Poison-Spyder-Logo-8-8-12December 4, 2013 • BANNING, CA — Poison Spyder JK Rocker Knockers are one of the most popular rocker protection armor products available from the aftermarket for the 2007 to current model Jeep JK Wrangler.  The rugged DOM tubular steel design, great looking removable skid plates which can be custom painted to either match or contrast with the Jeep, and unmistakable Poison Spyder styling have made the product a favorite among many Jeep enthusiasts.  Some, however, have wished the JK Rocker Knockers™ were available in a frame-mounted alternative to the traditional body-mounted design.  Poison Spyder recently announced that these customers’ wishes have come true, as a brand new frame-mounted version of the JK Rocker Knocker™ is now available through Poison Spyder and Authorized Poison Spyder Dealers.

“Some of our customers had pointed to competitors’ frame-mounted rocker protection, and asked if we could do something like that,” said Larry McRae, president of Poison Spyder.  “We looked at what was out there, but we weren’t satisfied with the way everyone else was doing it.”  McRae is referring to the typical design of using a mounting plate either bolted or welded to the side of the Jeep’s frame rail, with a simple piece of tubing extended out to the slider.  “While that concept can provide some strength to withstand side-loaded impacts, it provides little in the way of vertical strength—to withstand vertical forces like when you’re coming down off a ledge with the weight of the Jeep on the slider.”

BANNING, CA — Team Poison Spyder Racing, with driver Larry McRae, Co-Driver Shad Kennedy and car #4415 “Venom One”, posted a solid 11th place finish at the toughest single day off-road race in the world, the 2013 King Of the Hammers.  King Of the Hammers, which combines hard core rock trails with high speed desert racing, is held annually in the desert around Johnson Valley, California, drawing tens of thousands of fans and competing teams from around the world.  McRae and Poison Spyder Racing were among only 21 finishers from a field of 127 entries.  This year’s 182-mile race course was unanimously hailed by competitors as the toughest yet, resulting in a gruelling 83% attrition rate.

Hammer Town, the city constructed on the Means Dry Lake Bed, is bustling with four-wheel activity leading up to the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers. Thousands of off-roaders will venture to the Johnson Valley OHV area to partake in the festivities, and many have already enjoyed the action over the past few days leading up to the main event.

The unique race has grown every year, and for 2012 new events have been added to the lineup to further cement KOH as the must-attend hard-core rock-desert race. The Smittybilt Everyman Challenge kicked off on Sunday, offering off-roaders the chance to test the Hammers course in more restrictive vehicles. John Currie took the overall victory on the 85-mile course in a TJ, while Larry McRae won the modified class in a heavily modified Poison Spyder JK.

MESA, AZ – FAST-Aid is proud to be leading the efforts of the MDR California 200 Memorial Event at the Slash-X Ranch Café in Barstow, CA on Saturday August 13th from 2pm-9pm.  The amazing statue that was revealed at the Off-Road Expo last October will be set into the ground at a permanent memorial spot for all to enjoy. “The whole concept is meaningful: a figure 8 with the Ribbon Memorial sitting at the very top.  Eight trees dedicated to those lost surround it, with 22 lights going up the walkway and 22 shrubs planted to represent the injured,” said Lucas Hand, project leader for FAST-Aid.

“We are proud to put this memorial in a place where everyone can enjoy the art and remember those of our familia we lost that night,” said Hand.  Slash-X Ranch Café owner Brian Lynn has graciously offered a piece of property to put this memorial.  Slash-X is located at 28040 Barstow Road (Hwy 247) in Stoddard Valley, 8 miles south of Barstow, CA.

The Dedication will be led by Chaplain Steve Hanson from Racers for Christ at 6pm Saturday evening.  The BBQ will start at 4pm, but everyone is welcome to start gathering as early as 2pm.  There will be a raffle from 4pm-6pm with prizes donated from Poison Spyder, Team Associated and Butch’s Speed Shop.

FAST-Aid would like to thank Green Army for donating the 8 Trees, Ahern Rentals for donating the equipment, Worthing General Services in Santa Ana for donating Labor and Materials, and all the volunteers that have spent time on the ground working. The Memorial was originated by Dana Dague, designed by Scott Freeman, built by Craig Hall of R&I Industries and was mounted in concrete by Ted Cordts.

The initial unveiling ceremony took place Saturday October 9, 2010 at 11am during the 2010 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo in Pomona, CA. “My biggest fear is that as the years go by, people will forget.  However, this beautiful Memorial being unveiled today will be our constant reminder.  So let’s all make a promise to each other today, to keep supporting this great sport that Aaron and all of us love so much,” stated Cindy Farkas-Lake, Aaron Farkas’ mother whose letter was read during the ceremony.

We hope that you will join in memory of Aaron Farkas, Danica Frantzich, Michael Dickinson, Andrew Therrinn, Anthony Sanchez, Zachary Freeman, Dustin Malson, and Brian Wolfin.

SAINT GEORGE, UT  -  ECT Offroad Southwest Crawlfest presented by Poison Spyder had nearly 300 vehicles on the Sand Hollow OHV Recreation Trails participating in a clean-up and raffle for Land-Use.  “We had another great turn out this year,” explained Steve Crabtree, Event Chairman. “It was a perfect weekend for wheeling and it was fun to have everyone here enjoying the trails and helping support keeping the land open so we can continue to have events like these.”

The event that took place January 14-16 featured a raffle with over $45,000 worth of sponsor donated products.  Proceeds from the event have gone directly into supporting land use organizations including Blue Ribbon Coalition, United Four Wheel Drive Association, Utah 4 Wheel Drive Association, and Utah Shared Access Alliance who all had representatives on site to educate.  Companies like ECT Offroad, Nitro Gear and Auburn Gear donated a front and rear axle set valued over $6,500.  “I couldn’t believe it!  I was so excited, I couldn’t even say anything!” exclaimed grand prize winner Steve from Arizona.  Jason Minnoch from ECT Offroad added, “I am stoked that someone that wanted and can use the axles won, it makes the whole weekend even better!”  Other large prizes included a YJ Armor package valued over $2000 compliments of Poison Spyder, a complete suspension kit from Tough Country, multiple bolt on accessories from PipeMaster Tools, Olympic4x4, iDeal Offroad, Rad Motorsports and thousands of dollars in Gift Certificates from others.