski 2. Chris Schweers, Cody Gregory, Trevor Barkley, Jon Schweers CLASS 6100 1. Brent Fox, Cayden MacCachren 2. Travis Chase, Jacob Lauxen, Don Chase 3. Jon Walker, Brad Barron 4. Adam Householder, Trevor Ellingham, Terry Householder, Danny Kerdus 5. Jordan Brenthel, Jonathan Brenthel M 399 A 251-299 1. Dylan Tondreau, Dayton Esposito, Matthew Vendetti M DUAL SPORT E 1s-50s 1. Jason Letellier, Joshua Jones, Rick Nieffenegger, Jennifer Chiang M IM A 751-799 1. Bryce Nebeker M IM E 701-750 1. Darian Hickey 2. Krista Conway 3. Ashley Ross M IM P 1m-99m 1. Taylor Stevens 2. Justin Moore M OPEN 30 E 301-350 1. Tony Gurule, Nathan Work 2. Steve Hammack, Chuck Harvey M OPEN 40 E 401-450 1. Christopher Fry, Nacoma McCormack, Tony Aquilera M OPEN A 151-199 1. Thomas Tangedal, Brian Lopez 2. Ran Hooper, Dave Tullar, Matt Poling, Bill Shaffer M OPEN E 100-150 1. Eric Holt, Tyler Harvey M OPEN P 1x-50x 1. Danny Cooper, Clint Braun M WOMAN 1w-50w 1. Shania Stevens QUAD E 801-850 1. Patty Blais 2. Jason Romans, Austin Romans, Alan Romans, AJ Romans QUAD IM E 901-950 1. Michael Sluski

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Nate Martino with Andrew Farris raced in Class 6100

Richard Rockrohr with Chris Cash, Marie Dewey and Carl Somerton finished fourth Class U Stock U900

Bryan Scheible with Tom Robinson finished 13th Class 6100 Brandon Bailey with Matthew Salgado and Jason Dudley finished second Class 1

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QUAD UTIL E 1a-50a 1 Don Higbee, Jeremy Gray, Bryan Buckhannon, Matt Horton SPORTSMAN 1300 1. Chanley Jones, Tray Campbell, Taden Turner TROPYLITE 6000 1. Ty Fall, Anthony Burke, J. Ernesto Henriquez 2. Joe Fitos, Daniel Plaza 3. Jeremy Crandall, Dakota Crandall, Daniel Loomis, David Loomis 4. Tim Casey, Bill Rante, Zach Rante 5. Clayton Sulivan, Jeff Jones, Jake Sheaffer, Brandon Grissom U NA 1900 1. Maddie Wedeking, Matt Lasher, Aaron Wedeking 2. Austin Bolton, Joe Bolton, Dana Jones, Matthew Banuelos 3. Bret Ward, Trey Herman 4. Troy Wall, Jordan Wall, Bridger Barney, Brian Cicchini U RS1 1. Jimmy Rodriguez, Jimmy Rodriguez, David Clay U STOCK U900 1. Jack Olliges, Mike Bollig, Evan Tracy, Steve Olliges, Dustin Orth, John Black 2. Gavin Wardle, Chris Wardle 3. Patrick Kobielsky, Tim Unick, Bryan Houghton 4. Richard Rockrohr, Chris Cash, Marie Dewey, Carl Somerton U TURBO 1. Dan Fisher, Kyle Anderson, Garrick Lastra 2. Ryan Piplic, Blake Barnum 3. Chris Blais, Jeremy Gray 4. Cameron Meister, Josh Meister, Jason Meister, Shamous Smith Jr., Shamous Smith 5. Sam Choumos, Aspen Choumos, Lanse Choumos U UNL 2900 1. George Pondella, Steve McCaslin, Scott Oconnor, Rob Plourde 2. Jim Beaver, Trent Beaver, Brian Shontz, Brittney Cardone 3. Justin Lambert, Jesus Navarro 4. Nolan Williams, Michael Flores, Chad Maglaya 5. Michael McFayden, Chrirs McFayden, Chris Redden UNL TRUCKS 1. Kevin Thompson, Harley Letner, Beau Morton, Brent Bauman 2. Eric Hustead, TJ Flores, Kolton Hustead 3. Tracy Graf, Justin Bean Smith, Jake Povey, Rahuel Ramirez 4. Steve Sourapas, Keith Mila, Evan Weller, Rob MacCachren 5. Steve Strobel, Christian Strobel, Jeremy Cheadle VINTAGE V100 1. Trevor Nichols, Jason Davis, Kyle Davis, Jacob Hampton


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Shoulder or Upper Back Pain, Which is What?

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ello Off Road readers! Many folks come in to my clinic and their main complaint is shoulder pain. However, often after examining and testing the shoulder, I find the pain is not from, or even in, the shoulder joint area. Many times folks will understandably confuse shoulder pain with upper back pain on one or both sides. Skillfully done, orthopedic testing can help pinpoint the actual cause of pain in the shoulder area which includes the upper back and base of the neck. Sprains and strains, which can include injuries to the shoulder's tendons, muscles and ligaments are common causes of acute, short term (weeks, months) pain and can be a result of recent trauma or overuse. More chronic shoulder pain (years, decades) can be from old trauma years ago, including older, often repetitive injuries to the shoulder joint and/or old fractures, blows to the area, including the collar bone (clavicle) or shoulder blade (scapula) or top of the arm (humerus). Often, after years of shoulder pain and chronic inflammation, degenerative arthritis will be seen on the MRI or X-Ray scans. Cardinal signs of degenerative arthritis can include a build up of calcium at the site of trauma and/ or around the area. The body with it's own innate intelligence, the ability to heal, repair and maintain itself, will lay down extra calcium, bone and scar tissue to shore itself up and make the area that was injured stronger. This process can often lead to bone spurs that form along the lines of stress, often along stress points on tendons or ligaments where they anchor to bone. Remember, tendons anchor muscles to bones. Ligaments anchor bone to bone to stabilize joints. An analogy for ligaments is the super strong plastic rings that hold a six-pack of cans together! They do not like to be stretched much, if at all!

tissue and/or bone. That is why many of you have a bump over the acromial-clavicular joint (A/C) joint or have seen this on friends and family. It's that bump about a 1/4 inch high, just in from the outer edge of your shoulder where your collar bone ends. Many of you Off Road folks know this from your own experience as it is common for motocross, ATV, BMX and mountain bike folks to injure their shoulder areas in falls. Everyone reflexively puts out their arm when they fall off their machines. This in turn can put a lot of torque and pressure, stress, into the shoulder area, the shoulder girdle, which includes all the areas previously mentioned. In buggies, trucks, side by sides, anything with shoulder harnesses, including your car, during an accident the shoulder belt itself can injure the shoulder area. But at least the shoulder belts help you stay safe from more serious injuries like hitting your head or being ejected from the vehicle. I'll take the shoulder injury over any of that sort of trauma! Wear your safety belts/harnesses!

It seems like shoulder pain

However, many folks have pain that is actually coming from the neck area and is extending into the shoulder area. They think they have shoulder pain and indeed they do. But, it is often coming from the irritated nerves that drape down from the mid and lower neck area that go through the shoulder area as they run down their paths to the arm, hands and fingers. Again, a few basic orthopedic tests can determine the real cause, most of the time. After all, a proper diagnosis is imperative to getting the proper treatments for the problem and symptoms. So, it has been common to see folks come in to my clinic that have not got any results for upper back, shoulder pain as they had not been diagnosed properly in the first place! And I hate misdiagnoses! It leads to mistreatment. You could treat the shoulder area all you want till the cows come home but if the issue is from the neck, it will not respond. In the neck, the jelly doughnut-like discs that separate the vertebral bones and allow extra room for the nerves to exit the spine can bulge and cause radiating pain into the shoulder and all the way to the hands and fingers in the more severe cases. As we get older, over 30, over 40, the disc can start to become a bit brittle and dehydrated making it prone to become thin, degenerated and produce radiating nerve pain. In some cases, the disc is completely gone and the vertebral bones have fused with calcium going bone on bone. This narrows the opening for the nerves to exit and can cause direct and indirect radiating nerve pains through the shoulder. This can occur naturally or it can be a surgical fusion with the same effect. The Brachial Plexus is the anatomical term for the bundle of nerves running from the neck down through the shoulder area, the "wiring harness" if you Off Roadies will allow the analogy, of the arm,

An analogy for ligaments is the super strong plastic rings that hold a sixpack of cans together! They do not like to be stretched much, if at all!

Why do I have this bump?

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hands and fingers. The socket of the shoulder joint is very shallow, therefore it is the most often dislocated joint in the human body. The socket aspect of the joint that the ball of the shoulder sits in is lined with smooth cartilage in healthy, normal shoulders. This cartilage is like Teflon in your frying pan but it is living tissue. All movable joints in the human body have this feature. With wear and tear, trauma, overuse, age and abuse, the cartilage starts to get a bit rough, just like that frying pan that has been used for a while. Stuff starts to stick and bind as it is not as smooth anymore. With age, it does not repair itself as well. This entire process can happen quickly with blunt trauma or gradually over years of use. Any condition not responding in a reasonable manner should at least get an X-Ray and then an MRI if the condition does not respond and get better with treatment of any type.

Treatment Options

I covered conservative, non-drug options for treatment in a previous Off Road Health Column. Unstable shoulders may require surgical repair. Shoulder exercises can be looked up on the Web but you should have a proper diagnosis before doing any exercises, for the most part. Swimming, treading water, if the shoulder is able to tolerate that activity, is one of the best for the shoulder area but refrain from the Butterfly or Breast strokes unless it does not aggravate the shoulder. With a sore, acute or even chronic shoulder,

try not to lift your arm above parallel with the floor for any given exercise unless it can be done without pain. This will help to not aggravate shoulder impingement and like conditions. This can be associated with strict free style type swimming strokes as well. For shoulder like pains extending from the neck, chiropractic and basic physical therapies are often your best bet. You want to make every conservative effort to avoid surgery which should be the last resort except for the times when immediate surgical intervention is the best option. Dr. Gary DeForest is a San Diego based Chiropractor of 36 years in practice with his clinic in Mission Valley. He is always happy to talk to you concerning any health issues. He can be reached at 619-291-2462, clinic. Or e-mail at deforest192@ yahoo.com or Yelp.com.E

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