During the 2016 Defender Pilot Program held at several dealerships in Iowa, Texas, and Minnesota, participants were able to see the new Can-Am Defender vehicle and register for the “Win a Defender” promotion. On December 14, 2016, the drawing was held and the winner was Jeff L. of Iowa.
The BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 Presented by Impact kicks off the 2017 Best In The Desert race schedule for the car and truck classes and, with still a week and a half to enter, nearly 200 race teams have already signed up to run. The race field so far includes 52 Trick Trucks, 29 Class 6100 Spec Engine Trick Tricks and 36 Class 1000 Cars.
If you’ve never heard of or seen the Sherp ATV before your initial thought might be that falling though the ice would be a terrible tragedy. Well as you can see, neither ice, water, rocks or mud are any match for this all-terrain vehicle.
It’s always tragic when the off-road community loses one of our own, but even more so when it’s someone who’s had such an impact on so many people within the industry. Casey Folks was so much more than a race promoter, and the off-road community has shown just how much he was loved in the short time since his passing. Below are just a few of the many inspirational stories that show why this man was loved by so many.
There’s little doubt that the introduction of the Polaris RZR 800 into the off-road landscape changed the UTV industry forever. This week, to commemorate the Polaris RZR 800 introduction from a decade ago, Polaris re-released its original RZR 800 video. My how things have changed in just 10 years.
Leandro Torres and co-driver Lourival Roldan have become the very first Dakar SSV class winners, taking the 2017 title in their factory Xtreme Plus Polaris RZR1000XT machine by 4 hours and 42 minutes.
The family of Casey Folks has put Best In The Desert Operations Manager Donald Jackson in charge of race management and supervision. Donald was extremely close to Casey and has been his second in command for 13 years. He knows exactly how Casey would have handled anything.
If you’ve ever come up short, gotten stuck or otherwise found yourself running out of talent, don’t be ashamed. Even RJ Anderson runs out of talent from time to time. Check out the video below.
Minneapolis – Team RZR kept the winning momentum going at the first Best in the Desert (BITD) race of 2017, the UTV Winter Nationals in Parker, Ariz. Cool, wet weather made for a fast course, devoid of the typical desert dust, and Polaris Factory racers came out of the gate gunning for the lead.
Editor’s Note: Best in the Desert reported this morning that Director Casey Folks has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Below is the press release sent out this morning.
With a sad heart, Best in the Desert announces the passing of our leader on January 12, 2017. Casey Folks suffered a massive stroke on the morning of January 7th in Parker, Arizona. He was doing what he loved, living his passion for off-road racing, getting ready to drop the flag on the latest UTV race event. He was rushed to a hospital and transported by air to Las Vegas for care. Despite efforts by the best doctors in Las Vegas, Casey succumbed to the effect of a stroke this morning.