Jeep Switchback Concept

Jeep Switchback Concept

The 51st annual Easter Jeep Safari is right around the corner, and the Jeep and Mopar brands have partnered again to create some unique concept vehicles for this year’s event. Today, we get our first look at two of the vehicles.

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Editor’s Note: Off-road trainer Tom Severin is hosting a Wilderness first aid course in June on the West Coast. Details on the class and how to sign up can be found below.

If you are interested in taking a Wilderness first Aid Course (WFA), Badlands Off-Road Adventures is sponsoring  a two-day class in June.  We engage a professional medical instructor from Wilderness Medical Associates, the certifying agency.

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Late last year we came across a trademark filing for “Toyota FT-4X.” The trademarked was placed for automobiles and structural parts thereof, and we speculated at the time the name sure sounds like a possible 4×4. Toyota has used the “FT” moniker before, which has typically stood for Future Toyota. The FT tag and the 4X tag sure sounds like a potential 4×4, though we still have no other information other than the name (and the above teaser image). When pressed about what this new model might be months ago, Toyota representatives were mum on the topic.

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– The UTV World Championship announced today that RIGID will return as sponsor for the 2017 UTV World Championship being held April 13-15, 2017 in Laughlin, NV. RIGID is the leaders in LED off-road lighting systems and have continued to push innovation and technology in the UTV and off-road industry for over 10 years. RIGID joins the ever growing list of industry sponsors joining the 2017 UTV World Championship event.

SCORE-San-Felipe-250-2-7-2017SAN FELIPE, Baja California, Mexico – Looking to add to his record-setting class win total, SoCal’s veteran age-group motorcycle racer Jim O’Neal will lead 61 racers who have combined for 159 class wins among over 200 racers expected to start Saturday’s 31st SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race.  O’Neal, 72, the noted apparel manufacturer from Simi Valley, Calif., has 16 class wins in San Felipe and will be the rider of record on a team in the Pro Moto Limited class in the season-opener of the internationally-televised four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship.

Entries to date from 25 U.S. States, host Mexico, Australia, Austria, Canada, Egypt, Germany and Guatemala are entered thus far. The event will be held Wednesday to Sunday in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, the quaint fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.

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UTVUnderground.com is proud to announce that with support from Polaris RZR, five brand new Polaris machines will be awarded to race winners of the 2017 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy. Last year the event set the industry on fire when it announced that it would be giving away four new RZR’s at the event, for 2017 event organizers have once again raised the bar by dishing out over $80,000 in machines that include RZRs and the new ACE 150. The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy takes place April 13th-16th in Laughlin NV.

SCORE-San-Felipe-250-2-7-2017ENSENADA, Mexico – As the number of entries continue to escalate reflecting the lasting popularity of the event, 11 defending class winners will be looking to repeat in next week’s season-opening 31st annual SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race in Baja California, Mexico.

Entries to date from 25 U.S. States, host Mexico, Australia, Austria, Canada, Egypt, Germany and Guatemala are preparing for the popular season-opener of the four-race internationally-televised 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship. The event will be held next Wednesday to Sunday in San Felipe, the quaint fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.

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Agua Dulce, Calif.: Napier tents will be used by the NORRA Mexican 1000 crew during the 50th anniversary of the rally in 2017. NORRA crew members spend long hours in the desert scouting the course and providing assistance during the rally stages. Napier tents allow them to set up camp in minutes if need be, and begin relaxing after a long day. The NORRA crew puts in a lot of work, but it’s worth it. “The Happiest Race On Earth!” is entirely about having fun and creating memories that will last a lifetime. NORRA participants experience the most stunningly beautiful Baja scenery as they make their way down the entire length of the Baja Peninsula. After each day of racing, they have enough free time to experience a different location in Baja with friends and family. Each overnight stop has its own unique charm and character.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-NEW-Logo-6-21-16Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbon Coalition sent out a note regarding the current battle over OHV access in California. See the details and notes on what you can do to help below.

BRC believes one of the most critical access issues in 2017 is for CA OHV recreationists to engage in the battle to reauthorize the current OHV program (SB742). This is a very complex legislative process. The fight will occur in stages over the next few months.  Anti-access groups are hard at work to gut the current program via introduction of SB 249. (Thanks for sending in your “oppose” SB 249 letters in Phase One!!!)

BlueRibbon-Coalition-NEW-Logo-6-21-16Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbion Coalition sent over this note regarding off-road trails on the Winschell Dugway Motorized Trail Project Draft in Idaho. See the details below.

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest (Forest) is inviting comments on the Winschell Dugway Motorized Trail Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The Forest is proposing to construct a motorized trail from Morgan Meadows to Caribou City.