We’re not really sure what would possess someone to drive through water without checking the depth first. You would think they would at least ease into it but apparently the driver of this, now sunken Ford F-150 is just a “go for it” kind of guy. Maybe he learned his lesson, but we don’t think his F-150 will ever be the same.
Las Vegas, NV ~ Best In The Desert Racing Association is proud to announce that Ford Motor Company, the “Official Truck” of Best In The Desert, will be extending the opportunity to win F-150 EcoBoost Performance Awards to Motorcycle, Quad and UTV class winners of the 2012 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States.”
To celebrate the success of Ford F150 EcoBoost, in addition to the existing 2012 F150 EcoBoost Performance Awards matrix for Cars and Trucks, at 2012 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” “The longest Off-Road Race in the United States”, the Ford Motor Company will pay $500 to 1st Place in each of the 22 Motorcycle, Quad and UTV classes. Casey Folks, Director of BITD said “we consider this an unprecedented outreach to our racers”.
John Swift and Steve Olliges knew that competition would be tough for the 2011 Best In The Desert Vegas to Reno race when over 250 drivers tossed their hat in the ring. The entry list for the longest desert race in America included 27 competitors in the marquee Trick Truck class, all vying with the No. 28 BFGoodrich / MasterCraft Safety truck of Swift and Olliges. The event started with tech and contingency, where the biggest buzz was not about their unlimited Trick Truck, but Olliges’ beautiful ’79 Ford F150 that will be campaigned in Best In The Desert’s Class 8 starting at the Bluewater Desert Challenge in October. “The truck really resonates with people, young and old, who appreciate desert racing’s rich heritage,” Olliges noted.
Swift and Olliges qualified 37th for Vegas to Reno, demonstrating that the present day competition is blistering fast. In order to finish well in the 549-mile race across the harsh Nevada desert, Swift and Olliges would have to run a nearly flawless race; and when the green flag dropped that is just what they did. Steve Olliges set a fast pace from the start with Jason Bateman navigating. An electrical issue was addressed early on by their expert pit crew, and Steve handed off the truck to Jonathan Swift and Daniel Llewelyn who opened up the new Dougan Racing Ford engine to turn the 39-inch BFGoodrich Project tires as fast as possible, taking turns picking off competitors and marching forward in the crowded field.
If you’re an avid off-roader and you want an exhaust system, chances are you have run into some issues making some setups fit. Magnaflow recently introduced a new product that we had a chance to check out at the 2010 SEMA show designed to address this issue call the Off-Road Pro-Series Exhaust (ORPS) that is specifically designed to work on trucks and Jeeps with heavily modified suspension.