The 2018 UTV Takeover in Coos Bay, Oregon, can be described more as an invasion of UTVs. The UTV market has exploded everywhere! With off-road recreation areas shrinking and space becoming increasingly limited for riding, the Box Car Hill Campground just outside of Coos Bay is rapidly growing in popularity. Here, there is plenty of dune space to play on with sandy hill climbs, bowls to dice in and out of, and of course narrow trails with all of the fun.
In just a few short years, the Coos Bay UTV Takeover is quickly becoming the event to be part of. Hundreds of UTV enthusiasts descended on the dunes for a family fun-filled weekend of events. Anybody with a capable UTV was welcome to race fellow enthusiasts on a custom-built short-course. Two by two, UTVs were sent out for a race to the finish. After a practice lap, the loser of each heat was eliminated until there was only one person left standing. Rollovers in the sand got you immediately disqualified. Other events included sand drags, barrel racing, and a wheelie competition. On vendor row, sales were brisk. There was plenty of “stuff” to be bought and immediately installed on your UTV before hitting the dunes.
Everyone came out to see the huckfest. Hundreds of people lined the dunes for a much hyped world record jump. In 2017, Al McBeth from Abbotsford, BC, jumped a distance of 154 feet. The Canadian was back and ready to do it again, or so he thought. 30mph wind gusts on the dunes nearly sidelined the huckfest. Drivers collectively made a decision to jump anyway; however, we wouldn’t see record numbers set this year. Cole Freiday won the day with a 134-foot jump.
At the end of each day UTVs would gather for a group night ride around the dunes. Saturday’s night ride was by far the biggest. With no official count, promoters estimated around 300-400 UTVs joined in on the fun. A live band each night also kept everyone entertained. The UTV Takeover is the event to be at for a family-fun weekend party in the dunes!