Johnson-Valley-Hammers-3-1-13Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbon Coalition is helping the Marine Corps spread the word about the closure of Johnson Valley during the month of August this year for military training. See more on the details below.

The Johnson Valley Shared Use Area will be temporarily closed to the public August 1-30, 2017, while the Marine Corps conducts military training to support a large-scale exercise.

BFGoodrich-All-Terrain-40-Years-11-14-16Greenville, S.C. – BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE International, developed its off-road identity four decades ago in the Baja peninsula in Mexico. To recognize the importance this region played in the legacy of its motorsports success, BFGoodrich announced a charitable donation of $10,000 USD to the Ensenada Family Development System (DIF) in an effort to make a difference in the lives of families in Baja, Mexico. Additionally, BFGoodrich committed to an upgrade to the historic monument that stands near the start/finish line of the annual SCORE Baja 500 and Baja 1000 race. This monument, donated by the people and administration of Ensenada  several years ago, recognized the impact BFGoodrich and SCORE International racing has made on the community of Ensenada.

2017 Nissan Titan King Cab
Nissan recently unveiled the new 2017 Titan and Titan XD King Cab models, completing the lineup of innovative new full-size pickups. The world debut announcement came during a media event at the Chicago Auto Show. Also on display at the show, which runs at Chicago’s McCormick Place from February 11-20, are a specially built Nissan NV Cargo X and two specially modified Titan PRO-4X models.

Jay Leno Mint 400 Off-Road Race
The Mint 400 announced today that Jay Leno will be racing The 2017 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by BFGoodrich Tires in a nearly stock Camburg Engineering built Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. An avid automotive enthusiast, Leno will start the race with Ryan Millen as his co-driver and then hand over driving duties to builder/racer Jerry Zaiden who will finish the race with off-road journalist Fred Williams as his co-driver.

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Nitto Tire U.S.A., a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, is excited to announce that Team Nitto drivers Shannon Campbell, Wayland Campbell, and Jason Scherer have swept the 2017 King of the Hammers podium while 2016 champion Erik Miller finished just behind in fourth place. This victory makes Shannon Campbell the first three-time winner of the prestigious race and is the first time a tire manufacturer has swept the podium in the race’s 10-year history.

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– Reflecting its 50-plus-year legacy at the forefront of performance tire development, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has announced a new 45,000 mile/73,000 km Tread Wear Warranty to back up the superior design and construction of its Baja ATZP3 off-road tire.

Off-road Fail
We all have those days that we’d prefer to forget. The next time you get yourself in a little over your head, just think about these five off-road fails and how much worse these people must feel.

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Editor’s Note: Best in the Desert will live stream the “Celebration of Life” in honor of Casey Folks tomorrow. Check out the release on the event below, which also has a link to the stream.

Casey Folks touched the lives of thousands of people in the off-road community. If you are unable to join us for this special occasion in honor of him, you can still be part of it.

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Yep, that Robin Leach is the Grand Marshal of this year’s Mint 400.

The Mint 400 recently announced that Las Vegas resident and entertainment luminary Robin Leach has been named the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Robin is best known for his initial three years on Entertainment Tonight and then hosting the TV show, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, and has worked as a professional journalist for over 50 years – including his ongoing stint at the Las Vegas Review Journal. Still active in the Las Vegas social scene, Robin was originally connected to off-road racing through his son Steve Leach, who has been a longtime chase crew member of the McMillin Off-Road Team.

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Shannon Campbell earned his third King of the Hammers victory over his son by a mere 28 seconds.

After earning the win ahead of son Wayland at Wednesday’s Can-Am UTV King of the Hammers, Shannon Campbell again bested his son by just edging him out on corrected time to be the first racer to earn three King of the Hammers victories.