Nevada-Four-Wheel-Drive-Assocation-4-15-13According to a recent press release, there’s a new group helping protect access for off-roaders in Nevada. The Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association is officially launched  alive and well, protecting access to Nevada’s Public Lands for 4×4 recreation and all of us.

Incorporated with the assistance of the Calif. Assoc. of 4Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC), in close partnership, along with assistance from the BlueRibbon Coalition, N4WDA has a Board of Directors and President to get things going.

Larry Calkins is the founding President, a resident of Dayton, NV.  The Board consists of:

Carole Vance, of Dayton, NV, Vice President.
Don Spuhler, of Georgetown, CA, Secretary.
Phil Bender, of Reno, NV, Treasurer.
Mark Cave, of Visalia, CA, Board Member at Large

The Traxxas TORC Series returned to Crandon International Raceway for the Forest County Potawatomi, Chairman’s Cup race, Rounds 5 and 6 of the series. For the first time, Ultra4 racers got to race on the legendary track known as the “Big House.”

The Chairman’s Cup Race pits Pro-2 (two wheel drive) and Pro-4 (four wheel drive) racers against each other for a ten lap shoot-out. The Pro-2 drivers start ahead of the Pro-4′s to give them a better chance against the Pro-4′s superior traction in the dirt. At some point in the closing laps the charging Pro-4′s catch up to the Pro-2′s, if they’re lucky.

This year the King Shocks equipped Ram/Mopar number 21 Pro-2 was able to run away and take the victory. Second spot went to the King Shocks equipped, Real Tree Energy Pro-4 of Adrian Cenni who drove the last few laps with a flat rear tire. The battle for third and fourth was between Teammates and Brothers Mark and Mike Jenkins in their King Shocks equipped, Traxxas Pro-4′s. They both crossed the line at what looked like a tie but the win went to Mike by just a hair. King Shocks racers Mike Oberg, Scott Taylor and Jeff Kincaid finished 6th-8th.

At this year’s 50th TDS Dessert Safari Jeep awarded to Tierra Del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club a brand new 2012 Jeep. This is to celebrate the clubs work for holding an off road event that has hit the milestone of 50 years.

This Jeep will be given away in a sweepstakes style drawing on December 30th  2012 at the San Diego International Auto Show. The drawing will be held at 2:00 p.m. PST  in the Jeep Pavilion.

The vehicle will be campaigned at most off road expos, car shows and other events throughout California, where tickets will be available for purchase. The tickets are $4.00 each for which the funds raised will go to aid in keeping public lands open for responsible off road vehicle use.

The Jeep has been very well equipped by Jeep with several MOPAR Performance Part upgrades. To order tickets please go to www.tds4x4.com/jeep.

Sweepstakes only open to California legal residence.

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is bringing its short-course off-road racing show to the motorsports Mecca of Las Vegas this Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th.

For several days now the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series advance team has been busy turning the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s dirt track into a challenging short-course off-road racing venue complete with multiple high banked turns and jumps that are guaranteed to push the drivers and their vehicles to the limit.

Rounds 13 and 14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series 2011 season will again feature their 11 racing divisions, ranging from youngsters in custom built karts to full sized trucks churning out 800-plus horsepower.

With the conclusion of the current season a little over one month away, championship points are more important than ever and the drivers are expected to push a little harder to collect podium points for finish positions one through three. Many of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series divisions are currently featuring championship battles that are still too close to call.

BFGoodrich Tires honored the Dusy-Ershim OHV Trail in Sanger, Calif., over the weekend as one of the 2011 Outstanding Trails. For the first time ever, fans in the off-road community were given the power to vote for their favorite off-road trail, and Dusy-Ershim came out on top. Off-road enthusiasts and members of the Four Wheel Drive Club of Fresno, Calif., were in attendance as BFGoodrich Tires presented a grant of $4,000 to the club. The grant will be used to preserve the scenic trail and continue conservation efforts for one of America’s most beautiful areas for off-roading.

Dusy-Ershim OHV Trail in the Sierra National Forest offers 33 miles of high mountain meadows, creeks, six natural lakes, unique granite mountains, cliffs and panoramic views at 10,200 feet. The trail is a major challenge for drivers, and having advanced driving skills is highly recommended. Dusy-Ershim offers the perfect escape, because it does not cross any roads or other OHV trails. It also has many foot trails, lakes and creeks that are accessible to walkers and hikers.

RENO, NV – Roger Norman took the Pro Modified Win in the Torchmate Racing Pro Mod #8 rock crawler at only his second appearance in the W.E. Rock Western Pro Nationals.  “I felt better having the one competition under my belt,” said successful Trophy-Truck racer Roger Norman.  “I came knowing this was one of the hardest sets of courses, and we just went methodically through the process of accomplishing each for the overall win.”

The obstacles on Saturday were intense including a 30ft vertical climb called the Terminator.  With a couple of tries, Norman pushed the Torchmate Rig up over the top and on Sunday he mastered it in one shot!  Norman also did about a 25ft vertical drop where he did the longest standing nose wheelie of the weekend, right into a water filled tunnel.  “The adrenaline for the entire 10 minutes is pumping!” exclaimed Norman.  “It is amazing what we are doing, and then you watch all the rest of your competitors try and do the same thing.  It makes for a great day!”  He left the competition on Saturday in the lead by well over 40 points.

TROY, Mich. - Dynotech Engineering Services has released a 14-page product catalog that outlines the features and benefits of its industry-leading driveshafts.

The new product catalog features a variety of parts offered by Dynotech, with a main focus on their custom steel, aluminum, composite, hybrid, multi-piece and marine driveshafts that feature the industry’s most sophisticated engineering and building process carried out by their team of highly skilled technicians.  Dynotech offers a vibration-free guarantee that has led to an unofficial reputation as the “industry referee” on balancing.

“With more than 80 years of balancing experience and customer interaction, Dynotech has the ability to design and create the highest quality driveshafts for a diverse array of applications, but to do so with competitive pricing and on-time delivery,” said Steve Raymond, general manager, Dynotech Engineering Services.  “For example, Dynotech can replace most OEM driveshafts at a lower cost than many local car dealers, and ship it in three days or less.”

Dynotech has built custom driveshafts for OEM support and replacement, as well as for racing, muscle car, hot rod, four-wheel drive and specialty applications.  All Dynotech driveshafts are hand assembled, computer welded and high-speed balanced to the highest standards in the industry.

To learn more about Dynotech driveshaft products and services or to get a copy of the Dynotech product catalog, visit www.dynotechengineering.com.

Motor Trend’s yearly awards are interesting to readers and can create great headlines for vehicle manufacturers, so it’s always interesting to hear that an off-road-related vehicle is up for an award. That is the case with the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee (see the Off-Road.com review here).

Motor Trend recently discussed that the new Jeep is in contention as Sport/Utility vehicle of the year. The all-new platform is noted in the piece as taking direct aim at vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz M-Class as being a more capable off-road vehicle.

Professional off-road racer Rick Huseman has been a force on The Off-Road Championship (TORC) circuit and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series the last few years. He recently put together this video that highlights his four-wheel-drive short-course racetruck, explaining the features of the truck he built with his brothers. It’s an in-depth look at his truck from the inside out, and Rick talks about the difference between this truck and a two-wheel-drive short-course truck.