When you think of Stronghold Motorsports, you probably associate the name with short-course racing. Founded in 2009, Scott and Beverly Bailey had made it their mission to create the first off-road super team. Over the years, the team has successfully become a name that’s synonymous with the sport of short-course by housing some of the sports’ top-tier drivers, but now they’re broadening their horizons and setting their sights on desert racing.
Off-road desert racing may seem like a drastic move to some, but it’s where it all started for Scott Bailey. As a kid, Scott grew up in Moreno Valley, California, next door to the historic Riverside International Raceway. This sparked excitement within him, but at the time, his life was fully consumed by raising a family and growing a successful business. However, a newfound friendship with Troy Herbst allowed Bailey to become more involved with his passion by helping out Herbst’s team at the races. As time passed, Bailey began to have more free time and created Stronghold Motorsports. Eventually, he campaigned a 7200 truck for a few seasons. However, the truck’s V-6 motor proved to be too frustrating for Scott, and he threw in the towel.
Scott needed something with more speed, which is why he elected to go with an Alumi Craft Class 1. Alumi Craft had already built a couple of LOORRS Super Buggies for Stronghold Motorsports, so it seemed like a no brainer to have them build their next desert machine. “I like John [Cooley] a lot, and I knew he could create what we were trying to accomplish,” explained Bailey. “The basis of our design is a shrunken-down version of the Alumi Craft Grande four-seater pre-runner buggy. However, it had upgrades to beef up the chassis, so it could take a beating while racing out in the desert.”
The Best In The Desert BlueWater Parker 425 was the maiden race for Stronghold’s new fire-breathing machine, and with Brandon and Scott Bailey, as well as Larry Job behind the wheel, they were able to produce a second-place finish in the grueling race. “We could not be happier,” said Bailey. “For a brand-new car right out of the box, all we have basically done is very minor shock tuning. How could you not be elated?” With such staggering results, the Baileys and Stronghold Motorsports plans to expand their presence in the desert further. Let’s take a look at what could the basis for the next desert-racing super team.
Stronghold Motorsports Class 1
Engine: 427-cubic-inch Chevrolet V-8
Builder: Kroyer Race Engines
Max Horsepower: 700 hp
Max Torque: 650 lbs-ft
Modifications: Kroyer Racing Engines
Induction: Fuel injected, K&N air filter
Transaxle: Albins AGB transaxle
Front: Alumi Craft center mount A-arms with 18 inches wheel travel, Fox 3.5 five-tube bypass with remote reservoir and 2.0 coilovers, ProAm spindles and hubs
Rear: Alumi Craft trailing arms with 20 inches wheel travel, Fox 4.5 six-tube bypass with remote reservoir and 2.5 coilovers, ProAm spindles and hubs
Cooling CBR Peformance Products radiators
Plumbing: Nick Griner
Wiring: American Wire Harness
Front: ProAm 14-inch rotors with ProAm six-piston calipers
Rear: ProAm 14-inch rotors with ProAm six-piston calipers
Wheels: ProAm 17x8-inch beadlocks
Tires: 37x13.50R17 Toyo Open Country M/T-R Tires
Bodywork: Buggy-style body built by Jeff Davis, Inland Powder Coating paint, Sign Pros graphics
Interior: Cobra seats, PRP safety harnesses, Momo steering wheel, Kenwood race radio, PCI intercom system, MoTec digital display, Albin shifter, Jeff Davis aluminum dash
Chassis: Alumi Craft Class 1
Dimensions: Wheelbase: 125 inches
Overall Length: 192 inches
Overall Height: 52 inches
Track Width: 92 inches
Overall Weight: 4,800 lbs.