SEMA-Logo-1-3-13DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — A new report focused on the accessorization of utility task vehicles (UTVs, also known as side-by-sides) reveals that approximately 670,000 UTV models were sold in the United States in 2010-2012. Released by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the 62-page report provides auto accessory businesses with an understanding of the needs and purchase habits of UTV owners and aids in their marketing, sales and product development efforts.

“This is the first time we have done such extensive research into the powersports market,” said Gavin Knapp, SEMA senior manager of market research. “This report validates the belief many have had that there are great opportunities in the powersports market, and furthermore, that there are many similarities with the automotive aftermarket.”

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XPS Carbon Free is a combination fuel treatment and fuel system cleaner that can be used periodically to maintain fuel system integrity and keep internal engine parts clean, in addition to serving as a fuel stabilizer during storage periods.

TORC-Logo-12-2-13Dana Point, Calif. – TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL, the nation’s premiere short-course, off-road racing series, has announced the addition of Kart and P1K (UTV) classes to its national event schedule beginning with the season opener in Primm, Nev., April 5-6, 2014.

The TORC Kart class will consist of junior karts and 450 karts while the P1K class will be reserved for 1000cc UTV’s. Each class will compete for a national championship and race the same seven-event schedule as the PRO Light, PRO 2 and PRO 4 classes over the course of the 2014 season. Entries in each class must be USAC-licensed, with a $125 entry fee for the karts and a $150 entry fee for the UTVs.

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– The West Coast SxS racers making up Team ITP combined to earn four total podium spots this past weekend at both the Best In The Desert Mint 400 race in Nevada, and round three of the World Off-Road Championship Series in Arizona. SPR Racing / ITP pilot Dave Lytle won the 850P class at the Mint 400 outside of Las Vegas, while Branden Sims earned a third-place podium finish in the 1900P (Pro) SxS class. In Lake Havasu, Ariz., ITP WORCS racers Kyle Melville and Alfredo Ramirez finished second and third in the SxS 1000 class and Adam Levings took second in the SxS 850 ranks.

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Best in the Desert recently released the official results for the 2014 General Tire Mint 400, presented by Polaris. According to race officials, there were a total of 335 race teams entered in this year’s race. The Unlimited classes at this year’s event tackled the 100-mile loop four times, while some of the Limited classes took two or three laps on the course earlier in the day. There were no major shakeups compared to the unofficial results we reported in our original story, with Andy McMillin still sitting atop the podium for the overall win.

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Valcourt, Québec
– Can-Am Renegade 800R X xc racer Kevin Trantham won the inaugural running of the 4×4 Pro class and 10 a.m. session overall at round one of the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series in Florida. Can-Am 4×4 racers won a total of two morning classes and earned eight total 4×4 class podium finishes out of a possible 12 at the opening round of the national cross-country series.

Rocky-Mountain-ATV-MX-Off-Road-5-28-13PAYSON, UT – Rocky Mountain ATV/MC has announced that entries are now being accepted for its annual Rally on the Rocks UTV contest. Riders interested in winning a thrilling prize package that involves attending the Rally on the Racks event in Moab, Utah are invited to enter online.

Moab is often called the Mecca of UTV enthusiasts due to its unique slickrock setting and majestic scenery – and its abundance of excellent riding trails. Perhaps this is why one of the elite UTV rallies was founded there only a few years ago. Rally on the Rocks has already gained a solid reputation and hosts attendees from around the country every year.

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The 2014 Mint 400, with its 57 Trick Trucks entered, promises to be the biggest race in the history of off-road.  The Mint is now capped at 325 race teams, with a list of 40+ hopefuls waiting to take their spots in The Great American Off-Road Race™.  From the 4 Wheel Parts Vehicle Parade down the Las Vegas Strip, to the world famous Contingency, there is plenty to come and see leading up to race day.  Here’s a rundown on how to get involved and be a part of The Mint 400:

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– The Can-Am/ITP/Murray Racing team of Derek Murray, Monty Aldrich and Steve Amarine took second in Class 19 (UTV) at the 28th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race in Mexico.