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.
Get Your Toyo Girls Posters
Toyo Tires has a new poster that it will be giving away to eager recipients at a number of rockcrawling and off-road events this year. Better yet, the "Toyo Girls" pictured on the poster will be on site to put that shiny poster right into the palm of your hand. The poster features a bright yellow Nissan Titan "Tattoo Truck" from the television program Inked and a Hummer H3 built by Aries Offroad. In case you need a name with a face, the Toyo Girls are (left to right): Kelsi Vasquez, Tanya Schafer, and Shay-Lyn. For more information, check out: www.toyo.com.
Snap-On Tools Displays Strength
Can you stack a Peterbilt dump truck on top of your toolbox? Snap-on Tools can. To show off the strength of the company's new KRL tool storage cabinets, six of the premium, rolling tool-storage units were outfitted with steel plates and wheel chocks to stabilize the weight of the hefty truck. The KRL boxes are built with a double wall of Class-1, heavy-duty steel for strength and stability and use heavy-duty, ball-bearing drawer slides and Snap-on's Lock 'n' Roll system. For more information, check out: www.snapon.com.
Recreation Groups Defend Access
A coalition of groups committed to the preservation of recreational access is set to intervene in the latest round of lawsuits addressing management of Forest Service "Roadless" areas. The lawsuits were brought by the states of California, Oregon, and New Mexico, along with numerous environmental organizations led by the Wilderness Society. The lawsuits seek to have the latest "Roadless Rule," which was issued in 2005 by the Forest Service, declared invalid and to reinstate the 2001 Clinton Administration Roadless Rule. The 2005 rule allows governors in affected states to submit petitions to the Forest Service outlining their desired management for the Forest Service Roadless areas in their state. The 2001 rule called for large-scale closure of undocumented roads and trails on public lands without input from the public. Some of the recreational groups involved in the intervening of the challenge to the 2005 rule include the BlueRibbon Coalition, the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, and the United Four Wheel Drive Associations. To aid in the cause, check out: www.sharetrails.org.
Disney's Cars to Feature '42 Willys MB
Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios have put together a new animated film entitled Cars. The story follows the life of a hotshot rookie race car named Lighting McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) as he travels the road to discovery along Route 66 to a town called Radiator Springs. One of the characters he meets along the way will be Sarge, a '42 Willys MB, who runs the local army surplus store. Actor Paul Dooley will be the voice behind Sarge. Set to be released in June, the film will also feature the voices of Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, George Carlin, Michael Keaton, Bonnie Hunt, and famed NASCAR celebrities Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip.