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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - June 2012

1985 Dodge Ramcharger
Lee Bottjer | Writer
Posted June 1, 2012

Editor’s Note: Submit your dirt to dirt@off-roadweb.com


Xplore the Outdoors!

Venchurs Vehicle Systems recently announced plans for a new line of trucks for the XPLORE Adventure Series. The first model revealed is a Stage 4 fullsize Ram 4X4 truck loaded with a full complement of serious equipment to transport you and your family just about anywhere…and bring you back in style. The XPLORE Truck program joins the Jeep and Toyota programs in support and promotion of the great outdoors though the National Parks.

XPLORE Adventure Series Ram trucks will be available through select Dodge/Ram/Jeep dealerships nationwide along with the XPLORE Wranglers. Each XPLORE Ram owner receives a free, one-year annual pass to all National Parks and other Federal lands, a one-year membership in XPLORE Club, and a subscription to XPLORE Lifestyle Journal. For every XPLORE truck sold, a donation is made to the National Park Foundation.

XPLORE Adventure Series Ram trucks come in four packages featuring increasing levels of equipment and capability, that include features such as Katzkin leather interiors, Method black aluminum wheels, Bilstein 5100 Series adjustable shocks, roof racks, roof-top tents, Warn winches, AMP PowerStep retractable running boards, among other options. All are available as mix-and-match accessories.

To learn more about the wide variety of activities available to national park visitors, go to www.nps.gov. To customize your own national parks adventure, please visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm. For more information on XPLORE, please visit www.xplorevehicles.com.


F-O-A Back in Business

After a fire burned down the factory a few months ago, F-O-A has gotten its production back on line and is pumping out shocks again. Chris, Mike, JD, and everyone else at F-O-A want to pass along their thanks and appreciation for everyone who helped them through this time and for their customers who patiently waited for orders to be filled while getting the shocks back into production.


Fullsize Invasion Heading to Moab

Depending on when you’re reading this, there might very well be a huge number of fullsize trucks in the Moab, Utah, rocks right now! On April 4, 2012, OFF-ROAD and Four Wheeler magazines are joining forces to run the Poison Spyder trail with as many fullsize trucks as possible. The gathering should make for quite an entertaining show and a great reintroduction of fullsizes into Moab after years of rare sightings.


Winning!

On February 5, 2012, the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge (EMC) ended in an impressive and inspiring victory as John Currie won overall in a stock class Jeep Wrangler (beating out all the Modified class entries). While the Griffin King of the Hammers (KOH) demands not only incredible driving prowess but also cutting-edge technology, Currie demonstrated the EMC is truly a driver’s race.

On February 11, 2012, Erik Miller crossed the finish line to be crowned the 2012 King of the Hammers in the main event race. Considered the toughest one-day off-road race, the KOH race is a grueling one that only 49 actually finished. Miller beat out 134 competitors to win the coveted title and $25,000 prize purse.

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