We’ve all probably got one of those neighbors (or maybe you are that neighbor) that’s always looking for an excuse to drive their rock crawler to work. Even just the slightest bit of snow is excuse enough.
We’re not real really sure what you call this particular format but “trench racing” seems to fit the bill, and it’s probably the world’s shortest off-road race to boot. It’s interesting to note the different strategies of the drivers in this video. Some enter fast only to bounce off the opposite wall, while others crawl off the ledge and maintain a steady speed up the other side. Regardless, our hat’s off to whoever came up with this unique and very spectator friendly sport, also known as the world’s shortest off-road race. Check it out.
SOUTH JORDAN, UT: In 1994, at the age of 22, Clay Egan was in a motorcycle accident that paralyzed him from his chest down, but since he has made more strides in life than most people do in their existence. His positive attitude radiates through rooms of 50 to auditoriums of thousands. His story of hope and overcoming obstacles through goal setting and pushing the limits while becoming a professional athlete in the off-road and rock crawling arena will spark positive thoughts in all attendees. “I have always pushed the limits! I don’t ever sit down and give up, I continue to push the limits of what others may expect of me, but not of myself, I have goals you see…” said Clay Egan in a recent speaking engagement. An hour later he ended the talk with, “You always have to Push the Limits, because if you never fail you will never succeed!”
Clay Egan earned the “Worlds Most Inspirational Rockstar” by competing as a Professional Rock Crawler in UROC and WE Rock and has been the only quadriplegic to race in the 2009 Griffin King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, CA. He is also a very successful wheelchair athlete and extreme sportsman who enjoys hunting and fishing.
Road Race Motorsports is proud to introduce its new carbon-fiber grill for the JK Jeep. This carbon-fiber grill is the same one featured the shop’s 2012 SEMA Jeep JK. The grill may be bling but it is certainly as functional as the stock one. The biggest difference is that it looks amazing.
Road Race Motorsports also offers matching hood vents in carbon fiber if JK owners want to continue the theme and properly vent heat from under the hood. This grill has excellent fitment, and replaces it cleanly replaces the factory grill. It is made of Road Race Motorsports’ high-quality 2 x 2 twill carbon fiber, and the piece is finished with non-yellowing resin and automotive clear coat. It will add a beautiful touch to any stock, show, or rock crawler. This is a limited edition, hand-built item. Stand out from the crowd!
BANNING, CA – Larry McRae drove the Poison Spyder Modified Ultra4 #4581 to a class win at the Ultra4 Cinco de Baja race last weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With this Modified Class Western Series win and the 2012 Modified Class King of the Hammers win, the Poison Spyder Racing team is leading the Pro Series Modified Class and the Western Series Modified Class points race. “The only thing that we had to do was put fuel in the car,” said driver Larry McRae. “The crew prepped the car meticulously and have slowly worked the bugs out of the car making the 250 miles consecutively with no issues to speak of.”
A known and very respected rock crawler, driving fast is still a learning experience for Larry McRae. “I’m a rock crawler…slow and technical driver. The hardest part for me is learning to drive fast! This was a fun, relaxing and a beautiful course that was perfect for giving me the seat time I lack in the faster stuff.”
Co-Driver Shad Kennedy, a desert racing veteran, helped navigate the light blue and silver Modified Ultra4. The strategy for this race was to click off conservative laps early on and then see how the other competitors in the class were fairing. Depending on the split times they would decide whether to race the last three laps or stay conservative to ensure a finish. With the 5 lap – 40 mile loop race, the attrition rate allowed the Poison Spyder team to continue the conservative pace and preserve the car.
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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.
RENO, NV – Roger Norman decided to compete in another discipline of racing this year: Rock Crawling. In his rookie appearance at the W.E. Rock West Tucson, AZ event he challenged himself and finished on the podium in his Torchmate Racing Pro Mod #8 rock crawler. “Rock crawling is tougher than it looks,” exclaimed successful Trophy Truck racer Roger Norman. “There is actually a ton of strategy and teamwork involved.”
The whole experience was different than anything Norman had participated in before. The spotter was outside the car giving directions via Bluetooth headsets. There are many controls not found in a trophy truck including a transfer case for controlling front wheel and rear wheel drive, front and rear air lockers and cutting brakes. The front and rear winches are not for pulling you out of a bad situation, but rather connected to axle housings used for sucking in the suspension to account for different angles. The BFGoodrich Krawlers had amazing traction, strength and stability on the man made course.
Competitors complete four courses on Saturday and four on Sunday, and then enter a shootout on Sunday afternoon that can change the entire outcome of the event. With each course timed, Norman only completed one of the four courses on Saturday. Come Sunday, he successfully turned that ratio around to completing three out of the four courses, with one tied for the best score of the day.
Roger Norman will add to his repertoire of off-road racing competing in the 2011 W.E. Rock West Series with the Torchmate Racing Team. “I am really excited to be able to learn and participate in the rock crawling series,” Norman said. “Being able to be a part of the Torchmate team is great, it allows me to have a solid chance at learning from the best, in a proven machine.”
Torchmate Racing Team is naming Norman as their Pro-Modified Rock Crawling featured driver for 2011. “After seeing how he seemed to be really excited about King of the Hammers and rock crawling, I think it is a good fit for everybody,” said Bill Kunz, Owner of Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems. “It certainly shows Rogers dedication to the sport of offroad racing and to all the other competitors. I just hope that he doesn’t get discouraged at first. It is hard in the beginning, but I know he will be able to pick it up quickly.” Torchmate Racing will completely prep and maintain the rock crawler at their facility in Reno, NV.