TORRANCE, Calif. – The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation has a new leader. Longtime Toyota veteran and community activist Michael Rouse, who currently serves as vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs is now president of the Foundation. Rouse assumes this new role in addition to his current responsibilities.
If you love anything automotive, SEMA is a wonderland. The problem is that the general public can’t just buy tickets and stroll in. Nope, the Special Equipment Manufacturers Association Show is for the automotive industry, so unless you know someone or work within the industry in some capacity, chances are you’re not getting in. The good news is that the media is allowed in, so we can show the general public all the cools things they wouldn’t otherwise see at the show.
From concept vehicles to new product unveils, celebrity appearances and booth girls, there’s eye candy in every direction at the Las Vegas Convention Center this week. Check out our photo highlights of the show for all of the coolest off-road vehicles and gear. We’ll update the gallery throughout the week of the show, so be sure to check back and drool a little at all the cool stuff.
MaxTrac Suspension has a new lowering kit that drops F-150s three inches in the front and five inches in the rear. The system is designed for easy installation — no C-notch or gas-tank removal required. Up front, shorter MaxTrac coils replace the stock springs. The rear uses a flip kit and new shackles with the stock leafsprings. Replacement rear gas-charged twin-tube shocks are included, as are U-bolts and all necessary hardware. No cutting or welding is required. MaxTrac also offers other lowering kits and components to drop F-150s anywhere from one inch to six inches. All MaxTrac products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
The 2011 SEMA Show always provides appeal to automotive enthusiasts. Unless you’re in the automotive industry, you’re not getting into the show, which is a shame because there are some of the most amazing – and sometimes ridiculous – project vehicles you’ll ever see.
In the off-road realm, there’s no denying the popularity of the JK Jeep Wrangler that could be found all over the show. But not to be outdone, a great number of trucks were featured as well, and in a wide variety of different applications. Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Toyota and Nissan were all there. Here’s a look at some of truck we caught on camera.
For more on the 2011 SEMA Show, check out this story.
If you need some new rubber for your off-road rig, this is your chance to win a new set of BFGoodrich tires from Off-Road.com. To celebrate its long history in off-road racing and to coincide with the 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500, BFGoodrich will be giving away a set of five off-road tires to one lucky Off-Road.com reader.
BFGoodrich has been a staple in SCORE off-road racing for decades. Last year at the 2010 Baja 1000, BFGoodrich celebrated its 35th year racing in SCORE, and drivers Gus Vildosola Jr. and Sr. earned BFG its 70th overall four-wheel victory with the win. At this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500, BFGoodrich drivers will be vying for BFG’s 28th overall four-wheel win in the last 31 years.
For the tire giveaway, any BFGoodrich off-road tire can be chosen, including the all-new Rugged Terrain, the All-Terrain T/A KO, the Mud-Terrain T/A KM2, Baja T/A or even the Krawler T/A KX. Any size from 37 inches and under can be selected, so whether you’re looking to upgrade your rock crawler, pre-runner, buggy or tow vehicle, this is your chance to score.
To enter the BFGoodrich Off-Road.com Tire Giveaway, simply head over to Off-Road.com’s Facebook page and Like us (if you’re already a fan of our Facebook page you will automatically be entered). We will select a winner next week after the SCORE Baja 500.
Be sure to check back with Off-Road.com next week for coverage of the 43rd SCORE Baja 500. For more information on BFGoodrich Tires, visit BFGoodrich.com.
CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announced today seven-time Supercross Champion and off-road racer Jeremy McGrath has returned to Team Toyo Off-Road. Competing in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, McGrath will race his 900-horsepower Pro 2 Ford truck on 17-inch Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to once again be competing on Toyo Tires,” said McGrath. “With the support of Toyo and the Open Country M/T-R tires putting our Roush Yates power to the ground, this Stronghold Motorsports Pro 2 Unlimited program has the total package. I can’t wait for the season opener.”
McGrath raced on Toyo Open Country M/T-R when he made his debut in short course off-road racing in 2007, and again in 2008.
“Jeremy McGrath brings a lot of excitement to the sport of short course off-road racing,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “We welcome him back as a member of Team Toyo Off-Road and look forward to seeing him competing on Open Country M/T-R tires once again.”
The 2011 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series begins March 19, with Round 1 at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Arizona. Learn more about Team Toyo Off-Road drivers and the Open Country line of tires at toyotires.com. Toyo Tires manufactures and distributes a complete line of replacement tires for high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks, buses and off-road and construction applications.
If the grandstands full of off-road race fans at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge is any indicator, off-road racing appears to be alive and well in 2011. Despite recent years where rain and ugly weather plagued this race, sunny skies and a steady desert breeze greeted racers and fans at the Laughlin Event Park.
Although this race doesn’t have the most jam-packed field since it’s so early in the season (SCORE officials told us 123 racers entered), many big-name racers looking to stay in the points battle for the year-end championship were definitely on hand. The race format is unique compared to the longer endurance races SCORE puts on south of the border. The Laughlin Desert Challenge is held on a 6.25-mile loop course just away from the main strip of casinos on the riverbank. The overall time of both Saturday and Sunday’s laps combine to determine the overall winner for each class.
The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge is the first race of the five-event off-road desert race series, but more importantly it serves as a kick-start to a new year of off-road racing. New sponsor stickers are plastered over cars, some new teams are tackling different classes, and much like the New Year is for dieters hoping to shed a few pounds, this first event gives racers the hope of starting off a championship drive by winning the first race of the season.
The Laughlin Desert Challenge is unique to the longer, more tedious races SCORE puts on south of the border. This race, which is held at the Laughlin Event Park just off Casino Drive, features a 6.25-mile loop course. The event at one point consisted of two days of racing with each serving as individual events, but SCORE now combines the racing from both days to determing the overall winner. More on that when racing begins tomorrow.
The 2010 Lucas Oil Off-Road Series wrapped up last month, but race fans dying to get some action this weekend before football starts are in luck. The Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, presented by Rockstar Energy, will air on CBS Sports Spectacular this Saturday, January 8th, at 1:00 p.m. EST. (10:00 a.m.PST). Be sure to check your local listing, as airtime may be subject to change.
The Lucas Oil Challenge Cup was covered on Off-Road.com back in December, but seeing the action on video is definitely must-see TV. This race occurred after the final round of the regular season as the finale showdown of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing for 2010. Some of the major racers in the competition include Brian Deegan, Carl Renezeder, Rob MacCachren, Rick Huseman, Kyle LeDuc and more.
Race fans may have heard of the accident of 17-year-old dirt bike racer Justin Imhof, who was severely injured while riding for the JCR Honda team on the 8x bike at the Baja 1000 in Mexico. ImHof was at UCSD Hospital for several weeks in a coma.
Although he recently came out of hte coma, he still has a long road toward recovery. Canidae Racing decided to organize a an auction, with money raised to benefit the young racer.
“All of us at Canidae Racing were very moved when we heard about his injuries,” said Scott Gailey, driver for Canidae Racing. “We know how difficult recovery from such a devastating racing injury can be, and also understand the financial difficulties that can go along with the medical care and rehabilitation. We all decided to help Justin and his family by auctioning off a ride in our Trophy Truck for the Laughlin Leap on January 14th. We are putting the winner in the navigator seat!”