OPEN LETTER TO RDC MEMBERS: Patricia is also a victim. She is psychologically devestated and never in a million years thought something so tragic would happen at an MDR event. In the past few days, I've had many conversions with Patricia crying on the phone beside herself not knowing what to do. All she wanted to do was put on a safe and fun family event. She stuck steadfastly to the SCORE rule book -- even if it pissed off a wealthy driver at a competition review board meeting after a race. She is always thorough in everything she does -- especially safety and legal issues ever since that first August 1996 Barstow BLM lottery date meeting. Let's not forget her in this tragic accident. Patricia has always treated the "Little Guy" at an MDR event as though each racer were Robby Gordon. Since MDR's inception, Patricia Williams is the one that urged permission from the BLM to put on printed paperwork and on the MDR website the 15 mph guideline in the pits and that the spectators to stay back 100 feet or more -- this will NOT be found in any BLM Permit Handbook or on any permit application. Signs were always posted at ALL OHV areas warning the general public of a special event by its time and date. Since the first MDR race, the Wild Wash 250 in February 1997, Pat felt that having 2 ambulances and 1 fire suppression vehicle at every event was important -- and it was expensive. ....We all know the media is fascinated about our extreme sport, but they are totally misinformed and making her the "fall guy". The money-hairs are standing up on the necks of the "Sharks". The Sharks will quickly find out there's a primary and secondary recreational assumption of risk pertaining to "off roading" on private and public lands. Unfortunately, there's little to no money to be made -- not at $360 pro and $200 sportsman entry fees. Not mention 3% of ALL TOTAL FEES collected go to BLM -- including the prize money is taxed. We all are passionate about desert racing and know the risks involved. Patricia Williams has contributed to local off-road desert racing more than anyone that I know it this sport. Financially-speaking, most Southern California companies such as Kartek, Mckenzies, Eibach Springs, King Shock Technology, Sway Away Shocks, Fox Shocks, PCI Radios, Total Chaos, Camburg, PRP Seats, just to name a few companies AND ALL the proffessional fabrication shops that are in business today all owe Patricia Williams a debt of gratitude. We all no there's no money in promoting local desert racing, but Pat saw this opportunity and a challenge back in 1996 after Mr. Castro of La Rana "Screwed" the sport. In 1996, Pat went to a SCORE race and she was hooked on desert racing. After the whole La Rana thing, she felt that she could do a better job. Afterall, at one point in her life, she managed over 200 people at one of her jobs, "Why not this?" she thought. Hence, the "Grassroots" organization known as Mojave Desert Racing was born. Now the "Little Guy" can realistically compete with the help of family and friends (or fab shops) to build a class legal buggy or truck and experience the "off-road racing highs" with all the bells-and-whistles of a SCORE event. When the BLM had open meetings to discuss this or that issue pertaining to desert racing, who was there? Patricia and Jimmy fighting behind the scenes for our beloved sport. It's a little know fact that when Ottis passed away at one of his Fudpucker events in the El Centro BLM OHV areas, shortly after that, one of Ottis' family members asked if Patricia would take over the Fudpucker series since the BLM dates were "Historic Dates" and the Sierra Club was looking to steal these dates so no off-road racing events would happen down south. She took on the challenge of making that series work -- again, keeping desert racing alive where it would have dissappeared, which then in turn, financially helped San Diego-based parts stores like ORW, Race Ready Products and all the fabrication shops in that area. All of us who work in this industry that are so passionate about desert racing that feeds our families, including myself, owe Patricia Williams a debt of gratitude. In the days ahead, let's not turn our backs in the coming tough times for Patricia and Jimmy. Also, let's not forget Bret Sloppy and all the victims' families and what they are going through mentally. Any support and prays from RDC members is greatly appreciated. Please contact all BLM officials immediately in swaying your support for them. Afterall, Patricia & Jimmy Williams and Bret Sloppy are part of our desert racing family too... P.D.