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kyle_pc_75

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Hey everyone, thanks for a good meeting. It seems like we’re really making progress towards bringing BOR back to its former glory. I very much all the positive feedback we’ve gotten on our success with running a professional operation and smooth races.

Some highlights from the meeting:

We now have geographic land ownership information for Nevada, Idaho, and Utah, which shows us where we can and can’t race, and who we need to talk to in order to make it happen. We’re working on Colorado as we’re looking at a possible Grand Junction race.

Next year we’ll have a three race series and season championship that will include season awards like volunteer(s) of the year, most sporting racer, and of course championship trophies for our main classes. You must enter all three BOR races in order to be eligible. Our current plan is Spring in Vernal, Summer in Jackpot, and Wendover or western Utah in Fall. I feel very confident that this will happen. Read on below.

We’re now proposing a $50, non-refundable pre-entry fee, which would act as the early registration discount, and get you into a 7 day prior starting order draw or a chance to request a rear start. Anyone not pre-entered gets stuck in the middle of their class. This is opposed to paying the full fee up front to get the discount, which is understandably difficult for most to swallow if they’re not sure they’ll be ready in time. Additionally, we’ll have a no cost pre-registration list, which will only gain the benefits of the full $50 pre-registration if paid 7 days prior to the race. However, it will allow other racers to see who is planning on coming to encourage some competition.

Drivers of Record will now receive a racer specific t-shirt as part of their entry fee, much like the Mint 400. We will also provide two BOR stickers which must be displayed on the vehicle for the race. These will be required to be intact at the finish to receive any available contingency prizes as well. Volunteers will receive an event specific t-shirt and stickers for their time and efforts. Additional event t-shirts will be available on-demand at the race (if a local vendor is available) or at our online merchandise shop which is coming soon. We will have non-event specific merchandise available at all races and the online shop for purchase including t-shirts, stickers, hoodies, and hats. We also plan to have past event specific shirts available for purchase at the online merchandise shop.

Next year, we are looking at partnering with Ultra4 and VORRA, especially for Jackpot. We are proposing a Jackpot points race for VORRA, which falls between their desert races, where they will be asked to provide racers and volunteers, and we’ll run the race. For Ultra4, we’re looking to trade their promotion and racers for additional U4 points at all of our races.

Things are going well with the BLM. They were pleased with Jackpot and said they hope to see us next year with more cars. The Western Salt Lake District in Utah BLM is open to reviving old events in Aragonite, Delle, Knolls, and East Wendover (basically from the Silver Island Mountains northwest of the Salt Flats into Nevada), and have asked me to come down to their office to meet and talk about our events since current staff has never permitted a desert race. I’ve also reopened the conversation with Elko BLM (West Wendover) to revisit our old stomping grounds. I’m glad we have a year and change to make these things happen! We still want to expand into BLM ground near Vernal, but are running into some not insurmountable roadblocks, they’ll just take some time and effort to overcome which basically boil down to roads that are officially unmapped, but definitely well established. We just need to go through the process to get them mapped with the County.

We have looked at old course for East Wendover, course around Aragonite, and some new/old course at Jackpot. We need to do some reconnaissance on these courses, and will plan some exploration missions after this race season is complete. Everyone and anyone is welcome to attend those and they will be announced at least a month out.

Details for the 2016 Vernal Grandma Pat Blackley Memorial Race aren’t finalized, but we are looking at:

· 150 miles of racing
· 2 heats, SXS's and Limiteds, Unlimiteds
· Some new track, some old, again in a different order and some in the opposite direction from past races. No BLM racing at this point.
· Running a set number of laps to avoid confusion on last laps, mileage, fuel use, etc.

As mentioned above, I’ve been asked into looking into a Grand Junction, CO race where maybe HDRA(?) held a race years ago. This process just began yesterday, so I have no other details to share as of yet, but it could be another good partnering/points sharing opportunity.

I think that’s all I have for now, but please post up any questions you have, email or call me.

Thanks again to everyone who keeps us going!
 

Birdie

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Keep up all the good work Kyle. Grand Junction would be a cool place to race. Awards for volunteering that's an award I can try and win. Hope alot of racers make it out to Vernal in September. My son and I should be there to volunteer where needed.
 

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Sounds promising. It's about time the words co-promotion or cross-promotion between VORRA and BOR are used in the same sentence.
 

lf1952

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Sounds positive, I wish some of your BLM was in AZ or Imperial County, maybe someday you could have a race in Southern Utah, you could probably get some good numbers from AZ, NV and CA. Keep up the good work.
 

Tan Comanche

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I would love to see a salt to saint race (salt lake to st George)! It would be epic. The BOR guys are doing great things in Utah and surrounding states. Keep it up!

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kyle_pc_75

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I would love to see a salt to saint race (salt lake to st George)! It would be epic. The BOR guys are doing great things in Utah and surrounding states. Keep it up!
Thanks! We did something like that on shoptalkforums' Grand Canyon Adventure but the logistics to put on a race like that would be insane and well beyond the reach of BOR. For now, I'm concentrating on expanding Vernal and Jackpot, and reviving Wendover (which we all know is amazing) and Delle (the course we're proposing is one of our best in my opinion).
 

Birdie

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B.O.R. race Vernal Utah, September 10th. Very spectator friendly cool course. Always a good time
 

Anger Issues

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Keep up the good work! I look forward to moving my trucks back up north and running some NEW ground!!
 

kyle_pc_75

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Keep up the good work! I look forward to moving my trucks back up north and running some NEW ground!!
We look forward to having you! This year has been great, next year is looking to be even better!
 

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I hear it all the time here on RDC, same old course, beat up, raced it a dozen times, ect. Tired of the same ol' beat up courses in So Cal, Primm, Parker ect??? Well you should've made the trip to Vernal, UT!! This is what you asked for!! Too bad you missed it!! The guys at BOR are working hard and put on a great show! Here are some pics from the race which was a great mix of technical, fast, jumps and a bunch of fun. This is new territory and worth the trip for all you So Cal and Nev peps, sorry you missed out on this one!! Pits were free with full hook-ups (Electricity 50A, 30A & standard 110V, water and sewer) 1 escorted prerun lap followed by OPEN prerunning, just like the good ol' days!!
 

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N8ball

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Thanks for the shout out Firedog! That's quite the endorsement.

We had a great time putting on the last race of our 2016 season. We welcome all racers to come out and race with us next year. We'll be back in Vernal, UT next spring and we hope to see some more new faces.

Diamond J Racing, seen above flying high out of the gully jump, took the overall win in their Kreger class 10. They beat out a mixed field of vehicles that included classes 1, 10, 4400, and 8, among others.

One of the highlights for me this weekend was watching the new Desert People 13 on the side of the race trailer around the Bon fire with all the teams after the sun went down. That was the point I finally got to relax after a full day of race ops.

Keep an eye out for the video from the event, if it doesn't make you want to bring a race car to UT, you might as well hang up your keys.

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Really a FUN race. City of Vernal UT has a city population of 25,000+. Many quality hotels and services. Good quality race cars/trucks from UT and CO. Challenging course with multiple terrain changes. I chose this series to shake our car down against a competitive group of limited and open class racers to test for the up coming BITD Pahrump 250 in early Dec. Overall cost to race was very inexpensive as were the pricing of hotel rooms at major brand name hotels (Marriott, Hilton, Clarion). This city LOVES racers. Restaurants were abundant and clean. I'd highly recommend Plaza de Mexico located downtown Vernal as an after race meal. The hot sauce was outstanding along with the service. I wouldn't recommend a a pre-race meal thou.

Kyle and Nate (BOR executives) do a very good job leading a team of volunteers to put on a first rate race series. There effort and the effort of the volunteers will ensure a steady growth of racing in UT, Central/Northern NV, and Western CO. Which is a plus for racing with the closure of land in CA and NV. Safety of spectators and drivers was first class by the volunteers and race promoter. Spectator areas were excellent. I'd encourage teams from NV and CA to give the BOR series a shot. You'll get more than you expect. Thank you Kyle and Nate and it was a pleasure meeting both you in person. These guys are playing a big part in the future of our sport. Guys like Casey Folks took the negotiation process with BLM to a new level. Kyle and Nate with BOR are forging new ground to race on with huge success with BLM offices in UT while expanding into surrounding states in the west.

Thanks again to all the Vernal racers for a fast, fun, and safe race.
 

kyle_pc_75

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Thanks for the shoutouts, we've put a lot of work into making BOR into something you can't quite find anywhere else. I think everyone really enjoyed the new course, especially the new Pipeline Jump, the mile and a half high speed section along the ridge, the way we split the Bobsled Track, and the addition of the Infield/MX track, which we plan to expand and refine for next year. Curtis pretty much put all that together. We'll have some amateur video up soon and Wicked Gravity was there to shoot FireGuys, but Doug told me he got quite a bit of the other teams as well.

Thanks to all, attached are the official results.

Next year, Vernal, Jackpot, and western Utah (TBD).
 

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QurtysLyn

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Thanks for the shoutouts, we've put a lot of work into making BOR into something you can't quite find anywhere else. I think everyone really enjoyed the new course, especially the new Pipeline Jump, the mile and a half high speed section along the ridge, the way we split the Bobsled Track, and the addition of the Infield/MX track, which we plan to expand and refine for next year. Curtis pretty much put all that together. We'll have some amateur video up soon and Wicked Gravity was there to shoot FireGuys, but Doug told me he got quite a bit of the other teams as well.

Thanks to all, attached are the official results.

Next year, Vernal, Jackpot, and western Utah (TBD).
I can't take credit for the pipeline jump, that was just happy coincidence.

Now to get a real infield built for next year.
 
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