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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - February 2012

Posted in News on February 1, 2012
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A Tragic Day for Motorsports
October 16, 2011, was a rough day for motorsports enthusiasts, who lost off-road racing legend Rick Huseman and his brother, Jeff, as well as IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon in two unrelated accidents.

Wheldon was killed in a 15-car pileup during the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Huseman had taken part in the 12th round of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series on October 15 in Surprise, Arizona. The next day, he and his brother were flying from North Las Vegas, Nevada, to Corona, California, when the Beech 33 Bonanza they were in crashed a few miles outside of Barstow.

All will be missed.

ASA Sand Truck Giveaway
The American Sand Association (ASA) is an all-volunteer-run organization that relies on memberships, business sponsors, and donations to effectively fight the current land-use issues.

For 2012, the ASA is giving away a custom-built Baja GTR Sand Truck from Sand Limo Racing. As a bonus, there will be a second prize, which is an upgraded 2012 Ranger RZR XP 900.

The annual giveaways are one of the most successful programs implemented by the ASA to help raise funds, which are used primarily for biological studies, attorney fees, and other administrative costs.

For more information or to enter the giveaway, check out and remember to enter before the giveaway on September 16, 2012.

Oregon to Mexico— On One Tank of Gas?
Ford has just increased the new EcoBoost F-150 4x4’s tank size to 36 gallons. This now gives the truck an average 756-mile driving range between fill-ups. This would allow a very savvy and fuel-efficient driver to possibly get from the Mexico-California border to the California-Oregon border on one tank of gas. Email us at if anyone tries this.

Get Out West for Recreation
The Western Governors’ Association announced the formation of a diverse group of experts to develop recommendations for strengthening the Western economy by growing the outdoor recreation and tourism sectors, and for connecting today’s youth to the many outdoor recreation opportunities the West has to offer.

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, chairwoman of the association, launched her Get Out West! initiative earlier this year with those goals in mind. Tread Lightly’s executive director, Lori McCullough, was appointed to the group recently.

“We have pulled together an impressive group to advise the governors on state strategies and model programs to connect kids and their families to the West’s great outdoor recreation opportunities,” Gregoire said. “The advisory group will also make recommendations on policies to increase tourism and recreation and will identify best practices for encouraging volunteerism and conservation to improve the West’s recreation assets.”

Utah Governor Gary Herbert, the WGA’s vice chairman said, “The leisure and hospitality industry added 3,500 new jobs to Utah’s economy in 2010, accounting for 20 percent of all new jobs created. This advisory group will help us identify ways to increase those numbers by working together regionally to market the entire West to domestic and international visitors.”

Yamaha’s Eco Restoration Project
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, has taken a leading role in supporting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas by granting nearly $2 million through its OHV Access Initiative since 2008. This financial support has proven critical in areas such as building bridges over fish-baring streams, improving thousands of miles of trails, and renovating staging areas.

In addition, Yamaha employees from its Cypress, California, headquarters have taken on a personal obligation to support this mission, as well. In October, more than 60 employees, relatives, and friends volunteered more than 200 work hours to kick off a long-term restoration project at the popular Cactus Flats staging area near Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino National Forest.

The activities were hosted by the Yamaha ATV/SxS Group, as part of the OHV Access Initiative, and in conjunction with the San Bernardino National Forest Association, a long time Yamaha partner and beneficiary of the OHV Access Initiative.

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