RENO, NV: JT Taylor, Team Manager for Torchmate Racing, took the win at the Ultra4 Torchmate Stampede in Reno, NV on Saturday September 10th. The 130 mile Northern Nevada race boasted as the hardest Ultra4 race yet by promoter Dave Cole, even tougher than the King of the Hammers, makes the win even stronger.  “This is a huge deal for Torchmate and this win is a long time coming for me.  We knew we couldn’t let off and had to run a fast and consistent pace because there were 45 quality racers chasing me down… so, this is a big frickin deal,” said JT Taylor at the awards ceremony Saturday night as the crowd of racers cheered.

Qualifying second behind Shannon Campbell, Torchmate Racing JT Taylor felt confident in the car and the starting position to have a good day.  “The TTB car performed perfectly and the crew was on the top of their game.  We had a plug wire issue on the beginning of lap two so we ran the 17 mile loop and ducked back into the pit,” said JT Taylor.  The crew attacked the car led by Crew Chief Jake Povey who found and fixed the problem and they were back out of the pits before the 2nd place car came through on the first lap.

Officials with RallyCar, the premier sanctioning body for performance rally in North America, celebrated the closing of the 2011 Rally America National Championship with a festive awards ceremony at the beautiful Sunday River Resort. It was a fitting ending where fans, teams and organizers enjoyed food and music while the sun set over the looming ski trails.

It was a dramatic season that returned the Championship crown to Subaru after a dramatic battle all year with Mitsubishi Rockstar’s Antoine L’Estage, the Super Production Class made rally history with the inspired campaign of Travis Hanson, and another Team O’Neil Rally School instructor, Wyatt Knox, dominated the 2WD Class.

RallyCar honored the season’s accomplishments by presenting the year-end trophies to the new recipients in front of a physical and online streaming audience.

INDIANAPOLIS (May 4, 2011) – Whether you’re a fan of short course off-road racing or not, there’s no denying the impact the Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL’s new docu-reality program, “TORC – The Off-Road Championship” TV Show” has had on the off-road racing community in terms of introducing new innovative production means in the coverage of the sport.

A key element to capturing the motion-driven spirit of the TORC series has been the involvement of GoPro, maker of the world’s best-selling wearable and gear mountable HD cameras.  The Armory, TORC’s TV production company, has literally blown the boundaries of documenting motorsports wide open by using GoPro’s HD Motorsports HERO cameras, giving TORC Series fans – east and west coast alike – a perspective never before captured in HD off-road coverage.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert came out to the WORCS race in Lake Havasu, Arizona, determined to win. Known as one of the most technical courses of the series, the Lake Havasu course is littered with obstacles including deep pockets of sand, rock-filled corners, and a lagoon jump. On both days of the double-header weekend, Robert rode with fury, pushing past the entire field to command consecutive wins.

Kawasaki caught up with the off-road team in Lake Havasu and watched the excitement unfold. Check out the exclusive video below:

It’s ‘All systems a go’ in Idaho as the NHHA returns for its second year in a row to the area south of Murphy, Idaho.  Dirt Inc has prepared 100 miles of course that will sure to test all bikes and bodies at this year’s Round 4 of the AMA/Kenda National Hare and Hound Championship Series.  2011 is dedicated to the memory of Dirt Inc. member, Jody Schlapia.  Jody lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer last November, but was instrumental every step of the way in helping to make Dirt Inc’s National one of the most exciting races of the year.

David Pearson and his Purvines Racing Honda team will be in full force as their new fast guy, Justin Morrow, looks to have another impressive race.  Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Destry Abbott is also en route, and his plane is expected to arrive at some point Friday morning.  Off Road Support Kawasaki’s Jacob Argubright hopes to make it back on the podium after a 4th place finish at Round 3.  Making the long trek north into Idaho from south of the Mexican Border, FMF/KTM’s Kurt Caselli looks to make it three in a row and take over the points lead here in Idaho.

Half Moon Bay, Calif. – GoPro, the world’s leading wearable and gear mountable camera company, today announced the availability of the LCD BacPac, a detachable LCD screen for the company’s HD HERO camera.

The LCD BacPac represents the first in a line of expansion modules to be released for the HD HERO camera.  Available now for order on Go Pro’s website, and subsequently shipping to retailers around the world, the LCD BacPac has an MSRP of $79.99.

The LCD BacPac is a detachable LCD screen for the 1080p HD HERO camera. It attaches to the camera via the HERO Port™ – a small expansion port located on the back of the camera.

At the end of the week, Kawasaki will often drop some cool video or news in regards to its latest off-road happenings.

Today, Kawasaki released a video of some top off-road custom builders taking on the challenge of trying to build the baddest Kawasaki Teryx.

The vehicles were built and then put up to the challenge in a heavy competition on some rough desert terrain. The entire build will be fired in the Feb/March issue of UTV Off-Road Magazine.

We stumbled across this interesting video on the Mercedes Benz You Tube page. It’s a well-produced movie pitting a Mercedes-Benz 500 ML against a thoroughbred stallion on an off-road course. There are muddy sections, a hill climb, a log crawl and even a decent-sized jump on which both man and machine compete.

It’s an interesting video, albeit a bit long, for a few reasons. For one, it’s possibly the dirtiest you’ll ever see a Mercedes (especially coming from someone who’s used to seeing nothing but soccer moms driving them to the botox clinic); two, unless you’re Jason Statham in one of the 12 Transporter movies, you’ll never see a Mercedes’ wheels this far off the ground; and three, it’s kind of funny that a BMW is used as the camera car. Just sayin’.