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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - July 2010

Posted in News on July 1, 2010
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Time For You To Help
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is revising its 1998 Las Vegas Resource Management Plan. The area managed by the BLM Las Vegas office has some of the most diverse and highly prized off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation opportunities in the country. OHV recreation is a huge economic driver in southern Nevada. The BLM has the opportunity, through this planning process, to help grow OHV tourism in this area by providing more and higher quality OHV opportunities. We need to encourage the BLM to do this by submitting comments during the scoping process. You can go to the website and click on the link to send a letter to the BLM or e-mail for a word document that you can personalize. Five minutes out of your day could last a lifetime.

Jeepspeed And OC Motorsports Join Forces
The partnering of Jeepspeed and OC Motorsports means Jeep enthusiasts are now able to have all their Jeep needs met in one location. This includes whole vehicles, parts, and accessories to the full Jeep racing experience.

Clive Skilton, founder of Jeepspeed, says, "I'm extremely excited about the partnership because it will give the Jeepspeed Challenge desert racing series expanded visibility and a way for the Jeepspeed Association to grow its membership."

Jon Gray, president of Orange Coast Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge opened OC Motorsports in 2009. Located at 2524 Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, California, OC Motorsports incorporates a retail showroom, parts department, wheel and tire bay, plus 20 stalls with eight lifts and work bays for both vehicle service and fabrication.

The Skilton-Gray-Forman family at OC Motorsports brings a powerhouse of experience to Jeep owners and the Jeepspeed community. For more information, visit:

Yamaha Grants Over $1 Million
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., through its OHV Access Initiative, granted more than $80,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009. This brings the program's year-end funding total to more than $685,000 and two-year total to more than $1.3 million in support of the OHV community nationwide.

There is still time to submit your organization for GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation's Trails). The schedule is now available at along with the application form and guidelines. GRANTs typically go to the support of construction, mapping, maintenance and insurance of OHV riding areas and to create awareness of safe and responsible riding practices.

A few of the organizations that recently received GRANTs include: California Trail Users Coalition, Coronado National Forest, Arizona, Friends of Florida State Forest, Jackson County Forestry & Parks Department, Wisconsin and more. For specific questions about the OHV Access Initiative, call Yamaha's dedicated OHV Access Initiative Hotline at (877) OHV-TRAIL, email or write to: Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee, 6555 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630-5101.

No More Hummer
General Motors today announced that Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machines Co., Ltd. (Tengzhong) was unable to complete the acquisition of Hummer. As a result, GM will begin the orderly wind-down of the Hummer operations.

"One year ago, General Motors announced that we were going to divest Hummer as part of focusing our efforts on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac going forward. We have since considered a number of possibilities for Hummer and are disappointed that the deal with Tengzhong could not be completed," said John Smith GM vice president of corporate planning and alliances. "GM will now work closely with Hummer employees, dealers and suppliers to wind down the business in an orderly and responsible manner."

GM will continue to honor Hummer warranties, while providing service support and spare parts to current Hummer owners around the world. For more information, please visit:

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