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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - January 2013

Posted in Features on January 1, 2013
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1st Place for Camburg and General at V2R

The longest point-to-point race in the USA is the Vegas to Reno Race. And Camburg took first place racing on General Tires.

Climbing in excess of 7,200 feet, covering 534 miles of terrain in the grueling Nevada desert, Camburg’s new Class 6100 Monster Energy truck placed first in their class at the 2012 General Tire Vegas to Reno race. Congrats guys!

Multi-Tasking Adults Rival Texting Teen Drivers

According to Drive by Example, adults doing business while behind the wheel are starting to rival texting teen drivers in incidents with distracted driving. Fingers point toward a slumped economy that demands people work harder and longer combined with evolving technology that provides the ability to work via smart phone. Corporations and businesses should discourage their employees from doing any business while behind the wheel.

New Canyon and Colorados on the Way

It’s been confirmed that there are new GMC Canyons and Chevy Colorados on the way to North American markets.

Geiser and Britt Place on Podiums in LOORRS Racing in Reno

Congratulations to Jeff Geiser and Drew Britt, both earning third-place podium finishes at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing (LOORRS) action at Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada.

Geiser, sponsored by Mickey Thompson and now sixth place in points standings, competes in the Pro 2 Unlimited class with the new Baja Pro 35X12.50R17LT tire developed for the Pro 2 and Pro 4 Unlimited racing classes.

Britt, now in second place in points standings in the Super Lite class following his third-place podium finish in round 12 on Sunday, races with Mickey Thompson ATZ Plus tires, size 31X10.50R15.

For more information about LOORRS, visit

National Tradesman Day

Are you the kind of guy who doesn’t feel like you’re really working unless you’re sweating? If so, we hope you took September 21, 2012, off as it was National Tradesmen Day! The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than one third of skilled tradesmen are over the age of 50. In fact, for every three tradesmen who retire, there’s only one skilled person available to fill the gap. This could signal trouble for a rebounding America if we don’t start appreciating tradesmen and encouraging young adults to enter the trades. Who is going to build homes, fix roofs, repair plumbing, and keep cars maintained?

Irwin Tools reminds us that National Tradesmen Day isn’t the only day we should appreciate people who work with their hands.

This year it will be on September 20, 2013, so save the date!

New Land Top Speed Record

It’s not truck-related, but it’s still interesting: George Poteet, driving the Speed Demon that he and Ron Main built, averaged 439 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats on September 17, 2012. This makes the Poteet & Main Speed Demon the fastest wheel-drive, piston-engine vehicle in history. By the way, 439 mph was the car’s average speed; it actually reached 462 mph!

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