Jalopnik has the inside scoop on ICON 4X4's new model. Previously known for their custom-built FJ look-alikes, the guys at ICON are branching out into DIY kits. The idea is to take the simplicity of old Jeeps and Toyotas, combine them with modern technology, and offer it in a kit that you can assemble in your driveway with basic hand tools.

ICON's CJ3B will use production Rubicon axles front and rear with coil and links, and mate Jeep-standard AX-15 and NP231 gearboxes to an Ecotec four cylinder. There's also talk of an all-electric version using four in-wheel hub motors.

All the details and a few Solidworks images can be seen here.
The Capital City Four Wheelers are holding their annual salt water fishing tournament on the Outer Banks the weekend of October 17 -18, 2009. Proceeds go to benefit the club's activities and usually a Hatteras Island charitable need as defined by island leaders. Registrations made before October 1 get a free t-shirt. More details and registration information are available on their website. got their hands on Toyota's Tacoma Truck Concept from SEMA. Known to most folks as the "Back to the Future" truck, the old school Taco has an FJ80 front axle and a 2.7L four banger.

The tube bumpers look tacked-on, but the retro graphics and KCs are keepers.

Check out the full write-up at
Carolina Crawlin has posted the competition schedule for the 2009 WEROCK Southeast Regional Championship Series. Held on a man-made course at the fairgrounds in Spartanburg, SC, this four event series is a qualifier for the 2010 All Stock Nationals in Hannibal, MO.

There will also be a non-points demo during the fair weekend. This is a great chance for racers to meet fans and promote the series.

The competition dates are:

November 14, 2009
December 12, 2009
January 16, 2010
February 6, 2010

The demo weekend will be October 17-18, 2009. For more information, check out the Carolina Crawlin website. has an extensive look at the new diesel mill for the 2011 Ford Super Duty. The new engine was developed entirely in-house after Ford's falling-out with Navistar.

The motor is a significant departure from previous Powerstrokes, in no small part because of stringent emissions requirements coming in 2011.

For starters, the air path through the motor has been reversed, dumping exhaust from both heads into a single turbo mounted in the valley.

The motor also uses two separate cooling systems, each with its own radiator and water pump. The primary system runs at 192F and cools the motor. A secondary system running at 122F cools the EGR, fuel, transmission, and a water/air charge cooler used in place of a traditional air/air intercooler.

Want to know more? Head over to and read the whole thing.
The Bay to Blue Ridge Cruisers will hold their Fall Crawl at Rausch Creek on October 2-3, 2009. Among the weekend's events is a raffle to benefit the UFWDA.

In the past, this event has been for Toyotas only, but in order to attract more people to help out the UFWDA, they're opening it up to all makes and models of rigs.

An extensive sponsor list can be found in this thread on the PBB.

You can register for the event using this PDF file, or contact the BBRC through their website.
The Right Coast Racing Association has a big weekend planned at Golden Mountain OHV Park.

On October 16-18, 2009, they will hold a series of races in the park. Friday features flat track four wheeler and motorcycle races and enduro cross heat races for motorcycles, four wheelers, and side-by-sides. Starting at 10AM on Saturday, there will be barrel races and rock races for buggies, and the final showdowns for each of the Friday night races. The show's not over on Sunday. They'll have a 10-12 mile endurance race for buggies running on the park's trail network.

The full schedule and class rules can be found at the RCRA's website.