BITD-12-16-11At the 2016 running of the Best in the Desert (BITD) BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425” presented by Impact, racers will be greeted with an all-new starting format. The day’s first race will feature classes 1000, 1100, 1200, 1700,1800, 2000, 2400, 3000, 3700, 6000 and 8100 This group of race vehicles will stage 5:15 AM Saturday morning, February 6th, at the “Parker Python,” adjacent to the main pit located just outside downtown Parker. These classes will then start the race, beginning at 6:00 a.m. Some of these classes will compete for two laps, with the remaining classes running three laps. This first race will feature a Gran Prix Finish, which means when the overall leader receives the checkered flag, all others crossing the finish line after that will also receive the checkered regardless of how many laps they have completed.

The second race of the day will feature the Trick Truck class, along with classes 1500, 6100, 7200 and 8000. These racers will stage at 12 noon at the “Parker Python.” From there, they will be escorted to the starting line located on California Ave. in the middle of downtown Parker. The winner of the Time Trials will get the solo green flag start at 1:30 PM. The rest of the field will start one at a time at 30-second intervals following that. All of these racers will compete for three laps with no Gran Prix Finish.

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Editor’s Note: The Trail Political Action Committee (TPAC) is helping to inform off-road enthusiasts about political decisions and their impact on access. See their below news letter regarding TPAC support.

Dear OHV Voter,

Our motto at the Trail Political Action Committee is All Trail Decisions are Political Decisions.  The continued efforts by anti-motorized political forces to ban or restrict trail use are the best argument for why OHVers (that means YOU) must get involved in the election process.

sema-hall-of-fame-logo-1-22-16DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (January 22, 2016) – SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, is now accepting nominations for its Hall of Fame.

Created in 1969, the SEMA Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award presented to an individual by the association. It is designed to honor outstanding persons in the industry who have enhanced the stature of, or significantly contributed to, the industry and/or association’s growth.

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MESA, ARIZONA
: Bower Power Hour has a new approach for releases with the start of Season 4. Starting this season Bower Power Hour will be releasing one new 1-hour episode every Tuesday and a fun and exciting Bower Media Video on Thursdays. Guest interviews will continue to be jam-packed with information and follow the same format that was introduced in Season 2.

2016 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited 75th Anniversary edition
London
– Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently responded to a lawsuit from two U.S. dealers located in Illinois and Florida, refuting the claims and debunking the lawsuit. The named defendants are FCA US LLC (“FCA US”) and FCA Realty LLC. The dealer plaintiffs are two dealerships of the larger Ed Napleton Automotive Group.

SCORE-Logo-12-5-11RENO, Nev., USA — CBS Sports Network will televise six shows from the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, it was confirmed today by SCORE International. As SCORE continues to expand its media platforms to a global audience, this will mark the third consecutive year that SCORE desert races will be showcased on the popular CBS Sports Spectacular programming. There will once again be multiple airings of each show in the United States and Canada.

SCORE also announced that the six shows will once again be produced by Southern California’s awarding-winning BCII TV.

CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the five-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway are once again airing in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network.  The spectacular shows feature not only SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, but also top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles and quads – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories continue are part of each race event broadcast.

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Suwanee, Ga.
– Rugged Ridge recently announced its new line of Boulder Aluminum Differential Covers for Dana 44 and 30 axles. According to the company, each cover is designed to help protect internal components from damage caused by contact with rocks and other terrain off-road as well as aid in dissipating heat from differentials.

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Chino Valley, AZ
– OR-Fab’s popular HDX full-width Jeep bumper is now available for 2016 model JK Wranglers. With a slim design creating head-turning looks wherever your Jeep is seen, the HDX bumper is also durable enough to provide extreme trail protection that rock crawlers demand.

Photo: Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto.com

Photo: Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto.com

Arroyo Grande, California – Rugged Radios is excited to announce an all new Rugged Radios Relay service for the entire 2016 Best In The Desert race season. Outfitted with a state-of-the-art, purpose-built Rugged Relay vehicle, the Rugged Team is equipped to provide the best race team communication support. When asked by Casey Folks, founder of BITD, how Rugged could help race teams stay connected, the Rugged Team jumped at the chance to exceed his expectations.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The Coconino National Forest is considering changes to which roads, trails, and areas are open to motor vehicle use on the Forest and would like your input. In September 2011, the Coconino National Forest completed analysis of motorized use designations required by the Travel Management Rule and has since made available a Motor Vehicle Use Map to show designated routes and areas open to motor vehicle use. Since this decision, the Forest has received helpful feedback to modify road, trail and area designations to better support a fun, safe, and ecologically sustainable motorized roads system. To make these designation changes, the Forest is initiating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning process to request your feedback on the proposed motor vehicle use designation changes.