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Desert Dirt - Off Road News: May 2013

Posted in News on May 3, 2013
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4th Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day is July 12, 2013

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced that the next Collector Car Appreciation Day will be celebrated on July 12, 2013. The date marks the fourth consecutive commemoration in what has become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

"The U.S. Senate helped launch Collector Car Appreciation Day by passing resolutions each year at our request," said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. "As we prepare for the fourth celebration of our nation's automotive heritage, enthusiasts and related businesses are already planning open houses, car cruises, club gatherings, and educational events to mark this annual commemoration. In fact, Collector Car Appreciation Day is quickly taking on a global character, with additional events held in Canada and Australia."

The SAN will again maintain and publicize a list of scheduled events to commemorate America's time-tested love affair with the automobile at Individuals, car clubs, and business owners interested in publicizing events should contact Colby Martin, SAN director, at (909) 978-6721 or If you are unable to celebrate on July 12, the SAN encourages events to be scheduled throughout the month of July.

Code 3 Racing takes Second Place in Class 7 at the SNORE Hostyle Rage at the River

The Pac Racing Springs Code 3 race truck driven by Keith Basso is a midsize Trophy Truck with an unlimited V-6 NASCAR engine built by Kincade Racing Engines of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Class 7 raced in the third heat both days at the Southern Nevada Offroad Enthusiasts (SNORE) Hostyle Rage at the River.

Basso started day one on the front row and beat the field off the line. On the final lap, just 4 miles to the finish and lapping the slower trucks, the rear passenger-side wheel studs sheared off and the tire went flying. In SNORE, it is considered a finish if you complete 80 percent for the required laps, so he ended up in Third Place for day one. The team had to come out to the desert and do a field repair and replace the wheel studs to get the truck on the trailer and get it to the pits. Being local, Basso took the truck home to his race shop where he was able to clean and prep the truck for day two.

Basso took on day two with help from his dad/crew chief, Paul Basso, and crew. The team repaired the damage and got the truck back running and placed him back on the front row with race leader Travis Bazzano. Basso had an uneventful five laps to bring the truck home in First Place on Sunday and Second Place for the race weekend.

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