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When the subject of this weekend's ECORS season opener at the Flats came up Brad Carrier said, "we are 100% on and ready to kick ass." He admits he may not be the poster child for sponsorship but, on the track, he always drives the wheels off his rig.

Actually, since the inaugural ECORS race in October 2009, he's shown at least one XJ to its demise. He ran most of the Vale race in June, 2010, without brakes.

Brad sat down with us for a few minutes to discuss the upcoming 2012 ECORS season. Continue reading...
After finishing out 2011 by winning the ECORS finale at Windrock, Shawn Fisher is getting back to his roots. Applying his midwestern work ethic and explosive driving style to the 2012 season, he's taking aim at the best dirt tracks and rock obstacles the east coast and midwest have to offer. His sights are set on the 2013 King of the Hammers and, if things go according to plan, his competitors are in the rear view. Continue reading...
Sean Rose qualified for the 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers at the ECORS Harlan Qualifier in August, 2010, on a shredded right front tire. His 914 buggy arrived in Johnson Valley last February with a bang when the transmission blew up while backing off the trailer. Sean had been Shawn Fisher's co-driver at the 2010 KOH and was determined not to lose his chance to make a dream into reality: to drive in the epic race and take his shot at a chance to raise the sceptre as King of the Hammers. He and his dedicated crew put it all back together during the week on the lake bed but he rolled going up Outer Limits on his second lap.

After qualifying at Rausch Creek last May, Team Fourward Momentum is heading west this week for the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers! Click here to find out more about Sean and the 914 4400 car...
If you've got the ability and opportunity... and you're NOT doing it... then you're doing it wrong.

The 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers is in two weeks! Stay tuned for stories on some of our friends heading out to compete for the crown and for the new EveryMan trophy!

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Hammertown opens in just a little more than a week!

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The Gulches Presidents Day Run will be Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 21, 2012.

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The Tarheel Sports Car Club 2012 RallyCross schedule is up and the first event will be March 11, in Wilson, NC. Even cars (that don't mind getting dirty) are encouraged to come out and have a blast!
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The ECORS 2012 season opener will take place at The Flats in Marion, NC, on March 17.

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Harlan County Rescue Squad will host an April Fools Run at Black Mountain Off-Road Park in Evarts, Kentucky, the weekend of March 30 - April 1, 2012. They've added a zipline to the park and they are working on adding paintball courses, as well.

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The trails at Uwharrie National Forest open for 2012 at 10am on Friday, March 30!

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2012 Jeep Beach registration is now open. This annual event of Jeep enthusiasts celebrating a passion for off-road vehicles will be held in Daytona Beach, FL, April 25 - 29.

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The second 2012 ECORS race will take place on May 19, at The Great American Park in Auburn, AL.

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ECORS has announced that race #3 will be July 7, at Durhamtown Plantation in Union Point, GA. With this event, there will also be many other happenings July 4 week and weekend at Durhamtown!!! MX, ATV, SxS, and 4x4 events all week and weekend to keep everyone entertained! ECORS will only be using a small section of the 4x4 trails, so bring your rig to the race and enjoy some of the other trails at the complex!

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If you've got the ability and opportunity... and you're NOT doing it... then you're doing it wrong.

Events...
The 2012 Open Run at Crozet will be this Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22, 2012. Search 6000 Bearwood Rd., Crozet, VA 22932 for directions. A non-member pre-registration form can be found on the RCPFA website here.

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The 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers is fast approaching! Hammertown opens in just a little more than two weeks!

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photo credit to Will Wissman

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The Gulches Presidents Day Weekend will be Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 21, 2012.

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The 2012 ECORS season will kick off at The Flats in Marion, NC, on March 17, 2012.

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News...
The 2012 General Tire Mint 400 race will be held March 23 - 25 in Las Vegas, Nevada! Live Coverage will be available at Race-Dezert.com!

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St├ęphane Peterhansel won the Dakar 2012 over the past weekend. During the 46-year-old Frenchman's off-road career he has won the race an impressive 19 times, in various classes, since his debut in 1991. This year he won 3 of the 14 stages and, thanks to no major reported problems, finished the 5205 brutal miles from Argentina to Peru almost 42 minutes faster than second-place finisher Nani Roma from Spain.

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There was quite a bit of drama played out over the course of the last 5 or so stages, after Robby Gordon was accused of using his tire inflation system to boost his motor's performance and many thought Peterhansel should have been reprimanded and penalized for clipping an Italian motorbike racer on the course. Robby maintained his innocence and cited the fact that the tech inspectors passed his vehicle. Gordon even went so far as to plug the system and won Stage 12 to prove it did not affect performance. Robby also won three of the 14 stages and finished fifth overall with a time of +02:16:53. He came as close as second place over the course of the race, but had several poor days with various mechanical problems, something he knew would weaken his chances at his first Dakar win.

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We spoke with Chris Steuber of U-Joint Offroad in the summer of 2010, and then ran into him and his lovely fiance at the Open Ride at The Flats back in Septmeber. Not only did we get to see the monstrous Vanaconda in person, we got the chance to take a ride and see what it could really do. Well, let's just say it is more than just. plain. cool., it is just plain awesome!

Over the past few months, U-Joint Offroad (UJOR) has been busy building 4x4 vans and shipping their DIY kits across the continental US, as well as to Alaska, Canada & Puerto Rico. Chris has been kind enough to share some photos & details of the unique vans they've built recently and promises more to come in a series of posts on his newest build, the Vanaconda 4!

We converted this 06 Sportsmobile 6.0 to 4wd so the owner can take it on trips across the US. He sells & sometimes delivers RV's, and the SMB will be towed behind & driven back to Georgia via the scenic route. This van received the complete UJOR 4" conversion & BFG AT KO tires (285/75/16) on American Racing Wheels.



Next up was an 05 V10 from West Virginia. This van will be used for hauling people, parts runs, and even as a tow rig. It received the UJOR 6" conversion with 35/12.50/17 Mickey Thompson tires.

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At the shop currently is this 99 E350 7.3. It is a really nice van and it's also getting the 6" conversion with 35" tires. This will be a really nice capable rig with front & rear Aluminess bumpers, rear skid system, AMP steps, and a few other goodies!

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Besides the current van builds, Chris explained more about the kits which range from simple bracketry to complete turn-key packages. They are putting together some Dana 60's that will be shipped out for DIY van conversions.

From stage 1 basic units to stage 2 axles with the RSC kit, some van owners will be happy when they see the big crate from UJOR. Full conversion kits including axles have been very popular lately. That's the beauty of the UJOR van conversion, you can do it at your pace, on your budget, with your own hands. There's just not a better way to do it!

As for the Vanaconda 4 project, V4 has arrived at UJOR. Chris has big plans for this mega build.

I found this 02 E350 7.3 at a junkyard. It was destined to be scrapped out and had already given up it's rear axle as well as a few parts under the hood. The dash & frame were in such good shape, I couldn't pass it up! I've been looking for the right project vehicle for some time, and I'm glad that I waited for the perfect rig.

The fun begins with a 6" lift, 37" tires, a custom flat bed and some other secret goodies that will make V4 the ultimate Expedition base vehicle!

We just received the 12" fiberglass cab back, and some flared fenders are on the way. Next week we'll pull the body and send it to paint.

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Please stay tuned for more on the V4 build from U-Joint Offroad!