SEMA-Logo-1-3-13Editor’s Note: The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) sent out a press release today noting its opposition to this EPA proposal. Although it does not directly appear to relate to off-road vehicles it certainly could impact them – now or in the future. Read more on SEMA’s response.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars.  The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.”

Vision-Off-Road-Logo-2-9-16DECATUR, AL – Vision Wheel today announced a partnership with American off-road racing legend Rob MacCachren that will make Vision’s bead lock race wheels a component of MacCachren desert and short-course racing trucks.

Founded in 1976, Vision Wheel is one of the nation’s leading providers of custom wheels for cars and trucks and one of the first manufacturers of custom wheels. In early 2015, the company expanded its presence in the off-road racing market by announcing a partnership with SCORE International, the world-renowned sanctioning body for the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship that includes the SCORE Baja 1000.

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Dan McMillin

Parker, AZ – McMillin Racing started 2016 with a strong showing at the Best In The Desert Parker 425 race in Parker, Arizona. McMillin Racing’s Dan and Luke McMillin have a simple goal this season. They are going all out for wins. That doesn’t mean their goal is easy, it’s just simple. No counting points or cruising around to get a finish, they are committed to one thing; running as hard as they can. They reached that goal in Parker on the pounding 425 mile course.

Rebelle-THUMB-Rally-Off-Road-Female-12-4-15Reno, Nevada – Today, the Rebelle Rally announced a partnership with MAXTRAX recovery devices, the exclusive vehicle recovery track of the rally.  The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States and will take place October 13-22, 2016.  Blending the love of driving with the ultimate challenge of precise navigation, the Rebelle tests competitors’ skills over 7 days of competition. It is not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding precision event based on the elements of time, distance, headings, and hidden checkpoints using maps, compass, and roadbook.

Blake Van de Loo crossed the finish line first almost two hours quicker than last year's winner.

This year’s King of the Hammers (KOH) would see almost double the entries, 60 side-by-sides, lining up to try to take “The Hammer” and a brand-new 2016 RZR XP Turbo EPS, which was offered to the Pro Class winner as part of Polaris RZR being the official side-by-side of the race. Three Polaris Factory Racers would line up their Polaris RZRs for the toughest off-road race in the world and when the dust settled, all three would finish in the top five.

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Nitto Tire U.S.A. is proud to announce that Team Nitto driver Erik Miller has won the 2016 King of the Hammers race. Miller took home the win alongside Nitto teammates Jason Scherer, Shannon Campbell, and Bailey Campbell at Friday’s race where the team’s Nitto Trail Grappler tires provided them with the reliability and durability they needed to achieve victory.

Erik Miller is unofficially the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers winner.

Erik Miller is unofficially the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers winner.

After coming so close in recent years, 2012 race winner Erik Miller set a blistering pace today en route to his second victory at the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers. With his win here today in Johnson Valley, Miller now joins elite company, as only Shannon Campbell, Loren Healy and last year’s winner Randy Slawson have earned two wins at KOH.

Full House: Emily Miller (far left) addressed the media tonight on the even of the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers Presented by Optima Batteries. With so many new media signups each year, it’s important to explain the lay of the land and relay important safety information so the Johnson Valley OHV area remains open for many years to come.

Full House: Emily Miller (far left) addressed the media tonight on the even of the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers Presented by Optima Batteries. With so many new media signups each year, it’s important to explain the lay of the land and relay important safety information so the Johnson Valley OHV area remains open for many years to come.

The King of the Hammers is celebrating its 10th year in 2016, and the event is bigger than ever. The event has grown to become, as some put it, the “Burning Man of Off-Road” because of the uniqueness, and difficulty, of the competition, which has help spawn explosion of rock crawling across the country. Even if those attending the event never plan to race, there are more crawlers roaming around the event than one could imagine – most of which could have won the race five years ago.

Thanks to FCA Group and Mopar, we hungry media can get some chow morning, noon and night.

Thanks to FCA Group and Mopar, we hungry media can get some chow morning, noon and night.

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Brad Lovell and co-driver and brother Roger Lovell appear to have won the Smittybilt Everyman Challenge today during the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers week.

After 116 miles of brutal racecourse in Johnson Valley, California, Brad Lovell crossed the finish line first in Hammertown to take the win in the Smittybilt Everyman Challenge today.

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As he’s done before in 2013 and last year in 2015, Jason Scherer posted the fastest qualifying time today for the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers. The 2009 KOH Champion didn’t only post the fastest time today, but his time is the fastest among yesterday’s qualifiers as well.

Scherer will now sit on the pole for Friday’s 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers powered by Optima Batteries, giving him clear air provided he can stay in front of the pack of race cars chasing him through Johnson Valley.

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Another King in Loren Healy finished just a few second behind Scherer. Derek West was third fastest, two-time KOH Champion Shannon Campbell fourth and Clay Gilstrap in fifth. Raul and JP Gomez sit in sixth and seventh, respectively. Wayland Campbell, son of Shannon, qualified in either. Levi Shirly posted the ninth fastest time and Andrew McLaughlin, and his awesome roll we posted yesterday, rounds out the top 10.

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Below is the top 20 qualifiers for Friday’s 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers. Be sure to check back tomorrow for coverage of the Smittybilt Everyman Challenge.

Top 20 Qualifying for Nitto King of the Hammers
1. Jason Scherer – 1:54:71
2. Loren Healy  -1:59:49
3. Derek West – 2:02:07
4. Shannon Campbell – 2:02:85
5. Clay Gilstrap – 2:03:49
6. Raul Gomez – 2:04:16
7. JP Gomez – 2:05:32
8. Wayland Campbell – 2:05:41
9. Levi Shirley – 2:08:19
10. Andrew McLaughlin – 2:10:89
11. Casey Currie – 2:11:38
12. Greg Adler – 2:12:54
13. Pete Antunac – 2:12:96
14. Jeff Russell – 2:13:47
15. Jason T Shipman – 2:14:48
16. Michael Trebino – 2:15:63
17. Ben Swain – 2:16:21
18. Gary Ferravanti Sr. – 2:16:65
19. Brian Caprara – 2:17:63
20. Rob MacCachren – 2:18:72

More 2016 King of the Hammers
Official Results 2016 UTV King of the Hammers

Blake Van de Loo Wins the 2016 Polaris UTV King of the Hammers

Day 1 King of the Hammers Qualifying Results, Highlights