Over the last few weeks, we have had the honor of working with Meek Racing on freshening up #1142 and getting her ready for the 2015 season. They are pointing her towards the $10,000 bonus offered in the World Series of Bugs this year, and the first race is SNORE Battle at Primm this coming weekend. Here is some footage of testing from this last week:
Here is a list of some of the association’s schedules for 2015. Feel free to contact us if you would like your schedule included here – we would love to.
PLEASE NOTE – if you are thinking of racing multiple associations in the year, please be sure to look over EACH association’s rules and fees. They DO vary and the rulebook and class build specifications aren’t necessarily the same. The standard rulebook emulated by most is the SCORE rulebook, but you must purchase that at the SCORE website (or find a friend who has one). Most other associations offer their rulebook for free online, usually in PDF format.
MaxTrax has sponsored a championship series composed of several different races from different associations over the next few months. Please refer to THIS post on the Class 11 Coalition if you are interested in participating. The following races are what counts for the championship.
|February 20-22||SNORE||Battle at Primm, Primm, NV|
|March 18-19||BITD||Mint 400 (non series race)|
|May 29-31||SNORE||Caliente, NV|
|October 3-4||VORRA||Short Course Reno, Reno/Sparks, NV|
|December 4-5||CODE||Off-Road Mexicali to San Felipe, Mexico|
*EDIT* The schedule has changed since I first posted this. The schedule for the short course races are different.
|3/28-3/29||Short Course||Wild West Motorsports Park Reno, NV|
|4/18-4/18||Short Course||Prairie City OHV Park, Folsom, CA|
|5/23-5/25||Desert Race||Hawthorne, NV|
|8/29-8/30||Desert Race||Fallon, NV|
|10/3-10/4||Short Course||Wild West Motorsports Park Reno, NV|
|10/24-10/25||Short Course||Prairie City OHV Park, Folsom, CA|
|FEB 20-22||Short Course||King Shocks Battle At Primm, Primm, NV|
|APR 10-11||Desert Race w/MORE||Motion Tire 300, Ridgecrest, CA|
|MAY 29-30||Desert Race||Race Fuel Energy Drink 250, Caliente, NV|
|SEP 11-12||Desert Race w/MORE||KC HiLites Midnight Special, Lucerne Valley, CA|
|Oct 23-24||Desert Race||46th Annual SNORE 250, Kingman, AZ|
|DEC 11-13||Short Course w/MORE||Rage at the River, Laughlin, NV|
|Feb. 28||Multi-Heat Event||Two 4 1/2 hour heats, Barstow, CA|
|April 11||Desert Race w/SNORE||Ridgecrest 300, Ridgecrest, CA|
|May 30||Desert Race||400 miles, Lucerne Valley, CA|
|July 4-5||Multi-Heat Event||Two Heats, 14 mile course, Fort Irwin, CA|
|Sept. 12||Desert Race w/SNORE||KC HiLites Midnight Special, Lucerne Valley, CA|
|Oct. 17||Multi-Heat Event||Ladies Only, two 3 1/2 hour heats, Barstow, CA|
|Dec. 12-13||Multi-Heat Event||Rage at the River, Laughlin, CA|
|Jan. 22-25||Desert Race||San Felipe 250, Baja Mexico|
|April 16-19||Desert Race||Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto|
|June 4-7||Desert Race||47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, Ensenada, Baja Mexico|
|Sept. 24-27||Desert Race||3rd Bud Light SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Plaster City, CA|
|Nov. 18-21||Desert Race||48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Ensenada, Baja Mexico|
|JANUARY 9, 10||Desert Race (UTV, Quad, Bike points only)||Polaris PARKER “250”, Parker, AZ|
|FEBRUARY 6, 7, 8||Desert Race (car and truck points only)||BLUEWATER RESORT PARKER “425” PRESENTED BY IMPACT, Parker, AZ|
|February 20, 21, 22||Desert Race||POLARIS RZR UTV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DESERT CLASSIC, Laughlin, NV|
|MARCH 13, 14, 15||Desert Race||GENERAL TIRE MINT “400”, Las Vegas, NV|
|MARCH 27, 28, 29||Desert Race (trail ride, no points)||MOTION PRO NEVADA “200” TRAIL RIDE, Caliente, NV|
|MAY 1, 2, 3||Desert Race||CANIDAE TAP IT SILVERSTATE “300”, TBA|
|AUGUST 13, 14, 156||Desert Race||GENERAL TIRE “VEGAS to RENO” PRESENTED BY FOX, NV|
|OCTOBER 9, 10, 11||Desert Race (Car, Truck, UTV only)||BLUEWATER DESERT CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY POLARIS, Parker, AZ|
|DECEMBER 4, 5, 6||Desert Race||Henderson 250 Presented by supercross.com, Henderson, NV|
|April 25-29||Desert Rally||Mexican 1000, Mexicali, Baja, Mexico|
POSTPONED due to issues with BLM, etc. in 2014. Please read more here: HDRA announcement. Also, the former HDRA Reno 500 is now listed under SCORE as the 3rd Annual SCORE Reno 500 (obviously it was HDRA prior), so it’s possible Roger Norman-owned SCORE and HDRA may just be merging their races.
|Feb. 13-15||Desert Race||MR Gran Prix, Mexicali B.C.|
|April 10-12||Desert Race||VW Autopartes Escomex, Mexicali, B.C.|
|May 8-10||All-girls, non-point||Racing For Boobies|
|Jul 24-26||Desert Race||Jacume Gran Prix, Tecate, B.C.|
|October 9-11||Desert Race||Mexicana Logicistics 300, Mexicali, B.C.|
|December 4-6||Desert Race||Race Ready 275, Mexicali-San Felipe|
|March 7||Desert Race||Cal City 150, California City, CA|
|August 4||Short Course||Baja Challenge, Glen Helen, CA|
|November 7||Desert Race||Cal City 200, California City, CA|
|March 20-21||Short Course||Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, Lake Elsinore, CA|
|April 24-25||Short Course||Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler, AZ|
|May 30 – 31||Short Course||Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, Lake Elsinore, CA|
|June 20-22||Short Course Modified Cart Only||Miller Motor Sports Park, Tooele, UT|
|Jul 18-19||Short Course||Glen Helen Raceway, Glen Helen, CA|
|August 1-2||Short Course Modified Cart Only||Baja International Short Course Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico|
|August 22-23||Short Course||Wild West Motorsports Park, Sparks, Nevada|
|September 18-19||Short Course||Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV|
|October 24-25||Short Course||Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, Lake Elsinore, CA|
|December 5||Event||Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series awards Banquet, TBA location|
TBA Event Schedule
|Jan. 17||Event||Regional test day Lake Elsinore|
|Feb. 13||Event||2014 Season Awards, Glen Helen Raceway San Bernardino, CA|
|Feb. 14||Short Course||Round One, Glen Helen Raceway San Bernardino, CA|
|March 7-8||Short Course||Round Two and Three, Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park Lake Elsinore, CA|
|May 16||Short Course||Round Four, Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park Lake Elsinore, CA|
|June 27||Short Course||Round Five, Glen Helen Raceway San Bernardino, CA|
|July 19||Short Course Night Race||Round Six, Glen Helen Raceway San Bernardino, CA|
|Aug. 29||Short Course||Round Seven, Glen Helen Raceway San Bernardino, CA|
|Oct. 10||Short Course||Round Eight, Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park Lake Elsinore, CA|
|Oct. 11||Short Course||Shoot Out, Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park Lake Elsinore, CA|
|Feb. 26||Event||2014 Season Banquet, Octane Raceway, Scottsdale, AZ|
|Feb. 28-Mar. 1||Short Course||Round One, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports, Chandler, AZ|
|March 1-2||Short Course||Round Two, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports, Chandler, AZ|
|April 11-12||Short Course||Round Three, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports, Chandler, AZ|
|April 12-13||Short Course||Round Four, Tucson Int Raceway, Tuscon, AZ|
|May 8-9||Short Course||Round Five, TBA|
|May 9-10||Short Course||Round Six, TBA|
|Sept. 11-12||Short Course||Round Seven, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports, Chandler, AZ|
|Sept. 12-13||Short Course||Round Eight, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports, Chandler, AZ|
|Nov. 7-8||Short Course||Round Nine, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports, Chandler, AZ|
|Nov. 8-9||Short Course||Round Ten, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports, Chandler, AZ|
|May 16||Short Course||Round One, Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, UT|
|June 13||Short Course||Round Two, Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, UT|
|July 11||Short Course||Round Three, Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, UT|
|Aug. 15||Short Course||Round Four, Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, UT|
|Sept. 5||Short Course||Round Five, Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, UT|
Has not updated website to reflect 2015 schedule.
Has not updated website to reflect 2015 schedule. However, a post was made in December 2014:
“COORP would like to thank all of our racers and spectators for your support over the last three years. This has been a lot of fun to watch this evolve in Central Oregon and we believe that this can continue to grow. At this time COORP is looking for help to keep this going. We need financial help and dedicated people that want to see this sport grow. If we don’t get some help, we’ll be forced to close down and not open for the 2015 season.
If you are interested and believe that you can be the help that we at COORP need, then send a PM or call one of us (phone numbers on the website, www.centraloregonracepark.com) and we’ll discuss the possibilities.
This has been an amazing experience for all of us and we honestly hope to continue and keep this event in Central Oregon. Thank you!”
|Feb. 1||Event||KLiM King of the Motos Presented by Trail – Tech, Dry Lake, Landers, CA|
|Feb. 2||Short Course||Pre-running day/ ULTRA4 vs. Rock Bouncer Shootout, Landers, CA|
|Feb. 3||Event||4 Wheel Parts Time Trials & Qualifying rounds – Including LCQ|
|Feb. 4||Event||4 Wheel Parts Time Trials & Qualifying rounds continued, Landers, CA|
|Feb. 4||Event||Polaris RZR KOH UTV Race Presented by HCR, Landers, CA|
|Feb. 5||Event||Smittybilt Every Man Challenge (Stocks, Mods, Specs and Legends), Landers, CA|
|Feb. 6||Desert Race||Nitto King of The Hammers *The Big Race*|
|Feb. 7||Desert Race||KOH The Experience Presented by GenRight|
Has not updated website to reflect 2015 schedule.
Has not updated website to reflect 2015 schedule.
Has not updated website to reflect 2015 schedule.
|July 8-13||Event||July Test-N-Tune, Bonneville, UT|
|Sept. 12-15||Flat Race||World of Speed 2015, Bonneville, UT|
Has not updated website to reflect 2015 schedule. However, this was posted on their Facebook page:
January 15, 2015 at 6:22pm
My good off-road racing friends,
First off, thank you to all the racers, organizers, sponsors, and the BLM staff that has and continues to work with us. We’ve been quiet for a month or more, and I hope to use this opportunity to explain why and to communicate our plan moving forward.
THE PAST AND PRESENT SITUATION:
It is with great disappointment and much anguish that I announce that Bonneville Off-Road Racing (BOR) as an organization will not be sanctioning races on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) through the year 2015. Before I get into the details of how this has come to pass, please realize that BOR is not by any means dead, and will continue to thrive through 2015 and beyond.
I think it is important to start with a recent history of BOR, especially the events and circumstances leading up to and including to the Wendover 2014 Rewound Race, and what transpired following the race.
Throughout the years, BOR has established a philosophy to become a racing organization that preserves and protects the rights to hold sanctioned, small, low impact, everyman races on BLM land in Nevada, Utah and elsewhere, while doing restoration work on public roads in order to preserve those routes used by environmental researchers and activists, hunters, ranchers, and motorized and non-motorized recreators alike. Two major points of our overall philosophy have been to:
• Mark race course as little as possible in order to minimize the impact on the surrounding environment (“Pack It In, Pack It Out”) and workload on the organizers and volunteers, while at the same time challenging the racers to read the course.
• Restore recently unused roads so that future generations may continue to use them in ways that benefit the general public.
To be short, this philosophy backfired at the Wendover 2014 Rewound Race, as the major issue brought to BOR’s attention was the off-course racing, something that BLM communicated to BOR post-race, and something BOR was unprepared for due to expectations established through many years of a harmonious and mutually beneficial relationship. Many spots were run wide, and a more than a few corners were cut short. Once BOR inspected the course post-race, we understood the position of BLM and their threat of a potential one year suspension from racing on BLM land.
We soon realized that the goals of BOR, the racers, and the BLM were all slightly out of alignment. It’s not that we were of opposing views, but that those views and expectations were not clearly communicated. It seemed that the three major factors that led to an impending suspension from BLM were:
• Course not marked well enough by the organizers, especially along the long stretches of roads we were trying to restore to usable condition.
• Racers, using commonly accepted desert racing techniques to either stay out of another’s dust, pass another vehicle, or look for a better line through silt, ran the course wide, in some spots as much as 50 yards.
• Unclear communication of expectations between BLM, BOR, and the racers as to what were acceptable racing and restoration practices.
Given the threat of suspension, BOR spent two full weekends in the desert south of Wendover doing road restoration and revegetation work far beyond any we had ever needed to do in the past. Long story short, BLM was happy with the work that was done, but it became clear through unofficial channels that any permit we applied for, in any BLM district in the year 2015, would be denied. A permit denial would leave an official black mark on any future permits we would apply for and would not be good for the desert racing community in general.
It was felt by BOR that since a most certain permit denial would be damaging to our reputation and organization, we decided that a self-imposed one year suspension from racing on BLM land was the best and most sensible solution to keep public land racing in the United States alive, not only for BOR, but for others such as SCORE, SNORE, BITD, VORRA, USRA, and the many others who share our goals. It was not an easy conclusion to come to.
Having said all of that…2014 was our most successful in a long time, and BOR is still very much alive and well. The volunteers, racers, and organizers are still eager to make this organization thrive, so let me get into our plans for 2015 and beyond.
BOR will not be organizing any races on BLM land this year, end of discussion. However, that does not leave us without options for maintaining ourselves as a group of off-road racing enthusiasts, holding get-togethers and meetings, or especially holding races on other lands. We came up with a short list of options. Without getting into specifics, I’d like to list them here:
• Weekend long “Meetings in the Desert” instead of our regular Tuesday nights at Nate’s shop
• Races on individually held private land
• Races on corporately held private land
• Races on public land (city/county/Native American owned)
We have several leads that we are actively pursuing for each of the non-BLM potential racing opportunities and are welcome to ideas. We are definitely holding three Meetings in the Desert on these dates, details to be forthcoming, but they will likely either be held on 93A south of Wendover or at Five Mile. These are close to our originally planned race dates to reduce conflicts with racing events and holidays:
• Weekend of May 2nd – Five Mile Poker Run
• Weekend of June 27th – Wendover Main Pit Desert Cleanup, BLM approved
• Weekend of September 12th – ???
Rest assured that we will be applying for three permitted races outside of Wendover in 2016 and have every reason to believe they will be approved.
As always, BOR thrives on the input, help, and participation of its racers and volunteers. Thank you so much for your patience and support. Just remember, this isn’t the first time we’ve encountered hard times, and we came back from that with a vengeance. We strive to do the same once again.
Please PM me for contact info if you’d like to talk in private.
Kyle MacArthur – Technical Director
Nate Srok – President and Race Director
Allen Gerber – Owner”
Additionally, Steve sent several vintage photos of VORRA racing circa 1970’s. You can view these by navigating our menu above under “Media,” or CLICK HERE to visit it directly.
Two Larrys Racing would like to wish everyone safe and happy holidays this 2014 season! Remember sober drivers are your friends, and so is your race helmet and head/neck restraint. Have a safe and happy holiday season, and Happy New Year for 2015! And now time once again for our annual Two Larrys/Booger Christmas Card:
We are pleased to announce that Bob and his world record Oval Window have their very own page on TLR now, complete with photos and video. You can visit it in the menu above under Projects and Custom Engines, or follow this link to read more about Bob breaking the world record for the ww36 class!
We’ve been busy as usual…finishing out the summer/fall projects to welcome the fall/winter projects! Namely, we are pleased to once again be working with Meek Racing #1142 (Dave Meek) and CBCFS Racing #1116 (Paul Nauleau) to assist in their preparation for the 2015 racing season.
But to give everyone a smile on their face today, here is some video of what we did last night. Because sometimes you just need to take a donut break.
If you are a Dezert People movie fan like we are, then you will most certainly be interested in the premiere tour! Here is the schedule for DP11:
September 12th, Atrium Hotel, Irvine, CA (ticket pre-ordering and combos available now).
September 13th, Legacy Brewing Co. Oceanside, CA.
September 15th, BNS Brewing & Distilling, Santee, CA.
September 16th, Studio Movie Grill, Scottsdale/Phoenix, AZ (ticket pre-ordering is online now).
September 19-21, Sand Sports Super Show, Costa Mesa, CA (purchase videos at our booth)
September 23rd, Viola’s Tavern, Las Vegas, NV.
September TBA, Coach’s Sports Bar & Grill, Campbell, CA.
September 20th, Texas Raptor Run, Raptoberfest.
September 24th, Burgers and Beer, El Centro, CA.
September 26th, SamCo Fabrication, Reno, NV.
September 27th, VORRA Prairie City race, Sacramento, CA
September TBA, The Palm Theatre, San Luis Obispo, CA.
September TBA, Tucson, AZ
September Tentative, Mesa Theater, Grand Junction, CO.
September TBA, Fresno, CA
October 4th-5th, Off Road Expo, Pomona, CA (DVDs & Blu-Rays available at the DP booth in bldg 4.)
October 9th, “The Bar”, Parker, AZ
Read more about it at the article posted in A Gentleman’s Word.
And very important! You can order your copy RIGHT NOW at Dezertpeople.com. Click HERE to order. The will start shipping orders on September 15.
Release: September 12th, 2014
Media: DVD & Blu-Ray. NTSC
Running time: 56 minutes plus extras.
Region: Wordwide, unrestricted.
Rating: Family friendly.
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-Ray $29.95
But wait, there’s more! Dezert People 11 trailer!
It’s been a while since we’ve updated – it’s been very busy! So here goes….
First, a major shout-out to our friend Bob Dodero. You might remember him from earlier posts as the [new] owner of the the Smurf, #1106. He made his goal this year to race at Bonneville and break the land-speed world record for the ww36 class in an Oval Window Bug. (there are a lot of classes racing, ww36 is a specific class with specifications for the engine components, etc.) We are so pleased and proud that on Sunday, he broke the world land-speed record with his TLR-Gary Herrod-built 36hp motor at 78+ mph! He will be running again Tuesday (today) with changes to the carbs Gary also built for him, and a Pertronix system instead of points (it’s fun seeing the performance differences) – maybe he’ll even break his own record! We are very excited for him. Video of the engine to come soon from when we had it on the dyno. It sure doesn’t sound like a 36hp. Also on Sunday was Bob’s birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Bob, and what a great present he gave himself!
If you would like to read HotVW Magazine coverage of Bonneville so far (they plan to have a full spread in the upcoming magazines):
- Day One of Bonneville
- Day Two of Bonneville
- Day Three of Bonneville
Also in the news, another VORRA Fallon 250 is in the record books. If you would like to see the results from that race, please visit VORRA’s site here: Fallon 250 Results. Congratulations to all competitors. If you would like to read race stories, please check that out on VORRA’s forum here.
The VORRA September Sizzler at Prairie City is coming up at the end of this month. If you are interested in some short course action as a racer or spectator, please check the information and schedule here on VORRA’s site:
2014 September Summer Sizzler
September 27 – 28, 2014
Prairie City OHV Park
Rancho Cordova, California
The always awesome VORRA Halloween races (called the Spooktacular now) will be coming up in the end of October.
*They are still looking for VORRAteers to help with the races and on the track for both meets!*
Also in the news, our Syncro is up and running again! It sounds similar to the Booger. We will get photos and video of the Van on the site soon as well.