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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - January 2011

2011 Ford F150 Svt Raptor
Jordan May | Writer
Posted January 1, 2011

Desert Dirt

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

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, www.followthescience.org

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 http://www.fast-aid.org 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.

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