Compton, California
– Transamerican Auto Parts is proud to announce the 2016 renewal of the Life is Better Off-Road SEMA builder award. After a tremendously successful launch last year at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Life is Better Off-Road award has established itself as the premier industry prize awarded by Transamerican Auto Parts to the best presented, truly off-road capable truck, Jeep or SUV on display at the show.

Toyo Tires today announced a new video series where it will be teaming up with World RallyX driver Ken Block. The new video series is Climbkhana, and it features Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2. Apparently Block further upgraded his ‘Stang with a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine, and of course the crucial upgrade of proper traction that comes in the form of Toyo Proxes R888R tires. This will be the first time the Proxes R888R is  available in the U.S..

The Forza racing video games series has a new addition that was just released at the end of last month, as Forza Horizon 3 is now available for the Xbox One console, and the good news for off-road enthusiasts is there is quite four-wheeling action in the new game.

Taking something old and customizing it into something completely new is exactly what Legacy Classic Trucks did with its recent build of a classic Chevy 4×4. The team took a 1957 Chevy 3100 and converted it into a customized Napco 4×4.

Day two was full of shakeups. We walked into the second official day of the Rebelle Rally with a four-way tie for first place—and we exited it with a significant points spread between the leaders. Some teams gained multiple positions in the standings—and some fell from the top to the bottom. Every checkpoint, every turn, every second, everything counts in the Rebelle Rally.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-NEW-Logo-6-21-16Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this note regarding the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico will be revising its forest plan and will host open houses. See the information below for details.

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is revising its Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan), which will guide the management of all forest resources for the next 10 to 15 years. The Forest Service will be hosting a series of three Open House meetings through the end of the year.

The Open Houses will have specific topics, but no agenda. They are windows of opportunity for you to drop in and interact with a variety of SFNF resource specialists about Plan Revision. Depending on interest level, there may the opportunities for additional locations and resource topics in 2017.

Polaris-12-2-11Polaris Industries Inc. just announced this morning that it has agreed to purchase  Transamerican Auto Parts Company (“TAP”), a privately held, vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, retailer and installer of off-road Jeep and truck accessories, for $665 million. In a press release sent out this morning, Polaris notes the purchase price implies “a multiple of approximately 9.0 times TAP’s EBITDA for the 12 months ended September 30, 2016.”

TAP sells and installs an extensive line of accessories for Jeep and truck enthusiasts, including products manufactured under its seven aftermarket brands that include Pro Comp, Rubicon Express, Smittybilt, Poison Spyder, G2, LRG and Trail Master. Transamerican Auto Parts is the largest retailer and installer in the North American market, selling through its own retail and on-line network while also supporting numerous independent accessory retailers/installers. In the last year, ending September 30, 2016, TAP has generated approximately $740 million in sales.

Jim Beaver’s Project Action is now live and in its fifth week.  With marquee guests Ken Block, Jason Ellis, and Street League Champ Sean Malto appearing on air in the first few episodes, and the Sara Price story on tap for this week, Jim Beaver’s Project Action is already cracking the top 25 most downloaded sports podcasts on iTunes and becoming the definitive action sports podcast available online.

Jeep just upped the ante of the off-road prowess of the Grand Cherokee SUV, as it will offer a new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk version for 2017.

Expanding its All Terrain X models, GMC announced today that the Duramax-powered Sierra HD will be offered for 2017. The Sierra HD All Terrain X will join the Canyon and Sierra 1500 this fall as the third model in the All Terrain X series (see our test of the Duramax Canyon in the ’16 Mid-Size Shootout).