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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - April 2012

Posted in News on April 1, 2012
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Mickey Thompson Earns Ford’s Excellence Award

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels won the 2011 Ford Product Excellence Award for the 2011 Ford F-250 4x4 Project “Big Rig” that it had in its booth this year. It was built by Mike Duval of Xtreme Toyz. The truck was featured at the 2011 SEMA Show with a set of Mickey’s new Big Rig wheels. The award was created to recognize outstanding work in project vehicle execution.

“The excellence in building this project vehicle provides a benchmark for all aftermarket organizations,” said Brian Nottmeier, director of Ford Motor Company’s FNA Product Planning. “We thank Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels for their dedication to the project vehicle program.”

For the details about Project “Big Rig,” visit

Ironman’s Toyota for Sale

Want to own a piece of genuine off-road racing history? Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s PPI Toyota Trophy Truck is going up on the auction block. Originally built in 1993, the truck has seen multiple victories at the hands of Ivan Stewart between 1994 and 2000, and now it can be yours if you’re willing to pay the price to RK Motors out of Charlotte, North Carolina, who is selling the truck after a complete restoration done by TM1 Motorsports Inc. in Southern California.

The “Ironman” Toyota is equipped with a fully independent double wishbone suspension that travels 22 inches to soak up the toughest desert terrain. It features the original engine block used in its final season, including the Baja 2000 and Nevada 2000 races. The wheels are 17X7 PPI purpose built cast and machined race wheels mounted with BFGoodrich 37X12.50X17 Project KR Baja T/A radials.

You can learn more about the truck at

Off-Road Legend Maintains His Record

This past November off-road legend Rod Hall did what he’s been doing for the past four decades: He put on his race suit and left the starting line of the famed Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.  Hall, the most winning racer in Baja, is the only man to compete in every Baja 1000 race since its inception in 1967.  He has racked up 21 class wins in the event’s 44-year history. 

Hall competed in the Stock Full class in the No. 862 Master Pull - Special Operations Warrior Foundation H1 Alpha Humvee. Owned and raced by Sam Edgar, the two shared driving duties with support from a capable team of Special Operation Forces veterans and race professionals. To donate to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, log on to

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