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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - November 2012

Posted in News on November 1, 2012
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More States Recognize Car Collector Appreciation Day

Idaho joined West Virginia, New York, New Mexico, Hawaii, along with the Canadian province of Manitoba in recognizing July 13 as Car Collector Appreciation Day for 2012.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 452 at the SEMA Action Network’s (SAN) request to acknowledge the day’s significance in raising awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. The date marks the third commemoration in what has become an annual event.

Happy 30 Years, Randy

It’s been 30 years since Randy Lyman started repairing differentials in his garage while studying for a physics degree. Today, the Randy’s Ring & Pinion headquarters is 90,000 square feet and employs more than 100 people.

Breakthrough in Biofuel

Thanks to work by a Michigan State University microbiologist in microbial electrolysis cells, there has been a breakthrough in energy recovery using bacteria to breakdown and ferment agricultural waste into ethanol. The new process can extrapolate 20 times more energy out of a common biofuel feedstock than current recovery methods.

Outdoor Adventure

The 2012 Outdoor Adventure Dream Giveaway came to an end on May 31, 2012. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General W. T. Adams from Ormond Beach, Florida, was named the grand-prize winner of the contest. Adams and his wife Shirley attended the award ceremony on July 13, 2012, at Alternative Automotive in Troy, Michigan. He was awarded a new Ram 2500 Outdoorsman Mega-Cab 4X4 diesel truck with a pop-up roof-top camper, a 21-foot Ranger Reata boat with a 225hp Evinrude Motor, with custom trailer, and a Can-Am Commander off-road vehicle. The Dream Giveaways are provided by the WorldCause Foundation.

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