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Two years ago MasterCraft Safety turned the seat market on its head with the introduction of the Nomad.  This fixed back suspension seat provided MasterCraft’s famous quality materials and workmanship at a price that the competition couldn’t match.  Now we have done it again with the introduction of the Sahara™Reclining Seat.  While we are never willing to compromise on safety, we also recognize that different households have varying budgets to devote to their passions and hobbies.  It was with this thinking in mind that the Sahara™ was created.  Read More→

DynoMax Brand Also Offers Contingency to ULTRA4 Race Teams Through Exciting Nitto King of the Hammers Race Contingency Program

header_logoMonroe, MI, Jan. 26, 2015 – DynoMax® Performance Exhaust – the performance exhaust brand of Tenneco – has announced the 2015 DynoMax ULTRA4 race team that includes more than 75  teams, including four King of the Hammers “Kings” to date and dozens of other well known rock and desert racers. Read More→

– Event to Kick-Off Sponsorship with Iconic Performance Industry Brand – Borla Performance –

JRT-2-LWHAT: Champion of the 2014 Ultra4 Western Regional Series, off-road driver Jordan Townsend, founder of JRTOffroad Racing, will be competing in this year’s annual  King of the Hammers (KOH) race series in Southern California beginningFebruary 1, 2015. With a title sponsorship through Borla Performance, Jordan and Borla have joined forces to dominate and come out on top for the second consecutive year at the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers. Read More→

unnamed (38)The 2009 King Of The Hammers Champion, Jason Scherer is returning back for his 8th year to take on the 2015 Nitto King Of The Hammers. This year Scherer will be running his #76 Ultra4 with a new look to the top competing race vehicle. Scherer and FOX have joined forces for the massive event and you wont miss the #76 as he will be rocking the FOX heritage 40 year anniversary livery. Read More→

Desert Assassins’ Cameron Steele competing on Yokohama GEOLANDAR A/T-S® R tires

Cam Steele racing to third place in the 2014 Baja 1000SANTA ANA, CA (Jan. 23, 2015) – The Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC)-sponsored Desert Assassins off-road racing team heads to Mexico this week for the season-opening SCORE San Felipe 250, January 24. Veteran Trophy Truck driver Cameron Steele will pilot the 800-horsepower No. 16 Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck, mounted on off-road, race-engineered Yokohama GEOLANDAR A/T-S® R tires.

In his last race, Steele, a two-time SCORE (Southern California Off Road Enthusiasts) Person of the Year, earned a third-place finish in the iconic SCORE Baja 1000 last November.

Now Steele and the Desert Assassins are setting their sights on tackling the tough terrain of San Felipe.

“We’re confident about San Felipe and the upcoming season,” said Steele. “San Felipe is a demanding course and we’re looking forward to improving upon last year’s success. With the support of Yokohama and the GEOLANDAR tire, we’ve got high hopes.”

Approximately 150 racers from around the world will compete on the 257.2-mile course, which is part of the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship series.

“We’re excited to get a jump on the year and start the off-road season in January,” said Duane Sampson, YTC motorsports manager. “Desert racing continues to be an important arena for us and we’re looking to capitalize on the strides we’ve made thus far.”

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing an extensive sales network throughout the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s broad product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.

Connect with Yokohama Tire Corporation:

www.facebook.com/yokohamatirecorp

www.twitter.com/yokohamatc

www.youtube.com/user/yokohamamotorsports

www.instagram.com/yokohamatire

Yokohama is a strong supporter of the tire care and safety guidelines established by the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. Details can be found at the “Tire Care & Safety” section at www.yokohamatire.com.

unnamed (37)ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2015) – Robby Gordon Off-Road, Toyo Tires and Magnificent Seven (MAG-7) have partnered to deliver full on-course race support for 12 of North America’s top off-road events, including all SCORE-International (SCORE) and Best in the Desert (BITD) races beginning with the SCORE San Felipe 250 on Jan. 22-25.

The program will allow all competitors racing on Toyo Tires to have full pit support from MAG-7 including its legendary fuel and tire service with team-specified fuel and choice of Toyo® Open Country® racing tires. At all BITD events Robby Gordon Off-Road will have main pit set up in addition to on-course pit support.

Pit-support is available to all competitors at no charge, with the exception of fuel and tires, provided the teams compete on Toyo Tires.

Participation in the program automatically includes entry into the Toyo Tires contingency program. First-place finishes in Trophy Truck or Class 1400 will earn competitors $3,000 in Toyo Bucks, second-place $2,000 and third-place $1,000. Class 1, Class 1500 or Class 6100 will earn $1,500 in Toyo Bucks for first place, $1,000 for second place and $750 for third.

Toyo Bucks can be redeemed for Toyo racing tires, passenger tires or light truck tires.

Toyo Tires has become the No. 1 performing tire in off-road racing due to significant investments in engineering and research and development specifically targeted toward its off-road tires. Not only have Gordon, B.J. Baldwin and Kyle LeDuc earned off-road championships on Toyo Tires, but Gordon has also raced more than 10,000 miles on Toyo Tires in the rugged Dakar Rally since 2012 without having a single tire failure.

Robby Gordon Off-Road and MAG-7 will provide these services at the following races:

•SCORE San-Felipe Baja 250, Jan. 22-25
•King of the Hammers, Feb. 2-6
•BITD Bluewater Parker 425, Feb. 6-8
•SCORE Baja Sur 500, April 17-19
•BITD Mint 400, March 13-15
•NORRA Mexican 1000, April 25-29
•BITD Silverstate 300, May 1-3
•SCORE Baja 500, June 5-7
•BITD Vegas to Reno, Aug. 13-15
•BITD Bluewater Challenge, Oct. 9-11
•SCORE Baja 1000, Nov. 18-21
•BITD Henderson 250, Dec. 4-6

Toyo race tires are available in six different sizes from Robby Gordon Off-Road. These choices also include a UTV spec. For more details on the Toyo Open Country racing tires, including a list of sizes, visit www.toyoracingtires.com.

Contact:

Robby Gordon Off-Road
Steve Abrahams

sabrahams@toyoracingtires.com

844.749.4335

NITTO TIRE®SPONSORS ROCK-RACING CAMPBELL FAMILY

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Shannon, Wayland and Bailey Campbell now set to race on Nitto Grapplers.

Fast Facts
•Nitto to support Campbell Enterprises off-road racing program
•Campbell Racing tested several tire brands before selecting Nitto
•The Campbells’ first Team Nitto race is the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers

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Cypress, Calif. (January, 2015) – Nitto Tire raised eyebrows in the hard-core off-road community at the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers driver’s drawing party. On January 9, Campbell Enterprises announced their new tire sponsor: Shannon, Wayland and Bailey Campbell will campaign Nitto Trail Grappler tires.

The Campbells, led by legendary driver Shannon Campbell, are the first family of rocksports. Shannon Campbell has racked up wins in most of the major rock competitions in the U.S. and abroad. This legacy of excellence has been passed to Shannon and Tammy Campbells’ kids, Wayland and Bailey, who have been exposed to recreational four-wheeling and rock-crawl/race competitions since birth.

“Our new relationship with Nitto Tire will give us another competitive edge,” Shannon Campbell said. “At this stage of the game, we’re interested in the best products for our vehicles. Wayland, Bailey and I recently tested a variety of different tires on our trail rigs. The Nitto Trail Grapplers gave us the best all-around traction on our Jeeps. What really sold us was when we swapped on the Grapplers for a race-buggy dyno run and picked up 70 horsepower. We ran it multiple times to make sure the dyno wasn’t glitching. The reality was that the Nittos hold their shape better at speed, so we’re actually getting significantly less aerodynamic drag now.”

Wayland Campbell, now in his fifth year of competition, added: “My dad is obviously my biggest influence, but I inherited his competitive spirit. My ultimate goal is for him, me and Bailey to be on podiums together – with me in the middle. Nitto Grappler tires and overall team support will help us achieve that goal.”

High-school senior Bailey Campbell photographed Campbell Racing’s triumphs before entering her first race in 2013. With two podiums to date, she is anticipating even greater success in 2015.

“The Nittos really stood out during our testing,” Bailey Campbell says. “On Nitto Trail Grapplers, I was able to crawl up a waterfall that others on different brands had to winch up. That waterfall was similar to some Ultra4 obstacles, so the extra Grappler traction should save a lot of time on the race course.”

Nitto Tire USA Events & Motorsports Manager Chris Corbett added, “Nitto is extremely honored to have the entire Campbell Enterprises family join our team. No one in rocksports has more credibility or overall wins than Shannon Campbell. It’s a massive compliment to our Nitto product quality that a racer who was pursued by several tire companies, each with their best product offerings, chose Nitto. Nitto Tire is looking forward to a long relationship with Shannon, Wayland, Bailey and team manager Tammy Campbell in Ultra4 and other series. Feedback from the Campbells will be invaluable as rocksports progress and Nitto engineers constantly strive to create the ultimate tires for driving enthusiasts. The Campbells are not only incredible ambassadors for Nitto Tire, they are as passionate and committed as Nitto is to rocksports. We are confident our tires will have the entire Campbell team seeing many more checkered flags being flown this season and beyond. They are a welcome addition to the entire Nitto Team!”

Shannon Campbell has been the rock-racing front-runner for nearly 20 years. He was first exposed to extreme 4x4s in high school through custom-Jeep trend-setters Rick Péwé and Ned “Killer Bee” Bacon. In 1996, Shannon won one of the first national “tough trail rig” events, the Four Wheeler Top Truck Challenge, in his highly modified “Pinky” flatfender Jeep. Publicity from that victory kick-started Campbell Enterprises, a full-service fabrication shop headquartered in Gilbert, Arizona, and the home of Campbell Racing.

Over the past two decades, Shannon Campbell has won series and national championships in UROC, W.E. Rock, XRRA and Ultra4. He has also competed in ProRock, ARCA, Dirt Riot and Best in the Desert. High-profile wins include being crowned “King” of King of the Hammers in 2008 and 2011, plus victories at the 2011 and 2012 JRCA Rockcrawl in Japan. Shannon Campbell’s other honors included being named 2005 DirtSports magazine Driver of the Year and 2013 Ultra4 Sportsman of the Year. Technologically, Shannon Campbell/Campbell Enterprises pioneered the single-seat/IFS buggy configuration for Ultra4 competition, among other breakthroughs.

The Campbell family solidifies Nitto’s stable of series-leading Ultra4 drivers. The team includes 2014 King of the Hammers “King” and series points winner Loren Healy, 2012 “King” Erik Miller, 2009 “King” Jason Scherer, 2012 Series Champion Nick Nelson, 2014 4600 Vegas to Reno winner Mel Wade, 2013 Ultra4 Rausch Creek winner Derek West, Australian driver Ben Napier, 2013 Ultra4 series 3rd place finisher Jason Blanton, 2014 Ultra4 4400 Class Rookie of the Year Mike Bou and 2013 ADRA champion Jeremy Hammer.

To learn more about Nitto Tire, please visit Nitto on Facebook, on Twitter at @NittoTire, onYouTube, or at www.nittotire.com.

About Nitto Tire® 

Nitto Tire (www.nittotire.com) develops performance tires for all uses, including racing, off-road and street. Using state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing facilities in both Japan and the United States, Nitto provides innovative and high-quality performance tires for the most demanding automotive enthusiasts. For more information about Nitto or its products, visit the company’s web site or contact the company directly. Nitto is a registered trademark of Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., located at 5665 Plaza Drive, Ste. 250, Cypress, CA 90630.

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The 2015 Dakar Rally is now complete.  There was a lot to learn on our inaugural trip to South America with Toyo Tires.  With our crews at home and on the ground, we were able to figure some of the behind the scenes workings of the largest motorsport event in the world.

unnamed (29)BEHIND THE SCENES OF DAKAR TV
The Dakar, being the Olympics of Off-Road racing, has competitors from every continent. Media coverage at the Dakar Rally has global dimensions as well. As the rally moves from location to location and so does the entire TV production.  The A.S.O. produces its own daily TV program that then gets distributed to various participating countries TV networks. In the US, NBC Sports is the network that delivers daily highlights and updates from the race.  Read More→

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Maxtrac_07_14_chevy_2wd_7.5_liftMaxTrac Suspension offers an innovative line of leveling, lifting, and lowering suspension solutions for late-model trucks and SUVs. The company has always been a two-wheel drive specialist and has recently expanded the offering for late-model GM trucks with affordable new 4.5″ and 7.5″ Lift Kits for 2007-2014 Chevy and GMC 1500 two-wheel drive trucks. Read More→

Extreme Jeep Adventure: Win A Rubicon Excursion!

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Go wheeling and rock crawling in a customized Jeep Wrangler on the Rubicon Trail in the trip of a lifetime!

Crawl The Trail That Spawned The Sport!

ExtremeTerrainRubicon2Malvern, PA (December 15th, 2014) – ExtremeTerrain is excited to announce that entries are now being accepted for the Extreme Jeep Adventure: Win A Rubicon Excursion giveaway!  This Rubicon Excursion is the trip of a lifetime on the Rubicon Trail.  The trip includes 3 days of wheeling on the trail in a customized Jeep Wrangler, 2 nights of guided camping, and a guided excursion with a rock crawling expert. From now through March 31st, 2015, you can enter to win this amazing trip which also includes your travel and lodging. All you have to do is fill out the Entry Form before the contest ends. There is no purchase necessary and you do not need to own a Jeep to enter this contest!

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unnamed (17)After making an appearance at the 2014 SEMA and PRI Shows, Ron Covell’s Round-Over Dies are quickly taking over the metal fab scene and are popular among custom car enthusiasts, hot rod shops, race shops, and other metal fabrication guru’s. Perfect for rounding edges for motorcycle fenders and custom panels for hot rods, these dies are precision machined from heat treated steel and can handle up to 16 gauge mild steel.  Rolls are available in 4 different sizes, 5/16″, 1/2″, 1″, and 1-1/2″ and can be purchased as a set or individually. Originally designed for the Pexto 622 rotary machine, adapter sleeves are available to fit many other brands of bead rollers and rotary machines.  For more information on these dies, along with 7,500 other products, visit our website, www.trick-tools.com, or give our sales staff a call at 877-826-7268.

Win a custom Ford F-150 Raptor and fully loaded dream garage as
General Tire celebrates 100 years with the “2015 Garage Dream
Giveaway”.

GT100_DreamGiveaway_Web-PressReleaseFort Mill, SC – January 15, 2015. For 100 years, General Tire has been providing miles of adventure with its line of high-performance passenger, light truck and off road tires. Now, to celebrate 100 years, General Tire wants to give you the adventure of a lifetime with the ultimate dream garage. Purchase four (4) qualifying General tires between January 15, 2015 and February 15, 2015, and receive 100 entries into the “2015 Garage Dream Giveaway”. Read More→

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