DENVER – Applications for the 2012-2013 Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) State Trails Grants are now available. There is $4 million in grants available for projects related to the use of OHVs on lands open to the public. OHVs include trail motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and four-wheel drive vehicles. The grant application deadline is Dec. 1, 2011. The grant applications are available online at http://www.parks.state.co.us/OHVsandSnowmobiles/Pages/OHVsSnowmobiles.aspx

The grant funds are generated by OHV registration fees through the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund. OHV projects are also eligible for funding through the Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Last year, $4.2 million in grants were awarded to 50 projects statewide.

The completed application packets should be submitted to Tom Metsa, OHV Program Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, at 13787 South Hwy 85, Littleton, Colorado 80125. The fax number is 303-470-0782. For additional information, contact Tom Metsa at Thomas.metsa@state.co.us

The Colorado State Trails Committee is composed of nine volunteer members appointed by the State Parks Board. The Colorado State Trails Committee includes a representative from each of the seven congressional districts, one at-large member each from the off-highway vehicle and snowmobile community and one member from the GOCO board.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A formal Discussion Draft entitled, “Enhancing CPSC Authority and Discretion Act of 2011 (ECADA),” will be voted upon tomorrow by the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the Committee on Energy & Commerce, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

The AMA disapproves of the process in which this draft bill was scheduled for consideration, and urges off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts to contact their U.S. Representatives immediately to express their concern.

“The revised draft legislation was announced within 36 hours of the actual markup,” said Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president of government relations. “While this is consistent with the committee rules for announcing meetings, the short notice gives us great concern because the public had very little time to vet the draft bill properly prior to its consideration tomorrow.”

According to the subcommittee, chaired by Representative Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), the draft legislation would revise the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 and seeks to give the Consumer Product Safety Commission greater authority and flexibility to regulate based on risk.

“We are urging AMA members and all OHV riders to contact their member of Congress immediately and ask them to offer H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act of 2011, as an amendment to ECADA,” Moreland said.

To utilize AMA’s online alert tools to contact your Representative, click here.

The markup session begins at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, May 12, in Room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building, and votes will occur on amendments and the draft bill.

To view a copy of the Discussion Draft and subcommittee background memo, go to http://energycommerce.house.gov/news/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=8585.

Irvine, Calif.  – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Casey Currie saddled up his KX™450F this morning and ventured across the U.S. border into Tecate, Mexico to begin the 1,400-mile, eight-day adventure to the tip of the Baja peninsula. The Desert Assassin’s Rip to the Tip, which debuted in 2006, was created by Cameron Steele and Larry Badgwell who were originally looking to share their love of Baja with their closest riding buddies. They recruited 12 of their friends, known as the Dirty Dozen, and embarked on the challenging adventure from the U.S. border-town of Tecate, Calif., through the length of the Baja peninsula, finishing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Since its inception, the event has proven a success and has grown in notoriety over the past five years. This year’s event will host more than 40 riders, including Currie, who will spend over a week riding through blazing-hot desert, treacherous single-track mountain trails, sand washes, dunes, beaches, boulders, canyons, and steep grades in hopes to make the full-pull, all the way to Cabo San Lucas.

Auburn Hills, Mich. -  Each year, thousands of diehard off-road enthusiasts descend upon Moab, Utah, for the Easter Jeep Safari and a week of fun on some of the country’s best and most rugged trails. Jeep and Mopar are marking the occasion by returning to the annual event – which takes place April 16-24 – with six new customized vehicles.

Check out these Moparized Vehicles at the 2010 Easter Jeep Safari.

“The annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari provides us a perfect opportunity to interact with our most loyal fans in a true Jeep setting,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “We are able to demonstrate and test new potential Jeep production and customization ideas at our away-from-home proving ground, while getting instant feedback from our customers.”

More than 30 percent of the people who are in the market for a new vehicle are influenced by the breadth and availability of aftermarket accessories and Mopar comes to the party with a vast selection of accessories that will fit a variety of lifestyles.

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (April 5, 2011) — Miller Motorsports Park is pleased to announce a new partnership that will provide unique and exciting off-road experiences to enthusiasts throughout Utah and the Intermountain West.

Miller Motorsports Park has entered into a long-term relationship with Wide Open Excursions, which offers off-road driving experiences in various locations in Mexico. The new joint venture will be called Wide Open Utah, and will offer unique riding and driving experiences using custom-built Wide Open Excursions Baja Challenge race cars.

Participants will be able to enjoy experiences ranging from a ride-along on Miller Motorsports Park’s new high-speed off-road course with a professional driver to two-day driving excursions utilizing MMP’s onsite off-road courses and trips to outstanding off-road areas throughout Utah.

“This is an exciting new partnership for us,” said Miller Motorsports Park General Manager John Larson. “We know how popular off-road driving is in Utah, and Wide Open Utah will offer enthusiasts thrilling experiences that simply are not available anywhere else in Utah. We believe this will be a very successful relationship, and we look forward to offering yet another way for enthusiasts to satisfy their need for speed at Miller Motorsports Park.”

“This is the perfect alliance for our company,” said Brent Fenimore, Partner and Managing Director for Wide Open Excursions. “We have been looking for ideal locations to duplicate and expand upon our programs in Mexico, and Miller Motorsports Park provides us with a facility and off-road opportunities that are unparalleled.”

The Baja Challenge cars used in Wide Open Utah are purpose-built off-road racing machines that weigh 2,600 lb., powered by a 190-hp Subaru engine with 17 inches of suspension travel. They are capable of speeds approaching 100 mph and can comfortably handle any type of off-road terrain.

For information regarding Miller Motorsports Park and Wide Open Utah, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit the track’s website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.

About Wide Open Excursions

Since 1997, WIDE OPEN Excursions has provided more than 16,000 guests and corporate clients with the world’s most unique and adrenaline-filled adventure opportunity. Their vision: To share the joy of high-performance off-road driving and the unspoiled beauty of the Baja peninsula and Nevada’s Great Basin, which were previously accessible only for the adventurous lucky few.  In 2011, Wide Open Excursions will expand into three new territories throughout the United States.

Much more than a driving school or follow the leader tour, the WIDE OPEN experience pushes the envelope of an adventure-based vacation. Their Baja Challenge (BC) cars are specifically designed to provide guests with the safety and performance of a desert racer, yet are easy enough for anyone to drive.

Wide Open Racing, the competition division of Wide Open Excursions, provides “arrive and drive” race seats in the same off-road race cars for amateurs and professionals looking to compete in off-road races. The Team Wide Open corporate car finished third in the Class 1 category at the Score Tecate Baja 1000 last month—a remarkable feat considering it was the only four-cylinder powered car in the class. They also finished fourth in Class 1 last June in the famous Baja 500.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — It’s official: The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is celebrating April as “AMA Get Out and Ride! Month.” While some motorcyclists live where just about every day is a day in the saddle, many riders are stuck in a deep freeze all winter. There’s no better way to rekindle America’s ongoing love affair with two (or three)-wheeled wonders than a month-long ridefest.

“April is the perfect month to kickoff a celebration of the motorcycling lifestyle,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “It’s been a long, cold winter, and motorcyclists across the country are enjoying these first warm days of spring. We invite motorcyclists everywhere to join us as we usher in another great season of on- and off-road riding.”

AMA Get Out and Ride! Month kicks into gear on April 1. Throughout the month, the AMA will shine a spotlight on cool places to ride and showcase the riding activities of its members and motorcyclists across the country. A special web page on AmericanMotorcyclist.com, plus a Facebook page and Twitter feed, will provide daily details about the springtime campaign, including themes for each week:

  • April 4-10: AMA Get Out and Ride Your Way! Week highlights everything from AMA Grand Tours to solo riding on favorite trails and twisties.
  • April 11-17: AMA Get Out and Ride Together! Week features large iconic rallies and smaller local events, from dual-sport rides to AMA National Conventions to Gypsy Tours.
  • April 18-24: AMA Get Out and Ride for a Cause! Week showcases events and activities where motorcyclists use their love of riding to help others less fortunate, as well as advocate for the motorcycling lifestyle.
  • April 25-30: AMA Get Out and Ride Smart! Week focuses on rider training and awareness skills needed to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on every ride.

Motorcyclists are invited to share their experiences with stories, photos and videos. Weekly winners will be selected for the best submission, and the motorcyclist with the coolest tale will be featured in an upcoming issue of American Motorcyclist magazine and on AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

“Millions of us spend the winter months imagining all the terrific riding we want to do, and April is the month when we get out there and begin living out those dreams,” said Dingman. “AMA Get Out and Ride! Month is a great way to share our adventures with tens of thousands of newfound riding friends across the country.”

Stay tuned to AmericanMotorcyclist.com in the coming days for details about AMA Get Out and Ride! Month. 

Feb. 18, 2011 (Porter, TX) – What happens when the creative minds at Royal Purple and Xtreme 4×4 get together? The result is Xtreme 4×4’s Blog Buggy presented by Royal Purple.

The project is a first time, unique opportunity for fans of Xtreme 4×4 to be directly involved in a custom build. Xtreme 4×4 picked the chassis, but the rest is up to the online voter. The 17 categories to vote on cover everything from axels to paint and transfer cases to lockers.

“We wanted to find a way to get the viewers involved. Usually you see pre-spec builds on shows, but this time what goes in and on the vehicle is decided exclusively by the vote,” said Royal Purple’s Randy Fisher. “It’s a huge mix and match to choose from, and we can’t wait to see how this Blog Buggy turns out,” he added.