Chrissie Beavis and Nicole Pitell-Vaughan celebrate their second-place result in the #180 Toyota Tacoma at the finish of the 2016 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles. (Photo: Nicole Dreon / Rallye Aicha des Gazelles)

Chrissie Beavis and Nicole Pitell-Vaughan celebrate their second-place result in the #180 Toyota Tacoma
at the finish of the 2016 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles. (Photo: Nicole Dreon / Rallye Aicha des Gazelles)

ESSAOUIRA, Morocco — After nine days of grueling off-road competition in Morocco, American teams claimed two podium spots in the hotly contested 4×4 division of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles. Final results saw four American teams placed in the top 10 and all eight U.S. entries awarded finish positions.

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(Agua Dulce, Calif.):
The entire NORRA family wishes to recognize the passing of Doña Anita Grosso de Espinoza, known to racers and world travelers as “Mama Espinoza.” Over the many years, countless NORRA racers and Baja adventurers were fortunate enough to make her acquaintance and enjoy her generous hospitality. The restaurant she ran with her family for over 40 years was check point one at the very first Mexican 1000 back in 1967. Mama Espinoza’s has always been the place to fuel up and get a delicious meal before heading farther south on the Peninsula.

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Monday marked the halfway point in the 2016 Rally Aïcha des Gazelles and three American teams started the day in the top five. While the Swiss duo of Regine Zbinden and Ela Steiner held a slight lead, Americans occupied positions two through four.

Second overall was the #180 team of Nicole Pitell-Vaughan and Chrissie Beavis. Jo Hannah and Susanah Hoehn of Hoehn Motors Land Rover were third in the #107 Land Rover LR4 and the #178 Land Rover Defender team of Emme Hall and Sabrina Howells was fourth.

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JOHNSON VALLEY, CA:
Hammerking Productions is pleased to announce that the dates have been secured for the 2017 Nitto King of The Hammers presented by Optima Batteries. The 11th annual KOH week will commence with Hammertown opening to the public on Monday, February 3rd, 2017 and will continue through Saturday, February 11th, 2017. The actual 2017 Nitto King of The Hammers race will take place on Friday, February 10th, 2017.  All races from 2016 are expected to return for 2017 including: The Smittybilt Every Man Challenge, Polaris KOH UTV Race, Klim King of The Motos, and Vision X Shootout.

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(Agua Dulce, Calif.):
We wear helmets and safety gear with the hope we will never need them. The same goes with insurance. Like your helmet, good insurance gives you peace of mind. NORRA has made additional coverage available to make sure competitors are adequately covered during the Mexican 1000.  NORRA’s event insurance covers accidents on a hot race course only. Registered event participants in a registered event vehicle are covered for up to 6000 in medical insurance for stabilization and civil liability coverage.

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LOS ANGELES, California
— Nine American teams will be on the start grid in Morocco at the 2016 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles when the 26th running of the world’s toughest all-female navigational rally gets underway later this month.

“No matter what you’ve done before, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles changes you,” said driver Nicole Pitell, an off-road racer and business owner who is returning to the event for a second year.

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Ken Block has taken his Hoonigan shenanigans to another level in his newest video – Gymkhana 8. This time he heads to Dubai for the eighth installment of his video franchise.

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(Agua Dulce, Calif.):
When was the last time you rode in Baja with two motorcycle racing legends? Ricky Johnson and Steve Hengeveld will be racing the NORRA Mexican 1000 in 2016. Johnson has multiple motocross titles, championships in the TORC series, Pro-4 class, Baja 1000 wins in 1997 and 2003, and a long list of accolades including being inducted into the AMA motorcycle hall of fame in 1999.

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CYPRESS, CA
– Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with viral video superstar and rally driver, Ken Block and the Hoonigan Racing Division.  Block debuts his all-new Ford Fiesta ST RX43 equipped with Toyo Proxes R1R extreme performance tires in Gymkhana EIGHT.  Part of the wildly successful Gymkhana series of videos, Gymkhana EIGHT debuts on the Ford YouTube channel on February 29th.

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(Agua Dulce, Calif.)
: Not only has NORRA announced reduced entry fees for all UTVs, but they have also created a stock UTV class for this year’s Mexican 1000. So there is no reason to miss out on this epic adventure south of the border. NORRA has returned off-road motorsports to its roots; camaraderie, hot rodding, and fun! The Mexican 1000 Rally is a fully-supported on-road/off-road rally, open to vintage and modern vehicles. It is filled with excitement, high-performance driving, spectacular scenery, and world-class adventure. You will run the length of the Baja Peninsula in four stages; competing with a diverse group of off-road legends, current competitors and everyday racing enthusiasts.