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The
holidays
are
over,
the
last
of
the
awards
parties
is
history,
the
trophies
are
on
the
shelf,
and
off
roaders
can
get
back
to
the
serious
business
of
facing a
brand
new
season
both
in
the
desert
and
OJ\
the
short
course
tracks
.
While
it
certainly is
fon
to
party
in
the
winter
in
clean
and
fancy
clothes
instead
of
grubby
race
garb
after
an
event,
most
off
roaders
are
eager
to
get
back
into
the
racing
scene.
The
1987
s~ason will
be
busy
for
folks all
over
the
country
.
This
year
a
good
many
promoters
have
their
races,
series,
or
individual eve~ts set,
and
the
dates
firm.
Clubs
in
the
snow
belt
have
a little
more
time
to
f Ian
their
schedules,
but
it
is
stil
tricky,
especially
in
the
midwest
where
two
separate
organizations
traditionally
vie
for
entry.
The
midwest
schedule
is a
short
time
one
as well,
predicated
by
the
late
spring
and
early
winter
weather
in
the
northern
midwestern
states
.
While
changes
are
in
the
wind
for
some
of
the
better
known
series,
it
seems
the
more
things
change
the
more
they
stay
the
same,
and
staying
the
same
is
not
all
bad
if
a
club
has
a
traditional
date.
In
the
major
desert
series,
Score
International
stuck
to
tradition
for
1987,
with
all
four
of
their
races,
Parker,
Lucerne
Valley,
and
the
pair
in
Baja
California,
on
traditional
dates.
However,
the
HORA
has
split
their
bets.
Only
two
familiar
dates
and
places are
on
the
calendar,
the
Mint
400
and
the
Fireworks
250.
HORA
has
moved
their
popular
December
race
back
to
the
March
date
of
the
former
events
in
Laughlin,
but
this year
the
race will
be
sponsored
by
the
Gold
Coast
and
run
out
of
Sloan
.
The
Frontier
500
might
be
gone
forever
after a
five year
run
in early
autumn.
HORA
is
on
the
threshold
of
moving
the
September
race
to
Craig,
Colorado.
•~
Obviously
promoters
must
go
.
~here
the
sponsorship
lies. But,
it
does
not
necessarily follow
that
new
locales, especially
those
far
away
from
the
southwestern
core
bf
desert
racing, will
produce
the
great
growth
in
entry
for
the
~esert
series
that
it has
the
past
two
seasons.
Sticking
our
neck
9ut,
we
predict
the
Score/
~ORA
schedule
as
it
is
currently
published
will
discourage
rather
than
encourage
more
serious
points
hunters
in
1987,
although
we
would
be
most
happy
to
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We
have
been
told
that
during
the
1986
season, less
than
100
drivers
had
gone
for
the
points
by
competing
in
three
HORA
and
three
Score
events
throughout
the
year.
We
have
talked
to
several
desert
racers,
one
a class
champion,
who
have
decided
to
pass
on
the
points
battle
this
year,
pay
more
attention
to
business,
and
compete
in.
four
or
five events.
This
y·
ear
they
plan
to
run
close
to
home
base,
towing
hours
instead
of
days
to
the
events.
This
year
the
new
desert
schedule
will tax
the
serious
racers ability
to
keep
up
the
first
seven
months,
both
in
time
and
money.
Starting
with
Parker,
there
is a
points
race
the
first
of
every
month
from
February
through
July,
getting
three
fourths
of
the
series
done
in six
months.
For
the
next
five
months
of
1987,
only
the
two
double
points
races, in
September
and
November,
remain
to
be
-
contested.
This
is
another
reason
that
we
think
the
plan
will
discourage
rather
than
enc01.irage
more
drivers
to
run
for a series
points
title.
Only
tim:e will tell
if
it
proves
to
be
a
popular
format
with
the
serious
race teams.
On
the
short
course
side
of
the
scene,
stadium
racing
got
its
best
start
ever early in
January.
The
Mickey
Thompson
Gran
Prix
season
opener
at
Angel
Stadium
in
Anaheim,
CA,
played
to
a
near
sell
out
crowd,
a
reported64,758
fans
were
on
hand,
and
in
truth
all
three
tiers
of
the
huge
place
were
packed
with
people.
The
following
week
the
show
played
again
at
Jack
Murphy
Stadium
in
San
Diego,
then
the
troops
got
a
brief
rest.
The
Thompson
series
moves
to
the
midwest
and
indoors
in
March,
playing
at
the
Silver
Dome
in
Detroit
March
21,
and
the
Hoosier
Dome
in
Indy
on
Sunday
afternoon,
March
29.
The
famous
Rose
Bowl in
Pasadena
is
next
early in
May,
and
in
June
the
place is
the
Kingdome
in Seattle.
The
Los
Angeles
Coliseum
race is missing
this
year, as
the
old
facility
is
-
undergoing
its
second
face lift
this
.decade,
the
first
being
done
for
the
'
1984
Olympics
.
In
September
the
stadium
bunch
will
be
in Las Vegas in
the
Silver
Bowl,
and
finish
the
:
season
where
it
all
started,
at
the
Pomona
Fairgrounds.
Back
on
the
desert
scene,
there
was a
manufacturers
meeting
after
the
banquet
early
in
January.
The
good
news is
that
a
report
on
these meetings will
be
a~aila?le
for
publication
for
the
first time,
and
we
expect
the
first .
one
in
this
issue. A
..
most
interesting fact
came
out
of
the
meeting,
however
.
The
vote
was
that
any ·
desert
racing class
that
does
not
produce
a
minimum
of
48
entries
in
the
eight races,
an
average
of
six
ger
~vent,
will
be
dropped
in
1988.
Presumably
the
bike
classes
need
only
the
average
of
six
per
event
or
24,
earned
in
the
four
Score
races. .
Had
this
rule
been
in
effect in
1986,
the
field
would
be
missing
one
third
of
the
30
classes eligible-
in
1986
for
1987
.
There
were
18
car
classes
and
12
motorcycle
classes last year.
Those
that
did
not
_
produce
the
six
per
event
average in cars
are
Class
7, a
total
of
46,
Class
4,
a
total
of
4
7,
and
these
are
both
classes
where
the
factories play.
One
wonders
how
eliminating
those
two
truck
classes
would
play in
Detroit
and
Tokyo.
Class 9 with a
total
of
39
entries
was
dropped
for
1987
anyhow,
but
Class
14,
with
a
total
of
27
entries
in eight races,
was retained.
So,
if
the
rule
had
been
working,
car
classes
would
have
dropped
from
18
to
13,
but,
for
1987
there
are
17
car
classes
still listed.
The
motorcycle
classes
would
have
fared even
worse
than
the
cars, losing six
of
the
12
classes
that
had
under
2 4 entries,
and
Class
34
was
just
there
with
a
total
of24
for
the
four
races.
Out
would
go
Class
20,
with
19
starters,
Class
23,
with
14
starters,
Class ,24,
with
22
starters,
Class
25
with
ten
starters,
Class
43
with 9
starters
and
Class
44
with
eight
starters.
The
bike
classes
would
shrink
in
half,
and
the
total
classes
would
be
just
19
instead
of
29,
a
33
percent
reduction
in
paperwork.
The
maj9r
kicker
on
this
program
goes
back
to
the
schedule.
In
1986
a
borderline
class like 4
or
7
could
have
had
some
donor
pay
the
entry
fee
for
a
couple
of
cars
to
make
the
minimum
of
48
entries
at
the
last
race
at
Barstow
.
But,
this
year
the
last
race is
the
more
expensive
to
run
Baja l(X)(),
and
it
isn't
just
a
matter
of
entry
fees.
The
car
must
start
the
race
to
be
counted.
We
are eagerly awaiting
the
· details
on
this
program.
Back
to
short
course
events
on
this
issue,
Mickey
Thompson
has
already
shortened
his
program
in
the
stadium
series by eliminating
classes.
The
1-2-1600
bunch
were
out
last
summer,
and
with
the
new
year
there
are
no
3
wheelers either.
The
eligible
classes
for
the
MTEG
series are,
in
cars,
modified
Class
7
trucks,
Class
10
and
UltraStock
.
The
bike
classes
embrace
only
one
·
class
of
the
entertaining
Odysseys,
and
the
4
Wheel
A 1V s.
It
makes
for
a
much
more
varied
and
tighter
show
.
The
time
has
come
to
climb
off
this
Soap
Box
for
another
year.
This
column
is designed
to
display
thoughts
from
people
in
the
sport
from
all
corners
of
activity.
We
welcome
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column
from
one
and
all,
famous
or
unknown,
who
have
something
to
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about
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Your
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short
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attention to this column every month,
as
it
will
cover new rules, changes in the
existing rules in the 1987 book, and proposed rules for the 1988 season. If
you are interested
in
the rules affecting your class, check the goodly amount
of
explanations and revisions
in
this first column,
on
page 39.
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reading for racers and car builders.
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SCORE PARKER
400
is
going to be a whopper, and will already be
history by the time this issue
is
in
full circulation. The 425 limit for entry
was
filled
on
January 19, and since that date Score International has been taking
standby entries, working
on
the past performance at this race where about
two dozen no shows are average on tech day.
California residents will be pleased to know that they can initiate a
GREEN STICKER at Parker, required by
law
as
ofJanuary
1,
1987 to race
on
the California side
of
the course. While the CHP, obviously, cannot operate
in
Parker, Arizona, the Department
of
Motor Vehicle
in
Needles, California,
is
sending a team to Parker, and they will be
on
hand-all day Friday in Western
Park near Tech Inspection, to get your paper work started for your Green
Sticker, which
will
make your car eligible to compete
in
the race, if you do not
already have a Green Sticker. Remember, the Green Sticker
is
required only
for race vehicles owned
by
California residents.
THE SAN
DIEGO
STADIUM event promoted
by
the Mickey Thompson
Entertainment Group ran into some
of
the frigid
wea
.ther that gripped the
southland,
in
fact swept across the entire country
in
January, Non!!theless, a,
bigger crowd than last year showed up, over 37,000, and somehow stayed
warm
in
the 30 degree temperature
in
Jack Murphy Stadium. Glenn Harris
won the truck main event-in his
Mazda,
and Frank Arciero, Jr. won the Class
10 feature
in
his Chenowth. Greg George provided quite a bonus to the Cox
model folks, who introduced a radio control racer look-a-like
to
Greg's
Toyota-Funco UltraStocker at the race. George won the main event
in
the
class. Watch for the full report on the
race
in
the March issue.
· NISSAN MINT
400
RALLY - Nissan
is
sponsoring an off road rally
on
Friday,
May
>8, the·
day"
-before the Mint 400 race. The rally will be a Seat
of
the
Pants TSO affair for street
legal
off road mini pickups and utility
rigs,
two'
wheel or four wheel drive. The course will run out
of
Sloan, Nevada, and
utilize some
of
the early miles and the finish miles
of
the famous Mint 400
route. The speeds will be moderate, the entry packet lavish, and the
prize
fund·
will
be a generous ten grand
in
cash plus some contingency prizes. If you are a
Walter Mitty racer, have a
rig
you like to keep
in
one piece to take you to
work, and want to see parts
of
the Mint 400 course, this
is
your event. The
whole works
is
in
the planning.stages now, but
full
details and entry forms will
be available soon. We
will
keep y~u posted on these
pages
.
ICE CHAMPIONSHIP ENDURANCJ;: RACING
is
in
full swing right
now in the northern midwestern states. The events happen in Wisconsin,
Michigan and Minnesota. We
don't
have the schedule available for this issue,
but they do have a variety
of
classes
in
the programs, and a race almost every
-weekend through March. If the idea
of
ice
racing
on
studded tires sounds
good to you, ccintact Mary Cich, 872 7th Ave. N. W.,
New
Brighton, MN
55112 or
call
her for up to the minute information at (612) 633-3630.
BILL
DONAHOE, owner
of
Vernon Truck Wash and a major sponsor in ·
the Class 4 wars in desert racing, has announced that the Donahoe and
Roberts Racing Team has been disolved. Also, due to the lack
of
contingency
money support for Class 4
as
well
as
no support for the 1985 Jeep
Champions, a relationship
of
many years has been severed between American
Motors and
Bill
Donahoe,
as
well
as
other members
of
the new racing team,
Donahoe, Renoe and Phillips Racing Team. The venerable Jeep J-10 has been
retired, and the vehicle for 1987
is
a new Dodge Class 4 pickup. While the
rig
is
new, the decals
on
its flanks will be familiar,
as
past sponsors
of
the Jeep are
completely supporting the new tea,m and race truck. They are Vernon Truck
Wash, General Tire,
King
8 Hotel and Truck
Plaza
of
Las
Vegas, Sports
Racing Fuel and others.
Bill
Donahoe will be the driver
of
record for the new .
team, though it will be a collective effort with Buddy Renoe· and Wayne
Phillips,
as
well
as
all other team members. O.J. Shrum will take over the
duties
of
pit boss. Look for the
new
rig
in·Class 4 at the Parker 400.
GENERAL
TIRE
MOTORSPORTS,
already heavily involved
in
the
Score/ HORA desert series
as
a contingency donor, just announced their
program for both the SODA and ADRA race series. The Superior Off Road
Racing Association conducts races primadly in Wisconsin and Minnesota,
and the Arizona Desert Racing Association operates
in
Arizona and Sonora, -
Mexico. All SODA and ADRA events for the 1987 season will be included
in
the plan. A $3600 per race cash total has been earmarked for all Pro and;
Sportsman classes in
all
ADRA Desert Championship Series races. A $200
bonus and a set
of
four tires will be awarded to first
in
class,
OR
a set
of
tires ·
will
go
to the first finisher in class on General Tires. Fifteen classes
in
the
· SODA race will be covered
by
General's contingency plan. First place
finishers will receive $200, for a total
of
$3000 _per race.
Special tire prices for off road racers
will-
again be available
in
1987. ·
through General Tire's
Off
Road Racers Purchase Program. Any off road
''.:
driver competing in approved races
is
-eligible for the discount. Purchase
ol
,;
tires within
30
days prior to any race
will
be covered
by
the program. Drivers
;:,
who qualify and are interested in the program can contact any General Tire
'•
dealer
or
store for more details,
or
call toll free (800) 321-7575 and ask for'
Competitipn Price lnformatior.
THE CARSON CITY PRO RALLY has again been postponed, due to lack
of
immediate sponsorship availability, but plans
ar
e still working to have the
rally later on this-year. But, it will not happen on the otiginalMarch date. It
Volunt
e
ers
are
in
vited to climb on
their "Soap
Box"
and
fill this space
with their thoughts about what
is
good
and
what
is
not
so
good about,
the state
of
off
road racing. We
would welcome some discussion on·
the
state
of
the
Pro
Rally
Series
as
well
.
Call
or
write
DUSTY
TIMES
with your ideas for a Soap Box
column,
and
get
on
the
schedule
.
- seems incredibl
e-
that this rally
was,
less
thai;i
two years
ago,
a serious
..
_,
candidate for. the World :championship-status~ and now cannot get enough
funding
in
·northem,
Nevad.i,
to
hold a National Championship Series event.
Also, the April running
of
the Tulip 200, in Chillicothe, Ohi9, will no longer
be a nationahally, because only qne per l9cation
is
alloweq, and-the Sunriser
F9rest
in
August
is
th~ more important
of
the two events':, . '
more
TRAIL
NOTES
on
page
45
February
1987
Dusty
nmes
We
would
like
to
thank
all
of
y~
who
ha~
made the first year
in
off
road
racing
for
SPORTS
RACING
PRODUCTS
very
successful.
I
We
congratulate
all
the
trophy
winners
in
the
SCOREIHDRA.
1986
desert series.
OVERALL
BUGGY
AND
OVERALL
PO
NTS
CHAMPION
-
JACK
RAMSAY
OVERALL HEAVY
METAL
AND
CLASS 8
POINTS
CHAMPION
AND
PERSON
OF
THE
VEAf;I
-· WALKER· EVANS
I
ENGINE BUILDER OF THE YEAR - KEITH BLACK
MECHANIC OF THE
YEAR
- R~NDY ANDERSON
Class 1
RON
BRANT
Class
,2
DAVID
KREISLER
JERRY
PENHALL
DANNY
LETNER
Class
4
ROD
HALL/JIM
FRICKER
BILL
DONAHOE/DON
YOSTON
JOHN
DYCK
Class
5-1600
DAVID
ANCKNER/HENRY
ARRAS
MIKE
LESLE/CAMERON
STEELE
RANDY
AND
RICK WILSON
Class
7
MANNY
ESQUERRA
Class 7 4x4 .
JIM
CONNER/CARL
JACKSON
·
MICHAEL
HORNER
DAVID
ASHLEY
.
(;C
, I
.Class 1-2-1600 .
JACK
RAMSAY
BOB
SCOTT/MIKE
VOYLES
ROB
TOLLESON/BILL
VARNES
DARREN
WILSON
RICK
FRISBY
Class 3
MIKE
SCHWELLINGER
·
ERIC
HEIDEN
Glas.s 6
LARRY
SCHWACOFER/SID
SPRADLING
WES
AND
GREG
MOSER
I
I .
I
DALE
JORDON
Class
7S
·
WILLIE VALDEZ
MIKE
AND
PAT
FALKOSKY
Class
8
.
WALKER
EVANS
FRANKS
VESSELS
I Class 10
CRAIG
WATKINS/GREG
ARONSON
MIKE
AND
JIM
ZUPANOVICH
STEVE
SOURAPAS/DAVE HICHARDSON
, I /
"Looking
forward
io
supplying
your
· l
racing
gasoline
in
1987.
_
' ' '
I P.O.
Box
610,
Long
Beach,
CA
90801
(213)
43?-4373
1987
HAPPENINGS
•••
June 7
100 miles
Alabama
June
28
Winder, GA
July
26
Cordele, GA
A.D.R.A
.
Arizona Desert Racing Association
P.
O.
Box
34810
Phoenix,
AZ
85067
(602)
252-1900
February
21
Annual Awards Banquet
Phoenix, AZ
April 11
Penasco Twilight
250
Sonora, Mexico
July
18
High Country 150
Flagstaff,
AZ
September
5-6
Snowflake
Buggy
Bash
Snowflake, AZ
October
17
Penasco 150
Sonora, Mexico
December 5
Sonoita to Rocky Point
Sonora, Mexico
AMSA
American
Motor
Sports Association
P.O .
Box
5473
Fresno, CA 93755
(209)
439-2114
BAJA
PROMOTIONS,
. LTD. S.A.
Lou Peralta
P.
O.
Box 241
Yan Nuys,
CA
91303
(818)
340-5750
February
13-15
Gran Carrera Internacional
San Felipe, B.C.
October
9-11
Carrera de los·Campeones
San Felipe, B.C ..
CALIFORNIA Rl LLY SERIES
.
March
19817 (TBA)
High Desert Trails
. I
April
1987
(TBA)
Carlsbad Rallysprint
May
2-3
J
1987
.
Rim
of
the W
orl~ Rally
May
30,
1987
Glen Helen Rallycross #2
I
Page
6
July
1987
(TBA)
Prescott Forest Rally
August
1987
(TBA)
Glen Helen Rallycross #3
September
26-27,
1987
Cliffs
of
Gorman Rally
December
5-6,
1987
East
of
Indio VII
FORDA
Florida
Off
Roaders
Drivers' Association
5349
Hansel Ave., C-1
Orlando, Florida
32809
(305)
851-6245
FLORIDA OFF
ROAD
RACING
ENTERPRISES
P.O. Box
40
Inverness,
FL
32651
(813)
933-
794
7
(904)
726-0560
FUDPUCKER
RACING
TEAM
·
250
Kennedy, #6
Chula Vista,
CA
92011
(619)
427-5759
August
8,
1987
Superstition
250
IV
Ancient Dry Lake Bed
El Centro,
CA
October
3,
1987
200 Mile Plaster City Blast
Plaster City,
CA
December
31,
1987
150 Mile Dunaway Dash
El
Centro
,
CA
GORRA
·
Georgia
Off
Road
Racing Association
Box 11093 Station -A
Atlanta,
GA
30310
(404)
927-6432
March 5
50
miles
Cordele, GA
April 5
100 miles
Alabama
April
26
Winder, GA
August
23
Winder, GA
September 13
100 miles
Alabama
September 2 7
Cordele, GA
October
25
Winder, GA
November
28
250
miles
Cordele, GA
December 5
Annual Banquet
GREAT WESTERN
POINTS SERIES, INC.
Ron Knowlton
831 So. Jason
Denver,
CO
80223
(303)
722-5537
May3
Raceland
Denver,
CO
May24
Gordon, NE
June 7
St. Francis,
KS
June 21
Raceland
Denver,
CO
July
19
Raceland
Denver,
CO
August
8-9
St. Francis,
KS
August
30
Raceland
Denver,
CO
September
20
Raceland
Championship - SC
Denver,
CO
HORA
. High Desert Racing Association
12997 Las Vegas Blvd
.,
South
Las Vegas, NV
89124
(702)
361-5404
March
6-8,
198
7
Gold Coast
250
Las Vegas, Nevada
GOf
ANY
SFAAE"
CO-
DRIVEl?5
???
1]tLS
ONE'S
SHOT!!!
February
1987
May
7-10,
1987
Mint 400
Las Vegas, NV
July ~-5, 1987
Fireworks
250
Barstow, CA
September 11-13, 1987
Crai
g/
Hi
Desert 300 ·
Craig,
CO
December
5,
1987
Desert Series Awards Banquet
Las
Vegas, NV
HIGH
PLAINS OFF
ROAD
RACING
ASSOCIATION
Darla Crown
P.O . Box
83
.
Wall, South Dakota
57790
(605)
279-2245
February 15 .
Badlands
Baja
Interior, S.D.
August
16
Gumbo Buttes
Baja
Pierre, S.D.
October
24
Last Chance
Baja
Wall, S.D.
GLEN HELEN
OHV
PARK
P.
O.
Box
2937
San Bernardino,
CA
(714)
381-4454
or
(714)
880-1733
March
22,
1987
Short Course Race
June
14,
1987
Short Course Race
September
27,
1987
Short Course Race
IOK
FOUR
WHEELERS
P.O. Box
36
Cleves,
Ohio
45002
.
(
All
events
staged
at
..
the
club
grounds
in
Cleves,
Ohio)
MIDWEST OFF
ROAD
CHALLENGE SERIES
Tommy Bowling
Rt:
6,
Box
833C
Midland,
TX
79703
(915)
332-1537 -
(915)
563-9154
March 7
El
Paso,
TX
April 4
Big
Spring,
TX
May30
Freedom,
OK
June
27
Albuquerque, NM
August
1
Freedom,
OK
-
September 12
Albuquerque, NM
October 3
Big
Spring, TX
December 5
El Paso,
TX
M.O.R.E.
3513 North
West
Loop
820
Fort
Worth
, TX 76106
(817) 625-8843
MICKEY .THOMPSON'S
OFFROAD
.
CHAMPIONSHIP
GRAND
PRIX
Mickey Thompson
Entertainment
Group
53 W 00dlyn Lane
Bradbury, CA
91010
(818)
359-5117
March 21
Silverdome
Pontiac,
MI
Ma~ch
29
Hoosier Dome
Indianapolis, IN
May2
·
Rose Bowl
Pasadena,
CA
June
20
or
27
Kingdome
Seattle,
WA
September
26
Sarq Boyd Silverbowl
Las Vegas, NV
October
10
L.A. County Fairplex
Pomona,
CA
OLYMPUS
INTERNATIONAL
RALLY
John Nagel
P.O. Box
4254
Tumwater,
WA
98501
(206)
754-971 7
June
25-29
WRC
Olympus International
Olympia,
WA
OFF
ROAD
RACING
ASSOCIATION
OF
TEXAS
1421
Lee
Trevino, D-1
El
Paso, TX 79935
(915) 594-8266.
"'
"(
...
'(
'~
March 7
Sun Clty
Baja
150
El
Paso, TX
November
7
Red Sands 150
El
Paso, TX
O.O.R.R.A.
Oklahoma
Off
Road
Racing Association
Larry Terry
9220
N.E. 23rd
Oklahoma City,
OK
73141
(
405)
769-5491
(All races located at Freedom,
OK)
Vic Brurnham
Freedom Chapter President
(405)
621-3428
ORSA
Randy Mi'ller
407 G Street, Suite F
Davis,
CA
95616
(916)
756-9938
(916)
756-0399
Short
Course & Sand Drags,
all events at Sacramento
Raceway, Sacramento, CA
POST
Pennsylvania
Off
Road
Short
Track
· Shark Saxon
RD
#3, Box 9
. Towanda, PA 18848
(717)
265-3076
All events in Monroeton, PA
at
the
intersection
of
Routes
414
&
220
.
Dusty
Times
PRO
CAN
AM
SERIES ,
Pro Can Am
R.acing
Inc.
P.O.
Box
323
Seahurst, Washington 98062
(206) 242-1773
(503) 620-0313
March 20-21
250 miles
Richland,
WA
May
23-25
Y errington 250
Yerrington,
NV
June
19-20
250 miles
Richland,
WA
July
24-25
400K
Ashcroft,
BC
September 18-19
Millican
400
Millican Valley,
OR
SCCA PRO RALLY
SERIES
Sports Car Club
of
America
P.O.
Box
3278
Englewood, CO 80155
(303) 694-7223
February
13.15;
1987
Barbary Coast Rally
San Francisco, C
May
14-17,
1987
Centennial Pro
Rall}
·
W estcliff,
CO
June 5-7,
1987
Susquehannock Trail
Wellsboro,
PA
June
25-29
Olympus International Rally
· Olympia,
WA
Jl;
ly
24-25,
1987
Arkansas Traveler
Little Rock, AR
August
21-23,
1987
Sunriser Forest
Chillicothe,
OH
September
iI-13,
1987
Traverse City Rally
Traverse City, Ml
September
25-27,
1987
Ojibwe Rally
Grand Rapids,
MN
October
29-31,
1987
Press
On
Regardless
Houghton, Ml
November
13-15,
1987
Wild West Rally
Tacoma,
WA
SCORE
Score International
31356 Via Colinas, Suite
111
Westlake Village, CA 91362
(818) 889-9216
January
30-31,
February 1,
1987
Parker 400
Parker
.,
AZ
April
3-5,
1987
Great Mojave 250
Lucerne Valley, CA
June 5-7,
1987
Baja
Internacional
Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
August
14-16,
1987
Off
Road
World Championship
Riverside, CA
November 6-8,
1987
Baja
1000
Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
Dusty
flmes
December 5,
1987
Desert Series Awards Banquet
Las
Vegas, NV
SILVER DUST RACING
ASSOCIATION
September
25-27
.
Snore 250
Las
Vegas, NV
STADIUM RACING, U .S.A ·
Marty Tripes
SCORE
CANADA
390
Chemin Du
Lac
Lery, Quebec,
J6N 1A3, Canada
(514) 692-6171
SCORE
SHOW
P.O.
Box
6819
Burbank,
CA
91510
(818) 768-2914
June
26-28,
1987
10th Annual Score Show
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA
P.O.
Box
7380
Las
Vegas,
t¼v
89125
(702) 459-0317
I
I
SNORE
Southern Nbvada
Off
Road Enthusiasts
P.O.
Box
4394
Las
Vegas, NV 89106
(7.02) 452-4522
February 21
Bottom Dollar
Las
Vegas,
NV
June 13,
1987
Twilight Race
Las Vegas,
NV
July 25-26,
1987
Midnight Special
Las Vegas,
NV
October 31
Yoko Loco
Las
Vegas,
NV
December 5
Black
Ja:ck
200
Las
Vegas,
NV
S.O.R.R.P.
Speedway
Off
Road
Racing Productions
Bernie Weber
P.O.
Box
402
Temple, Texas 76503
(817) 773-3548
228 Faxon Drive
Spring Valley, CA 92077
(619) 463-0654
February 21
El
Cajon Speedway
El
Cajon, CA
March 14
1
El
Cajon Speedway
El
Cajon, CA
SHORT TRACK
OFF
ROAD
ENTERPRISES
FORMULA DESERT
DOG
SERIES
. S.T.O.R.
E.
Co-Ordinator:
Gil Parker
7406 So. 12th St.
Kalamazoo, Ml 49009
(616) 375-1233
----------
Spencer
Low
Wins
88
Class 7SSCOl(IE/HDRA
and
Overall
Mini1Metal
Championships!
. '
.
Autolite
spark
plugs
and
Fram
oil
filters
stood
up
to
all
the
punish-
ment
Spencer
Low
could
dish
out!
And
that
was
a
lot
as
he
drove
thousands
of
winning
miles
to
capture
TWO
Championships
in
1986.
Congratulations,
Spencer!
There's
no
disputing
the
talent
and
deter-
mination
of
the
winner
of
both
the
prestigious
1986
Cla$5
1S
SCORE/HORA
Championship
AND
the
1986
Overall
Mini-Metal
.
Challenge
Championship
for
classes
6,
7,
7S
& 7
4x4.
~llied Manufactures Fram,
Bendix and Autolite Quality Parts.
Allied
Altermarket
Division
105 Pawtucket Avenue
East Providence,
RI
02916
~IED
Automotive
i;r'
February
1987
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7
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!
i
I
I
Aclclitio11al
HAPPENINGS •••
April
16-20,
1987
Safari
Rally
Nairobi,
Kenya
THE
GOLD
COAST
HOSTS
NEW
LAS
VEGAS
RACE
SUPERCROSS, INC.
Gateway
Plaza
180 Newport Center Dr., Suite 270
Newport
Beach,
CA 92660
(714) 760-1606
SUPERIOR OFF ROAD
DRIVERS ASSOCIATION
Karen Jenkins
2345 Hopkins Crossroad
Minnetonka,
MN
55343
(612) 544-2370
VORRA
Valley
Off Road Racing Association
1833
Los
Robles
Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95838
(916) 925-1702
May
23-25
Yerrington 250
Yerrington,
NV
June
20-21
Virginia City 200
Virginia City,
NV
SeJ?tember
5-7
Labor
Day
250
Y errington,
NV
WHEEL
TO
WHEEL, INC.
P.O.
Box
688,.Dept. 4W0R
Bancroft, Ontario, Canada
KOL
ICO
(613) 332-1766
(613) 332-4128
WESTERN OFF
ROAD
RACING ASSOCIATION
19125 - 87A
Ave
.
Surrey, Brhish Columbia,
V3S
5X7, Canada
(604) 576-6256
April
12
Ashcroft, B
.C.
May 16-17
Kamloops,
B.C
.
· May 31
Missi
on, B
.C
.
June
26-28
Sand
Dra
gs
Only
Mission,
B.C.
August
16
Mission, B.C.
September
5-6
Kamloops, B.C.
October 10-11
Ash
cr?ft, B.C.
FIA
WORLD
RALLY
CHAMPIONSHIP
January
17-24,
1987
Monte Carlo
Rally
Monte Carlo, Monaco
February
13-15, 1987 ·
Swedish
Rally
Karlstad, Sweden
March
10-15,
1987
Port Wine
Rally
Estoril, Portugal
May
7-10,
1987
Tour
de
Corse
Ajaccio, Corsica
May
30-June
4,
1987
Acropolis
Rally
Lagonissi, Greece
June
25-29,
1987
Olympus
Rally
Olympia,
WA,
USA
July 11-14, 1987
New
Zealand
Rally
Auckland,
New
Zealand
August
2-9,
1987
Argentine
Rally
Buenos
Aires,
Ar
gen
tin
a
August
26-30, 1987
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Lake
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y
J
yvasky
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a,
Finland
September
22-26,
1987
Iv
ory Coast Ra
ll
y
Yamoussoukro,
Iv
ory Coast
October 11-17, 1987
San
Rem
o
Rally
San
Remo,
Italy
November
22-26,
1987
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LAS VEGAS, Nevada -
Championship
desert racing
on
the
HDRA/SCORE
Off
Road
Series comes
to
Las Vegas March
7 for a new event
at
a new
hotel/casino
: Michael Gaughan's
new
Gold
Coast
will
sponsor
and
host
the second
stop
on
the
HORA/SCORE
campaign, the
Gold
Coast 300, staged by the
High Desert Racing Association
of
Las Vegas.
It will
be
the
first
late
winter/early spring date in Las
Vegas for
HORA
, which last year
took
over organization
of
the
Mint
400 in May
and
previously
staged the Frontier 500
and
Frontier 250 in Las Vegas in
September
and
December,
respectively.
"It
will
be
good
to
have a race
earlier in the year," said
HORA
President
Walt
Lott.
"We'll
be
able to capitalize
on
the early
·season enthusiasm
of
all
of
the
drivers
who
will
be
just
beginning the
hunt
for champi-
onship
points."
Lott
·
also
announced
that
the
season
-
ending
HORA
/
SCORE
awards
banquet, held the last two years
at the Anaheim Hilto~, wiii
be
hosted
by
the
Gold
'Coast
December
5,
1987.
"i've
been
involved
in
everything in
off
road
racing,"
said Gaughan.
"Now
thi~
will
-
make the
full
circuit. I've raced,
chased race cars, worked in pits
·
and
worked
at
check points years
ago.
There's
nothing left. I want
to see
if
we can help
off
road
racing
out
a little
bit,"
he
said
of
his new hat
of
race sponsor.
The
Gold
Coast
300,
scheduled
to
start
at 7 a.m.
March
7,
will consist
of
two laps
around
a 150 mile course
south
of
Las Vegas.
The
route,
on
existing dirt roads
and
desert
washes,
will
be
made
up
of
sections previously used for the
Frontier 500
and
Frontier 250
and will
be
run
on
both
sides
of
Interstate 15.
The
start~finis,l,.
line will
be
at
Sloan,
15
miles
south
of-Las Vegas.
Tech inspection
of
the race
cars
and
trucks will take place
Friday, March 6 from 9:30 a.m.
to 6:30 p.m.
at
the
Gold
Coast.
Gaughan will
be
hosting a
cocktail party during the Friday
evening drivers' meeting
and
an 1
awards buffet
on
Sunday.
The
event will
be
the second in
the eight race series conducted by
HORA
and
SCORE
Internation-
al
of
Westlake Village,
CA.
The
season opener is the
SCORE
Parker
400
at
Parker, AZ,
January 31.
COMING
NEXT
MONTH
...
This will
be
the first venture
into
race
sponsorship
for
Gaughan, whose Barbary Coast
Hotel/ Casino in Las Vegas was
recently selected the
Sponsor
of
Year for
1986
for its
support
of
individual race teams, including
his
own
two seat buggy, the single
seater driven by
Rob
MacCach-
ien
of
Las Vegas
and
the Dodge
pickup
driven by overall Heavy
Metal champion
Walker
Evans
of
Riverside, Calif.
HORA
and
SCORE
are
beginning their
third
season
of
staging a combined champion-
ship
off
road
racing series.
Overall series champions, plus
winners
of
28
off
road classes,
including several motorcycle
and
all terrain vehicle divisions which
run
only at
SCORE
events, will
be
crowned at the year
end
banquet.
Score
Parker
400
MTEG Stadium Racing
in
San Diego
Paris-Dakar
Rally
CRS
Glen
Helen
Rally
Cross
Monte Carlo Rally
...
plus
all
the regular features
CONGRATULATIONS
Page
8
to
MATT-PIKE
February
1987
, Co-Points Winner
at
444 Points in Class 3
1986
SCORE-HORA
DESERT
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
$incerely-
Gale Pike
Dusty
nmes
,.
I . .
When
the
IDodge
truck
race team went off-road
in
1986,
it
raised
a lot
of
dust. And a lot of eyebrows. Because
when
the
dust
settled
at
the
SCORE/HORA off-road circuit, Dodge was
the
proud
owner
of
one
of
the
most
outstanding
race
win
records
going.
The
year-end
SCORE/HORA awards tell
the
whole story, completewith trophies:
AWARD
Off-Road
4X4
Manufacturer
of
the
Year
2-Wheel
Drive
Pickup
Truck
Manufacturer
of
the
Year
'86
Class
4
(4WD
Pickup)
Points
Championship
I
WINNER
Dodge
j
oodge
Dodge driver, Rod Hall
'86
Class
8
(2WD
Pickup)
Points
Championship
Dodge
dt1-ve
ri
Walker Evans
Off-Road
Racing
Person
of
the
Year
. I
Dodge
driver
Walker
Evans
. True Grit
Speed
Award
Dodge driver Walker
Evans
_ Mechanic
of
the
Year
kRandy
Andetson,
..
Walker Evans' crew
chief
,
Keith
Black,
Engine Builder
of
the
Yeat
Hall
and
Evans'
engine
builder
I I . .
These
victories
mean
a
lot
to
us
at
Qodge.
But
they
ri
eally
mean
.
even
more
to
you
.
Why?
It's
simple.
Every
time
we
wi'n,
we
learn
. .
That
knowledge
helps
make
every D6dge
pickup
we
build
for
you even better. It's all
part
of
our
commitment to be
the
best.
0
THE
BEST
BUILT,
BEST
BACKED
AMERICAN
TRUCKS
ARE
RAM
TOUGH*
Dodge
5/50
~·Best
Built'" based
on
survey
of
owner
prob
l
ems
with
"86
light
trucks
designed
and
DIVISION
OF
CHRYSLER
MOTORS
built
in
No
. America
and
sold Oct.-
Nov
. '85
(5
mos. avg. usage). See 5/
50
limited
warranty
·
on
poweriraln
and
outer
body
rust
-
through
at
dealer. Restrtcttons apply.
WARRANTY
EXCLUDES RACING & SPECIALLY MODIFIED VEHICLES.
BUCKLE UP
FOR
SAFE1Y
'
i
'I
s
-A
L
u
T
E
To
The
1986
Desert
Series
Champions
By
Jean
Calvin
SCIIE
INTERNATIONAi:
Chernpionship
·
Off-Roed
Racing
ra
HIGH DESERT
RACING
ASSOCIATION
The
sophmore
year
of
the
combined
SCORE
/
HORA
desert series fulfilled the promise
of
1985 for
both
the racers and
the promoters. In almost every
event the entry numbers we_re up
a good deal and the complaints
were
down
.
Sure,
there
were
some rough times in post race
tech, starting with the first event
at Parker,
but
overall the rules ·
enforcement
shook
out
a
bit
better
than
before.
The
two
org
a
ni
z
ations
·
published
a
common
rule
book
last Novem-
·ber, a major step forward in
making the desert series a true
national championship affair.
Of
course,
SCORE
and
HORA
continue
to
run
their
own
races in their
own
manner,
SCORE
with a driver's meeting
the
night before the race, and
HORA
with the driver's meeting
race
morning,
for
e_xample.
Despite dangling double points
in
front
of
competitors for the
fall
events,
the
most
popular
events with competitors contin-
ued to be the
most
popular, with
the entry numbers swelled by
folks who
run
their favorite piece
of
desert every year and are
not
interested in points. While major
sponsorship for the desert series
points
fund, outside
of
Nissan, '
is
Page
10
still in the search mode, two
years
of
a
most
successful series
should
certainly bear fruit this
season, if
not
in points money,
perhaps in purse money at some
individual events.
As
last year, each organization
produced
four races, and
to
be
eligible for a year
end
points title,
a driver had
to
compete in three
SCORE
events and three
HORA
events.
The
HORA
split
its
schedule
with
two
races
in
California, the Fireworks
250
and the Budweiser 250,
both
at
Barstow,
and
the
Mint
400
and
the Frontier 500,
both
out
of
·
Sloan, Nevada. ·
scORE's
sched-
ule was identical
to
1985 with the ·
two races in· Mexirn, the Baja
lnternaciona_l
and
the Baja 1000,
the difference being
that
the Baja
1000
went
all
the
way
from
Ensenada
to
l:,a
Paz
and produced
an unexpected heavy entry.
The
two state Parker
400
opened
the
season, and another edition
of
the Great Mojave
250
out
of
Lucerne Valley, California was in
April.
The
Baja 1'000 and the
Frontier
500
were again back to
back double points races. The
extra miles
on
the Baja
1000
certainly
warrants
the
double
points,
but
somehow
a loop race
out
of
Sloan
doesn't
have the
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CLASS 1-2-1600-1600
CC
RESTRICTED -
JACK
RAMSAY-
Winning the overall
points
title is getting
to
be a habit with
1600 class champions,
and
Jack.Ramsay is the absolute top points man
for
1986, The Las
Vegas,
Nevada resident drove a
two
seat 1600 to his titles, entering all
eight
series races,
and-
finishing
all
but
the Baja Internacional. Jack started the
season right
by
winning the spor('s most populous class at both the Parker 400
and
the Great Mojave 250 in the _Steel
Engineers sponsored Bunderson, with Rick Mills riding in
most
of
the events. Jack drove_to a fifth
at
the Mint
and
the
Frontier
500,
was sixth in the Fireworks,
and
nabbed a double
points
second
at
the
Jong
Baja 1000. He came
back
from
disaster for a _12th place finish
at
the
Bud
250.
Ramsay
is
building
a new, state
of
the art Bunderson_
for
the 1987 season,
and
it
will
be
at
the Parker 400. · ·
same adventure and additidnal tradi~ion
of
a
1600
car winning
effort
of
the original route
of
the · the overall title.
Frontier 500.
In
the
big
trucks,
Kirby
The
series began again this year
High
tower
a·
nd
Gary
Currier
with the Parker
400,
which was a won Class 3 in a Jeep
CJ
7, and
portent
of
things
to
come with an
Rod
Hall
and
Jim Fricker got a
incredible
416
vehicles taking good. start
on
another Class 4
the green flag, and
320
of
them
title by winning in the Dodge.
were in car classes, an increase
of
Walker
Evans got a great
start
19
cars over 1985. Total entry
also,
winning
Class
8
in
his
was
up
by
48
vehicles, and this
Dodge
over
defending
champ
heavy entry pattern continued
Steve
Kelley.
Despite
not
throughout the season. Memor- finishing, Carl
Cook
took
the
ies
of
the snow and sleet
of
1985 win in Class 14.
·
came
back
race
morning
as Max Razo
and
John
Johnson
ominous
clouds caused officials started the new year right by
to
delay the
start
time by
half
an winning Class 5 by a goodly
hour, waiting for light. Happily margin. Youngsters Mike Lesle
the
sun
came
out
later
and
-i
t<
- and Cameron Steele whipped
off
stayed dry throughout the· race · · ,a: seven minute victory in Class
day. 5-1600; and Mike
Abbott
and
Tom
Koch had his · Class 1 Pausto Panisotto won Class
11
Rateco
in the lead in California - by a slim ten minutes.
Wes
and
,_
and
at
the finish, and
Tom
took
Greg Moser
took
top
honors
in
overall car
honors
as
well. In fact, Class 6 driving their venerable
only
one
bike, the Husky
of
Dan
Ford
Ranchero
.
Al
Arciero
Smith and Dan Ashcraft, beat
started
in
the
Class
6S
Olds
Tom's
time, and only by six Calais,
and
was
not
only the only
minutes
. _
Danny
letner
and
entry,
but
a DNF.
Henry Bergdahl won Class 2 in
Among
the three mfni
truck
the
Porsche
powered
Raceco,
classes, there were winners
and
and
Jack
Ramsay
started
his
technical losers. While Spencer
march
to
the 1986 overall points Low won Class 7S
on
the road,
championship by winning Class the entire 16
truck
field,
of
which
1-2-1600
in
the
two
seat
ninefinished,Jasdisqualifiedin
Bunderson. Jack continues the
post
race tech for sundry items
February
1987
on
various brands
of
tn.i.cks~
To
a_
lesser degree, the same fate befell
the
7
4x4s.
The
top
three
finishers, led by Mike Randall at
the checkered flag in the ex-
Adams Jeep Cherokee, were all
disqualified
for
odd
tech
infractions after the race.
Fourth
on
time,
Jerry
McDo
·
nald
inherited the official victory in
the Chevy S-10. Class 7 had
no
such woes, and Manny Esquerra
won in· the
Ford
by inches over
Roger Mears' Nissan . .
Class
10
was
hard
fought
as
always, and
Jac;k
Irvine and l<it
Trenholm
repeated their 1985
performance by winning in the
Raceco. Gary Cogbill won Class
9,
and
Rick Johnson and Gary
Watson won the 31 car Challenge
Class in a Hi Jumper. ·
Next came the Great Mojave
250
at Lucerne Valley early in
April,
and
again the entry was
staggering.
There
were
405
starting entries,
up
a tremendous
132
from
1985.
W.hh
318
starting cars, the increase was
there, with
130
more
cars than in
1985.
At
the
Friday
evening
driver's meeting
not
only was the
time allowance extended
due
the
rough cause, · but, the starting
time
was
bumped
_
up
earlier,
which
caught
a
dozen
or
so
Dusty
nrnes
drivers
out
to
breakfast,
and
they
started late.
Larry
Noel
was
close
to
repeating his overall victory in
_
1985,
and
we
must
apologize for
brain
fade
in
our
Barstow
coverage last
month,
which was
Noel's
second
overall victory in
this desert series.
At
any rate, this
round
Noel
missed overall time
at Luc~rne by inches,
but
won
Class
1,
only
to
be
bumped
down
to
third
by
a
road
crossing
penalty.
Ivan
Stewart
got
the
Class 1 win in the
Toyota
pickup.
Class 2 was as close as a race can
get,
and
at
the
flag Jim
and
Mark
Temple
took
the overall victory
in their Raceco as well
as
the
class, taking overall car time by
1. 2
seconds
over
Noel.
They
were well
behind
the
fastest time
of
the day
of
the
Dans, Ashcraft
and
Si:nith, whose
Husky
was in
well before lunch, almost in time
for
breakfast.
An
astounding
entry
of
58
starters in Class 1-2-
CLASSB-2
WDSTA~bARD
PICKUP : Wi LKER EVAN$-.Walk,erEv_ans fie'//
f?is
Dodge
toan
early lead in ClassB and the
Heavy Metal
points
erase,
winning
the
fi~
~t three races, Parker, MqIave
and
the
Mmt
400. He came back from a
dnf
at the
Baja Internacional t0 nab second at the_ Fireworks,
but
troubles
dropped
him to seventh_ at _the Frontier 500. Walker
finished the year in the Goodyear and Barbary Coast sponsored Dodge in a blaze
of
g_lory
,,
_wmning the long trek, the BaIa
1000 and the final
ra
de
1
in the series, the Budweiser 250. The man from Riverside, Caltforn1a won yet another Class 8 title,
and
the important oJerall Heavy Metal C
li
ampionship.
1600
saw
the
victory again go
to
,
Jack Ramsay in the Bunderson.
...
'
l-
.
·~
CLASS
7S
- STOCK MINI P)CKUP - SPENCER LOW - One
of
the few repeat champions from
1985,
Speh'
cer
Low
, from
Arcadia, California,
not
only
took the Class
7S
title again,
but
he won his second
Mini
Metal Championship, and,
as
last
year,
Low
was the
only
trucker in the top ten overall on points, in
ninth
spot. His Nissan is sponsored
by
'Arcadia Nissan
ahd
Goodyear, and
Low
and
hisco-dr
,iver Paul DeLang competed in all eight races.
Although
he won
at
Parker, the entire
1
7S
class was disqualified. So Low began his charge to the title
by
winning
at
Mojave
and
taking second'
at
the Mint.
He
·
dropped
out
in Baja and was .sixth
at
the Fireworks.
Low
had a strong finish with a trio
of
seconds in the
16st
three races,
two
of
them
doublepoints
affairs. . I '
I
CLASS 1 -
UNLIMITED
SINGLE
SEAT
- MARK
McMILL/N-
Mark
McMillin, from Bonita, California, hadja great
second
half
that
brought
him
the Class 1
points
championship
. With
co-driving
help from Ralph Paxton on the
long
races in the
Chenowth
Magnum
powered
by
a
six
cylinder
Porsche,
Mark
got
a
slow
start
on
the
season
with
a
fifth
at
j
Parker,
a
dnf
at
Mojave,
but
climbed
to fourth at the
Mint
400.
Mark
finished
second
in Baja, at the Fireworks
and
the
~rontier
500. He
secured
his
title
with
the
big
win, first overall at the Baja
1000.
He
dropped
to
third
in class at Barstow with late breaking
problems
. fvfa!k was fifth overall on points, and, like
most
champions, he competed in all
eight
races. j
Dusty
nmes
This
is
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run
by
most
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off
road
race
winners
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CLASS 2 -
UNLIMITED
TWO
SEA.T
- BOB GORDON - Bob
Gordon
had
mixed
results early in the season in his two seat
Chenowth, with
co-driver
Tim Crabtree.
After
taking a fine
second
at Parker,
Gordon
fell to
sixth
at
Mojave, 12th
at
the
Mint
, then came back
to
fifth in Baja,
only
to
dnf
at
the Fireworks 250. Then the team
scored
second,
behind
Bob
's son
Rob,
at
the
Frontier
500,
and
won Class 2
and
took
second
overall
at
the Baja 1000,
both
double
pointers
. The Orange,
California
driver
ended
the
year
with a
third
place
at
the
Budweiser
250.
Not
only
did
Bob
Gordon
win the Class 2
points
championship, he also finished second overall
on
points
, just
48
digits
behind
the overall winner.
in the Jeep
CJ
7, while
Rod
Hall
continued his
trot
to
a points title
in Class 4, taking his eighth
Mint
400
victory. Also taking
Mint
win
number
8was
Walker
Evans
in Class 8. Lowell
Arnold
and
Tom
Kepler moved their Jeep
Honcho
into Class
14
and scored
the victory.
John
Cooley
and
Mark
Fox beat the field in Class
5,
while Mike Lesle and Cameron
Steele won again in Class
5-
1600 . .
,Chris
Robinson
finished in the
Olds
for the 6S win
and
so did
Larry
Schwacofer
and
Sid
Spradling.in Class 6. Andy Diaz
and Charlie
Woodard
got the
victory in Class 11.
Steve Tetrick
and
Fred
Ronn
took
the points lead and the
Mint
win in Class
10
handily. Rich
Minga and Dale Ebberts got the
Chenowth
home
first in Chal-
lenge action,
and
Gary Cogbill
and
John
Marking won Class 9. ·
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Among the '
'.
heavies", Buck
Griffin and
Don
Coffland won
Class 3 in their Jeep
CJ
8, and
Rod
Hall and Jim Fricker won
Class 4 again in the Dodge. Class
8 went
to
Walker
Evans again in
his Dodge, this time by an hour.
Steve Mizel got his Bronco home
first in Class 14. ·
Max Razo and
John
Johnson
won again in Class 5, while new
names,
Owen
and
Curtis
Duggan
won
5-1600
honors
. C
hris
Robinson and Chris
Minor
won
6S in the Olds. Larry Schwacofer
and Sid Spradling came o
ut
of a
brief
retirement to win Cla
ss
6 in
the
'55
Chevy. Dave Hendrick-
son
a
nd
John
Jones
took
the win
among the nine Class
11
Beetles.
Manny Esquerra won Class 7
again in the Ford Ranger, and
Spencer Low got his Class 7S win
this time in the Nissan. Jerry
McDonald won Class 7 4x4
on
the road this trip as well.
Steve Tetrick and Fred
Ronn
nailed the
honors
in Class 10.
With
40
starters, the Challenge
Class went to Dave Stokes and
Don
French. Dave
and
Bryant
Wood
won Class 9 in their new
car.
Next up was the mighty Mint
400
on
a new and almost
as
dirty
course
out
of
Sloan, Nevada. The
HDRA
put
in a bit
of
stadium
racing for the spectators, running
the course through a motocross
track near Boulder City. It was
the
first
series
race
for
the
HORA
, and with the on-again-
o
ff-
again status
of
the race during
the winter, the entry was down
seven from 1985,
as
367
cars
took the starting
flag
la
st
May.
Although Class 2 cars
do
a lot
of
overall winning at the Mint
400, this year it was the Porsche .
powered
Chaparral
of
Larry
Ragland that led the survivors to
the checkered flag, taking the
overall by ten minutes.
The
Class
2 winner and second overall was
the Funco
ORE
of
Cam Thieriot
and Greg Lewin. New names won
Class 1-2-1600, Darren
Wilson
and
Eddie
Webb
in
a
new
Mirage.
Old
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M Bragg and
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and
Greg
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Class 3
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Winning his eighth
Mint
400
title, Manny Esquerra carried
on
up
front
in
Class
7.
Jerry
McDonald
took
his
third
in. a
row in Class 7 4x4. Willie Valdez
and Jose Alvarado
goi:
the Class
7S
win
in
the
Ford
Ranger,
making it an all
Detroit
show
among the mini trucks.
The
magic was back in the
starting numbers at the June Baja
Internacional, a
round
trip
to
and
from Ensenada, Baja California.
The
Mexican race was
number
4
in
the series
and
a
must
for
serious
point
hunters
.
There
were
38
more
cars
onthe
starting
line in 1986,
and
a total entry
of
64
more
than
in
1985.
The
-
weather was the usual
damp
and
overcast type
on
the start, and
very
hot
on
the eastern side
of
the
peninsula,
as
usual.
It was a race long battle,
but
Ivan Stewart
took
the Class 1-
victory in the
Toyota
and
was
second
overall
car
as well.
Zooming
home
first
on
the road
and
first
overall
car
was
the
CLASS
10
UNLIMITED
1650
CC-
RICK
HAGLE
- The battle for the Class
10
points
championship
was intense
all
year.
Rick
Hagle was
another
driver,
with
a gj
ant
assist from his
co-driving
brother
John,
who
came
on
strong
in the
double
.
points
races late in the year. From
Somis
, California
and
sponsored
by
the family
lumber
business, Hagle was
third
at
Parker,
fourth
at Mojave
and
failed to finish the
Mint
. But,
not
an
old
Baja
hand, he
still
got
second
in June,
followed
by
a
fourth
at the Fireworks
250.
Rick
Hagle
had
a fantastic finish,
winning
the
Frontier
500, the Baja 1000
and
the
Bud
250,
all
after
very close
dicing
all
the way in Class
10.
Hagle also finished
third
overall
on
points,
just
two
points
behin(/ Gordon.
CLASS
3-
SHORT
WHEELBASE 4x4 -
DON
ADAMS-
Oon
Adams
returned
to Class 3 this season,
driving
his Jeep
CJ
7
at the early races, then
moving
into
a Jeep Cherokee
for
the balance
of
the
year
. With
co
-driver
Larry
Olsen,
A~ms
,
who
raises
buffalo
in
Colorado
among
his
many
enterprises, started
out
with
second
place at Parker,
third
at Mojave
and
seventh at the Mint. Ba'ck
on
form he
won
in Baja
and
took
second
at the Fireworks, then failed to finish the
Frontier
500.
A
second
on
the Baja 1000 an_d
fifth
at
the
Bud
250
earned
Adams
another
Class 3 title. He
competed
in
all
e_
ight
events
and
was
sponsored
by
AMC
Sports and
BFGoodrich
.
Febn1ary
1987
Dusty
nmes
/
CLASS
4 -
LONG
WHEELBASE
4x4
-
RODNEY
HALL
-Although
1986
was the
year
that
Rodney
Hall
saw his
unbroken
string
of
victories
broken
, he
and
Jim.Fricker
still
brought
the
Dodge
home
the Class 4
points
winner
, with
more
victories
than
most
class
champs
. The
BF
Goodrich
sponsored
4x4
started
the
year
with
five class
victories
in a
row
,
and
it
looked
as
if
Hall
,
from
Reno, Nevada, was
well
on
his
way to
more
records
.
But
troubles
caused
a
dnf
at_both the 1
ro~ti~r
500
and
the
Budweiser
250.
However
,
Hall
won
the class
on
the
long
Baja 1000,
and
with
the
double
points
he ke
this
incredible
15 · starters it was a real race in
Class 11, and the winner was
Sergio Gutierrez and family.
) Steve Tetrick and Fred
Ronn
l:fad
the overall points lead in
~and
with
another
victory
in
O:lass
10. Dave and Bryant
Wood
a~ain won Class 9.
The
Challenge
Class shuffled points
as
Rich
Richardson and Mike LaPlant
J
on
in a Jimco.
of
Mike and Pat Falkosky
outran
the 7S field. Jim
Conner
and Pat
Blackmore
got
their
stocker
Nissan home first in Class 7
4x4
.
It was
on
to
Barstow for the
Fireworks 250,
and
this popular
course drew an incredible 293
cars, causing the course
to
be
lengthened just
to
get them
off
the line. The entry was
up
25 cars
from 1985, and the beat went on.
The
heat in July was the usual
three digits,
but
a good breeze
string
of
class
championships
intact.
in Class 4. Dave Shoppe and
Larry Maddox got the big Class 8
win in the
Ford
. Steve Mizel was
the only starter, and therefore
the winner in Class 14.
. Manny Esquerra was well
up
on
Class 7 points, with another
victory for Ford. But, the Toyota
race
i;r
·
Porsche powered Chenowth
of
Corky
and
Scott
McMillin,
winning Class
2,
and finishing ·
minutes faster than Stewart . .
Absolute fast time for the race
went
to
the Husky ridden by
Garth
Sweetland
and
Scot
Harden.
Rob
Tolleson, with
Bill
Varnes
co-driving,
got
the
Mirage
home
first
in
Class
1-2-1600. .
Don
Adams and Larry Olson
took
their first Class 3 win
of
the
year in
the
Jeep Cherokee, and
the Hall/ Fricker show rolled
on
Max Razo and
John
Johnson
looked good
on
points, winning
Class 5 again. More fresh names,
R.C. Jones and Paul Maxey, long
time
Class
5
racers,
got
the
victory in 5-1600 action. Chris
Robinson again finished in 6S for
the win, and Larry Schwacofer
and Sid Spradling
outran
the
other
old sedans in Class 6.
With
CLASS
5-
UNLIMITED
BAJA
BUG -
MAX
RAZO-
Max Razo
and
John
Johnson
had
just
a few
problems
on
their
march
to
the
championship
in the
strong
running
Class 5
racer
. Razo,
from
El
Cajon
,
and
Johnson
,
from
Jamul
,
continued
the
domination
of
year
end
titles
by
southern
Californians
. They won
at
Parker
and
Mojave
but
dropped
to seventh
at
the
Mint. They
won
again
\
at
the Baja
Internacional
,
but
failed
to
finish
at
the
Fireworks
._
A
second
at
the
Frontier
500
and
the
big
win
on
the Baja 1000,
plus
a
third
at
the
Bud
250
brought
Razo the Class 5
championship
. It was a
fight
to the
final
race,
as Max Razo won his title
by
a
slim
25
points
.
-
1986
~CORE/HORA Drivers/Riders' . Points
Champion~
·
overall
Buggy
&
overall
Points
JACK
RAMSAY
overall
Heavy
Metal
WALKER
EVANS
CLASS
1·
Mark McMillin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 673
Ivan
Stewart
.....
..
: .
..........
533
Larry
Noel
.................
. -.
..
533
Gregg
Symonds
......
.
........
.
433
Tom
Koch
..........
....
.......
428
CLASS
2
Bob
cordon
.. ..
.
..
.
..
.
..
..
..
721
David
Kreisler
..................
629
Bob
Richey
....................
576
Jerry
Penhall
........
........
..
567
Jim
Temple
...................
. 538
CLASS
1/2·1600
Jack
Ramsay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 769
Willy
Higman
.........
"·
.......
630
Jeff
Papple
....................
509
Rob
Tolleson
...................
460
Morley
Williams
....
.
.....
.
.....
415
CLASS 3
Don
Adams
..........
..
....
.
444
Mike
Schwellinger
..............
402
,
Buck
Griffin
................
,
...
343
David
Bryan
...................
113
CLASS
4
Rod
Hall
.. ..
..
.. ..
.
.. .. ..
..
. 462
Don
Yosten
.......
...
..
.......
314
Don
McCormack
...............
286
CLASS
5
Max
Razo
........
..
.......
: . 587
Hartmut Klawitter ..
.. ..
.......
562
Stan
Parnell
...................
540
Jim
Cocores
..........
.. .
......
411
Greg
Diehl
.....................
224
overall
Mini
Metal
SPENCER
LOW
CLASS
5·1600
Steve
Lakin
.................
605
David
Anckner
.........
...
.....
540
Mike
Lesle
.....
..
..............
472
CLASS
6
Larry Schwacofer
..........
552
We51ey
Moser
..................
301
Dale
Jordan
...................
127
CLASS
7
Manny Esquerra
............
478
Roger
Mears
...................
300
John
Swift
..........
..........
179
CLASS
7S
s pencer
Low
.. ..
..
.. ..
..
..
. 608
Willie
Valdez
...................
593
Paul
Simon
....................
568
Mike
Falkosky
...................
506
Scott
Douglas
. . .
...
.
...
.......
438
CLASS 7
4X4
Jerry McDonald .
...
..
.. ..
...
555
Jim
Conner
....................
444
Michael
Horner
.
.......
.....
.
...
362
Mike
Randall
..............
:
....
230
CLASS
8
Walker
Evans
...............
581
Dave
Shoppe
.
.....
..
..
...
.
.....
518
.
Steve
Kelley
.........
.-
.
....
....
485
Frank
v
e5sels
...
. .
..
...
:
..
.....
302
.
Steve
McEachern
...............
238
CLASS
9
Dave wood
367
overall
Motorcycle
SCOTT
MORRIS
overall
4-Wheel
ATV
OLEN
ELLIOTT
CLASS
10
Rick
Hagle
.........
.........
, 719
Steve
Tetrick
..................
650
Roger
Mortenson
...
...
...
..
.
..
525
Steve
Myers
...................
203
Class
11
Ramon
Castro
....
..
... ...
..
399
Andy
Diaz
.....
......
. .
........
328
Mike
Abbott
...................
178
CLASS
14
Steve Mlzel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
CHALLENGER
Rick
Johnson
..
.
.. ..
..
.
.. ..
..
693
Rich
Minga
..
...
..........
.
....
569
Edward
Mdean
.............
,
..
528
Mike
Ward
.....
.
..............
503
Kent
Lothringer
....
.
...........
472
CLASS 20
Duane summers
....
..
.......
175
.
Guy
Kibbe
......
.
............
. . 154
Wes
Eriz
...............
...
....
123
I ,
CLASS
21
Scott MorrIs1
................
322
Jeff
Quinn
.....................
262
Bob
Johnson
.......
....
..
.....
250
David
Callawav,
.....
....
..
.
.....
247
Joey
Lane
............
.
.....
...
172
Dan Smith
)
~
~~~~-
~-~
........
308
Phil
Means
....................
171
Randy
Morales
!
...
..............
151
Mitch
Schacklett
...............
121
Garth
Sweetlalild
...............
118
Dusty
nmes
February
1987
I .
overall
3-Wheel ATV
STEVE
FENTON
overall
Odyssey
STEVE
SIXBERY
CLASS
30
BIii
Harris
...........
. .
..
...
. 279
Neil
Manninen
.
...
.
....
........
.
172
Bill
Dell
........
,
.................
75
CLASS
38
Ron
Cray . .'..
..
.. ..
. .
..
..
.
..
273
John
Etchart
...
.....
..
.
.......
233
Wayne
Cornelius
.....
.........
. 165
Peter
Bormanis
.
.......
......
...
56
CLASS
23
Robin
Davis
.................
120
Jeff
Enz
.
.....
.
......
...........
73
CLASS
33
Steve Fenton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Fred
Wing
.......
....
.
..
.......
213
Allen
Fox
.......
...
.
..
...
......
208
Doug
Yarnell
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
172
Dustin
Hoffman
......
.
....
..
..
. 153
CLASS
43
Mike Mancha
..........
·
.....
123
Jim
Callen
.....................
112
CLASS
24
Clen
Elliott
.................
188
Jerry
w
helchel
...........
....
...
99
CLASS
25
Ron
Apodaca
.. ..
.. . .
.. .. ..
. 108
CLASS
34
Steve Sixbery
..............
240
Juan
Lencioni
..................
141
Randy
Pettit
...
:
..............
125
Nick
Kozin
.........
:
............
38
CLASS
44
Philip Blurton
...............
122
Page
13
CLASS
5-1600-RESTRICTED
1600
CC
BAjA
BUG
-STEVE
LAKIN-Steve
Lakin
,
from
National
City,
and
Todd
Fetters,
from Lakeside,
California
drove
their
Razo
sponsored
Bug
in
all
eight
races.
But
,
they
had
to
fight
for
the class title
to
the
last mile, with nonf.inishes at
both
Mojave
and
the Fireworks. They were
third
at
both
Parker
and
the
Mint
400,
moved
up
to
second
in Baja
and
back
to
third
at
the
Frontier
500. They
had
trouble
in
Mexico
but
did
finish eighth. Lakin
had
to
do
well
at
the
final
race,
and
he did. Steve
Lakin
was
happy
with
second
place
at
the
Budweiser
250,
as
it gave
him
the
points
for
the
championship.
Lakin
is
the
only
points
champ
this year
without
a class win to his credit.
Tudy
Joe
Esquerra
continued
winning in Class 7,
and
so
did
Jerry
McDonald
in 7
4x4
action.
Paul
and
David Simon scored a
big victory in Class 7S.
Steve
Kelley
again
got
his
Chevy
home
first in Class 8.
Matt
Pike
and
Burt
McCready
put
their aged
Ford
Bronco
in
for the
Class 3 victory.
Don
Y
oston
and
Bill
Donahoe
got the ~ in in Class
4 in their Jeep
Honcho,
while
Carl
Cook
and
Glen Emery got a
finish and the win in Class 14.
overall
and
in Class 1 by less
than
two minutes over Bob
Gordon
· and
Tim
Crabtree who
won
Class
2,
both
driving
Chenowths.
Absolute fast time went
to
the
Honda
of
Chuck
Miller
and
Bruce Ogilivie.
t;r
afternoon
kept
things
somewhat livable.
The race was a battle for the
overall win,
but
at the flag it was
Rob
MacCachren in his Chen-
owth who ·won overall and in
Class
1 by
53
seconds
after
taking
a 15
minute
penalty.
Many time penalties were given
when a goodly number
of
cars
missed Check 6 in the dark when
the course markers went down.
Less than two minutes back
on
total
time,
Steve
Tetrick
and
Fred
Ronn
won Class 10 again,
and
took
third overall and the
points lead.
Cain Thieriot and Greg Lewin
were next, the Class 2 winners.
The wild Las Vegas team
of
Larry
Job
and
Jack Johnson won Class
1-2-1600 in the Valley Perform-
ance
single.
Dave
and
Bryant
Wood
won again in Class 9. In
the 41 car Challenge group, new
driver Mike Burns and old hand
Carroll Ditson won in a new
ORE
. .
In sedan action Stan Parnell
and Jeff Bolha
took
the Class 5
win
and
Darryl and
Wayne
Cook
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won
5-1600
honors.
Larry
Schwacofer and Sid Spradling
won Class 6 over a. good field,
and Alan Remington
and
Jeff
· Dahl nabbed
top
honors in Class
11
. Manny Esquerra continued
his march
to
the Class 7 title with
another victory. But, the points
got scrambled in 7 4x4 as new
boys Dave Ashley and w ·ally
Kaiser won in a
Ford
Ranger.
Scott Douglas and Rick
Doetsch
won Class
7S
making a mini
metal sweep for Ford.
The
heavy
metal
Class
8
victory went
to
Steve Kelley in
the Chevy.
Rod
Ha
ll
and Jim
Fricker, despite a penalt
y,
w
on
Cla
ss
4, and Eric Heiden and Pete
Calaci won Class 3 in a Jeep
CJ
8.
Rock Bradford· and Steve Miles
got the victory in Class
14
in a
Jeep
Commando
.
The Frontier 500 was a very
different race this past season,
moving from a
point
to
point
affair into
northern
Nevada to a
four loop,
500
mile
run
out
of
Sloan that covered trails
on
both
sides
of
1-15. It was the first
double points race, and the entry
was up by
45
cars over 1985,
but
still
short
of
200 starters
at
193
cars taking the green flag.
It was a family affair as
Frank
Arciero, Jr.
and
. teenager
Rob
Gordon
won
Class 2
and
won
the
race overall, beating
out
second
overall,
and
in Class 2
dad
Bob
Gordon
and
Tim
Crabtree,
both
driving
the
Gordon
family
Chenowths. Class 1 went
to
the
Raceco
of
Frank
Snook
and
Eric
Arras, .and Bob
Scott
and
Mike
. Voyles aced the regulars in Class
1-2-1600.
Rick
and
John
Hagle scored
an
important
win in Class 10, and
sixth overall,
and
Rick
Johnson
and
Gary
Watson
won
the
Challenge Class in
post
race tech.
Dave
and
Bryant
Wood
added
more
points with the Class 9
victory.
Hartmut
and
Wolfram
Klawit-
ter scored a long sought win in
Class 5,
and
David
Anckner
and
Henry Arras
won
by miles in 5-
1600.
Larry
Schwacofer
and
Sid
Spradling
were
the
only
finishers
in
Class
6.
Ramon
Castro and Salvador Avila
won
Class
11
by a bunch. Manny and
The
big, bad, long
and
tough
Baja
1000
sfretched all
the
way
from Ensenada
to
La
Paz
this
year. Despite the extra cost
of
the
long
point
to
point
, race, the
entry was
up
for the 1000,
29
more
than
in the
loop
run
in
1985,
and
25
of
the increase
came in the car classes. Despite
the 1013 mile course it was a drag
race
to
the finish line in La
Paz
for
overall honors. Mark McMillin
and
Ralph Paxton
won
the race
Art
Peterson, Roger Mears Jr.
and
Richard
Goldbaum
got the
job
done
in Class 1-2-1600 in
their
O.R.C.
single seater in the
biggest class in
the
race.
Todd
Francis and Brian Johnson won
Class 9 with . a good finish, and
Mike Leon
and
Javier Tiznado
took
top
spot
in
Challenge Class
after a controversy in
post
race
· tech was settled. Rick
and
John
· Hagle scored their second double
points Class 10 win, and
took
the
points lead.
Sergio
and
Porfirio Gutierrez
won the Beetle battle in Class 11,
apd Larry Schwacofer
and
Sid
Spradling
cemented
another
points
title with the win
in
Class
6. Max Razo
and
John
Johnson
CLASS
6 -
PRODUCTION
SEDAN
°
LARRY
SCHWA COFER -
Larry
Schwacofer
and
Si_d
Spradling
took
the
Hemet
,
California
based 1955
Chevrolet
to
yet
another
Class 6
championship
.
Schwacofer
was the
only
driver
in the 1986 season
who
~on
every race he
entered
, seven in_ a
row
starting
with the Great Mojave 250.
Schwacofer
had
retired
because
of
lack
of
sponsorship
after
the 1985 season,
and
missed
the Parker 400.
But
spans
.
ors
appeared
and
he
got
the
job
done
for
them
in the
BFGoodrich
shod
mean, green racer.
It
was
tough
at
times,
with
many
trackside
repairs,
but
the team
finished
first
in the races
and
Larry
Schwacofer
is
another
repeat
champion
from 1985.
CLASS
7 -
MODIFIED
MINI
PICKUP
-
MANNY
ESQUERRA
-
It
looked
like
another
perfect
season
building
for
Manny
Esquerra
and
various
co-drivers
,
including
his
brother
Tudy
Joe. The Parker,
Arizona
businessman
took
the
Ford
Ranger
to
the Class 7
victory
at
Parker, Mojave, the
Mint
(
his
eighth),
the Baja
Internacional,
the
Fireworks
250,
and
the
Frontier
500, his
fifth
in a
row
.
Manny
is
the
only
Class 7
winner
in
that
event
.
Problems
dropped
him
to
third
at
the
[fJaja
1000,
and
more
trouble
for
the
Firestone
sponsored
Ranger
brought
a
dnf
at
the
Bud
250, a rare
happening.
However,
the
points
tally
was
so
heavy that Esquerra won the
title
-easily, as he
did
last year, this
round
by
178 points.
February
1987
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CLASS 7 4x4 - STOCK MINI PICKUP 4x4 - JERRY
McDONALD
- From San Clemente, California, ~erry
McDonald
established
control
-
of
this class early, one
of
the newest classes in the desert. Driving the Chevrolet
S-1
/0 sponsored by
Joe Mac Pherson Chevrolet and General Tire Mptorsports, McDonald
got
the win at Parker,
and
went on o win at Mojave
and
the
Mint
400
.
He
failed to finish in Mexico,
but
was second at the Fireworks and won the double poin~s at the Frontier
500.
McDonald
finished third in the Baja 1000,
and
scored second place at the season ending Budweiser
250.
Jerry
McDonald earned more than a
100
points margin oiler his closest
competitor
in the class. [ ·
made victory lane in Class ·
.s,
while. Dave
Anckner
and Henry
Arras
did
the
same
in
Class
5-1600.
Walker
Evans
won
Class 8 by
hours
in Baja,
Rod
Hall did
the
same
in
Class 4,
and
Matt
and
Gale Pike
Won
Class
3,
making it
a near Dodge sweep in heavy
metal.
Almost
finishing,
the
Class 14 title
went
to
Richard
Seiman
and
Steve Kramer in
the
Isuzu
Trooper.
minut
-es
ci
v
er
Spence Low. Jim
Conner
and
Carl J aGkson won by
ten minutes
in
the 7 4x4 Nissan.
· sf·
cond
overall arid won Class. i
in
the Raceco. Having a great
run
~
nd
a tight dice, 1985 overall
f?
Oints champ Rob Tolleson was
Back
on
form, besting 38
other
s:
tarters
in
1-2-1600
in
his
Niiirage.
Dave
and
Bryant
Wood
won by
hours
in Class 9. William
Bunch surprised the regulars in
Cl:
hallenge racing by winning in a
_
!:l
rand
new
San
-
dwind
er
Midi.
G:l
ass 10 was a 225 mile
sprint
rkce, and at the flag Rick and
Jp
hn
Hagle
won
the race
and
the
G:l
ass
10
points title over Steve
Tetrick and Fred Ronn.
!
Mor
e surprises came in
other
classes. In his second car race ·
Mik
e
Quintana
won Class 5 by
dver five minutes,
and
Randy
ahd Rick
Wilson
did the same in .
Clas~
5-
1600.
Schwacofer
and
Spradling easily won Class 6.
Ramon
Castro
and
Salvador
Avila got the Class
11
win by just
over a minute
and
won the points
title.
Walker Evans won Class 8 by
2½ minutes
and
also
won
the
· Heavy Metal title for racers in
Cl
asses 3,
4,
8 a
nd
14.
Rod
Hall'
suffered a
rar
e· DNF, anq
Joh
(}
Dyck
and
Al Baker
WOI).
Clas
,s
4
in a Jeep J-10.
Mike
Schwellinger
and
Marty Pollard wo'n Class 3 in
a Jeep
CJ
7.
Steve Mizel
won
Class
14
and
the points title over
five
other
starters,
Roger Mears was the winner
and only finisher in Class 7.
Willie Valdez scored big in Class
7S
ini;r
It
was
another
drag 'face
to
the
finish in Class 7,
but
the team
of
Roger Mears
and
Sherman Balch,
Nissan, aced1
out
Larry Ragland's
Chevy
for
the
win
by
mere
seconds. It was close
too
in
7S
as
Scott
Douglas
and
Ch
.
uck
Johnson
won
by less
than
,
two
HORA
moved
the
final race
of
the series from Las Vegas to
Barstow
and
the Budweiser
250
attracted 265 starters,
up
by just
six from
the
1985 Frontier 250.
While
most
..
points' titles were
decided, a few were riding
on
the
results
of
this final
points
race.
The
weather was wierd, rain all
Friday
night
and
drizzl~
race
·
morning.
It
was
an
unusual race
for Barstow,
dust
free!
Attrition
·
and
flats played a big role,
at
the ·. CLASS 9 - 1200 CC SINGLE
SEAT
- DAVE WOOD - Dave Wood, with his son
Bryant
co-driving, completely
dominated
fast race,
and
after
three
tou~h -the waning months ·
of
Class 9 competition. From Twenty-Nine Palms, California, Wood
built
his own chassis for the
laps Larry Noel
won
overall m purpose,
and
was sed
ond
at
Parker, won the Mojave
and
was
third
at
the
Mint
400. The team went on to win in Baja,
at
the
his Class 1 Chaparral. . Fireworks
and
the Frontier 500. They
skipped
the long drive south on the Baja 1000,
but
came
out
to win the
Bud
250, the
Danny
Letner
and
Henry
final Class 9 race in
th.is
desert series. The news
of
the impending demise
of
the class kept the
entry
well down in 1986. In
Bergdahl
finished
a
strong
fac_t Dave Wood was the
only
Clasas 9 driver who competed in enough events to be eligible for the title.
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CHALLENGER
CLASS
-
RESTRICTED
BUGGY
-
RICK
JOHNSON
·_ The Challe'nger Clas;
really
came
irito
its
own
in
1986,
with
huge
entry
numbers
and
very
tight
competition
at
every
race. The
class
was
designed
to
bring
out
older
buggies
,
past
being
competitive
in
other
classes.
But
, in 1986 there
were
a
number
of
brand
new
cars
complete
with
the
latest
goodies
in
for
the
challenge.
Through
it
all
the
boys
from
Barstow,
Califorr;,ia,
Rick
Johnson
and
Gary
Watson, -ran
their
older
Hi
Jumper
,
updating
it
all
year
long. The seven race
effort
brought
Rick
Johnson
the
championship
on
points.
The team
started
out
strong
with
the
big
win
at
Parker
,
then
scored
a
pair
of
fourths
at
Mojave
and
the Mint.
They
skipped
Baja,
and
did
not
finish
the Fireworks,
on
home
ground.
A
strong
finish
with
the
win
at
the
Frontier
500,
and
third
place
in
both
the Baja 1000
and
the
Budweiser
.250
brought
privateer
Rick
Johnson
the
class
championship
.
In the water
pumper
classes, 3
stayed ! pe same and 4 lost. three
entries per race average while 6
gained three. Class 7S increased
by 1 per race,
and
7
wentµpby
2,
while. 7 4x4 jumped
on
average
by six per ·race. Class 8 ·gained
one
on
average and Class 14
gained two per race.
Yokohama came
out
on
top
of
the tire wars · this year with six
class· champions in Classes 1-2~
1600,
5,
5-1600,
9, 10
and
Challenge. BFGoodrich was next
. with five champs, Classes
1,
2, 3,
. 4
and
9.
Goodyear
had
two
wins
in
Classes
7S
·
and
8,
as
did
!Ir'
the
Ranger
;
and
Dave
Ashley
and
Wally Kaiser added .
another 7
4x4
victory
to
their
score. Despite winning the race,
Valdez lost the Mini Metal Title
to
Spencer Low for 1986, and
Low is
the
only repeat overall
champion from 1985. In fact,
among the class points winners in
the
26
classes scheduled in 1985,
there are
more
this year, only five
repeated a points victory. They ·
are
Rod
Hall, Larry Schwacofer,
Manny Esquerra, and Spencer
Low, aµd Phil Blurton in Class
44.
The
second
season
for
the
combined
SCORE
/
HORA
series was indeed a success.
The
entry numbers were
up
for every
race except the Mint 400, with
THE
only eight instead
of
nine major
dese,rt events in 1986.
With
the
Mint
in the , series
and
under
HDRA
control, it
should
have
increased entry,
but
the
1986
edition got a late start
on
hustling
entry.
The
entry gains came mainly in
the
VW
based classes.
The
Class
1
aver:age
entry increased by
1,
Class 2 stayed the same,
and
Class 1-2-1600 went
up
by three
on
average per race. Class
5-1600
was also
up
an
average
of
three
per race,
and
Class 5 stayed the
same. Challenge Class showed
the biggest gain,
up
19
entries
on
the average,
and
Class
10
gained
four per race. Class
11
showed
a
gain
of
two,
but
Class 9
dropped
two per race.
WRIGHT
PLACE~.
COIL
SPRING
YOUR
FRONT
END!
The
coil
springs
you
are
seeing
on
cars in
magazines
and
at
the
finish
line
, are
products
qf
The
Wright
Place. You
can use
them
on
Fox,
Bilstein,
or
Rough
Country'sNitro
Charger.
Springs
are available in
1,
2,
or
3 stages, and
various lengths. Easy
to
install a·nd adjl!lst.
Wrenches
come
with
the
kit
for
adjustments.
Another
great
idea from .the
front
~ml
experts
of
off
(Oad
racing.
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In
individual
events,
the
Parker
entry
was
up
13.04
percent,
Lucerne
a
whopping
48.35
percent,
;1,nd
the
Mint
400
dropped
1.87 percent.
The
Baja
Internacional
gained
30.04
,
percent, the Fireworks was
up
9.33
percent, the Frontier by
3.
76
percent,
and
the Baja
1000
by a good
8.56
percent.
The
.
Budweiser
250
gained
2.31
percent. In the entry sweepstakes,
SCORE
gained the most,
24.44
percent, while the
HORA
gained
only 2.85 percent. ·
· Formula Tires in Classes
11
and
14
. Firestone gdt the win in Class
7
and
General Tire did the same
in Class
'7
4x4.
The
charp.pions were crowned
at the awards
banquet
early
in
January in Anaheim,
CA.
To
salute each winner properly, we
are featuring pictures
of
their
cars in action, with a
brief
report
on
how
they won the title in the
second
round
of
the combined
desert points series in 1986. A
co,mplete listing
of
the winning
drivers
in
1986
points
is
included here as well.
CLASS
11
-
STOCK
VW
SEDAN
-
RAMON
CASTRO
-
It
is
hard
enough
to
compete
for
series
points
without
having
to
fight
border
customs
hassl~s
for
most
of
the events. But,
Ramon
Castro
and'his
friends
were
determined
to
win
in
1986.
Castro
,
from
Ensenada, B.
C.,
Mexico
,
missed
the
points
title
in
1985
by
a whisker. He
started
out
well
at
Parker,
third
in
the
'66 Beetle. But, he
did
not
finish
at
Mojave
or
the Baja
Internacional
,
did
not
go
to the
Mint
400,
but
placed
second
at
the
Fireworks
250.
Still
a
long
way
from
the
points
title
,
Ramon
then
won
the
double
points
race,
the
Frontier
500,
with
his
car
in
tatters.
He
was
fourth
on
the Baja 1000,
and
finished
the season
in
grand
style
,
winning
by
seconds
at
Barstow,
and
winning
his
1986
points
championship
.
CLASS
14
-
MODIFIED
4x4 -
STEVE
MIZEL
- Class
14
ha.s a
speckled
past
and
an
uncertain
future
,
but
its fans
and
competitors
are
growing
in
numbers.
However
,
all
the
racer
s
seldom
show
up
at
the salne events. This
PfJ.St
year
only
Steve Miz?I was
eligible
for
the
points
title
,
which
he,
wo
p
fairly
rather
than
backing
into
it
. Mize/ drove
his
Armstrong
shod
Ford
Bronco
to
victory
at
the
Mojave
250
and
the
Bud
250,
finishing
the
course
at
both
events.
Other
poin(s
came
from
a
third
at
Parker
·
and
the Mint,
second
at
the
Frontier
500
and
first
at
the
Baja
Internacional
,
although
his
rig
_
failed
to
complete
the
course
in
those
races. Class
14
may
still
be alive in 1987,
although
it
has
been
eliminated
from
the rule
book.
February 1987 Dusty
nmes
SNO
. Where It Pqys
To
Race
I . -
THE
BOTTOM
·
DOLLAR
RACE
AND
PANCAKE
-
BREAKFAST
. . I
Februar~ 21, 1987
I I '
First
Race
in
the 1987 SNORE/Yokohama Series
N·O
PRE-RUNNING
Entry
Fee
-
$200
plus
$65
fo
·r
Insurance
. . I .
Location - North ofl
las
Vegas, Nevada
MULTI
L-
AP
RACE
-
200
TOTAL
MILES
Follow
1-15
past
Apex
Highway,
and
take
the Highway
93
turnoff to
Alamo
and
Caliente
and
the start/finish line
is
right there.
I
Get a head start on earning
points toward the
1987
SNORE/Yokohama
Championship and the
generous year end payoffs.
Enjoy
the
complimentary
pancake
breakfast
before
the
Bottom
Dollar Race.
>Yva<OHAMA
For·
serious
Perforn1ers
. .
~
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:..
.
1987
SNOI
RE/YOKOHAMA
Series .
Race Schedule '
February
21
Bottom Dollar Race and Pancake Breakfast.
I June.
13
200
mile
Twilight
Race
$200
entry fee
July
25-26
KC HiLites Midnight Special
$250
entry
fee
September
25-27
SNORE250
$35P
entry fee
October 31
1
200
Mile
Yoko Loco ·
· ·
1
$200
entry
fee
·
Decembers
· Black
Jack
200
$JOO
entry fee · , ·
,,
.
(Insurance -
all
races -
$65)
THE
OLYMPUS
RALLY
Final Round
Of
The World Rally
Championship
For
Drivers
Photos:
Martin Ho
lmes
/Trackside
Photo
Enterprises
It
was the battle for the World
Championship
,
and
Markku
Alen
and
1/kka Kivimaki won the
rally
by
over a
minute
in the
Lancia Delta
S4
.
and
the win gave Alen the points
for
the provisional World Championship title.
The
story
of
The
World
Championship
Toyota
Olympus
Rally actually began
some
years
ago in Dallas, Texas. It was the
week
of
the Dallas F 1
Grand
Prix.
The
FISA heavies were in
town
to
enjoy Texas hospitality
and
watch the track melt before
their
very
eyes.
They
sipped
Courvoisier, tested
Wild
Turkey
neat, sweltered in the
110
degree
heat
and
spoke
through interpre-
ters
who
didn't
understand
"Yawl
cum
back",
so they
didn't.
It was the first and last F 1 race in
Dallas.
In the
midst
of
the madness,
while Texas
Oilmen
bid
on
the
black
ooze
seeping
from
the
newly paved track,
John
Nagel
and I hosted a meeting in
one
of
the plushier hotels.
SCCA
reps,
FISA
hard
ballers and interpre-
ters
and
a few local leeches
drank
our
booze, nibbled
our
hors-
d 'oeuvres
and
listened
to
Nagel's
pitch for a
World
Championship
Rally in the
United
States.
FISA was supportive.
SCCA
was silent -
most
had never seen
a rally. Nagel and I paid
our
one
day
$500.00
hotel
bill
and
left
Dallas feeling like young boys at a
Greek orgy.
Four years later I
stood
in the
middle
of
the Tacoma
Dome
and
watched
John
and
Claudia
Nagel's dream come true.
Th
e
Toyota
Olympus
Rally
was a
promoter's
bonanza.
Not
only was it the final
round
in the
1986
World
Championship
for
Drivers and the first
WRC
event
in the U.S. since
the
abortive
1974
Michigan
POR
fiasco, it
was
to
be
the rally
that
would
decide the driver's championship
for 1986. It was also the final
appearance
of
the
"thunder
cars"
- the
600bhp
Group
B blasters
Fl
driver, Nigel Mansel) recently
stated
could
out
accelerate his
Williams
FWl
1.
FISA
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faced
with
several
spectator
and
competitor
fatalities dl!lring the
current
season,
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banned the
Group
B
bombs
from
WRC
competition in 1987.
In the U.
S.
these factors would
be akin
to
deciding the Heavy-
weight Championship in the final
round
and
banning
the
NFL
because
of
damaged
knees
.
Overseas,
the
World
Rally
Championship
is
our
Super Bowl
and
World
Series
wrapped
together. ·
Peugeot had already clinched
their second consecutive Manu-
facture
r<
s title back in September
at
the
000
.
Lakes
Rally
in
. Finland,
but
their team driver,
Juha