This is the new sweetness, the latest trend, the hot ticket, the game all the cool kids are playing. This is rock racing. Take one part rockcrawling, two parts motocross, three parts desert racing, and four parts tough trucks, mix it all together on a closed course on private property, and drop the flag. It's a simple contest, two side-by-side tracks outlined by banners where two buggies or Jeeps face off, but each driver races the clock.
Yes, there are cones, but not the tight, narrow technical cones found in a rockcrawl. These cones are a good 15 to 20 feet apart because it's the fastest one to the end who wins.
We caught up with the finals of the X-treme Rock Racing Association (XRRA) outside of Colorado Springs last fall and found it to be one of the most exciting new motorsports happening. Of course we love old-school rockcrawling, but this is different. By adding the time/speed element the action is more visceral and the carnage more extreme. It's not uncommon to see one or both buggies on their roof per run, and all this action quickly brings the crowd to their feet. We're sure the damage list and costs only increase as the speed does, so rock racing isn't for everyone, but it's currently the hottest young thing out there and we hope to see it stick around. Find out next year's XRRA schedule at www.xrra.com.