DODGE CITY, KS – Starting the year with a Lucky Dog Racing double finish at the 2014 Griffin King of the Hammers when father Brian Shirley and son Levi Shirley crossed the finish line 20th and 21st respectively, would set the stage for their 2014 Ultra4 race around the world. “A lot of people ask what I have accomplished in 2014,” chuckled Levi Shirley. “Well, lets see, I’m King of the Mountain in Italy, our team has built two cars in two countries and kept two others racing. My dad and I have both qualified for the 2015 King of the Hammers, we’ve raced two Ultra4 Eastern Series races, two Ultra4 Europe Series races and an Ultra4 Western Series race, not counting this weekends race. Yes, I’ve been a little busy, but I love every second of it!”
LOUISVILLE, KY: The first annual Unlimited Off-Road American Show & Expo fulfilled its tagline ‘East Goes Epic’. It was extremely successful in the eyes of the enthusiasts there to enjoy, exhibitors who were able to show and sell their products, and racers who threw dirt demonstrating their extreme off-road machines capabilities. Offroad and powersports vehicles of all sorts filled the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY Friday through Sunday June 20-22. “We can’t be more excited about the overall feel of the show. As a first time event, we won’t lie and say we weren’t nervous,” said Erin Freeman, Expo Coordinator. “The response from everyone has been overwhelming and we look forward to growing into an even bigger event for next year.”
PRAIRIE CITY SVRA, CA: Thousands of fans weathered the triple digit heat last weekend at the MetalCloak Stampede to watch one of the most exciting ULTRA4 races to date. The main event saw two former and the current King of The Hammers each take a turn at leading throughout the 45 minute race. That is until the final lap, when Tom Wayes worked his way from a rear start to claim the checkered flag, and his first ULTRA4 win.
Wayes had the fastest qualifying lap on Friday morning, however after suffering mechanical issues, he was unable to race in Friday afternoon’s prelim races. The top 3 drivers from prelims moved directly to the main event on Saturday afternoon. Nitto Tire driver Loren Healy won the fastest prelim heat which put him on the pole for the main event with Shannon Campbell starting beside him.
The Rock Junction trail runs have already started! The annual Rock Junction Wheeling Event is one of Tony’s favorite wheeling events and runs from June 4th to the 7th. Starting today, the Grand Mesa Jeep Club is hosting trail runs throughout the beautiful Grand Junction, CO landscape. They have runs for any level of wheeler from totally stock to Ultra4 racer! Yes, Tony has the GenRight #4485 car out there right now! .
From the co-creator of Ultra4 Racing and King of the Hammers comes a completely new Off Road festival. THe Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree is heading to Sparks, Nevada, July 14-19th, 2014. The event will feature trail rides, river floats, off-road racing, a tradeshow, Nevada Style gaming and more.
Blackfoot, Idaho – Due to the long winter and inability to access the property, the event site at King Knob, West Virginia has not been able to be prepared properly. The rocks have not yet been put in place and with the forecast of rain, the concern is that even with the rock placement happening this week, they would be inaccessible for event day.
LOUISVILLE, KY: The inaugural Unlimited Off-Road American Show & Expo is shaping up to be the wildest trade show and off-road event located in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky. This will be the place for offroad fanatics and businesses to have the opportunity to meet and enjoy their common pastime. Over 200 vendors will fill 30,000 square feet presenting their products, services and technologies. In addition to the vendors, the most exciting Unlimited Offroad freestyle event and offroad exhibitions will be seen at one place together. Ian Johnson, TV Host of Xtreme Off-Road, said, “I am very excited to hear about the latest ‘UOR’ trade show that will hit the East Coast. The events planned and the ability for people from all different areas in the offroad industry to join together is an excellent opportunity.”
Friday June 20th will be another first for the east coast: a dedicated business-to-business day. The showroom floor will be open to businesses only giving them the ability to get connected through product and informational presentations, and a meet and greet function. The goal is to give businesses the chance to meet new potential partners and create a hub in the East for the Off-Road Industry.
The Easter Jeep Safari draws in Jeep enthusiasts of all sorts. Toward the end of EJS week, the tradeshow at the Spanish Trail Arena pulls together those who’ve made the trek to Moab, Utah, to mingle, share stories of the week’s trail rides, and for the aftermarket to highlight the latest and greatest off-road parts.
There are always a few over-the-top builds stationed in the surrounding parking lots to gawk at just walking into the event, but the real show is inside the vendor area, where a showcase of company project vehicles and the newest product designs are featured in booths inside and outside of the arena. While perusing the products and vehicles at the 48th Easter Jeep Safari, we came across a few new items that caught our attention.
At Easter Jeep Safari this year, we came across a unique-looking Jeep truck. We stopped to briefly talk to the owner, Greg Henderson, who explained to us this was “FrankenBrute,” and it was a vehicle he built at his home in Michigan. Henderson previously worked at AEV for a number of years and loves to tinker with vehicles in general. But this unique Jeep is much more than just a cool project to him and his family.
Sadly, Greg’s son Liam was the victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome, and the vehicle was built to help raise funds to pay for his son’s medical costs while also raising awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome. Though it is difficult to put a figure on the specific number of cases each year, Greg told us this happens to roughly 50,000 kids a year in the U.S.
Superwinch makes some of the toughest recovery equipment and winches for serious Jeep and 4-Wheel Drive owners. For the last few years, Superwinch has been putting on a trail run for customers and those wanting to join a group with plenty of pulling power.