Abrams, WI (April 14, 2011) – The third annual “88 Miles for Heaven on Dirt” Off-Road Expo and Swap Meet was the opening event on the MORR calendar. After a long winter, which saw snow on the ground through the first of April, the Midwest off-road racers came out in record numbers. The weatherman cooperated with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s, as the parking lot of the Fly Way Restaurant and Banquet Hall had swappers filling much of the parking lot. A car show was also on site as several race vehicles including tractor pullers, late model circle track cars, and off-road truck competitors were all represented. Inside the banquet hall, vendors representing, parts manufacturers, parts distributors, race facilities, and marketing companies were on hand as well.
The afternoon activities began inside the banquet hall as Mike Reusche from MT Graphics, Aaron Zentgraf from Safety Solutions, Kris VanGilder from Innovative Safety Products, and Terry Severson from TORC, all spent time updating the attendees with the latest information and news about their organizations.
Immediately after the presentations, the MORR Board held a General Meeting to update everyone with the most current new with the group and short-course off-road racing. The panel also fielded questions and listened to the concerns of the membership.
By late afternoon, the vendors and swappers began packing up as everyone began preparing for the May 7, MORR Test Day at Crandon International Raceway.
MORR would like to thank everyone that attended, it was the largest crowd to date, and we thank everyone that supported our host, The Flyway Sports Bar & Banquet Hall. The restaurant and bar was packed much of the day and MORR can’t wait to be back next year.
Here are a few quotes from some of the attendees:
“I always look forward to this event. When you purchase a Safety Solution product, your relationship doesn’t end at the purchase, Safety Solutions wants to ensure our products are fitting and performing properly every time you get behind the wheel.” – Aaron Zentgraf, Safety Solutions
“This is a great way to get our race season started, and a great way to bring revenue into the community.” – Don Demeny, Town of Abrams Supervisor and MORR Board Member
“I’ve been involved with off-road racing over thirty years and have collected a ton of stuff. Every year I come to the swap meet in Abrams and go home with a few bucks in my pocket.” – Ron Karlman, swap meet participant
“It’s great to get together before the season starts, find out what’s new in our sport, whether its information from MORR and TORC, or new products and services from the vendors, its time well spent coming to Abrams.” – Mark Steinhardt, 2010 TORC Single Buggy Champion
Midwest Off-Road Racing thanks all the enthusiasts that attended the event including the vendors, Dirt-Productions, Safety Solutions, Innovative Safety Products, Skalitzky Racing Design, Ross Hoek Motorsports, McKenzies Midwest, and Phil’s Inc., as well as Crandon International Off-Road Raceway and Bark River Off-Road Raceway.
A special thanks goes out to our hosts, Kip and Donna of The Flyway Sports Bar and Banquet Hall as well as Jesse, Mary, and Arleen for the great work running the event gate.
Next event on the MORR calendar is the MORR Sportsman Test Day @ Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.
For more information please visit: http://www.midwest-offroadracing.com/MORRTEST2011.pdf
Photos from the event are available on our facebook page and on the MORR YouTube page.