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A Dead Bull, A Grateful Retiree and The Loss of Oscar Ramos

By the time we saw its menacing white horns appear in our windshield, it was too late. A pitch-dark piece of Baja highway near Guerrero Negro at 2 a.m. Night three of the mind-numbing desert racing experiment known as the

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Bangers and Mashers of July

Sadly, this month we said the last goodbye to two legends of Off-Road racing, Beny Canela and Oscar Ramos, who both shared a passion for this sport for more than 30 years. Shortcourse racing, not seen in Baja since the

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UTV Tire Evolution: BFGoodrich KR2

From UTVUnderground.com Everything evolves. Regardless of whether you like it or not, evolution lurches forward. When UTVs were originally conceptualized we’re sure sure jumping 100+ foot gaps and going over 80mph were never the goals. If it hauled a few

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Hard Fought Battles Are Won And Lost At LOORRS Reno

Another day of racing is in the books here in Reno and it was filled with great racing and lots of carnage. After giving the fans a great show yesterday the drivers followed suit and put on another in front

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LOORRS Returns To The Biggest Little City – Reno, Nevada

The Biggest Little City is what Reno Nevada calls itself, and today some of the biggest short course racers in the world battled it out in front of a packed crowd. Year after year Reno proves that it loves short

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2015 Monster Energy Trail of Missions Airs August 23rd at 5pm PST on CBS Sports

Three hundred plus years ago, Spanish explorers joined with those living on the Baja peninsula to establish the El Camino Real, or royal road. This route was used to supply and link the Spanish Missions from Loreto to present day

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LOORRS Rounds 13 & 14 Preview: The Rodeo in Reno

Reno is the like the neglected stepchild of off-road. Home to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame and its founder Rod Hall, Reno holds many gems for off-road and the spectacular track at Wild West Motorsports Park is one of

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Last Lap Passes Highlight Sunday Bark River

Last Lap Passes Highlight Sunday Bark River CJ Greaves Doubles Up on Sunday as Van Epren Returns To His Winning Ways The unseasonable hot weather continued throughout Sunday as 141 racers prepared to tackle the 1.5 mile long Bark River

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Ultra4 Europe 2015 Round 2 Maxxis King of Wales

Ultra4 Europe 2015 Round 2 Maxxis King of Wales In the USA King of the Hammers and the Ultra4 Racing series it spawned is a massive phenomenon and a little like the cargo cults of Melanesia us Europeans have our

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High Temperatures and Hot Racing Highlight TORC Bark River

The fortieth anniversary of off-road racing at Bark River International Off-Road Raceway saw competitors from all over North American taking part in two days of incredible short-course off-road racing. The Sportsman Off-Road Series supported by MORR and the TORC Series

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Off-Road Racer: SCORE International

In 1976 off-road racing pioneer Norman T. Johnson and Gordon Grimmis wrote the essential bible of off-road racing culture titled simply “Off-Road Racer”. The book has been difficult to find because only 4,000 were made, 100 with a very special

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BITD Vegas to Reno Voss 3peat

Touted as the longest off road race in America at 545 miles, the BITD Vegas to Reno course has everything: silt, dry lake beds, rough rocky areas and rain ruts that can swallow a car whole. The last couple of

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Big Changes Coming to Best in the Desert in 2016

For the past five years, Best in the Desert has led off-road racing as the premier race series in the sport. With entries growing each year, BITD has held strong to a six-race format with the addition of The Mint

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Bryce Menzies Takes Top Qualifier For BITD Vegas To Reno

Hometown favorite Bryce Menzies laid down the fastest lap today to qualify first for the 2015 BITD Vegas To Reno race. A new qualifying loop used some Mint 400 race course out in Jean, NV but except for a short

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BITD Vegas to Reno Qualifying Now

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Follow the 2015 BITD Vegas to Reno on Race-Dezert.com

Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno is the longest, hottest, silt infested off-road race in the United States. It traverses some of the most inhospitable terrain in Nevada and is one of the last places you’d ever want to

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Race-Dezert.com 2015 SCORE Baja 500 Highlight Video

For those missing Baja right now, here is Race-Dezert.com’s 2015 SCORE Baja 500 Highlight video for your enjoyment. The 2015 Baja 500 saw the race go down LaRumarosa grade which is not for the faint of heart. Anytime you have

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Mickey Thompson Challenger IV Restored

“Built in 1977, Challenger IV was the brain child of none other than Speed King, Mickey Thompson. Always the innovator, while everyone else in the off road racing world built VW powered race cars with 10″ of wheel travel, Challenger

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SAMCO Fabrication Shop Tour

In early April, the off-road world received news that legend Rod Hall would return to Baja, California to race the 2015 NORRA Mexican 1000, a race which catapulted his career in to becoming the winningest off-road racer in America.  Hall raced

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RPM Off-Road Class 5/1600

If you have been following desert racing the last couple of years especially this season, you would know RPM Off-Road is one of the most popular race teams today. A Couple of years ago, Clyde Stacy and Justin Matney gathered a bunch of

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GHA Racing Camburg Built Spec TT 6100

GHA Racing recently joined the growing list of racers building Spec TT 6100 trucks. Alex Gonzales is a transplant from Class 1, previously racing a Porter built car before deciding to step into the ever so popular 6100 class. Alex might

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King Shocks Tour

RDC had a chance to visit King Shocks in Garden Grove, CA to check out the facilities and the new 3.5 internal bypass shock that Jason Voss is currently running on his Trick Truck. The new shock uses a full size

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Brenthel Industries Shop Tour

We recently got a chance to stop by Brenthel Industries new 10,000 sq ft facility in Anaheim Ca. Brenthel is owned by brothers Jonathan and Jordan Brenthel. Brenthel Industries was started in 2004 out of the garage of a rented

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Robbots Racing Class 12

Robbots Racing was born in the mid ’80’s as a 1/4 and 1/8 mile dragster team having great achievements in Bracket 2 category but in the 90’s the team headed another direction going from drag racing to the Off-Road world. It was

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Jim Smith RACER Engineering Built Raptor

Jim Smith is a name synonymous with off road racing. Whether you are watching old ESPN footage, going over the history of his Ultra Wheels Trophy Truck that was sold to the Herbst Brothers and then to PCI’s Scott Steinberger

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Menzies Motorsports Shop Tour

Fresh off his win at the 2015 Frozen Rush, short course and desert champion Bryce Menzies takes you through his championship winning race shop. Check out his amazing prep and fab facility that fields his desert and short course program.

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RDC Dakar 2014 Toyota 4Runner SLR

By now the frequent visitors Race-Dezert.com should be aware that we are covering the 2015 edition of the Dakar. As media, you have four choices to attend the event. Be embedded as a teams assistance vehicle, fly from bivouac to

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Federico Montes Shop Tour

This year, we decided to cover some shops and race vehicles on the other side of the border. Earlier this year, we stopped by Federico Montes’ Shop in Ensenada, BC.  They specialize in race engines and transmissions.This year is the 25th anniversary of the

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Coleman Motorsports Class 10

Crew Members: Jason Coleman – Owner/Driver Holly Coleman – Trophy Wife Joe Coleman – Owner/Team Cook Janet Coleman – Owner/Cooks assistant Jason “Bizkit” Brisco – Crew Chief/Head Mechanic -2010 SNORE Mechanic of the Year Mike Hill – Navigator & Prep

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Steve Olliges’ “Rough Riders” Geiser Trophy Truck

The Rough Riders were the ultimate off-road super team. Backed by both FORD and BFGoodrich, the desert and short course team dominated off-road racing for almost five years before they dissolved. Their impact is still felt today. Pretty much any

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Geiser Brothers Shop Tour

For almost twenty years, the Geiser Brothers have been building the highest quality off-road race vehicles on the market.  From their humble beginnings, the Geiser Brothers have built upon their successes and built a name synonymous with champions.  From short

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TCM Motorsports’ 7sx

TCM Motorsports is a Portland, Oregon based amateur auto racing team.  Formed as a father/son team in 1997 by team owner/driver, Jay Culbertson and his son, Scott, the focus was on road racing in Porsche Club of America and Sports

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