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OFF ROAD

APRIL 2021 - VOL 39, NO. 7

MAGAZINE

FEATURES

08 | Sherri's Turn

Parking Precious and Other Off Road Tales coming soon!

10 | Dirtbits

Intelligent Active Suspension available now for SXS

16 | Devil's Canyon

A successful partnership between the BLM and an off road

club

22 | Bike Shop

Vintage racing is the way to go

COMPETITION

60 | SCFTA Flat Track

Round 2 of the 2021 SCFTA season in Perris CA

64 | CTA Grand Prix

ZR Promo group racing in Mexicali B.C.

72 | AMA District 38 King of the Desert

Desert racing in Plaster City CA presented by

Roadrunner MC

24 | The Endangered Off Roader

San Diego Off Road Coalition News

26 | Last Chance Canyon

San Diego Jeep Club joins forces with JeepnGypsy and Jeep

Daddy

30 | Oceano Dunes

No matter what you've heard or read, the fight isn't over!

32 | Off Road Kids

These kids will bring a smile to your face!

52 | Blast from the Past

Remembering the 1993 Nevada 400

46 | 4x4 Coach

Don't be a fool, stop for fuel!

56 | Saguaro UTV Fun Fest

Exploring Arizona with UTV Off Road Adventures

96 | Dr. DeForest's Off Road Health Tips

Medicare for all? Let's take a look.

80 | Slash X Duel in the Desert

MORE Racing at Slash X Ranch in Barstow CA

88 | Optima Batteries King of the

Hammers, Part 2

More coverage of this famous event by

writer/photographer Michael Maher

97-98 | Classifieds

Free off road photo classifieds

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COVER Featuring racers at

the MORE Racing Slash X Duel in

the Desert, February 20, 2021 in

Barstow CA (Top) Keith Smith and

McArthur Motorsports finished

fourth Class 6100. (Bottom)

Mario Ledezma finished 16th in

Class 5/1600

Photos by RNR Photos

CONTENTS

Joey Smith finished seventh Class

11 at the MORE Racing Slash X

Duel in the Desert.

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Is that funny yet?" I asked the guy-inthe-garage

late one evening. I had a

deadline looming and needed to pump

out a Sherri's Turn column.

He looked at me with that look. The

one that made me wonder if I hadn't let

enough time pass to broach this subject, let

alone imply that it actually could be funny.

I remembered back to that awful day

when he was backing the motorhome into

the driveway. I could still see the entire

wall above the garage door pushing in with

the pressure of the moving motorhome

against it. I went speechless as I imagined

that portion of the house caving in. Finally

I screamed "STOP! STOP!"

He trusts me. Implicitly. You see,

there is his problem. I hate, with a capital

H, giving him directions when it comes to

driving, moving or parking motorhomes or

trailers. He says it's my fault and though

I want to convince myself it's his, it's just

possible he could be right.

I know what my hand signals mean.

He does not. I know what I'm saying

even when he can't hear me. He does not.

I'm sure that day I gave him the signal to

stop, to let him know he was close to the

house, he was fully in the driveway and

not sticking out on the street, he needed

to stop. I know I gave him that signal. He

does not know that I gave him that signal.

That's why he kept backing up. At first

I thought maybe he just wanted to get a

little closer to the house than I thought he

should be. Then when he actually made

contact with the house I realized we had

different ideas on what is close enough.

Then when he continued to back up after

making contact with the house and I saw

the wood flex I knew that we were Not

Communicating!

Once I made that abundantly clear

with my screaming, he took a split second

to express his opinion, then he put the

motorhome in drive and slowly pulled

forward. I held my breath as the wood over

the garage door flexed gently back to the

place where it belonged and thankfully

stayed intact.

I don't remember how long we went

without speaking after that incident. And

although I had asked him before starting

on that long ago column if it was funny,

I'm not sure I ever heard him agree that

yes it now was funny. But I wrote about it

anyway.

That was 20 years ago and I'm happy

to report that we now have overcome

all the communication problems when

it comes to moving the RVs. Our new

arrangement suits us both just fine. He

does it all alone and I stay in the house or

however far away I can get from him while

he's doing it.

Over the years the RV parking and

driving stories as well as stories about

communicating in general, or should I say

miscommunicating, have given us plenty

of material to fill this monthly column and

I'm told, there are people everywhere who

relate. I don't mind telling you it makes

my day when I run into people at off road

events or through emails who tell me that

Sherri's Turn is their favorite column in the

magazine.

The stories of life and conflict with

a twist of humor, focusing on the family,

friends and sport we all love have proven

to be popular with many readers.

For 20 years we've had this idea to put

together a volume of our favorite Sherri's

Turn columns and it looks like we're finally

making that happen.

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What you see here is the working

cover, we may tweak it a bit, or we may

leave it just as it is, for a book that holds

about 140 pages of commentary on family

and the off road life.

It's a group project and we'd love

to have readers get involved. We'll need

volunteers willing to read a free advance

e-copy of the book in exchange for

agreeing to post a review on Amazon when

the book is launched. We're also looking

for people who'd like to help write the

introduction. If you're willing to email us

a sentence or two (or a

paragraph or

two) of your

thoughts on

Sherri's Turn

that would be

most helpful.

Those who

contribute to

the introduction

will receive a

printed copy of

the book when

it's complete later

this spring.

In the

meantime, we

have our most

difficult work

ahead.

And that is the guy-in-the-garage and

I proofing, editing and agreeing on what

goes in the book and what doesn't.

"This isn't how this happened," he

told me about one of the early chapters.

"I'm sure it happened that way," I told

him.

"Do you actually remember this

happening?"

"Well, no, but I wrote that 20 years

ago, how would I remember?"

"Then I don't think you wrote it

right," he insisted.

"I wouldn't have

written soemthing that

wasn't true ," I was

equally insistent.

His look told me

he wasn't convinced.

My look told

him, it will be

a miracle if we

actually complete

this project.

But hey, that

will just be one

more story to

tell in a future

column. E

Email ssormag@

gmail.com or text

760-336-1512 to

be a part of the

project

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COLUMNISTS

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Tom Severin

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CONTRIBUTORS

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Judd Neves

RNR Photos | Scott Spinning

Trackside Photo

IN MEMORY

C&C Race Photos - Carlos Avina

Roy Denner • Harold Soens

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Dirtbits

2021 All Terrain

Concepts

UTV Legends

Championship

Postponed

Best In The Desert has announced

that the 2021 All Terrain Concepts

UTV Legends Championship

scheduled for March 25-28, 2021 in

Laughlin, Nevada has been rescheduled to

September 9-12, 2021.

The event has been rescheduled due

to updated COVID-19 policies recently

implemented by the State of Nevada and

Clark County. While the announcement is

extremely disappointing for racers, teams,

fans and Best In The Desert staff, the

organization looks forward to holding the

event come September.

Racers who are registered for the

2021 All Terrain Concepts UTV Legends

Championship will automatically be

granted entry to the rescheduled event on

September 9-12, 2021, or can choose to

have their entry fee reimbursed.

“Dealing with COVID-19 has

certainly been challenging over the last

year with the many new hurdles thrown

at Best In the Desert. Unfortunately, a

new one appeared out of nowhere for

the All Terrain Concepts UTV Legends

Championship,” commented Best In

The Desert CEO Daryl Folks. “We

regret having to make this untimely

announcement and we apologize to the

racers, their support crews, sponsors,

media, the town of Laughlin, and our staff,

along with all of our volunteers for the

disappointment and any inconvenience

this may create. Best In the Desert will

now refocus all of its efforts and attention

to our next two events, the upcoming

Jimco Racing Silver State 300 and Rocky

Mountain ATV/MC World Hare and Hound

Championship Presented by GPR.”

Best In The Desert Race Operations

Mgr. Jeff Phillips added, “We have been

working closely with the Laughlin Tourism

Commission and Laughlin Chamber of

Commerce to get our event approved, and

all of us are, quite naturally, disappointed

to have to make this announcement. The

permit process required by the State of

Nevada and Clark County has become a

bit of a moving target. We were under the

impression our permit was being approved.

We deeply apologize for any inconvenience

this causes our racers, sponsors, and fans

of Best In The Desert. We will be back in

September with the All Terrain Concepts

UTV Legends Championship event and we

promise to make it even bigger and better.”

Questions can be directed to Best In

The Desert through contact methods found

here: www.bitd.com/contact/.

The 2021 All Terrain Concepts UTV

Legends Championship will be open to

motorcycles, quads, and UTVs and run on

a 17-mile race course in Laughlin, Nevada

rescheduled for September 9-12, 2021.

Intelligent Active

Suspension

Systems for

Side-by-Sides

Suspension Direct, Inc, (SDi)

announces the launch of SDi

E-CLIK, intelligent active suspension

systems for Sideby-Sides

(SxS).

The E-CLIK

system is the first

to bring intelligent,

active suspension

to the aftermarket.

It incorporates

proprietary

technology and

tuning to deliver

the perfect ride

and control across

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any terrain. Whether it’s Desert, Dunes,

or Trails, nothing stands in your way It is

Suspension Without Compromise.

“Suspension has always been about

trade-offs,” said Dan Worley, owner of

SDi. “If you make an improvement in one

area, you lose something in another. With

E-CLIK, that problem has been solved.”

SDi E-CLIK Systems Overview

Originally released for Jeep JLs &

JKs in October of 2020, E-CLIK is the

first and only full proportional active

suspension system for Jeep owners. Now,

SDi aims to bring this technology to SxS

suspension, retrofitting existing Walker

Evans and FOX shocks, allowing it to

be installed on the best SxS, the one you

already own.

E-CLIK PRO for SxS ($2,599)

- 12 independent sensors calculate

vehicle movements and driver inputs,

sending messages to the SDi ECU 250

times per second, which automatically

adjusts compression circuits on each shock,

independently, based on real-time terrain

and driving conditions. This is the fastest

adjustment time in the industry.

- Patent-pending E-valve proportional

valves (Walker Evans), or Live Valves

(Fox) provide near-instant data-led setting

changes.

- Includes in-cab Touch Screen

Controller with three modes to adjust base

shock settings.

• Cloud – Excels in slower trail

riding and rock crawling giving a soft,

comfortable ride without sacrificing body

control

• Dune - Shines in extreme

transitions. The ECU senses G-Outs and

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DIRTBITS continued

stiffens the front, then the rear at the

perfect time making bottom outs a thing of

the past.

• Race – For when you need to

crank things up a notch for high-speed

action. More reactive to terrain and driver

input for precise handling and control.

• Your SxS setup is as unique as

you – E-CLIK allows you to independently

adjust front and rear shock stiffness, and

rear load compensation.

- Our patent pending PRO menu also

allows you to adjust the way the system

reacts to every driving condition

• Pitch Sensitivity

• Roll Sensitivity

• Turn Sensitivity

• Throttle Sensitivity

• Brake Sensitivity

- E-CLIK is the only intelligent

aftermarket suspension system designed to

be retrofitted onto FOX and Walker Evans

shocks.

- Requires installation and a shock

revalve at SDi or a trained authorized

center

SDi E-CLIK systems will be available

for installation at SDi or an authorized SDi

dealer Spring 2021. Learn more at www.

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The Best Vehicle

Tie-Down Straps

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It’s amazing how much time and

money people will invest into building the

perfect hot rod, custom show car, or custom

desert toys like sand rails and UTV’s.

Hours and hours of time researching,

finding or building custom parts, picking

the perfect accessories, and then finding

the perfect trailer to tow it with. Between

the tow vehicle, trailer, and toy you’re

investing anywhere from $50K to well over

$150,000 – yet some folks inevitably cut

corners on the most important part of the

equation – the ratchet straps.

We see it all the time – people on the

side of the road, vehicles damaged, other

vehicles pulled over with damage, etc. all

because the owner wanted to save $15 and

bought cheaply made garbage tie-down


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Each week here at

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and tow something heavy and

valuable. Last week it was a

brand new 2021 Polaris RZR

Pro XP Ultimate, and this week

we’re hauling it with a brand

new $91,000 Ram 1500 TRX.

The LAST thing we need is

a vehicle tie-down or ratchet

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and we’re here to tell you this

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The Rhino USA Vehicle

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ruggedness. This all fits nicely

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compartments.

When you pick up the

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you immediately FEEL the

quality. The straps feel much

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the PolyBlend Webbing looks

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them and there is a nice piece

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DIRTBITS continued

in deep on all the little things most cheap

straps are missing too.

The included axle straps make it easy

to attach your vehicle without the fear of

scratching anything. And the rubberized

S-hooks feature a locking mechanism

that’s super helpful. We’ve been using our

kits for months now and they are showing

no signs of wear. And that’s after taking

several UTV’s on cross-country trips

through the rain and snow.

Our only two minor gripes are that

we’d like to see the Axle straps come in

a few color options, (the green is rad but

we’re an all-black camp) and the supplied

storage bag for the kit might not survive

living in the bed of our trucks for too long.

But those are pretty minor dings. It’s not

like we’re in a fashion contest for machine

transport, and we have room in the cab for

the kit.

If you are towing any vehicle of

value, or just want to be SAFE with what

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The Race That

Started It All:

Best In The

Desert Revives

the World Hare

and Hound

Championship

Best In The Desert fans, racers, and

staff are looking forward to this

coming May with

tremendous excitement and

just a taste of nostalgia. A

Best In The Desert staple,

the World Hare and Hound

Championship has been

revived in the 2021 schedule.

Originally billed as “One

Man, One Machine, One

Desert, One Way,” the 2021

event will be sponsored by

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC

and presented by GPR, and

is scheduled for May 21-23,

2021 in Tonopah, Nevada.

Best In The Desert

founder Casey Folks first

organized the World Hare and

Hound Championship in 1984,

and it quickly became one of

the premier events in off-road

desert racing. It was known

as an event that tested the best desert

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motorcycle racers in the world.

Past winners include renowned

desert legends Dan Smith, Chris

Crandall, and Garth Sweetland

among many others.

The 2021 Rocky

Mountain ATV/MC World

Hare and Hound Championship

Presented by GPR, open to

motorcycles only, will be run

point-to-point on a 110+-mile

course. And while racers will

have their skills fiercely tested,

pit crews will have easy access

to pits as they chase their rider

during the race. The event will

see Pro, Expert, Amateurs,

Family, Ironman, Women’s, and

Youth Motorcycle Classes.

“We’ve been working on

this one for quite a while,” stated

Best In The Desert co-owner

Daryl Folks. “This is going to be very

special. The desert around Tonopah is a

mixture of decomposed granite, shale, and

gravel and has a solid base to it. The trails

are some of the most flowing and technical

that I’ve ever ridden and make for an ideal

race course to test everyone’s skills and

abilities. The winner of this race will have

earned it.”

The event has been in the

development phase for three years with

the course and location meticulously

planned. Tonopah, Nevada was selected

due to its geographically central location

in the western United States and the fact

that it provided a neutral race site where

no rider has home-field

advantage. To top it off,

the area hasn’t been

used for motorcycle

competition in over 15

years, and as a result,

conditions are ideal for

an old-school hare-andhound

type race.

The event is

expected to draw a large,

talented pool of off-road

racers ready to compete,

not only to be crowned

as a World Champion but

Dan Smith, Overall

Winner of the Inaugural

World Hare and Hound

Championship in 1984

also to compete for some

significant prize money.

A guaranteed purse of

$6,000, in addition to Best

In The Desert’s normal

pro payback, will be


awarded to Pro class winners, including a

$1,000 bonus to the top Woman Expert.

Best In The Desert is also very

excited to announce that representatives

from The Kurt Caselli Foundation will

be on hand at the event. The Kurt Caselli

Foundation is noted for the tremendous

work they are doing on behalf of rider

safety. They will be offering their Moto

First Aid Kits on site for a small donation.

ASA Celebrates

20 Years Of

Fighting For Your

Right To Ride!

To celebrate the American Sand

Association's (ASA) 20th

Anniversary of protecting your right

to ride at the ISDRA and other recreation

areas around the USA, the staff and Board

members have put together this video,

which highlights the history, successes, and

personalities of the ASA.

Please help us share this video

with your friends, family, and duning

community! Here is the direct link to

YouTube: https://youtu.be/PmXMqLVuXxI

In case anyone needs a reminder,

here is a highlight of just some of the

SUCCESSES of the ASA:

• 40,000 acres reopened at the ISDRA!

• Dune fees have stayed the same

throughout the last decade.

• Our work has served as a responsible

model for keeping riding areas open

nationwide.

THANK YOU To These ASA 20th

Anniversary Video Sponsors!

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To this day, our mission of "Unite,

Inform, and Mobilize" has been at the

forefront of our efforts to keep the ISDRA,

along with other sand dune locations

around the USA, open to all riders from

all walks of life. We continue to see

families from all over the world enjoy the

Glamis dunes, and we'll continue to do our

part in keeping these dunes open for our

current generations of riders, along with

generations thereafter.

You can expect us to be around for the

next 20 years, and well beyond that! The

bottom line is this: we couldn't do what we

do without your support.

Please consider a donation

to our Action Fund: www.

americansandassociation.org/

donate

You will directly help us continue to

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Devils Canyon

A successful partnership

between the BLM and an

off road club

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By Bo Neece and

Mark Davenport,

Tierra Del Sol

Four Wheel Drive Club

www.tds4x4.com

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In the 1800’s there was a canyon

east of Jacumba CA, (now located

off of the 8 freeway) called Devils

Canyon. The canyon ran from the Yuha

Desert up to Mountain Springs. In the early

to mid-1800’s, this route was discovered

and developed by the U.S Army as a

mule trail to travel to and from the Port of

San Diego. Over the years, the trail was

further developed into a toll road for stage

coaches, freight wagons and finally a main

thoroughfare for automobiles. In the early

1900’s a better route was constructed for

automobiles and the old trail was promptly

forgotten and fell into a state of serious

disrepair.

Fast forward to 2006. A couple of

wheelers, Vern Britain and Steve Unwin,

decided to explore and see if the old trail

could be reopened to off road travel,

but mother nature had taken its toll on

her. Thanks to erosion, flash floods and

landslides, the trail was all but impassable.

For over three months they toiled, moving

rocks and trimming brush to make the trail

accessible.

Make no mistake, Steve and Vern

did make the trail passable but only to

the very experienced, well prepared and

with very well built rigs. They had all of

that and more but even so, on their first

run the group suffered body damage all

around; several bent and broken tie rods,

an exploded wheel hub and a broken stub

shaft. An extreme rock crawling trail was

born!

"We tell others

that in order

to join us

on the trail,

they will need

to have a

very casual

attitude

towards body

damage."

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Due to the difficulty of the trail

the canyon became extremely popular

overnight. It quickly became the “go to

trail” for extreme rock crawling in San

Diego County, so much so that the canyon

was abruptly closed by the BLM and the

CA Fish and Wildlife agency in early 2007.

Not only is Devil’s Canyon an extreme

rock crawling trail, it’s also home to a very

large population of protected California

Big Horn Sheep, hence the CDFW got

involved in the closure.

With the closure of the trail, the story

of Devils Canyon could very well have

ended there, but through five years of hard

work from the Tierra Del Sol Four Wheel

Drive Club along with the cooperation

of the BLM, CAFG and a small group of

volunteers, the trail was partially reopened

in 2012. Today the Canyon is still highly

regulated by the BLM and in order for you

to legally run it you must obtain a BLM

special use permit that takes a minimum of

six months to reserve.

The trail is only open one weekend

(Sat/Sun) every three weeks from

October-April, is limited to a max of 15

rigs per day and requires the permittee to

purchase special use insurance that can

be challenging and quite costly to obtain.

Depending on the number of participants,

the total cost between the permits, special

use fees and insurance can easily run

upwards of $700 or more.

Tierra Del Sol has had 50 or so

permitted runs through the canyon over the

last 10 years and as we continuously ran

the canyon we noticed a slow and steady

buildup of trash from the 8 freeway that

runs above. TDS wanted to preserve the

beauty of the Canyon and help protect the

sheep population in the area. We wanted to

give back!

In early 2020, working through a

partnership with the El Centro BLM Field

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"The trail

offers nonstop

obstacle after

obstacle

(think the

Rubicon on

steroids) with

refrigerator

and VW Bug

size rocks."

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office, TDS was officially awarded the

stewardship of the canyon through the

BLM’s “Adopt a Trail Program.” During

our first trail cleanup in October 2020, with

cooperation from the BLM, TDS members,

guests and volunteers from the San Diego 4

Wheelers, were able to collect enough trash

to completely fill a 24’ flatbed trailer!

Regarding the trail: We tell others

that in order to join us on trail, they will

need to have a very casual attitude towards

body damage. Believe me, this trail has not

gotten any easier over the years!

The trail is short at a mere 2 ½ miles

one way, but it is the real deal, a solid 7.5-8

rated trail! Traditionally, TDS runs this

trail round trip, down and then back up

and normally takes us approximately eight

hours to complete. BUT, don’t let it fool

you, as others can attest, it can also take

12+ hours to run it in one direction!

The trail offers nonstop obstacle after

obstacle (think the Rubicon on steroids)

with refrigerator and VW Bug size rocks,

big water falls, holes that if you don’t take

the right line will flop you in a heartbeat

and very technical, tight, off camber turns.

Our trail boss Bo Neece summed it up as

“For buggies, not too challenging but fun,

for anything else, more challenging, it’s not

hard all the time but it has its moments.”

Equipment recommended to successfully

traverse this trail include a minimum of

37 inch tires, real lockers front and rear, a

working winch, full under armor, upgraded

steering and some spare parts. Mechanical

breakage is common and body damage is

almost certain on this trail. Tierra Del Sol

still runs this trail several times a year so

if you have what it takes and if your rig

meets the minimum requirements, please

reach out to us if you would like to join us

for a day of wheeling on Devil’s Canyon.

Thank you Scott Heldstrom, Vern

Britain, Steve Unwin and Bo Neece for

contributions to the above. We would also

like to thank Neil Hamada, Alexia Williams

and the entire El Centro, BLM Field office

for your continued support. And lastly we

would like to give recognition to those

volunteers who assisted Tierra Del Sol

in reopening the canyon to OHV use: Bo

Neece, George Kroop, Marco Schilling,

Thomas Zale, Vern Britain, John Stewart,

Bill Bachman, Mark Geletzke, Angela

Cook, Ed Webster, Dallas Meeks, Jabe

Beal and Miguel Monroy.

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Bike Shop

By Clutch Roberts

Vintage Racing

After racing and riding my 1995

Honda CR250 a few times, I

realized it wasn't what I wanted.

I really enjoyed racing my friend's

1970 CZ250 and wanted to get a vintage

race bike to compete on. I also rode the

CR250 in the desert

and think I would be

happier with a new

bike there. With the red

sticker program ending

I plan to buy a new red

sticker bike to keep for

a long time.

First order of

business was to sell the

Honda. After posting,

I exchanged messages with an interested

guy. He fixes up older bikes better than

new and resells them. He gave me his

Instagram name to see some of his work

and I was shocked to find out it was David

Vuillemin, motocross star of the 1990's

and 2000's. He came to my house, so I

had to call him the Cobra as soon as he

walked in (his old racing nickname). Was

super fun talking to him about bikes and

life. He consults with Yamaha rider Dylan

Fernandis and fixes up bikes from his era.

He bought the bike and I set out

to find a vintage MX race bike. To be

eligible for vintage racing, the bike must

be model year 1974 or older. While I love

the European bikes, I settled on a 1973

Yamaha MX360. These are very capable

and durable racing bikes. Of course I

bought it cheap and will spend a lot of

time and money fixing it up. I bought it

from a guy in Long Beach who had easily

"I'm now becoming

over 50 bikes, mostly Yamahas with a few

Bultacos, Suzukis and Triumphs. Nothing

newer than 1974 and not one in running

condition.

I spent a couple hours looking through

his stuff and getting tips on old bikes. I'm

now becoming friends with Bikebuzzard

on Ebay and helping DC Plastics fund their

401k account.

At least the

MX360 will

look good! I'm

glad it shifts

on the left,

as my Husky

400 shifts on

the right and

gives me foot

dyslexia.

Just to keep my life interesting I am

also rebuilding the engine on my 1960's

Triumph 500cc twin. My most recent

lesson is on sludge traps (Google it) I am

interested in setting up the Triumph to race

friends with Bikebuzzard

on eBay and helping

DC Plastics fund their

401k account."

David Vuillemin on left with Bike Shop author

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with the Old School Scrambles Racing

Group. These guys use old bikes on tracks

much smoother than vintage motocross.

Think mounds instead of jumps.

Last month I wrote about rigid neck

braces and how much good they can do.

A few months ago, I wrote about the big

vintage race I attended where I spoke to

old stars, including 125 SX champ Todd

Dehoop. When I saw Todd on the starting

line, I remember easily reading his name

on his jersey's upper back.

Thinking back, he didn't wear a neck

brace or hard chest/shoulder pads. I just

read a report that Todd was badly injured

in an MX crash in Florida. He broke a

vertebra in his neck and is in very bad

shape. Let's pray for Todd and seriously

think about wearing all the protection we

can. I always wear a neck brace on tracks

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Oceano dunes has problems,

Superstition bombing range border

is getting a fence, TDS Safari took

place, Sandstone Canyon has closed and

grants are out for comment.

Sandstone Canyon

Sandstone Canyon is in Anza Borrego

Desert State Park and heads southwest

from Fish Creek wash. It is a narrow

and deep wash that is fun to drive. We

started hearing reports of it being closed

and had to dig in and find out what was

happening. Turns out a state Fish and

Game commissioner was walking around

above the end of the canyon looking for big

horn sheep stuff and she came upon a steel

post hammered in the ground, some rope,

a run over ocotillo and a sawed down very

old ocotillo tree.

Someone had driven to the end of

Sandstone Canyon, placed the post and

winched out of the canyon. She told park

staff about it and they looked carefully

at park maps of the area. They found that

the official trail ends at the spot where the

new signs have been placed. This is where

there is the pile of collapsed wall that is

challenging to drive over. There is some

confusion because there are signs further

up the wash that indicate that travel with

vehicles is ok in there. The park says it was

a mistake to have allowed travel beyond

that point. We are talking to the park about

allowing travel further up. I have seen

photos of the post and cut tree and they are

real.

TDS Desert Safari

Tierra Del Sol Safari took place,

though not in the usual way. There was a

small base tent with shirts for sale behind

the Jack in the Box in Salton City. There

were some casual group runs in the desert

nearby and an online raffle took place. I

had been contacted the week before by

OHV commissioner Tom Lemmon about

he and Senator Brian Jones coming out to

drive around. The Sunday morning, I met

with Tom, Brian and fellow Commissioner

OHV Patricia Urena at Steve's ATV in

Salton City. Steve allowed the three of

them to borrow side by sides for a run and

invited our VP Audrey and myself. We

went along S22 where we would like to

have the road designated as combined use,

then we went up Tectonic Gorge and down

Tierra Del Sol washes. Audrey drove her

Jeep and I led with my motorcycle.

Superstition Bombing Range

The Superstition open area is getting

a smooth wire fence on the northeastern

side soon. There have been a lot of

incursions into the bombing range and

that is making trouble with the Navy. The

Navy plans practice flights in advance.

Planes are prepared, schedules made and

pilots readied. They take off and fly to

the practice area, only to have to abort

the mission because someone is down

there driving around where they are not

supposed to be. This is expensive and

damages our military's ability to be ready

to protect us, so please stay out of the

bombing ranges.

Oceano Dunes

Oceano Dunes may have its fate

decided by the time you read this. It is

now days before the California Coastal

Commission meeting to vote on whether

to allow OHV use to continue there.

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SDORC submitted comments

to CCC asking for the park to

remain open. We pointed out the

large number of visitors who go

there, the ability of underserved

communities to rent ATV's and

enjoy an off-road experience and

reminded them that State Parks

does an excellent job managing

all the resources there.

We also commented

on State Parks Public Works

Plan and noted that there is no

objective reason to limit capacity

to 500 per day when it was 1,000

per day before the pandemic.

We also pointed out that not

allowing concessions, like ATV

rentals is a big mistake and hurts

underserved communities.

OHV Grants

State Parks OHV grants are

now up for review and comment.

If you care about how your

OHV green sticker dollars are

being spent, this is your time to

weigh in. https://olga.ohv.parks.

ca.gov/egrams_ohmvr/user/

ReviewProjects.aspx

SDORC Radio

You can listen to SDORC

radio on Sundays at noon on

KCBQ AM 1170, FM 92.1 and

online The Answer Radio as well

as past shows on SDORC.org We

are looking for radio sponsors, so

let us know you want to get on

the air with us.

SDORC Membership

SDORC is a membership

organization, so go to our

website and join for only $25

per year and help us keep land

open for us all to enjoy.

The threat to close the Oceano SVRA to vehicles is real as shown by this hypocritcal

protester who is collecting signatures to shut the beach down to vehicles,

Join San Diego

Off Road

Coalition

to help protect

off road areas

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org/joinsdorc/

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Last Chan

BY JESSI PUFFENBARGER

www.sdjc.rocks

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ce Canyon

What can happen when two great Jeep

enthusiasts meet? An annual event of course.

That is what happened when JeepnGypsy and

Jeep Daddy met the San Diego Jeep Club. With like

goals and interests, this friendship just continues to

blossom. This year, while still impacted by Covid, the

two found a way to make the annual event happen. It

was decided that a camp out with trail runs of varying

degrees of difficulty would occur.

Unfortunately, mother nature had other ideas.

Naturally, San Diego Jeep Club stepped into action

and altered the event so that it could still happen, just

on a modified scale. Instead of multiple runs, there

would be one run that would highlight the best that the

area had to offer. Camping would still occur, but with

high winds anticipated, members without motorhomes

elected to stay at nearby lodging.

All participants met at basecamp to air down

and have a quick drivers meeting before hitting the

trail. The revised plan was to hit the trail and travel

to various locations along the way such as a mine,

camp, and tunnel. The plan would have to be revised

one more time, but more on that later. Last Chance

Canyon, here we come.

Last Chance Canyon is a fun trail surrounded

by beautiful canyons in the El Paso Mountain range.

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Last Chance Canyon is part of Red Rock

Canyon State Park and features steep

canyon walls, challenging rock obstacles,

and many places to explore and see the

past. Red Rock Canyon State Park has over

147 archeological sites and various wildlife

including desert tortoise, Mohave ground

squirrel, Prairie Falcons, Golden Eagles,

and various desert plants. Petroglyphs and

aboriginal tool stone quarries can also be

found.

In the 1860s Red Rock Canyon

became a travel route for shipments of

supplies for regional mines especially

during the 1890s when there was a rush

to mine placer gold from the dry washes.

After time, the mining activity died down

but saw a resurgence during the Great

Depression. During this period, long-term

residency near the mines increased. A few

of the main points of interest in the park

are Dutch Cleanser Mines, Bickel Camp,

Holland Camp, Holly Ash Mines, Cudahay

Camp, and Burro Schmidt Tunnel. Burro

Schmidt Tunnel was not made by nature,

but instead by William “Burro” Schmidt

who spent 38 years digging the half-milelong

tunnel.

Once reaching the trailhead, we all

lined up to enter Last Chance Canyon

and start on our adventure. As the trail

progresses, a series of obstacles and loose

rock come into view. Now the trail starts

to come to life. The high canyon walls and

weaving of the trail keep you focused and

on your toes.

The first major obstacle that you

approach is the V-notch. This is an area

not for the faint of heart. As you drive up

onto the notch, you have to slowly ride the

walls bringing your Jeep up high enough

on the wall to almost walk under it. If not

careful, the Jeep could slip down the wall

into the notch, causing damage. There is

a bypass for this section so if you are not

comfortable you can continue on the trail.

As the trail progresses the rocks continue

to get larger and remain loose making the

trail change as it is driven.

The next obstacle you encounter is

a step-up shelf. There are two lines on

this shelf depending on the build of the

vehicle and the skill of the driver. With

great spotting, a stock vehicle is more than

capable of getting through one section of

this obstacle. This trail is not just traversed

by Jeeps, but also motorcycles and sideby-sides

so be sure that you do not block

the trail should you need to stop for any

reason.

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As we continued down the trail,

it opened up to a large wash and areas

marked for wildlife preservation. This

was the perfect area to stop for a small

break. Unfortunately, this was also the area

of our next challenge. We had a vehicle

breakdown and after working on it for a

little while, we determined that we would

be unable to repair it on trail. Tow straps

were taken out and we started to hook up

the vehicle in preparation to tow it. San

Diego Jeep Club's policy is to never leave a

vehicle on the trail.

Unfortunately, this caused us to

modify our trail plan for the day. After

much discussion, we decided the fastest

way to get the vehicle off the trail was to

go past the Dutch Cleanser mine where we

would be able to tow the Jeep to pavement

much quicker. The only thing standing in

our way was Graduation Hill. While this

is a moderate hill, the added weight of

a vehicle in tow added a new challenge.

Getting the vehicle part way up the hill

we decided to connect a winch to the tow

vehicle to help it get all the way up and

over with the extra weight. The convoy

continued down the trail until reaching the

Dutch Cleanser Mine where it was decided

that we would split the group up. A few

went with the tow vehicle and brought the

non-running Jeep to the pavement where it

could be towed.

The rest of us stayed at the mine

to explore. It was amazing to see the

large shafts where the pumice was mined

to make the abrasive cleanser sold in

the early 1900s. Once the tow vehicle

group returned, we continued on the trail

passing Cudahay Camp. This was a small

settlement in 1923 that housed on average

12 men at a time who would mine the

nearby Pumicite producing over 100 tons

of pumice a week. The camp was later

abandoned, but remnants of the concrete

foundations can still be seen.

After a fulfilling, but challenging day,

the San Diego Jeep Club, JeepnGypsy, and

Jeep Daddy made it back to camp. Some

members aired up and headed home, while

others remained to finish the last day of the

campout. The day ended with a wonderful

campfire shared by friends who have

become family. Can’t wait to see what we

plan for next year’s annual event. E

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OCEANO DUNES

BY JARED MACLEOD

www.oceanodunes.org

THE FIGHT ISN'T OVER!

On March 18, 2021 the California

Coastal Commission voted to end

the 100 year tradition of allowing

off road vehicles on the beach at the

Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation

Area.

Background

Following the California Coastal

Commission meeting July 2019 in San

Luis Obispo, State Parks was directed to

develop a comprehensive Public Works

Plan and many other key environmental

documents prior to meeting

with the Coastal Commission

again.

After years of preparation

and direct coordination with

the Coastal Commission,

California State Parks released

their draft Public Works

Plan in December 2020. Per

the deadline, the plan was

delivered by State Parks

as promised to the Coastal

Commission.

On March 18, 2021

rather than the Commission

taking the opportunity to

discuss and evaluate the

Oceano Dunes Public Works

Plan, they chose instead to take

drastic action against the longstanding

1982 Coastal Development Permit that

allowed off road vehicles at Oceano. The

Commissioners voted on their Staff’s

recommendation for a 5-Year Phase out

of OHV and camping at Oceano Dunes

SVRA, as well as other drastic changes to

the Park.

In an effort to appease the California

Coastal Commission, State Parks had spent

years implementing painstaking measures

to assure that the Public Works Plan had

directly addressed each of the concerns and

demands. This was done at the expense of

State Parks, offering no actual benefit to

the OHV users and campers of the Park,

but instead included major new reductions

and restrictions imposed on the Park's

current operations.

Prepping for the Big Day

In the months leading up to the big

day, Friends of Oceano Dunes board

members, our attorney and our lobbyist

Jared and Point Mugu 4x4 President Lance DesBaillets with the

Counter Protesters

were all-hands-on-deck working around the

clock in preparation.

First, we met privately with California

Coastal Commission Staffers Dan Karl

and Kevin Kahn, the masterminds behind

the staff recommendation and scheme to

phase out current operations at the Park.

Next we scheduled separate meetings

with Commissioner Uranga, California

Coastal Commission Chair Padilla and

Vice Chair Brownsey. At each of these

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meetings, Friends of Oceano Dunes

President Jim Suty presented a slide show

highlighting the Park’s history, Coastal Act

compliance and longstanding historical

use of OHV and camping recreation going

back over 100 years. Also discussed were

the successes of our many world class

environmental and endangered species

programs (funded by the OHV Trust Fund)

with insight offered as to how we could

collaborate together with the Coastal

Commission and State Parks to further

improve on these successes.

It might seem

odd that Friends of

Oceano Dunes put

in the extra time and

effort to meet with

the Commissioners

and Staffers, but we

believed it was worth a

shot to engage with our

opposition and exhaust

every possibility prior to

the March 18 meeting.

What is most alarming

is that we found out

later through the Coastal

Commission's ex parte

disclosures, that Friends

of Oceano Dunes was

the only pro OHV organization to actually

meet with or attempt to have meetings

with the Commissioners. Where were the

others?

Next, Friends of Oceano Dunes

decided to join forces with the Pismo

Chamber of Commerce as well as a local

advocacy group called Beach Drive Ride,

United Spinal Association, Rugged Radios,

Clawson Motorsports, Mitchell Insurance,

Yo Banana Boy! and other local business


Lin Macleod protesting the Park’s closure

owners and residents to have the “Access

4 All Peaceful Demonstration” at Oceano

Dunes the weekend before the March 18

meeting. The idea was simple: To protest

against the March 18 meeting and to bring

the local community together to take a

stand against the Coastal Commission’s

overreach of power and threats to close

OHV and camping at our SVRA. The

demonstration was a huge success.

3 years (closing in 2024). The

Coastal Commission wants the

Park closed in 3 years time, with

zero consideration for the fact

that it is a state legislated SVRA

and no regard for the impact this

will have on the local businesses

and community.

The second most

consequential amendment passed

was to extend the closure of

the Pier Avenue entrance to

July 2022, an extra 12 months,

rather than the July 2021

original closure date proposed

in the Staff recommendation.

The Commissioners clearly

could care less about the local

businesses this will destroy, but

as they see it, one extra year

should be plenty of time for the

businesses to figure things out.

The Battle Continues

This fight is far from over! The

Friends of Oceano Dunes' legal team is

gearing up and preparing to file another

lawsuit. The upcoming lawsuits will be

expensive, and will likely go all the way

to the Supreme Court. This will ultimately

come down to funding, and Friends of

Oceano Dunes needs your support.

We are IN IT TO WIN IT!

Keith Smith, Founder/President of

United Spinal Association Central

Coast

To DONATE and help support our

legal fight against the California

Coastal Commission, please go to

www.oceanodunes.org

The Showdown

Fast forward to March 18, the

showdown with the California Coastal

Commission! This grueling 12 hour

meeting was the most drawn out dog and

pony show I have ever seen. We listened

to hours of one-minute public comments

from both sides, for a total of 50 pro OHV

callers, as well as group presentations from

established organizations. Again, very

disappointing to see an absence of so many

of the “key players” for the most pivotal

decision to date in the fight for Oceano

Dunes SVRA.

The biggest result of the meeting

was the Commissioners’ unanimous vote

for an amendment to advance their Staff's

recommended 5-year phase out plan to just

Karen Suty, Jennifer Rokes, Jim Suty (President & Founder of Friends of

Oceano Dunes) and Anthony Andre

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ROAD

KIDS

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Cousins Slater Ketcham (2) and Jacey

Ketcham (2) riding double on a CRF50.

- Dave Ketcham, Escondido CA

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This is all our grandkids in the buggy at Devils Slide

- Theresa Collett, San Marcos CA

Here is a picture of my beautiful, spunky and energetic

5-year-old daughter from Holtville CA, Abrianna Trevino

enjoying her Sunday at Eagle Mountain Railroad Trestle

Bridge February 21st on a ride from Mammoth Wash

- Neftali Trevino, Holtville CA

Adrian Marin, Preston Sexton, and Wesley Sexton

all from Borrego in Ocotillo Wells - Rusty Sexton,

Borrego Springs CA

Zoey Frampton and Kenzie Poe - Wayne Frampton,

Lakeside OR

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Brayton and little brother Benny of Borrego in

Ocotillo Wells - Rusty Sexton, Borrego Springs CA

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Brooke Flores, age 2, Glamis Sand

Dunes (circa 2003) - Sandy Flores,

Lakeside CA

Danielle Harrington, age 7,

1975, YZ 80, Stone House - Tom

Harrington, Bonita CA

Tyler Flores behind the wheel,

age 3 (circa 2003) - Sandy Flores,

Lakeside CA

Blake Easton: "Steering wheel check. Shifter check.

Now if only I could reach the pedals!" - Travis Eaton,

Wheatridge CO

Max (right) & Mason (left) Turvey with a few of their best friends at the Sand Bar in Superstition.

- Sarah Turvey, El Cajon CA

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Little Lindsey (2 years old)

getting her 93 YJ ready for the

next off-road Jeep adventure!

- Cortney Wright, El Centro CA

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We are 4 generations deep in off-road racing and vintage memorabilia. - Arron Sletten, Indio CA

Zander tearin’ it up on his quad.

- Sarah Banuelos, Vista CA

Brock LaBelle is our little Storm

Trooper. The Force is strong with

this one! Pumpkin Patch at Ocotillo

Wells - Brian LaBelle, Brea CA

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My twin boys, 11-year-old

Mason and Jared at Table Mesa

OHV just north of Phoenix, AZ

- Ed Richardson, San Diego CA


Maisie Maelynn Jones, 5 years old, at LACR. - Mindy Jones,

Phelan CA

These are my grandkids with the rock man that they

discovered in Ocotillo Wells! Joaquin Aray, Oliver Peek

and Elaina Aray - Proud grandpa Ned Peek, San Diego CA

Taylin, Gage and Cam Baldwin from Lakeside

- Rachel Baldwin, Lakeside CA

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This is Hailey at a Parker race.

Her Dad races a Jeep Scrambler.

- Darcie Coffland (mother of

Hailey), Gilbert AZ

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facebook.com/Ocotillo-

Wells-RV-Park-

Store-875140252624514/

Dulce Renée Montaño,

age 13, learning to ride

LEFT Deegan Saechao, age 3, enjoying the weekend

on the sand at the Oceano Dunes. - Photo submitted

by Mom, Megan Saechao

Summer Kukla photobombing the picture of my truck

- Jack Reilly, Sagle ID

My son Paul, 1987ish - Larry Proctor, Jamul CA

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Wyatt, Weston and Waylon at the drag strip in Glamis CA

New Years Day. - Jeremy Diede, Sonora CA

Tessa LaBelle is a Rock Star! On the trail at Ocotillo

Wells - Brian LaBelle, Brea CA

Papa Stan and Brookelyn out on the Arizona Peace

Trail. - Bryan Jacobson, Placentia CA

Our two kids, Callie, 5, and Andrew, 2, enjoying some

snacks in front of our rzr. We were camped up in

Ocotillo Wells State Park and rode down south to the

2nd trestle bridge for the mine train. These two kiddos

just love taking rzr rides to all the cool spots of

interest in and out of Ocotillo Wells Sate Park.

- Kate Robinson, Fallbrook CA

Camden Mills,

age 4, Ocotillo

Wells

- Lana Mills,

San Marcos CA

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Hailey and Kenneth love being at any desert. Glamis,

Superstition, Plaster City, just anything to do

with the desert and they are happy campers! - Cindy

Swanguen, Campo CA


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Sadie McPheeters, Avery Ortiz and Lilah McPheeters

working on their 'dirt tan' at Superstition Mountain,

2021 - Doug McPheeters, Santee CA

"Leave the desert here."Aaron Ortiz 'dusting'

daughter Avery, for the ride home from Superstition.

March 2021 - Doug McPheeters, Santee CA

Jameson Mills, age 9, in Ocotillo Wells CA - Lana Mills,

San Marcos CA

My twins, plus their older bro Jacob riding near

home - Ed Richardson, Black Canyon City AZ

Mason Turvey,

Shane Savory,

and Dominic

Agistino. Best

friends riding

out at

Superstition.

- Sarah Turvey,

El Cajon CA

Henny Harrington and Cody

Ocheltree, ages 10 and 8 at

Cahuilla Road, Ocotillo Wells

- Tom Harrington, Bonita CA

Chula Vista CA

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Family off-road time is the best time. William Monroe

at the train trestle near Superstition - Steven Monroe,

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My son William testing out his new bike from his Uncle

Bob, owner at San Diego Powerhouse - Chelsea Youngs

Bexley, 3 months old - Kayla Pfohlman, San

Diego CA

Them Sletten Boys. 11 Brothers Motorsports. Start

them young. - Dennis Sletten, Indio CA

From left to right: Andrew Fields, Andrea Baczkowski, Troy Fields, Spencer Willhite and Maggie Willhite.

Photo taken just outside of the town of Ocotillo. Photo by Jess Willhite, Santee CA

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Christian Mills, age 7 at Fox raceway in Pala, CA -

Lana Mills, San Marcos CA

Brendan and Katelyn at Sunset Hill in Glamis - Laura

Rockwood

Johnathon Thorpe watering trees with left over water

before we left Glamis - Raymond Leon, Campo CA

Hannah, Bailey, Ben and Blaze kicking it at Cal City

- Marty Eisen, Tarzana CA

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Fernanda Lopez,

11 years old,

enjoys weekend

riding on her

Honda TRX250R

Madeline Vallecorsa, age 6 and James Vallecorsa,

Upland CA

Callie learning to ride

her CRF50. Thumbs up

coming into camp after

some laps practicing

her turning. - Kate

Robinson,

Fallbrook CA

The McPheeters girls enjoying some snack time out at

Superstition. Photo by Jesse McPheeters, El Cajon CA

Olivia Freeman and Ava Wik - Ken Freeman, Las

Vegas NV

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My son, Damian Mills, age 13, at Fox Raceway,

Pala, CA (left) and his friend Owen Sanders, also

13 - Lana Mills, San Marcos CA


My grandson Jay,

practicing driving the

Bronco. - Richard

Calahan, Temecula CA

Tessa and Brock together and NOT FIGHTING… LOL!

Lots of good family fun to be found off road.

Somewhere near Silverwood Lake - Brian LaBelle,

Brea CA

Jeep kids having a blast before a night run up valley

of the moon. Jeremiah Bruening (center) and friends

- Dona Bruening, Oceanside CA

"Let's roll!” Charlotte Murguia at Superstition. Clinton Greene and Preston Sexton of Julian and

Thanksgiving 2020 - Doug McPheeters, Santee CA Borrego in Ocotillo Wells - Rusty Sexton,

Borrego Springs CA

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Safety 1st! My son Blake with my wife,

Shannon - Travis Eaton, Wheatridge CO

Jayden St. Clair (right)

with his pals at Glen Helen

Raceway - Kelly St. Clair,

Big Bear CA

that's all for

OFF ROAD KIDS 2021

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Blast from the Pas

Photos by Trackside Photo

www.tracksidephoto.com

John Joyce’s buggy

being righted after

a roll over at the

1993 Nevada 400

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Don’t Be A Fool --

Stop For Fuel!

We were well into a four-day

drive through Death Valley.

Our trip had taken us across the

Slate Range of the Inyo Mountains into

Panamint Valley. From there, we traveled

through Gohler wash, and up and over

Mengle Pass into Death Valley.

By this time our fuel tanks were about

half empty. Up ahead was Furnace Creek,

Calif., which I knew had only one gas

station. We pulled in, only to realize that

the station was out of gas.

Our next option was in the community

of Stovepipe Wells. This town was in the

right direction, north, but a little out of the

way. We set off.

Upon arriving, we discovered that

the one gas station was closed due to high

winds. Management feared the canopy

overhead would blow down. With no

recourse, we changed our route and drove

to Beatty, Nev. to fuel up. Needless to say,

these detours put a crimp in our plans. The

extra fuel we carried in cans was

a comfort that we would not run

out before finding a viable station.

The extra fuel cans by themselves

were not sufficient for the rest of

the trip.

Get your fuel when you can

This incident was a stark reminder

that four-wheeling doesn’t always go

according to plan. In this case, we had

difficulty getting fuel. Engine fuel, whether

gasoline or diesel, is absolutely critical

for four-wheeling. All drivers know that,

Beatty Nev. – Have group fuel up before dispersing

which is why many carry extra fuel in

portable gas cans. By its nature, our sport

puts us in remote areas, with long distances

between small towns, which also have

limited services.

Which brings me to Rule #6: Gas

First!

Rule #6 means gas is your first

priority when it is available. Fuel up before

checking out the convenience store to

restock the drink supply. Fuel up before

you check out that dinner for a meal. Fuel

up before checking into the motel. Fuel up

before the group disbands for the evening.

Fueling up in remote areas is

problematic. Gas stations are few and far

between. They often offer only one grade

of gas (87 octane) and diesel fuel. As

discussed above, a station could be out of

gas or closed.

A mechanical breakdown won’t

necessarily derail a 4WD trip. But a vehicle

out of fuel is in real trouble. Don’t assume

that the gas station you’re counting on will

come through for you.

Remote

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All vehicles in the group should fuel

up together

If you’re the Trail Leader, make a

point to lead the group into the gas station.

Ensure everyone tops off their tanks even

if they need just a few gallons. Those few

gallons could come in handy later.

This process is challenging when

a group splits up. After a long day of

driving, some drivers may want to visit a

restaurant or hit the campsite. Some will

put off fueling up until the next morning.

It is so easy to forget, once you put it off.

Encourage everyone to gas first when a


you thought. These and other issues cause

drivers to use more fuel than planned.

When you go off-road, remember

Rule #6: Gas First. And top off your tank

any chance you get. Because you don’t

know what issues gas stations along the

route may face.

Closed

station is available. As we’ve

seen, you can’t always count on

the gas stations.

In addition to being out

of gas (as was the case at

Furnace Creek), my group once

encountered a station closed the

next morning because it had lost

power. With no power to the

pumps, there was no way to get

gas. Those who did not fuel up

the evening before had to wait

until mid-day when the power

was restored.

Even if drivers are able

to gas up the next morning,

that stop will delay the group’s

departure. Do all you can to

have them fuel up the night

before.

Some drivers skip the pit

stop because they are carrying

extra gas. That’s unwise. The

spare gas – especially the

final can – is for emergency

purposes. Perhaps the owner

won’t need it, but another

driver could.

Four-wheelers are a

versatile, resourceful bunch.

They know that 4WD trips

don’t always go according

to plan. A trail is closed,

requiring a detour. Campsites

are full, forcing you to find

an alternative. A particular

route may take longer than

Tom Severin, 4x4 Coach, teaches 4WD

owners how to confidently and safely use

their vechicles to the fullest extent in difficult

terrain and adverse driving conditions.

Contact him at tom@4x4training.com or visit

www.4x4training.com to develop or improve

your driving skill. Copyright 2021, Badlands

Off-Road Adventures, Inc

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Suspension Without

Compromise

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SAGUARO UT

February 19-21, 2021

Wenden AZ

www.utvoffroadadventures.com

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Along the McMullen Valley runs

Highway 60 stretching from

Wickenburg, AZ to Brenda, AZ. In

this stretch located between the Harcuvar

and Harquahala mountains, you will find

the small towns of Salome,

AZ and Wenden, AZ.

Both towns are small but

welcoming to snowbirds,

travelers and off-road

enthusiasts year round. This

area is rich in agriculture,

farming, old mines, open

desert views and the best part

are the miles and miles of

off-road adventure to be had!

Fun history for the area

includes: Salome, AZ getting

its name from Grace Salome

Hall who stepped on the hot

dry desert sand barefoot and

did a dance. The town motto

of course is "Where she

danced." Dick Wick Hall a humorist ran

the Laughing Gas Station and advertised

Free Hot Air. Wenden, AZ is the gateway to

Alamo Lake and in the early 1900's it was

a supply depot for all of the local mines

in the area. Wyatt Earp left Tombstone to

become the first retiree in the early 1880's

and mined this area.

With plenty of sunshine to be had,

you can pick an adventure for the day.

UTV Offroad Adventures has designed 2

rides daily that range between 50 - 75ish

miles. This year were the Palmerita Loop

and the Harquahala Mine Loop rides. Both

rides boasting beautiful desert views, mine

shafts galore, and a stop at the Wayside Inn

& RV Park for an off the beaten path lunch

and drinks located a few miles from Alamo

Lake. Both rides are full of fun, friends,

adventure and many stories from the local

guides.

This UTV event was held February

19-21, 2021 with everyone

starting out at locals Christy

and Clark's homesite located

up Alamo Lake Road. They

are the owners and operators

of C&D Auto Repair located

in Salome. Their hospitality

beyond measure allows all of

us camping and all festivities

on their properties for the

event. A huge thanks to them

for their guidance and the best

bonfires ever for the nightly

shenanigan's. The Cornhole

Tournament, Raffles and

night time festivities are well

planned and everyone has an amazing

time. Many leave with new gear and fond

memories, not to mention new friends.

We certainly cannot forget about the

night ride! The first Friday night, after

setting up your camp, checking your bags

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for the weekend and gearing up for all the

fun is the infamous night ride. Always

a desert night time favorite. Among the

cactus shadows and moonlight, flashing

light bars and fun filled music fills the

desert with a night time party on deserted

backroads. What a sight to witness and

be a part of. The desert night air and light

show gives you a refreshed feeling that this

weekend is just a beginning to many more

adventures with friends, family and so

much fun!

Food for this event was provided

by Emalee's Taqueria and I can certainly

tell you from experience it is simply

to die for! Breakfast burritos are much

needed for your energy on the trail rides

and will fill you up for miles. Their menu

has authentic Mexican

food including Elotes,

Burritos, Quesadillas,

Nachos and even a Keto

Menu for those of us that

have food allergies or

issues. They are always

accommodating and the

food is simply amazing.

The fun and

experiences at these

events cannot be put into words. There are

not enough thanks for the people behind

the scenes working endlessly to make

sure your adventure is one to cherish for a

lifetime!

Experience the many trails and

interesting places Arizona has to offer.

Adventure awaits at every turn in Arizona

and UTV Off-road Adventures will help

you find the experience you are after. For

information for ALL Arizona upcoming

UTV events visit utvoffroadadventures.

com.

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SCFTA Racin

Flat Track

Round 2 - march 6, 2021

perris raceway - perris ca

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Travis Petton IV

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Zack Earwood, 1st place Open Amateur class

Kage Tadman, 1st place 85 cc Open , 1st place 85-100 cc 2-Stroke Amateur and first place 250cc Youth Open

50cc 2 Stk Beg 1. Solomon Stern 2. Ben

Elkelberger 3. Thomas Chavira 4. Walker

Lewis 5. Sidney Stern 50cc 4 Stk Beg 1.

Duke Makarevich 2. Solomon Stern 3. Bryce

Elkelberger III 4. Doffo 50cc Open 1. Duke

Makarevich 2. Solomon Stern 3. Bryce

Elkelberger III 4. Ben Elkelberger 5. Thomas

Chavira 65-70cc 2 Stk Beg 1. Danny Iha

65-70cc 2 Stk Nov 1. Jackson Brown 65-70cc

2 Stk Amateur 1. Colton Shafer 50cc Nov 1.

Duke Makarevich 85 Open 1. Kage Tadman 2.

Kensei Matsudaira 3. Colin Petton 4. Jasper

Heathfield 5. Jackson Brown 85-100cc 2 Stk

Amateur 1. Kage Tadman 2. Kensei Matsudaira

3. Colin Petton 85-100cc 2 Stk Nov 1. Colton

Shafer 2. Jasper Heathfield 85-100cc 2 Stk

Beg 1. Jackson Brown 250cc Youth Open 1.

Kage Tadman 85cc 4 Stk Amateur 1. Kensei

Matsudaira 65-70cc Open 1. Colton Shafer

2. Jackson Brown Vets +35 Am/Nov 1. Stace

Richmond 2. Adam Lesley 3. Mike Diffenbaugh

4. Joseph Boyd 5. Damian Doffo Madd Dog

Open 4 Stk 1. Conner Hickerson 2. Sierra

Hickerson 3. Dan Iha 4. Jason Bishop 5. Bill

Lyons Senior Vets +60 Exp 1. Jon Nunes 2.

Mike Vital 3. Jeff Apple 4. Sam Cover 5. Travis

Ward Pull Starts 1. Conner Hickerson 2. Daltin

Collie 3. Jeff Apple 4. Brody Porst 5. Lane Miller

Senior Vets +50 Am/Nov 1. Stace Richmond

2. Mike Diffenbaugh 3. Adam Lesley 4. Mark

Norman 5. Donny Moore Framer Expert 1.

Travis Petton 2. Clayton Williams Framers Am/

Nov 1. Geneva Howes Super Sen +60 Exp 1.

Royal Anderson 2. Jim Ottele 3. James Morris

4. Elliott Iverson 5. John Clayton Super Sen

+60 Am/Nov 1. Paul Claybaugh 2. Gary Lane

3. Patrick Hayes 4. Tom Howes 5. Mike Boals

Premier Senior +70 1. Wayne Warrington 2.

Robert Marchbanks Vets +35 Exp 1. Jon Nunes

2. Sam Cover 3. John Clayton 4. Josh Mills

Bomber Exp 1. Danny Perkins 2. Robbie Crean

3. Josh Mills Bomber Am/Nov 1. Paul Claybaugh

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2. Robert Marchbank Open Unclassified 1.

Travis Horn 2. Zack Earwood 3. Daltin Collie 4.

Stace Richmond 5. Michael Resendez Open

Expert 1. Travis Petton 2. Conner Hickerson

3. Andrew Myers 4. Matt Foster Powder Puff

1. Sierra Hickerson 2. Geneva Howes 3. KC

Coleman 4. Joey Crabtree 5. Roberta Ewart

Hooligans 1. Helder Alvernaz 2. Jim Ottele 3.

Adam Lesley 4. Stace Richmond 5. Daniel Ito

Open Nov/Beg 1. James Broskey 2. Michael

Resendez 3. Joseph Boyd 4. Geneva Howes

5. Joshua Lesley Open Am 1. Zack Earwood

2. Daltin Collie 3. Conner Hickerson 4. Cole

Norman 5. Josh Lesley Pro 1. Travis Petton 2.

Justin Thurman 3. Andre Oches 4. Colt Foster

5. Nick Garcia

Danny Perkins, first place Bomber Expert Class

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ZR PROMO

CTA

Grand

Prix

Mexicali B.C.

www.zrpromo.com

Photos by Triplets Media

Giovani Aviles

finished fifth in

the Novice class

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Luis deNicolas won the Class 50 on his KTM SX250

Brandon Prieto, first overall at the finish line

Fernanda Gissel finished fifth in Novice class

M/C OPEN PRO 1. Brandon Prieto

(29), Ensenada B.C. QUAD OPEN

PRO 1.José Luis Meza Vélez

(22), San Felipe Baja México 2.

Felipe Vélez (40), San Felipe Baja

México 3. #Q10 Chris Avalos (20),

Yuma AZ 4. Marcos Cousiño, San

Vicente B.C. 5. Jesús Hernández

(30), Santa Rosalía BC sur OPEN

EXPERT 1. Manuel Antonio Gómez

Jr. (17), Tecate B.C. 2. José André

Enríquez (17), Mexicali B.C. 3.

Esteban Lujan (24), Tijuana B.C. 4.

Rubén Lujan (20), Tijuana B.C. 5.

Robert Rodríguez III, Mexicali B.C.

QUAD OPEN EXPERTS 1. Nicolás

Vélez (14), San Felipe B.C. 2. Edgar

Muñoz (22), Chula Vista CA 3. Omar

Murillo (21), Tecate B.C. 4. Ery

Sandoval (21), Brawley Ca. 5. José

Luis Montoya García (21), Mexicali

B.C. M/C OPEN +30 1. Francisco

Septien (44), Ensenada B.C. 2.

Michel Valenzuela (32), Mexicali

B.C. 3. Manuel Antonio Gómez

(35), Tecate B.C. 4. Leonardo

Crowder Lizárraga (33), Mexicali

B.C. 5. Adrián Valdez (44), Tijuana

B.C. QUAD OPEN +40 1. Gilberto

Pérez (41), Mexicali B.C. Honda

TRX450R2. Ismael Hernández

(41), Escondido Ca. 3. Carlos S.

López Martínez (48), San Felipe

B.C. 4. Raudel Coronel Ceceña

(47), Mexicali B.C. 5. Francisco

Espinoza Ríos (49), Mexicali B.C.

M/C OPEN NOVICE 1. Hosman

Márquez Carreón (17), Mexicali B.C.

2. Ricardo Meza Vélez (17), San

Felipe B.C. 3. Daniel Meza Vélez (20),

San Felipe B.C. 4. Marco Avalos

Jr. (97), San Diego Ca. 5. Giovanni

Avilés (29), Tijuana B.C. M/C OPEN

+40 1. Christian Espinoza (44),

Mexicali B.C. 2. Jesús Navarro

(47), Mexicali B.C. M/C OPEN +50:

1. Luis de Nicolás (53), Mexicali

B.C. 2. Miguel Coria Barajas (56),

Mexicali B.C. 3. Efraín Nuño (60),

Mexicali B.C. QUAD OPEN +30 1.

Jorge Luis Ramírez Jr. (33), Mexicali

B.C. QUAD OPEN NOVICE 1.

Dionisio Zavala Ayala (13), Jacume

2. Eduardo Rojas (17), San Ignacio

B.C. 3. Yoel Leal (13), Mexicali B.C.

4. Alfredo Rodríguez 5. Fernanda

Gissel (19), Mexicali B.C.

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Andre Enqiruez finished second in the MC Open

Expert class

Brandon Prieto flying near Trump’s wall - Dulcé

Renee photo

Edgar Muñoz finished second in the Expert class on

his TRX450R

Jesus “Toy” Navarro finished second in the Open +40

MC class

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Marcos Cousino from San Vicente Baja Mexico rode

Jose Luis Meza Velez, first Quad

his first ZR series race and finished fourth in class

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Local Jesus Osuna flying on his TRX450R finished

seventh

Manuel Gomez Jr. led and won the Expert class

Nicho Zavala Jr. won the Novice class

TJ rider Luis Garcia finished 11th in the Expert class

Michel Valenzuela finished second in the Open +30 class

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Justin Morgan, 1st overall

and 1st Vet Expert

Kevin Ciccarelli, first Senior

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Luke Ware, third Vet Novice, plowing through a deep silt bed

TOP TEN OVERALL 1. Justin Morgan

2. Adrian Ortiz 3. Chad Goodsell 4.

Joshua Sharp 5. Dylan Earle 6. Ryan

Gustine 7. Robert Youngs 8. Daniel

Fenton 9. Evan Estrada 10. Kyle Hill

TOP TEN UTV 1. Justin Cox, Justin

Herrera 2. Elliott Watson 3. Dustin

Twamley, Joshua Butler 3. Eric Hartell,

Sandy Flores 4. Rich Hedgecock, Sean

McCall 5. Jesse Melrose, Brian Kim 6.

Jake Cassidy 8. William McNeer, Helena

Soto 9. Skip Fitch 10. Dave Sykes, Dan

Candler

CLASS RESULTS

Vet Exp 1. Justin Morgan 2. Robert

Youngs 3. Kyle Hill 4. Chris Brooks 5.

Joe Saelens Vet Am 1. Erik Burnworth

2. Devin Thornton 3. Ivan Delgadillo

4. David Valley 5. Nathan Johnson Vet

Nov 1. Josh Wissehr 2. Nathan Grayelle

3. Luke Ware 4. Darin Ayala 5. Andrew

Pappas Open Exp 1. Adrian Ortiz 2.

Joshua Sharp 3. Daniel Fenton 4. Evan

Estrada 5. Donald Stanley Open Am

1. Logan Green 2. Justin Wilson 3. AJ

Motta 4. Robert Rodriguez 5. David

Ponce-Dick Open Nov 1. Connor

Rusty Sexton, sixth

Vet Novice

Casey Lizaola, first ATV Vet Am

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Devin Smith, third UTV Pro Production 1000cc

Detlefsen 2. Cole Herbrandson 3. Jesus

Cabrera 4. Derek Marron 5. Cameron

Kinnear 250 Exp 1. Chad Goodsell

2. Dylan Earle 3. Braydin Collie 250

Am 1. Albaro Ortiz 2. Austin Farley 3.

Cooper Shira 4. Noah Clevenger 250

Nov 1. Salvador Paniagua 2. Pedro

Montes 3. Andrew Hendrix 4. Brenten

Adams 5. Tyler Clark 200 Nov 1.

Connor Belew Senior Exp 1. Ryan

Gustine Senior Am 1. Courtney Ludwin

2. Darin Smith 3. Chad Prey Sen Nov

1. Kevin Ciccarelli 2. Donnie Durfee 3.

Michael Kent 4. Brian

Morris 5. Joseph Moore

Super Sen Exp 1. Eric Carnes 2. Art

Pifer 3. Pete Andrassy 4. Jason Cogbill

5. Robbie Pippin Sup Sen Am 1.

Robert Feinstein 2. Dave Green 3. Zac

Shira 4. David Rinder Sup Sen Nov 1.

David Doyle 2. Scott Kinnear 3. Davey

Shapiro 4. Dick Hosmer Masters Exp

1. Mark Zela Women Exp 1. Liz Karcz

Women Am 1. Desiree Bates Women

Nov 1. Brittany Freeman 2. Julie

Daniels 3. Kristin Baxter 4. Brittany

Brooks ATV Exp 1. Danny Magdaleno

2. Chris Avalos 3. Ismael Hernandez

ABOVE Julie Daniels, second Womens

Novice BELOW Austin Farley,

16 years old, first desert race, 15th

out of 160 racers, talented and fast.

Nathan Johnson,

fifth Vet Amateur

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4. Ricardo Gonzalez 5. Rafael Aros ATV

Nov 1. Luis Dukes 2. Jake Hickman

3. Jesus Diaz 4. Anthony Lopez 5.

Zachary Winkelman ATV Vet Am 1.

Casey Lizaola 2. Anthony De Mars ATV

Vet Nov 1. Hector Monroy 2. Steve

Kerchner ATV Sen Exp 1. Clint Guidry

ATV Women Nov 1. Lilia Rodriguez

2. Jessica Engen 3. Chyrisma Ison 4.

Annaleese Reed UTV Pro Unlimited

1. Justin Cox, Justin Herrera 2. Eliott

Watson 3. Dustin Twamley, Joshua

Butler 4. Eric Hartell, Sandy Flores 5.

Rich Hedgecock, Sean McCall UTV

Pro Stock 1000cc 1. Jesse Melrose,

Brian Kim 2. Will Salazar, Gil Salazar 3.

Janelle Feeler, Chyrsimam Isom UTV

Sportsman 1. Jake Cassidy 2. William

McNeer, Helena Soto 3. Patrick Taber

4. Victor Diaz, Esmeralda Rodriguez 5.

Mollie Whitted, Kyle Whitted UTV Pro

Production 1000cc 1. Skip Fitch 2.

Brett Berker, Craig Estrada 3. Devin

Smith 4. Steve Knight, Beau Gasinski 5.

Max Carver

LEFT Adrian Ortiz, second overall

and first Open Expert

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Danny Magdaleno, first overall ATV and first ATV

Expert

Ricardo Gonzalez, fourth ATV Expert

Justin Cox and

Justin Hererra,

first overall UTV

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Salvador Paniagua, first 250 Novice

Josh Wessehr, first Vet Novice

Jason Bishop, 12th Senior Novice

Eliott Watson, second overall, second UTV Pro

Unlimited

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Matthew Turner, finished

fourth Class 2000 in spite

of a flat tire and later an

end over end roll-over

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Blake Wilkey, first Class 11

Brandon Heald, first Class 9

TOP 5 CLASS RESULTS

CLASS 9 1. Brandon Heald 2. Wesley

Welch 3. Eric Ruble 4. Frank Wagner 5.

Brandon Meehan

CLASS 11 1. Blake Wilkey 2. Jorge

Ventura 3. Cisco Bio 4. Cory Vandemark

5. Richard Sletten

CLASS 5/1600 1. Raul Solano 2.

Guy Savedra 3. Luis Herrera 4. Ernie

Negrete 5. Ken Flippin

CLASS 1600 1. Tim Craig 2. Bryce

Farrar 3. Matt Depue 4. Cole Hardin 5.

Tyler Petersen

CLASS 2000 1. Jason Babcock 2. Ryan

Galloway 3. Richard Oja 4. Matthew

Turner 5. Allen Byma

CLASS 1400 1. Adam Leonhardt 2.

Adrian Padilla 3. Joser Herrera 4. Cory

Campbell 5. Dustin Brodwolf

Carolyn Hines, second Class 1350

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Tom Bird, second Class 5U

Brian Dague, first Class 5U

TROPHY TRUCK 1. Eric Hardin 2. Zak

Langley 3. Ulises Galvin 4. John Langley

5. Gatlan Haddon

CLASS 1300 1. Cole Brandt

2. Bobby McCall 3. Brandon

Whitehead 4. Brooke Perfect

5. Joseph Clerici

CLASS 6100 1. Patrick

Reardon 2. Ryan Agius 3.

Bear Nunley 4. Keith Smith 5.

Tony Murray

CLASS 10 1. Brady Wisdom

2. Bryan Goetsch 3. Blaine

Conrad 4. Adam Gonzalez 5.

David Sanchez

CLASS 1 1. Johnny McCall

2. Bradley Ellis 3. Christian

Weber 4. Pat McCarthy 5.

Keavin Reardon

CLASS 5U 1. Brian Dague 2.

Tom Bird 3. Ethan Jackson 4.

Ray Promer

CLASS 1400 PRO 1. Brian

Younger 2. Joey Diaz 3.

Justin Miller

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CLASS 1350 1. Richard Woods 2.

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Tony Murray, fifth Class 6100

Brandon Arthur, sixth Class 6100

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Optima Batteries

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Johnson Valley CA

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#21 Erik Miller, 7th overall finisher in

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JP Gomez finished second

overall, nine minutes behind the

leader with a time of 7 hours,

10 minutes, 18.268 seconds

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While much of the country was

caught in a vicious winter

storm, the weather was

warm and sunny in Southern California

as off-road racers and fans flocked to

the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle

Area just outside Lucerne Valley for the

Main Event of the nine day Hammers

Week, the OPTIMA Batteries King of the

Hammers Presented by Lasernut itself.

Eighty-four exotic racers, built to

withstand the unique combination of

off-road desert racing and rock climbing

through some of the roughest terrain

in the world, started the race, but only

34 would finish in the allotted 14-hour

time limit. The first finish was Randy

Slawson, who completed the three lap,

190 mile plus course in seven hours,

one minute and 17.378 seconds in his

self-built Bomber Fabrication

buggy. This was the third win

for Slawson, who also won in

2013 and 2015, but the first

for co-driver, navigator and

cousin Dustin Emick.

“My year begins and

ends in February. It's not

in January, like everybody

else's,” Slawson explained.

“This is the only thing that I

live eat, breathe, sleep, dream

- King of the Hammers.” For

his efforts Slawson won not

only the $65,000 winner's

check, he also took home a

Tom Gilpin finished 29th overall in 12 hours 27 minutes, 56.215 seconds.

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The winner! Randy Slawson finishes first overall for the third time at a King of the Hammers race.

new Ford Bronco, which isn't even out

on the market yet.

Finishing second, only a few

minutes behind Lawson on the track,

was JP Gomez, driving a single-seat

UFO Fabrications buggy. But because

Gomez was fast qualifier and thus

started first, while Slawson started

29th, the official margin of victory was

just over nine minutes behind Slawson

Jumps were the least of their problems.

on time. Gomez's brother Raul finished

third in another UFO Fabrications car

to give the family two spots in the top

three but not the one they wanted.

Raul scored some brownie points with

his fellow racers when he stopped his

own race to help fellow driver Tom

Wayes after Wayes suffered a violent

flip.

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Bailey Cole finished fourth for the

second straight year and the second

straight day, having also finished

fourth in the previous day's Everyman

Challenge. Drift racing star Vaughn

Gittin Jr. rounded out the top five.

Some of the early favorites got off

to a good start but hit bad luck on the

way. Jason Scherer and Cameron Steele

shared the early lead but dropped back

with mechanical issues, with Scherer

and Wayland Campbell both running

out of fuel on the course. Scherer’s

navigator Jason Berger actually ran to

the main pit to get fuel while fellow

competitor Andrew McLaughlin pulled

Campbell into the pit to refuel. Off-

Road racers are good people.

Other winners of the week long

racing festival included Bryce Menzies

winning the Toyo Tires Desert

Challenge for desert trucks, Chase

Caprara took the 4WP Every Man

Challenge, Trisan Hart was victorious

in the All Balls King of the Motos

motorcycle race and Kyle Chaney won

the Can Am UTV Race. For complete

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Ford chose King of the Hammers

to introduce their new Bronco,

including some Bronco buggies

in the race. Jason Scherer drove

this Bronco to a 10th overall

finish.

Winch war at the Back Door

Former champion Wayland

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Medicare For All?

Let's Take a Look

In the current news and political views,

there has been a calling by some for

"Medicare For All." This concept has

been pushed by many folks including

Presidential hopeful candidate Bernie

Sanders and others.

So, a good friend of mine, Erick

Lundy of "Lundy Insurance Services"

did some research on this very topic. I'd

like to give him credit for this article and

information first. He did his homework.

Here is what he found out from his

research. It's a point of view that has not

been considered by many people but

certainly should be!

The call for "Medicare For All" is

growing louder everyday. With that in

mind, I thought I would look at this issue

from a different perspective, one that

nobody else seems to talk about. Please

understand this is simply another point of

view in the big picture.

Most would agree that there are many

things about the current health care system

here in the USA that could be improved

upon. Most of us like the fact we can

choose the medical providers we would

like to see. Most of us like the choice of

plans available based on our individual

needs. On the other hand, the costs are

high and seem to keep going up. There are

often many administrative navigational

roadblocks to deal with as well. These

issues are both in private and government

types of health care.

Now, what if everyone had Medicare?

Besides the obvious and often discussed

issues, lets focus on a few specific areas,

like the cost of paying for inappropriate

claims, waste, abuse and how this affects

the overall costs within our current

Medicare system and

compare that with the

current private pay

health care system.

Under our

current private

health care system,

insurance carriers

are driven and

in fact rewarded,

to make sure the

claims they pay

are appropriate and

accurate. Insurance

carriers invest a

lot of money every

year putting systems

and personnel in

place to make sure they are not paying for

fraudulent or inappropriate claims. That

investment pays off as there is very little

fraud within our private heath insurance

industry.

Many of the people speaking out and

supporting "Medicare For All" bang the

drum and point to the "obnoxious profits

and excessive salaries being made by

these private insurance carriers and their

executives." I would

think many of us would

agree that at least the

salaries may be an issue.

Here is the

part that is a little

confusing. If you add

up all the profits of the

1,100 private health

insurance carriers who

reported to the National

Association of Insurance

Commissioners (NAIC)

in 2018, the total profits

come to around $23.4

billion. Now add in the

$1.1 billion in salaries,

bonuses and stock

options of the executives of the top 62

firms in 2018 and you get a rounded-up

total of about $25 billion. I do not think

anyone will dispute that $25 billion is a lot

of money.

Here is where the difficulty begins

on this issue. Currently, Medicare covers

approximately 44 million people or

about 15% of the USA's population.

It is widely agreed that there is a huge

amount of fraud, waste and abuse within

the current Medicare system. This costs

the taxpayers and Medicare beneficiaries

massive amounts of money. In an article

published by AARP on March 30th, 2018

titled "Medicare Under Assault From

Fraudsters", the article points out that in

2017, fraud amounted to $60 billion! The

actual amount may be higher or lower, but

most all can agree that it is very high and

growing.

So, in other words, about 15% of

our population in the USA is costing

about $60 billion in fraud, waste and

abuse. This makes the so called and

often vilified "obnoxious and excessive

executive income and profits" in the private

insurance sector ($25 billion) of the USA,

look pale in comparison! This should

stand as especially true since the private

sector insurance covers nearly 50% of our

population or about 164 million people.

Think!

Now we should all ask ourselves

when considering Medicare For All, if we

are currently paying about $60 billion in

fraud, waste and abuse now for about 15%

under our current Medicare system, what

would it cost if we had "Medicare For All"

covering 100% of the USA's population?

The math comes to about $396 billion in

fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer money.

That is on top of the costs to run the entire

program of current Medicare as we know

it.

Those "obnoxious and excessive

profits and salaries" of the private sector

companies and executives might not be

looking so bad once you look at the facts

at hand from this point of view and as

presented here in this conversation. Going

on to look at the differences here between

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private sector and Medicare, perhaps we

should be looking to the private sector for

help in solving our own Medicare problems

and not to just expand government

sponsored programs that have no historical

experience in saving taxpayer money.

Besides the references as cited in

the coulmn here, there are many more

you can research yourself online. Here is

another that supports comments made in

this article as posted "Fraud and billing

mistakes cost Medicare — and taxpayers

— tens of billions last year – Center for

Public Integrity" (https://publicintegrity.

org/health/fraud-and-billing-mistakes-costmedicare-and-taxpayers-tens-of-billionslast-year/)

Dr. Gary DeForest is a San Diego based

DC located in Mission Valley. He has been

in practice for over 35 years. He is always

happy to speak with you about any health

concern you may have. He can be reached

at (619) 291-2462. Or, e-mail him at

deforest192@yahoo.com. Speak to or text the

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