American-Sand-Association-6-19-14The American Sand Association drew attention to a new threat to off-highway vehicle (OHV) access in its recent newsletter. Here’s what the ASA had to say:

In addition to the ongoing lawsuit seeking to end open riding at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (OWSVRA), the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition on June 9th seeking the Flat Tailed Horned Lizard be listed as an endangered species. They claim that habitat loss, off-road vehicles and global warming are pushing the species towards extinction.

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Jamboree founder Mark Smith, standing with Chrysler Group employee Michele Callender, died June 9. He was 87 years old. Photo: Courtesy of Chrysler

Editor’s Note: Chrysler recently shared this story remembering the life of Jamboree founder Mark Smith, which we in turn wanted to share with our readers to pay homage to the passing of this off-road icon.

The passing of Mark Smith marks the end of an era in four-wheeling and the beginning of a lasting legacy.

Smith, 87, was a true friend of Jeep, having founded the Jamboree movement that is to Jeep owners what revival meetings are to the faithful.

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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! .

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IRVINE, Calif.
, – With the busy summer riding season upon us, the ATV Safety Institute, the Right Rider Access Fund and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Dirt Bike School encourage kids to enter the “Do the Ride Thing Video Contest”. The contest, in its fifth year, runs June 1 to August 15, 2014 and offers 19 prizes totaling $8,500. Students ages 6 to 18 may enter. The winning videos will be used as public service announcements to highlight the importance of dirt bike and ATV safety.

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Photo: Del Albright

As early as the 1840’s, farmers and gold seekers loaded their possessions, a few women, children, dogs and cats in covered wagons and began what would become an arduous journey toward the Pacific Ocean.  The trickle of emigrants beginning in 1841 would turn into hordes of dreamers after the discovery of gold in California in 1848.  The overland emigrant trek would take five to six months crossing mountains, deserts, rivers, and some of the most hostile country in the world.

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IRVINE, Calif.
– The ATV Safety Institute and the nation’s major manufacturers and distributors urge ATV riders across the country to be safe and responsible during Memorial Day weekend, when many will head out to the trails.

SCORE-Imperial-Valley-Logo-3-24-14SCORE released an expanded entry list for the inaugural Imperial Valley 250 for this weekend. Below is a list of the entries so far.

SCORE also notes that on-site late registration will be held Thursday and Friday. Round 2 of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series will be held in Plaster City, Calif., USA, 17 miles west of El Centro, Calif. off of I-8.

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)
(By Thursday’s Qualifying Order)
1 B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
6 Steve Sourapas/Brett Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Ford F-150
72 Robert Acer, Wilmington, Del./Andrew Becerra, West Covina, Calif., Chevy Silverado

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Robby Bell sent over his race report from the recent WORCS race. Check out video from his ride below as well.

The Sand Hollow recreation area is an incredibly unique place to stage a grand prix event. Parking is situated just above the Sand Hollow water reservoir and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, giving the event a grander feel. On top of that the terrain is comprised of two of the more challenging types available: deep, dune sand and sharp, slick rocks. It’s definitely a course unlike any other as it leaves little time for rest; you’re either working to keep the bike on top of the sand whoops or fighting to keep the bike pointed straight in the rocks. The two-hour pro race was sure to be a tough one.

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– Climb elevations on pristine riding trails, take in the beauty of the lush forests, and enjoy all the bumps along the way. Join adventure motorcycle outfitter AltRider on June 27th -29th, 2014 for one of their signature adventure rides, Conserve the Ride.

THUMB-Moab-2014-New-ProductThe 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.