SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico — With pre-running on the rugged race route to open Saturday, Oct. 22, official entries from 27 U.S. States and 11 countries were included in Thursday’s drawing for start positions in various classes for next month’s 49th anniversary of the iconic SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, the season finale of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship.

Nearly 250 cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads from 35 U.S. States and 15 countries are expected to take the green flag on Friday, Nov. 18 for this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000. The granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 15-20 in Baja California Norte on Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting and finishing in the seaside port of Ensenada, 65 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.

The drawing for starting positions, by class, for all classes except SCORE Trophy Truck and Trophy Truck Spec, was held Thursday.

A solid total of 183 vehicles are officially entered as of today and nearly 75 additional entries are expected to enter in the five weeks before race day in Ensenada for the legendary race.

So far among the car, truck and UTV classes, SCORE Trophy Truck has the most entries with 28, followed by Trophy Truck Spec with 20, Pro UTV FI with 19, Class 10 with 18, the unlimited Class 1 with 15 and Pro UTV with 12 officially entered to date.

Among the motorcycle classes, the Pro Moto Ironman (solo) rider has the most entries with six today followed by the Pro Moto Unlimited and Pro Moto 40 (m/c riders over 40 years old) classes with five entries each so far.

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.

Polaris employees and Polaris riders worldwide are celebrating the life and mourning the passing of one of the company’s co-founders, David Johnson. He passed away yesterday in Roseau, Minn., after an extended illness. He was 93 years old.

SCORE-Logo-12-5-11ENSENADA, Mexico — Following the third of four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, 38 of the toughest racers in the world remain in the hunt to earn 2016 Red Kap SCORE Milestone Awards. In mid-September in Baja California, Mexico, Round 3 was held at the Rosarito Beach 20th SCORE Desert Challenge.

Racing for the first time in SCORE history in Rosarito Beach, it was run as four laps split over two sessions on a brutally rugged 37.1-mile course (128.4 total miles) that started and finished at the Los Manantiales area off of old Highway 1 south of central Rosarito.

SCORE is presenting these prestigious awards to the world’s toughest desert racers for the 31st consecutive year. The Red Kap SCORE Milestone awards will be presented to the car, truck, UTV drivers and motorcycle, quad riders who finish every required mile in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship.

SCORE-Logo-12-5-11ENSENADA, Mexico — After the first three of four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, Central California father and son racers Todd and Matt Winslow lead Class 10 points and have also climbed to the top spot in the SCORE Overall point standings heading into November’s season-ending 49th SCORE Baja 1000 in Ensenada, Mexico.

From Clovis, Calif., the Winslows have earned 242 championship points after the first three races of the season in their No. 1081 Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car. The Winslows are in a tight battle in both Class 10 and in the SCORE Overall point standings.

Last month’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” the Long Way presented by FOX saw a record entry of over 342 competitors taking on the famed long distance endurance race. Now racers will have to shift their driving styles and strategies as they switch from the longest off-road race on the Best In The Desert 2016 schedule, to the all-out sprint race of the BlueWater Desert Challenge presented by Polaris RZR, October 6-9.

Can-Am ATV and side-by-side vehicle racers put on a dominating show at round 12 of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) racing series, sweeping both the XC1 Pro UTV and 4×4 Pro ATV classes in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Can-Am Side-By-Side Vehicle Racing
Kyle Chaney easily won the UTV overall and XC1 Pro UTV class in his Can-Am Maverick X xc 1000R side-by-side vehicle. Chaney, the defending, two-time XC1 Pro UTV class champion, has now won the last two GNCC events. With three total victories and points from two other races this season, Chaney has climbed to within 26 points of Cody Miller for the class points lead.

5 Sand Machines Feature
If you could pick any vehicle as your ultimate dune machine what would it be? We’re not that picky!  Give us any one of these crazy custom machines and some open sand and you can call us happy campers.

This past weekend in Southern California, the Sand Sports Super Show celebrated its 18th year. It also was a notable year, as the ownership of the series was transferred from event promoter Don and Robin Murphy to Family Events, who also owns Off-Road Expo as well.

(Agua Dulce, Calif.):
In an effort to improve the registration and planning process for 2017 competitors, NORRA is rolling out a new pre-registration program that will be launched on the NORRA website today at noon (PST) on Thursday, September 15th 2016.