Dirt Riot Series Announces 2014 Racing Schedule
November 30, 2013: With 2013 drawing to a close, off-roaders are gearing up for a new year of competition as Dirt Riot Endurance Racing recently announced its 2014 racing schedule, which includes several events in Texas and Oklahoma as part of its Central Series. The first event will be held March 15 in Texas at Hidden Falls Adventure Park, a 3,000-acre ranch about 50 miles from Austin. “We are excited to be racing at Hidden Falls, as are a number of our partners,” said Dirt Riot Business Manager Shelley Krehbiel. “Texas is one of our favorite places to put on events – it provides the down-home atmosphere and family-friendly event sites that we look for in our series.”
Texas was proud to host Dirt Riot’s final event of 2013 at the National Rampage, held at Bridgeport’s Northwest OHV Park. More than 70 teams came from across the country to complete the year’s 12-race series, some of whom were vying for King of the Hammers (KOH) qualifying spots.
The second event in the 2014 Central Series for Dirt Riot will be held May 31 in Fredericksburg, Texas at Canyons Off Road Park, which opened in 2009 as a privately owned motorsports venue in the Texas Hill Country. The final event of the Central Series will be held August 23 in Altus, Oklahoma at Coppermines, an off-road park situated on approximately 460 acres in Southern Oklahoma. Click here to read all about it. blank blank
“We are Racing the Baja 1000!”
November 6, 2013: Ten days before the green flag drops at the Baja 1000, Mark Luhtala’s bright blue Class 7 truck left Florida bound for Ensanada. Teammates Billy Luhtala and Jay Edinger headed out on Monday with a trailer full of tools, spare parts, MX bikes, and enough gear to support Mark’s bid for the grand-daddy of off-road races.
A two-time BRT racer, Mark cut his teeth on desert racing at Texana Ranch competing in the Texana 250 and the Chupacabra 300. The core group for Luhtech Motorsports is planning to be in Ensenada by the end of the week. Pre-running as much of the course as possible will take place on motocross bikes to help prep the team for the grueling race. Mark’s brother, Holly, and several buddies from the aviation world (both pilots and mechanics) will all show up next week to help with the final push for the starting line. Click here to read all about it. blank
The Roots of Baja
November 3, 2013: With less than two weeks to go until the Baja 1000, the desert racing community is hard at work prepping vehicles, finalizing logistics, heading to Ensenada and getting ready for the 46th running of our favorite race. The November 14 – 17 event expects to draw teams from 40 states and 25 countries. This year’s Baja 1000 already includes 87 racers who have combined for 288 class wins. The green flag drops Thursday night, November 14th!
Ever wonder about the roots of our sport? CarBuzz magazine describes it like this: In 1962, Honda had just come out with the CL72 Scrambler motorcycle. At the time, the American public largely had the view that Japanese bikes weren’t serious off-road or long distance machines. So it was decided that a widely publicized long distance off-road run was in order. Dave Ekins and Billy Robertson Jr. were picked for the run, and the long stretch of Mexico’s Baja peninsula between Tijuana and La Paz was chosen as the route. The 950-mile stretch of incredibly harsh and unforgiving terrain was just the sort of thing which only the most capable vehicles could handle.
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