When the dust settled and all of the stages were finally completed, America’s first all-female navigation rally has come to a close. As Rebelle Rally promoters described it, there were “ups-and-downs, triumphs and challenges; great days and bad days.” Now the results are in, and it was the #125 Jeep Wrangler JK of Charlene Bower and Kaleigh Hotchkiss who earned the overall victory. Bower and Hotchkiss edged out the team of Taylor Pawley and Micaela Windham in second place, while rounding out the podium in third place was the team of Nena Barlow and Kande Jacobsen.

Offroad Van Feature
We’re not knocking on minivans, or soccer moms for that matter. We’re just pretty these five off-road vans aren’t what someone has in mind when they picture the wife picking up the kids from soccer practice. Then again, they’d probably be the coolest kids at school if mom picked them up in these off-road vans.

Trophy Rat
If you’ve got an off-the-wall custom build in the works, you have our attention. This insane trophy truck rad rod project dubbed the “Trophy Rat” nearly broke the Internet earlier this year. It started life as a 1937 International pickup and owner/builder Keith Northrup went a little crazy from there.  It features a custom dual A-arm front suspension, designed and engineered by Northrup himself, King Shocks and a 5.7L GM LS6 powerplant, in addition to a host of other custom goodies. Recently we heard Keith was hoping to find a spot for it in a booth at SEMA. Any takers? We have a sneaky suspicion that the Trophy Rat would draw a lot of attention.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico— Practice, practice and more practice is what desert racers from around the world will be looking to do starting Saturday as pre-running opens for the internationally-televised 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic finale of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship.

Nearly 250 cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads from 35 U.S. States and 15 countries are expected to take the green flag on Friday, Nov. 18 for this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000. The granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 15-20 in Baja California Norte on Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting and finishing in the seaside port of Ensenada, 65 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.

Trophy Truck Rollover
Sometimes running wide open can come back to bite you.  There is a thin line between pushing the envelope and stepping off of it.  This video of a trophy truck (or Trick Truck, as BITD likes to call it) rollover shows that this racer may have crossed that line.

Compton, California
– Transamerican Auto Parts is proud to announce the 2016 renewal of the Life is Better Off-Road SEMA builder award. After a tremendously successful launch last year at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Life is Better Off-Road award has established itself as the premier industry prize awarded by Transamerican Auto Parts to the best presented, truly off-road capable truck, Jeep or SUV on display at the show.

Silverado Pre Runner Feature
It’s one thing to see guys like BJ Baldwin and Robby Gordon hucking their $250,000 trophy trucks, equipped with the best parts that sponsors can provide, off huge jumps. It’s another thing to see weekend warriors without the support and resources (not to mention the experience) doing the same.  This is an awesome video of a very nice Silverado prerunner catching some huge air.

Choir Boy feature
In case you’re unfamiliar with the growing sport of Formula Off-Road, it basically consists of over-the-top off-road vehicles competing on over-the-top off-road courses. The courses consist unbelievably difficult hillclimbs, technical sections that test a driver’s skills and even water crossings.

Choirboy is one of the most dominating drivers in the sport today, and you can watch him and his 700+ horsepower Formula Off-Road buggy do work on this course.

Is Toyota working on a successor to the FJ Cruiser?

The Japanese automaker recently filed an application to trademark “Toyota FT-4X” for automobiles and structural parts thereof, suggesting that the company is working on a new off-road, four-wheel-drive model. The “FT” in the trademark means Future Toyota and has been used previously with the FT-86 Concept that eventually became the Scion FR-S and Toyota 86, as well as the FT-1 Concept that is believed to preview the Supra’s successor.

Buford, GA
– Bushwacker, a wholly owned subsidiary of LUND International, announces the market release of Cowl Covers to its line of strong, tough, durable Trail Armor for Jeep Wrangler JK models. Some automotive accessories are a trendy fad, while others are stylish yet highly functional — enter the Bushwacker Cowl Cover. By arming customers with the ultimate Trail Armor, Bushwacker provides extreme off-roaders with a solution for side mirror damage.