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November 2011 Drivelines Off-Road News

Smashed Jeep Rubicon
Drew Hardin
| Contributor
Posted November 1, 2011

Pikes Peak, Ram News, LOORRS Racing, and More!

Tornado Tuff
“Dear Tuffy Products,” the letter from our reader begins, “I would like to congratulate you on your superior products and tell you a story of how they went above and beyond the call of duty. I purchased my Jeep Rubicon new in 2010, and among the first things I installed were your Security Deck enclosure, Security Console Insert, Security Glove Box, and Flip-n-Lock Stereo Cover & Tray. I used these products on my Jeep for about a year before they got a test they were never designed to survive.

“On May 22, 2011, my wife was on duty at St. John’s Regional Hospital in Joplin, Missouri, and she had parked our Jeep just outside the emergency room entrance. At about 5:40 p.m. an F-5 tornado struck Joplin and hit the hospital directly. Our Jeep was picked up and tossed about 100 feet, rolling at least once and impacting many surrounding vehicles.

“It was two days before we were able to get into the area and see the remains of our Jeep. The hard top was ripped away, all the glass was blown out, not one interior part was undamaged, the steering wheel was bent, the dashboard was riddled with holes, the seats were torn and ripped, everything was destroyed—except all my Tuffy Products!

“Not only did the Tuffy Products all survive intact with nothing more than surface scratches, but the only items we were able to salvage from our Jeep were items protected by our Tuffy Products. All our paperwork and a few items in the Security Glove Box were intact and dry, and all the items in our Security Console Insert were there and dry, including our digital camera, sunglasses, CDs, and our checkbook. The most impressive item was the Security Deck covering the cargo area. Not only did it hold together during an F-5 tornado and our Jeep’s complete rollover, but it held hundreds of potentially deadly projectiles and saved hundreds of dollars of tools, winch accessories, binoculars, a 12-inch subwoofer box, and various miscellaneous items. Every item was not only held there, not one was damaged!

“I cannot thank you enough for constructing such a quality product. Your products not only saved quite a few items I won’t have to replace, but it is quite possible that your products held in items that could have very easily become deadly flying debris. I just wished you made a Tuffy enclosure large enough to park my Jeep in!”
—Eric Kuhlman

Aussie Colorado Unveiled
This show truck, which was displayed at the Australian International Motorshow in Melbourne, “foreshadows the production version” of the next-generation Colorado pickup that will go on sale in Australia in 2012, said GM officials. “Although this is a show vehicle, the fundamental design and proportions are true to form for the production version of the Colorado hitting Holden showrooms next year,” said Holden’s Mike Devereux. The show Colorado is powered by a 2.8L turbodiesel engine and rides on Cooper Zeon LTZ 285/50R20 tires. The diesel is one of a number of engines that will be available in the truck when it launches.

GM is still mum about whether this Colorado will be sold Stateside.

ECORS Hits Alabama
More than 50 racers competed in the second race of the East Coast Off-Road Series (ECORS) at the Great American Park in Auburn, Alabama. Racers were separated into four classes, from UTVs to unlimited buggies, and each had two hours to complete 10 laps of the course. In Class A (for stock 4x4s) the win was a tie between Charles Robinson and Brad Carrier; the Class B (modified 4x4s) victor was Adam Macke; Class C (for unlimited buggies and 4x4s) was won by Adam Carter; and Class U (side-by-sides) was won by Brit Mansell. There are five races on the ECORS calendar, culminating in Oliver Springs, Tennessee, in November. For more info, visit

News From the Peak
The 89th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb saw a major milestone passed when Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, driving his ’11 Monster Sport Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special, was the first to break the 10-minute barrier. Monster tackled the 12.42-mile course, which begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the Peak’s 14,110-foot summit, in just 9:51:58. This run gives Monster his sixth consecutive overall win.

Longtime off-road racer Gavin Skilton also had a big day on the Peak, driving a one-off Honda Desert Pilot to the summit in 15:37—good for Eighth Place in the Open class. This marked the racing debut of the Desert Pilot, a single-seat, tube-framed racer powered by a mid-engine, production-based Honda V-6 and developed for off-road racing by Honda Performance Development and the California Race & Rally team. Speaking of milestones, this will be the last year the Pikes Peak course is run on any dirt. Next year the entire road will be paved, making this a very different race..

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