Bonneville Off-Road Racing 2015 season announcement

kyle_pc_75

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My good off-road racing friends,

First off, thank you to all the racers, organizers, sponsors, and the BLM staff that has and continues to work with us. We've been quiet for a month or more, and I hope to use this opportunity to explain why and to communicate our plan moving forward.

THE PAST AND PRESENT SITUATION:

It is with great disappointment and much anguish that I announce that Bonneville Off-Road Racing (BOR) as an organization will not be sanctioning races on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) through the year 2015. Before I get into the details of how this has come to pass, please realize that BOR is not by any means dead, and will continue to thrive through 2015 and beyond.

I think it is important to start with a recent history of BOR, especially the events and circumstances leading up to and including to the Wendover 2014 Rewound Race, and what transpired following the race.

Throughout the years, BOR has established a philosophy to become a racing organization that preserves and protects the rights to hold sanctioned, small, low impact, everyman races on BLM land in Nevada, Utah and elsewhere, while doing restoration work on public roads in order to preserve those routes used by environmental researchers and activists, hunters, ranchers, and motorized and non-motorized recreators alike. Two major points of our overall philosophy have been to:

  • Mark race course as little as possible in order to minimize the impact on the surrounding environment ("Pack It In, Pack It Out") and workload on the organizers and volunteers, while at the same time challenging the racers to read the course.
  • Restore recently unused roads so that future generations may continue to use them in ways that benefit the general public.

To be short, this philosophy backfired at the Wendover 2014 Rewound Race, as the major issue brought to BOR's attention was the off-course racing, something that BLM communicated to BOR post-race, and something BOR was unprepared for due to expectations established through many years of a harmonious and mutually beneficial relationship. Many spots were run wide, and a more than a few corners were cut short. Once BOR inspected the course post-race, we understood the position of BLM and their threat of a potential one year suspension from racing on BLM land.

We soon realized that the goals of BOR, the racers, and the BLM were all slightly out of alignment. It's not that we were of opposing views, but that those views and expectations were not clearly communicated. It seemed that the three major factors that led to an impending suspension from BLM were:

  • Course not marked well enough by the organizers, especially along the long stretches of roads we were trying to restore to usable condition.
  • Racers, using commonly accepted desert racing techniques to either stay out of another's dust, pass another vehicle, or look for a better line through silt, ran the course wide, in some spots as much as 50 yards.
  • Unclear communication of expectations between BLM, BOR, and the racers as to what were acceptable racing and restoration practices.

Given the threat of suspension, BOR spent two full weekends in the desert south of Wendover doing road restoration and revegetation work far beyond any we had ever needed to do in the past. Long story short, BLM was happy with the work that was done, but it became clear through unofficial channels that any permit we applied for, in any BLM district in the year 2015, would be denied. A permit denial would leave an official black mark on any future permits we would apply for and would not be good for the desert racing community in general.

It was felt by BOR that since a most certain permit denial would be damaging to our reputation and organization, we decided that a self-imposed one year suspension from racing on BLM land was the best and most sensible solution to keep public land racing in the United States alive, not only for BOR, but for others such as SCORE, SNORE, BITD, VORRA, USRA, and the many others who share our goals. It was not an easy conclusion to come to.

Having said all of that...2014 was our most successful in a long time, and BOR is still very much alive and well. The volunteers, racers, and organizers are still eager to make this organization thrive, so let me get into our plans for 2015 and beyond.

THE FUTURE:

BOR will not be organizing any races on BLM land this year, end of discussion. However, that does not leave us without options for maintaining ourselves as a group of off-road racing enthusiasts, holding get-togethers and meetings, or especially holding races on other lands. We came up with a short list of options. Without getting into specifics, I'd like to list them here:

  • Weekend long "Meetings in the Desert" instead of our regular Tuesday nights at Nate's shop
  • Races on individually held private land
  • Races on corporately held private land
  • Races on public land (city/county/Native American owned)

We have several leads that we are actively pursuing for each of the non-BLM potential racing opportunities and are welcome to ideas. We are definitely holding three Meetings in the Desert on these dates, details to be forthcoming, but they will likely either be held on 93A south of Wendover or at Five Mile. These are close to our originally planned race dates to reduce conflicts with racing events and holidays:

  • Weekend of May 2nd - Five Mile Poker Run
  • Weekend of June 27th - Wendover Main Pit Desert Cleanup, BLM approved
  • Weekend of September 12th - ???

Rest assured that we will be applying for three permitted races outside of Wendover in 2016 and have every reason to believe they will be approved.

As always, BOR thrives on the input, help, and participation of its racers and volunteers. Thank you so much for your patience and support. Just remember, this isn't the first time we've encountered hard times, and we came back from that with a vengeance. We strive to do the same once again.

Please PM me for contact info if you’d like to talk in private.

Sincerely,

Kyle MacArthur - Technical Director
Nate Srok - President and Race Director
Allen Gerber - Owner
 

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Well this sucks for all of us, thanks all of you 50 yarders for messing things up. Wendover is a beautiful desert area, and one of my favorite race courses and was really looking forward to bringing out the new class 8 truck for some break in. Cutting corners is something that hacks and cheaters do.

We will be looking at a few schedules this year, Al Hogan is having a race in Montana that sounds fun and Vorra is a great place to race that is always looking for more racers.

Kyle, I don't know you or a lot of the new guys at bor but my family has been racing bor since the early days and its where I cut my teeth as well. I hope things will get better and we will try to come out to some of the events you are having.
 

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Thanks, Richard. As I said, the blame doesn't lie anywhere in particular, it seems mostly to be a miscommunication of expectations between all parties.

We're moving on and keeping BOR alive. It's a really fun racing organization for those who've never raced it. We'll be hosting some non-racing fun events this year, racing again in 2016.

Thanks everyone for all the continued support. Please read my original post in this thread to understand why we've come to this decision.
 

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Where is BLM when the bulldozers come? The developers bulldoze the land, killing everything and obliterating acres at a time. Where is BLM then, if they care so much about the vegetation? In fact BLM sells the land, pockets the money and looks the other way while it is forever erased from existence. Then they back up half a mile and say "Okay, now on THIS land everyone is to tread lightly, we don't want the plants or water runoff damaged". I've even heard BLM hassles the bicycle riders, as though they could possibly hurt the land. Two years later after telling everyone they can't use this land because it would harm something, they allow it to bulldozed and covered in asphalt and BLM just says "No problem here" and moves the line back another half mile and starts the rhetoric all over again.

BLM's only real purpose is to distract everyone from the only credible threat to the land, housing. Which is caused by population growth which is driven by our open border immigration policies. If BLM really cared about the land at all, they would have a long term plan to ensure that it was open to the public forever. Instead they close the land at the maximum rate they think they can get away with.

And make no mistake, if you the reader voted for a Democrat or a Republican in any last election, you voted for this corruption. You voted for B.O.R. to be denied permits. You voted for the land to be closed. It is a forgone conclusion that our corrupt government will continue down this path until all desert racing is ended in the USA. No letter or campaign or organization will stop it. The only possibility for changing the outcome is to vote non-Democrat and non-Republican. You can't vote for Obama or Romney or Bush or McCain and just say "Well, I was hoping they would do the right thing on this issue".

If you vote Republican or Democrat, I say you're anti-desert racing and in truth you're anti-American values. Feel free to press that dislike button to show how much you hate people who support the constitution of the United States.

For the record, I have no affiliation whatsoever with B.O.R. or any racing organization. I am John Q. Public.
 

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Richard, Quick to jump to conclusions? I was there. I raced. I have video of it all. The trouble is that I don't know if I'm one of the 50 yarders... For all i know we were all off the "official" course because I just followed the tracks in front of me and the signage best I could. Race line was worn in by the time i got there on the first lap. Some of these places did not have discernable roads to start with. Did someone purposely drive that far off course? I doubt it. There is a lot I don't know as this has been hush until now.

Kyle phrased this well, in full context. Thanks Kyle and all those who support BOR.
 

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I raced with these guys at their first round last year since ours got cancelled (by BLM). Good group. I liked the race. As far as moving to private land, I see it as an unfortunate way of the future. I like to race on our public lands, but BLM and Forest Service are trying hard to eliminate that. Good luck guys and thanks for not just shutting down because of some static from the BLM.
 

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@_TimS Nope, just stating what was said. If the course was not marked correctly, then that's borrs fault. But you have to think where the hell common sense is. If it doesn't look like a road, then it propably isn't. Now, some of the courses that Alan has done has some new areas or areas that blm wanted open back up and he clearly marked them. In fact it was some of the best marking ive seen. I believe as a desert racer, that you need to be an environmentalist to a certain point, care for the land, and use what we can responsibly.

Going off course to pass or because you've got a flat, you shouldn't need more then 50 feet. 50 yards is along way off the beaten course. This is also why I think prerunning is so important. But what do I know.

If borr isn't going to be able to let the racers prerun, then there needs to be a download for the gps, so we know where the course is. Those who set up the course could do us all a favor and atleast mark out the big getchas.

Just don't ever use a copy from Brandon Dawson, cus damn that was a big ditch. :D
 

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Fair enough, sounds like you were there. Those whose opinion matters to me have seen my video; I hope they would tell me if I was out of line. It'd be nice to know where the problem areas were and the blm report. I hate being part of an event that changed everything, and I loath the thought of participating under probation in the future where you might accidntly run over a sage bush, gasp. Sucky deal all around.
 

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This sucks. No other way to put it. However this could be a good time to once again reinvent BOR and come back bigger and stronger than ever and it sounds like you already have a plan in place to get things going. Please let me know if I can help in any way.

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All BORE racers should just whip together some Class 11's and come race the Maxtrax WSOB! Some claim they can build a car in days!
 

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Working with the BLM can be a chalange at times and I hope that it all works out well for you. I would like to invite all of the Bor racers to the Snore race in Caliente NV may 30th , to give you guys some racing in 2015.
 

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Blame lies with no one in particular. Allen picks a difficult course, we have a tough time marking it, and the racers have a tough time racing it. That is what is makes BOR so freaking cool.
 

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Oh, and private land is a temporary measure. We'll be back on BLM next year.
 
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