Polaris-12-2-11Polaris Industries Inc. just announced this morning that it has agreed to purchase  Transamerican Auto Parts Company (“TAP”), a privately held, vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, retailer and installer of off-road Jeep and truck accessories, for $665 million. In a press release sent out this morning, Polaris notes the purchase price implies “a multiple of approximately 9.0 times TAP’s EBITDA for the 12 months ended September 30, 2016.”

TAP sells and installs an extensive line of accessories for Jeep and truck enthusiasts, including products manufactured under its seven aftermarket brands that include Pro Comp, Rubicon Express, Smittybilt, Poison Spyder, G2, LRG and Trail Master. Transamerican Auto Parts is the largest retailer and installer in the North American market, selling through its own retail and on-line network while also supporting numerous independent accessory retailers/installers. In the last year, ending September 30, 2016, TAP has generated approximately $740 million in sales.

Jim Beaver’s Project Action is now live and in its fifth week.  With marquee guests Ken Block, Jason Ellis, and Street League Champ Sean Malto appearing on air in the first few episodes, and the Sara Price story on tap for this week, Jim Beaver’s Project Action is already cracking the top 25 most downloaded sports podcasts on iTunes and becoming the definitive action sports podcast available online.

Jeep just upped the ante of the off-road prowess of the Grand Cherokee SUV, as it will offer a new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk version for 2017.

Off-Road-Expo-Logo-10-2-12INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The off-road nation came together last weekend at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., to celebrate life off-road at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire.

More than 73,000 fans were drawn to Southern California Oct. 1 and 2, 2016, to visit with more than 350 exhibitors showcasing the hottest products in off-road, participate in high-horsepower racing demos, meet racing celebrities and ride along on the off-road obstacle course in rigs equipped for the Rubicon Trail.

Off-Road Expo fan and industry attendance has continued to grow the last few years. With more than 10 acres of demos, exhibitors and experiences for the off-road enthusiast, Off-Road Expo is truly “Where The Off-Road Nation Comes Together.” This year’s event was the most heavily attended in years.

Can’t afford the Mercedes-AMG 6×6? Maybe this Jeep Wrangler Tomahawk creation fits your budget.

 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk

Searching for new buyers with car-based Jeeps in 2006, DaimlerChrysler assumed the more obviously car-like of the two new Jeeps, the Compass, would be more popular. Square, boxy, and later to the party, the Patriot would fill in the gaps with a more male-centric demographic.


– Lincoln Electric will feature two of the biggest names in the automotive aftermarket industry in Booth 24643 at SEMA 2016: Jessi Combs (above) and Chip Foose. Both celebrity designer/builders will sign autographs during the show. SEMA 2016 runs Nov. 1-4, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Nitrous Cj7 Feature
You’ll rarely hear us complain about too much power in anything. However, sometimes when the lines of horsepower and traction intersect, bad things happen.  In this case, the axles on this incredible nitrous-powered CJ7 Jeep just couldn’t withstand the abuse. Check out the destruction below.

SCORE-Logo-12-5-11ENSENADA, Mexico — After the first three of four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, Central California father and son racers Todd and Matt Winslow lead Class 10 points and have also climbed to the top spot in the SCORE Overall point standings heading into November’s season-ending 49th SCORE Baja 1000 in Ensenada, Mexico.

From Clovis, Calif., the Winslows have earned 242 championship points after the first three races of the season in their No. 1081 Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car. The Winslows are in a tight battle in both Class 10 and in the SCORE Overall point standings.

Last month’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” the Long Way presented by FOX saw a record entry of over 342 competitors taking on the famed long distance endurance race. Now racers will have to shift their driving styles and strategies as they switch from the longest off-road race on the Best In The Desert 2016 schedule, to the all-out sprint race of the BlueWater Desert Challenge presented by Polaris RZR, October 6-9.