2017 SCORE World Desert Championship moving north as the TIJUANA 21st SCORE DESERT CHALLENGE

 

 

September 22-24

New race dates, multi-year agreement brings  split-format, multi-lap SCORE Baja race as motos, quads, race on Friday and cars, trucks, UTVs race first half on Saturday, second  half on Sunday; more complete details will be available at www.SCOREInternational.com

 

    ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico — Moving to the largest city on the Baja California peninsula, SCORE International has announced that Round 3 of the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship will be the special- split format, multi-lap Tijuana 21st SCORE Desert Challenge, replacing the originally scheduled Rosarito Beach race.

Entering into a multi-year agreement with the City of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, the unique-format race will be held Sept. 22-24 with the spectator-friendly start/finish line and pit area located on the southeast outskirts of Tijuana in the popular Casian Ranch area.

With just four months remaining before the historic 50th anniversary race of the iconic SCORE Baja 1000, the City of Tijuana and the Tijuana tourism groups have stepped up and offered SCORE a strong, multi-year contract that moves the race from nearby Rosarito Beach, where it was held last year. Motorcycles, quads and a group of car classes will race in split heats on Friday with the remaining car and truck classes running the first half of their race on Saturday and final half on Sunday.

“We appreciate all that Rosarito Beach did to launch the Baja version of the popular SCORE Desert Challenge, but as they were unable to host this year’s race, we are extremely pleased that the City of Tijuana, which has significantly more resources, is able to welcome this popular SCORE racing event,” comments Roger Norman, SCORE President/CEO. In addition, “Located close to the U.S. Border at San Diego, it will also provide an easier access and departure from the race, making attending and/or participating in this event even easier than the other race events in our SCORE World Desert Championship.”

Tijuana is one of the five largest and fastest-growing metropolitan areas in all of Mexico. The city has also experienced tremendous growth in recent years, attracting investments by electronics, aerospace and medical tourism firms and is also regarded as one of the top cuisine destinations in the world, including craft beer production.

Tijuana has also recorded its best hotel occupancy rate in the last 15 years and has attracted additional hotel chains like City Express, Holiday Inn and the Hyatt Hotels among others.

SCORE is also working closely with the Tijuana Hotel Association to secure room blocks for race teams, sponsors, media and the SCORE staff at five-star accommodations in the city.

SCORE officials have also indicated that these race dates, one week later than originally scheduled, will allow supporting teams and manufacturers to focus clearly on one-event rather than extending resources because of competing trade and consumer shows on the previous race dates.

SCORE JOURNAL

The SCORE Journal, launched in 2015, is published as 12 monthly online digital magazines, which includes four print editions that are available as the SCORE race programs at the four events that comprise the SCORE World Desert Championship along with another print edition for the annual SCORE Awards Night.

The SCORE Journal Monthly Digital Magazine features exclusive editorial, enhanced race action videos, expanded and interactive race coverage, interactive product reviews, insider interviews with drivers, tech stories, driver and team profiles, race narratives and analysis, exclusive long and short form video programming, race results, updated stats, studio photography, class overviews, unmatched access to SCORE’s historical archives and much, much more.

PARA AMIGOS!

The SCORE Journal features a Spanish language edition of the magazine on the SCORE website. Spanish-speaking individuals represent nearly 20% of the SCORE Journal unique reader base. The link may be viewed on the menu of the SCORE Journal Magazine tab on the SCORE Website. The Spanish language version of the SCORE Journal will be posted within the week of the traditional version.

EL REY NETWORK

The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California, Mexico along with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience/SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying in Las Vegas will all air on El Rey Network in the United States. International distribution is by way of syndication.

El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy.

Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today’s America. El Rey’s slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the one-on-one interview program “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” and “Lucha Underground,” a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett.

El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

El Rey Network is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visit http://elreynetwork.com.

ERN AIRTIME

Showcasing the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory by Andy McMillin, the one-hour in-depth coverage show on the 49th SCORE Baja 500 will premier on Sunday, August 6 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time on the El Rey Network.

DUST2GLORY

From award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, Dust2Glory has chronicled each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Brown’s original Dusty to Glory, released in 2005, became an iconic classic showcasing the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. D2G, which began shooting at the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000, continued up close and personal coverage capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races. Dust2Glory is scheduled for release later this year.

SCOREscope

The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the second time all four are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

  • 31st SCORE San Felipe 250, March 30-April 2, San Felipe, Mexico
  • 49th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-4, Ensenada Mexico
  • Tijuana 21stSCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 22-24, Tijuana, Mexico
  • 50th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico to La Paz, Mexico

SCORE SPONSORS…

Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards.

Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.

AMA Hall of Famer Bill Baird passes away

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — AMA Hall of Famer Bill Baird passed away early Wednesday, July 12, as a result of injuries he sustained from a previous fall. He was 88.

Mr. Baird was the leading AMA National Enduro Rider from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s and won seven consecutive national enduro championships during that time. He was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the Baird family. It’s a sad day for the American Motorcyclist Association and for motorcycling,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. “Bill Baird, with his wife, Millie, was a strong supporter of the AMA and played a key role in getting the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation started.”

Screen Shot 2017-07-14 at 5.02.21 PMIn addition to being a top competitor, Mr. Baird was also a key figure in the AMA, serving on the Board of Trustees for 21 years and being one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum through his activities for the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation.

Mr. Baird also was an avid motorcycle collector. Several of his machines have been displayed at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.

Visitation is scheduled for July 21, with the funeral July 22. McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling, Ill., is handling arrangements.

Mr. Baird’s AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame profile may be viewed at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

Sammy Halbert, Jared Mees And Brad Baker Prove Their Mettle With Medal Sweep For TCX @ X Games

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Sammy Halbert won the X Games Minneapolis Flat Track Gold medal followed by Silver medal winner Jared Mees (left) and Bronze medalist Brad Baker (right). Photo: Andrea Wilson

July 14, 2017 – The rivalry between Harley and Indian has been heating up on the flat track scene all season, but it came to a boil in Minneapolis during the X Games Harley-Davidson Flat Track Race. When the dust settled, it was Slamming Sammy Halbert taking his first X Games Gold medal, last year’s Gold medalist Jared Mees was second and Brad “The Bullet” Baker bagged the bronze. However, TCX was the real winner as every medalist opted for the gold standard of TCX at X Games.

All three racers went to the Mall of America track with something to prove on the 1/3 mile bullring! “Last year my #1 goal was was to win X Games gold… nothing has changed,” said defending champ Mees. In his X Games debut in 2015, Mees was seconds from winning gold when he tossed a chain on the final lap. “To achieve my goal last year after what happened in 2015 was a dream come true.”

Apparently Slamming Sammy missed the memo.

Sammy Halmert grabs the 20-lap X Games main event win and Gold medal.
Photo: Andrea Wilson


The 2015 Silver medalist, Halbert came to X Games Milwaukee with a chip on his shoulder after finishing a disappointing 12th at X Games Austin in 2016. He was not to be denied! Halbert was fastest in practice, fastest in qualifying and absolutely dominated the first heat race, with a half a lap lead over Mees (7.154 seconds).

It was more of the same in the 20-lap main event. Mees had the holeshot, but Sammy slammed his way past by lap 4 and ran away with the win lapping his way up through the field on his old school XR750 Harley-Davidson.

“So stoked to get the Gold,” said the Xstatic Halbert after dominating the X Games Harley-Davidson Flat Track 20-lap main event. “We we’re really good as soon as we unloaded from the truck… the bike was so solid from the word go.” He admitted he was trying not to think about the medal during the race. “I was trying to hit my marks out there, but it is going to be a fun weekend celebrating. I couldn’t be happier!”

A last lap blitz put Brad Baker onto the box, and gave Indian second and third on the evening. This was Baker’s third consecutive X Games Bronze medal. “I’m going to have to step up my game at X,” he joked. “Hats off to Sammy, we had nothing for him tonight.”

Slammin’ Sammy, Jammin’ Jared and The Bullet all put their stamp on Summer X decisively. Although they disagree on the track all three relied on TCX Boots to get up on the podium! From cutting-edge design, premium fit and comfort and unique features like Torsion and Double-Flex Control, the TCX podium sweep reiterates the brand’s “Focus On Boots” message. “Of course we had to add some Italian-style to our proven design,” says TCX R&D head Marco Poloni. “While we may have made a concession to the style-conscious X Games fans, it is still the performance that counts.”

For all their differences Sammy, Jared and Brad have something in common: Their TCX boots. See your local dealer for the boots that proved their mettle by sweep the X Games medals or get more details at: www.ridetcxboots.com

Brad Baker snuck right in at the finish to take the X Games Bronze.
Photo: Andrea Wilson
Jared Mees placed second and went home with X Games Silver.
Photo: Andrea Wilson

Remembering John Farmer

John Farmer racing CALVMX Flat Track. Photo by Judd Neves

A soldier of perseverance and the American way of life, this was John Farmer. Southern California Flat Track Association 2016 Bomber class Novice Champion, John Farmer had the heart and zeal to live strong and do his part to ensure others did too.

John Farmer (13), with a good start in an inter-class 2016 Bomber heat.

John passed away on October 11th, 2016. Born on December 13, 1960, John Philip Farmer, was a lifelong resident of San Diego’s South Bay city of Chula Vista, graduating from Hilltop High School in 1978. While growing up in the South Bay, John was an expert boatman taking many ski trips to Salton Sea, as well as an escapade or a hundred, on the waters near Chula Vista Marina and beyond in San Diego Bay.

Fishing with his good buddy Ken Shilling while in their teens, they were caught out in the murky waters near dusk, paddling in with water skis after the engine lost it’s roar. Continuing through the darkening night, they eventually made their way back to the launch ramp, add one to teen invincibility. John always owned boats throughout his life, never losing his love of the water.

Wrenches for hands, he went on to race Bomber Stock cars in his early twenties, at tracks like the long past South Bay Speedway also known as Speedway 117. Gaining his dirt biking experience starting with the three wheel Honda ATC he was often found at the riding mecca near the legendary Palm Avenue, which were part of his back yard. An area that inter-connected with other areas of San Diego county, largely developed or closed off at this point, it is now part of a bygone era of San Diego riding.

Ken Shilling (26B) and John Farmer (13), going into turn one in a 2016 heat race.

The past few years John had been racing motocross with CALVMX and in 2016 put his hat in the SCFTA and CALVMX flat track series. Purchasing a Chaney framed Yamaha TT500 from S&S Off Road publisher, Steve Kukla, he went to the sliding side. John completed eight rounds at SCFTA before he graced the pearly gates, winning one round and placing second in five rounds. He was posthumously awarded the Bomber Novice title at the SCFTA awards ceremony.

John was also an avid Harley Davidson rider, earning his biker stripes on a 2002 adventure with Shilling by his side. Sizzling summer heat beating down, the riders headed out on the big slab of Interstate 805 out of Chula Vista, destination, Sturgis, South Dakota. An enduring fourteen hundred mile ride ahead, give or take a few miles, the modern day vikings had some hard riding to do. The destination is just a goal, what lies between is the adventure to a true traveler.

John Farmer, on the roll in 2002 before the extension cord saga.

New to riding Harley’s and navigating the concrete path mired with crazy cagers, John caught on quickly as they powered their big Harleys on. First pit stop, Las Vegas, Nevada, and time for some refreshment, relaxation, and sightseeing. Laying down the bed rolls they quickly went to enjoying the atmosphere of the city, and paying for it the next morning. Alas, they were to meet other scooter tramps, and that they did, cranking it up in the morning the group had grown to seven riders, and back to the slab they go.

If there was a Harley having a bad day, John knew he could get it going with duct tape and a bit of mechanical how to, and back on the road they would go. After being joined by the other riders, they soon found themselves engaging in steel horse resuscitation, again and again and again. One of the riders from the joining group was having a bit of an issue with his bike, which he had just finished putting together before beginning the journey, not a good deal for such a long scoot, but it happens. As Sturgis neared and the stops to fix the ailing Harley increased, John and Ken needed to move on. They said their good byes and fast tracked it to the event with about 100 miles to go.

The first Friday in August opened the 2002 Sturgis Rally, with the reportedly over 500,000 riders showing up during the event which always ends on the second Sunday in August. The rally transforms the quiet town that normally has a population around 6500, into a plethora of bikes, people, food, and lots of cool beverages, the latter was forefront on the minds of John and Ken.

Break time for John and the scooters, on their 2002 Sturgis run.

Coming into the crowds they made their way to the Full Throttle Saloon, before it became famous with its own reality show seven years later. The two brothers-in-arms arrived and ordered up some frosty ones. After enjoying the chaos for about a day, they received news that Ken’s mom was ailing in Phoenix, Arizona. Time to roll.

John fired up his Heritage Custom to say bye on the fly, with Shilling twisting the gas on his customized 1994 Heritage Softail. The road lay ready for the trip to Mom’s house and Sturgis became history. Taking the route through Wyoming, Colorado, and then Utah where they spent the night, everything seemed on the mark with less than 500 miles to go to Phoenix. Groceries down their necks, with the heat coming on, they set out in tandem the following morning. Motoring into northern Arizona territory Ken’s sled started doing the sputter and gag routine, but as the engine seemed to lose all spark in the rural expanse, they found a watering hole. In a beer bench huddle the two figured out that Ken had an electrical issue, voltage regulator to be exact and not a replacement part in sight.

No worries. Finding a small hardware store they came up with the idea to connect an extension cord from John’s battery to Ken’s and see if that would work. Presto, the sickly sled came to life as if to bellow, “what’s the problem, let’s get it on,” and get it on they did.

Running down pavement with the wire stretched out between the two bikes, their umbilical cord of electrical deliverance got the job done. Eventually finding a shop, they repaired Ken’s steed and onward they went.

Just as in the story above, so John’s life adventures went, he always found a way to get the job done, as evidenced by his over eighteen years of working for the Chula Vista Elementary Transportation Department, eventually heading the department.

John was a loving husband, son and brother to his family. As a friend he was second to none, he was caring and compassionate and would help anyone. He was an ace mechanic, a restorer of classic cars, San Diego Bay fisherman and boatman, flat tracker and motocrosser.

The legendary Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd says it well in one line of their 1974 rock classic Free Bird: “If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?”

John is and always will be. Godspeed Sir.

By Rodney Rutherford

AMERICAN FLAT TRACK

Rolling Wheels Half-Mile – Elbridge, NY – July 8, 2017

The 2017 American Flat Track season returned to racing in front of a sold-out crowd in Eldridge, NY, and Bell Helmets’ Jared Mees had a perfect night of racing, leading the main event wire-to-wire. This race marked Mees’ 25th overall career victory as he put his Rogers Racing Indian Scout on top of the podium for the 5th time this season. “My team means the world to me. They never stop – just like me. We work extremely hard… you’ve definitely got to put in the hard work. We were good out of the box. From the first lap in practice to the last lap in the Main Event, I feel like we were the dominant guy and it showed.”

Mees is also leading the championship point series.

Jared Mees and his Indian Scout not only took the overall win at the Rolling Wheels Half-Mile, but also grabbed the cover of this week’s Cycle News. For a direct link to the complete article, simply click on the image above.
PRO MOTOCROSS
Round 7 –  Red Bull Southwick National – Southwick, MA – July 8, 2017

Southwick is known as one of the toughest tracks on the circuit, and Bell Helmets’ Eli Tomac proved, without question, he is the toughest guy in the series. Tomac easily won both motos to take the overall win. “We only have one really good sand track during the year and that is here at Southwick,” said Tomac. “It seems most guys either love or hate this track, but I’m a big fan of it and enjoy coming here. I think we’re in a good spot, points wise. We’re not really fighting anything on the motorcycle and it’s nice to head into the off weekend on a good note.”

Cooper Webb also had his best performance of the year at the “Wick,” placing his factory Yamaha on the podium in the first moto and finishing 5th in the second moto – taking 4th overall on the day.

In the 250 Class, Dylan Ferrandis posted 1/2 moto finishes to take 2nd overall on the day. Ferrandis is now 4th overall in the championship points. Seven of the top ten 250 class athletes rely on the Bell Moto-9 Flex helmet.

Eli Tomac went 1/1 on the day, dominating the 450 Class.
Cooper Webb had the fourth fastest qualifying time and posted his best results to date, landing on the podium in third in Moto One and getting 5th in Moto Two for 4th overall on the day.
Dylan Ferrandis won the first moto and followed up with a 2nd in Moto Two for 2nd overall.
Joey Savatgy posted 7/5 moto finishes for 6th overall on the day.
MOTOAMERICA ROAD RACING
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, CA – July 9, 2017

This weekend, the MotoAmerica race series shared the Laguna Seca track with the World Superbike series and put on a great show for the large, enthusiastic crowd.

Bell Helmets’ Mathew Scholtz posted the best results in the Superstock 1000 class by winning both his races. Scholtz now holds a solid lead in the series points. Both Cameron Beaubier and Josh Herrin were on the podium as well in the ultra competitive Superbike class. Beaubier finished 3rd on Saturday and Herrin finished 3rd on Sunday.
Mathew Scholtz won both races over the weekend and is in control of the championship points race in the Superstock 1000 class.
Cameron Beaubier finished 3rd overall on Saturday.
GRAND NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SERIES
Round 9  – The Wiseco John Penton GNCC – Millfield, OH – July 9, 2017

After leading the XC1 Pro Class for most of the race, Bell Helmets’ Kailub Russell suffered another mechanical issue on the last lap and eventually finished 3rd overall. Russell is still leading the points series with four rounds remaining.

Layne Michael put his Bell Moto-9 Flex on top of the podium in the XC2 250 Pro Class. Bell’s Craig DeLong filled out the podium with a 3rd place finish.

Tayla Jones continued to dominate the WXC division by taking her 8th overall win on the season. Mackenzie Tricker placed 3rd.

Layne Michael and Craig DeLong placed their Moto-9 Flex helmets on the podium in the XC2 250 class at Round 9 of the GNCC series.
Make sure to follow these Bell Athletes to keep up with their race activities and results!
Josh Herrin put his Meen Motorsports Yamaha Superbike on the podium this weekend at Laguna Seca.
Not only is Jared Mees leading the point series in American Flat Track – but he is also a new daddy.
Bell Helmets’ Jake Gagne posted a 15th place finish in both Saturday and Sunday races at the World Superbike round this weekend at Laguna Seca – scoring his first WSB points.
Brooke Cosner took top honors in the Women’s Pro Class at the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series. 
Tayla Jones did it again! Another overall win in the WXC division at this weekend’s Wiseco John Penton GNCC.
AMATEUR MOTOCROSS
Bell Helmets returns as the Official Helmet of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship which takes place annually at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Over 22,000 racers from across the globe attempt to qualify for the AMA Amateur National. With only 1,446 gate positions available, the event has earned the title of the world’s most prestigious amateur motocross race. The race will follow a three-moto format, taking place July 31 through August 5. Bell Helmets will also continue their support of the holeshot awards. With a total of 102 gate drops scheduled for 2017 at the Ranch, Bell will have $10,200 in gift certificates up for grabs the week of the national.

“Bell Helmets is excited to return as the official helmet of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship,” said Rob Salcedo, MX Marketing Director for Bell Helmets. “As in the past, Bell will be on-site with our display unit and will be providing the $100 Gift Certificate Holeshot Award for every individual moto. Loretta Lynn’s is the premier amateur motocross in the world and Bell Helmets is proud to continue our relationship with this event.”

Perseverance Pays For Brandon Arthur At LOORRS Round 6

Tooele, UT

Perseverance, tenacity, grit, however you choose to describe it, Brandon Arthur demonstrated it during rounds 5 and 6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Seriesat the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT. The track in Utah is unique due to the composition of the soil. Having a heavy clay content, it is slick when wet, and becomes very hard when dry. After several laps, it can get as hard as concrete; very rutted, very treacherous concrete. The groove is narrow so passing is difficult. Despite the challenges, Brandon Arthur was constantly on the move to the front.

It was difficult enough getting a single race vehicle tuned to the track but Brandon is racing a Yamaha UTV as well as his Pro Lite truck this season. Having both run so strong makes a big statement. Both are supported by MAVTVStronghold MotorsportsPro Traffic ServicesToyo TiresHRT MotorsportsKMC WheelsBenchmark PerformanceAeromotive Fuel SystemsMagnaflow ExhaustFOXCompetitive MetalsCBR PerformanceWirefabSummers BrothersECP Powder CoatingF&L Racing FuelsMaxima Racing OilsFiberwerXHeatshield ProductsBink DesignsRedline PerformanceGear 49Howe PerformanceR2C FiltersBaja DesignsHeatwave VisualYamaha RacingbLU cRUSTEEL-IT, and Mob Armor.
Brandon’s first race would be in the UTV. He started 7th and finished in the same spot. The fast and narrow track gives few opportunities to pass when the pace is high. Despite being mired in traffic, Brandon managed to run the fastest lap of the race. During the Pro Lite race, he qualified fastest and was able to make some moves towards the front. Despite having a plug wire come off, dropping him to only 7 cylinders, he held down 3rd place for more than half the race. Despite some incredible driving, and with only a couple laps to go, he got passed and was dropped to 4th at the finish. “It was a huge bummer,” said Brandon, “I knew we had a truck capable of winning.” Some would call that a bold statement, but Brandon proved it in round 6.

Brandon Arthur, Yamaha YXZ, FOX, KMC Wheels, STEEL-IT, Toyo Tires, Benchmark Performance, Bink Designs

During the UTV race in round 6, Brandon started back in 10th place. At the drop of the green flag, he put the throttle down, and battled to the front. There were a couple caution flags late in the race that bunched up the field; allowing Brandon to pick off several spots. He made the pass for 2nd place on the last lap but ran out of time to chase down the leader. It was his first podium of the weekend, and he wanted more. “For the Pro Lite race, we qualified 4th with a 6 inversion,” says Brandon, “That put us inside on the 2nd row; a good starting position. I made the pass for 2nd on lap 2. On lap 3, the caution came out.

Brandon Arthur, MAVTV, HRT Motorsports, Bink Designs, FOX, Baja Designs

On the restart, my Toyo Tires really hooked up. I got a great run, and made a pass for the lead in turn 2. From there I just put my head down, and made a charge to the finish.  There were no cautions from the 3rd lap until the end of the race, so I could run flat out; we took the win! It was a great step for the team. Now we just have to keep the momentum going. Our goal is to end up on the box for the rest of the season.”

Brandon Arthur, Impact, MAVTV, STEEL-IT, Magnaflow, R2C Filters, Aeromotive, KMC Wheels

At rounds 7 and 8 on July 22 and 23, the series visits Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for the very first time. Brandon and his crew will need to learn the new track and get both vehicles up to speed; something they excel at on a regular basis. To get the latest info on the Wheatland race and the rest of Brandon’s racing go to: http://brandonarthurracing.com/  There you will find the latest news, photos and videos of Brandon’s accomplishments in the Lucas Oil Series and other select off-road events.
Photography By: Bink Designs

The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the Class of 2017

Twenty members of the off-road community evaluated a record number of nominations and cast votes independent of the other committee members. Nominees who received votes from at least two-thirds of the committee members were considered for induction. The nominees who have met the criteria are the members of the Class of 2017 include motorcycle racing pioneer Dave Ekins, Crandon Raceway founder Cliff Flannery, off-road legend Bob Gordon, and off-road innovator Bill Savage.
The Inductees will be celebrated at the ORMHOF Induction & Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the South Point in Las Vegas.
The 2017 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony
is being presented by SCORE International. South Point owner and ORMHOF Inductee Michael Gaughan will host an open bar during the cocktail hour and silent auction, followed by the banquet, Induction Ceremony, and awards. The event is open to the public. For ticket information visit www.ormhof.org
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The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame was established in 1978, to recognize and honor those individuals and organizations whose lifelong contributions to off-road motorsports have set a standard for others to follow. With the four members of the Class of 2017, there are now 87 inductees in the Hall of Fame.
ORMHOF is funded through donations, individual memberships and industry partners, including BFGoodrich, Ultra4 Racing, Safecraft Safety Equipment, McMillin Racing, Terrible Herbst Motorsports, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, NORRA, Mad Media, Race-Dezert, UTV Underground, Fox, Jackson Motorsports Group, Glen Helen Raceway, aFe Power, Steve Olliges Team Ford, FUNCO Motorsports, The Great Candy Cane Off-Road Race Team, Menzies Motorsports, Impact Mastercraft Safety, Wilson Motorsports, The RennSport Group, Walker Evans Racing, Rod Hall Drive, and TSCO Racing.
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Serving on the ORMHOF volunteer Board of Directors are Chairman Mark McMillin, Rod Hall, Frank DeAngelo, Bud Feldkamp, Rory Ward, Richard Landfield, Bob Ham, Bonnie Vessels, Dave Cole, Wes Harbor, Colin Butcher and Zach Gerber.
For information on how to become an industry partner, donate, or become a member of the Hall of Fame, please visit the Hall of Fame website at www.ormhof.org , or call 775 686 6770.
Dave Ekins
Motorcycle Racing Pioneer
39 hours and 56 minutes. Dave Ekins and his riding partner, Bill Robertson, were the first to establish a timed and documented record from Tijuana to La Paz on a motorcycle. It was March of 1962 when the duo set the record that became the precursor to the race that would become the Mexican 1000 and today’s Baja 1000.
NORRA founder and Hall of Fame member Ed Pearlman presented Dave Ekins with the coveted number 1 motorcycle plate, to commemorate the historic 1,000 mile motorcycle run down the Baja Peninsula. Dave and his brother Bud grew up riding motorcycles in the hills above Los Angeles.
During his teenage years, Dave was more interested in cars than motorcycles. “It was easier to date a girl in a car,” he explained. Once he turned his focus back to two wheels, it wasn’t long before Dave was becoming well known, like his brother Bud.
In 1954, he won his class at the Catalina Grand Prix, establishing himself as one of the leading riders on the West Coast. One of Dave’s proudest accomplishments is winning gold in the International Six Day Trial, one of the longest running and most prestigious motorcycle events in the world. Dave competed in five ISDTs over the years. Another one of Dave’s many accomplishments is being the first motorcycle rider ever sponsored by American Honda. In 1961, he was among the first group of Honda representatives to travel to Japan. In 1988, Dave was honored at the 50 years American Honda event in New York. Harley Davidson came calling, asking Dave to design their 100cc HD Baja motorcycle. The HD team that Dave put together included Hall of Fame inductee Larry Roeseler. Dave, Larry and their team dominated AMA District 37 competition and made their way into Baja racing history.
 
In 1967 Dave began a 10-year career as a motorcycle magazine editor, when he accepted a position with Cycle Magazine. Dave also worked at Modern Cycle, launching Dirt Rider, one of the first off-road motorcycle magazines, and later working at Motorcyclist magazine. Dave is also an innovator. In the 1970s, he developed the first kidney belt to feature a Velcro-fastener. In another business venture, Dave founded Sunline, a motorcycle aftermarket parts company.
The Ekins brothers, Dave and Bud, are both members of the AMA Hall of Fame, and now Dave will be joining Bud as a member of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.
 
Cliff Flannery
President, Crandon International Off-Road Raceway
They call it the dirt ‘Field of Dreams’, 400 acres of off-road nirvana in Crandon, Wisconsin. Crandon plays host to home town races as well as some of the largest televised short course events in the world.
While his brother Jack was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his racing success, Cliff is the one who provided his brother Jack, and countless other racers, the opportunity to race at a world class facility. Crandon Raceway is one of the few off-road facilities outside of the American Southwest, and has been Cliff’s life’s work for nearly 50 years.
The dream of Crandon Raceway was born in 1968, after a group that would become known as the Wolfs Head Sportsman Club watched a broadcast of the Mexican 1000 on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. The group decided to hold their own race through the woods around the tiny Northwoods Wisconsin town of Crandon. The track was originally a 101-mile race consisting of four 25-mile loops and a big mud pit.
By the mid-1970s, under Cliff Flannery’s leadership, the group decided to build upon the success of their race and purchase land just one mile from downtown Crandon. It was on this ground that Cliff Flannery began to build the largest short-course facility of its type in the world.
Cliff has continued to grow and improve the facility over the years, and in 2016 Crandon hosted the inaugural Crandon World Cup, the first independent off-road short course ‘Super Bowl’ that is part of the prestigious Red Bull Signature Series. While creating and managing a facility like Crandon is certainly a Hall of Fame worthy achievement, it was Cliff Flannery’s philanthropic work that made the biggest impact on the voting committee.
Each year, Crandon donates nearly $70,000 to support local youth and charity organizations, a tradition started by Cliff Flannery decades ago. Over the years, the donations from Crandon Raceway have had an economic impact of more than $2 million in the local community of only 1,300 residents. Crandon Raceway also provides up to $30,000 in college scholarships to local students each year.

Bob Gordon
Desert Racing Legend
He won so many races south of the border that he earned the well-deserved nickname of ‘Baja Bob’. The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame is proud to welcome Legacy Inductee Bob Gordon. Bob was introduced to the sport of off-road racing by Frank ‘Scoop’ Vessels, also a Hall of Fame Inductee. Bob Gordon quickly found success behind the wheel of one of the “BFG Blazers” as part of a two car team sponsored by BFGoodrich.
In the 1980s and 90s, Bob built a relationship with Chenowth and started racking up an impressive list of victories. In 1987, Bob won the Baja 1000 with Malcolm Smith, and teamed up with son Robby and daughter Robyn to win again in 1990. After retiring from racing to help Robby run his off-road programs, Bob brought his favorite Chenowth, affectionately known as ‘Betsy’ out of retirement to compete for several years in the NORRA Mexican 1000, where he was the overall winner in 2010, 2011, and 2015.
Bob passed away in 2016. A statement from the Gordon family reads, “The Gordon Family would like to thank everyone for making this possible for our father, ‘Baja Bob’ Gordon to be inducted in to the Off-Road Hall of Fame.
He would be humbled and honored to be recognized alongside racing legends and friends; Scoop Vessels, Malcolm Smith, Parnelli Jones, Mickey Thompson, Walker Evans and Ivan Stewart. Desert racing and Baja have become an integral part of our lives. Baja will never be the same without him, but his legacy and spirit will race on. We know he will be with us at every race mile marker along the way.”
March 7, 1984 — The father-and-son team of Bob and Robby Gordon made it two-in-a-row at the HDRA Gold Coast 300, once again claiming both the overall victory and Class 2 honors in the BFGoodrich-equipped Chenowth-Porsche desert buggy. Plagued by a broken power steering pump that forced 18-year-old Robby to stop five times on the final lap for repairs, the Gordons still managed to finish more than 10 minutes ahead of their nearest competitor. BFGoodrich Press Release and Photo from the ORMHOF Dusty Times Collection
Bill Savage
Off-Road Innovator
College student Bill Savage opened TMAG welding in 1972. After spectating the Baja 1000 in 1974, Bill was hooked. It took him several years, between finishing college and managing his busy shop, before his first car was ready to race. Bob entered the 1979 Baja 1000, winning his class.
TMAG has designed and built a wide variety of innovative off-road parts and vehicles, including a VW production parts, off-road shocks, steering systems, and one of the first all tube space frame trucks ever built. Among his many business ventures, Bill partnered with Todd Clement and started Wide Open Baja, a tour company that would give non-racers the Baja 1000 experience.
The prototype cars were built at TMAG, with another 42 cars being built at Todd’s Horsepower Ranch in Baja. In subsequent years, Bill relocated his company and changed the name from TMAG to SPD Products. Speed and Performance by Design (SPD) built off-road trucks that went on to win many races, including the Baja 500 and Baja 1000.
It was then that NASA came calling, inviting Bill to attend a meeting with NASA engineers. They wanted Bill’s help in designing and building a new Lunar Rover. Bill jumped at the chance. SPD built three Lunar Rovers, and helped with testing. NASA wasn’t done with Bill yet, next it was a Mars Rover they were wanting. SPD went on to build two Mars Rovers for NASA, and have since been involved with several more NASA projects.
Throughout his career as an off-road innovator, Bill has always circled back to
his interest in keeping the racers safe. He has written the rule books for every
major off-road association for the past 37 years. Bill has spent countless hours organizing teams to manage pre- and post-tech race inspections, a thankless and controversial job to say the least. Bill continues his quest to keep the racers safe in his current position as Technical Director for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
Bill Savage’s off-road career has, at times, truly been out of this world. Bill helped design and build this Rover prototype for NASA.

AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship: Travis Petton IV Brings Home #1 Plate in 250 DTX Class

Travis railing a corner on the TT layout in the second day of competition

Yamaha bLUcRU rang the top bell of the box three times at the 2017 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship. Travis Petton IV, did his share with the number one plate in the 250 DTX (stock) class.

The DTGC is a four day affair for the Amateur racers, composed of phase one, the 1/2 mile flat track event held on July 1, the TT race the following day. Both of those events were held at the Du Quoin State Fair Grounds, in Du Quoin, Illinois. The Amateur racers take a break on July 3rd, in preparation for phase three’s short track race, held at the Southern Illinois Center-Short Track Building. Points are awarded for each discipline based on finishing position, the accumulated total of the three races decides who takes home the number one plate.

Racing in three classes, 250 DTX, the 201-250cc, and the 250 Modified, Petton IV had to do his action minus a modified bike, bringing in his stock bike for extra duty, saying in the longer races he lost ground in the straights in the Mod, and made up the space in the corners. Regardless, Petton IV worked with what he had, for a third in the final 250cc Mod standings, with teammate Holmes winning the title. In the 201-250cc Petton IV locked in for second in the closing, once again behind title winner Holmes.

The 250 DTX class was winning time for Petton IV, coming back from a fifth on the start, he immediately made headway and worked his way into second behind local Illinois racer, Parker Robinson. Robinson went on for the 1/2 mile win, but Petton IV stuck the second with two events to go. Out of Ramona, California, Petton lives close to two motocross tracks, Barona and Pala
Raceway, with the bumpy track time and experience on big jumps he let it fly in event number two, the TT race. Barging his way into the front of the pack, he airmailed his Yamaha on the lone jump each time and ran away for the win with one event to go, the short track.

After the rest day, Petton IV was ready to celebrate the Fourth of July on his own terms, the title in the 250 DTX, reportedly needing at least a second place to clinch the title. Figuring out which gear to run at, Petton made his choice and proceeded to do as tasked, get into second and hold off any challengers for the big picture, the title. Going on to do just that, Petton IV made his way past the checkers with his leathers clean for second and the 2017 DTGC 250 DTX title.

Travis Petton IV, with all his goodies. He only finshed off the podium once in nine races.

Petton IV would like to thank Yamaha bLUcRU, Thousand Oaks Powersports, A.M Ortega, Fontana Radiator, Rod Lake Racing, Competitive Sheet Metal, Kali Protective’s, Kayl Kolkman Suspension, Garcia Racing, Booze Fighters MC racing, Karl Kahn, Brother Colin Petton, Dad Travis Petton III, and Grandpa Travis Petton II.

Petton IV, along with bLUcRU teammate Holmes, combined to win all three of the 250 Amateur classes at the DTGC, congratulations to both teams for representing bLUcRU in the best possible way, a three class sweep. Look for Petton IV to be finishing the season racing with the California Flat Track Association and Southern California Flat Track Association.

By Rodney Rutherford

AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship: Two Titles for Grant Holmes

The Yamaha bLUcRU had their stables fully stocked and ready to rock, at the 2017 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship the first week of July. Grant Holmes  #7X was one, hailing from Porterville, California, the twelve year old has gained his grit on tracks in the San Joaquin Valley, Northern California, and Southern California as well. Matched up against one of the fastest National amateurs, in teammate Travis Petton IV, on a monthly basis it is no wonder two combined to capture all three titles in the Amateur 250cc and Under classes.

Essentially, the DTGC is the AMA Amateur National Championship for flat track and TT racers, held at the Du Quoin State Fair Grounds, in Du Quoin, Illinois. Amateur classes ran in three stages, the first stage held on July 1, the 1/2 Mile flat track race. Stage two, the TT race was held inside of the 1/2 mile track, on July 2nd. The Amateur racers took a break on July 3rd in preparation for stage three’s short track race, held at the Southern Illinois Center-Short Track Building. Racers are awarded points for each race depending on
their finishing position. The points from the three stages are then added together to decide who is Champion of each class.

The 12-year-old Holmes has well over seven years of flat track racing behind him, so he was indeed ready to compete for the number one plate. The RM Parks slider arrived in Illinois two days before the event commenced, after his bikes were hauled from California with the help of the Williams Family. At the first phase of the 201-250cc, Holmes went on to a second behind Kody Kopp, but the following day in the TT event at the same location, the tide changed. Holmes rode for the win with teammate Petton IV, finishing second, the 1/2 mile winner Kopp, faltered to a sixth. Holmes was in the points lead as the Short Track event loomed on July 4th. Holmes took the Short Track win, and the 2017 201-250cc DTGC title. Petton IV finished second in the race carrying that place to the final class standings. Kopp, the son of 2000 AMA Grand National Champion, finished third in points.

Shooting for his second DTGC title, in 250cc Mod, Holmes was pitted against Kopp once again. Kopp proved formidable, as he won the 250cc Mod 1/2 mile, with Holmes and Petton IV finishing second and third respectively. Responding like a champion, Holmes indexed the win in the next day’s TT scrum, as teammate Petton IV finished in at second. Kopp finished a disappointing sixth, and needed help to unseat Holmes at the perch of points. After a day of rest, Kopp did the best he could winning the short track, but the monarch of consistency, Holmes finished second. At the top of the bell curve in points and his second title, rolling home with the 2017 DTGC 250cc Mod title.

Holmes posted on his facebook account, Grant Holmes; “Had one of the best weeks of my life at the 2017 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship in Du Quoin, Illinois. I rode 3 different classes, 250 DTX, 201cc-250cc, and 250 Mod. I raced a total of 18 races between heats and mains and made it to the podium all 18 times. What I’m most proud of is bringing home 2 Grand National #1
plates in the 201cc-250cc and 250 Mod.”

Holmes thanks the Williams family for hauling all of my equipment, and most of all my sponsors for getting me here. bLUcRU Yamaha, RM Parks Incorporated, Fontana Radiator, Thousand Oaks Powersports, Rod Lake Racing, Dirt Digits, Yamaha Motor USA, 6D Helmets, DT-1 Filters, Ecks
Brand Goggles, Paint by Smokey, Jimmy Wood, Southland Racing, Mika Metals, NJK Leathers, 2XPromotions, Stan and Shawna Williams, Hope Holmes, Clayton Williams and my wrencher Blain Smothermon.

The two class 2017 DTGC champion will keep his 2017 results posted on facebook, and be racing throughout California for the remainder of 2017. He was also second in the ending points of the 250 DTX class to Petton IV of course.  Stayed tuned for a report on Petton IV’s 2017 DTGC Championship. Congratulations to Grant, his family, crew and all his supporters.

By Rodney Rutherford

Christopher Polvoorde Gets First Pro Lite Podium In LOORRS Round 5

Christopher Polvoorde Gets First Pro Lite Podium In LOORRS Round 5

     

Tooele, UTChristopher Polvoorde earned his first podium finish since moving into the Pro Lite class full time in 2017. He did it on one of the toughest tracks in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series; at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT. Although Polvoorde is new to the Pro Lite class, he has years of racing experience. He was 2014 Modified Kart Rookie of the Year, and won the class championship in 2015. He has back to back World Championship trophies from Crandon and won the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup race in 2016. He ran a couple races in the Pro Lite class in 2016 and has joined the pro class full time in 2017.

Christopher Polvoorde, King Shocks, Toyo Tires, The Palms River Resort, Bink Designs, Rugged Radios, Tomar

A rookie in one of the most competitive classes in the Lucas Oil series has a huge challenge learning what it takes to compete with seasoned pros in the Pro Lite class but Polvoorde is a fast learner. He hits the books just as hard as he hits the throttle. When he’s not racing his Pro Lite truck, or his mountain bike, he maintains a 4.5 grade point average.

Christopher Polvoorde, The Palms River Resort, Bink Designs, Toyo Tires, Lucas Oil Off Road

The dirt in Utah is tricky,” said Polvoorde, “It all comes down to your set-up. When it’s wet, like in qualifying, and at the beginning of the race, it’s very slick. After running several laps it gets dry, and builds a blue groove in some of the corners. The track is tight but it’s also super fast. You have to decide between being fast in the beginning or fast in the end. My Toyo Tires made a huge difference. I have a tire groove that I really like and they give me good traction when it’s slick and after the track dries out.”

Christopher Polvoorde, Toyo Tires, King Shocks, Pro Lite, Bink Designs, Tomar

On his way to the 2nd place podium finish in Utah, Polvoorde threw everything at defending champion Jerett Brooks who was leading the race; passing on such a tight track is not easy. The leader has the luxury of running the fastest line. You either take a huge risk or put enough pressure on the truck in front to force a mistake; Polvoorde did both. A couple times during the race he got up on two wheels in the corners. He was trying to carry enough speed to overtake while protecting his own position on the track.

Christopher Polvoorde, The Palms River Resort, MTVR8, VP Racing Fuels, Walker Evans Racing, Bink Designs

“I went up on the bike in turn 3, and found myself three wide in turn 4,” says Christopher, “It was a crazy race inside the truck. My hood was flying up, but I was feeling really good, and we got the set-up right. I really wanted to win so I took a few risks. My Palms River ResortToyo TiresKing ShocksWalker Evans RacingMTRV8TomarRugged RadiosFastway Trailer ProductsKicker, and CSD Racing Products Pro Lite was perfect. I was putting pressure on Brooks going into turn 2 where there is a bump in the corner. I set up a little too early and got up on 2 wheels. I did not want to back off, so I went all the way around the turn on 2 wheels. After that I thought I better concentrate on getting to the finish. After the race, the fans were going crazy; that’s why we do this. It felt so good to be up on the podium and to make a statement to the other competitors that we can run at the front.”

Polvoorde Racing, Christopher Polvoorde, Utah Motorsports Campus, Lucas Oil Off Road, Podium, The Palms River Resort, Bink Designs

Christopher Polvoorde’s Palms River Resort team shows up nearly every weekend this year with a blank slate. They have to establish their baseline in the new truck and build their set-up notes going forward. At rounds 7 and 8 on July 22 and 23 the series visits Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for the very first time. The playing field will be level and the team is looking forward to building on their success in Utah.
Photography By: Bink Designs

About Christopher Polvoorde
16 year old Christopher Polvoorde is constantly on the move. When he is not racing short course in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS), he is training and competing cross country on a mountain bike. An academic over-achiever with a 4.5 GPA, he is a quick study on the track as well. He earned the 2014 Modified Kart rookie of the year title. In 2015, he surpassed that by winning the LOORRS Modified Kart Championship and a TORC series World Championship trophy at the birthplace of short course racing; the “Big House” in Crandon, Wisconsin. Racing his Mod Kart in 2016, he won both the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup race and a second world championship in Crandon. When he is not racing or studying, Christopher enjoys working in the race shop, snowmobiling, RC car racing, and skiing. In 2017, he will be racing towards a championship in the ultra-competitive Pro Lite class.

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