In just a few short years, Polaris’ Camp RZR has gone from a small gathering at the dunes of Glamis to a huge event that draws thousands of side-by-side enthusiasts in far-flung places such as Huntsville, Tennessee, and even the United Arab Emirates.
So when Camp RZR came back to Glamis, California, on October 31 to November 2, it was going to be big. And judging by the massive turnout and the huge amount of prizes that the Polaris team handed out, it was gigantic!
The emergence of side-by-sides has been dramatic in the past few years. A lot of that is due to the fact that they have gone from a utilitarian vehicle to full-fledged dirt/race-worthy vehicles. The have great suspension and powerplants, in some cases four seats, and, in the great scheme of things, very affordable. The aftermarket scene has become very dynamic as well. Many companies produce long-travel systems and getting even more power out of them is becoming increasingly easier thanks to the many intake, exhaust, and computer-related parts now available. Tire and wheel companies have really come on too, as there are combinations available for any type of terrain you can think of.
The RZR series by Polaris is one of the vehicles at the forefront of this revolution. They are capable of running the dunes one day and the desert the next, all while being safe, fun and easy to manage. They are truly a family fun vehicle.
This reality is why Polaris came up with the Camp RZR idea; they wanted to give back to their customers, and give they did. They had a wheel set up and everyone who wanted a chance could come up on stage and spin to win. A show-’n’-shine contest saw the hottest RZRs compete for prizes and celebrity racers competed in RZR17’s on a specially built short-course.
Anyone who filled out a ticket had a chance to win the grand prize—a new custom RZR XP 1000 and a huge amount of parts and apparel that totaled over $38,000. The lucky winner was Joe F. from San Marcos, California. He literally sat there in a daze after his key turned out to be the one that started up the new RZR.
They even had alternative ideas on how folks could win a new RZR. Would you get a RZR tattoo if you could win a new RZR? Many did, and Alejandro (Alex) R. from Temecula, California, went home with not only some fresh ink, but also a RZR XP1000. In fact, everyone who got a RZR tattoo was given a $1,500 gift certificate for Polaris parts, garments, or accessories good at any Polaris dealer.
With thousands of enthusiasts in attendance, Camp RZR has grown even beyond what Polaris hoped or envisioned. They began by wanting to thank their customers with some fun and prizes, but Camp RZR seems to have taken on a life of its own.
If you are a fan of side-by-sides, or want to know more about them in a fun and exciting setting, then Camp RZR at Glamis is the place for you to be. We’ll be back, that’s for sure.