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.

Toyo Tires today announced a new video series where it will be teaming up with World RallyX driver Ken Block. The new video series is Climbkhana, and it features Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2. Apparently Block further upgraded his ‘Stang with a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine, and of course the crucial upgrade of proper traction that comes in the form of Toyo Proxes R888R tires. This will be the first time the Proxes R888R is  available in the U.S..

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.

The Forza racing video games series has a new addition that was just released at the end of last month, as Forza Horizon 3 is now available for the Xbox One console, and the good news for off-road enthusiasts is there is quite four-wheeling action in the new game.

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.

Max Gordon feature
We’re not sure what you were doing at 8 years of age, but we certainly weren’t piloting an Arctic Cat Wildcat UTV through hundreds of miles of grueling desert.  But that’s exactly what 8-year-old UTV racer Max Gordon, son of off-road racer Robby Gordon, did just this past weekend at the BITD Bluewater Desert Challenge.  We know racing is in this kids blood, but after watching this video we think it’s safe to say he’s got a future in motorsports.

Taking something old and customizing it into something completely new is exactly what Legacy Classic Trucks did with its recent build of a classic Chevy 4×4. The team took a 1957 Chevy 3100 and converted it into a customized Napco 4×4.

Day two was full of shakeups. We walked into the second official day of the Rebelle Rally with a four-way tie for first place—and we exited it with a significant points spread between the leaders. Some teams gained multiple positions in the standings—and some fell from the top to the bottom. Every checkpoint, every turn, every second, everything counts in the Rebelle Rally.