Blue Torch & Red Bull Team UP for '06
Two well-known names in the off-road and rockcrawling scene joined forces recently to form a unique partnership in competition rockcrawling. The Red Bull RockCrawling team and Blue Torch Fabworks (BTF) will unite to develop a new line of production competition rockcrawling vehicles that will be easily outfitted for trail use as well. The partnership will also expand the Blue Torch Fabworks operation to include a mobile shop and pit crew to assist its partners at competitions and events. The vehicles will be based on the '06 Red Bull RockHer 'crawler driven by Becca Webster and built by BTF's master fabricator, Rob "Bender" Parks, and his crew. The new 'crawler will make its debut at the June 23 W.E. Rock event in Cedar City, Utah.
Dan DuBose, president of BTF, remarks that he and the company "will treat this relationship as a unique laboratory where we will learn new skills and increase our ability to offer original and exclusive vehicles, parts, and manufacturing processes that will boost the fun and value for our customers."
Dustin Webster, vice president of the Red Bull RockCrawling team, is also confident that the relationship has good things in store. Dustin states, "Our team will bring a strong marketing platform to this partnership, and Blue Torch will strengthen that with design, fabrication, and service of our team's world-renowned vehicles."
For more information, check out: www.bluetorchfab.com and www.redbullrockcrawlers.com.
Nissan Donates Trucks
In support of Habitat for Humanity's rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast region due to the devastation of the 2005 hurricane season, Nissan has donated 50 fullsize Nissan Titan trucks. The retail value of the 50 vehicles is more than $1 million. The generous donation is in addition to many others since the first storms set ground and includes a $500,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross; a donation of 50 vehicles to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency; the establishment of the Nissan Disaster Relief Fund to aid Nissan employees, dealers, and affiliates; and dollar-for-dollar, company-matched employee donations to various relief organizations. Employees from Nissan's Canton, Mississippi, assembly plant also joined forces with Habitat for Humanity in October 2005 to build two new homes in their local community.