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By Rory Ward
The Rough Riders:  In 1991 Dick Landfield pitched an idea to Ford on creating the Biggest SUPER TEAM to ever enter off road racing. The green light was given and a bidding process was sent out to 3 people and Frank DeAngelo would get the job of herding cats.  The birth of the Ford “Rough Riders” program had a list of drivers handpicked by DeAngelo and was nothing short of spectacular. Check out this line-up:  Rob MacCachren (class 8), John Swift (class 6), Chuck Johnson (class 7s), Manny Esquerra (Class 7), Dave Ashley (Class 4), Dan Smith (Class 3), Jack Johnson and even the legend himself Parnelli Jones.  These racers would share the same sponsors...

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Love the look, minus the lower faring on the front bumper. That needs to go, or make it black? IMO they should run that body style all year. Looks way better then the cookie cutter Raptor body’s everyone runs with their names in the grill.
 

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Love the look, minus the lower faring on the front bumper. That needs to go, or make it black? IMO they should run that body style all year. Looks way better then the cookie cutter Raptor body’s everyone runs with their names in the grill.
Thought the same thing about the bumper valance. Not trying to knit pick, just stood out to me at first glance.
 

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BadCo looks good in the vintage dress!
 

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Great article, it brought back a lot of memories, and one question. Does anyone know the whereabouts of the Simon & Simon 7 4x4 truck? I built the engines for that truck during its championship reign. Last I knew it was bought and raced a couple of times by Ron Lister, I think.
 

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me personally ?, i think that the truck needs WAAAAY more chrome( ps, did the Simon& Simon team ever use gps??, juss'wundern...
 

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i remember Bob Land had one in 96, top of goat trail at night, pesky locals moved some arrows for ' entertainment', went in circles , literally till' the quakerstate truck showed up, going the " wrong" way, i asked em ' where is the course!?!?, said 'follow us', we have gps!'😍finnished the 500 in time( more of a rhetorical question, how in the heck were the Simon bros so dang fast with Out gps???
 

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The class 7 4x4 truck is somewhere in Southern California. From what I heard it was prepped and ready to race, they were thinking about NORRA but maybe now they want to sell if. Would be a GREAT truck for someone I’m sure, I’ll try to find out more later.

Glad you guys enjoyed the article, I hope to do more of the them for the Method Wheels Heritage Livery series.
 

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Back in the day S&S did not use GPS. No one did. Instead everyone used to pre-run the course 5 times. Simon & Simon used to hang back out of the pre run traffic and record the course on a small handicam, then they would play that back several times at home to get familiar with the course. The team manager at RCR flew in a pro rally navigator to help them to prepare pace notes for the Fireworks 250, however the RCR #2 driver, Tom Baker, would not follow instructions and do as he was told. Robby Gordon had Greg Till as a navigator and Greg created his own form of pace notes. Everyone else relied on pre-run memory or followed the ( poorly ) marked race courses. Getting lost and going the wrong way up a race course was common. Truck#12
 

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Reading this article reminded me of this,


Was at this same spot, have the same footage.

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This is me with my video camera in hand.....and my Barbary Coast TT Killer shirt on!

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This next photo is of a small group of Douche bags who proceeded to get hammered throughout the day. First couple laps they were just cheering on the drivers, by the 3rd and 4th lap they were throwing beer cans at the racers when they went by. It was a disappointing experience to say the least.
 

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how rude,me personally have Never went to a desert race and get stupid hammered then annoy the race cars😘
 

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I caught the beer can toss,


and the head douche. He ruined so many shots I was hoping one of the TTs would clip him. If I re-call, he was face down, passed out in the dirt by the end of the race.


This was the hottest race I have ever attended. We went to the Del Taco to grab something to eat, their thermometer was 128 degrees in the shade. I remember the wind was howling that day also. This was the same race the Swift Ranger barrel rolled right off the start,
 
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