This news letter was composed before the tragic accident last Saturday night in Lucerne at the MDR night race. We offer our sincere condolences and prayers for all those affected by the events that night. It is a terrible price to pay, but it will undoubtably bring safety improvements to our sport we love so much.
To all Jeepspeed registered teams, Jeepspeed sponsors, enthusiast magazines and Jeepspeed friends.
Open letter from Clive Skilton the founder of Jeepspeed Association.
How time flies when you are having fun! I can hardly believe we are half way through out 10th anniversary season of the Jeepspeed Challenge and I am proud to say we have been able to maintain our original Mission Statement virtually unchanged . ” To create a Jeep off road club for racing, rallying and adventures with safe, affordable Jeeps. The vehicle rules are written to create equality and durability, while keeping construction costs at a minimum”
After attending the 2000 Dakar Rally with Darren Skilton’s Team, we returned to the U.S. with the Jeepspeed concept of an affordable off road race & rally type class, with Dakar suspension wheel travel limits, but using American built Jeep vehicles. The first race in 2001 attracted famous Jeeping personalities like the Currie family, Ryan Wallace of Rubicon Express, Skyjacker Suspensions, and the Barnett brothers of T&J Offroad, together with numerous Jeep enthusiasts that could finally go desert racing with Jeeps. The Jeepspeed class was an immediate success. By 2003 Jeepspeed had issued 50 race team numbers and regularly had 20 cars entered at each event. In 2008 there were 35 starters at the Best in the Desert Parker 425.
AT THIS TIME IN THE ONGOING DEVELOPEMENT OF THE SPORT OF OFF ROAD RACING IT IS IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THAT JEEPSPEED IS NOT A SPEC CLASS! YOU ARE FREE TO BUILD YOUR OWN JEEP WITHIN YOUR BUDGET, AND OUR RULES.
We intend to re-focus on who we are……Jeep fans and enthusiasts!
Unlike all the more expensive spec classes that have come along since Jeepspeed was started 10 years ago, you do not have to purchase your race car and parts from the class organisers for $50,000 to $150,000. You are free to enjoy the build process and figure out the better way to build your own personal race Jeep. Any 6 cylinder Jeep model may be used.With a good donor vehicle, basic fabrication skills and starting with about $10,000 in parts you can put a Jeep on the start line in the Jeepspeed Challenge .
You can then continually experiment and upgrade to improve your vehicles performance. Jeepspeed mandates the wheelbase, vehicle width, suspension travel, engine capacity, fuel octane, wheel and tire sizes. You may use any aftermarket bolt-on Jeep suspension system that is approved by Jeepspeed.
Later, if you wish, you could graduate to Jeepspeed Cup class with more open rules, bigger budgets, more power and faster speeds.
Our plans for 2011 are now underway. General Tire will be our new 2011 series sponsors, with new exciting events and updated class rules. The rules will be designed to increase the number of competitors by making it easier for first timers to compete , containing costs for some current teams while allowing others to push their developement to the max., as well as attracting construction of other models in the Jeep product line up.
– 2011 Race dates.
Our organization is considering Jeepspeed Winter Challenge, Jeepspeed Spring Challenge , Jeepspeed Summer Challenge, and Jeepspeed Double Header Fall Finals , all to be held at similar venues as this year.
The numerous Jeepspeed Challenge sponsors recognize that Jeepspeed sells their products, not just to our race teams, but hundred of thousands of of Jeep owners and weekend warriors around the globe. Our website www.jeepspeed.com get millions of page hits per year.
Jeepspeed would like to thank all our past and present official sponsors with a special mention to ATK Engines, General Tire, O.C. Motorsports, Orange Coast Jeep,Motive Gear, Currie Enterprises, King Racing Shocks, Howe Performance Steering, Raceline Wheels, and Soltek Lights
Also those who have supported us over the past 10 years with contingency programs like BFGoodrich, American Racing Wheels,Goodyear, Maxxis, Skyjacker Suspensions, Rubicon Express, Full Traction, Rustys Off Road, Crown Automotive, AEM, Sunoco, Painless Performance.
Final thanks to those that have helped at races, exhibitions, functions, our website and other activities to make Jeepspeed a huge success, Michelle Williamson our Operations manager, webmaster Tom Nissley, Casey and Dianne at Best In the Desert, Jim of Mojave Desert Racing Enthusiasts, Mike and Tom Barnett, the Currie family, Ryan Wallace, Adam Butterfield, Jon Gray of O.C.Motorsports and Orange Coast Jeep, BlueC, and many more not mentioned.
2010 remaining events.
Sept 10/11. Mojave Off Road Enthusiasts. Chili Cook Off 250. Lucerne Valley, Ca. www.moreracing.net
Oct 9/10. Off Road Expo, Pomona, Ca.
Oct 15/16/17. Best in the Desert Parker. 2010 ATK Jeepspeed Finals. 2 day race. Parker, Az. www.bitd.com
Nov 6th.Tentative date. Jeepspeed Champions Night. O.C.Motorsports, Costa Mesa, Ca. www.ocmotorsports.com