Off road vehicles and the sport of ‘off roading’ have a large and enthusiastic following across the country and, in fact, around the world. It’s a variation on the old ‘my car’s faster than yours!’ jibe, only in this case it’s ‘my car can go where your car can’t!’ Combine this competitiveness with the typical American love of the outdoors and our country’s astounding natural beauty and you have the sport – and accompanying lifestyle – of off-roading.
True off road vehicles are much more than mere SUVs. These beasts have to survive anything the wilderness can throw at them. Boulders, rivers, mud, sand or snow – a good off road vehicle will eat ’em all for breakfast and keep on rolling over hill and dale. When official competition between off road vehicles takes place, it’s usually either Rally Racing, Desert Racing or the relatively new sport of Rockcrawling. The latter is a sight to see, as spindly vehicles, with some slight resemblance to Jeeps, crawl over incredibly rough courses made up of huge boulders and wind-carved rock formations with the agility of overgrown spiders!
Now, your standard off-the-rack SUV or Hummer isn’t any slouch when it comes to mild off-roading, even though precious few sold in urban areas really get tossed about in conditions displayed in their television commercials. Off-roading is as much about image as it is about exploring the wild, less-travelled terrain where pavements are non-existent. When you’re an off-roader, it’s all good!
With the 2007 desert racing season drawing to a close, auto racing fans will no doubt be pleased to know that SCORE International is looking ahead, with the 2008 SCORE Desert Series schedule already in place. This six-race schedule is set to start on 24 January 2008 and will take place at the same exciting venues as the 2007 series with three races in Mexico and three in Southern Nevada.
SCORE International was established in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and, running under the direction of Sal Fish since 1974, continues to be the leading desert race sanctioning body. The SCORE Desert Series has always offered well organized events with great variety and excitement for fans, racers, sponsors and the media, resulting in an ongoing increase in the popularity of these events with many races drawing in crowds of over 300,000 spectators.
The SCORE Desert Series, featuring 28 Pro and six Sportsman classes for trucks, cars, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATV), will start off on 24 January in the city of Laughlin. The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge is considered to be the most unique as well as the most popular desert race in the United States, with over 200 racers and thousands of spectators enjoying the hospitality of this resort city on the banks of the Colorado River.
Mexico will host round 2 and 3 of the 2008 SCORE Desert Series, with the Tecate SCORE
Baja 250 taking place on 12 to 15 March. This will be followed on 30 May by the extremely popular Tecate SCORE Baja 500, a 40th anniversary event to take place in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
The SCORE Desert Series returns to Southern Nevada, with the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Cup IV taking place on 17 July at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is a closed-course event with select classes participating. Round 5, the SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300, is to be held on Sept 5 in Primm, Nevada.
The grand finale of the season is one of the most recognized and oldest desert races in the world – the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. This unique and memorable race never fails to thrill spectators and drivers alike and has always been a fitting end to every season.
Desert racing, with different vehicles participating and varied terrain is a very exciting form of auto racing and is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of auto racing fans. Find out first hand what it is all about by being a spectator at the 2008 SCORE Desert Series.