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February 2010 Desert Dirt Off Road News

Xrra National Championship
Jordan May | Writer
Posted February 1, 2010

Desert Dirt

Yamaha Teams With Tread Lightly!
Tread Lightly! has received $40,000 from the Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, to continue its dedicated efforts promoting responsible recreation-especially activities involving the use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs). The sizeable GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation's Trails) came in the form of cash and equipment through Yamaha's OHV Access Initiative. "As a leader in the OHV industry and a long time supporter of Tread Lightly!, Yamaha has reaffirmed the importance of responsible riding to protect recreational opportunities for the outdoor recreation community," said Lori McCullough, executive director of the nonprofit. "This grant will assist Tread Lightly in launching two exciting new projects."

The funds will support two priorities in 2009 and 2010, the Respected Access campaign and the development of a travel map template for federal properties.
For more information, visit: Tread Lightly!, www.treadlightly.org.

Generating Electricity From Motion Of Heavy Trucks
New Energy Technologies, Inc., a next-generation alternative and renewable energy developer, announced that successful prototyping and testing of its MotionPower technology for generating electricity from the movement of heavy trucks and long-haul vehicles has prompted immediate development of a full-scale system suitable for field testing, and ultimately, commercial deployment. Heavy-duty trucks have up to 25 times more kinetic energy than a typical car traveling at the same speed. This new fluid-based system is uniquely capable of drawing significant amounts of energy from a single vehicle without jarring its payload or creating passenger discomfort. The efficient transfer of energy from heavy vehicles to the MotionPower Heavy system ensures greater electricity production and easier device adoption.
For more information, visit: New Energy Technologies, Inc., www.newenergytechnologiesinc.com.

Lovells Reclaim Xrra National Championship
Brad Lovell reclaimed the XRRA National Championship in highflying style at the legendary RAM Off-Road Park dethroning 2008 champion Shannon Campbell. The RAM Park features the largest jumps and most demanding course on the XRRA circuit. The effort was a repeat of Roger Lovell's championship on the same course only two years ago.

The race course was reversed for the afternoon runs thus opening a series of jumps that clear a 15-foot ditch followed by a 20-foot rock staircase. The consequences for coming up either long or short were dire and the timing was crucial. The AMSOIL / Torchmate Fords sped head to head from the start line before Roger, with only 250 hp, was forced to work his way around the jumps. Brad was able to clear all the jumps but overshot the staircase and almost went end over end. "I was in the air and kept waiting," explained Brad," The truck went nose down and I knew I was in trouble. I hit incredibly hard. I can't say enough about the tires and Spidertrax axles that lived through it."

The massive jump can be seen on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKFcrUDa6H8&feature=player_embedded.
For more information, visit: Lovell Rock Racing, www.lovellrockracing.com.

Swift Racing Goes Vintage In Mexico
Swift Racing is preparing three iconic vintage racecars to compete in the upcoming NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally. The theme, "Honoring the Past, Forging the Future" aptly describes this unique revival of the inaugural 1967 Mexican 1000 Rally featuring vintage off-road race vehicles as well as innovative alternative fuel vehicles. Originally scheduled for September 16-20, 2009, the race was postponed a week prior due to the damage suffered by Hurricane Jimena in the Baja Peninsula. According to The National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA), the race will be postponed until April 21-25, 2010. Meanwhile many teams, including the Swift Team are aiding in relief efforts being directed to the region.
For more information, visit: Swift Racing, www.swiftrace.com.

Editor's Note: Submit your dirt to jordan.may@off-roadweb.com.

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