BlueRibbon-Coalition-NEW-Logo-6-21-16Editor’s Note: BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this note regarding two open houses for the Santa Fe National Forest. See details below.

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is revising its Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan), which will guide the management of all forest resources for the next 10 to 15 years. The Forest Service has announced they will be hosting two more Open House dates this year with a variety of resource specialists available at each (see below).

Here is some additional clarification on this new type of opportunity to engage with the Santa Fe National Forest as part of Forest Plan Revision:

Although this custom Dodge Ram was at Off-Road Expo, we got a much better look at it in the Nitto booth.

Although this custom Dodge Ram was at Off-Road Expo, we got a much better look at it in the Nitto booth.

You couldn’t walk more than 5 feet at this year’s SEMA Show without seeing or bumping into a truck. Trucks greeted SEMA Show attendees at hall entrances, and the edges of each side of the convention center, and they were pretty much everywhere you looked.

We already highlight some of the bro-dozers at this year’s show in the 7 Trucks That Will Never See Dirt, but this was another batch of rigs that caught our eye for one reason or another. Check out these cool trucks we captured at this year’s show.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico — Capturing three straight wins in any sport is a challenge, but to earn a three-peat in the motorsports world in the same race is nearly unheard of, especially in desert racing. In next week’s legendary 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000, two former teammates will be looking to capture the proverbial three-peat by earning the overall victory in the toughest desert race in the world. After finishing second in 2013, winning the last two years of this iconic race as teammates were Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren and San Diego’s Andy McMillin.

This year both will be attempting to etch his name in indelible bronze next week with a third straight victory in the SCORE Baja 1000 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Race week festivities start next Wednesday with the green flag dropping next Friday morning.

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– Transamerican Auto Parts has named the winner in its second annual “Life is Better Off-Road” SEMA vehicle build competition held at the 2016 SEMA automotive aftermarket industry trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year’s best presented, truly off-road capable truck, Jeep or SUV on display at the show was the Daystar Products’ 1941 Dodge Powerwagon “Bootlegger,” as deemed by a panel of off-road industry experts in a ceremony held at the Pro Comp/Transamerican Auto Parts SEMA Show booth.

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Mad Media and UTVUnderground.com just unveiled the latest installment of the Polaris RZR-branded side-by-side video in the XP1K video series. Although the full-length movie will be unveiled next year, we have a cool new teaser for the fourth installment of video series, XP1K4. The teaser blends together highlights from the first three XP1K and ends with some early teaser shots from the upcoming fourth video.

Mopar will offer a 5.7L and 6.4L (shown) HEMI crate engine.

Up until very recently, if you wanted a modern HEMI you’d have to find one of a handful of shops that specialize in HEMI conversions. Whether you have a CJ-5 Wrangler or some other vintage Jeep, the options were relatively limited if you wanted HEMI power in the rig.

BFGoodrich-Logo-2-19-13BFGoodrich Tires announced last week at the 2016 SEMA Show that it will be the exclusive tire of the 2017 Jeep Jamboree USA season. Jeep Jamboree USA offers more than 30 trail rides and events across the country to try and encourage Jeep owners to get the most adventure from their vehicle.

Most Jamborees are typically over the weekend as two-day events, with a focus on family activities that cater to novice and expert Jeepers alike. Jeep Jamboree provides experienced guides to help navigate and educate Jeep owners at each event.

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There are crazy builds at SEMA… and then there are crazy builds! There’s no shortage of cash being tossed at vehicles during the SEMA Show, but these trucks and SUVs really push things over the top. Some of these vehicles look like something you’ll see in feature films, like concepts set for the next batch of Bond films or something starring Jason Statham. These are some of the craziest off-road vehicles we saw at this year’s show. Check it out. 

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Addictive Desert Designs (ADD) and Springfield Armory joined forces for an awesome off-road build constructed with a tactical focus – and it’s unlike any other 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor we saw on the SEMA Show floor in 2016.

Omix-ADA-Logo-11-4-16Editor’s Note: Below is a statement from Omix-ADA regarding the search and seizures that took place this week in Las Vegas and the SEMA and AAPEX Shows.

On Tuesday, November 2, the US Marshal’s office conducted a search and seizure of a variety of automotive aftermarket products as part of US District Court, Civil Complaint number 2:16-cv-02527-APG-CWH, due to claimed infringements of Omix-ADA’s patents and trademarks on products sold under the Rugged Ridge brand. Based upon showing that it was likely to succeed on the merits of its claims for patent and trademark infringement, the district court granted Omix-ADA a restraining order against the certain parts suppliers that led to the search and seizure.