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SAN MARCOS, Calif. –
Pioneering off-road lighting manufacturer Baja Designs is the presenting sponsor of the King of the Motos motorcycle race on Feb. 4, during the ULTRA4 Racing King of the Hammers (KOH) week of trials and races at Mead Dry Lake, in Johnson Valley, Calif.

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If you’d love to get your hands on a decked-out 2017 Jeep Wrangler without having to fork out sticker price dough, the California Four Wheel Drive Association raffle might be your best option to get one. Keeping with its 40-year tradition, Cal4Wheel has acquired a 2016 four-door Wrangler JK and will be raffling it off during their annual convention.

XPEL-logo-full-1-19-2017SAN ANTONIO, Texas – XPEL Technologies has announced the company will be partnering with the highly popular organization Jeep Jamboree USA, headquartered in Georgetown, Calif., for 2017. XPEL will be an official sponsor of Jeep Jamboree USA, which organizes off-road adventure weekends taking place during 32 weekends throughout the country.

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Ford announced today it will be auctioning an all-new, one-of-a-kind 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor for charity at an upcoming Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Arizona. The proceeds from the auction will all benefit diabetes research organization JDRF.

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DIAMOND BAR, CA
— The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) will showcase its third annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition in a one-hour TV special premiering February 6 at 10 p.m. (PT/ET) on the Velocity Network. This unique program makes it possible for consumers to connect with manufacturers and see the great new products and trends that debut at the leading automotive trade show in the world—the SEMA Show.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-NEW-Logo-6-21-16Recreation advocacy organizations the BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.org, Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition, and Trails Preservation Alliance today announced they have joined in an agreement which would settle nearly decade-long lawsuits over management of Utah public lands. The proposed settlement agreement was filed in U.S. District Court in Utah, and governs Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversight of lands in six Utah field offices. The other parties entering the settlement include BLM and numerous preservationist plaintiffs led by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. The parties have issued a joint statement. Other parties in the case, including two groups of energy companies and the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), did not sign the settlement but do not object to it. Two intervenor groups, San Juan/Kane Counties, and the State of Utah along with six other counties, have indicated they will object.

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The 2017 Dakar Rally saw Peugeot Sport and BFGoodrich monopolize the podium at the two-week event’s finish in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday, January 14. It was the ideal result, the brand’s 13th overall victory at Dakar, to mark the off-road tire brand’s return to the world’s most famous cross-country rally after a four-year absence.

Dirt-Logo-Best-in-the-Desert-1-26-16As Casey Folks would have wanted, Best In The Desert is forging ahead with scheduled 2017 events and developing plans for the 2018 season.

The family of Casey Folks has put Best In The Desert Operations Manager Donald Jackson in charge of race management and supervision. Donald was extremely close to Casey and has been his second in command for 13 years. He knows exactly how Casey would have handled anything.

SCORE-Logo-12-5-11SAN DIEGO, USA — BFGoodrich Tires, Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Frank DeAngelo and brothers Jeff and Rick Geiser were among the major winners Saturday night as SCORE International officially concluded the 2016 SCORE World Desert Champioship with the annual SCORE Awards Night gala at the SCORE Tech facility in El Cajon, Calif., approximately 15 miles east of San Diego.

SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards were presented in 14 categories along with the 31 winners of the Red Kap SCORE Milestone Awards as well as the overall and class point champions of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Also honored for the first time were the nine winners of the SCORE Triple Crown of Baja, presented by BFGoodrich Tires.

Editor’s Note: Best in the Desert reported this morning that Director Casey Folks has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Below is the press release sent out this morning.

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God Speed Casey
Rest in Peace

With a sad heart, Best in the Desert announces the passing of our leader on January 12, 2017. Casey Folks suffered a massive stroke on the morning of January 7th in Parker, Arizona. He was doing what he loved, living his passion for off-road racing, getting ready to drop the flag on the latest UTV race event.  He was rushed to a hospital and transported by air to Las Vegas for care. Despite efforts by the best doctors in Las Vegas, Casey succumbed to the effect of a stroke this morning.