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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - August 2011

Posted in News on August 1, 2011
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Deegan Donates All To Charity
Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series racer and Driver-of-the-Year Brian Deegan is donating all of his winnings to charity for 2011. For all races in the series, Deegan will donate his earnings to a charity of his fans’ choice. The beneficiary of his winnings from the March 19-20 Pro 2 Class race was Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Fans can suggest the next charitable organization to receive Deegan’s winnings by posting their suggestions on the Brian Deegan Twitter page (@MMGeneral) and the Metal Mulisha Facebook page (

Baja Claw TTC Radial from Mickey Thompson
The new Baja Claw TTC Radial from Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels is one of the few extreme, rugged, off-road performance tires on the market offering advanced radial construction. “We’ve integrated a combination of technologies developed in a real-world setting to make the Baja Claw TTC Radial the ultimate off-road tire,” said Ken Warner, vice president of sales and marketing for Mickey Thompson.

The advanced radial construction and strategically placed siping promote durability, long wear, and improved traction on wet or icy surfaces. For enhanced puncture resistance and better handling, the Baja Claw TTC has a reinforced PowerPly three-ply sidewall and directional SideBiters. For exceptional self-cleaning ability in mud and snow, the Baja Claw has “mud scoops” placed strategically along the outer tread block elements, asymmetric draft angles, and a directional 23-degree tread pattern. For more information, go to

Robert Peterson Wins 2011 Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award
Robert E. Petersen has been selected as the 2011 winner of the coveted Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award. Known as “Pete” to his friends and employees, Petersen was born in Los Angeles in 1926 and was primarily raised by his father, who was a mechanic. It was during this formative time he acquired his fascination with all things automotive.

Seeing a need for a publication covering racing and street performance, Pete launched Hot Rod magazine in 1948. He would attend car shows and racing events around California, selling issues and subscriptions out of the trunk of his car. Eventually he launched Motor Trend and several other specialty publications, laying the foundation for one of the largest and greatest automotive publishing empires in the country (Petersen Publishing, now Source Interlink Media).

He died in 2007 at the age of 80.

Petersen was selected by a judging panel that includes national and Californian motorsports writers. For more information, go to

General Tire Dominates Mint 400
Team General Tire swept the competition at the Mint 400 race in Las Vegas on March 26. BJ Baldwin led the Unlimited Truck Class for most of the race, taking home the victory with his father, Bobby Baldwin, coming in second. Rounding off the podium sweep was another General Tire vehicle driven by Mike Childress. New GT drivers Randy Merrit took first place in Stock Full, followed by Macrae Glass with a first-place finish in Class 8. GT spec class driver Perry Coan received first place in Jeepspeed Challenge and Troy Messer took first in Trophylite. For more information, go to

Collector Car Appreciation Day
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils has named July 8 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The date marks the second commemoration in what will become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. To help collector-car enthusiasts celebrate, the SEMA Action Network has been compiling a yearlong list of events happening around the country on July 8. If you know of any shows that haven’t made it on their list, please email Mike Dingell at For more information, go to

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