Off-Road-Motorsports-Hall-of-Fame-9-21-12The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inducted five new well deserving off-road legends on Friday, October 4 in Pomona, California.  Reaching its highest attendance yet, the sold-out show consisting of almost 300 guests filled the banquet room and helped in honoring the late Larry Bergquist, Bob Chandler, Frank DeAngelo, Jerry Herbst and Bob “the Weatherman” Steinberger as the Class of 2013.

Bob Chandler is known to many as the creator of the monster truck industry.  His most well-known creation:  Bigfoot #1.  His many years of innovating has led to safety technology and ultimately saving lives. Chandler’s team devotes many efforts to support important causes like Make-A-Wish Foundation, children’s hospitals and the like.

Bob Chandler

Bob Chandler

20 Mopar-modified Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT vehicOctober 8, 2013, Auburn Hills, Mich. – It’s SEMA season. Today Chrysler Group LLC released sketches of select Mopar-modified vehicles that are headed for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The show takes place Nov. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“We developed these Mopar-modified vehicles to inspire ultimate customization,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “With catalogs full of proven, quality-tested performance parts and accessories, Mopar is a one-stop shop for factory-engineered personalization.”

Off-Road-Expo-Logo-10-2-12POMONA, Calif. – Celebrating all that is off-road, 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire will host the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Desert Race official live race drawing for starting positions. On Saturday, October 5, at 3 p.m., the crowds will flock to the expansive SCOREville exhibit in the Pomona Fairplex Building 5, to hear the live announcements and be among the first to see the official race course map.

Set to take place Wednesday, November 13, to Sunday, November 17, 2013, this legendary Baja off-road race will cover much of Mexico’s Majestic Baja California Norte region of the peninsula with a loop course that will start and finish in Ensenada, Baja California. More than 300 entries of cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATV’s will fill 40 pro and seven sportsman classes.

With Father’s Day just around the corner this weekend, we pulled together a list of 10 different items the off-roading father would appreciate. Check out our list below (and feel free to comment with other great suggestions).

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Tire Pressure Gauge
Showing dad you care doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Every vehicle should have a decent tire pressure gauge. Airing up and airing down is a regular part of the off-road experience, and the air pressure gauge on air compressors or at the gas station can sometimes be drastically off the mark. There are a number of different options that you can pick up from your local auto parts store, such as this Dual Head Gauge from Slime offered at AutoZone.

MaxTrac-Dodge-Ram-Lift-Spindles-6-5-13MaxTrac Suspension recently added a new application to its extensive lineup of affordable 2WD lift systems. These new spindles fit the 2002-2008 Ram 2500/3500 2WD trucks, achieving 3.5 inches of lift and clearing many 35-inch-tall tire designations.

This simple bolt-on design requires no cutting or welding, keeping install time to less than 3 hours. The one-piece spindles are made from cast ductile-iron and have a black e-coat for corrosion protection. Also included are extended DOT-approved braided steel brake lines, instructions and all necessary hardware. MaxTrac backs the spindles with a limited lifetime warranty.

OGDEN, UT — Edge is excited to announce their latest coverage release in the Evolution CS/CTS platform. 2011-2013 Chevy/GMC Duramax LML 6.6L owners now have access to industry leading power, control, and style.   Adding up to 81HP and 170 lb/ft of torque, drivers will experience the benefits of economy, towing, and performance tunes.  Standard Evolution CS/CTS features, including speed limiter adjustment and tire size calibration, are built-in with the 2011-2013 Chevy/GMC Duramax LML 6.6L coverage.

The Evolution CS/CTS coverage will now include:
• Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500: 2011-2013 6.6L Duramax
• GMC Sierra 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500: 2011-2013 6.6L Duramax

DIAMOND BAR, CA (Jan. 3, 2013) – Applications for automotive scholarships are now available through the 2013 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF) at www.sema.org/scholarships. Students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries may be eligible for financial awards of up to $5,000.

The $5,000 Top Student award marks an increase from the award’s previous amount of $4,000. Similarly, scholarships for students attending four-year programs are up from $2,000 to $3,000, and awards for students attending two-year programs increased from $1,000 to $2,000.

Skyjacker Suspensions’ 2012-2013 master catalog is now available in the Apple app store for the iPad and iPhone. The new catalog has over 200 pages, and according to the company it contains “the most complete suspension line in the industry!” Skyjacker manufactures leveling kits, sports lifts and suspension kits for trucks, SUVs and Jeeps.

Skyjacker says this full line catalog makes it easy to find the right leveling kits, suspension lifts, shock absorbers, and steering components for your vehicle. The app page says it all: “You will find our products are made for enthusiasts by enthusiasts!”

For more information or to download the app, visit the iTunes page here.

ARB Intensity Light, JK Wrangler Stubby Bar

ARB launched a few new products at the 2012 SEMA Show, with the new Intensity LED Lights being one and a new its new Jeep Wrangler JK Stubby Bar being the other. The high-tech Intensity lights features LED lights within a traditional round design to provide a blend of spot and spread lighting (essentially combining the benefits of LED lights bars and Halogen and HID lighting). ARB says as 6500 kelvins, the color temperature of the LEDs is as close to daylight as possible with the light tha contains 32 LEDs per light. The lights are sold separately and are offered as a spot or flood beam.

ARB also released its Jeep Wrangler JK Stubby Bar front bumper, which is designed to provide proper clearance for larger off-road tires like 35s and up. The Stubby Bar is only as wide as the JK grille panel. It features outer wings designed to function as Hi-Lift jacking points, and brackets are provided for fitment of driving lights to the bar. The winch platform will fit most low-mount-style winches and narrow competition-type winches. It also features two front “flip up” license plate mounts to move the plate out of the way when the winch is in use. For more information, visit www.arbusa.com.

POMONA, CALIF. – The 2012 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire will invade the Pomona Fairplex Saturday, October 6 through Sunday, October 7, with everything off-road including new vehicles, thousands of parts and accessories, ATV test rides, freestyle motocross action, Toyota off-road test drives, RC racing and more. This year’s expo features more than 350 of the industry’s leading manufacturers, dealers and distributors, showcasing all the latest off-road toys, technologies, parts, gear and accessories.

Off-road manufacturer representatives will be on-site to demonstrate and educate attendees on all the latest vehicles and accessories. In addition to the line-up of trucks, Jeeps, UTVs, ATVs, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, sand rails, rock crawlers, parts and accessories on display, the expo will come to life with exciting entertainment features including: