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MAGAZINE

FEATURES

08 | Sherri's Turn

Larry Hammers and the creation of Deputy Black

10 | Dirtbits

The Mint 400, Best in the Desert and SCORE Race updates

18 | ASA News

Official news from the American Sand Association

20 | Coming Events For every type of off road vehicle

26 | Off Road Families

Families, old and new, enjoying off roading together

30 | Off Road Veterans

In honor of Veteran's Day: Thank you for your service!

44 | Remembering Larry Hammers

Fond memories from racers and friends of a very special man

48 | San Diego Jeep Club: Every Name has a Story

How did all those Jeeps get their names? Find out here.

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

54 | Bike Shop Reasons for riding

56 | Blast from the Past

Revisiting the 1981 Baja 1000 with Trackside Photo

58 | 4x4 Coach

COMPETITION

62 | Stadium Truck Races

Joining forces with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

64 | ZR Promo Santa Veronica GP

Desert racing south of the border

68 | SCFTA Flat Track Rounds 8 and 9 of the SCFTA series

74 | VT Construction Battleground Legacy Racing in Primm, Nevada

84 | CALVMX/Top Gun Series Flat Track Round 5 of the 7 round CALVMX series

88 | CALVMX/ Legends & Heroes Vintage Motocross

Round 6 comes to Lake Elsinore MX Park

90 | AMA District 38 Rattlesnake Chase

Presented by Roadrunner Off Road Club

Ham Radio is an indispensable part of any trip

98 | Classifieds Free off road photo classifieds

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COVER (Top) Larry Hammers running his championship number at an AMA District 38 desert race. Larry

passed away October 1 after a brief illness. He served as a public servant for over 40 years both as a firefighter and in law enforcement and impacted many people with his life. Stories in honor of this special man by racers who were blessed to know him can be found beginning on page 44 (Bottom) Austin Bolton from Corona CA finished second overall UTV NA 1900 at the VT Construction Battleground presented by Legacy Racing. Photo by RnR Photos CONTENTS Dustin Slade coming out of the mountains onto the flats. He was the overall winner of race one at the AMA District 38 Roadrunner Rattlesnake Chase. Photo by Judd Neves Nothing But Dirt Photography www.ssormag.com - NOVEMBER 2021 - S&S OFF ROAD MAGAZINE

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couple of years ago I set out to do something I'd been wanting to do most of my life. Write a book. The idea for this particular book – The Skeleton and the Lantern – an off road mystery for kids, had been roaming around inside my head for about 15 years. It was New Year's Eve 2019 when I determined that my resolution would be to finish the book I started 15 years earlier. It was one of those rare New Year's resolutions that I actually kept. I wrote a chapter a night. And if you read the book, you'll see it has really short chapters. That's because I told myself I had to write a chapter a night. I didn't say how long the chapter had to be, just that I had to write one. One of the things I discovered as I got into the crafting of the story is that suddenly I needed to be a whole lot of different people. Or at least know about these people and what they would do or say in certain situations. One of the characters in the book was a deputy sheriff. As I wrote scenes that included the deputy it occurred to me that, thankfully, I'd had very few encounters with law enforcement myself, and really had no clue if what I was imagining they would say or do was an accurate portrayal of the situation. Turns out just the year before we met Larry Hammers, a deputy sheriff, at the race track. At the time he had his K9 partner Black with him. Not only did he live in and patrol the rural area where we were racing flat track, he raced his quad there a couple times, though his real passion was desert racing. Each time he drove into the track, he'd stop 8

by our pit and visit and then make his way around to chat with other racers. When I told him about the book project, Larry was more than happy to answer all my questions. He listened patiently as I described scenes and made suggestions that either confirmed they were okay or helped tweak them for accuracy. When I asked if he had suggestions for a name for the deputy, he shared the sad story of the death of his K9 Black and said it would mean a lot to him if the character could be named after him. Not only did we use his name, but we included a photo tribute to Black in the back of the book. As we talked further, Larry even offered suggestions that went beyond the law enforcement scope of the book. When he discovered that the main characters rode dirt bikes, he suggested the book needed a quad rider also. So, before the story came to an end, readers discover that the deputy sheriff in the MotoMysteries series

races quads in the desert. Larry jokingly suggested that we give him the number 37 (which was his number before he won a championship and switched over to #1K). Apparently it took him by surprise when he read the book and discovered we had done just that. He texted a message once he finished reading it: "Sherri, thank you for the book and paying tribute to Black, you have no idea how much I miss him. I have to tell you that you made me cry when I read that Deputy Black was a desert racer on a quad....#37. Thank you." At the very next race, Larry presented us with a beautiful wooden cross he handcrafted. We had discovered over the course of the months discussing the book that we also shared a mutual faith in Jesus. We knew that we, along with others who have committed their lives to Jesus, would one day be going to heaven. We just didn't know he would go so soon.

October 2019. Little did we know that two short years later we’d be using this photo to remember Deputy Larry Hammers by. We were blessed to get to know him. Pictured: Steve and Sherri Kukla with Larry Hammers and the granddaughter, Summer, photobombing. E

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Race™ announced that the 2022 BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400 has been officially scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th through Sunday, March 13th. The team of Mint 400 organizers are already busy scheduling events for next year's week of festivities that will once again culminate with two days of thrilling off-road racing on Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th in 2022. All of the marquee Mint 400 festivities will remain in the same position as previous years, including the wildly popular Mint 400 Tech and Contingency Off-Road Festival, which will take place on Thursday of race week. “We’re very excited to be sliding The Mint back into March next year,” said Mint 400 Co-Owner and CEO Matt Martelli. “The ongoing pandemic has certainly made producing live events a challenge these past few years, but we’re thrilled with the number of entries and partners we have lined up for this December’s race. The qualifying course is new, the bike course is new and nearly 35% of the car and truck course is new! We’ve really worked hard to make this year special and that is going to carry over when we return to our original spot in March of next year.” 10

The Mint 400 is no stranger to overcoming adversity. In the past 53 years the historic event has been held 35 times in five different months, with no less than ten different unique race courses, and a multitude of formats on every day of the week. It has rained and snowed, and for the first decade the classes were mixed with bikes and trucks starting side by side unthinkable today. “Off-road racing at it’s purest is about adapting to change in the blink of an eye,” said Mint 400 Co-Owner and COO Josh Martelli. “The second you put a tire on the dirt you’re challenging the odds. The Mint has always been a symbol of that challenge, going all the way back to its roots as America’s first desert endurance race. We’ve been a March race for the past ten years and we’re excited to be returning to our home position in the racing schedule next year. We have to thank the Southern Nevada BLM office once again for helping us flex our schedule this year to December

and sliding us back into March next year. They have been fantastic to work with as usual.” The Mint 400 is the longest-running motorsports event in the history of Las Vegas - and second only to the Las Vegas Marathon for the oldest sporting event. (Supercross didn’t come to Vegas until the early 1990’s and NASCAR made its debut in 1998 - 30 years after the first Mint 400.) The Martelli Brothers and their dedicated group of volunteers, support staff and Mad Media TV crew, have successfully grown the storied event into the largest and most important off-road race in the sport. The event attracts over 45,000 spectators to Las Vegas for the parade, parties, massive offroad festival, and two-day race. The race features over 500 race teams from over thirty different states and fourteen different countries, competing on a 100-mile loop that extends from the edge of Las Vegas to the California state line at Primm. With five massive spectator areas, The Mint 400

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puts fans safely in front of highspeed off-road racing action for two exciting days. More information regarding racer and spectator details for the 2022 event will be released in the coming months.

Fluidlogic Wave Offers In-Vehicle Hydration System he new FluidLogic

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Wave is an easy-touse hydration system specifically designed to provide off-road enthusiasts with a ready source of fluid that is securely mounted to their vehicle. The system includes the FluidLogic Fluid Containment system, a double-wall vacuum insulated container that is rust resistant and available in 32oz or 64oz sizes. It’s secured to the vehicle via a quick-disconnect roll bar mount, making it suitable to attach to any UTV, Jeep or specialized vehicle with a roll-cage. Fill the Fluid Containment system with your fluid of choice, and draw it through a dairygrade, 6-ft. fluid line that features a high-grade silicone bite valve. When you’re not drinking, the fluid line attaches to a mounting dock with a magnetic coupler, to secure it and keep it within reach for your next drink. “After launching our professional racing hydration systems three years ago, we have had a demand for a simple-to-use consumer product,” says CEO Ed Jaegar. “We are excited to provide off-road enthusiasts with a product that uses some of the same components as our professional racing hydration systems, that are being used

by NASCAR, Indy Car, Off-Road, IMSA and other sanctioning bodies. The FluidLogic Wave is a simple design, but the components have undergone such extensive testing and use in motorsports that we are confident it will be the last and best in-vehicle hydration system for consumers.” The FluidLogic Wave eliminates the need for searching for a water bottle, or water bladder hose to take a drink. It also improves safety while drinking, allowing you to focus on the trail ahead. The complete system retails around $189 for 64oz, $169 for 32oz, and comes with everything necessary for easy installation. For more information on the new FluidLogic Wave visit www.fluidlogic. com.

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Continued From Previous Page After months of preparing to hold the event in Parker, Arizona, Best In The Desert was informed on October 9, 2021, that the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) would not allow the event to run as planned. The CRIT cited increased levels of COVID-19 amongst their community as a reason for their decision. Despite the extremely disappointing news, Best In The Desert is very excited about the move to Cal City. Not only is the entire community behind the relocation of the event but Best In The Desert has access to over 80 acres of prime real estate to host an off-road race of epic proportions thanks to Lou Peralta and the Peralta Ranch. The main pit, time trials course, and UTV Youth race course for the Cal City Desert Challenge Brought to You by Fox will be held approximately three miles from Cal City limits, an hour away from Barstow, while the main race course will run on private and county land.

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The Time Trial course will be five to eight miles long and will set racers up for important start times. The UTV Youth course will be one to three miles long and will run in the same location as Time Trials and the Main Pit. The main 30-mile course for the Cal City Desert Challenge Brought to You by Fox will start at a 2,500-foot elevation and consist of typical Mojave Desert terrain including the challenging decomposed granite dirt compound well-known to offroad racers in the region. Registration, Tech Inspection, and Event Expo will be at a TBD location in Cal City and the host hotel will be the Best Western Hotel in Cal City. A racer discount code will be offered in the coming days and posted on the Best In The Desert website. “While we’ve certainly had to deal with some challenges getting to this point, the end result could not have been better,” commented Best In The Desert CMO Bryan Folks. “I have to start by thanking Lou Peralta for all his help and support in making this happen. The race course being built will be very challenging and a true Best In the Desert type race. We also

look forward to being welcomed by Cal City. Altogether, we feel we have an event venue that will more than live up to the expectations of all our racers.” “With season-ending points on the line and a year of hard work and effort by all our race teams there was no way we were going to let our racers down and not hold an event,” stated Jeff Phillips Best In The Desert Race Operations Director. “At the Peralta Ranch, we have all the ingredients to put on not only a great truck/car/UTV race but also an excellent Youth UTV race as well. All I can say is everybody get ready, this is going to be special.”

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Championship in October on a 28.6-mile course in Lake Havasu, Arizona. In an exceptionally challenging race where less than a third of the field finished, Blurton and co-driver Beau Judge took the overall victory by more than 10 minutes. Blurton, who won three consecutive UTV World Championships in 2017-2019, qualified third out of the three dozen entries in the premier Desert Pro Turbo class for Saturday’s race. The #T944 Can-Am remained with the front runners throughout the race, settling into a comfortable pace and picking off multiple other cars through attrition. Blurton and Judge eventually climbed to the lead on the third lap, where they’d engage in a close fight for the top spot in the final two circuits. Despite a late-race tire change that saw them drop back to second, they would retake the top spot in the battle on the final lap and earn the victory with

a five-lap finishing time of 3:52:17.359. “We decided in the morning that we were going to set a good pace and see where we were at about halfway,” Blurton said. “There were a couple guys on the first lap who were pushing at a crazy pace, and it sucks to let them leave you, but we knew what the car could take. Coming into the last lap we were six seconds apart, I made a mistake and had to change a tire, and thought ‘aw, man, second place,’ but then we saw him break down.” Blurton and Judge will return to action in November for their first attempt at the SCORE International Baja 1000 and an attempt to claim the 2021 World Desert Championship. Blurton sits second

in Pro UTV Turbo points in the four-race championship, with chances at both a class and overall SCORE title in his first full season in the series. About Monster Energy Based in Corona, California, Monster Energy is the leading marketer of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Energy supports the scene and sport. Whether motocross, off-road, NASCAR, MMA, BMX, surf, snowboard, ski, skateboard, or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster Energy is a brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports, athletes and musicians represent. More than a drink, it’s the way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers and fans. See more about Monster Energy including all of its drinks at www.monsterenergy.com.

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It’s more than a race, it’s an Adventure... The legendary, iconic SCORE Baja 1000

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s the World Series is to baseball, the Super Bowl to football, the Olympics File photo by GETSOMEPHOTO.com to athletics and the World Cup ONLY ONE to soccer, the legendary SCORE Baja It’s the oldest and most well known of 1000 stands as tall at the pinnacle of the all desert races, and it remains as the single motorsports world today as it did when it most appealing accomplishment to a driver. began 54 years ago. Since 1967, the mother of all desert races has been run over the mysterious, majestic FLASHBACK Baja California peninsula every year except Last year’s epic 53rd anniversary 1974 when an international fuel crisis race started and finished in Ensenada, forced a cancellation. Baja California, Mexico covering much of the northern part of the majestic Baja COUNT ‘EM California peninsula for 898.40 grueling The SCORE Baja 1000 has captured miles. It was the 53rd anniversary of the the imagination of the entire world as race shrouded in mystery that continues to entries have come not only from every lure the world’s best racers and adventurers state in the United States, the District from around the globe who all continue to of Columbia and U.S. territories Guam share the dream to conquer the Baja. and Puerto Rico, but also has attracted A total of 185 starters, competing in racers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, Bahamas, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, UTVs, motorcycles and quads were part Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, of last year’s annual odyssey. Racers came Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, from 26 U.S. States and 14 countries. France, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, There were 111 official finishers in 2020. Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, FLASH FORWARD Lithuania, Monaco, Morocco, New In 2021, the BFGoodrich Tires 54th Caledonia, New Zealand, Netherlands, SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Parts, will be a point-to-point race starting Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, in Ensenada and finishing in La Paz. This Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, year’s Granddaddy of All Desert Races will Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Uruguay, be held Nov. 15-20. Nearly 300 entries are Yugoslavia as well as the host country of expected from nearly 40 U.S. States and 20 Mexico. countries. Over the years, SCORE races have The rugged race route covers 1,224 been televised in more than 100 nations miles down Mexico’s magnificent Baja worldwide. California peninsula. More information is available at www.score-international.com.

THE PIONEERS

Jr. timed their trip from Tijuana to La Paz on a pair of Honda 250 motorcycles. Ekins made it in 39 hours, 54 minutes, Robertson less than an hour slower. There were no official timers, of course, and to establish that they had made the trip, the two motorcycle racers time-stamped a sheet of paper in the Tijuana telegraph office and time-stamped it again at the telegraph office when they arrived in La Paz. They began their journey at midnight in Tijuana. Capitalizing on the pioneer effort of Ekins and Robertson, Chevrolet commissioned car builder Bill Stroppe to prepare a small fleet of trucks for the run to La Paz. Late that year they left Long Beach, Calif., and all of them reached La Paz. Advertising and publicity campaigns heralded the feat as “the roughest run under the sun.”

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Enthusiast Ed Pearlman founded the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) and established the Mexican 1000. It started officially in Tijuana on October 31, 1967 with 68 entries. They actually motored at leisure speeds to Ensenada and restarted the next day, finishing in La Paz. NORRA continued to organize the Mexican 1000, which came to be known as the Baja 1000. In 1968, Pearlman moved the start of the race to Ensenada, where it stayed with one exception until 1993. In 1972 NORRA started at Mexicali and ran the first half of the race down the east coast

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Continued From Previous Page of the peninsula through the treacherous Three Sisters section. Pre-running for this race, Parnelli Jones and Walker Evans were among a group of competitors who nearly got swept out to sea during a tropical storm.

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After the fuel crisis of 1974 forced local officials to cancel the event, SCORE International, founded by the late Mickey Thompson and headed soon after by Sal Fish (until 2012), was invited by the northern state of Baja California to hold the race in 1975. The SCORE Baja 1000 Larry Roeseler at the 1992 San Felipe 250. Photo by TracksidePhoto.com became a loop event starting and finishing legends Ricky Johnson and Jeremy McGrath, In 2020, Roeseler was the second in Ensenada. XGames star Travis Pastrana, drag racers driver for Luke McMillin as the pair In 1979, the government of Baja Don Prudhomme and Larry Minor and teamed to win the overall. California Sur granted permission to legendary SCORE founder and motorsports In 2008, Roeseler split the driving resume the Ensenada-to-La Paz format and innovator Mickey Thompson. with driver of record/team owner Roger SCORE has used this route intermittently The late Academy Award winning Norman when they were the overall ever since. actor, racer and race team owner Paul 4-wheel and SCORE Trophy Truck The 1979 race was notable for Walker Newman raced in the 2004 event. Jesse champions and the pair was second in Evans’ overall win in a Dodge truck, the James, of ‘Monster Garage’ fame, and 2009. In 2010, Roger Norman drove solo first truck to win the overall title of the race. Hollywood film and TV star Patrick the length of the peninsula and finished Dempsey both have raced in this classic third overall. CELEBS/CROSSOVERS several times. Special history was also made in The famous and not-so-famous have 2010 when the father/son team of Gustavo tried their hand at conquering the Baja and LASTING LEGACY Vildosola Sr and Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola they have come from all walks of life. Mark This year’s race will commemorate Jr drove to the overall 4-wheel and Thatcher, son of Great Britain’s then-prime the achievements of legendary desert SCORE Trophy Truck victory to become minister Margaret Thatcher, raced in the 1982 racers like Rod Hall, Ron Bishop, Johnny the first Mexican national team to win the SCORE Baja 1000. Celebrities James Garner, Johnson, and Larry Roeseler. Hall, who legendary race and it was a peninsula run Ted Nugent and the late Steve McQueen passed away in 2019 at 81, retired with from Ensenada to La Paz. all battled the Baja in the early 1970s and an unbelievable record of 25 class wins That landmark was reached again many racers from other forms of motorsports (including one overall win in 1969), and during the 50th anniversary when Mexico’s crossed over to try their skills. was the only racer who competed in the Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez and his father Among the drivers from other arenas first 50 SCORE Baja 1000 races. Bishop, Juan C. Lopez split the driving to win who have tested the Baja were Indy Car now also deceased was the only racer who the mammoth 2017 peninsula run from racers Rick and Roger Mears, Parnelli competed in the first 40 SCORE Baja 1000 Ensenada to la Paz. Jones, Danny Ongias, Danny Sullivan, races all on a motorcycle. In 2019, Mexico’s brothers Allan and Jimmy Vasser, Buddy Rice, Sebastien Johnson, now retired, had 15 class Aaron Ampudia became the third team Bourdais, Alexander Rossi, Oriol Servia, wins, amazingly in eight different classes. of Mexican nationals to earn the overall Roberto Guerrero, Michel Jourdain Jr., Roeseler, has won his class 18 times 4-wheel and SCORE Trophy Truck win. Johnny Unser and Mike and Robbie Groff, in this race, including 14 overall wins NASCAR’s Robby Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, (10 on a motorcycle). Roeseler won the BAJA CALLING Boris Said and Brendan Gaughan, SCCA unlimited Class 1 for four consecutive Lured by the same siren that enraptured legend Elliot Forbes-Robinson, World years (2004-2007), driving with the the Ekins brothers in the 1950s, the SCORE Rally Championships’ Armin Schwarz, youngest of three racing brothers, Troy Baja 1000 remains as the No. 1 target of Armin Kremer, Andreas Aigner and Harri Herbst, in the Smithbuilt-Ford open-wheel adventurers the world over, not to mention Pavanpera,, Pikes Peak Hill Climb record desert race car that was known as the the cadre of pro and semi-pro desert racers holder Rod Millen, Formula Drift and ‘Land Shark’. Roeseler is the only racer in who consider it the fitting climax to their Pikes Peak champion Rhys Millen, world the history of the event to win the overall racing season each year. E motorcycle champions Malcolm Smith, 4-wheel in a truck and also in a car as well Larry Roeseler and Destry Abbott, Motocross as the overall 2-wheel title. 16

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Coming Events

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

• 4WD Training • Fun Runs • GP’s • Motocross • Off Road Shows • Rock Crawling • Sand Drags • Short Course • Speedway • Supercross • Trials • Vintage Motocross DESERT RACING ALTA VISTA EVENTS www.averacing.com AMA DISTRICT 37 www.district37ama.org Motorcycles & Quads AMA DISTRICT 38 www.amad38.com Races held near El Centro CA Motorcycles & Quads Nov 6 - Full Throttle Veterans Day Dash, Lakebed Dec 11 - Roadrunner Christmas Classic, Superstition Jan 8, 2022 - OTB Sand Blast, Sueprstition Feb 5, 2022 - Full Throttle PCE 120, Plaster City East Feb 26, 2022 - Roadrunner King of the Desert, Superstition Mar 19, 2022 - I-8 Speed Limit, Superstition Apr 16, 2022 - Full Throttle Desert Cross, Plaster City West Sept 25, 2022 - Roadrunner Rattlesnake Chase, Plaster City West Oct 15, 2022 - I-8 Monster Mash, Plaster City West Nov 5, 2022 - Full Throttle Veterans Day Dash, Lakebed Dec 10, 2022 - Roadrunner Christmas Classic, Pole Line UTVs Nov 6 - Full Throttle Veterans Day Dash, Lakebed Dec 11 - Roadrunner Christmas Classic, Superstition Jan 8, 2022 - OTB Sand Blast, Superstition Feb 5, 2022 - Full Throttle PCE 120, Plaster City East Feb 26, 2022 - Roadrunner King of the Desert, Superstition Mar 19, 2022 - I-8 Speed Limit, Plaster City East Oct 15, 2022 - I-8 Monster Mash, Plaster City West Nov 5, 2022 - Full Throttle Veterans Day Dash, Lakebed 20

Dec 10, 2022 - Roadrunner Christmas Classic

Nov 4-6, 2022 - World Hare & Hound, Tonopah NV, MC/Quad/UTV

AMA NATIONAL HARE & HOUND www.NationalHareandHound.com Motorcycles & Quads

CODE OFF ROAD www.codeoffroad.com.mx

AMA WEST HARE SCRAMBLES www.westharescramble.com Motorcycles & Quad 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 Dec 12 - Hare Scramble, Peoria AZ ARIZONA OFF ROAD PROMOTIONS

www.arizonaoffroadpromotions.com Nov 6-7 - Todd Peterson's Vulture Mine Hare Scrambles, Wickenburg AZ BEST IN THE DESERT www.bitd.com Nov 4-7 - Cal City Desert Challenge, East Kern County CA, Truck, Car Tentative 2022 BITD Schedule Jan 6-8, 2022 - Parker 250 UTV/MC/ Quad Jan 9, 2022 - Parker 425 Pre-Run Jan 20-23, 2022 - Parker 425 Car/ Truck Feb 17-20, 2022 - UTV Legends Championship, Laughlin NV UTV/MC/ Quad Mar 17-20, 2022 - Adelanto Grand Prix, Adelanto CA MC Apr 28-30, 2022 - Silver State 300, Alamo NV Car/Truck/UTV/MC/Quad Aug 10-13, 2022 - Vegas to Reno, Car/ Truck/UTV/MC/Quad Sept 22-25, 2022 - Battle Born 200, Ely NV, Car/Truck/UTV/MC/Quad Oct 20-23, 2022 - Laughlin Desert Classic, Laughlin NV, Car/Truck CALL TO VERIFY INFORMATION BEFORE TRAVELING. EVENTS SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION OR ERROR

LEGACY RACING www.legacyracing.net Nov 5-7 - Dirt Rebelution, Cedar City UT MC/Quad/UTV Jan 5-9, 2022 - Desert Showdown, Pahrump NV Cars/Trucks/UTV Feb 4-6, 2022 - Hare Scrambles, Laughlin NV MC/Quad May 4-7, 2022 - Baja Nevada, Cars/ Trucks/UTV/MC/Quad Jun 23-26, 2022 - Virginia City to Tonopah NV, Cars/Trucks/UTV/MC/ Quad Sept 8-11, 2022 - Stateline Shootout, Primm NV, Cars/Trucks/UTV Oct 7-9, 2022 - Dirt Rebelution, Cedar City UT MC/Quad/UTV Nov 10-13, 2022 - Battleground, Jean NV, Cars/Trucks/MC/Quad/UTV M.O.R.E. www.moreracing.net Cars, Trucks and UTVs Nov 13 - Slash X, Barstow CA NORRA www.norra.com RECORD OFF ROAD www.recordoffroad.com Dec 10-12 - San Felipe 250 SCORE www.score-international.com Nov 15-20 - 54th Annual Baja 1000 Mar 29-Apr 3, 2022 - 35th San Felipe 250, San Felipe, Mexico Jun 1-5, 2022 - 54th Baja 500, Ensenada Sept 13-18, 2022 - 3rd Baja 400, Ensenada Nov 15-20, 2022 - 55th Baja 1000, Ensenada SNORE www.snoreracing.net Dec 9-12, 2020 - McKenzie's Rage at the River, Laughin NV

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SADR - Southern Arizona Desert Racing 520-747-0490 www.racesadr.com Dec 3-4 - Cholla 250 ZR PROMOTIONS (686) 564-6653 www.zrpromo.com Motorcycles, Quads and UTVs DUAL SPORT BIG BEAR TRAIL RIDERS MC www.bigbeartrailriders.com CRAWDAD OFF ROAD EVENTS www.crawdadoffroadevents.com D-37 DUAL SPORT www.district37ama.org/dualsport/ DUAL SPORT WEST www.dualsportwest.com Nov 7-8 - Countdown China Lake 300, Ridgecrest CA DUST DEVILS MC www.dustdevilsmc.com FAMILY OFF ROAD ADVENTURES www.familyoffroadadventures.com 209-649-3633 Feb 20, 2022 - Mojave Family Adventure Apr 30 - May 1, 2022 - Yosemite Adventure Tour Jun 11-12, 2022 - Lost Coast Adventure Oct 15-16, 2022 - Mammoth-2-Tahoe ORANGE COUNTY DUALIES www.dualies.com SAN DIEGO ADVENTURE RIDERS www.dualsport-sd.com VENTURA COUNTY M/C CLUB www.venturacountymc.com ENDURANCE RACES Glen Helen - www.glenhelen.com


ENDUROCROSS GEICO AMA ENDUROCROSS www.endurocross.com ENDUROS ARIZONA OFF-ROAD STATE CHAMPIONSHIP www.amraracing.com Nov 14 - Oracle AZ DISTRICT 37 www.district37ama.org LOS ANCIANOS MC CLUB www.losancianos.com Dec 4, 2021 - Tecate Enduro WORCS www.worcssprintracing.com 2021 Sprint Season Cancelled FLAT TRACK AMERICAN FLAT TRACK www.americanflattrack.com AZ FLAT TRACK RACING www.azflattrackracing.com Races held at Adobe Mountain, Glendale AZ Nov 6 - Round 11 Nov 20 - Round 12

CALVMX FLAT TRACK www.calvmx.net Races held at Camp Lockett, Campo CA Oct 30-31 - Round 6 Nov 20-21 - Round 7

CALIFORNIA 4WD ASSOCIATION INC. www.cal4wheel.com Nov 12-14 - Panamint Valley Days

LAKE ELSINORE MX PARK www.facebook.com/Lake-ElsinoreMotorsports-Park-104247691683693/ Flat track open for practice on weekends. No knobbies.

DESERT SIDE TRACS www.dst4x4club.org Mar 25-30, 2022 - Sand Hollow

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FLAT TRACK ASSOCIATION www.southerncaliforniaflattrack.com All races held at Perris Raceway, Perris CA Nov 6 - Round 10 Nov 7 - Round 11 Dec 4 - Round 12 WESTERN FLAT TRACK www.westernflattrack.com 4WD CLUBS & EVENTS BADLANDS OFF ROAD ADVENTURES www.4x4training.com Nov 27 - Turkey Day Run Dec 29 - Saline New Years Deal

CAPO VALLEY 4 WHEELERS www.cv4w.org

CALL TO VERIFY INFORMATION BEFORE TRAVELING. EVENTS SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION OR ERROR

PARKER 4 WHEELERS www.parker4wheelers.net Nov 12-14 - 25th Annual Desert Splash

DIABLO 4-WHEELERS www.diablo4wheelers.com

POINT MUGU 4WD CLUB, INC. www.facebook.com/pages/Point-Mugu4x4-Club/356896013416 Nov 24-28 - Thanksgiving with Point Mugu 4x4 at Cougar Buttes

EARLY BRONCOS LTD www.earlybronco.com

RED ROCK 4-WHEELERS www.rr4w.com

GEARED FOUR FUN 4WD CLUB www.geared4fun.com

SAN DIEGO 4 WHEELERS www.sd4wheel.com Nov 6 - Corral Canyon Fall Clean up Nov 12-14 - Cal4Wheel Panamint Valley Days Nov 26-28 - SD4W Turkey Trot Dec 30 - Jan 2, 2022 - SD4W New Year's Weekend Bash at Superstition Mountain Jan 14-16, 2022 - 24th Annual Superstition Mountain Event Jan 28-Feb 6, 2022 - King of the Hammers, Johnson Valley OHV Feb 12, 2022 - Bratt Run to the Corrizo Overlook

HEMET JEEP CLUB www.hemetjeepclub.com INLAND EMPIRE FOUR WHEELERS www.ie4w.com JEEP BLITZ www.jeepblitz.com JUSTRUNS www.justruns.com Nov 24-27 - Apache Junction AZ

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COMING EVENTS Continued SAN DIEGO OUTBACKS 4X4 CLUB (760) 789-8294

4WD TRAINING BADLANDS OFF ROAD ADVENTURES www.4x4training.com San Diego Area - Getting Started Off Road Driving Clinic - Nov 20-21 Los Angeles Area - Getting Started Off Road Driving Clinic - Nov 6-7, Nov 20-21

CALL TO VERIFY INFO BEFORE TRAVELING EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR ERROR RACE PROMOTERS Send your event information to ssormag@gmail.com SOBOBA RIDES, San Jacinto CA www.sobobarides.biz Feb 27, 2022 - 42nd Annual Soboba Trail Ride

DIRT SERIES www.elsinoregrandprix.com Nov 12-14 - 52nd Annual Lake Elsinore Grand Prix, Lake Elsinore CA

FUN RUNS CORVA www.corva.org

G.P.’S AMA DISTRICT 37 www.district37ama.org Nov 12-14 - Shamrocks GP

FIRE & POLICE MOTOCROSS www.firepolice mx.com Dec 7 - Christmas GP, Lake Elsinore MX Park

TIERRA DEL SOL www.tds4x4.com Nov 12-14 - CA4WDC Panamint Days Mar 4-6, 2022 - Tierra Del Sol's 60th Annual Desert Safari, Truckhaven Hills, Ocotillo Wells SVRA

HI-DESERT CHARITIES OFF ROAD POKER RUN www.facebook.com/Hi-DesertCharities-Offroad-Poker-Run1472979602913413/

AMA DISTRICT 38 www.amad38.com May TBA, 2022 - D-38 Grand Prix

Glen Helen Raceway, Devore CA www.glenhelen.com SRA GP - Nov 21, Dec 5 Nov 26-28 - Day in the Dirt

VEGAS VALLEY 4 WHEELERS www.vv4w.org

MORONGO BASIN SEARCH & RESCUE - www.desertrun.org

VICTOR VALLEY 4 WHEELERS www.victorvalley4wheelers.com

REDDING DIRT RIDERS www.reddingdirtriders.com

WILLYS OVERLAND MOAB RALLY - www.willysrally.com

SAN DIEGO OFF ROAD COALITION www.sdorc.org Nov 13 - Lost Lizard Fun Run, Superstition Mountain OHV Area

SCOUTS WEST 4WDC www.scoutswest.com Apr 2022 - IH Western Regionals, Calico CA SONS OF THUNDER 4-WHEELERS www.sonsofthunder4x4.com Nov 19-21 - Truckhaven

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AMRA ARIZONA MOTORCYCLE RIDERS ASSOCIATION www.amraracing.com ARIZONA OFF ROAD PROMOTIONS www.arizonaoffroadpromotions.com Dec 18 - Canyon Christmas GP and Team Race, Peoria AZ

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LACR MX, Palmdale CA www.lacr.mx National Grand Prix Series (Formerly Big 6) www.ngpcseries.com Nov 12-14 - Round 10, Shamrocks GP Nov 26- 28 - Round 11, Socal MC, Delano CA


www.autofab.com REDDING DIRT RIDERS www.reddingdirtriders.com SHORTY'S SPORTS PARK LLC Blythe CA www.facebook.com/shortyssportspark

DT1 MX Park Tulare CA www.dt1mxpark.com

SRA www.sragp.com Motorcycles, Quads, UTVs All events held at Glen Helen, San Bernardino CA Nov 21 - Round 11 Dec 5 - Round 12

FOX RACEWAY Pala CA raceway.palatribe.com

ZR PROMOTIONS www.zrpromo.com MOTOCROSS Also see Vintage Motocross Category 2X PROMOTIONS www.2xpromotions.com AMA AMATEUR NATIONAL MX REGIONAL www.mxsports.com AMA LUCAS OIL PRO MX CHAMPIONSHIP www.mxnationals.com AME MINICROSS www.ameminicross.com CAHUILLA CREEK MX TRACK. Anza CA www.cahuillacreekmotocross.com

FIRE & POLICE MOTOCROSS www.firepolicemx.com

Glen Helen Raceway, Devore CA www.glenhelen.com Nov 5-7 - 37th Dubya World Vet MX Championship Nov 14 - Old Timers MX Nov 14 - American Retrocross Nov 20 - REM Motocross Dec 4 - REM MX Dec 12 - TT Scrambles Dec 18 REM MX

OVER THE HILL GANG www.overthe hillgang.org 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 Raceway, San Bernardino CA

SOCAL CHAMPIONSHIP MOTOCROSS www.socalmxseries.com

Perris Raceway Perris CA - www.perrismx.com Dec 5 - Fall Classic Round 4

THE DIRT SERIES www.dirtseriesracing.com

REM MOTOCROSS www.remsatmx.com All events at Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Nov 20 - Motocross

LA PLAYA MOTOCROSS Rosarito, Mexico www.facebook.com/laplayamotocross

SHORTY'S SPORTS PARK LLC Blythe CA www.facebook.com/shortyssportspark

LACR MX, Palmdale CA - www.lacr.mx

SOCAL OLD TIMERS MX CLUB www.socalotmx.org Nov 14 - Glen Helen, San Bernardino CA Nov 21 - Lake Elisnore Motorsports Park, Lake Elsinore CA Dec 19 - Glen Helen, San Bernardino CA

OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES RACING www.ossrg.org All races held at Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Dec 11-12 - TT Scrambles Rnd 6

STATE FAIR MX www.statefairmx.com Nov 4-7 - Mini Major by Seven Nov 21 - Fall Classic by SwapMoto Race Series

WORCS www.worcsracing.com Bike Schedule Nov 19-21 - Round 10, Buffalo Bills, Primm NV Quad/SXS 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 Mar 14-18, 2022 - Sonora Rally, Sonora, Mexico

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COMING EVENTS Continued OFF ROAD SHOWS OFF ROAD EXPO www.offroadexpo.com OFF ROAD NIGHTS www.ornscene.com SAND SPORTS SUPER SHOW www.sandsports supershow.com ROCK CRAWLING DIRT RIOT ENDURANCE RACING www.werocklive.com NOR CAL ROCK RACING www.norcalrockracing.com ULTRA 4 RACING www.ultra4racing.com Jan 27 - Feb 5, 2022 - King of the Hammers, Johnson Valley CA Western Regional Series Apr 15-17, 2022 - Utah Motorsports Complex, Tooele UT May 20-22, 2022 - El Rey de Las Bajas, Baja, Mexico Jul 1-3, 2022 - Southern California, TBD 24

Northern Regional Series Jun 17-19, 2022 - Big Sky 200 (Yorr), Billings MT Aug 5-7, 2022 - Black Hills Throwdown, Sturgis SD Sept 2-4, 2022 - The Crandon Classic, Crandon WI Eastern Regional Series Mar 25-27, 2022 - Battlein Bluegrass, Bedford KY Jun 3-5, 2022 - Teardown in Tennessee, Pittsburg TN Jul 15-17, 2022 - Visions, Jay, OK SAND DRAGS BAKO SAND DRAGS www.facebook.com/bakosanddrags

GREAT AMERICAN SHORTCOURSE www.greatamericanshortcourse.com Nov 13-14 - Rounds 7&8, Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA OFF ROAD NIGHTS www.ornscene.com SPEED ENERGY FORMULA OFF ROAD www.stadium supertrucks.com VORRA www.facebook.com/pg/ VORRARacing/events/ SPEEDWAY COSTA MESA SPEEDWAY www.costamesa speedway.net

SOCAL SAND DRAGS www.socalsanddrags.com

KERN RACEWAY www.kernraceway.com Nov 6 - Professional Speedway, Flat Track double header Dec 18 - Professional Speedway, Flat Track double header

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

SUPERCROSS MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS www.SupercrossOnline.com 2022 Season Jan 8 - Round 1, Angel Stadium, Anaheim CA

ET MOTOPARK www.etmotopark.com Apache Junction AZ

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Jan 15 - Round 2, Ring Central Coliseum, Oakland CA Jan 22 - Round 3, Petco Park, San Diego CA Jan 29 - Round 4, Angel Stadium, Anaheim CA Feb 5 - Round 5, State Farm Stadium, Glendale AZ Feb 12 - Round 6, Angel Stadium, Anaheim CA Feb 19 - Round 7, US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis MS Feb 26 - Round 8, AT&T Stadium, Arlington TX Mar 5 - Round 9, Daytona Intl Speedway, Daytona Beach FL Mar 12 - Round 10, Ford Field, Detroit MI Mar 19 - Round 11, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis IN Mar 26 - Round 12, Lumen Field, Seattle WA Apr 9 - Round 13, Dome at America's Center, St Louis MO Apr 16 - Round 14, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Atlanta GA Apr 23 - Round 15, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA Apr 30 - Round 16, Empower Field at Mile High, Denver CO May 7 - Round 17, Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City UT


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TRIALS AHRMA www.ahrma.org Nov 5 - Nat'l Championship Finale T&S Racing, Henryetta OK SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRIALS ASSOCIATION www.socaltrials.com Nov 14, Round 3 - SDTR, McCain Valley Dec 4 - Round 4, The Kern River Classic, Keysville Dec 5 - Round 5, The Kern River Classic, Keysville Jan 23, 2022 - Round 6, Happy Trial, Romoland CA Feb 20, 2022 - Round 7, SDTR, McCain Valley D/C Mar 20, 2022 - Round 8, Plonkers, Lucerne CA Apr 23, 2022 - Round 9, SCTA 50th El Trial de España, Motoventures, Cahuilla, Anza CA Apr 24, 2022 - Round 10, SCTA Conquer The West Cup, Motoventures, Cahuilla, Anza CA May 22, 2022 - SCTA Awards Trial & Youth Fundraiser, Motoventures, Cahuilla, Anza CA

VINTAGE MOTOCROSS AHRMA www.ahrma.org National Vintage MX Series Nov 6 - National Championship Finale, T&S Racing, Henryetta OK AMERICAN RETROCROSS www.americanretrocross.org Nov 14 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA Dec 19 - Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino CA

AMERICAN VINTAGE DIRT RACERS ASSOCIATION www.avdra.com Nov 14 - Race 10, Motoland, Casa Grande AZ Dec 26 - Race 11, Race of Champions, Casa Grande AZ CALVMX www.calvmx.net Oct 3 - Round 6, Lake Elsinore MX, Lake Elsinore CA E

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Second Generation Jorge Gutiérrez (L) and First Gen. Uncle Norman and Uncle Bambi Started racing at District 38 in 1988 with Fud. Now Jorge (Bajajag Motorsports) races in the deserts of Baja and Nevada. Born and raised in Chula Vista, California.

Ettore Schroeder doing the seat belts of Troy Case and David Case in the BEAST! Taking care of our family. [Below] Back from the ride: Ettore Schroeder, Kevin Willingham, Troy Case and David Case on Split Mountain Road in Ocotillo Wells. - Mary Rack, Ocotillo Wells CA

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IN HONOR OF VETERANS DAY Warfighter Made surprised combat wounded Marine (double hand amputee) Eddie Wright (seen here with his wife Alder) with a brand new Polaris RZR, Pro XP Ultimate, during Warfighter Made's Adrenaline Therapy Saturday (ATS) in Anza, CA. This donation was made possible thanks to Polaris RZR, Desert Works, PRP Seats, Baja Designs, Full Throttle Powder Coating, Method Race Wheel, Wire Care, X Travel Suspension, Awthentik Design Group and BFGoodrich Tires .

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Desert Vets Racing group photo at the Best in the Desert Legends UTV race 2021 - Angie Mitchell, Henderson NV

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Warfighter Made veterans, family members, and supporters gathered on the 9/11 anniversary

Warfighter Made veterans and families commemorate the 20th anniversary of 911

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sponsored by BF Goodrich using WFM’s fleet of Polaris RZR UTV’s. n Saturday, September 11, 2021, Americans gathered The day started with a short 9/11 remembrance led by across the country to remember and reflect on the events Warfighter Made’s founder and President, Rob Blanton, a retired of 20 years ago that forever changed them and their Force Recon Marine and Silver Star medal awardee. Rob noted country. that, in the aftermath of that tragic attack on our country, the best The veterans, friends, and family of the veteran non-profit of American spirit came to the fore. He recognized all the post-911 Warfighter Made chose to spend the 20th anniversary together; to veterans and families in attendance because, “They stepped up remember those lost to serve when they knew that and to celebrate their it meant fighting terrorism in bonds forged in the faraway lands.” subsequent years. Next, something truly special The mission happened. A veteran Marine, of Warfighter Made Sergeant Eddie Wright, was (WFM) is to provide asked to step forward. Eddie adaptive motorsports was presented a 2021 Polaris and adrenaline RZR Pro XP Ultimate specially therapy for America’s adapted for him by Warfighter veterans. Over 200 Made. Eighteen months after veterans and family 9/11, Eddie was awarded the members gathered Bronze Star Medal for Valor at Wrecked Fence in a battle overseas where he Off Road Park in was severely wounded. Despite Anza Valley, CA, for losing both his hands, Eddie another “Adrenaline recovered and rehabilitated Therapy Saturday” to become the first double amputee to serve on active duty. After a safety brief, Eddie WFM President, Rob Blanton, provided a 9/11 commemoration and the rest of the veterans and safety brief

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Retired Marine, Eddie Wright, accepts his new adaptive Polaris RZR prepped by WFM. took to the track. Those veterans who had never driven a UTV before were given a short practical course on UTV driving and safety. Other veterans and professional drivers who brought their own machines began taking warm-up laps. By lunchtime, all the veterans were making their own laps around the track while family members rode along as co-drivers with the professional racers. During a short lunch break, a catered meal sponsored by DSS Inc. was provided by a local veteran-owned and operated restaurant, Bastards Cantina. The great food was washed

Veterans and supporters from MAG 7 Pit Team in their distinctive orange shirts provided pit support during the ATS

down by cold drinks provided by two other veteran-owned and operated companies, Bulkhead Energy and the Defiance Offroad coffee shop. The Warfighter Made RZRs and other vehicles were soon back on the track. Experienced UTV riders know that there is no better day than a day with family in the dirt in a UTV. It follows naturally that there is no better way for vets to heal than to spend a day like Adrenaline Therapy Saturday. WFM’s Rob Blanton knows first-

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WFM UTVs and professional racers with vet co-drivers line up to start their adrenaline therapy. hand that it makes a difference. “We lose 22 vets a day to suicide. As a suicide survivor, I know that I need to spend time with my military brothers and sisters and get out of my own head for a while to stay healthy. We get to do both here on the track in our Polaris RZR’s.” Harold Philips, Vice President of Global Operations at BF Goodrich and a “Gold Star” brother, is an enthusiastic supporter of Warfighter Made and brought some of his co-workers who are veterans to the track. According to Harold, “BFG has focused on hiring and supporting veterans. I can see the difference that it has made today for our veterans to be out here in the dirt with their brothers and sisters.” Harold added, “Our tires are the best, designed and built by driving enthusiasts, so it made sense to make sure that WFM veterans and family members are all riding safely on BFGs on the WFM UTVs.” Pit support was provided for the WFM UTVs and the professional race vehicles by another non-profit organization, the Magnificent 7 Race Team or MAG 7. MAG 7 has been providing pit support to Baja racers since 1967. According to Bill Thompson, the team President and a veteran, “Many of our MAG 7 members are veterans. We find that the brotherhood of supporting racers in the desert is our own special kind of therapy. This has been a great day!” The 9/11 anniversary celebration epitomized the Warfighter Made moto, “Inspire. Adapt. Overcome.” 34

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KJ, Myself, and my co-driver Bo with Race to Erase 22 "Sgt.Sophie" - Angie Mitchell, Henderson NV

LeRoy Willis, Us Army 66-68 1st Armored Div. 141st Signal 31m20 and his current off road project

My father Joseph Wolkiewicz Jr. was part of the peace talk in Korea. - John Wolkiewicz, Queen Creek AZ

Jessica Stevens is a disabled veteran who loves getting a chance to ride. Having a side by side has really given the family a sense of adventure.

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John, retired Navy and my son Kyle, 14 months Navy - Amy Volmer, Imperial CA

Rob is retired Navy. Sheryll is still Active Duty and will probably retire at 25 years.

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The Swamp OffRoad Park in Chipley Florida is Veteran owned and operated. We just had our "4Wheel 2Heal" event at the park and it was a huge success. It raises money for disabled Veterans to go on off road adventures. We love our Vets and always honor military discounts. - Latrel Mossburg, Chipley FL

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Pops (left) and Bode (above) are father and son, Marine Veterans and owners of The Swamp Offroad Park

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Remembering

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he off road and law enforcement communities were shocked when Larry Hammers passed away October 1, 2021 after a brief illness. Larry had recently retired from a 40+ year career of serving the public as a firefighter, then a police officer and finally as a Deputy Sheriff. He moved from California to Duck River, Tennessee earlier this year. His memorial service attested to the fact that he impacted hundreds of lives and the common thread running through stories shared, portrayed Larry as a fearless man with a big heart who loved to laugh even at the expense of co-workers and friends who enjoyed his practical jokes. He lived a life dedicated to serving others, whether on duty or off. Larry is survived by his wife Karen and two daughters, Aulora (Andrew) Salas and Amber (Stephen) Otero; his grandsons Cade, Dallas and Carson; and one little princess, Stevie, all of Tennessee. Larry is also survived by his brothers: Dan (Christine) of Missouri, Jack (Susan) of Tennessee, and Roger (Christy) of Washington.

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Larry was one of the best people around. A person you can call and ask for help and he’d be there. Many times he was there helping me get my bike ready for races. When my bike motor gave out before the next race and I wasn’t in a position to get it rebuilt. I was close to finishing in the top 5 in points, and Larry got an extra bike and loaned it to me without any strings. "Just go out there and finish for the points. You're close." Racing was a big part of how I got to know Larry. I remember the hours in his garage just talking and hearing stories of his three wheeler racing days. After one of my bad wrecks he brought me to the hospital and spent hours making sure I was taken care of. He even picked me up when I got out and took me to lunch. He treated my family like his own and we’ll never forget the things he did for us.

The photo is me and Larry when he pulled up on me after I went speeding by him on my race bike on my way up to the track from my house in Campo. (I didn’t see him and by my speed he only heard me pass by.) He talked to me like a dad. Told me to keep all wheels down and take it easy. – Spencer Butts, Campo CA I met Mr. Larry from my mom. His wife Karen worked with my mom, so that's how I met him. My mom used to talk about me all the time to him about my racing the flat track. She would tell him about all my races, all my wins, my crashes, she would tell him everything. On flat track weekends Mr. Larry would stop by to check out the races. Most of the time he was in uniform, because he was a cop in our town.

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One day he came to the track and he stopped by to say hi. I was wearing "Fly Racing" gear. He came up to me and said, "Hey, you have a fly on you." I said, "Where? I don't see anything." He said, "Right there. On your arm and leg." I still didn't see it. He laughed and said, "Have a good race, bud." Another flat track weekend and Mr. Larry stopped in again. He told he the same thing, "Hey bud. You still have a fly on you." I didn't understand why he kept telling me that. I asked my mom and she finally told me, "Saby, you are wearing Fly Racing gear. It says Fly on you. Get it? You have a fly on you?" "Ohhhh! I get it now," I said. And I laughed about it. The next time I seen him he asked about the fly. I said, "I got it off." He laughed and said, "You barely got the joke, didn't you?" I got shy and smiled, but said, "Yeah." After that Mr. Larry would call me "Fly Boy." My mom would come home from work and say Mr. Larry asked how Fly Boy did at the races this past weekend. Mr. Larry was a very funny guy. Very nice and always making jokes. Always talking about racing with him was always nice too. I'm glad I got to meet him, be his friend and glad I got a nickname by him. He always was in a good mood, smiling, making other people smile and laugh. Mr. Larry will be truly missed by all. He was a good man. We will forever hold him in our hearts. We love you Mr. Larry and also love you Karen. May Mr. Larry rest in peace – Mark "Saby" Arguilez, Age 8, Campo CA

There are so many memories when it comes to Larry. He will always hold a dear place in mine and my husband's hearts. His generosity was so real and meaningful and we were both so glad to call him our friend. Racing with Larry was so much fun, his encouragement with me being the only woman in the Vet Quad class lifted my spirits up every race. As I raced the Best In Desert Series he would always reach out and ask how the race was and always had such kind words, and of course he had questions about the course and I was happy to tell him about it. His support made a huge impact on me and it was such a rewarding friendship that I will never forget! This image is from one of our last races together at the Cahuilla track in May of 2019. – Tovia Lowry, Las Vegas NV

My name is Bob Marks. My wife Debbie and I own a local hardware and

feed store in Campo CA. About eight years ago a bald guy with a bushy mustache in a Deputy Sheriff uniform, and a very big German Shepard named Yeager, walked into our store. He introduced himself as Larry Hammers and said that he was the local deputy for our area. He was very friendly and so was his dog as long as you gave him dog biscuits. And we do mean Yeagar, not Larry. Larry would quite often stop in our store to chat or to shop as a customer because, after all, he lived just down the street. Larry’s wife Karen would come to our store quite a bit to pick up feed for their horses, chickens and a cow named Moses. Later we hired her to work at our store and we got to know them and found out what exceptional people they both are. Larry and I talked a lot and found out that we both liked to off road and race off road. He would talk about when he was a kid and some of his off roading adventures. I could listen for hours. I am in a group of people who own side by sides that love to off road in the surrounding areas of Campo. We would gather every five weeks or so and explore and ride. Larry would join our group whenever he could if he wasn’t working or had a race on his quad in the desert. Larry’s passion for racing his quad was something I envied. He was very competitive and always did well. When I could get a day off from our store I would go down now and then to watch him compete. When he finished his Continued next page

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race I would kid him that if I was racing against him that I would kick his butt and he would always respond to me, "Come on, old man, I have an extra quad just sitting over there with your name on it. So, let's go!" To which I would always respectfully decline knowing full well that the butt that got kicked would be my own. This is just a little bit of what I could say about this wonderful man. My wife and I went to Larry’s memorial service and we enjoyed all the wonderful stories that were shared by family members, co-workers, people he raced with and friends. After listening to these memories of Larry it just confirmed everything I knew and felt about him. He was a great husband, great father, great grandfather, great firefighter, great deputy sheriff, a great competitor, and a great community member wherever he resided. To me he was a great friend and I will miss him. – Bob Marks, Campo CA I first met Larry Hammers at a District 38 race. He was teaching his son-in-law how to ride an ATV. He was also checking out the race. I approached them, because recruiting is so important, and asked them why Andrew wasn’t racing. Little did I know, but would soon find out, Larry was quite the competitive and talented racer. We spoke for a while, and I told him to check out our club, Full Throttle, because we are the quad club. I began to see him regularly at races and we were becoming friends. I remember 46

so many of the conversations we had Larry recently retired and moved to because they had such an impact on my Tennessee, but we would still spend hours life. I specifically remember one of the first on the phone and planned on seeing each conversations after he started racing. He other regularly. We were still planning races spoke about how blessed he was that he to attend and on the day of his memorial had such great daughters and how lucky he we were supposed to be racing together. was because even though they are adults You could say he was like a father figure to with their own families, they like to spend me. so much time with him and Karen. It really In the short time that we had together showed how much love he had for them. he had such a profound impact on my life The more we talked, the more I looked that I know my life is better for having forward to those conversations about life, known him. I always prayed that someday family, and racing. I would have a friend like Larry. God Before long, he became my first answered that prayer, and I am blessed contact before upcoming races. I always that he was a part of my life. The picture wanted to be sure that Larry would be of us at a riders meeting before a D38 race there. The quad community is a very close, will forever hang above my work bench so tight knit group and we are always making I can think of him when I’m prepping for sure that we all have what we need to the next race. I will think of him asking keep racing. As Larry shared more stories, I me “Hey kid, how’d ya do?” every time I found out he’d been racing since the 1980s. get home. I will miss him for the rest of He raced three wheelers and quads back my life, but I know I will see him again. then. I wanted to learn as much as I could (1 Thessalonians 4:13: But we do not from him about racing and life in general. want you to be uninformed brothers and Because he was with the Sheriff’s office, I sisters, about those who are asleep, so that was able to listen to the scanner on an app you will not grieve as indeed the rest of on my phone and occasionally hear him mankind, who have no hope.) go on calls. This made for an even more I look forward to him asking me again, unique friendship and brought me closer to “Hey kid, how’d ya do?” him. – Steve Kerchner, Alpine CA As I learned more about Larry’s life, I learned he had also been a firefighter. At a flat track race I heard him speaking with an EMT about different techniques and Larry made plans to further her training. Larry never ceased to amaze me with how much he knew and how willing he always was to help others. We went to races together, had hours long phone conversations. Any time we would speak or see each other he would always say, “Hey kid, how ya doing?” Larry’s relationship with Jesus was always evident in how he treated others and how he acted. One day Larry presented me with a wooden cross that he hand crafted. This is one of the most meaningful gifts I have Steve Kerchner (left) and Larry Hammers (right) at a ever received. rider's meeting for an AMA District 38 race E

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he relationship between Jeep owners and their Jeep(s) is a real thing! As a daily driver or taking it to the trails it makes no difference to how much a Jeep owner loves their Jeep. Some have a love for their cars and even name them. But Jeep owners tend to take it to a whole other level! Honestly, I get it. The adventures and time spent together can create a bond. Silly, right? I mean how do you have a bond with a vehicle? The moment you put a name to something it becomes more personal. Yet, it is not just a name that creates this bond between Jeep owners and their Jeeps. It is the process of adventures, experience and growth of both driver and Jeep that builds a bond. You start looking in anticipation at buying your Jeep. Maybe it has always been a dream, or it is a new dream. You choose your model and color, sometimes one or both are chosen for you due to circumstances. Either way you are getting a Jeep! You think about the places you can now go. After all you have seen the commercials. Desert, snow, mountains, rain, mud, beach, over rocks through water! Oh, the possibilities. Jeeps are the most customizable, upgradeable vehicle available on the market today. The doors and top come off and even the windshield folds down! 48

The things you can add to make your Jeep personal are almost endless. The Jeep starts to take on its own personality with every added touch and adventure. You may be new to driving off-road or just to Jeeps and perhaps a bit timid and just want to add some personal touches. You decide on a bit bigger tire like 33’s and some side steps, maybe a sticker or 12! You join a group like San Diego Jeep Club (SDJC) whose mission is “bringing together new and seasoned Jeepers to educate and promote safe and responsible off-roading.” You learn how to navigate through the trails with the help of your new friends. You are so grateful that as you were going up that rocky hill your Jeep did not let you down, it climbed right up it! You gain confidence in your abilities as the Jeep shows you what it can do. You realize you could do even more if you just had a few more upgrades. You watch more advanced owners traverse the trails and think yes, I want to do that! Can I do that? So, the next build begins. You go to 37” tires, new suspension and a couple inch lift. You start hitting trails with more obstacles to put you and your Jeep to the test. Then as you get even more confident driving in different terrain and over more complex and bigger obstacles

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you get more upgrades and add-ons to make it even more capable. Now you both are being pushed to limits otherwise out of reach. Here come those 40’s and beefier suspension (maybe coil overs), heavier duty axles, you change the gear ratios to handle those big tires, add armor underneath to protect the more important parts. The Jeep community loves to talk Jeeps! And sharing info to help others continue to grow and learn about their Jeep is a passion for many. There are so many amazing Jeep/owner relationship stories to share it is hard to choose. Here are just a few to help grasp this concept that might be foreign to some. ArcTrooper was named after the Advanced Recon Commandos in the Star Wars Clone Wars series. This Jeep happens to be their second one as unfortunately they were in a horrible accident in the first Jeep and it was damaged beyond repair. A sad day for sure and being without one was not an option. So, insert a new 2018 Mojito Green JL and ArcTrooper was born. ArcTrooper has been on so many off-road adventures from taking dozens of Jeeps on family friendly trails to completing the Rebelle Rally from Lake Tahoe, California all the way to Glamis California in the dirt with no electronic navigation. Mouse was named by fellow Jeepers while on trail in Ocotillo Wells in the California desert. It squeaked so much it sounded like a mouse and it stuck. Sometimes that is all it takes to name a Jeep. Someone makes a comment about the driver, or the Jeep and it sticks. Andrew’s response to my question. "This is Nikki the Rubi. Growing up I always wanted a red jeep. I would buy RC cars that were red Jeeps, and I always told my mom that one day I would have one. She always showed me that if you worked hard, you could accomplish anything and have whatever you want. I looked for about a year when I finally had the means to get one. My mom passed away right before I found my Jeep. My mother's name was Victoria (victory in English). In Greek Victory is Nikki. I don't know if that is how it is spelled but that's what it stands for." Ozzy was based on classic rock and roll but there is so much more to this Jeep and owner story. Starla the owner had wanted a Jeep for a long time. She got Ozzy at the best time possible. She was really struggling with life, stress and emotions. Getting her

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Nikki the Rubi Jeep and the built-in community that can come with that was a life saver for her. Ozzy and Starla went in the dirt the first time with San Diego Jeep Club (SDJC) at the 2019 Halloween run in Ocotillo Wells. Starla learned how to put her Jeep in 4-wheel drive and went over a rock garden for the first time. Since that day Starla and Ozzy have continued to build that relationship. Some obstacles she doubted they could do, but they forged ahead to conquer many trails in California. Ozzy and Starla truly have a relationship that is based on emotion and trust. Freedom is a 2018 JL Wrangler Sport in the color Hella Yella. Rick knew at the time of purchase he was going to push himself and his Jeep to the limits. Even with that the build still progressed in stages. The first trail attempted was the very first part of Gunslinger at Coral Canyon where he turned around because he thought the trail ended. It didn’t, he just needed to build up that Jeep. It has since been on some of the hardest trails and obstacles in California and Utah. When I asked Rick why the name Freedom he said, “it encompasses it all in one word. The feeling I get knowing it can take me anywhere I want." And Freedom is the most amazing feeling ever. Names are given or just happen in many ways. Like the feelings they evoke, the places they can go, the mishaps that can happen on trails, the unforgettable event that took place, the song, saying, word or phrase that you can’t let go of. A favorite character, a sentimental memory, a loved one. Sometimes it is as simple as the color that inspires the name. Some names are given immediately, some take time. Either way it is another part of the relationship progression. Here are a few other names that have 50

been shared with me when asked what and why they named their Jeeps. Rooticon - last name Root; Amelia - Pilot with adventurous spirit; Big Bully - owns bulldogs; Titan Uranus - cuz well ya know, lol; Halide - silver Jeep and does photography; Mighty Mike -after childhood toy Jeep; Desolation Row - Bob Dylan song; Crew Dragon - first civilian spaceship to reach ISS; Ariel - not why you think, he flies drones collecting aerial imagery; Mayhem - need we say more? Ghost Rider - white Jeep; Porthos the 3rd Musketeer; Devastator - favorite Transformer; Momma Shark - her kids named it; WrongTurn - always lost, which creates more adventures; Darth Sidious - "The dark side of the force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.” Ruckus - old Marine radio call sign; HairSlayer - owner is a hairstylist; Journey - took over a year to find and it is taking her on a journey to overcome her parents passing; BRUJITA - translates to little Witch . . . as she keeps us spellbound to get her new things. All these things make a Jeep personal and help create a relationship. But I really believe the adventures out on trails and at events are what form these odd but very natural relationships between owner and Jeep. You and your Jeep can do almost anything with your constantly growing skills and added components. You feel like you are on top of the world, king of the mountain, invincible! Me and my Jeep are unstoppable! We can go on adventures most have not even imagined. No matter the build the adventures are endless and through every adventure the relationship grows stronger. E

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his month we will be talking about several topics including trouble on Otay Mountain, our bill being signed into law, the 50 year anniversary of OHV Parks, the Superstition bombing range fence, the Rebelle Rally, as well as some events we attended and the Lost Lizard Fun Run. It's a busy month for information

Otay Mountain

Otay Mountain is a huge mountain in south San Diego County right by the border. There are a couple of green sticker routes over the mountain that are regularly used and the view from the top is spectacular. Last spring one of our members (Nicole) drove over Otay Mountain and noticed there was a lot of trash along the trail. We decided to organize a cleanup on the mountain and work with the BLM. We had the cleanup a few weeks ago and filled about two full size truck beds with trash. We put on cleanups not only to make the areas cleaner, but also to let the agencies know that we care about the areas. A couple days after the cleanup, our contact from the BLM called and told us he heard the Border Patrol wants to close the west side of Otay Mountain Truck Trail, from Pio Pico Campground to the top, for six months. This is still being proposed, but a problem we are very concerned about and are working on. This was talked about at the recent BLM Desert Advisory Council meeting, so it is a real threat.

Our Bill AB232

SDORC has a state lobbyist we share with the ASA and CORVA. This past year our Coalition sponsored a bill we called Reciprocity, AB232. This bill has to do with California recognizing out of state vehicle registrations. If you drive your car to Arizona, they will respect your California road registration. Same if an 52

Arizona resident drives here. Both states recognize each other's registration. I believe all 50 states have that. However, if you take your off road vehicle to Arizona, they require you to get an out of state registration. Until this bill, California recognized Arizona, Utah and Idaho off road registrations. Every other state has what is called Reciprocity with California for both on and off road. Now with this bill, we are on even terms with Arizona, Utah and Idaho. These states will let you ride there, you just have to get their $30 out of state registration. We hope this new law will make these states reconsider their position with off-road registrations and remove their restrictions to California residents. On the very last day of the legislative session, Governor Newsom signed our bill into law.

Carnegie SVRA

We have talked about Carnegie SVRA and the property next door that the state purchased 23 years ago, specifically to expand Carnegie. For years a nasty neighbor has been working behind the scenes to have the land "preserved" with no off-road vehicle use. Every year since 2017 he has gotten bills introduced and every year we have helped beat them back. This year was harder than any other and we could see we were in trouble. Our lobbyist worked with State Parks and Amy Granat to try to improve the situation. What they did is get language added to the last bill of the session, the Budget Trailer bill. In that bill they got the State to pay the Off Highway part of State Parks almost $30 million dollars. The prior bill to force the State to sell the land had $9 million. The bill also directed the State to find another area to open a new State Vehicular Recreation Area. While many people in the know say it is highly unlikely that this will happen, there is a chance and we will be doing our best to make it happen. Members of the club Creeps and Jeeps help clean up Otay Mountain

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Speaking about our lobbyist, Kathy Lynch, she has been nominated for an award from the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame called the Impact Award for advocacy. I am planning to go to Las Vegas for the ORMHOF induction ceremony and introduce Kathy to people there. It is a great event, where you can rub elbows with off-road racing stars and other famous industry folks.

OHV Division Celebrates 50 Years

California State Parks Off Highway Vehicle Division turned 50 years old and they put on a big shindig at Hungry Valley SVRA. I attended and got to talk shop with a lot of OHV advocates and agency staff. It was a lot of fun and I got to ride some trails after as well. If you have never been, Hungry Valley is worth a trip. Parks is also working on a new General Plan for Hungry Valley. I looked over the preferred alternative and I don't see anything toxic to us.

The Rebelle Rally

The Rebelle Rally is under way as I type. Our own Audrey and Nicole are slugging it out with the other competitors. This is an all female competition where competitors have to find checkpoints with only paper maps and compasses. Watch for a report on their adventure in an upcoming issue of S&S Off Road Magazine.

Desert Advisory Council

I mentioned the Desert Advisory Council meeting we had recently. I'd like to go over some of the topics discussed. First, each of the five field office managers gave an update on activities going on in their area. After, there were some presentations and other discussions. There was a presentation on big horn sheep. When you drive to Las Vegas and see mountains along the way, most have sheep wandering around. There are 104 of the sheep with radio tags that tell where they are. Populations are holding steady now. The El Mirage open area is getting about 1500 acres added. Some are inholdings (land inside the official perimeter) and the fence is pushed out some in a spot. A windmill near Ocotillo has collapsed and as a result, all the windmills have been shut down until the cause is identified. Devils Canyon runs directly under Highway 8 going into the desert. It has been adopted by the Tierra Del Sol club and the BLM allow one run per month for seven months of the year. TDS has three or four of those run days. Devil's Canyon is a very difficult trail and only the most experienced drivers with highly capable vehicles should join in. There are plans being formulated for a solar project between El Centro and Glamis. The BLM has hired two additional advanced EMT’s to provide medical services to ISDRA visitors. www.ssormag.com

Road repairs are taking place at Lower and Upper Lark Canyon, Grey’s Well, Wash Road, San Sebastian, Gecko Road, and Roadrunner Campground. Subgroups are being formed for ISDRA, Dumont and Mojave Trails NM. I plan on attending Mojave Trails meetings. The BLM planned a wild horse round-up for October 2021 to remove up to 250 horses from the Centennial Herd management Area on the Navy Air Weapons Station – China Lake. Management level is 168 horses and it is estimated that there are 750 horses currently out there. The BLM continues to implement the 2015 West Mojave Route Network Project. The Center for Biological Diversity's lawsuit against the routes was not discussed. Mary Dreusike, from the Navy in El Centro came to our last meeting to talk about the new fence between the Superstition open area and the bombing range to the northeast. The smooth wire fence is in place, but reflectors still need to be installed. We told Mary that if the fence turns out to be not visible enough, we would like to work with her to make it so.

Lost Lizard Fun Run

The 16th Annual Lost Lizard Fun Run is fast approaching on November 13th. This event is very important to our organization, so please come join us for the fun. We hear there will be Nerf Guns at one of the checkpoints. Pre entry will likely be closed when you read this, but please come out and sign up at the event. There will be food, ice cream, event shirts, a huge raffle and a fun route. You can make it a day trip, as signup goes until 11:00 am.

Governor Outlaws Small Gas Engines

The governor of California recently signed a bill outlawing small gas operated off road engines. This refers to lawn mowers, leaf blowers and similar landscaping equipment starting in 2024. The term "off road" does not refer to vehicles. The state refers to our favorite vehicles as "off highway vehicles".

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've been riding dirt bikes a long time and I have figured something out about it. I love to ride both fast and hard, as well as to explore. I've learned that there are two camps around riding dirt bikes. Some people like to haul, while others like to cruise. Lots of people who like to haul on their bikes find their way to racing motorcycles. Even if they don't race, you can find them pounding laps on the Pala vet track or wherever they like to ride. I get it, I really like to ride hard. Since I was very young, I liked to find a track or even just a section of familiar trail and go as fast as I can. Anyone ever really push it on Crossover Trail in Ocotillo Wells? I have. One thing about me and some of my buddies is, we also like to explore new areas, new trails, even new race tracks. Exploring a new area is usually a lower performance activity. If it's good, we will come back and ride it hard. Plenty of people just like to explore on their bikes. A whole new segment of motorcycle riding has surfaced known as Adventure Riding, with bigger motorcycles that are both highway and dirt capable. Real dirt bikers may not consider 54

these bikes real dirt bikes, but they can go down dirt roads and trails. In 2016, a Honda Africa Twin was entered in the Vegas to Reno desert race and came home 73rd out of 111 competitors. Adventure riders love to explore new places, but they really crave seat time, burning gas. Adventure riders will often have big gas tanks, skid plates and hand guards. I'm in the minority in that I really like both. I have entered hundreds of motorcycle races. I always give it my all when racing. I also really like to explore on my bikes. I will open maps and look for routes I've never done that look interesting. I was thrilled when I found trails that went from the city of Highland over to Big Bear Lake. I made some inquiries to find out if the routes were really open, then booked hotel rooms for my friends and me. The first time we rode it, it was a wonder. The third time it was a race. I've led rides in Ocotillo Wells that were fast and fun, but heard complaints when we covered the same trail two or three times. Funny thing is the complainer regularly practices

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motocross and does a ton of laps on the exact same track. Adventure riders may pick up the pace from time to time, but never really go for it. Sport riders love to run a hard pace, but likely won't want to explore what is on the other side of that distant hill. I'm that rare rider that will skid into turns, spin my rear tire on the way out, babysit a new rider on one of their first rides in the desert and go see what is behind that distant hill. E

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Blast from the Past

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From the Trackside Photo Archives 1981 Baja 1000

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Ham Radio is an indispensable part of any trip

Jeep backed off the rock in the dark helping vehicle with broken drive shaft.

recent trip on the Rubicon trail showed the value of radio communication. We experienced multiple incidents from a fire chasing us, to an overturned Jeep with injuries, and a request for spare parts. Forest fires continue to burn in dozens of locations in the

western U.S. Yet four-wheelers still want to – and should – enjoy their hobby. Of course, no one would drive into an area knowing that a fire is raging nearby. But let’s say a fire occurs while you’re off road. How will you hear about it and stay informed? A cell phone helps, as long as you’re within range. If you’re on or near the Rubicon Trail, ham radio could be your lifeline. I learned firsthand during a recent excursion through the Rubicon Trail.

Small fire gains intensity quickly

Our trip began as planned on Monday, August 16. It was designed to last five days on the Rubicon Trail. I had hoped to spend the entire five days on the trail. Even though we were forced to cut back to three days, we successfully completed the entire Rubicon Trail. What is now called the Caldor fire began near Grizzly Flats, California, on the morning of August 14. It quickly devoured that town as it spread mostly east and north. As I write this, the Caldor Fire has consumed more than 219,000 acres and is just 67% contained. At one point it reached the southern edge of South Lake Tahoe, forcing the evacuation of all 22,000 residents. Whipped by high winds at times, the Caldor fire was really moving. In one day alone, it moved eight miles in one direction and seven miles in the other. We began our trip in South Lake Tahoe. At the junction of U.S. 50 and Ice House Road we turned north. From there we proceeded to the trailhead at Loon Lake. Passing the South Gatekeeper, we entered the heart of the Rubicon Trail. We couldn’t see the fire that first day (or at any time). It was well over 25-30 miles away (as the crow flies) with lots of granite 58

rock and a major highway between us, but the sky was constantly hazy. We never saw the sun, as far as I recall. Our destination on August 16 was the campsite at Little Sluice. The second day, August 17 started ominously. My tent was covered in ash. No fire in sight; the sky still had that hazy, smoky appearance but no one smelled smoke. Over coffee, several in the group asked me if I heard the people running by our camp site yelling for help about midnight. No, I had slept through it.

Getting vital information via ham radio

Normally the ham radio is fairly quiet during this excursion. But this day the radio was really active. The first conversation was from a local resident asking if anyone had eyes on the overturned vehicle and to confirm its location. They needed to plan what resources were required to recover the vehicle the following day. It suddenly became clear what the cry for help was the night before. If they had stopped, we could have assisted with communication via ham radio.

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When we reached the location of the accident, we used ham radio to confirm the exact location and other details to the rescue team. They felt they could do the extraction with minimal difficulty. Unfortunately, another vehicle was also abandoned in the middle of the trail with a winch line deployed to the overturned Jeep, delaying us several hours. Throughout the day I heard reports that residents were evacuating south of U.S. 50. Local Hams checked in about routes, which roads were open, and the location of open evacuation centers. Some operators speculated that the fire would hit the intersection of Ice House Road and U.S 50 effectively blocking that as a return route. I don’t think that happened, but the fire did cross U.S 50 farther east four or five days later. U.S. 50 was eventually closed because the fire was too close to the road. Near the end of our second day, I heard on ham radio that the Forest Service had closed the Eldorado National Forest. About an hour after that I hear that Eldorado County closed the Rubicon Trail. (Though it skirts national lands, the Rubicon Trail is a county road.) A volunteer fireman and ham operator on the trail behind us estimated we had a few days before the fire would reach our area. Yet he suggested we leave the trail as quickly as possible. By that time, we had arrived at our planned campsite at Buck Island. At this point we’re two days into what was originally scheduled to be a five-day excursion. We planned to camp for two nights at Dirty Dozen campsite at Rubicon Soda Springs before completing the trail. As our friend Bruce said “Why would we rush through the trail just to go back to Los Angeles?" The next morning, August 18, we held a drivers’ meeting. I wanted to make sure everyone was informed of our situation, especially since only half in our group were ham radio operators. Because we had more than half of the trail left, we agreed to make the final decision when we reached

Rubicon Soda Springs and the turn off to the Dirty Dozen campground. Beyond that is Cadillac Hill, a very difficult part of the trail. Driving up Cadillac Hill in the dark is not a good idea. If we made good time and had plenty of daylight left, we would continue through Cadillac Hill. If not, we would camp another night An hour or so after leaving Buck Island, we received a call on ham radio from a group looking for parts. A Jeep had thrown an idler pulley. Unfortunately, the spare we gave them did not work. At the last major obstacle before reaching Rubicon Soda Springs, we permitted a small group to pass us. While passing, they rolled one of the trucks on its side, dumping the contents on the trail and completely blocking the trail. Another hour-long delay in our goal for an expedient exit. Guess what – this was the same group that rolled the Jeep the first night.

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The Rubicon Trail offers many challenges. One that newer drivers need to be aware of is that there is no cell coverage along the trail. It’s imperative that at least one driver in the group be able to Continued communicate outside the area. That can be Thankfully, we arrived at Rubicon Soda with a satellite phone or VHF/UHF amateur Springs with at least five hours before sunset. radio equipment. We pressed on. Helping our decision was Operating ham radio equipment that the temperature was 69 degrees, and the campsite was mired in a blanket of smoke. requires a license, but the written test isn’t Not an appealing location to set up camp. that difficult. A ham radio friend can guide We arrived in South Lake Tahoe at you through the study process and help with Ham radio operators driving the the end of the day on August 18. Tired and weary, yes, but everyone had completed the Rubicon Trail can take advantage on-air procedures. of a repeater located near Spider Of course, you can use ham radio Rubicon Trail. Time for a drink and pizza Lake. first, then think about a shower. equipment to communicate any time. But it sure comes in handy while on the Rubicon Trail. I am so glad About the repeater arrangement I was monitoring back in mid-August. Hearing those reports Operating at 444.9875 MHz (+5 MHz offset). Transmit with helped us immensely in our day-to-day operations. I can say a CTCSS (tone code) of 156.7 Hz, and you can cover all of the unequivocally that ham radio played an indispensable part during Rubicon Trail except east of Barker Meadows OHV trail. This system is often referred to as the Rubi repeater. that adventure. Flip to a tone of 107.2 Hz, and now you’re operating through Tom Severin, 4x4 Coach, teaches 4WD owners how to Rubi +. Your signal will link to the 2 meter 805TAH system confidently and safely use their vechicles to the fullest extent in serving nearby communities. This option should be used only if difficult terrain and adverse driving conditions. Contact him at you want to talk with someone outside the Rubicon Trail area. tom@4x4training.com or visit www.4x4training.com to develop This is an open repeater; hams are encouraged to use it while or improve your driving skill. Copyright 2021, Badlands Off-Road on the trail. Adventures, Inc E

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Long Beach Stadium Truck Races ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY MICHAEL MAHER

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he Covid 19 pandemic was not kind to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Originally scheduled for April 2020, it had to be cancelled when the Coronavirus pandemic hit America just weeks before the race was to be run. The lingering effects of the pandemic also prevented the race from being run in April of 2021. The solution was to place the race at the end of the 2021 Indy Car schedule, the last weekend of September (24-26) where it would be the season finale and the championship decider. With the return to the streets of Long So Cal’s Colton Herta won the Indy Car Grand Prix Beach of the Indy Car series also came the Jeff Ward and Siljehaug. Hynes pulled out a lead while behind him return of Robby Gordon's Stadium Super Truck Series, which have been LeMastus was dropping back as his teammates Ward and Siljehaug went part of the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend since 2013. The popular by to take second and third places, with Jarrett Brooks moving into fourth. trucks would run on all three days of Grand Prix weekend, with a practice The SST series features competition caution periods to pack up and qualifying session on Friday and races both Saturday and Sunday. the field and, in this race, the yellow flag was thrown on lap five of the In the qualifying session, Gordon himself was the fastest qualifier, ten lap race. This allowed the field to close up on Hynes. When the breaking a streak by Matt Brabham, son of racer Geoff Brabham and race resumed, Hynes stayed out front but the gap between him and his grandson of Grand Prix legend Jack Brabham, who had won the last five pursuers was quickly closing and now Siljehaug had passed Ward and straight pole positions in the series. The drawback to qualifying fast for was challenging Hynes for the lead. That ended when Mads came off one this series is that they invert the field for the starting grid and thus Robby of the jumps crooked and landed hard, slamming the wall and putting him would start last on the grid for Saturday's race, just behind second fastest out. qualifier Jarrett Brooks and Brabham. Hynes was still leading, but now Brooks was in second and gaining Saturday's race featured 13 trucks, which included Gordon's on Hynes, while behind him Robert Stout and Brabham, who had charged 13-year-old son Max and rookies Mads Siljehaug from Norway and through the pack, were right behind. With two laps remaining in the race 20-year-old Zoey Edenholm, the race's only lady driver. the top three caught and passed Hynes. Hynes continued to drop back Slow qualifiers Bill Hynes and Bo LeMastus started on the front row and at the checkered flag Brooks took the win while Brabham and Stout and when the green flag fell Hynes shot out into the lead followed by the came off the final jump side-by-side, with Brabham taking second with identically painted Team Crosly trucks of LeMastus, motocross champion

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Robby Gordon fourth and Max Gordon fifth. Ward finished sixth and Hynes ended up seventh. Sunday's race would be the finale of the weekend, running right after the Grand Prix itself (which was won by SoCal driver Colton Herta, while Spain's Alex Palou won the championship). The field for this one would be inverted from the finish of Saturday's race, meaning the top finishers in Saturday's race would be starting from the rear of the field again. Due to the crash suffered by Siljehaug in Saturday's Race 1, he would start from pole for Race 2 (Jacob Abel, who broke his truck on Saturday, would not start Race 2), while Saturday's winner Brooks would start from the rear of the pack for this one. Siljehaug took the early lead over Crosley teammates Brandon Parrish and LeMastus, and they held the lead for the first two laps. Meanwhile, Edenholm ended up in the tire wall when her truck suffered the bizarre failure of having her brake line wrap around her suspension. She was done for the day. As the field began lap three, Siljhaug suddenly slowed with mechanical issues and teammate Parrish took over the lead. On lap four Ward hit the back end of LeMastus' truck going into turn one and Ward ended up A first and second place finish in the two races gave Jarrett spinning out, eliminating him from contention. Meanwhile, Gordon was blasting through the pack Brooks the overall victory and was now in second place behind Parrish and then second-place finish in the two races, Brooks was the overall winner of the passed him just as the yellow flag came out for the first of two scheduled weekend. competition cautions. The Long Beach Grand Prix will return to its usual April date When the race resumed, Robby got the jump on the field and pulled in 2022. For more information and complete results see www. out a lead while Brabham and Robert Stout got by Parrish and proceeded stadiumsupertrucks.com. to stage a great battle between them over second place. The second competition caution came out on lap seven of the ten lap race, but Gordon pulled away again as Brabham and Stout continued their fight for second place. On the ninth lap the two made contact entering turn one and Stout slammed the wall and ended up on his side. Behind him LeMastus and Hynes spun trying to avoid the overturned truck. This brought out a real yellow flag, but with only one lap left in the race, and an overturned truck on the racetrack, the race was flagged with Gordon the winner over Brooks, Brabham, Christian Sourapas and Max Gordon. This was Robby's fourth Long Beach win, breaking a tie with Brabham for the most wins on the Long Beach course. However, with a win and a Father Robby Gordon chases 13-year-old son Max

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Local Ever Gutierrez won the +40 class on his small bore bike, a 125cc. Triplets Media

Saul Diaz won the Quad +50 class on his TRX450R

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he fifth round of the Autoproductos Triple Crown at Rancho Santana in front of Hacienda Santa Veronica, Tecate Baja Mexico was held on a foggy day and was lots of fun for the riders. Bikes and quads raced in separate heats. SLR Honda's Justin Morgan won the first round for bikes and the DP Racing prize of $500. The second heat was won by young gun Nicolas Velez (Baja ATV Riders Only) who took his first overall win in the ZR series on his Honda TRX450R. Velez raced both heats! Thanks to Poncho Bustamante, Pacho Santana and Steve Bourgeois for all the support with this annual event. MC OPEN PRO 1. Justin Morgan (31), El Cajon CA 2. Arturo Salas (19), Chula Vista CA 3. Mauri Herrera (22), Ensenada B.C. 4. Sergio Garza (23) 5. CJ Lincoln (31), Westmorland CA MC OPEN EXPERT 1. Héctor Cárdenas (28), Ensenada B.C. 2. Emmanuel Rodríguez (25), Tecate B.C. 3. Esteban Patrón (17), Tijuana B.C. 4. Juan Carlos Ochoa (21), Mexicali B.C. 5. Felipe Venegas (34), Tijuana B.C. MC OPEN +30 1. Juan Reynoso (38), Tecate B.C. 2. Mike Fermoile (33), Lakeside CA 3. Rodolfo Patrón (40), Tijuana B.C. 4. Michel Valenzuela (32), Mexicali B.C. 5. Daniel Meza Arámbula (34), Mexicali B.C. MC OPEN +40 1. Ever Gutiérrez (45), Tecate B.C. 2. Guillermo De La Herrán (45), Tijuana B.C. 3. Felipe Vélez (41), San Felipe B.C. 4. Luis Esquivel (44), Tijuana B.C. 5. Adrián Valdez (49), Tijuana B.C. 66

Omar Olimar finished third in the Novice class MC OPEN +50 1. Robert Nantista (60), Nado CA 2. Francisco Javier Landeros Aguirre (51), Ensenada B.C. MC OPEN NOVICE 1. Nicolás Vélez (15), San Felipe B.C. 2. Joshue Ochoa (16), Tecate B.C. 3. Gustavo Alonso Grijalva B. (14), Tecate B.C.’ 4. David Navarro (17), Spring Valley CA 5. Esteban Martínez Pelayo (17), Ensenada B.C. QUAD PRO 1. Christopher J. Avalos (20), Yuma Az. ’05 Honda TRX450R QUAD EXPERT 1. Nicolás Vélez (15), San Felipe B.C. 2. Omar Murillo (22), Tecate B.C. QUAD NOVICE 1. Axel Arámbula (16), Ensenada B.C. 2. Yoel Leal (15), Mexicali B.C. 3. Temores Otmar Olimar (29), Tijuana B.C. 4. Luis Rene Villa Pedroza (18), Ensenada B.C. 5. David Huezo (20), Imperial CA

Mauri Herrera #p10, third and Arturo Salas, in second place fought for the checkered flag

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

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SCFTA FLAT TRACK RoundS 8-9 Perris Raceway - Perris CA www.scftaracing.com Photos By Dw Media

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#182 Travis Petton IV first Place Pro, #23 Nick Garcia second place and #84 Colt Foster third place

#71 Jon Nunes, first place Vet +50 Expert and first place Vet +35 Expert with #11x John Dupree, second place Vet +50 Expert

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#3 Wesley Tigert, first 50cc 4 Stroke Beginner, Round 8 with #11x Bryce Eikelberger in second

#73 Evin Perrault first place Open Novice class, Round 9 with #58 Joseph Boyd in third

#26 Jace Jones, third place 50cc Open, Round 8 and #555 Lailah Doffo, second

#419 Michael Lopez, first place Open Unclassified, Round 9 and #956 Michael Resendez, second place

ROUND 8

September 18, 2021 50cc 4 Stk Beg 1. Wesley Tigert 2. Bryce Eikelberger 3. Isla Ferris 4. Owen Ferris 65-70 2 Stk Nov 1. Austin Hill 50cc 2 Stk Beg 1. Thomas Chavira 2. Annika Ruelas 3. Ben Eikelberger 4. Rey Resendez 5. Jayce Jones 50cc Open 1. Thomas Chavira 2. Ben Eikelberger 3. Bryce Eikelberger 4. Jace Jones 5. Rey Resendez 85cc Open 1. Jasper Heathfield 250 Youth Open 1. Evin Perrault 85-100cc 4 Stk Nov 1. Jasper Heathfield 2. Austin Hill Classic Vintage 1. Jeff Apple 2. Lenny Rodriguez 3. Steve Ferguson 4. Joe Pape Vets +35 Exp 1. Jon Nunes 2. John Garcia 3. John Clayton 4. John Dupree Vets +35 Am/Nov 1. Mike Diffenbaugh 2. Michael Lopez 3. Damian Doffo 4. Adam Lesley 5. Joe Boyd Madd Dog 100cc 4 Stk 1. Sierra Hickerson 2. Conner Hickerson 3. Marc Heathfield 4. Jasper Heathfield Super Senior +60 Am/Nov 1. Gary Leopold 2. Patrick Hayes 3. Steve Ferguson Premier Senior +70 1. Robert Marchbanks 2. Larry Hanson Senior +50 Exp 1. Jon Nunes 2. Mike Vital 3. Travis Ward 4. John Dupree 5. Jeff Apple Senior Vets 70

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Round 8, #4 Zane Davis, first Open Novice, #47 Shawn Doucet, second, #36 Damian Doffo, fifth and #41 Carter Evans, sixth Sen Vets +50 Am/Nov 1. Michael Diffenbaugh 2. Donnie Moore 3. Shawn Doucet 4. Jerry Schenamsgruber 5. Cory Clark Open Exp 1. Travis Petton 2. Kyle Ferris 3. Ryan Reed 4. Conner Hickerson 5. Matt Foster Powder Puff 1. Sierra Hickerson 2. Joey Crabtree Custom 3. Marissa Silva 4. Roberta Ewart Super Senior +60 Exp 1. James Morris 2. Elliott Iverson 3. Joe Steffen 4. John Garcia 5. John Clayton Framer Exp 1. Michael Diffenbaugh 2. Jim Bandelin 3. Brandon Gerder Hooligans 1. Adam Lesley 2. Frank Flores 3. Rich Silva 4. Dougie Darrah 5. Douglas Darrah Open Unclassifieds 1. Michael Lopez 2. Michael Resendez 3. Alex Thermiots 4. Damian Doffo 5. Edgar Zaragoza Bomber Exp 1. Joe Steffen 2. Danny Perkins 3. Jim Bandelin Bomber Am/Nov 1. Donny Moore 2. Brandon Gerdes 3. Joey Crabtree Custom 4. Robert

Marchbanks Pull Starts 1. Conner Hickerson 2. Dan Brown 3. Sierra Hickerson Open Nov/ Beg 1. Evin Perrault 2. Maxwell Claunch 3. Joseph Boyd 4. Joshua Lesley 5. Damian Doffo Open Am 1. Colin Petton 2. Ales Thermiotis 3. Michael Resendez 4. Edgar Zaragoza 5. Mosies Castaneda Pro 1. Travis Petton 2. James Ott 3. Andre #5 Ryan Reed first place Vet +35 Expert, Round 9, Ochs 4. Kyle Ferris 5. #44 Robert Bush, second, #12 John Clayton III, Nick Garcia third and #41 Adam Lesley, fourth

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he VT Construction Battleground event proved to be just that, the Battleground for Class championships to be decided. Kicking off the event was qualifying on Thursday with Class 6100 and 6200 going head-to-head for the Diamondback Materials fastest time. Conner McMullen in his newly built #6240 car took the top spot, earning first off the line in Heat 4 followed by #6177 Travis Williams and #6146 Brent Fox Next was The Unlimited Trucks and Class 1’s competing in the Strobel Companies Pole Position. Eric Hustead in his #38 Unlimited Truck would take the fastest time followed by #29 Madix Bailey and #94 Steve Strobel. With this win, Hustead swept all three qualifying‘s for the year in the

Mike Coulter, first overall Class 10

Jeff Bader with Dan Fresh finished fourth overall in Unlimited Trucks

unlimited class, taking home three beautiful trophies and $3,000 cash. For Saturday and Sunday Heat races there was a twist that added a new dimension to the short course style format called the Joker Lane. The Joker Lane allowed the racers to bypass a one mile section of the course to gain an advantage on another competitor. The Joker Lane could be used only once per day on any lap the racer chose except for Lap 1. As expected, Joker Lane created some interesting racing throughout both days as teams and racers strategized on the best time to get the advance with some teams using it in the very beginning, others saving it to the end of the race and some using it to pass another competitor once they had caught them. With the first green light starting just after sunrise Saturday morning,

first off the line was the Naturally Aspirated UTV points leader #1908 Maddie Wedeking, followed by second, #1957 Austin Bolton, and third #1951 Mike Podratz. #1908 would have some minor mechanical problems in the early laps allowing #1957 and #1951 to pass by. However they wouldn’t be able to hold off the hard charging #1995 Kaden Wells as he would overtake the physical lead and never look back. Holding onto the lead on Day 1 and starting first on Day 2, Wells held off the challenge from Bolton and Wedeking on Sunday to take home the win in N/A UTV Class. Heat 1 racing also got very tight in the Stock UTV Class between the #U994 of Christian Strobel and the #U927 of Jack Olliges. For nearly eight laps, both UTV’s were nose to tail until just three miles before the finish line

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Josh Cobb, first overall Trophylite 6000

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Travis Chase, second overall Class 6100 where the #U994 Strobel ran out of fuel. #U927 would go on to win both Saturday and Sunday races, taking home the win for the weekend and gaining a big points lead going into the Dirt Rebelution event where the 2021 Championships will be decided for UTVs. Not only was their battle on course exciting to watch but seeing their fathers’ Steve Oillges (Jack) and Steve Strobel (Christian) “bench racing” from nearby made the competition even more entertaining as they too would battle in the Unlimited Class in Heat 5 later in the day. In Class 1/2 1600 #1618 Zack Sizelove and #1614 Maverick Gaunt had a great battle over the two days. Ultimately Gaunt would have the fastest time on Day 1 but succumb to motor problems on Day 2 giving Sizelove the win for the weekend. Our Sportsman UTV #S915 Craig MacIntosh with Desert Vets Racing and his co-driver, military veteran Adam Poppenhouse, were having the time of their life. “We skipped the Joker Lane on Day 1 because Adam was giggling the entire time we were on the short course track,” stated MacIntosh at the finish line. They had a flawless weekend, and never got out of the car, to take home the Sportsman UTV win. Desert Vets Racing provides adrenaline therapy through off-road racing for US military veterans and active duty personnel. Their team is made up of veterans with brand ambassadors. Typically, the driver does

not meet their co-driver until the day before the race.Thank you Craig and your entire Desert Vets Racing team for this amazing program and for giving Legacy the opportunity to be a part of it. Heat 2 featured the Turbo and Unlimited UTV’s with points leader #T910 Dan Fisher and second in points #T815 Ryan Piplic going first and second off the line Saturday morning. This duo would race each other hard but clean with Piplic getting around Fisher mid race to gain first off the line on Sunday. Sunday saw these top factory drivers, #T815 Piplic in his Polaris RZR and #T910 Fisher in his Can-Am X3, push their machines and testing each other's skills to the max. Piplic would be the first to take the Joker Lane to try and gain some distance on Fisher. However, Fisher was keeping a close eye on his competition and kept the pressure on by taking the Joker Lane the very next lap. Both would have a flawless day with Piplic edging out the Turbo points leader Fisher to take the win and close the points gap, getting it down to only four points going into the final round at the Dirt Rebelution. Heat 3 saw Class 10 points leader #1035 Mike Coulter needing to just start the race to win the class championship. However, Coulter set a blistering pace all weekend to take not only the 2021 championship but also the class win.

Also in Heat 3, TrophyLite points leader #6025 Ty Fall would have his hands full with #6066 Josh Cobb and #6012 Greg Bragg starting right behind him. As the light turned green on Saturday morning #6025 Fall would pull over early with mechanical issues but the race was on between #6066 Cobb and #6012 Bragg. Physically crossing the finish line first was Cobb stating “the old man (Bragg) was on it today and I couldn’t shake him.” Cobb was right with Bragg having the fastest time on Saturday. Bragg started first Sunday morning with Cobb just 30 seconds behind him. The racing was intense until a late race mechanical issue for Bragg would turn the lead over to Cobb who would take the win for the weekend. Although Cobb took the win this weekend, Ty Fall had a large enough points gap over Cobb to win the TrophyLite Championship in the Legacy Racing Series. In Heat 4, the 6100 and 6200 classes was one for the books. With #6240 Conner McMullen winning the Diamondback Materials fastest qualifier on Thursday, he was first off the line. But #6177 Travis Williams and #6146 Brent Fox were hot on his tail. Conner took off and laid down some incredibly fast laps, taking top spot on Day 1. Behind him, #6177 Williams was trying to hold off the #6146 Fox who was also in a battle with #6154 Levinson. Williams was able to hold off both

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Jeremiah Scott from Goodyear AZ running in the UTV Turbo class

Kaden Wells, first UTV NA 1900

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Zach Sizelove, first overall Class 1/2-1600 trucks but Levinston snuck past Fox on corrected time to gain third starting position for the following day. With all this racing going on in front of him, series points leader #6195 Travis Chase was locked into his own battle with second in points #6173 Jordan Brenthel. Brenthel was in front of Chase throughout the race on Day 1 but #6195 would end up closing the gap to surpass #6173 on corrected time to start fourth going into Day 2. Day 2 saw the lightning fast #6240 McMullen put in some astonishing lap times, laying down the fastest time in Heat 4 and also the overall for the weekend. #6146 Fox grabbed onto the lightning rod and was able to hold off the charge from #6195 Chase for the 6100 win. #6195 Chase held onto the second spot for the weekend, which gave him enough to capture the competitive 6100 Class Championship for 2021. Heat 5 was the last race of the day but would not disappoint. These teams were anxious to battle, as a class championship was on the line. Going into this event there was only a 15 point difference between first place

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and fifth place. #94 Steve Strobel was first in points and managed to secure third off the line on Day 1. Pole winner #38 Eric Hustead, who was second in points, would get the advantage of clean air starting first off the line. Third in points, #29 Madix Bailey, would start second, setting the pace for a strong battle. Unfortunately, on the start of lap 5 #29 Bailey would be forced to pull off course for a mechanical malfunction and have to call it a day. This gave #94 Strobel and #27 Olliges a chance at Hustead. Hustead went on to win Day 1 which gave him a second day of clean air and set the stage for a potential tie in year end points for the Unlimited Truck Class with Strobel. If Hustead won the weekend and Strobel finished second, the points would be tied for the Class Championship. Day 2 was sure to be a battle to the end. Just like their sons in Heat 1, fathers #94 Steve Strobel (Christian) and #27 Steve Olliges (Jack) battled throughout the weekend. All three top Unlimited trucks had a smooth run Sunday with #38 Hustead taking first, #94 Strobel taking second and #27 Olliges taking third. This resulted in Hustead and Strobel being tied at 431 points. To break the tie, their elapsed time from each race was combined and the lowest time won. With just over 1,000 miles of desert racing

spread across 3 events this season, only 21 minutes separated the top two Unlimited Truck teams. #38 Hustead would have the least amount of time winning the 2021 Championship with #94 Strobel coming in second. Title sponsor VT Construction’s #1562 Ladd and Sean Gilbert set a great pace Saturday and snagged second overall in Heat 5 giving them second off the line Sunday. Madix was able to convince his dad Brandon Bailey to let him take over the driver’s seat in the #1529 for Sunday. #1529 Bailey was able catch up and battle against the #1562 of Gilbert but Sean was on a mission to take the win. Unfortunately a broken water pump belt on #1562 caused issues and they were unable to push through. #1529 Madix would go on to take the win in Class 1 and secure the class championship for his dad The final winner of the weekend, Joker Lane. The Joker Lane created a lot of buzz at staging, with racers discussing when they might take it. Some used it to strategically pass their competitors, some to catch their competitors and one may have skipped it on day 1 because they were having too much fun. This was the most anticipated section of the course. The Joker Lane threw in a different element with some exciting strategy. Having never been done in an off-road race before, it was exciting to bring something new to the event. And the results were highly favorable. With everyone raving at the finish line, the Joker Lane will definitely make another appearance in future race. E

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

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

HARE SCRAMBLES: February 4-6 - Laughlin, NV

Motorcycles, Quads Loop Race, approximately 100 miles

BAJA NEVADA: May 4-7 - Nevada

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

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

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

STATELINE SHOOTOUT: September 8-11 - Primm, NV

Cars, Trucks, UTVs Loop Race, approximately 120 miles

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

Motorcycles, Quads, UTVs Loop Race, approximately 200 miles

BATTLEGROUND: November 10-13 - Jean, NV

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

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CALVMX/TOP GUN series

FLAT TRACK

September 25-26, 2021 Camp Lockett Event & Equestrian Facility Campo CA www.calvmx.net By Steve Caro Photos by Kathryn Caro

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Leaders of the pack. Brandie Dahm, EMT talks with promoter Frank Vrettas

Kera Berry, first Womens Open Quad A

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Brian Pusey, first Open Kart A Chris Skibinski, third Open Pull Start Intermediate

Kelly Lane, first Womens Open Quads A

Jacob Manalo #16M, second Mini Dwarfs A Masters and Nathan Manalo #18M, fourth Kaiden Johnson, first Mini Dwarfs B

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Autumn welcomed the oval track caravan that is CALVMX/TOP GUN to the Camp Lockett Event And Equestrian Facility for the fifth round of their 2021 regional series. The pit areas were filled both days with two, three and four wheeled machinery, ready to take their turn on the one-sixth mile oval. Summer Kukla’s oval track skill set continues to advance with every round of the current series. Kukla demonstrated her progress in the Adult Mini 150cc Expert final. Timing the starters flag precisely, she dove to the inside of turn one to take the lead. Veteran Mike Diffenbaugh followed in second, while Dustin Chapin held down third. Diffenbaugh kept Kukla honest by showing her his front wheel several times throughout the race. The young racer kept a laser sharp focus and reeled off eight precise laps to capture the win. Diffenbaugh and Chapin rounded out the top three in the Expert division. A number of pull-start competitors took to the track on Saturday in preparation for their Sunday program. In the open Intermediate class, Brett Miller took the lead as the pack entered the back straightaway, with Nate Baumgardner and Chris Skibinski in pursuit. Miller pulled away from the pack into an uncontested lead and took a flag-to-flag win, followed by Baumgardner and Skibinski. Kart racing has become a mainstay at the CALVMX events. A popular class for the younger racers is the Cadet class. In Cadet A, series regular Tyler Warner dominated both the qualifying heat and later the main event. In the main, Warner timed the green flag perfectly and sped to an early lead. Running second and third behind Warner were the Reed brothers, Chad, and Wyatt. Warner handled the Camp Lockett oval like a seasoned veteran and never put a wheel wrong as he sped to an uncontested win with Chad and Wyatt in the runner up spots. Sunday arrived with a slight overcast plus moderate temperatures making for good race conditions. Making return visits were three familiar faces from seasons past. Former series regular Ken Shilling rolled out his “framer” flat tracker and strapped on his skid shoe as he returned to the Camp Lockett oval. Three-wheeler ace Matt Carrick traveled from his home in Arizona and demonstrated he can still pitch a three-wheeler at full lock and full throttle with the best of them. Also returning after a long absence was quad racer Kevin Ellsworth with his mega-horsepower Suzuki “Quadzilla.” The high-pitched wail of Ellsworth’s two-stroke powered machine was quite a change from the deep growling sounds of the normal four-stroke powered racers. The Pull-Start minibikes were out in force on Sunday. In the Open Expert finale, Dan Brown led off the starting line, with Daltin Collie close behind him. Collie moved into the lead at the beginning of lap two with Brown giving chase. Collie began to pull away from the pack of experts, building up around a three second lead. Driving deep into the turns at full

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Dan Shaw, fourth Pull Start Expert throttle, Collie powered his way to the win, followed by Brown and Lane Miller. Sharing the oval with the Pull-Start Experts, the Intermediate division was led by Eduardo Ramirez. Taking advantage of a good start, Ramirez’s pace enabled him to run close to the Expert class riders. Behind Ramirez, Jason Offendahl and Rich Woolever vied for the runnerup spot. Essentially unchallenged, Ramirez took the Intermediate class win, followed by Offendahl and Woolever. The Mini Dwarf classes and their young drivers always feature close competition and impressive driving skills that belie the young ages of the racers. In the Dwarf A Masters class, Donald Diffenbaugh took the lead down the back straight at the start. Trailing Diffenbaugh was Jacob Manalo and Tyler Warner. Diffenbaugh used a smooth driving style to build up a slight lead over the pack. Manalo and Warner dueled wheel-towheel for second throughout the race. Diffenbaugh powered his way to victory followed by Manalo and Warner. The Open Quad A division was a match between four of the fastest competitors in the CALVMX series. Julian Hoefert and Kevin Ellsworth led the pack into turn one at the start, followed by Robert Berry. As is routine in this class, positions change in the blink of an eye, where a slight bobble in a corner, or loss of traction can lead to an instant loss of position. By lap three, it was Hoefert, Berry and Kelly Lane. Hoefert set a torrid pace as he hurtled around the course. Berry rode at 10/10ths but ran out of laps in pursuit of Hoefert. At the checkers, it was Hoefert with the win, Berry second and Ellsworth third. Other class winners on Sunday included Claude Bell in 125cc A karts, Sam Scaroni in 4 Stroke Kart B, Steve Gimby in Three-Wheeler Open B and Kera Berry in Women’s Quad A.

Kevin Ellsworth, third Open Quad

Lane Miller, first Open Pull Start Expert Round six of the series was held over the weekend of October 30-31 at Camp Lockett with special events for the youngsters over the weekend and the final round is scheduled for November 20-21. With several class championships still undecided, all competitors are welcome to come out and run with CALVMX.

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Vintage Motocross October 3, 2021 - Round 6 - BY STEVE CARO - PHOTOS BY KATHRN CARO Lake Elsinore MX Park - Lake Elsinore CA - www.calvmx.net Start action

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he 2021 CALVMX/ LEGENDS & HEROES vintage motocross season concluded with a great day of racing at the Lake Elsinore MX Park. Held on the vintage friendly Elsinore Vet course, ten motos featured machines ranging from pre-1975 to the early 1990’s. A ceremonial lap of honor was staged prior to the beginning of the race day to honor the memory of CALVMX member Doug Farren. A popular, long-time participant in vintage racing, Farren succumbed to injuries sustained from a racing crash at a previous event. Farren and his familiar number 58 Post Vintage Kawasaki were honored with a lap which included nearly every entrant on the day. Appropriately, the era of machines that originated vintage motocross racing, the pre-1975’s, took to the track first. In the Vintage 60 Plus Intermediate division, Keith Ehlers (Yam) got a good start in the mixed pack of Novice, Intermediate and Expert classes and led the Intermediates onto the main course. Behind him, Terry McPhillips (Bul)

gave chase as he held his own in the pack of racers. Ehlers built up a strong lead and was essentially unchallenged as he took the class win, with McPhillips second. Ehlers second moto start was even better as he launched into a massive holeshot that had him running with the expert ranked divisions. With his classic twin-shock Yamaha running perfectly, he sped to an easy win to clinch the overall class victory. Taking second overall was McPhillips who maintained a steady pace on his pristine Spanish mount. A common occurrence in vintage racing is the combining of numerous classes and various skill levels into the same moto. The ensuing racing often features duels for track position between riders entered in separate classes. Such was the case in the combined GP-2 and GP-3 250/500 moto. The best contest was between GP-3 250 Intermediate Michael Lopez (Suz) and GP-3 250 Expert Nick Mairose (Suz). In the first moto, Lopez powered ahead of the entire field as the

Mike Korgan, first Vintage 250 Expert Sportsman

Scott Mays, second 50+ GP Intermediate (Pre 1996)

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Nick Mairose, first MS 2 Stroke Expert pack entered the course at the start. Mairose quickly worked his way thru the field and began to close in on Lopez. Although they were being scored separately, with racers being racers, Lopez and Mairose strove for track supremacy. Throughout the moto, Lopez clung to a narrow lead as Mairose kept the pressure on him. At the checkers, Lopez crossed the finish first, with Mairose close behind. In the second moto, Mairose blitzed down the starting chute with a lead over the entire group of mixed classes and skill levels of racers. Hot on his rear fender was Lopez. The two sped away from the pack with their personal battle for track supremacy. Mairose hammered the course, roosting out of the corners and sailing low and far over the jumps. Behind him, Lopez was throwing his classic mount around the track as he slowly closed in on Mairose. On the white flag lap, Lopez got the drive he needed to take over the lead and held on to cross the line first with Mairose second, followed by the rest of the mixed class race. Twenty-four-year-old Robert Ballard displayed the capability of classic machinery with impressive rides in two classes. Riding Yamaha’s some 17 years older than himself, Ballard sped to overall wins in both the GP-1 250 Expert class, along with a double moto sweep in the Open Age GP Expert division. Such was his speed, in the mixed field of the Open Age GP (pre-1996 machines), Ballard lapped the entire field! Shaun Hamer (Suz) closed out his highly successful 2021 campaign with overall victories in three separate classes. Hamer topped the GP-1 500 Expert class and added to his totals with wins in GP-2 500 Expert and 50 Plus GP Expert. Mike Korgan made CZ owners proud as he took his pristine CZ to the overall win in the Vintage Sportsman 250 Expert class with 1-1 moto

scores. Korgan also scored a strong second overall in the GP-1 500 Expert class behind Shaun Hamer. Other winners on the day included Andrew McKeag (Husq) in Classic 500 Expert, Scott Mays (Hon) in 60 Plus GP Intermediate and Tim Harris (KTM) in GP-3 500 Expert. The 2022 CALVMX series is in the planning stages now. As track reservations are finalized and dates set, the schedule will be posted on the club’s website www.calvmx.net E

Terry McPhillips, second Vintage +60 Intermediate

Shaun Hamer, first GP-1 500 Expert (Pre 1981)

Keith Ehlers, first Vintage +60 Intermediate

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AMA DISTRICT 38

rattlesnake chase september 26, 2021 superstition ohv area, el centro ca Photos by Judd Neves Nothing But Dirt Racing Photography

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Tony DeMars, second ATV Senior Expert

Chris Avalos, first overall quad

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Casey Lizaola, first ATV Vet Amateur

Luis Garcia, second ATV Novice

RACE 1 TOP TEN OVERALL 1. Dustin Slade 2. Joe Saelens 3. Kyle Hearold 4. Jason Cogbill 5. Pete Andrassy 6. Nathan Johnson 7. Andy Vance 8. Erick Burnworth 9. Jason Mount 10. Luke Ware RACE 2 TOP TEN OVERALL 1. Chris Avalos 2. Braden Schoeffel 3. Danny Magdaleno 4. Jake Hickman

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Joe Moore, fourth Senior Novice

Dylan Ewing, first 200 Novice 5. Casey Lizaola 6. Luis Garcia 7. Enrique Lopez 8. Eric Hartell 9. Anthony DeMars 10. Chyrisma Isom RACE 3 TOP TEN OVEARLL 1. Chad Goodsell 2. Conrad Welland 3. Joshua Sharp 4. Kole Parker 5. Justin Wilson 6. Cooper Shira 7. Dale Fenton 8. Justin Carnes 9. Juan Flores 10. Anthony Santos 250 Exp 1. Chad Goodsell 2. Conrad Welland 3. Cooper Shira 250 Am 1. Dale Fenton 2. Tanner Engen 3. Ssalvador Paniagua 4. Tristan Brigman 5. Noah Clevenger 250 Nov 1. Luke Howard 2. Hunter Alvarez 3. Jason Lopez 4. Jorge Equihua 5. Jake Diaz 200 Am 1. Matthew Savoy 200 Nov 1. Dylan Ewing 2. Connor Belew 3. Matthew Muhlethaler Open Exp 1. Joshua Sharp 2. Kole Parker 3. Justin Carnes 4. Anthony Santos 5. Justin Kennamer Open Am 1. Justin Wilson 2. Robert Rodriguez 3. Sergio Sanchez 4. Anthony Biondo 5. Brendan Hinkle Open Nov 1. Juan Flores 2. Cole Herbrandson 3. Cameron Kinnear 4. Neven Hart 5. Joshua Shutrump Vet Exp 1. Dustin Slade 2. Joe Saelens 3. Kevin McLain Vet Am 1. Nathan Johnson 2. Erick Burnworth 3. Devin Thornton Vet Nov 1. Luke Ware

2. Joseph Putrino 3. Juan Esteban Miranda 4. Evan Kleen 5. Anthony Putrino Senior Exp 1. Kyle Hearold 2. Andy Vance 3. Jason Mount 4. Josh Smith Sen Am 1. Courtney Ludwin 2. Davin Brigman Sen Nov 1. Nicolas Whitehead 2. Bradley Destache 3. Donnie Durfee 4. Joseph Moore 5. Michael Kent Super Sen Exp 1. Jason Cogbill 2. Pete Andrassy 3. Robert Feinstein 4. Bill Hinkle 5. Chad Busch Super Sen Am 1. Zac Shira 2. Don Elliott Super Sen Nov 1. Mike Fuson 2. David Doyle 3. Scott Kinnear 4. Rick Mauro 5. John Shireling Master Exp 1. Mark Zela 2. Brian Jordan 3. John Moreno Master Am 1. Dave Kendrick Master Nov 1. Shawn Wilber Womens Nov 1. Valerie Grijalva ATV Exp 1. Chris Avalos 2. Braden Schoeffel 3. Danny Magdaleno 4. Enrique Lopez ATV Am 1. Casey Lizaola ATV Nov 1. Jake Hickman 2. Luis Garcia 3. Jacob Lizaola 4. Zach Winkelman ATV Vet Am 1. Anthony DeMars ATV Vet Nov 1. Steve Kerchner ATV Sen Exp 1. Eric Hartell ATV Sen Nov 1. Rick Boone ATV Womens Am 1. Sandy Flores ATV Womens Nov 1. Chyrisma Isom 2. Jessica Engen

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Spec TT 6100. Race ready, good Baja 1000 truck. Big fuel cell, big axels, 525HP Turnkey ls3. Fiberwerx body, Culhane T400, Fox shocks. 125k OBO CASH. 760412-0654

5 BFG Mud TA’s, 305/70-17. $100 each, $450 for all 5. Bart Dixon 760212-8527 or Bart@TeamDRE.com

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1978 Honda ATC 90 rolling chassis project. Comes with everything you will need, just put in your ATC 90, 110 or China Lifan motor and go. Everything you see in the photos plus the exhaust, footpegs and the old chain. This rolling chassis project deal also comes with another Honda ATC 110 frame, fork and axle that I have a Calif. Pink Slip-Title for. 2 frames for the price of one. If you like ATC's then you know these things have gone way up in value in recent years. email me your phone # I will call you back. Thank You Randy at: b2v8384@yahoo.com - Orange County, Calif. 475

LESAR has a PRP black youth bench seat for sale. It came off a Rhino. approx. 38" wide and 32" tall. $200, includes safety belts. Bench is in Alpine CA. Send inquiries to d38lesar@gmail.com Four used tires for Toyota 4runner. Mud-Terrain wheels and tires used in good condition.Size 17. Taken off of 2004 4Runner v6 in working condition, 255/75/17. No rattling, No scuffs, No service needed. $450 OBO. 619-402-7504

Low compression 1600 for Code, SCORE races. All brand new parts. $4,000. Call 619-302-3846. Been doing VW’s for 50 years

95 96 97 98 year non turbo Subaru. Any car that had a 2.5 in those years had this motor. Bought for sandrail, dunebuggy, Baja but never used it. Complete no exhaust, no ECU and harness has been cut at ECU no history on it. OBO Rob, Cell 949-678-4803 Wheels and Tires for Sale. Five 14 inch Can-am bead locks with 30 inch Liberty tires. Four have 3/4 use, one has 1/4 use, spare. $450, Kballiger@hotmail.com, Hemet CA

We have had this for 3 years. Bought it new. Sun faded but very reliable. Mostly driven around our property. Went to Ocotillo Wells once. Have clean clear title in hand. Reg on non-operation. Newer battery. Measurements: Wheeltrack (width) 49” Wheelbase (length) 59”. Asking $1200 0r best offer. Located in San Marcos CA. My email is: caliveltz@gmail.com

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15” natural rubber HD tire tubes, will fit 33-35” tires, $25 and will ship on your dime. Please call Rich 602-708-1998 S&S OFF ROAD MAGAZINE - NOVEMBER 2021 - www.ssormag.com

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