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Soap Box •••
By
Roger
Mears
A
Champio
_n
in
Many
Forms
of
Racing
I was basically
born
into
racing
since my
dad
drove
stock
cars
in
Wichita,
Kansas in
the
S0's.
So,
when
I .
started
racing
go-karts
and
motorcycles,
I really
had
some
experience
behind
me
with
my
dad
and
rri.om. In fact,
my
first
racing was
also
in
stock
cars
and,
I'll tell
you,
there
were
some
'knock
down,
drag
out'
affairs
at
places like Bakersfield
Speed-
way,
Orange
Show
Stadium
and
Irwindale.
It's
kind
of
funny
how
the
Mears
Gang
became
involved
in
off
road
racing, a
sport
which
still
really
touches
our
whole
family
because
we
could
race as a family.
My
dad
and
Rick
were
coming
back
from
San
Diego
and
they
saw a sign
near
Ascot
that
advertised
the
buggy races. So,
they
stopped
and
watched.
Right
there,
my
dad
·said,
"I'm
going
to
build
one
of
these things
and
you
can
race
it."
So,
it
was
actually
Rick
who
began
off
road
racing first.
Then,
one
of
our
family's
friends
built
one
for
me
to
drive
and
that's
really
how
it
began.
Then,
Rick
won
the
championship
at
Ascot
and
first prize was a
desert
chassis, a Hi
Jumper
or
Funco.
I
really
can't
remember.
If he
hadn't
won
it, we
might
not
have
ever
raced
in
the
desert.
After
that
everyone
pretty
much
knows
our
story
with
Rick
and
I
moving
into
other
forms
of
racing
including
me
driving
midgets,
sprint
cars,
hill
climbers
and
finally
Indy
cars.
For
Rick,
he
moved
into
road
racing
with
Formula
Vee
and
Super
Vee. I
drove
Super
Vee,
too.
Obvious-
ly,
everyone
knows
what
Rick
has
done
in
the
Indy
cars
and
I
am
extremely
proud
of
him.
Everyone
likes
to
talk
about
a ·
brother
rivalry
or
jealousy. I
really
don't
have
anything
but
pride
for
what
he
has
accomp-
1
is
he
d.
Sure,
it's
tough
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sometimes
to
be
called
"Rick
Mears'
older
brother".
But,
really,
I'm
just
too
proud
of
him
to
worry
about
it.
I have
to
admit
that
I
have
seen
a
lot
of
changes in
off
road
racing
since
my
dad,
Rick
and
myself
started
racing
those
sprint
buggies
back
at
Ascot.
I
think
there
are several
important
changes
which
have
started
to
put
off
road
racing
into
the limelight.
The
big
sponsors
have
helped
the
sport
grow
in
recent
years
and
everything
is
so
much
more
professional.
Gee,
I
can
remember
when
you
could
just
take
an
old
VW,
cut
out
the
floor
plan,
put
a roll cage in it
and
go
race in
the
desert.
We
would
just
pool
our
money
and
race.
Now,
we've
started
getting
television coverage
and
other
media
coverage
and
the
factories
like Nissan,
Toyota,
Chevy
and
others
have
started
advertising
their
showings
in
off
road
racing.
That's
a big
deal
...
and
I
don't
see it slowing
down
either.
I see
off
road
racing getting bigger
and
better.
You
know,
I've
raced
a
lot
of
different
types
of
cars
and
,in
different
associations,
but
off
road
racing
stands
out
for
several
· reasons.
First,
the
thing
that
strikes
me
more
with
off
road
is
that
it
is a
family-oriented
sport
unlike the
other
forms'- Like
when
our
family
started,
it
wasn't
just
Rick
and
myself.
It
was
my
mom
and
dad,
our
aunts
and
uncles,
our
wives, even
my
grandfather
used
to
go all
the
time.
The
other
thing
I liked was
the
help
that
the
other
competitors
would
give
each
.
other
in
the
desert.
It was a
standard
rule
of
thumb
that
you
help
each
other
because
"Mother
Nature"
can
be
very
cruel.
It was a
standard
deal
that
if
someone
was
broken
down,
you
stopped
to
ask
if
everything
was
okay.
That
has
changed
a little
nowadays.
With
the big
money
and
everything
being
more
competitive,
you
don't
just
stop
for
every little
thing. But,
if
you
see
someone
hurt,
you
stop
to
help.
Because
you
never
know,
that
could
be
you
next
time.
Over
the
years, the organiza-
tion
of
-
off
road
racing is getting
better.
I
can't
say
it's
been
good.
I
have
been
with
other
associa-
tions
which
have really
put
it
together. But, believe
me,
I'm
not
knocking
anybody
or
any
organization
because
it
takes
time
and
experience
to
learn
to
organize
an
event
and
make
it
grow. I
think
the
associations
are
doing
a
good
job
for
as
young
as
they
are
.
I still
think
they
have a ways
to
go
to
put
all
of
the
profes-
sionalism
together
that
they
need
to
be
compared
to
the
CARTs
and
NASCARs.
The
merger
of
High
Desert
and
SCORE
was a
major
step
for:
the
sport
because
the
fighting really
hindered
the
growing
process
.
There
were
so
many
races
that
people
really
didn't
know
where
to
race
.
Everyone
went
in
different
directions.
We
had
a
lot
of
big races
but
we also had a lot
of
litde
races
because
not
everyone
could
make
all
of
the
races. I
hope
this will change
that
situation.
The
past
year
has
been
a real
experience
for
me
because
until
then I was
just
a
driver.
I
didn't
really
worry
about
anything
but
jumping
in
the
car
and
racing.
That
changed
when
I was a
promoter
at
the
Mears
Gang
.
Rumble.
lt
was easy
before
to
badmouth
the
promoters
and
pick
everybody
apart
•.
on
why
they
didn't
do
this
or
that.
Now,
I
can see
why
the
promoters
have
to
do
certain
things.
It's
just
like
me
as a
driver
with
people
coming
out
of
the
stands
after
the
races
and
asking
me,
"why
didn't
you
do
this instead
of
that?"
That
experience
was really
educational
and
I
enjoyed
it
. If
we
had
not
taken
on
a
new
effort
for
desert
racing, I
think
I
would
put
that
race
on
again. I
enjoyed
it
and
I
think
the
racers liked
it
too.
My
new
desert
team
for
Nissan
this year is
another
challenge
just
like
driving
and
promoting.
You've
got
a
lot
of
weight
on
yoyr
shoulders
because
sponsors
are
depending
on
you
to
represent
them.
When
you
make
some
commitments
to
people,
you
have
to
work
hard
to
give
them
your
best
effort.
It
would
have
been
a
lot
easier
a few years ago
to
form
a
team
with
the
way
the
competition
is
nowadays.
But,
then
again, the
big
sponsors
weren't
in\<Olved
and
I
might
not
have
been
able
to
put
a
team
together
without
the
help
of
the
sponsors.
The
sponsors
.
have
been
helping this
sport
grow
in leaps
and
bounds
and
I
think
it'll
continue.
You
know,
we
have
a
long list
of
sponsors
and
we feel
very
fortunate
and
lucky
to
be
in
the
position
to
have
them.
- I
really
see
a
lot
of
opportunities
down
the
road
for
off
road
racing,
too.
There's
no
doubt
that
short
course
racing
will
expand
with
the
exposure
to
the
media,
the
spectators
and
the
sponsors.
And
the
desert
situation
has
taken
a giant
step
in its
growth
with
the
merger
of
the
associations. I
think
the
sport
is
really in
the
best
?tate ever. It has
gone
along
at
times
at
a level pace
and
made
little
jumps
every
once
in
a while. It
has
been
a
steady
upgrade. It
almost
fell
down
a
couple
of
times,
but
worked
its
way
back
up.
I really
think
we're
close-
to
·
having
off
road
racing
take
off
in
a big way. I
just
hope
the
sport
hangs
together
and
works
together
like in
the
early
days
to
try
and
make
it
become
one
of
the
most
popular
racing
forms.
The
excitement
is
there.
Volunteers are invited to climb
on
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and
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and
what
is
not
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Starting
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January,
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of
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events
is being filmed
from
flag
to
flag.
The
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will feature
one
class
from
each event every
Sunday
starting
on
May
5
and
continuing
on
each following
Sunday
through
the
summer
months
.
The
trucks
from
the
January
meet
will
probably
be
featured
in
the
first
program,
and
the
following weeks will
work
on
the
other
classes,
then
start
on
the
next
event. Each
30
minute
show
will air
three
times
on
the
Sunday
date,
with
i:he
first air time at
10:30
in
the
morning,
a replay at
3:30
in
the
afternoon,
and
the
final replay at
8:30
at
night.
Check
your
local cable
listing for these
shows
in
your
time
zone
on
the
Nashville
Network
.
DUSTY
TIMES WELCOMES
TOM
GRIMSHAW
to
our
family
of
contributors.
Tom
is a long time
friend
and
a long
time
rally
man
.
He
has
been
the
Chief
Steward
for
the
SCCA
Pro
Rally Series in
recent
years.
For
1985
Tom
·has
passed
from
the
ranks
of
officials
back
to
the
status
of
a
competitor.
Tom
has a
dream
ride
this season, as navigator
for
eight
time
National
Rally
Champion
John
Buffum
in
the
formidable
Audi
Quattro.
The
season
starts
this
month
in
the
state
of
Washington.
Readers
are
sure
to
enjoy
the
humor
that
Tom
injects
into
his coverage
of
the
rally scene.
Check
the
article
on
the
infamous
"One
Lap
of
America"
on
page
40
for a
good
example
of
Tom's
style,
and
the
good
stuff
that
will
be
coming
from
him
about
the
SCCA
Pro
Rally Series this year.
THE
HORSES
WON
THE
CONTEST for
the
turf
at
the
Los
Angeles
County
Fairgrounds
this
summer,
better
known
as
Pomona.
Anyone
who
attended
the
March
16
running
of
the
MTEG
event at
Pomona
saw a vastly
different
and
shorter
race
course.
The
whole
place was
torn
up
in
the
rebuilding
process.
All
the
renovation
to
the
horse
track
has forced
Mickey
Thompson
and
his
band
into
a move,
and
they have
found
a new venue
for
the
Grand
Prix Series
of
races
that
w.
ere
scheduled
at
Pomona.
The
June
22
and
the
September
14
dates are firm,
but
the
place will
be
the
National
Orange
Show
Fairgrounds
in
San
Bernardino,
CA.
The
new
track
is
right
off
the
1-10
freeway,
about
30
miles
or
so
farther
east
than
the
Pomona
locale.
The
new
course
in
San
Bernardino
will use
some
of
the
existing
paved
race
track
as well
as
the
familiar
dirt
lumps
and
bumps
that
entertain
the
spectators.
The
July
20
race
date
will
happen
in
the
.
Los
Angeles
Coliseum
in
downtown
Los
Angeles.
This
event
will
take
Mickey
Thompson
back
to
the
roots
of
the
current
series.
The
first
stadium
race
he
organized was in
the
Coliseum,
before
the
big face
lift
happened
to
the
place
for
the
1984
Olympics.
The
Coliseum
course
in
July
will again
take
the
race cars
up
the
steps
and
around
the
peristyle,
and
the
crowd
will see
them
fly
back
to
earth
in grand style.
SCIDA
is
planning
its
summer
schedule
right
now,
and
the
1985
series
sponsor
program
is
building
also.
Present
sponsors
include
Trick
Racing
Fuel,
Bryce's
Auto
Repair
,
Autoworks,
California
Performance,
Jim's
Auw
Center,
Llynn's
Auto
Air,
Marv
Shaw
Performance
Products,
Sabina
Electric,
and
Offroad
Superman.
·
With
the
great
possibility
that
Corona
Raceway will be
closed
soon
to
make
way
for
a
housing
development,
present
plans
are
to
schedule
all
the
1985
SCIDA
races
at
Ascot
Park.
Get
the
latest
information
from
Vince
Tjelmeland,
5226
Norcris,
Yorba Linda,
CA
92686.
SNORE,
LTD
;
out
of
Las Vegas
threw
a
dinner
party
last
month
for
reps
from
all
the
major
pit
clubs
that
service
the
desert
races.
Cohosted
by
the
SNORE
Series
1985
major
sponsor,
Yokohama
Tires,
it was a fine
party
at
the
Saddleback
Inn
in
Santa
Ana,
CA,
with
a
complete
turnout
of
pit
team
representatives.
SNORE
President
Roger
Gaskill
outlined
the
µon-profit
club's
plans
to
lure
some
of
the
California
racers
to
their
events.
SNORE
runs
several
one
day
desert
bashes
each year as
part
of
their
points
series.
Their
two
biggies,
the
Holiday
Inn-KC
Hilites
Midnight
Special,
on
July 27,
and
the
Holiday
Inn
SNORE
250
on
September
2
7-29,
are in
the
points
series as well.
The
SNORE
points
payoff
at year's
end
is
handsome
by
anyone's
standards,
and
their
race
paybacks
at
the
Midnight
Special
and
SNORE
250
have always
been
quite
generous.
Other
dates in
the
series are
April
14
for
the
Yoko
Loco,
June
22
for
the
Twilight
Zone,
and
November
3
for
the
Jackpot
100.
Get
the
whole
scoop
from
the
SNORE
Hotline,
(702)
452-4522.
They
do
some
fun
racing in
the
desert.
THE
GOOD
DEED
OF
THE
MONTH
AW
ARD
goes
to
Tom
Koch,
for
his
unselfish
action
at
the
AMSA
6
Hour
race.
Tom,
running
in
the
lead
in
his
potent
Raceco,
was charging
down
the
trail
when
he
smelled
smoke.
He
chased
the
smoke
for
half
a mile
before
he
managed
to._getJeffDrake stopp_ed.
Jeff
was
intent
on
leading his class
and
didn't
know
be
had
an
engine fire.
Drake
jumped
out
of
the
car
fast,
Tom
had
to
remove
his
hood
to
get a fire
extinguisher,
and
after
making
sure
the
fire was
out,
Tom
went
on
racing,
missing
the
overall,
but
winning
the
Challenge kitty.
Good
Job,
Tom!
THE
SCORE
SHOW
Off
Road
Industry
Achievement
Award
winners for ·
1985
have
just
been
announced.
These
awards were
started
in
1983
by
M/Tax
in
order
to
recognize
some
of
the
pioneers
and
current
leaders in
the
off
road
equipment
industry.
The
first year
the
award
winners
were
Bob
Fall,
Dick
Cepek
and
Thurston
Warren.
Last
year
the
recipients were
Drino
Miller,
Vic
Hickey,
Harry
Jackman
and
Ken
Johnson.
The
individuals
who
have
been
real
builders
in
the
sport
and
industry
who
will receive
their
Achievement
Awards
on
May
9
at
the
annual
Score
Show
Banquet
at
the
Anaheim
Marriott
Hotel
have
been
selected.
This
year
the
Score
Show
will
honor
Pete
Condos,
Bill
Harkey,
Peter
Brown
and
Mickey
Thompson.
GIANT
OFF
ROAD
CENTER
is
under
new
management
these
days,
and
the
word
from
Phoenix,
Arizona
is
that
the
race
oriented
group
headed
by
former
general manager
Jim
Chick
is
no
longer
running
the
store.
Information
is
sketchy,
but
apparently
the
parent
company,
in
the
oil
business,
began
searching
for
a
buyer
early
this
year, wishing
to
sell
only
the
off
road
business.
The
change
over
took
place in
March,
and
the
status
of
Giant's
former
and
heavy
sponsorship
of
race cars
and
the
A.D.R.A.
race series has
not
yet
been
determined.
Dusty
Times
Pony
Express
•••
preserving
historical sites
and
endangered
plants
and
animals.
But,
let's
face it,
money
talks!
In
another
50 years,
when
some
large real
estate
developer
wants
to
build
large
housing
tracts
in
the
desert, all
of
these'
rules'
will
fly
out
the
window.
We
will be
why
not
impose
the
same
rules
on
eve
rybod
y?
No
way
to
enforce
it,
yo
u say?
Then
maybe
an
off
road
permit,
suc
h as a
hunting
permit,
could
pay
for
the
costs
of
in the towel),
we
will
seek
legal
counsel
to
bring
up
the
question
of
restriction
of
trade
to
whichever agencies lead
to
the
demise
of
this
event.
OVER-REGULATED
-
cleam
ip, toilets,
and
the
erecting
of
fences
around
certain sites.
As
you
know,
the
state
c?f
California
started
charging a fee
for
off
road
vehicles
some
. years ago ·to
do
just
that,
but
they
pocketed
the
money.
I have yet
to
see a toilet
erected,
or
a
trash
receptacle
placed in an
area
that
was
designated for
off
road
vehicle
usage.
True,
a few
off
road
parks
have been established,
but
that
seems
to
be
for
the
ease
of
enforcing
rules
in a
confined
area
more
than
anything
else.
I believe
many
others
in
the
off
road
industry
will
do
the
same
.
Director,
Bureau
of
Land
Management
Department
of
Interior,
Havasu
City,
Arizona
Having
recently read
the
list
of
stipulations
put
forth
to
Score
.
International
in
order
to
put
on
the
Parker
400
off
road
race
there
recently, I
am
outraged
enough
to
write
you.
There
are
a
couple
thousand
people
who
depend
on
the
off
road
industry,
possib
_
ly
mor~,
for
their
livelihood,
and
this
·
company
that
has five
employees
is
one
of
them.
I
cannot
in
good
conscience
let this
kind
of
government
meddling
in a
private
sector
·activity go
on
.
without
taking
a
stand.
I have
been
covering
off
road
events
in
the
desert
for
15
years,
and
this
sport
has
grown
considerably,
benefitting
the
economy
of-·
the
event
area
and
the
automotive
industry.
Also,
many
magazines
now
cover
desert
events
on
a regular basis,
and
publicawareness
is
at
a high
level.
I
must
say,
·
that
we
had
excellent
cooperation
among
the
law
enforcement
agencies
that
"enforced"
the
no
spectator
areas
during
the
Parker
400.
Th
ey
allowed
us
to
function
as
members
of
the
press
on
the
race
course,
as we usually
do.
My
concern,
however,
is
,for
those
;
thousands
of
people
who
traveled
to
Parker
for
many
hundreds
of
miles
to
view
the
back
to
a
point
in
the
desert
(if
race
from
their
. usual vantage
there
is
any left by
then)
where
all
point
,
only
to
find
they
could
not
of
this
current
harassment
will be
get
into
the
desert.
What
agency ·
pointless,
don't
you
agree?
keeps
people
out
during
the
Why
should
Score
have
to
other
364 days
of
the
year?
Why
bury
the
pipeline
to
a
depth
of
should
Score
International
clean
four
feet?
If
that
is
what's
up
trash
that
may
have
required
to
protect
_ it
from
accumulated
during
those
other
vehicles,
then
it
should
have
been
364 days,
or
grade
roads
that
done
long ago by
the
people
who
other
.
people
may
have
damaged
put
in
the
pipeline
.!
An
off
road
during
the
year?
Did
your
agency - racing ·
truck
does
no
more
people
go
out
and
do
these things damage
to
anything
in
the
desert
before
the
race,
so
that
you
than
a
camper
or
heavy
duty
dirt
would
know
what
Score
was
hauler,
and
they have
been
responsible
for?
operating
in
the
desert
a.
heck
of
a
I
am
not
a religious
person,
per
lot
longer
and
more
frequently
se,
but
if
God
ever
comes
back
to
than
off
road
races have.
earth,
he
won't
restage
the
By
the
gist
of
these
rules
set
feeding
of
the
multitudes
on
the
forth,
it
seems
that
the
agencies
banks
of
the
Colorado
River; I . involved feel
that
the
people
who
am
sure
some
government
attend
off
toad
races
are
a
bunch
agency will ' bill
Him
for
land
of
unruly
vandals,
who
go
out
in
usage fees
and
for
all
the
roads
the
desert
.
and
terrorize
turtles
that
have
washed
out
in
the
and
· get
dr
-
unk
.
This
is
not
the
desert
because
of
nature's
case,
and
in
the
entire
15
years I
rainfall. have
beeh
in
this
buisness,
I've
I
am
certainly in favor
of
only
seen
problems
twice,
and
that
was
just
outside
Las Vegas
at
the
Mint
400.
·
If
this
premise
is
not
true,
then
The
recent
publication
of
the
Parker
, 400 rules in
DUSTY
TIMES
magazine
made
it clear
to
·
us
in
the
industry
that
the
off
road
race
·organizers go
through
much
more
red
tape~
and
trouble
than
we
previously
realized. It is
now
more
important
than
ever
that
all
the
factions in
off
road
racing
come
together
to
support
both
Score
and
HORA
in this
paperwork
,
and
bureaucracy
battle.
We
have
been
shoved
into
a
·
comer
over
the
past
decade,
and
it
is
time
to
protest!
If
for
some
reason
in
the
future
the
race -
at
Parker
is
not
·
held
(and
who
could
blame
Score
for
throwing
James
T.
Ober
Trackside
Photo
Enterprises
CC: Jean Calvin, Publisher,
Dusty
Times
Sal Fish, President,
Score International
Wair
Lorr, President,
HORA
Editor, Parker Pioneer ,
Director,
Parker
Chamber
of
Co
mm
erce
Director
., Bureau
of
Land
Reclamation, Parker, AZ
Director,
Western
Area
Power
Administration
Director,
Arizona
State
Land
Department
Director, California State -
Land
Co
mmission
San Bernardino
County
fuard
of
Supervisors
La
Paz
County
fuard
of
S
up
ervisors
Sheriff, La
Paz
County
Sheriff, San
Bernardino
County
·
Director,
La
Paz
County
Health
Department
,
Di
rec
tor,
San
Bernardino
County
Environmental
Health Services
San Bernardino
County
Planning
Department
Mayor,
Town
of
Parker, Arizona
Arizona Public Service
Co
rp
orat
ion
El
Paso Natural Gas
Company
DUSTY
TIMES welcomes
letters
fram
all comers
of
off
road activity.
The
Pony
Express
. column· will -
feature all
the
mail we
can
fit into
the
space.
Please
keep
your
wor.ds
fairly brief.
B.;cause
of
space
limitations,
your
pearls .of
prose
may
be
edited, but
DUSTY
TIMES u,ill
print
your
gripes
as
udl
as
you
r
praises.
Letters
for
publicatinn
should
be
at
the
DUSTY
TIMES
offic;;e
by
the
r 5th
of
the
month
in
order
to
appear in
the
next
issue.
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ORIGINAL
;.
GAS PRESSURE
SHOCK
ABSORBER
The Official Shock for the Nissan Classic
UNDER-ESTIMATED
Sal Fish,
President
Score
International
Now
i:hai:
the
·
12th
Annual
.
Score
Parker
400
Off
Road
Race
is over, we
the
Parker
Town
Council,
have
had
time
to
reflect
on
the
positive
financial
impact
this
event
had
-
upon
the
community.
It
had
been
indicated
by
the
Bureau
of
La
nd
Manag
e
ment
representatives
the
community
would
no
doubt
realize a
slight
increase
in
revenue,
possibly
as
much
as
$150,000
for
the
e
ntire
race
weekend.
Certainly
·
not
enough
to
offset
the
possible
damage
to
the
wilderness
and
wildlife,
We
all agree
certain
steps
need
to
be
taken
to
preserve
the
desert
beauty,
the
wilderness area,
and
to
protect
the
wildlife
for
all
of
us
·
to
enjoy
for
years
to
come;
however,
there
is
much
more
involved
in this
off
road
race
that
needs
to
be
addressed,
evaluated
and
given consider.a:tion.
Although
,'
the
· _
cmnpleted
statistical
reports
are
not
available as
of
this
.
writing,
, ·
it
appears
the
participants
·
and
spectators
did
cause an increase
in
deposits
of
more
than
$1,500,000
during
race week-
end,
according
to
a
survey
of
the
finapcial .institutions in
pur
area.
This
estimate
does
not
include
credit
card
charges
at
-service
stations
,
restaurants
and
motels.
·
The
race
promoters
and
community
did
experience
some
difficulty m
meeting
'
the
various
·
Dusty
Times
· requirements set
by
BLM
at first;
however,
this
was
more
due
to
the
short
notice
of
the
changes
mandated
than
our
lack
of
winingness
to
cooperate.
As
µsual,
'
the
resid
.
ents,
businesses, service
clubs
and
visitors
got
together
and
did
meet
the
requirements.
Parker
is
an
area
that
can
do
almost
anything
when
we
pull
together
.
The
race · was successful,
the
wilderness area
protected
and
the
spectators
extremely helpful
and
cooperative.
It
is
interesting
to
note
there
were
no
injury
accidents,
arrests
or
incidents
directly
related
to
Score
activities,
and
no
problems
with
crowd
control
in any
of
the
restricted
areas
on
either
side
of
the
Colorado
River
. ·
As
you
can
see,
the
annual
Score
Parker
400
off
road
race is
definitely
an
event
we
would
like
to
see
continued.
We
request
your
assistance in
supporting
9ur
efforts
to
.
prevent
the
withdrawal
of
permission
to
use these
lands
in
the
, futu;c;.
.
Samuel
E'. Davis,
Mayo
t,
Town
of.Parker
Lloyd
Gorrdl
; Vice
Mayor,
Town
of'Parker
Lambert
Haynes
:;-
Councilman,
· · -
T6wn
·
of
Parker
Roberta
Hoffman,
Council-
person:,
Town
of
Parker
.
La
Yd!
McIntire,
Councilman,
·
Town
of
Parker
Frank
Solper,
Councilman,
Town
of
Parker
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WINNERS
SPEAK FOR
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For further information
.
an
'd special ott-roaa
applications
contact
· ·
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BILSTEIN
Corporation of
· America, 11760
Sorrento
Valley Road, Sari Diego,
CA
92121. (619) 453-7723
April 1985
Ivan Stewart
Fireworks 250
1st
place, Class 8
"Never before have
I had so much
confidence
in
a
shock. After five
races and extensive
testing on the same
set
of
shocks, I am
very
p/ea,sed
.
by
their
reliability and
excellent
performance.''
Jack Ramsey
Minf
400
1st
place, Cl. 5-1600
"Your
product has
brought our race
team
2 Mint wins
(1981 & 1983), Hope
to
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Jerry & Sherry Vinson
CAL 400
3rd place, Class
11
"I
think BilsteJn
shocks are tne best
shocks any race
car
driver could run on
his race
car.
"
Paul Bowen
Mint 400
Dick
Young
Mint 400
1st
place, Class 10 ·
"
The
quality and
dependability
of
Bi/stein shocks ·
contributed
significantly
to
our
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'.
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"
We
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ybur
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be_
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Bob Denault
Mint 400
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"I've still never had a
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1985
HAPPENINGS •••
A.D.R
,
A.
Ari
zo
na Desert Racing Association
1408 East Granada
Phoenix, AZ
85006
(602)
252-1900
April
20
2nd
Annual
Loma 150
San Luis
to
El
Golfo, Mexico
June
8
2nd
Annual Cinder Lake 150
Flagstaff; AZ
August
31
8th
Annual, Giant
Off
Road Centers
Snowflake 'Buggy Bash
Snowflake, AZ
October
19
9th
Annual Penasco·
150
Rocky Poi~t, Mexico
December
7,
1985
9th
Annual Sonoita
to
Rocky Poin.t
Hare 'n
Hound
Sonoita, Mexico
January
11,
1986
Annual Awards Banquet
Phoenix, AZ
AMSA
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Motor
Sports Association .
P.O. Box 5473
Fresno,
CA
93755
(209)
439-2114
·
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1
12
Hour
Mojave
Desert Challenge
California City,
CA
August 31•
September
1
24
Hour
World
Championship Desert
Endurance Race
California City,
CA
October
26
California
500
Palm Springs, CA
BERRIEN
AUTO
CROSS
SERIES
Coordinator - Gil Parker
7406
S.
12th St.
Kalamazoo,
MI
49009
(616)
375-1233
May
25-26
BFG Mem9rial Day 100
Lake Geneva,
WI
June
8-9
Short Course Race
Fountain City,
WI
June
22-23
Bay
Area Classic
Green Bay,
WI
July
6-7
Sugar Camp Challenge
Sugar Camp,
WI
July
12
Santa Fe Speedway .
Chicago,
IL
July
20-21
.
· U.P.
Off
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Bark River,
MI
July
27
Macon
County
Fair
Decatur, IL
August
4
Parragon Raceway
Parragon, IN
August
17
Red·Bud Trail
Buchan~n,
MI
August
24
Motorsports
Ch
allenge
Casey, IL
Aug~st
3
i-September
1
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Crandon,
WI
September
21-22
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MI
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April
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Off
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In
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May 11
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urse Race
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Tulare,
CA
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· 250 laps
on
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Tulare
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Tulare,
CA
June
8
Short Course Race -
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Fairgrounds'
Tulare,
CA
·
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Sum{ller Nationals
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Tulare
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Fairgrounds
Tulare,
CA
August
10
All Classes
Short
Course Race
Tulare
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Fairgrounds
Tulare,
CA
September
22
BFGoodrich Western
Off
Road Nationals
Tulare
County
Fairgrounds
Tulare,
CA
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Ro
x 19407
Oklahoma City,
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73119
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53
49
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(305)
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August
10
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May
25-26
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WI
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Atlant
a,
GA
30310
(
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April
28
.
100 Mile Race
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May
26
50
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· Atlanta, GA
June
9
100 Mile Race
Montgomery, AL
June
23
50
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Atlanta,
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July
28
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August
25
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Atlanta, GA
September
8
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September
22
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27
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INC.
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669-0640
or
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663-2922
April
28
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May
12
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2
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KS
June
30
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July
14
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CO
August
4
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St. Francis,
KS
August
18
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nv
er,,
CO
September
8
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CO
September
22
RMORRA
Colorado Springs,
CO
October
5 ·
Bandimere
Championship Race
Denver,
CO
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rt
Racing-Association
961
We
·st Dale Ave.
Las Vegas, NV
89124
(702) 361>
5404
July
5-
·7
Fireworks 250
Barstow,
CA
September
6-8
Frontier
500
Las Vegas
~o
Reno,
NY
December
6-B
Frontier
250
Las
Vegas, NV
HODAG50
Informatio_n (715) 362-6550
August
3
..
4
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50
Rhinelander,
WI
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Ohio
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25-26
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June
30
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July
14
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August
23-26
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October
6
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19
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Corona, CA
June
23
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4
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September
29
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Raceway.
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the
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that
covered
the
length
of
Mexico
in
the
halcyon
days
when
road
races
were
conducted
on
public
roads.
Stroppe
got
into
racing
boats,
fielded a
Ford
team
on
the
once
famous
Mobilgas
Economy
Run,
went
stock
· car racing
on
the
USAC
trail
and
tried
his
hand
at
SCCA
style
road
racing in a
Ford
powered
special
that
he
built
and
drove
himself.
spent
a
lot
of
time
co-driving
and
winning with Parnelli in
the
desert
.
The
fqreward
in
the
book
is a
touching
trip
down
memory
lane
written
by
Parnelli relating
the
good
times
he
has
spent
with
Bill
Stroppe.
MINT400
P.O.
Box
2160
Las Vegas, NV
89125
(702) 385-7440
May
2-5
Mint 400 Desert Race
Las
Vegas, NV
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ROAD
CHAMPIONSHIP
GRAND
PRIX
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Entertainment Group
53 Woodlyn Lane
Bradbury, CA
91010
(818) 359-5117
June
22
Orange Show Fairgrounds
San Bernardino, CA
July
20
L.A
. Coliseum
Los Angeles,
CA
September
14
Orange Show Fairgrounds
San Bernardino, CA
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Road
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P.O.
Box
181021
Fort Worth, TX 76118
(817) 577-1102
April
19-20
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Fort Worth,
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.
May
10-11
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Fort Worth,
TX
June
7-8
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Fort Worth, TX
July
5-6
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Fort Worth, TX
August
2~3
Cowtown Speedway
Fort Worth,
TX
-
September
6-
7
Cowtown Speedway
Fort Worth, TX
October
4-5
Cowtown Speedway
Fort Worth,
TX
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CAN
AM
SERIES
Pro
<;:an
Am Racing Inc.
P.O.
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323
Seahurst, Washington 98062
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Off
roaders
everywhere
know
the
name
of
Bill
Stroppe,
if
not
the
man.
But,
long
before
Stroppe
was
involved
in the
off
road
world,
he
was
building
and
driving
winning
race machines.
His
name
is legend in diverse
areas
of
competition
.
The
who
le
story
of
his
work
has
been
captured
by
Tom
Madigan,
author
of
the
book
titled
"Boss
-
The
Bill
Stroppe
Story"
.
Madigan
spent
months
interviewing Bill
Stroppe,
not
an
easy task
considering
Bill's
round
the
clock
schedule,
a:nd
he
interviewed
many
of
Bill's
friends
and
associates also.
The
book
is full
of
pictures,
many
in
color
and
many
from
Stroppe's
private
collection
of
events
over
the years.
The
saga begins with
Bill's
time
in
midget
racing, goes
on
to
his
service in
World
War
II,
and
his
heavy
involvement
in
motorsports
in
the
late
1940s
as
the
country
began its long love
affair.with
the
automobile.
From
his Long Beach,
CA
headquarters
Stroppe
began a
long time
association
with
the
Ford
Motor
Company
that
endures
today.
Bill was the
master
of
the
details
on
the
Lincoln-Mercury
teams
that
swept
the
famous
Carrera
Pan
In
the
early _
1960s
Bill
Stroppe
built
a winning
Mercury
.
stock
car
for
a
driver
named
Parnelli ·
Jones,
and
that
was
the
start
of
a
long
friendship
between
the
two
men.
When
off
road
racing
burst
on
the scene, it
wasn't
long
before
Parnelli
and
Bill
hit
the
desert
in a
Bronco
.
The
stock
machine
evo
lv
ed
to
the
Ford
special, Big
91y
Bronco,
and
Bill
There
is
much
more
between
the
book
covers,
including
glimpses
of
the
personal
triumphs
and
tragedies
of
Bill
and
Helen
Stroppe,
and
the
story
of
their
son
Willie,
who
is
part
of
the
business
that
now
goes
by
the
name
Bill
Stroppe
and
Son.
Fresh
off
the
pre
_sses,
the
224
page
book
is
now
available in
major
book
and
department
stores
for
$13.95.
If
you
can't
find it,
contact
the
publisher,
Darwin
Publications,
850
No.
Hollywood
Way
,
Burbank,
CA
91505.
...
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· ·
onlY
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you
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e
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year
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May
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NV
June
21-23
Little Rock
300
. Olympia,
WA
August
16-18
Kittitas
250
Ellensberg,
WA
September
27-29
Millican Valley
400
Bend,
OR
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PRO
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Sports Car Club
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6750
Emporia St.
Englewood,
CO
80112
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April
13-14
Nor'Wester
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Everett,
WA
April
20-21
Wild
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Tumwater,
WA
June
8-9
Susquehannock Trail Pro Rally
Wellsboro, PA
July
4-7
Olympus International
Pro Rally
Tumwater,
WA
August
16-18
Ralle Michigan Pro Rally
Battle Creek,
MI
September
21-22
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Chillicothe,
OH
October
25-27
Budweiser Press
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Houghton,
Ml
November
16-17
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December
6-8
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March
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CA
June
7-9
Baja
Internacional
Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
August
16-18
Off
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World
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Riverside International Raceway
Riverside,
CA
!Slovember
8-9
Baja
1000
Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
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390
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Lery, Quebec,
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692-6171
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada:
June
8
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
June
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May
10-12
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SILVER
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7380
Las Vegas,
NV
89125
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459-031 7
March
31
Spring Fever
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Henderson,
NV
June
8
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400
Caliente,
NV
August
17
Nevada
300
Pioche,
NV
November
16
Silver Dust
400
Henderson,
NV
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4394
Las Vegas, NV
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452-4522
April
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.
June
22
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July
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Holiday Casino & KC
Hilites Midnight Special'
Las Yegas,
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September
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Holiday Casino & KC
Hilites Snore
250
Jean; NV
November
23
Points Race
Las Vegas,
NV
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460
No. Beaumont Ave.
Brookfield,
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53005
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272-1489
May
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Memorial '85
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June
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June
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Bay
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July
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Bark Rivet,
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August
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Hodag
50
Rhinelander,
WI
August
31-September
1
Brush
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101
Crandon,
WI
September
21-22
Colorama 100
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·
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June
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August
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1
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Crandon,
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Sacramento, CA
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925
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April
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Short
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Prairie City
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Sacramento,
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May
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Weeks, NV
June
22-23
Virginia City 200
Virginia, City, NV
July
20
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Baylands Raceway Park
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September 1-2
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Day.ton, NV
September
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October
13
Championship
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July 21
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THE
HEAVYWEIGHT
COMPETITION.
CLASS
7:
MARIO
ALISI
DEFEATS
THE
COMPETITION
BY
MORE
THAN
AN
HOUR.
West
of
the
Colorado River, in
Jhe
"Southpoint" of Nevada,
through the same terrain
where
General Geor
ge
Patton trained
.
the
Army's First Armored tank corps, runs
the
course of the .
Laughlin Desert Challenge.
Through these rugged hills and canyons, Goodyear
Wrangler Radials-the very same tires
you
can buy-helped our ·
drivers emerge victorious through desert conditions
some
thought
they
could
never
survive.
Congratulations
to
Walker Evans, Spencer
Low,
Mario
Alisi and Dale
Draves.
CL
A
SS
7-5:
SPENCER
LOW
WINS
T
HE
BATTLE
OF
THE
"STOCK
MINI-PICKUPS!'
.
CLASS
6-B:
DALE
DRAVE'S
FIRST
CAMPAIGN
ON
WRANGLERS
DRAWS
HIS
FIRST
WIN
.
EVER.
And thanks for proving once again
how
· Goodyear
Wrangler Radials
are
engineered tn take. ·
on
the
toughest terrain .
··
So
whether
you
clrive
on or off
the
road,
give
your
truck a set of
Goodyear Wrangler Radials;
And get the freedom
to
go
just about anywhere.
Frank
Snook
and Eric Arras leaped over the
tough
Nevada
turf
in
their
Raceco
to
not
only
win Class 1
but
take the _overall
victory
with a
totally
trouble
free race. ·
Jerry
Penhall and Ron
Gardner
took
over the points lead in the desert seri
es
with their second Class 2
win in a
row
in the
Chenowth,
taking the lead on the last lap.
THE
HDRA
LAUGHLIN
DESERT
CHALLENGE
The Cold Winds Blew Frank
Snook
and
Eric Arras
to
Overall Victory!
By
Jean
Calvin
Photos: Trackside Photo Enterprises
The
second
annual
Laughlin
Desert
Challenge
was a
howling
success
in
more
than
one
way.
Not
only
did
the
wind
howl
on
race
day,
but
the
racers
came
in
droves,
189
strong
out
of
the
210
entries
came
to
the
starting
line,
up
a
good
50
from
last
year's
entry.
Obviously
the
combined
points
series is
working
to
swell
the
car
entries
in
the
desert
races.
The
race activity was
spread
out
all
over
town,
and
the
hotels
put
vacant
la~d ·
by
the
Colorado
River
between
the Edgewater
and
Pioneer
hotels
for
the
tech
and
contingency
. business. It was
party
time
for
the
afternoon
into
evening
schedule
on
Friday,
with
Nissan
supplying
one
of
their
famous
circus
ten
ts
for
registration,
and
the
official T
shirt,
beer
and
booze sales.
Outside
the
tent
a mini
midway
sprang.
up
next
to
contingency
row.
On
sale were
more
T
shirts,
hats,
foot
long
hot
dogs,
beer,
almost
everything
in
mobile
booths. A band entertained
and
people
danc
.
ed
on
a
portable
dance
floor.
With
,a
1:30
to
7:30
p.m.
schedule
for
the Friday
rituals,
it
was
busy
all
the
time
for
the
large
turn
out
of
contingency
Running
the
two
seat Raceco in Class 1, Gregg
Symonds
and Jake Fogg took
over
second
place in class
on
the final lap, and had no mechanical woes either.
·
on
some
very inexpensive
room
rates
for
the
visitors. Laughlin 's
atmosphere
is friendly, the mea-ls
are
cheaper
than
one
could
buy
the
food
for
uncooked
at
a
market
,
and
the
living
is
casual,
with jeans
OK
in
any
establish-
ment.
With
the
normal
round
the
clock
activity
of
a Nevada
.gambling mecca,
plus
the
small
western
town
atmospher
e,
the
place is
made
to
order
as a h
ost
for
an
off
road
race.
This
year
there
was
no
individual
sponsor
for .
the
race;
rather
the
entire
town
o f
Laughlin,
Nevada,
eight
casinos
and
a
convenience
store,
got
organized
under
their
newly
formed
Chamber
of
Commerce
and
gave a
great
deal
of
support,
both
in
manpower
and
money,
to
Walt
Lott
and
the
HORA
staff
While Laughlin
is
growing
like
pra_irie grass in
the
spring, with a
couple
of
new
hotel
/
casinos
in
operation
since last year
and
condos
sprouting
up
on
the
highway,
there
was still e
nough
Cl!'lss 1 was Raceco
country
at Laughlin
as
Ron Brant sailed
nicely
into
third
in
Class 1, a clean sweep in class
for
the chassis brand.
Mike
Goodwin
,
with
Brian Dyson
riding
in the Raceco, came close
to
winning
Class 2,
but
a roll over
dropped
-him
to
second.
Soaring
out
of
one
of
a
hundred
on course ditches, Steve
Sourapas
and Dave
Richardson
came
in a very close
third
in Class
10,
eighth
overall.
Page
12
Bob
Veltri and
Marty
VanZeyl
drov
e
yet
another
Raceco
to
third
place in the very
competitive
Class 2 field,
only
two
minutes
out
of
the second spot.
Phoenix
driver
Dwight
Lundell had a few
problems
in his Dirtrix,
and he finished
on
a bare rear rim,
but
he also finished
fourth
in
Class 10,
ninth
overall.
April
19
85
Class 10 was
another
hat trick for Raceco. Larry Bolin went
solo
to
a keen second in class, sixth overall in a
tight
dice
on the last lap. ·
Jack
Ramsay led
for
three laps, here clearing Check 2,
but
a last
lap
accident
dropped
the Bunderson
to
an official second.
Dusty
Times
Marty
Reider
did
the
iron
man
bit
~t
Laughlin,
ran
two
laps
without
power
steering, and still
won
Class
10 and also
finished
a remarkable s
econd
overall.
Bobby
and
Tom
Neth
won
the 1-2-1600
honors
again in the
Chenowth
Magnum
,
taking
the lead
on
the
fourth
and
final
round
to get
a
good
lead
on
the
class
points
,
Rob
Tolleson
drove
his
Mirage
to
third
in Class 1-2-1600,
and
the
rookie
driver
has
jus
,t three races
to
his
credit
,
and
has a first,
second
and
third
in class.
Rob
Myerly
and
Randy
Jones
finished
second
on
time
in Class 1-2-1600,
but
a
course
infraction
penalty
dropped
their
Bunderson
to
an
official
fourth.
donors.
The
very
crush
of
the big
car
entry
enhanced
the
carnival·
atmosphere
on
a
warm,
s
unny
resort
style
day
.
But
, as has
been
the
norm
this
year, race
day
dawned
cold,
with
overcast
skies
and
r'ain
clouds
hovering
over
the
Arizona hills
across
the
river.
At
the
start
line,
nearly
four
hours,
then
Ivan
did
-
another
good
round,
only
to
have
more
trans
troubl
e
on
the
third
of
the
four
laps
required
of
all classes. Ivan
ran
out
of
time
and
retired.
a
mere
stone's
throw
from
the
back
door
of
the
casinos,
sprinkles
fell as
the
cars
started
one
every 15
seconds
at
9 a.m.
The
sprinkles
never
got
.
serious
,
and
this was
one
desert
race
that
could
have
·used
some
water
on
the
course
.
It
was
typical
southern
Nevada
terrain,
and
the
deep
ruts
got
deeper,
the
soft
I
sand
was
bottomless,
and
the
dust
was thick.
The
hefty
wind
gusts
helped
in
some
areas,
but
made
visibility
worse
in
other
s
on
th
e
course,
where
half
of
the
55
mile
route
consisted
of
na
rrow
trails
through
the heavy
bru
sh
and
some
very
skinny
ca
nyons
.
Among
most
of
the
20
<;::
lass 1
starters,
however,
the
,
comp
eti-
tion
was fierce
on
th
e first lap,
many
running
hard
as
if
it was
the
only
lap
. Zinging
off
the
fast
lap
of
the
day
from
his
18th
startin
g
spot,
Jack
Johnson
whipped
the
Chenowth
Magnum
around
in a
keen
1:15.08.
But,
La
rry
Ragland
had
a six
cylinder
·
Porsche
in his
Chaparr
a
l,
and
he
was close
at
1:
16.11,
with fellow
Arizona
driver
Larry Noel
only
six
seconds
bthind
him. Several
more
were
less
than
two
minutes
off
the
leading
pac
e. Missing
in
action
on
round
one
were
contenders
Kirk
Kontilis,
broken
axle,
Chet
Huffman
and
Al
Arciero,
both
with
drive
train
woes.
On
the
second
lap
Johnson
reportedly
missed a
turn
and
got
stuck
in a
ditch.
Larry
Noel
assumed
the
lead
midwa
y in
the
race,
but
ORiy by a
minute
over
Mark
McMillin, again
running
.
his
two
seat
Porsch
e
powered
Chenowth
in
Class 1. Fast
runners
on
lap
one,
Tom
Koch
and
Larry
Ragland, were
both
reported
down
on
course
with
axle
and
/
or
trans
trouble,
and
Kenny
Kumme
was missing
too.
Now
in
third
on
time
was Eric .
Arras
,
in
the
Frank
Snook
Raceco,
about
four
minutes
.
behind
McMillin.
Jack
Johnson
made
a
come
back
dash,
but
the
tran
s gave
up
.
and
.he
parked.
Larry
Noel lost
the
bolts
out
of
a
CV
joint,
and
lost
time in
repairs
on
the
third
lap.
Drive
train
failure was
the
story
of
the
race.
Much
of
the
. failure w;is
induced
by a virtual
epidemic
of
roll overs,
and
some
entries
rolled
more
than
once
and
still finished in
the
money.
The
high
berms
that
developed
made
rolling a calculated risk
if
one
was
to
pass
the
car ahead.
On
the
third
lap
Mark
McMillin
broke
a
spindle
and
lost
a
couple
of
hours,
and
Frank
Snook,
now
at
the
helm
of
the
McDonald's
Raceco, was leading Class 1. ·
The
final
round
in
the
deepening
ruts
saw a traffic
jam
near
the
end
of
the
course
.
Veteran
Snook
s
ide
hilled
around
the
stuck
cars,
and,
much
to
the
surprise
of
the
sp
e
ctators
,
frank
Snook's
yellow
Racc<;:o
Ivan
Stewart
and
his
Toyota
_
truck
we
re
first away as
the
Class
1 s revved
up
for
the
desert
.
Stewart
blasted
three
quarters
_
of
th
e
distance
around
the
lap
before
the
trans
packed
up
in
the
mo
dified
pickup
.
The
fix
to
ok
The
turtle
trophy
went
to
the
1-2-1 600
of
Robb
y arid C
indy
Guevara, 18th in class :
and
they
finished
with
just
4
minu
tes and 4 s
econd
s
to
spare.
I,
Dusty
Times
April
1985
was the first
car
across the finish
line ... they
had
been
expecting a
yellow
two
seater.
Snook,
with
Arras
doing
the first
two
rounds,
won
the ·race overall,
and
it was
the first
time
Frank
has
had
an
overall win since
1978
and
the
California
400
at
Barstow
wher
e
he
iron
manned
hi_s Class 9 Hi
This
is
the system
run
by
most
off
road race
winners
Jumper
for
330
miles
to
win over
a
166
car
field.
As
misfortune
befell
the
early
leaders, Gregg
Symonds
and
Jake
Fogg
moved
steadily
up
the
chart
and
finished
second
in Class
1,
seventh
overall in a
two
seat
Raceco
minus
one
seat.
They
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13
First
lap
leaders
in
Class
5,
Greg Heinrich and
Jim
Pope
had
a habit
of
rolling
over,
and
th
ey
dropped
to
second
in
class after
four
laps.
Mike
Nesmith
and Randy Salmont had a good day
in
their
GMC,
had
minor
problems,
but
hunq
on
to
take a
fine
second place
in
Class
8.
+ + +
24
minutes
behind
the
overall
winners.
Ron
Brant
was
third
under
.
the
flag,
about
11
minutes
back,
and
Larry
Noel
salvaged
fourth
place,
followed
·
by
Nick
Nicholson
and
some
time
later,
Mark
McMillin
.
ln
all,
seven
of
the
20
finished
the
four
laps
within
the
ten
hour
time
allowance,
which
was
short
time
for
some
of
the
slower
classes,
if
the
entry
had
any
trouble
. ·
The
next
morning
it was
announced
that
Jack
Johnson
had
moved
from
DNF
status
to
disqualification,
and
the
reason
stated
was
that
his racer
hit
a
checkpoint
worker,
doing
some,
but
not
serious
physical
damage
to
the
person.
Class 2 was
next
off
the
line, a
healthy
gro
up
of
2 7,
of
which
merely
seven
·
would
see
the
checkered
flag.
This
started
out
as a real close dice, as
Tom
Martin
led
the
first
round
with a
swift
1:19.35
,
but
it
was a
slim
margin.
Also
in a Raceco,
Jim
Sumners
did
c1
1
:20.30,
but
Jim
':,.
In
their
last
ride
in
the
Larr
y's
VW
Bug,
Malcolm
Vinje
and
Mark
Hansen
led
three
of
the four laps
by
inches, and
won
Class
5 honors
by
a
ti(:lht
11
minutes.
lost
his ·
trans
on
the
second
lap.
Mike
Goodwin
was
next
with
a
quick
1
:20.45,
and
a
half
dozen
mor
e
were
merely
a
minute
or
two
out
as
the
herd
thundered
off
on
the
second
l?P·
Frank
Arcier
e
had
big
troubles,
rolling
his
.
Toyota
pickup
on
its
side
on
the
first lap while
attempting
to
pass,
and
then
he
had
a five
hour
plus
second
lap,
and
then
parked.
Midway
Mike
Goodwin
had
a
skinny
lead in
his
Coca
Cola
Raceco,
about
1 ¼
minutes
over
Tom
and
Steve
Martin
.
Cam
Theriot
and
Greg
Lewin were
·
ho
!ding
third,
less
than
five
minutes
back.
Moving
up
were
Jerry
Penhall
and
Ron
Gardner,
their
.
Chenowth
another
minute
back, closely followed
by
Bob
Richey/
Tom
Baker, Raceco. A
full
16
completed
two
laps,
but
·
only
ten managed
three
rounds
in
Class 2. .
·
The
Martins
gained back
the
lead
on
lap
3,
and
they
were well
on
their
way
to
the
overall
victory. But,
just
a few miles
from
pay
dirt
their
engine let go
in
a big way.
At
this
point
Mike
Goodwin
should
have
taken
over
the Class 2 lead,
but
he
rolled
the
. car instead, losing
just
enough
After
a
visual
battle
for
two
laps,
Mari
_o
Alesi
had
no
mechanical trouble
an
·d romped home
an
easy winner
in
Class 7,
•:
time
to
lose
the
lead.
Taking
over
first place
on
the
final lap was
the
Parker
winning
team
of
Jerry
Penhall
and
Ron
Gardner,
who
were
third
overall as :well;
finishing
with
a flapping
reat
tire,
which blew
just
100
yards
from
the
checkered
flag.
Goodwin
was
making
it
two
for
two
in
his
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Page
14
Walker
Evans
roared
to
a tremendous
win
in
Class 8, the Dodge never missed a beat, and
Evans
was
definitely back
on
form
at
the rough
Laughlin
race.
April 1985
back
about
4½
minutes,
fourth
overall,
and
just
two
minutes
ahead
of
Bob Veltri
and
Marty
VanZeyl, whose very
consistent
lap times
brought
them
home
third
in class, fifth overall.
Phoenix
racer and car
build
er
Jack
Woods,
with
Don
Bailey co-
driving,
took
fourth
in Class 2 in
his
own
creation.
Fifth
went
to
Vic VanElla
and
Mel
Tyree,
the
former
terror
of
Class 9 in its
heyday.
Arriving
seven
th,
Corky
and
Scott
McMillin
-
survived
a
broken
spindle
on
the
first lap
to
gain'
their
finishing
points.
With
27
.
stormers
on
the
line,
Class
10
bid
fair
to
be
a
barn
burner,
and
so
it was initially.
From
Norman,
Oklahoma,
Buddy
Harris
put
his
Chenowth
Magnum
out
front
on
the
first
lap
with
a 1 :23 flat,
but,
in with a
1:23.24
was
Marty
Reider,
Raceco.
Right
in his
dust
was
James
Krumme,
with
a
1:23.30
in his
Funco.
Lying close in
the
1
:24
range were Dwight Lundell,
Greg
Aronson
/Crai
g
Watkins,
Roger
Mortenson
/
Russ
Welch,
Steve
Sourapas
/Da
ve
Richard
-
son,
Mark
Manley,
and
Steve
Tetrick/Randy
.
Snyder,
with a
dozen
more
running
in
the
next
minute
or
so.
Only
15 Class 1
Os
mad
e
the
half
way
point,
and
Marty
Reider
had
taken
the lead,
but
only
by
45
seconds
over
Buddy
Harris.
It
was a tight dice, with
Sourapas/
Richardson
another
three
minutes
back,
Lundell
just
over
a
minute
behind
him,
and
Rob
MacCachren
was
another
minute
and
change
behind.
It was still
close as
the
survivors
headed
out
on
the
final lap, with
Reider
holding
his lead
of
just
over
a
minute
on
Harris.
Unfortunat-
ely,
Harris
did
not
complete
the
lap. Hanging tough,
with
55
miles
to
go,
Dwight
Lundell
was
about
six
minutes
off
the pace.
'Virt
ually tied
two
more
minutes
back
were
Aronson/Watkins,
Larry Bolin,
and
Sourapas/
.
Richardson.
After
Frank
Sno0k
finished,
it
was
some
time
before
the
Penhall/Gardner
car
arrived,
and
right
on
the
heels
of
the
Chenowth
was·
Marty
Reider
in
his Raceco, winning Class
10
handily,
although
he
lost
the
power
steering
midway
in
his
solo
drive.
Marty
also nailed a
keen
second
overall in
the
race.
Next
to
arrive,
second
on
time
as
well, was
the
-Raceco
of
Greg
Aronson
and
Craig
Watkins,
powered
by a
FAT
Rabbit
engine,
and
the
-y were
more
th
an
eight
minute
s
behind
Reider.
But
the
.
team,
and
also
the
Tetrick/Snyder
car which
did
not
finish, were
both
assessed an
extra
15
minutes
for
failing
to
stop
at
a
checkpoint.
The
action
dropped
the
Aronson
car
to
sixth
in
class.
The
penalty
put
solo
driver
Larry
Bolin, Raceco,
into
second
in Class 10, sixth overall,
about
15
minutes
behind
the
winner
but
only
two
minutes
ahead
of
third
placing
Steve
Sourapas/
Dave
Richardson,
Raceco.
Dwight
Lundell
had
a flat
on
the
final lap
and
finished
on
a
bare
·
and
bent
rear
rim,
but
he was
just
three
more
minutes
back
in
fourth.
In
another
minute,
Jerry
and
Bob
Leighton
were fifth,
having
lost
time
on
the first lap.
Mark
Broneau
had
his
troubles
on
the
last lap,
and
his
Raceco
Dusty
Times
was
seventh.
Rob
MacCachren
was
shoved
off
the
course
by a
big
truck
on
the final
rou~d,
ending
his race with a
broken
stub
axle
and
much
more
damage
to
the
Bunderson.
Having
trouble
on
the
second
lap, James
Krumme
came
back to finish
ninrh,
. .the final finisher
out
of
the
27
that
started.
Next
to
leave was
the
biggest
class in
the
race, 1-2-
1600,
combined
as always
in
HORA
races.
There
were
32
starters
, all,
or
so
it
seemed,
running
nose
to
tail .
on
the
narrow
dusty
trails.
Jack Ramsay,
Bunderson
two
seater, laid
down
the
fast first
lap
of
1:27.
08,
showing
. graphically
that
horsepower
was
not
the
whole
story
on
the
really
rough
Laughlin
race
course.
Jerry
Jeffries,
Chenowth
two
seater,
did
a 1
:28.42,
and
was in
second.
A
whole
bunch
had 1
:29
and
change lap times, including,
not
necessarily in
order,
Bobby
and
Tom
Neth,
Chenowth
single
seater,
Rob
.
Myerly
/
Randy
Jones,
Bunderson
single seater,
Jim
Greenway
/
Terry
Smith,
Raceco
two
seater,
Richard
Binder,
two
seater,
Dave
Mansker;
Raceco single
seater
,
and
Doug
Hovis,
two
seater.
Things
sorted
out
slightly
at
half
distance.
Ramsay
still led
with
another
1:27 lap,
holding
three
minutes
on
Myerly/
Jones,
who
had
almost
three
minutes
on
the
Neths
.
Most
of
th
e
other
hot
lappers
had
trouble
and
dropped
time,
but
24
managed ·
to
go
half
way
in
the
battle.
After
three
laps
Ramsay
had
a
firm
lead-
of4
½
minutes
over
the
Neths,
who
were nearly
two
minutes
ahead
of
Myerly/ Jones.
But,
on
the
final
round,
the
Ramsay
team, with
Rick
Mills
co-driving,
dropped
ten
minutes
and
had
to
replace a
driver,
and
they
dropped
to
third
in class.
Myerly
and
Jones
finished
just
three
minutes
behind
the
Neth
brothers,
but
they
got
a 15
minute
penalty
for
not
stopping
at a
checkpoint,
and
they
fell
to
fourth
in class.
This
put
Jack
Ramsay officially
in
second
place,
merely
eight
minutes
behind
the
winning
Chenowth
of
Bobby
and
Tom
Neth.
Driving a
very steady . race,
young
Rob
Tolleson
was
third,
going
solo
in
his single seat Mirage.
With
plenty
of
woes,
Jim
Greenway
and
Terry
Smith
were fifth,
followed by
Richard
Binder: A
hefty
18
of
the
32
finished
the
four
laps, · including
absolutely
last overall,
79th,
.
Robby
and
Cindy
Guevara,
who
had
just
four
minutes
left
on
time
when
their
Hi
Jumper
finished.
A
good
field
of
eleven
started
in
Class
5,
and
this was a visual
battle
between
four
Bugs all
around
the
course.
Check
the
times!
On
the
first lap
Greg
Heinrich
/ ]
im
Pope
recorded
a
1:30.13,
Malcolm
Vinje
/
Mark
-
Hansen
did
a
1:30.25,
Pete
Sohren/Frank
Evans nailed a
1:30.35,
and
Hartmut
and
Wolfram
Klawitter zipped
off
a
1
:31.05,
while
Christopher
Neil/Jerry
Miller were in
with
a
1 :33
.28
in the
Ghia
Bug.
The
·
war
continued
to
mid
distance
where
Vinje
/
Hansen
had
nearly
two
minutes
on
Sohren
/ Evans,
who
·were
two
minutes
ahead
of
the
Klawitters,
who
were a
mtnute
ahead
of
Heinrich
/ Pope.
~
-+-
-+-
+
Dusty
Times
Jim
Dizney
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with
Dave
Richardson
co-driving,
had
to
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hard
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Jim
Fricker
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trick
again,
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Class
4,
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Page
15
Don
McCormack,
in an
ex-Hall
Dodge,
kept
the
usual
winner
honest
all day,
but
he
had
trouble
on
the
third
lap
and
dropped
to
a
long
.
second
at
the
flag.
Simon
and
Simon
, Paul
and
Dave, ~re ·
~eal
contend~rs
in
7S
this
season,
and
their
slightly
battered
Ford
Ranger
was
a
strong
third
at
Laughlin.
After
changing
a
transmission,
Willie
Valdez
made
a
wild
come
from
behind
dash
in
his
Ford
Ranger
to
finish
second
in
Class 7S at
the
flag. ·
+-
+-
+- +-
The
. close dicing Class
8,
but
it was
Walker
Evans
took
its toll.
and
the
Klawitters benefit day
at
Laughhn.
Walker,
vanished,
Sohren
/ Evans lost a with his
brother
Paulden riding
few
minutes
and
then
failed
to
shotgun,
served notice he was
finish
the
last lap, while Neil
and
serious
on
the
first lap with a
Miller ·
bad
almost
two
hours
1:28.07
time.
Evans
never
down
time
on
the
third
round
.
looked
back,
and
he
won
Class 8
Heinrich
and
Pope
reportedly
·
by
40
minutes
in
the
Dodge, after
rolled
at
least twice,
and
heading cooling
it
a
bit
bn
the final lap.
into
the
final lap, Vinje/
Hansen
The
main
contenders
all
had
led Heinrich
and
Pope
by
just
some
troubles. Steve Kelley
under
ten
minutes.
rolled his
GMC
on
the
first lap,
At
the
flag
Malcolm
Vinje
and
doing
great damage, as
he
hit
a
Mark
Hansen
won
Class 5 by
just
berm
while trying
to
pass _ a ·
over
ten
minutes
from
Heinrich slower car. Dave
Shoppe
had
and
Pope.
Moving
into
third
spot
myriad woes, never
did
get
up
to
with a steady drive were James full speed,
but
he
finished
third
and
David
Plum
in a plain, steel .
in
the
Ford.
Mike
Nesmith
and
grey
Bug.
Neil
and
Miller
Randy
Salmont
drove
to
fine lap
recovered
to
finish with
about
17 times and
kept
their
GMC
minutes
left
on
the
time
together
to
take
second
place.
allowance, gaining
fourth
and
Bill
Howard
and
Richard
Nelson
There
were
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were fifth,
and
the
last Class 8
finisher, driving a
Ford.
Class 7 seems
locked
into
being a
trio
each race,
and
so
it
was
at
Laughlin.
On
hand
were
Mario
Alesi/ Harry
SlaJwick,
Nissan,
Manny
and
Tudy
Esquerra,
.
Ford
Ranger,
and
Brent
Smith
and
Mike George,
Ford
Ranger. Alesi
and
Esquerra
put
on a fantastic
shm
v for
tw
o
laps,
runnin
g in sight of each
'
other,
and
the
y finished the first
lap nose
to
tail with Esquerra
holding a slim, 1
½ seccmd lead.
Midway it was Alesi
up
tronr
by a
mere
32
seconds,
and
Brent
Smith
was fixing things
on
· course.
The
Esquerra Ranger slowed
with clutch
trouble
on
lap 3,
and
Alesi
did
not
slow his pace.
Mario
finished an easy first in
class
and
a fine
19th
overall.
Manny
lost
the
clutch cc)mplete -
ly
on
the
last lap, and
he
salvaged
second,
an
hour
and ten
minutes
later.
Smith
and George
al
so
finished,
over
another
hour
back
for a
100
percent
finish
in
the
modified
mini
truck
class.
A
half
dozen Class 9,
1200
cc
cars
took
to
the
course
next,
and
they
had
a very close race,
and
four
finished the
entire
course.
The
first lap leader was
the
Hi
Jumper
ofJeffWatsonand
Butch
Darling, with
just
about
a
minute
in
hand
over
Jim
Dizney,
Chenowth.
Dave
and
John
McDonough
were
third,
about
three
minutes
back
in
the
same
Funco
that
took
their
sister Kelly
to
the
HORA
Class 9 title last
2124
N.
Lee,
Dept.
DT,
South
El
Monte,
CA
91733
Henry
Arras
and
his
son
Eric
did
a
great
job
in
the
rough
run
and
they
squeaked
out
their
second
consecutive
win
in
5-1600
class
by
less
than
two
minutes.
Page
16
April
1985
Dusty
Times
Mike
Lesle
was
oh
so
close
all
four
laps in
his
5-1600,
scarcely
out
of
the
l
eaders
sight
all
day,
but
Les le had
to
be
content
with
second
place.
season.
Midway
Watson
/
Darling
main
rained a slim lead
of
less
.
than
three
minutes
over
· Dizney.
Solo
driver
Mike
McCrory
inched
past
the
McDonoughs,
into
third
by a
minute,
and
Larry
and
John
Webster
. were
just
another
two
minutes
back.
After
three
rounds
Watson
/ Darling
had
a
cushion
of
over
eight
minutes
on
Dizney,
who
was
only
.
20
seconds
ahead
of
McCrory,
and
Dizney
had
shift
cable woes.
The
other
two
9s
were
only
a
minute
or
two
behind
also. .
But,
on
_
the
final lap
the
leading
Hi
Jumper
ended
up
broken,
in a
deep
ditch
on
course.
At
the
flag
it was
Jim
Dizney's Cheno\1/th,
with
Dave
Richardson
driving
relief,
that
took
the
victory by
less
than
two
minutes
over
Mike
McCrory.
The
McDonoughs
were
about
five
minutes
back in
third,
and
the
Websters
hung
.
tough
to
take
fourth
after a long
final lap.
Class 4
had
a
good
entry
of
. eleven
starters,
but
the Jeeps
of
both
Tim
Casey
and
Rodney
Inch were
out
early.
Rod
Hall
lost
ten
minutes
on
course
with a
quick
fix
on
a
broken
front
end
truss,
and
. it was
the
Dodge
of
Don
McCormack
that
took
the
lead
on
lap
1.
John
Randall,
Honcho,
had
rear
end
trouble
·
and
retired after
onelap,
and
the
Jeep
of
Jim
Bell
and
Walt
Laycock
only
went
that
far as
well.
Midway
the
battle
joined
between
Rod
Hall/
Jim
Fricker,
Dodge,
and
the
ex-Hall
Dodge
driven
by
McCormack.
The
pair
were
abso
lut
ely tied
on
elasped
time, well ahead
of
the
field. Ed
and
Jody
Martensen
retired
their
Jeep
after
two
rounds,
and
the
Honcho
of
Lowell
Arnold
was
gone
after
three
turns
around
the
rough
route.
Up
front
McCormak
had
his
trouble
·
on
the
third
lap
and
Hall
swept
into
his usual
position,
the
lead.
Rodney
led all
the
way
to
the
checkered
flag.
Don
McCormack
got his
Dodge
fixed
well
enough
to
finish
second
in
Class
4,
and
Tom
Strong
and
Steve
Bouden
- were
third
in · a
Chevrolet
pickup.
Driving
yet
another
Dodge,
Mike
Wheeler
and
Lynn
Dickton
took
fourth
home
to
Henderson,
NV,
and
V
em
Roberts
and
Bill
Donahoe
finished fifth in a Jeep.
Class
7S
was
down
to
eight
starters
at
Laughlin,
many
still
licking
their
wounds
from
Parker
evidently. A new
entry
in this
class was
+ + + + + +
Dusty
Tim~J
-
Back
in Class 3
this
season,
Don
Adams
and
Larry
Olsen
beat
ihe
field
of
V-8s at L
aughlin,
taking
the
win
in
the
c ·
herokee
fitted
with
a
st(aight
six
engine.
April _1985
Page
17
Jason
Myers
cruised
his
stock
Jeep
Cherokee
the entire
four
laps
to
win
the purse in the
two
Jeep
ClassJ2
,
for
downsize
4
WD
wagons
. ·
The
Score
Challenge
class was a battle
of
attrition
in the
rough
run. The T Mag
of
Bob
Savage was
the lone survivor, a
four
lap
finisher
,'
of
the five starters.
Class 6 was
another
war
of
attrition
,. with
both
entries in trouble. Dale Draves and David
Hutchins
won the
honors
in an
AMC
Hornet.
Parker
winner
in Class 7 4x4, ·G.T.
Gowland,
with Stan
Houghton
co-driving,
took
the class again
driving
his
Toy
,
ota
almost
four
laps.
+-
+--
+-
t
he
slick
new
Ford
Ranger
of
Scott
Douglas,
whose
secret
weapon
was
Frank
Vessels
as
the
starting
driver.
The
first
lap was nearly as tight as it
had
been
in Class - 7. ·
1984
class
champ
Spencer
Low
/
Paul
Delang, Nissan, got
the
fast lap
at
1
:35.55,
but
Vessels was close
at
1 :36. I 1,
but
his Ranger
didn't
go
much
farther.
Third
after
one
round
was
the
Ranger
of
Paul
and
Dave
Simon,
with a
1:39.05,
but
it
had
problems
on
the
next
lap.
Willie
Valdez
had
his·Ranger in
fourth,
another
three
minute
s
back.
Midway,
Low,
with a
1:39
second
lap had a
strong
,
almost
nine
minute
lead
over
Vald
ez
,
and
the
Simons
were
down
to
third
but
still well
ahead
of
the
field .
Low
hit
another
truck
and
did
som
e damage
on
the
next
lap,
and
Valdez was
down
changing a
transmission.
So,
despite
sundry
electrical
problems,
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DON'T
MISS
.
THE
4TH
RACE
OF
THE
SCORE/HD
RA
POINTS
SERIES
SCORE
BAJA
INT
.
ERNACIONAL
June
7-9,
1985
Ensenada
BC,
Mexico
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more
information
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Page 18
·
Low
brought
the
Nissan in
for
the
Class 7S victory.
With
a fresh
trans, Valdez
made
up
nearly
half
an
hour
on
the
final lap,
but
he
had
to
settle
for
second
plao
~ tl~is
race,
about
seven
minutes
behind
Low.
Low
had
to
be
towed
from
the
finish
area,
since
his
alternator
was
broken
in half.
Simon
and
_
Simon
were
strong
in.
third
. place, merely 19,
minutes
·
behind
Valdez.
John
Cabe
/ Neal
Linebarger snagged
fourth
in a
Toyota,
_
and
. Jim
Travis
/
Ron
League were fifth in
another
Toyota
,
the
final7S
finisher.
The
last
of
the
big entr.y'
classes,
at
15
on
the
line, was 5-.
1600
. .
Despite
the
size
of
the
entry,
it
soon
turned
into
a
two
Bug race.
The
torn
up
terrain
was
truly
tough
on
this
class,
but
seven
of
them
covered
all
four
laps,
and
all
but
three
managed
at
least
one
lap.
Henry
Arras
set
a
hot
pace
on
lap 1,
doing
a
keen
1:37.59,
but
Mike
Lesle was
right
in his wake,
only
23
seconds
behind.
Nearest
to
them
then
were several Bugs in
the
mid
1
:40s
.
Arras
continued
to
lead,
and
had
a seven.
minute
margin
midway, when
he
got
out
and
handed
over
to
his
son
Eric,
who
had
just
debarked
from
rhe
eventual overall winning Raceco.
With
the
driver
change, it
wa~
close after
three
laps with
the
Arras
Bug
one
even
minute
ahead
of
Lesle, as .the pair left
the
field
well
behind
at
this
point.
Arras
picked
up
another
50
.
seconds
on
the
last lap
to
win this
tight dice
over
Mike
Lesle by a
slender
1
minute,
51 seconds.
About
35
minutes
behind
,
Mike
and
Roy
Taylor
had
very
consistent
lap times ·
and
were
strong
in
third,
about
13
minutes
ahead
of
Jeff Bolha
and
Rick
Lyneis,
who
were well ahead
of
.
the
other
three
finishers.
The
big
engined
bobtails
in
Class 3
had
eight starters,
and
Gene and
Kirby
Hightower
are having a great season in the Jeep CJ-7.
The
Class
3 Parker
winners
took
a fine second at Laughlin.
April 1985
three
of
them
fell
out
on
the
first
lap, including
Mike
Randall,
Jeep,
ari.d
Kenny Nance,
Bronco,
along
with
the
.
sentimental
favorite,
Ken
Ryan
's
Jeep
Commando.
The
Scrambler
of
Eric and
Tracy
Heiden
made
just
one
lap in nearly five
hours
and
bowed
out.
The
other
four
had
a
good
race going for a time.
·
The
first lap
honors
went
to
·
Bob
and
Cindy
Chamberlin
in a
Chevy
powered
Scout,
only
11
seconds
faster
than
Don
Adams,
driving
the
downsize
Cherokee
fitted with a straight six engine .
Gene
and
Kirby Hightower were
next
about
five
minutes
back in
their
Parker winning CJ-7,
and
Don
Coffland
and
Buck Griffin
had
troubles
right
from
the
start,
but
they struggled all
the
way
to
a
third
place finish in their CJ-8.
Up
front
the
team
of
'
Don
Adams
and
Larry
Olsen
picked
.
up
about
eight
minutes
midway
over
the
Chamberlins,
but
then
slowed a tad. Heading
into
the
final lap,
Adams
/
Olsen
weFe
just
a
minute
and change in the lead
over
the
Scout,
and
·
Hightower
was ,
just
teR
minutes
back.
Everybody
had
trouble
on
the
last lap.
Chamberlin
failed
to
finish,
when
he
lost
a rear drive
cap,
and,
having
lost
the
front
drive lines earlier,
he
was
down
to
one
~heel
drive, which
wasn't
enough
in
the
deep, silt filled
ditches.
Adams
did
the
last lap in
his
truck,
and
picked
up
a few
minutes
on
the
Hightowers
on
the lap.
So
Don
Adams
and
Larry
Olsen
won
Class
3,
beating
the
V-8 field with a straight six.
Gene
and
Kirby
High.
tower
were
second,
about
16
minutes
back
at
the fla
g.
Two
Jeep
Cherokees
were on
tap
in Class 12,
but
the
Jason
Myers
/
Don
Adams
unit
led
Tom
Peltier by flearly
an
hour
on
the
first lap. Peltier's
troubles
were terminal,
and
he
only
While
Mark
Broneau
grove
alone
to
seventh in Class 10,
his
pilot
through
the
contingency
line
turned
heads;
the
handsome
fellow
is named
Cras"1
.
Dusty
Times
covered
two
laps.
Jason
Myers
went
on
and
did
consistent
lap
times
to
gain a
four
lap finish,
making it
two
wins for
two
ent
ri
es
at
Laughlin for
the
Cherokee
team.
There
was
another
pair
in
Class
6,
the
regular
entry,
Larr
y
Schwacofer
and
Sid
Spradling
in
the
old
Chevrolet,
and
Dale
Draves
and
David
Hutchin
s
in
a
'73
AMC
Hornet,
a new car by
Class 6
standards.
Schwacofer
had
a
50
minute
lead
on
the
first
lap,
but
then
he
began
snapping
axles. Draves
had
troubles
too,
a
five
hour
second
lap,
but
he
and
the
Hornet
won
Class 6 with
two
laps
done
almost
two
hours
faster
than
the
Chevy's
two
laps.
Even
winners
have
their
problems,
but
Ron
Gardner
got
to
impound
this
way.
winning
Class 2 and
getting
congrats
here
from
Jerry
Penhall.
Running
in a streak
of
bad
luck
,
Rob
MacCachren
was well
among
the Class 1
leaders here,
but
an
accident
put
him
down
and
out
on
the last lap.
Five
of
the
limited
Score
Challenge buggies
tried
to
beat
the rugged
course
at
Laughlin,
but
only
one
covered
all
four
laps.
Parker
winner
Russ
Winkler,
with Bobby
Tracy
co
-
driving
the
Sandhawk,
was
out
front
by
11
minutes
over
Bob
Savage
and
his T Mag
on
the
first
lap,
and
Danny
Oliver
and
Dan
Hook
were
only
another
minute
behind
.
Most
of
the cars
had
troubles,
and
midway
Winkler
and
Tracy
had
a
huge
,
36
minute
lead
over
Savage,
who
had
some
18
minutes
on
the
Oliver
car.
Rod
Everett
and
Tom
Barnett
were
hours
back,
and
gave it
up
LAUGHLIN
DESERT
CHALLENGE
FINAL
RESULTS
POS CAR
DRIVER[S] VEHICLE TIME
5 :
20
.13
5:
50.02
6:01.35
6:
14.02
6:
49.44
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
3
3
5
1
2
3
1
2
3
4
1
2
3
1
2
3
4
1
2
1
2
3
1
2
3
1
2
1
2
3
4
1
2
3
4
1
2
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
111
116
120
105
107
220
210
228
205
203
1204
1253
1205
1209
1260
CLASS
1-Unlimited
Single Seat [20 start - 7 finish]
FRANK
SNOOK
, ERIC
ARRAS
Raceco
GREGG
SYMONDS
,
JAKE
FOGG Raceco
RON
BRANT
Raceco
LARRY
NOEL
Chaparral
NICK
NICHOLSON
0utlaw
CLASS
2-Unlimited
Two Seat [27 start - 7 finish]
JERRY
PENHALL
, RON
GARDNER
Chenowth
MIKE
GOODWIN
,
BRIAN
DYSON Raceco
BOB
VELTRI,
MARTIN
VANZEYL
Raceco
JACK
WOODS,
DON
BAILEY
Woods
VIC
VANELLA,
MEL
TYREE Raceco
CLASS 1-
2-1600-1600cc
Restricted [32 start
-18
finish]
BOBBY
NETH,
TOM NETH
Chenowth
JACK
RAMSAY
, RICK
MILLS
Bunderson
ROB
TOLLESON
Mirage
ROB
MYERLY
,
RANDY
JONES
,,_
Bundersoa
JIM
GREENWAY,
TERRY
SMITH
Raceco
CLASS
3-Short
Wheelbase Four Wheel Drive
[8
start - 3 finish]
349 DON
ADAMS,
LARRY OLSEN Cherokee
305
GENE
& KIRBY
HIGHTOWER
Jeep CJ-7
304 DON
COFFLAND
,
BUCK
GRIFFIN
Jeep.CJ-8
CLASS
4-Long
Wheelbase Four Wheel Drive
[11
start - 5 finish]
401
ROD
HALL
,
JIM
FRICKER
Dodge
409 DON
MC
CORMACK
Dodge
410 TOM
STRONG,
STEVE BOU DEN
Chevrolet
406 MIKE
WHEELER,
LYNN
DICKTON
Dodge
CLASS
5-Unlimited
Baja
Bug
[11
start - 4 finish]
546
MALCOLM
VINJE,
MARK
HANSEN
Baja
Bug
501
GREG
HEINRICH,
JIM.POPE
Baja Bug
505
JAMES
PLUM,
DAVID
PLUM
Baja Bug
CLASS
5-1600-1600cc
Baja
Bug
[15
start - 7 finish]
551
HENRY
ARRAS
, ERIC
ARRAS
Baja
Bug
550
MIKE
LESLE, RICH FERSCH Ba
ja
Bug
559 MIKE
TAYLOR
, ROY
TAYL
OR
Baja Bug
552
JEFF
BOLHA,
RICK LYNEIS
Baja
Bug
CLASS
6-Sedan
[2
start - 0 finish]
699
DALE DRAYES, DAVID
HUTCHINS
AMC
Hornet
650
LARRY
SCHWACOFER
, S.
SPRADLING
1955
Chevrolet
CLASS
7-Mini-Mid
Size Pickup
[3
start - 3 fini
sh]
701
MARIO
ALESI,
HARR
Y
SLADWICK
Nissan
700
MANNY
& TUDY ESQUERRA
Ford Ranger
702
BRENT
SMITH,
MIKE
GEORGE
Ford Ranger
CLASS
7S-Stock
Mini Pickup
[8
start - 5 finish]
722
SPENCER
LOW,
PAUL DELANG
Nissan
725
WI LLIE
VALDEZ,
JOSE
ARMENTA
Ford
Ranger
749
PAUL
SIMON
, DAVE SIMON
Ford Ranger
5 : 39.46
5 :44.10
5:
46.04
5:
59.20
6:01.36
5:56
.
52
6:05
.
01
6 : 12.24
6 : 14.59
6:
28
.
25
7:31.35
7 :48.01
8:
56.43
6:39.19
7 :21.43
8:02.13
8:
25.37
6:
12.49
6:
23.23
8:04.
48
6:51.59
6
:53
.50
7:
28.04
7:41.07
21aps
21aps
6:12.26
7:
22.49
8
:43.58
7:
19.02
7:
26.46
7:
45.50
CLASS 7 4 x
4-Stock
Mini Four Wheel Drive Pickup
[2
start - 0 finish]
799
G. T.
GOWLAND,
STAN
HOUGHTON
Toyota
31aps
780
FRED
WRIGHT,
JOHN
PITNE
Toyota
1 lap
CLASS
8-Full
Size 2WD Pickup [10 start - 5 finish]
804
WALKER
EVANS
, PAULDEN EVANS
Dodge
6:12.14
849
MIKE
NESMITH,
RANDY
$ALMONT
GMC
6:52.00
800
DAVE SHOPPE,
JEFF
YOCUM
Ford
7 : 23 .
07
802
BILL
HOWARD,
RICHARD
NELSON
Chevrolet
8:01.16
CLASS
9-1200cc
Single Seat
[6
start - 4 finish]
919
JIM
DIZNEY
Chenowth
6:43.21
918
MIKE
MC
CRORY