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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - January 2011

Posted in News on January 1, 2011
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Consumers To Face Triple Threat If Epa Approves New Ethanol Fuel Mix
Without waiting for comprehensive testing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may allow an increase in the ethanol content of gasoline from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15). That's a 50 percent increase in the amount of ethanol per gallon. The ethanol industry is pushing for approval of this provision despite the fact that E15 could harm many types of engines and the environment as well as increase food prices across the board.

Millions of engines used by consumers every day were not designed, calibrated, or carry a warranty for anything over E10. Running existing equipment like older cars, boats, lawnmowers and chainsaws on fuels for which they were not designed presents very real safety and performance issues. On cars, testing has not been done to determine what more ethanol will do to the life of car engines, the accuracy of on-board diagnostic systems like "check engine" lights, and the durability of fuel storage, emission control and fuel handling systems.

The EPA may approve E15 only for newer cars. But we already know from past experience, with the switch from leaded to unleaded gasoline, that once a new fuel is in the gas supply system it inevitably will end up in the wrong engines. Consumers will need to become gasoline detectives. They will need to know which model years can run on E15 and which cannot.

For more information, contact: Follow The Science,

Fast-Aid Fundraisers Raise Over $130,000 For Mdr California Accident
August 14, 2010 changed the lives of many in the off road community. Some lost loved ones, some suffered injuries, and some remember a scene that will be hard to forget. On the same day, the off-road community rallied together to support everyone involved.

Fundraisers to help the California 200 Accident have been held in multiple states with celebrities and racers making appearances and speaking out in support of FAST-Aid and their efforts to help the community members. FAST-Aid has already assisted with several funeral expenses and have been available for any of the families' needs. "Our family did not have extra money to pay for funeral costs. We don't even know what we would do if it wasn't for your help," wrote a family member of the deceased in a note to FAST-Aid.

To date, the California 200 fund has exceeded $130,000 with a response from over 1,000 generous donors. All of the recent Dezert People 8 movie premiers have been fundraisers, including the event at Norman Motorsports gifting $10,000, and K1 Speedway raised several thousand dollars. There have also been many other fundraisers, including Fast Lap who held two events that raised nearly $10,000, and a local car wash that raised $2,000-which was matched by the parking lot owner, Off-Road Warehouse. Multiple large donations have been received from Mango Racing, 4 Wheel Parts, Green Army Racing, Fox Racing Shox, Rock & Roll Off-Road, Race-Dezert and Patricks Signs. Dezert People 8 has been especially generous donating a portion of the DVD sales at the premiers as well as a potion of the door sales to the cause.

To donate specifically to help the California 200 casualties, please go to and note "California 200" on your donation and 100 percent of the funds received will be applied to assisting their families in this difficult time. Donations are tax-deductible. We are paying expenses directly to the people they owe money to. If they have already put expenses on a credit card, they will provide receipts for reimbursement or we will pay the credit card directly. This is the policy for all racers we help.

This Is Your Chance To Live The Dream And Drive A Racecar
If you have the coil and the courage of a lion, you can strap in to your very own fully supported racecar and take on the Baja Portelegro. G-Force Motorsport, a highly successful Russian Rally Raid team, if offering a rent-a-drive program in one of their full FIA spec vehicles. The vehicle is a hand-built Rally Raid prototype car with a 7.0L tuned V-8 engine pushing out over 400 horsepower. 0-60mph times are less than five seconds with a maximum speed of over 140mph.

The rental agreement includes: renting the car, servicing by the team members, servicing overseen by the team engineer, services of the team trainer, technical support of T5 truck and fast car service, event logistics, entry fee, tires, fuel, spare parts, accommodations, dining and mandatory safety equipment. All you need to do is show up and drive.

For more information, contact: G-Force Motorsports,

Let's All Work Together To Ensure Safety Of Competitive Events On Public Lands
In light of the off-road tragedy in Johnson Valley on August 14, 2010, Mojave Desert ORBA (Off-Road Business Association) hosted a meeting on last September between Southern California race promoters, their race rescue organizations, and officials from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Temecula, California, to open up communication between the various race promoters and the medical organizations that service those events.

"Racing in the desert puts a considerable amount of money into the Southern California economy and our industry. Ensuring it continues safely is in the best interest of everyone involved," Fred Wiley President/CEO of ORBA.

During the meeting, BLM emphasized their continuing efforts in reviewing established procedures and guidelines relative to Special Recreation Permits. Although a majority of the discussion focused on current event stipulations, changes that the race/rescue organizations might suggest to the BLM were also discussed. Off road permitted racing has had a positive safety record over the years however with the recent incident in Johnson Valley, BLM representatives stated that working closely on all future events with the off road community will go a long way to ensure that safe racing events continue.

"The only way for us to retain the use of these lands if to help associations like ORBA by speaking out and lending a helping hand."

For more information, contact: ORBA,

2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Adds Supercrew Option, More Technology, Towing, Standard 6.2l Engine
We introduced you to the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor in our August 2009 issue. After several amazing test drives, we all loved the new truck but felt like it was lacking in power options. Well, Ford listened and now we give you a sneak peek at the new 2011 model adding a Supercrew option, increasing towing capabilities and a big standard 6.2L engine.

The previously optional 6.2L V8 engine, which produces 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, now comes standard for 2011, making Raptor one of the most powerful half-ton pickup trucks on the market.

Upgraded technology content, including a standard 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen and SelectShift automatic transmission, keeps customers more in tune with their trucks, while a new graphic and color choice gives them more options. By the time you read this, the new truck will be available at your local dealership or you can custom order your truck on Ford's website.

For more information, contact: Ford,

Nadaguides.Com Helping You Buy Smarter
Whether you are looking for a new, used, or certified pre-owned truck for your next vehicle, you always wonder about the vehicles history. Has it been in an accident, does it carry a salvage title, or perhaps you are curious if the odometer's mileage correct? has launched a few new sections on their website to help us discover this crucial car buying information needed to make a smart car purchase.

The Certified Pre-Owned Center ( allows you to research the most recent CPO incentives and rebates database available. There is also a feature that provides details regarding how each of the manufacturer CPO programs operates. Did you know that Chevrolet performs a 117-point inspection on all vehicles before they can be considered CPO? The website also includes comprehensive local car listings for CPO vehicles from local dealers making finding a new ride near you that much easier.

The New and Used Car Reviews Center( helps makes it even easier for you to learn the pros and cons of each vehicle in their consideration set. This section offers the latest in new and used car reviews with new model vehicle test drives including 2011 model year products. Test drives include driving impressions, model lineup details, comparative pricing and more. There is also a user feedback section on the site allowing you to read fellow consumer non-biased opinions.

For more information, visit: Nada Guides,

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