Riverside, CA –  After a very up and down start to the 2011 TORC season, RJ Anderson in his rookie year running the V8 Pro-Lite, was able to capture a 2nd place finish while competing for the season championship.  Anderson and his Walker Evans Racing team battled through numerous challenges in dialing-in the brand new RAM V8 Pro-Lite this year.  Despite a sharp learning curve, RJ and his team were able to compete for a championship in his rookie season, falling only 36 points short of the championship behind Andrew Caddell. The entire Walker Evans Racing team is thrilled to have come so close this fast.

Anderson edged out TORC Pro-Lite veteran Casey Currie by 13 points while compiling 3 wins, 5 Top 3 finishes, and winning 1 Oakley Bomb Award which goes to the person with the fastest lap of the round in his/her class.  Pretty good statistics for a young man whose first race ever in a V8 truck was this year at the opening round of the TORC season.  In the final rounds of the TORC season in Texas, RJ was able to capture a solid win while edging out competitors Casey Currie and CJ Greaves.  There is no doubt that RJ will become a champion as an off-road racer in the very near future.

“I couldn’t be happier about our finish this year,” Anderson said. “Of course I wanted to win the championship, and I would  be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bummed we fell short.  But overall I am really pleased with how we finished and how the team performed.  Everyone on the Walker Evans Racing team played a roll in getting our truck this far along this quickly.  I really look forward to competing with Andrew (Caddell), Casey (Currie), and CJ (Greaves)next year, and I look forward to going for the championship.”

There is no time for rest.  While Walker Evans Racing is exhibiting products at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV this week, down the street at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, RJ and the race team are setting up their pits for the weekends upcoming Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) rounds 13 & 14.  The entire staff from both the product devision and race team are on call to make this week a successful one both in business and on the track.   Walker Evans himself is on hand meeting with and talking to SEMA attendees while Randy Anderson, Brian MacLean, and others talk about the full line of Walker Evans Racing shocks & wheels.

RJ Anderson will be pulling triple duty at LOORRS this weekend competing in UTV, Super-Lite, and Pro-Lite.  RJ is determined to add to his points lead in the UTV class where he is persistently preparing to capture his first ever UTV championship.  After a solid performance at Round 11 in Suprise, AZ in the Walker Evans Racing Super-Lite, where RJ would win in convincing fashion. They would fall short of a weekend sweep after being taken out midway through the Round 12 final.  RJ is determined to get back on top of the podium this weekend as he does all he can to get himself into a position to compete for the championship in the final rounds of the season.  Since finishing up his 2nd place finish for the TORC season in Pro-Lite, all RJ can think about is getting some wins at LOORRS in his V8 Pro-Lite. This weekend RJ and team will take the track not only looking to compete but to WIN in the Pro-Lite class, showing the LOORRS faithful that he is a triple threat!

As always, RJ and the entire Walker Evans Racing team would like to give a special thank you to their loyal sponsors, fans, and crew members.  Without them this would not be possible, and for that the team is very grateful to be surrounded by such great people and companies. RJ would like to also welcome everyone to stop by the pits, say hello, and meet the driver this weekend!

Riverside, CA –  After a very up and down start to the 2011 TORC season, RJ Anderson in his rookie year running the V8 Pro-Lite, was able to capture a 2nd place finish while competing for the season championship.  Anderson and his Walker Evans Racing team battled through numerous challenges in dialing-in the brand new RAM V8 Pro-Lite this year.  Despite a sharp learning curve, RJ and his team were able to compete for a championship in his rookie season, falling only 36 points short of the championship behind Andrew Caddell. The entire Walker Evans Racing team is thrilled to have come so close this fast.

Anderson edged out TORC Pro-Lite veteran Casey Currie by 13 points while compiling 3 wins, 5 Top 3 finishes, and winning 1 Oakley Bomb Award which goes to the person with the fastest lap of the round in his/her class.  Pretty good statistics for a young man whose first race ever in a V8 truck was this year at the opening round of the TORC season.  In the final rounds of the TORC season in Texas, RJ was able to capture a solid win while edging out competitors Casey Currie and CJ Greaves.  There is no doubt that RJ will become a champion as an off-road racer in the very near future.

“I couldn’t be happier about our finish this year,” Anderson said. “Of course I wanted to win the championship, and I would  be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bummed we fell short.  But overall I am really pleased with how we finished and how the team performed.  Everyone on the Walker Evans Racing team played a roll in getting our truck this far along this quickly.  I really look forward to competing with Andrew (Caddell), Casey (Currie), and CJ (Greaves)next year, and I look forward to going for the championship.”

There is no time for rest.  While Walker Evans Racing is exhibiting products at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV this week, down the street at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, RJ and the race team are setting up their pits for the weekends upcoming Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) rounds 13 & 14.  The entire staff from both the product devision and race team are on call to make this week a successful one both in business and on the track.   Walker Evans himself is on hand meeting with and talking to SEMA attendees while Randy Anderson, Brian MacLean, and others talk about the full line of Walker Evans Racing shocks & wheels.

RJ Anderson will be pulling triple duty at LOORRS this weekend competing in UTV, Super-Lite, and Pro-Lite.  RJ is determined to add to his points lead in the UTV class where he is persistently preparing to capture his first ever UTV championship.  After a solid performance at Round 11 in Suprise, AZ in the Walker Evans Racing Super-Lite, where RJ would win in convincing fashion. They would fall short of a weekend sweep after being taken out midway through the Round 12 final.  RJ is determined to get back on top of the podium this weekend as he does all he can to get himself into a position to compete for the championship in the final rounds of the season.  Since finishing up his 2nd place finish for the TORC season in Pro-Lite, all RJ can think about is getting some wins at LOORRS in his V8 Pro-Lite. This weekend RJ and team will take the track not only looking to compete but to WIN in the Pro-Lite class, showing the LOORRS faithful that he is a triple threat!

As always, RJ and the entire Walker Evans Racing team would like to give a special thank you to their loyal sponsors, fans, and crew members.  Without them this would not be possible, and for that the team is very grateful to be surrounded by such great people and companies. RJ would like to also welcome everyone to stop by the pits, say hello, and meet the driver this weekend!

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced the winners of the New Products Showcase Awards held at the 2011 SEMA Show. Among the awards of interest to off-roaders is the Best New Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive Product winner MSD Ignition for its Atomic EFI unit. The event recognizes the most cutting-edge automotive products either on the market or about to hit the market. This year, nearly 2,000 new products were submitted for consideration.

Criteria that ranked high on the judges’ selection for the New Product Showcase Awards included superiority of innovation, technical achievement, quality and workmanship, consumer appeal and marketability.

The 2011 New Product Award Winners include:

Best Engineered New Product

  • Winner: Baer Brake Systems, Full Floating Rear End Conversion
  • Runner Up: Aeromotive Inc., Camaro Stealth Fuel System
  • Runner Up: Fuelab, Electronic Fuel Pressure Regulator

LAS VEGAS – The vehicles have been tallied and the exhibitors have spoken. The second annual SEMA Award was presented to the Chevrolet Camaro for the Hottest Car, the Fiat 500 for the Hottest Sport Compact Car, the Ford F-Series for the Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler for the Hottest 4×4-SUV. The winners were announced yesterday morning at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

“As the visionaries and innovators of the industry, our SEMA Show exhibitors determine the winners of the SEMA Award based on the vehicles they showcase in their booths,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “With each booth vehicle representing one vote, the most prominent models in each category are the winners. The SEMA Award celebrates these outstanding vehicles that emerge each year at the show.”


The SEMA Award honors those vehicles that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase this year’s coolest products. The award recognizes four outstanding vehicle models in four categories – “Hottest Car,” “Hottest Sport Compact Car,”  “Hottest Truck,” and “Hottest 4×4-SUV.”  It also underscores the cooperative relationship between the automakers and SEMA-member companies.

“There is no shortage of options for new car and truck buyers. The ability to accessorize a vehicle often impacts the decision on which vehicle to purchase. The SEMA Award helps guide consumers to the most accessory friendly vehicles on the market by demonstrating the unlimited potential for customization,” added Kersting.


The 2011 SEMA Show features more than 2,000 exhibiting companies. SEMA Show exhibitors manufacture thousands of products that improve performance, safety and convenience, as well as those that enhance appearance and comfort. While products are available for every make and model vehicle, exhibitors are investing more into the Chevrolet Camaro, the Fiat 500, Ford F-Series, and Jeep Wrangler than any other vehicle. Consumers, therefore, can expect to find more options for accessorizing these vehicles.

To learn more about the SEMA Award winners and the products that are available for them, visit www.sema.org/semaaward.

Be sure to check back with Off-Road.com for more from the 2011 SEMA Show.

The SEMA Show is always exciting because of unique new products that are unveiled at the automotive show, and Superchips certainly provided a bit of buzz with the unveiling of its new VIVID vehicle performance programmer. The VIDID is coupled with the ARCHOS, which is a 4.3-inch Internet tablet (essentially an Android phone) that runs on the Android 2.2 operating system.

If you were to meet Kid KJ – or Kaid Olsen-Weston, as his parents call him – his shy demeanor wouldn’t make you think he was the world’s youngest monster truck driver.

But the 7-year-old Kid KJ followed his father Tod Weston’s footsteps and started participating in motorsports at a young age. We spoke with Kaid and his father at the 2010 SEMA show, where they had his truck on display at Tod’s booth for Uncle Tod Motorsports. He owns and rides dirt bikes and ATVs, but since he was 6 years old he has also raced monster trucks – again, following in his father’s footsteps after Tod purchased the Gunslinger monster truck and now races under the name Black Knight.