Monday, 30 March 2015

2015 Mud Nationals Photo Gallery

2015-high-lifter-mud-nationals-utvunderground.com029

The 2015 High Lifter Mud Nationals went off as planned despite early rumors that whether and an over abundance of water inside mud Creek Off-Road Park would cancel or postpone the event. But in typical Mud Nats fashion, mudders from around the USA came in droves to partake in the weekend festivities.

Luckily for us, we had a photographer on the ground taking care of the coverage side of things for us. Our new S3 Powersports built Can-Am Maverick mud monster was on display for all to see. We were hoping to break her in this week but it looks like a special trip with S3 is in order soon to handle that side of things.

We hope you all enjoy the images!! Looks like everyone had a great time!

2015-high-lifter-mud-nationals-utvunderground.com019

See ya’ll next year!

Joey D.

Photos by: Harlen Foley // UTVUnderground.com

Monday, 1 April 2013

2013 Mud Nationals Coverage

 

Story & Photos by: Josh Arnold – ATVEscape.com
Everyone loves a party, and every year the High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals delivers the party to over ten-thousand avid ATV and UTV fans, from literally all over the World. Every year the masses converge on Jacksonville, TX, March 20-24th, along with all their toys, trailers, and RVs, all in search of a good time. This year the Mud Nationals delivered the party to more ATV and UTV fanatics than ever, with an all-inclusive package of great food, music, contests, custom builds, give-ways, demo rides, vendor areas, mud racing, and of course lots and lots of MUD! If you missed the party this year, then you can start planning for next year’s 2014 ATV Mud Nationals, because it is never too early to start planning!

This year the ATV Mud Nationals kicked off on Wednesday, March 20th, but the party started the weekend before, with people coming in to scope out the best camping spots, and staking their claim to a little piece of “heaven” at Mud Creek Off-Road Park. By Tuesday, the vendors had arrived, and set up their various tents of wares, including tires, axles, seats, radio systems, clothing, and of course some outstanding food. By the time the gates opened on Wednesday morning, the party was up and running in full force as people lined up at the gate with ATVs, UTVs, RVs, and even tractor trailers all waiting to join the party. It is eye-candy for all to see, and it never ceases to amaze to see so many people here for a little bit of mud.Right out of the gate on Wednesday, the Mud Nationals kicked off with two competitions, including the “Bad 2 ’da Bone” and the “Mud Jam” competitions.  The “Bad 2 ’da Bone” is a competition for the most impressive custom ATVs and UTVs on the planet, and if you like custom built machines, then this is the place to be. Some of the ATVs and UTVs are truly amazing to gawk at and dream about! The Mud Jam competition is the for the loudest and most amazing ATV or UTV sound system out there, and it is something to be heard. Both of these competitions didn’t disappoint, and turned out works of art wrapped inside an ATV or UTV. These events are always crowd pleasers, and you never know what is going to turn up.

On Thursday the party was taken up a notch with the Massimo Obstacle Course Competition and the S3 Power Sports Poker Run. The Massimo Obstacle Course required riders to conquer logs, tires, crushed cars, dirt hills, and water pits, all in a timed event. The crowds loved this event, and it turned out to be an outstanding spectator spectacle as participants worked to complete the course in as little time as possible. Imagine being challenged to run over crushed cars with your ATV or UTV. What a blast! Next up on Thursday was the S3 Power Sports Poker Run. Contestants had to race around the park to five stations to have their cards punched, with the lowest and highest hand winning.

Friday turned up even more people as trucks and trailers lined up from the main highway into the park itself. Friday also geared up the mud races to the delight of the crowds, and taking the Mud Nationals back to what started it all; MUD RACING! The Can-Am Mud Bog included classes for all ATVs and UTVs including a Mud Bog for kids.   Racers hit the mud pit at full-throttle anywhere from two to four across, pushing themselves and their machines to the limit to be the first across the line. Some racers made it across first, some made it across, and some didn’t make it and had to be rescued. If you have never seen ATV and UTV mud racing, then you are missing out on a bunch of fun. Watching these racers hit the water at full-throttle with water and mud flying everywhere, could not be more entertaining to watch. Be sure to check out!

The other Friday ATV event was the HMF Endurance Challenge, consisting of two-person teams racing through the deepest and longest mud hole in the park down the high line. Teams must race from one end to the other and back with both members and their ATV or UTV crossing the finish line.  Winners are determined by the fastest time. This event is truly an endurance race, as the racers must face fatigue in order to even complete the course, much less do it in a fast time.

Friday came to a conclusion with nothing less than a concert by Frank Foster on the stage in the Oasis Vendor Area.  Crowds enjoyed some great music, good food, and a way to wind down after a fun-filled day.

Saturday dawned to a new day with several things to keep event attendees busy, but the star of the party was the Polaris Mudda-Cross races in the afternoon. Again, you have to see this racing in action to appreciate how much fun it is. Mud and water sling everywhere, motors roar, and racers work their machines in order to get to the finish line first. The experience of seeing all of this is epic, and a must if you love ATVs and UTVs. Once the Mudda-Cross races concluded, the award ceremony topped off the different competitions at the 2013 Mud Nationals. Saturday ended with yet another concert in the Oasis Vendor Area by Blackberry Smoke with Drake White.

Though the ATV Mud Nationals offers many different events for the attendees to participate in or watch, there also is plenty to see in the two vendor areas. This year the vendors were there in force including ATV and UTV manufacturers, tire and wheel manufactures, and all sorts of aftermarket manufacturers of everything from winches to LED lights. Can-Am, Yamaha, Polaris, Arctic Cat, Massimo, Bad Boy, Bennche, and KYMCO all had a presence at the Mud Nationals. Some offered demo rides and offered free mechanical services, while others displayed their product lineup. ITP and STI showed off their latest wheels and tires, while MTA sold wheels and tires from all different brands in the event attendees showed up with the need for some different tires. There were all sorts of other aftermarket companies including Xtreme LED, Offroad Sound Systems, PRP Seats, S3 Power Sports, KFI Products, WildBoar ATV Parts, Custom Splice, WARN, Gorilla Axle, just to name a few. Of course the High Lifter store was open for business every day, showing off their latest products. The food choices included everything from stuffed jalapeno peppers (which were excellent!) to Cajun cooking. There was no shortage of choices as far as food and refreshments were concerned. People had no lack of items to look through, buy, and eat at the Mud Nationals.

Finally on Sunday, people had a few more remaining hours to enjoy the 2013 Mud Nationals, and the party started to wind down. Trucks, trailers, RVs, and tractor trailers began rolling out of Mud Creek Off-Road Park with their owners in tow, as they set off into to sunset back to where they came. Vendors packed up reeling from several days of lots of activity, conversations, and excitement. It is safe to say fun was had by all as the eleventh year of the ATV Mud Nationals faded off into history. No one has to despair however, because the ATV Mud Nationals will be back in 2014 to Jacksonville, TX, for another year of food, fun, and MUD RACING. WHAT A PARTY!

Make sure to visit ATVEscape.com, download the aps and read the monthly online digital magazine!

Results

 

DynoJet Bad 2 ‘da Bone – The show and shine competition gives ATV and UTV enthusiasts a platform to showcase their hard work in crafting a ride like no other. Winners are chosen by public ballot.

Place Name ATV/UTV
1st Mark Wise 2009 Can-Am Outlander
2nd Scott Meshell 2013 Can-Am Maverick
3rd Ryan Wells 2011 Polaris RZR XP 900

 

Wet Sounds Mud Jam – This contest features two first place winners with one awarded the “Loudest” based on decibel reading and once awarded the “Outrageous” based on public ballot.

Place Name ATV/UTV
1st (Loudest) Scott Funderburk 2011
1st (Outrageous) Brian Lane 2012 Polaris RZR

 

Massimo Obstacle Course – This event was open to any ATV or UTV. Vehicles had to conquer logs, tires, crushed cars, dirt hills, and water pits in this timed event.

Place Name Team
1st Brian Bowden Arkansas Mudslingers
2nd Craig Treadwell Arkansas Mudslingers
3rd Kyle Forsythe Custom Splice

 

S3 Power Sports Poker Run – Entry to this event was complimentary and open to all attendees. Participants raced to five stations around the park to have their poker cards punched. Prizes were awarded to high hand and low hand

Place Name
High Hand Richard Scarborough
Low Hand Wesley Reeves

 

HMF Endurance Challenge – This competition consists of two-person teams willing to tough it out through the deepest and longest mud hole in the park. Teams start at one end of the high line, proceed to the marked end, and return to the starting line. Teams are timed and winners determined by the fastest time. Both teammates and an ATV or UTV must cross the finish line to score.

Place Name Team
1st Dakotah Klein & John Ferranti Team Gorilla Powered by Can-Am
2nd Mark Wise & Seth Russell Team Gorilla Powered by Can-Am
3rd Craig Treadwell & Brian Bowden Arkansas Muddslingers

 

Can-Am/BRP Mud Bog 600cc and Under – This event was restricted to ATVs with engines 600cc and under. Participants showcased their machine’s durability as they raced through 150 feet of mud and water.

Place Name Team ATV/UTV
1st Adam Ladner Team Anyting Goes Can-Am Outlander 500
2nd Brian Haughton Team High Lifter Polaris Racing Polaris Sportsman 550
3rd Scott Beavairs Team QuadShop Customs Can-Am Renegade 500

 

Can-Am/BRP Mud Bog 601cc and Up – This event was restricted to ATVs with engines 601cc and up. Participants showcased their machine’s durability as they raced through 150 feet of mud and water.

Place Name Team ATV/UTV
1st Cody Shaw Team Full Throttle Racing Can-Am Outlander 800
2nd Jace Chermiel Team Performance Powersports Can-Am Renegade 800
3rd Seth Russell Team Gorilla Powered by Can-Am Can-Am Outlander 800

 

Can-Am/BRP Mud Bog RUV – This event was restricted to RUVs. Participants showcased their machine’s durability as they raced through 150 feet of mud and water.

Place Name Team ATV/UTV
1st Josh Monroe Team High Lifter Polaris Racing Polaris RZR 900
2nd Brian Haughton Team High Lifter Polaris Racing Polaris RZR 900
3rd Steve Hittle Team Gorilla Powered by Can-Am Can-Am Commander 1000

 

Can-Am/BRP Mud Bog Pee Wee – This event was restricted to youth ATVs with engines from 0-125cc. Participants showcased their machines durability as they raced through 75 feet of mud and water

Place Name Team ATV/UTV
1st AJ Capra Team Capra Polaris Sportsman 90
2nd Kayman Tidwell Team WFO Yamaha Grizzly 125
3rd Korbyn Tidwell Team WFO Yamaha Grizzly 125

 

Can-Am/BRP Mud Bog Junior – This event was restricted to youth ATVs with engines from 126cc-250cc Participants showcased their machines durability as they raced through 75 feet of mud and water

Place Name Team ATV/UTV
1st Kayman Tidwell Team WFO Honda Recon 250
2nd Brandi Tarter Team Full Throttle Racing Suzuki 250
3rd Korbyn Tidwell Team WFO Honda Recon 250

 

Can-Am/BRP Mud Bog Early Teen – This event was restricted to youth ATVs with engines from 251-450cc. Participants showcased their machines durability as they raced through 75 feet of mud and water

Place Name Team ATV/UTV
1st Riley Smith Team Off-Road Explosion Can-Am Outlander 400
2nd Rachael Wright Team Off-Road Explosion Can-Am Outlander 400
3rd Brandi Tarter Team Full Throttle Racing Can-Am Outlander 400

 

Polaris Mudda Cross Lite – This event was restricted to ATVs with engines 450cc and under. Participants showcased their machine’s durability as they raced around a 150 foot oval filled with mud and water.

Place Name Team ATV/UTV
1st Arthur Rousse Team Performance Powersports Can-Am 400
2nd Chris Robertson Team Offroad Explosion Can-Am 400
3rd Dwight Stelly Team Performance Powersports Arctic Cat 425i

 

Polaris Mudda Cross Bogger – This event was restricted to ATVs with engines between 451-750+cc. Participants showcased their machine’s durability as they raced around a 150 foot oval filled with mud and water.

Place Name Team ATV/UTV
1st Dwight Stelly Team Performance Powersports Arctic Cat 700H1
2nd Josh Monroe Team High Lifter Polaris Racing Polaris Sportsman 550 XP
3rd Brandon Tarter Team Full Throttle Racing Suzuki King Quad 750

 

Polaris Mudda Cross Pro Series “A” – This event was restricted to ATVs with engines between 500-1000+cc with a 53” or less wheelbase. Participants showcased their machine’s durability as they raced around a 150 foot oval filled with mud and water.

Place Name Team ATV/UTV
1st Matthew Bernard Team Performance Powersports Can-Am Renegade 1000
2nd Adam Ladner Team Anyting Goes Can-Am Renegade 1000
3rd Clint Smith Team Offroad Explosion Can-Am Outlander 800

 

Polaris Mudda Cross Pro Series “B” – This event was restricted to ATVs with engines between 500-1000+cc with a wheelbase longer than 53”. Participants showcased their machine’s durability as they raced around a 150 foot oval filled with mud and water.

Place Name Team ATV/UTV
1st Brad Smith Team Anyting Goes Can-Am Outlander 800
2nd Chris Robertson Team Offroad Explosion Can-Am Outlander 800
3rd Dakotah Klein Team Gorilla Powered by Can-Am Can-Am Outlander 800

 

Polaris Mudda Cross Mud Chic – This event was restricted to ATVs driven by women with engines between 0-1000+cc. Participants showcased their machine’s durability as they raced around a 150 foot oval filled with mud and water.

Place Name Team ATV/UTV
1st Lisa Wise Team Gorilla Powered by Can-Am Can-Am Outlander 1000
2nd Julia McGinnis Team Gorilla Powered by Can-Am Can-Am Outlander 1000
3rd Jerrie Albritton Team 4Hix210 Racing Can-Am Outlander 800

 

Polaris Mudda Cross RUV – This event was restricted to RUVs. Participants showcased their machine’s durability as they raced around a 150 foot oval filled with mud and water.

Place

Name

Team ATV/UTV
1st Brian Taylor SuperATV Team Mud Polaris RZR 900 XP
2nd Josh Monroe Team High Lifter Polaris Racing Polairs RZR 900 XP
3rd

Steve Hittle

Team Gorilla Powered by Can-Am Can-Am Maverick 1000

Polaris Mudda Cross Super Modified – This event was restricted to ATVs with engines between 0-1000+cc with additional engine modifications such as alcohol, Nitrous Oxide Systems, superchargers, turbo systems, and big bore kits. ATVs could also have productions or custom suspension lifts, extended A-Arms, extended swing arm, and extended trailing arms. Participants showcased their machine’s durability as they raced around a 150 foot oval filled with mud and water.

Place Name

Team

ATV/UTV
1st Tyler Knox

Team Wild Child Customs

Can-Am Outlander 800
2nd Matthew Bernard Team Performance Powersports

Can-Am Renegade 1000

3rd Justin Hebert Team Performance Powersprots

Can-Am Renegade 800

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The Polaris RZR Tour: Mud Nationals

UTVUnderground Presents:

THE 2012 POLARIS RZR TOUR: HIGH LIFTER MUD NATIONALS

Each year UTVUnderground.com picks one of the top UTV models on the market, and we travel all over North America to capture that machine on camera, in the mud, on the rocks, in the sand, on trails, and at the races. This year we covered the Polaris RZR – and man did we get some insane footage!

This is video #3 in our six-part video series that showcases the Polaris RZR at the 2012 High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals at Mud Creek Offroad Park in Jacksonville, Texas. FIlmed on location by UTVUnderground.com, this clip features host Joey “Joey D” DiGiovanni getting muddy with our friends from S3 Power Sports, Pro Amor, and The Sweat Shop.

A special thank-you to High Lifter for hosting us!
Visit http://www.atvmudnationals.com/ for current information on “Mud Nats”!
For the ultimate mud machine accessories check out http://www.s3powersports.com/

Don’t miss our next video! We go INSIDE the world of UTV Off-Road racing and cover The Best in the Desert and WORCS race series as well as the mother of all races – The 2012 King of the Hammers race!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and LIKE our Facebook page!
https://www.youtube.com/utvunderground
https://www.facebook.com/utvunderground
https://www.twitter.com/utvunderground
https://www.instagram.com/utvunderground

©2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED // A UTVUNDERGROUND PRODUCTION
Polaris Industries is not responsible for the content in this video.
Polaris RZR™ is a registered trademark of Polaris Industries Inc.

Adult models – 16 and older. Be sure to get safety training. The vehicle displayed in this video is not intended for on-road use. Driver must be 16 years old with a valid driver’s license. Passenger must be 12 years old, and tall enough to use hand holds and plant feet firmly on floor. Always use cab nets, wear seatbelts, helmets, eye protection, and protective clothing. Do not operate on public roads. Avoid excessive speeds, sharp turns, and difficult terrain. Riding and alcohol/drugs don’t mix! Never carry more than the appropriate amount of passengers. Follow all warnings/instructions in owners manuals and on product. UTVUnderground and their affiliates are not responsible for injuries that may occur from emulating or copying the riding, driving, or stunts performed in this video. Visit www.rohva.org for more information on safe operation off-road vehicles.

 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Muddin’ with High Lifter in Louisiana

2014-utvunderground-high-lifter-mud-riding-photos184

Off-Roading in Louisiana
For years we have all seen photos of drunk sunburned rednecks standing around a mud pit cheering on their favorite driver with a beer in hand. To be frank, it looked about as interesting as Monster Trucks to me. But, after my bother Josh and Joey D. of UTVUnderground.com went to cover Mud Nationals for Polaris and reported back to me “It’s was a blast! It was not what we expected” I wanted to know more because I am curious about all different types of off-roading.

We got connected to the High Lifter crew who if you don’t know who they are then you should. They have been leading the evolution of mud culture for the past 18 years in ATVs and UTVs which many people have switched to from trucks because of the cost vs fun ratio. A little side note; as we attempted to fly into Shreveport, LA via United Airlines but were kicked off the final flight from Houston to Shreveport because we refused to check our pelican cases with lenses and cameras. The cases are specifically designed to fit in the overhead compartments and we had already placed two of the three cases without issue, but an over zealous flight attendant decided to boot one of my guys off the plane after he placed the case safely under a seat, so we all got off, rented two vehicles, loaded them up and drove four hours arriving in Shreveport around 2am. It’s unfortunate that the customer service on airlines has seemingly hit an all time low while prices have increased. We will not be divided or stopped.

The next morning we got up and headed over to High Lifter’s 28,000 square foot shop where the pretty much do everything from design, manufacturing, shipping, and retail of some of the sports most popular muddin’ parts and accessories. They are literally the American dream, the father and son team of Mike and Scott Smith started from a backyard and grew into a multimillion dollar 35+ employee business. They didn’t stop there, they realized in order to share muddin’ with everybody they needed to create an event, the “Mud Nationals”, and then create a mud park, the “High Lifter Mud Park”. After meeting CEO of High Lifter Scott Smith and his staff we took a bunch of shots around his facility and then headed to his house.

Scott’s property is stunning! Tons of trails and mud for riding enveloped by pine trees and tons of rich green foliage. Smack in the center is a small lake stocked with fish of course. Some people put their money into their house but Scott put his money into his property. Surrounded by massive pines, Scott’s property has miles of trails and mud-holes. Scott was in the middle of building a new house with a massive garage and covered works area for vehicles. We sat and had beers watching the sunset as Scott’s right hand man Jesse Johnson prepped vehicles for the next days ride.

2014-utvunderground-high-lifter-mud-riding-photos073

Muddin’ with High Lifter
I had no idea going five miles and hour was going to be so fun! Scott handed me and my crew “The Grey Ghost” which is so big it seems impossible that it started as a Polaris Ranger. I am still not sure exactly how it works, but it does. Scott kept telling me “It’s all in the gearing!”, so I went with it. I always have a hard time when we are filming, I like to go hard, then again we have hundreds of thousands of dollars of gear with us so I have to take it easy. We cruised down his driveway and turned off onto a trail and went about 100 yards before encountering our first “Mud Hole” which was about three to four feet deep. Even though we were in the tallest vehicle I was still hesitant but Scott coached me through he said “Keep your momentum, go slow and you will be fine. “The Grey Ghost” slowly lurched though the mud-hole without issue. We kept going down the super tight trail periodically hitting deeper and longer mud holes and as we crept though each one I gained more and more confidence. After a session in massive mud-hole riding we headed back to Scott’s house and eventually back to our hotel.

2014-utvunderground-high-lifter-mud-riding-photos197

Food
Southern Louisiana is known for it’s food so I figured northern LA would be no different, and I was right. Pretty much from the minute we landed we were having great meals. Po Boys, Gumbo, Étouffée, Jambalaya, Muffuletta, and Red Beans and Rice were all apart of the menu, but we can’t forget the beignets. Ohh… the beignets you might as well staple them to your thighs but they are so damn good! For down home breakfast go to Strawn’s Eat shop. For Lunch check out Marilynn’s Place. The Po Boys are amazing and the seafood gumbo is a religious experience for your mouth.

The food highlight of the trip was the BBQ at Scott’s house. These guys do not mess around. The BBQ started with crispy fried shrimp in a spicy southern style batter as well as frog legs, andouille and boudin sausage. Boudin sausage was new to me but it was delicious. We had Boudin Blanc made of pork and dirty rice stuffed into pork casings. Turns out Scott’s right hand man Jesse Johnson is sort of a renaissance man, he can build and wheel a car as well as cook like a short order chef, and ladies, he is single! Then came the coolers full of crawfish, yeah I said coolers full of crawfish! The crawfish were freshly cooked and spicy. We ate and drank beer until it hurt.

We had a random home run hit after shooting all day we stopped at Monkhouse Seafood Diner, it was attached to a gas station on the way back to our hotel. I was skeptical but the food was outstanding! Massive chicken wings wrapped in that signature southern spicy crispy batter! Amazing! The shrimp po-boys were awesome to, plus they had Kool-Aid on tap! Sometimes you just have to get local!

2014-utvunderground-high-lifter-mud-riding-photos029

Drink
You can’t have good food without good drink! The locals pretty much live on light beer, which I hate so we quenched our thirst with Louisiana’s own Ibita Beer. The Abita Brewing Company produces seven year-round flagship brews (Abita Amber, Golden, Light, Turbodog, Purple Haze, Jockamo I.P.A. and Restoration Pale Ale)
All of them are good and you can find them pretty much everywhere in Louisiana. If you know a local ask them if the know someone who makes muscadine wine, you gotta try it. It tastes like a light fruity wine with a little extra snap. Another feature of the region is the drive-thru daiquiri stands. Yeah no lie, you can dive through and get a daiquiri handed to you in your car. A piece of scotch tape across the top ensures that your do not drink it in your car, because that would be illegal. Brilliant. It’s nice to see some places in America are still a little bit free.

2014-utvunderground-high-lifter-mud-riding-photos163

High Lifter Park
Scott had put a message out to his extended crew (many of which work at High Lifter) to come out and ride at the High Lifter Park. Scott gathered up the crew and explained we were filming and to put on a good show. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but man it was fun! We followed out the group of over twenty vehicles that were a combination between quads and UTVs. The High Lifter Park is an awesome mix of tight trials, open fields, medium mud holes and massive mud pits. It’s basically trail riding with periodic mud holes. I watched the lines the people ahead of me took and tried to somewhat emulate what they were doing. Every time you drop into a mud hole and feel the vehicle drop in three feet you get a little rush of adrenaline that makes you want to stomp on the gas, but you gotta control it and easy your way through slowly increasing your throttle. We came up to one particularly large and deep pit where there were already a few people stuck. Our group hopped out and helped pull em out then we crept through the massive pit one by one. When it was my turn I drove in and promptly got it stuck. When I climbed out to pull out my winch which was mounted on the front of the Polaris, I dropped into the cool mud up to my waste! After a little tug from the winch I got right though. It’s nice to have snorkels and sealed transfer cases, so no matter how deep you go with the car, as long as that snorkel is sticking out your engine will run. Maybe a little hot, but it will run. It’s was a little weird coming from desert racing where we try and avoid water and mud to be diving right into it, but after a few hours of ridding I definitely got it down. The group headed back to the start area for a quick lunch when it started raining, the end of the world type rain that Louisiana is famous for. If you look around and see how green and lush everything is, it’s not from irrigation, it’s because it rains here a lot! We loaded the cars back on the trailer and headed out totally drenched and covered in mud.

Mud ridding is definitely off-roading and it is fun as hell! Go muddin’ and you will meet great people, eat great food, and have a great time. There are hundreds of off-road parks in the south and all over America and I can’t wait to go check them all out!

I am the off-road traveler.
– Matt Martelli

Off-road traveler lesson #1
Your going to need rubber boots for muddin’!

Off-road traveler lesson #2
Always travel with sunblock and bug spray.

Photos by: Vincent Knakal // UTVUnderground.com – Mad Media

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

2013 Mud Nats Polaris Gallery

We want to say thanks to the fine folks at Polaris for providing us with a cool inside look at this years 2013 High Lifter Mud Nationals.  This is the first year in 2 years that we were not able to make it but you better believe, we refuse to miss it next year! With newly added events and still some of the funnest and coolest mud riding around, Mud Nats is the baddest ATV/UTV mud event on the planet!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

S3 Powersports Mud Maverick

S3 Powersports is known for their high quality & over the top builds that focus on the mudding segment of the UTV / ATV industry. The team at S3’s keen eye for mud monster designs comes form their extensive love and experience as mudding enthusiasts themselves. We first met the S3 Powersports crew back in 2012, almost one year ago to the day at the 2012 High Lifter Mud Nationals event held in Jacksonville, TX annually. Here we connected with S3’s vehicle mastermind Dustin “Battle Axe” Jones and set out on one of the funnest trail rides of our lives! It wasn’t a long ride, and it certainly wasn’t the fastest but it was surely one of the coolest and gnarliest rides we have ever been a part of. Dustin and his posse took their high dollar mud built UTV’s and found the deepest holes they could to sink them into. Without surprise these custom machines owned the biggest and meanest mud pits that Mud Nationals had to offer and they not only conquered all they pointed their machines at, they also did it in style!

As the masses are arriving all week long in Jacksonville for this years Mud Nationals event, Dustin and the crew at S3 Powersports are unveiling a couple of new hot rods they built specifically for this years event. One of which is this stunning beauty we have decided to call our latest “Feature Vehicle”! S3 set out to build the BADDEST 2013 Can-Am Maverick 1000X to date and from what we have seen they have not only accomplished their goal, they smashed it! While many have been customizing their Mavericks no one that we have seen has gone this far to turn a Maverick into a one of a kind show piece much like S3 has done with their 2013 Maverick 1000X.

What jumps out at first is the Mavericks stunning Pro Dip Aquagraphics blue painted plastics and its mean aggressive lifted stance. To accomplish this stance S3 installed their 8″ Maverick Lift Kit. The kit utilizes the factory 2.5″ Fox Shocks which they have increased spring on and have the pre load cranked in. Suspension travel is not the #1 goal for mudders, rather, they prefer ride height, ground clearance and traction! To get that traction S3 wrapped a set of 34″ Super ATV Terminator tires around 15″ MSA Black Diesel Wheels! Wheel and tire combo is growing as the power increases in the factory machines, but only in the mud will you find 34″ tall tires! This tire combo along with the 8″ S3 custom lift kit bring the Mavericks overall ground clearance to a massive 26″!

To help put the power through the massive wheel and tires S3 Powersports installed a CV Tech clutch kit and a “SUPER LOW” Sport Mode Switch! The machine is tuned to put as much torque as possible through the power train to pull the maverick through any mud hole it chooses to run through making this machine the ultimate for the hard core UTV mud enthusiast. In addition S3 also added their snorkel kit to ensure that the machine breathes cleanly no matter how deep they go!

S3 Powersports not only customizes and bolts on all your favorite accessories, they also fabricate and in the case of this bad boy they built a sick one of a kind cage and bumper package that really sets this Maverick off! A 40″ Rigid Industries E-Series Light Bar, OffRoad Sound System Stereo, and a Viper Elite 5000lb winch finish off the S3 Powersports 2013 Can-Am Maverick. In the end, what S3 has done with Can-Am’s latest platform is modify it into the ultimate in mudding!

If you are looking for the ultimate in mudding for your UTV, then hit up the crew at S3 Powersports and let your imagination run wild!

Total Build Cost = $37,000 (approx) 

S3 Powersports Website

Visit S3 Powersports on Facebook – S3 Powersports Facebook Page

This is video #3 in our six-part video series that showcases the Polaris RZR at the 2012 High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals at Mud Creek Offroad Park in Jacksonville, Texas. FIlmed on location by UTVUnderground.com, this clip features host Joey “Joey D” DiGiovanni getting muddy with our friends from S3 Power Sports, Pro Amor, and The Sweat Shop.

A special thank-you to High Lifter for hosting us!
Visit http://www.atvmudnationals.com/ for current information on “Mud Nats”!
For the ultimate mud machine accessories check out http://www.s3powersports.com/

Don’t miss our next video! We go INSIDE the world of UTV Off-Road racing and cover The Best in the Desert and WORCS race series as well as the mother of all races – The 2012 King of the Hammers race!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and LIKE our Facebook page!
https://www.facebook.com/utvunderground
https://www.twitter.com/utvunderground
Instagram @ UTVUnderground

©2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED // A UTVUNDERGROUND PRODUCTION
Polaris Industries is not responsible for the content in this video.
Polaris RZR™ is a registered trademark of Polaris Industries Inc.

Adult models – 16 and older. Be sure to get safety training. The vehicle displayed in this video is not intended for on-road use. Driver must be 16 years old with a valid driver’s license. Passenger must be 12 years old, and tall enough to use hand holds and plant feet firmly on floor. Always use cab nets, wear seatbelts, helmets, eye protection, and protective clothing. Do not operate on public roads. Avoid excessive speeds, sharp turns, and difficult terrain. Riding and alcohol/drugs don’t mix! Never carry more than the appropriate amount of passengers. Follow all warnings/instructions in owners manuals and on product. UTV Underground and their affiliates are not responsible for injuries that may occur from emulating or copying the riding, driving, or stunts performed in this video. Visit www.rohva.org for more information on safe operation off-road vehicles.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

2017 Can-Am Racing Team and X-Team Contingency Program

2017 Can-Am Racing Team and X-Team Contingency Program

Can-Am off-road has launched its 2017 Can-Am factory racing team and also announced its Can-Am X-Team ATV and SxS Rider Contingency Program. The amateur and professional racing contingency program includes more than a $350,000 in total payouts and covers numerous racing series for ATVs and side-by-side vehicles across North America.

The Can-Am X-Team off-road consists of 18 teams competing with Can-Am Renegade 4×4 ATVs and Can-Am Maverick side-by-side vehicles.

Side-By-Side Vehicle Racing
The Can-Am side-by-side vehicle racing team competes on racetracks across North America, in several different series. The team returns as the reigning champion in the GNCC XC1Pro UTV, SCORE International Pro UTV FI and UTV Rally Raid Pro Unlimited classes. Team racers will also compete in other series, including the Best In The Desert (BITD) series, The Off-Road Championship (TORC) and the King of the Hammers (KOH) race.

Can-Am will field several desert racing teams inside the Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicle. The impressive list includes Derek and Jason Murray (Can-Am/ ITP / Murray Brothers), who are known as the most consistent desert racing team in the series, having now finished 47 consecutive BITD races. The Murrays, who won the 2016 SCORE International Pro UTV FI title, will continue their double-championship pursuit in both desert racing series. Logan Gastel also competes in a Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle for Can-Am in the BITD series, where he’s coming off of a fifth-place class finish in the Mint 400.

New for 2017, is the addition of Monster Energy / Can-Am drivers Matt Burroughs and Marc Burnett, the latter of whom is making his return to Can-Am behind the wheel of the wild Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle. The passionate and jovial driver Dustin Jones (Can-Am / S3 Racing) also returns with his #noliftshift approach and popular “Visions of Victory” post-event racing video series. The cool, calm and collected Can-Am / Desert Toyz front man Cory Sappington will continue his Can-Am/ Maverick desert racing efforts in both BITD and SCORE International competition. Aftermarket juggernaut, innovator and dedicated racer Dan Fisher is also on Team Can-Am, competing in his Lonestar Racing-backed Maverick X3 MAX vehicle.

Can-Am will look to continue its success and onslaught in the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) UTV racing series, having won the last three XC1 Pro UTV championships. Returning for factory Can-Am is two-time XC1 Pro champ Kyle Chaney (Chaney Racing / Can-Am), who took the runner-up spot a year ago with three total victories and took a third-place finish at the 2017 GNCC UTV opener. Tim Farr (JB Racing / Can-Am), who has garnered 11 podium finishes in the last three seasons, will join Chaney in both GNCC action and the TORC series. Also, Texan Hunter Miller (Can-Am / Miller Brothers Racing), who found his grove late last year earning his first Can-Am GNCC victory and XC1 Pro class podium, returns this season in the professional ranks.

Can-Am also fielded an all-new group of racers to compete in the King of the Hammers (KOH) in the Ultra4 Racing, of which it is the official UTV of the series. Casey and Cody Currie (Monster Energy / Can-Am) and Chad Hughes competed at KOH in Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicles.

Can-Am SXS racers
Marc Burnett (BITD, SCORE)
Matt Burroughs (BITD)
Kyle Chaney (GNCC, TORC)
Logan Gastel (BITD)
Tim Farr (GNCC, TORC)
Dan Fisher (BITD)
Hunter Miller (GNCC)
Murray Bros (BITD, SCORE)
Dustin Jones (BITD)
Cory Sappington (BITD)
Chad Hughes (KOH)
Casey Currie (KOH)
Cody Currie (KOH)

ATV RACING
Can-Am is the winningest 4×4 ATV brand in Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) history and the defending 4×4 Pro class champion Kevin Cunningham also races a Can-Am Renegade 4×4. Along with GNCC racing, Can-Am off-road factory racers Bryan Buckhannon and Don Higbee will also compete in the BITD ATV series.

Last season, Kevin Cunningham piloted his Can-Am Renegade X xc 1000R to his first GNCC championship. He’s already off to a great start in 2017, having won the first two 4×4 Pro class events. During his championship effort, Cunningham also ended Bryan Buckhannon’s impressive championship winning streak. From 2008 to 2015, Buckhannon had won eight titles, which included the first two 4×4 Pro class titles. In fact, he has finished no worse than runner up in any 4×4 class aboard a Can-Am since 2007, making him the most successful Can-Am 4×4 racer of all time.

Rob Smith and Jordan Phillips, who have each notched numerous podiums and also overall victories in their career, will also join Cunningham and Buckhannon in the 4×4 Pro ranks this season.

Can-Am ATV racers
Kevin Cunningham (GNCC 4×4 Pro)
Bryan Buckhannon (GNCC 4×4 pro, BITD)
Rob Smith (GNCC 4×4 Pro)
Don Higbee (BITD ATV)
Jordan Phillips (GNCC 4×4 Pro)

2017 Can-Am ATV and Side-By-Side Vehicle Contingency Program
BRP’s Can-Am Off-Road division will once again support Can-Am ATV and side-by-side vehicle owners by offering its industry-leading Can-Am Racing Contingency and Amateur Support Program for 2017. Racers who compete on approved vehicles in an appropriate series in North America can be eligible for cash payouts throughout the 2017 racing season.

Contingency cash is paid out in numerous U.S. national and regional racing series for both ATV and side-by-side racing. Those series include the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series, Best In The Desert (BITD), SCORE International desert series, King of the Hammers (KOH), World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) Championship Mud Racing (CMR), Mud Nationals, and many more regional series across North America. For the 2017 season, select events now have more contingency money reserved per race provided the minimum amounts of entries compete at each event (see details). And a qualified racer can potentially earn additional championship contingency money if he or she wins the class title in an authorized series in an eligible Can-Am vehicle.

Eligible Can-Am racers can earn $5,000 USD for a first-place finish in the BITD and SCORE International UTV Pro Production Turbo class of each series at each event and an additional $7,500 USD for securing the championship in the same class. ATV races can secure up to $1,500 USD per racing victory in the GNCC series (4×4 Pro only) and the BITD and SCORE International series (Quad Pro). A championship in any of these premier racing series will earn the Can-Am champion another $3,000 USD.

To qualify for the Can-Am Amateur Racer Support program, participants must purchase a qualifying new or unused ATV or side-by-side vehicle and also register it with an authorized Can-Am dealer. The list of ATVs includes 2014 and newer Renegade and Outlander 4×4 models at varying displacement levels. Approved side-by-side vehicles include 2014 and newer Can-Am Maverick and all 2017 Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicles.

For more information on Can-Am racing, the full 2017 schedule, the contingency program, please email: [email protected].

Monday, 17 February 2014

2014 Can-Am Contingency

BRP Offers $1.4 Million In Can-AM Contingency For 2014 Racing season

Valcourt, Québec, February 17, 2014 – BRP will provide U.S. $1.4 Million to support its industry-leading Can-Am® ATV and Side-By-Side Racing Contingency program for 2014. Regional and national racers competing with Can-Am ATVs and side-by-side vehicles in the United States and Canada are eligible for a cash payout through the program for the 2014 calendar year of racing.

“Racing has always played a key role in the composition of Can-Am DNA. By offering an industry-leading contingency program, along with our unmatched amateur support program, BRP has added incentive to those Can-Am owners who choose to race with our products,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “These racer-influenced programs serve to reward dedicated product enthusiasts for their brand loyalty and also support them in their pursuit of success on the track. Ultimately, it’s a win-win, as we fully understand that racing has made integral contributions to product refinement and innovation at BRP.”

Competitors are eligible for cash payout if they race in an authorized racing series with an approved Can-Am vehicle, which includes ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. A racer can then earn a payout if they meet the terms of the contingency program and earn a qualifying finish at an approved event. Payments are mailed to the participants or their legal guardian. A participant can potentially earn additional contingency if he or she wins a class championship in an authorized series. Championship contingency can vary by class and racing series. An archived file of complete U.S. and Canadian contingency submission forms and racing series schedules for both ATV and side-by-side racing is available in both English and French here: http://can-am.brp.com/off-road/community/racing/contingency.html

Contingency cash is paid out in many major U.S. and Canadian national racing series and includes motocross, hare scramble, desert, endurance, mud and other forms of racing. Approved series include the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series, AMA ATV Motocross series, AMA HS Nationals, World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS), Best In The Desert, ATV Mud Nationals, national endurance events and numerous other regional off-road racing series. The list of qualified racing series in both the U.S. and Canada, has expanded for 2013 to include more forms of racing for both ATVs and side-by-side vehicles.

can-amXteam_logo

 

BRP Continues Can-Am Amateur Racer Support Program Side-by-Side vehicle Portion Expands for 2014

Valcourt, Québec, February 17, 2014 – BRP announces that it will continue its Can-Am® Amateur Racer Support program and expand its support for side-by-side racing for 2014. Owners with eligible, 2012 or newer, Can-Am ATV or side-by-side vehicles can apply for the program. The amateur support program compliments BRP’s industry-leading US $1.4 Million Can-Am X-Team ATV and Side-By-Side Racing contingency program.

“BRP understands the passion and commitment required to compete for racing championships. That’s why we created both our Can-Am Amateur Racer Support and Can-Am X-Team contingency programs as a way to bolster and reward racers for their efforts,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “By offering a diverse array of eligible vehicles for the support program, we’re opening it up to both ATV and side-by-side performance enthusiasts across North America. We view it as a way give back to those who choose to support the brand and, win or lose, we’re thrilled that they selected Can-Am.”

Amateur racers who want to partake in the program must purchase a qualifying new or unused ATV or side-by-side vehicle and register with an authorized Can-Am dealer. The list of ATVs includes the all 2012 or newer DS 450™, Renegade ™ and select Outlander® (see rules) models. For side-by-side vehicles, they can purchase a 2013 or newer Can-Am Maverick™ 1000R or 2012 or newer Commander™. Once they become eligible, racers who compete in applicable regional or national racing series can qualify for a vehicle rebate. Qualified racers can receive up to a $1,000 factory discount on all eligible ATVs and up to $1,500 on approved side-by-side vehicles. However, eligible vehicle numbers are limited and the program will conclude once BRP reaches that number.

Qualified racers can receive cash payouts in the amount earned based on their qualifying finishes. Payments are mailed directly to the participant or legal guardian. Upon the conclusion of the 2014 season, BRP will also award contingency payouts for overall championships earned.

Contingency cash is paid out in numerous U.S. and Canadian national and regional racing series. Those series include the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series, World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS), Best In The Desert (BITD), SCORE International, Mud Nationals, Championship Mud Racing, 12 Hours of La Tuque and many more. For 2014, the program has expanded its reach to include additional side-by-side racing circuits. The Can-Am X-Team Racing Contingency Program will be announced in a separate release.

For complete details of the 2014 program and more Can-Am racing information, visit www.can-amxteam.com.

About BRP

BRP is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles. Distributed in 105 countries, its portfolio of brands and products includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am roadsters, Evinrude outboard engines, as well as Rotax propulsion systems. BRP employs approximately 6,800 people worldwide.

http://www.brp.com

@BRPnews

Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo, Evinrude, Rotax, Can-Am and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates. 

Monday, 27 January 2014

Feature Company: High Lifter

UTVUnderground.com is a HUGE fan of High Lifter Products. High Lifter, from top to bottom is the kind of company you as a consumer want to do work with. Like us, the folks at High Lifter are pure enthusiasts. They aren’t faking this whole thing just to sell products, rather, they live the lifestyle!

We have had the opportunity more then a couple of times to ride and hang with the gang at High Lifter. UTVUnderground.com has made the trip to Texas 2 times to attend the annual High Lifter Mud Nationals and we have even got to party down with their crew on our turf at Camp RZR in Glamis. Right away, you can’t help but like what Scott and his team are all about. They use what they build and they lean upon their day to day experiences to help develop and improve products they sell. Known for supplying the “MUDDERS” market with lift kits, chassis products, and every accessory you can think of, High Lifter is the go to company for all things related to the “MUDDERS” lifestyle as it pertains to ATV & UTV.

If you play in the mud then chances are you already know what High Lifter is all about. If not, then I recommend you check them out and if you like doing business with good people then you won’t go wrong spending your hard earned money with High Lifter.

Until Next Time…

Joey D.

2013-High-Lifter-Mud-Nationals-Polaris-Photos-UTVUnderground.com018

Who We Are

High Lifter Products, Inc. has been developing and marketing unique, after-market accessories for utility, 4-wheel drive ATVs, UTVs, and RUVs since 1996. In this short time, the company has grown from a one-man, backyard hobby into a 35 employee, multi-million dollar corporation.

Business operations are carried out at our 28,000 square foot location in Shreveport, Louisiana. This building includes a retail showroom, a performance shop, executive offices, and is surrounded by 3 large warehouses. We also operate through our main website, www.highlifter.com, which is visited by millions of unique visitors per month, and includes a full product catalog, a chat room and forum, games, an online ATV magazine, and many, many more informative and entertaining features.

Polaris Camp RZR Mad Media

How it Began – The Lift Kit

Scott’s father, current High Lifter General Manager Mike Smith, was the mastermind behind High Lifter’s first product – the lift kit. Mike had seen homemade lifts for ATVs, and wanted one. Because Scott was more “construction minded” (he was already co-owner of a local construction company), Mike asked him to make one for his 1996 Honda 400 Foreman so he could run larger tires and achieve more ground clearance. Scott and Mike soon realized that this was both a great and badly needed product, but also realized that it could never be sold and marketed in its current configuration as a weld-on accessory. Over the next few months, work began on developing the bolt-on lift kit. In the early days, there was plenty of outside help to get this project going. “We designed dozens of bolt-on kits before arriving at the finished product, a front lift for a Honda 400,” says Mike.

Since Mike had a full time job working for Caddo Parish, he realized that his “real” job did not allow the flexibility to pursue completing the lift and then marketing it. Rather than see this much needed accessory go by the way side, Scott and Mike both decided that Scott would take over and make the High Lifter lift kit a reality.
Once the front lift for the Honda 400 was completed, Scott began to run test ads in the local Thrifty Nickel. This generated enough interest in the lift that more ads were run in Thrifty Nickels in 10 other southern cities. Within a few months, High Lifter was spending more on Thrifty Nickel ads than the first Dirt Wheels ad cost and was not getting near as much exposure.

Scott knew he needed a “shop” to work out of. He borrowed some money to buy some basic equipment and built a small workshop behind his house. Scott spent his nights after work building and selling the kits. “All inventory was kept in a small plastic dish-sized tub,” jokes Scott. The next order of business would be a name. Again, Mike came through. “The name High Lifter was selected as being reasonably indicative of what the product is – a lift that makes ATVs higher,” says Mike.

2013-High-Lifter-Mud-Nationals-Polaris-Photos-UTVUnderground.com041

Mud Nationals and Racing

In 2003, we wanted to get some friends, customers, and ATV enthusiasts together for a weekend of fun, while showcasing products and sharing ideas, and as a result the High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals was born. Now this once a year event has become the largest Utility ATV event in the world, boasting more than 14,000 attendees (and growing each year), where ATV enthusiasts and riders from across the US and Canada come together for a weeklong extravaganza of mudding fun and racing action.

In 2007, High Lifter announced a collaboration with Polaris to create high performance modifications and accessories for the newly-announced 2008 RANGER RZR. Shortly thereafter, Team High Lifter-Polaris Racing was formed. This team partnered the most experienced riders, fabricators and mechanics with world-class engineers at Polaris to create a racing machine that won nine trophies in their first two outings. The team continues to dominate the ATV mud racing scene. Near the end of that same year, building on the success and popularity of High Lifter events like Mud Nationals, we announced the beginning of construction of a brand new off-road racing park located on 574 acres of land in Keithville, Louisiana.
Now as more and more serious racing teams form, attracting national media attention and major industry sponsors, ATV mud racing has become a highly competitive sporting and racing industry. Plans for professional ATV racing, that will attract thousands more spectators and competitors from across the nation, have been set into motion. The ATV industry is evolving and High Lifter couldn’t be prouder to be at the forefront of that change.

High Lifter was proud to announce the beginning of what we believe is the birth of a new era in the ATV industry and enthusiast community with the inception of the “High Lifter Pro Series Racing” professional ATV mud racing points system. The HLPSR was formed to organize, promote, and bring national awareness and recognition to ATV Mud Racing as a sport.

In 2008, High Lifter was named Small Business of the Year by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and The Forum News. This award honors the achievements, sustainability, productivity and contributions to the community of area businesses. The entrepreneurial skills of Scott Smith, along with an outstanding support staff of employees have made High Lifter Products one of the leading ATV aftermarket businesses in the nation.

 Everything you want to know about High Lifter and their products can be seen at www.HighLifter.com

Thursday, 25 October 2012

2012 Polaris RZR Tour Episode 2

UTVUnderground.com Presents:
THE 2012 POLARIS RZR TOUR: MOTO TRACK TAKEOVER

Each year UTVUnderground.com picks one of the top UTV models on the market, and we travel all over North America to capture that machine in the mud, on the rocks, in the sand, on trails, and at the races. This year we covered the Polaris RZR – and man did we get some insane footage!

This is video #2 in our new six-part video series that showcases the Polaris RZR at Cahuilla Creek MX park in a private track day with the Polaris / Walker Evans Racing Team. Superstar short course racer RJ Anderson and friends bring their high powered, high flying Polaris RZR race cars out to Cahuilla to push their machines to the limit on the MX style track!

Don’t miss our next video – We travel to Jacksonville, TX to witness the muddy mayhem that is The High Lifter Mud Nationals!!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and LIKE our Facebook page!
https://www.youtube.com/utvunderground
https://www.facebook.com/utvunderground
https://www.twitter.com/utvunderground
Instagram @ UTVUnderground

©2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED // A UTVUNDERGROUND PRODUCTION
Polaris Industries is not responsible for the content in this video.
Polaris RZR™ is a registered trademark of Polaris Industries Inc.

Adult models – 16 and older. Be sure to get safety training. The vehicle displayed in this video is not intended for on-road use. Driver must be 16 years old with a valid driver’s license. Passenger must be 12 years old, and tall enough to use hand holds and plant feet firmly on floor. Always use cab nets, wear seatbelts, helmets, eye protection, and protective clothing. Do not operate on public roads. Avoid excessive speeds, sharp turns, and difficult terrain. Riding and alcohol/drugs don’t mix! Never carry more than the appropriate amount of passengers. Follow all warnings/instructions in owners manuals and on product. UTV Underground and their affiliates are not responsible for injuries that may occur from emulating or copying the riding, driving, or stunts performed in this video. Visit www.rohva.org for more information on safe operation off-road vehicles.

Monday, 27 August 2012

The Polaris RZR Tour Trailer

Each year UTVUnderground.com picks one of the top UTV models on the market, and we travel all over North America to capture that machine in the mud, on the rocks, in the sand, on trails, and at the races. This year we covered the Polaris RZR lineup – and man did we get some insane footage! Here’s a sneak peek of our new six-part video series that showcases the Polaris RZR at “Rally on the Rocks” in Moab, Utah, at the 2012 Mud Nationals, several WORCS and Best in the Desert races, some insane trails, the dunes of Glamis, AND a private shoot with factory Polaris racer RJ Anderson and his Walker Evans Racing friends, at the Cahuilla Creek Motocross Track in Anza, California.

Its another first for the UTV industry and we hope you all enjoy it!! We will be dropping these 6 videos over the next few months so check in regularly and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube page to be automatically notified when the new vides are released: https://youtube.com/utvunderground

Don’t miss any of these videos!
Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and LIKE our Facebook page for info on the series!
https://www.facebook.com/utvunderground
https://www.twitter.com/utvunderground
Instagram @ UTVUnderground

©2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED // A UTVUNDERGROUND PRODUCTION
Polaris Industries is not responsible for the content in this video.
Polaris RZR™ is a registered trademark of Polaris Industries Inc.

Monday, 10 March 2014

2014 TORN Rd 1 Report

2014-torn-round-1-utvunderground.com011

Miller Brothers Ice The Competition at the TORN ATV/UTV Series Season Opener
Cody Miller Earns The Pro ATV Class Win and Hunter Miller Tops the UTV Expert Class

By: TORN Staff
Photos By: PDMokry

Texas, February 1-­‐2, 2014 – The Texas Off Road Nationals Series kicked off their first race of the 2014 ATV and SxS season on the February 1-­‐2 weekend, with summer-­‐like warm temperatures in the 80s for Saturday’s day of racing. But on Sunday, the weather took a turn for the worse, with temperatures dropping dramatically overnight, with a freezing drizzle continuing throughout the day to provide an additional challenge for the racers.

In the Pro ATV class, defending TORN champion Cody Miller jumped out to an early lead aboard his Factory supported Can-­‐Am, battling the first half of the race with former AMA ATV MX National Champion John Natalie and his Honda. The two set a torrid pace, pulling away from third place rider Hunter Miller in the early laps. As the one-­‐hour and a half race progressed, Miller took control of the race as Natalie faded and then retired from the race at approximately the one-­‐hour mark. Can-­‐Am mounted Hunter Miller inherited second place, followed by Shawn Hess and hos Honda in a distant third. At the checkers, it was Cody Miller taking the win just eight seconds ahead of Hunter Miller in second and Shawn Hess in third, 1:25 behind Hunter Miller.

2014-torn-round-1-utvunderground.com012

 

The overall UTV turnout on Sunday was larger than expected, as the toughest, most dedicated competitors chose to navigate the treacherous and very icy road conditions in the North Texas area to compete. In the premier UTV Expert class, Hunter took his Factory backed Can-­‐Am Maverick to the front and never looked 2 back. Giving chase in second, despite the very icy track conditions was his brother Cody Miller, also driving a Can-­‐Am.

Visibility on Sunday would prove to be a huge problem for the racers, as their tear offs were actually used to remove the accumulating ice from their goggles and face shields, rather than the usual mud. Manuel Esquivel drove his Polaris RZR to a third place finish, followed by the Polaris machines of Shawn Hess and Josh Hess finishing in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

The Utility ATV class was one of the larger ATV classes for the weekend and it had the most brand diversity, too, with five different brands of machines represented. When the dust settled, the win went to Chris Robinson who made his TORN series debut aboard his new Polaris Scrambler. Sponsored by Team UXC and Polaris Factory Racing, Robinson jumped out front early, leading all four laps and finishing more than one minute ahead of the second place Arctic Cat machine ridden by Leon Alvarado when the checkered flag waved. Fred Zepeda rounded out the Utility ATV podium in third aboard his Can-­‐Am.

2014-torn-round-1-utvunderground.com016

 

Round two of the ten race TORN series is scheduled for March 22-­‐23 at the Endeavor facility in Bridgeport, TX. For more information on the TORN series and to view the complete series schedule, please visit the TORN website at: www.tornracing.com.

TORN is a family owned and operated Christian racing organization. We race UTVs, ATVs and Dirt Bikes on both Saturday and Sunday about once a month. We hold races because we have a love for the sport and for the people racing. We hope to see you out enjoying the weekend with us soon.

 

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The Road To San Felipe 250

BURNETT PILOTS CAN-AM MAVERICK TO SAN FELIPE 250 WIN

 

Valcourt, Québec, March 4, 2014 – Can-Am® Maverick™ 1000R X rs side-by-side Pro Marc Burnett won the San Felipe 250 and Can-Am Maverick MAX racer Derek Murray finished second to give Can-Am a 1-2 finish at the SCORE International opener In Mexico. Also, in Boyd, Texas, Hunter and Cody Miller recorded the UTV Expert and ATV Pro class victories, respectively, at the opening round of the Texas Off-Road Nationals.

“We were thrilled with Marc Burnett’s significant victory at the San Felipe 250, and to have the Murray Racing team join him on the podium,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “These guys have been working extremely hard, dedicating themselves to winning, and this historic 1-2 effort, which included the first-ever win in Baja for a Can-Am side-by-side, proves that both our teams and the Maverick 1000R platform are hard to beat.”

San Felipe 250

The 2014 SCORE International series opener, the 28th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 greeted side-by-side racers with a mostly unique course that was altered due to weather and a reroute. The revised course had racers travel roughly 219 miles from start to finish. Fourteen Class 19 teams entered the race, including three Can-Am Maverick squads. Along with Burnett and the Derek Murray, Desert Toyz Racing’s Cory Sappington, who tallied two SCORE series podiums in 2013, also raced (he finished ninth).

Burnett, a proven desert racer with numerous wins on a bike and in trucks, came into the San Felipe 250 seeking his first finish and podium behind the wheel of the Maverick. He and co-pilot Fernando Flores logged an average speed of 38.5 mph on the course, which featured heavy rain, rocks, mud and varying temperatures and elevations, in 5:41:17 to notch his first victory with the MB Motorsports / Can-Am Maverick side-by-side. He also earned the first-ever SCORE series victory and Baja win for Can-Am.

“I am really glad to be a part of Can-Am history. It was awesome to get the first win in a SxS in Baja,” said Burnett. “Racing UTVs for the first time last year was a learning curve for me. I went from racing and winning on bikes and trucks to not finishing a race in a UTV due to aftermarket parts. This year we are racing mostly stock except the suspension. We learned Can-Am builds an awesome car and there is no need for aftermarket parts.

Burnett started seventh off the line and passed many vehicles in the first 20 miles of the race and had caught up to the class leader about 10 miles later. However, a mechanical issue slowed the team and forced it to play catch up for much of the race. Once Burnett reached Mike’s Sky Ranch and a familiar section of the course he knew he was back in the race. Burnett drove aggressively the rest of the way and learned at the finish he had won the race.

“We pushed hard the last 40 miles of the race,” said Burnett. “We put so much time into testing the vehicle all of last year and up to the last day of the race and it paid off! I dedicated this race to my grandma who passed away in December. I would also like to thank everybody at Can-Am for believing in me, despite last year.”

The Can-Am / ITP / Murray Racing team, comprised of Derek Murray, Steve Amarine and Monty Aldrich, also had an outstanding race, completing 219 miles in a little more than six hours. The team, racing without Derek Murray who was recovering from his finger surgery, was running with the leaders early on, but was slowed by a loose injector wire. Once the issue was fixed, the team pushed hard to the finish line, but ended up second.

About BRP

BRP is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles. Distributed in 105 countries, its portfolio of brands and products includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am roadsters, Evinrude outboard engines, as well as Rotax propulsion systems. BRP employs approximately 6,800 people worldwide.

http://www.brp.com

@BRPnews

Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo, Evinrude, Rotax, Can-Am and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates.

 

Thursday, 13 February 2014

2014 Can-Am Race Team

2013-score-baja-1000-utv-race-utvunderground.com-jason-zindroski007

BRP ANNOUNCES 2014 CAN-AM ATV AND SIDE-BY-SIDE RACING TEAM

Valcourt, Québec, February 13, 2014 – BRP will once again field a team of ATV and side-by-side vehicle racers for 2014 in addition to its industry-leading US $1.4 Million Can-Am racing contingency program. After a successful and competitive 2013 that saw Can-Am racers earn class championships with both ATVs and side-by-side vehicles, BRP added to its racing team and also expanded the Can-Am X-Team program to include additional side-by-side vehicle racing support.

“We are coming off a very successful inaugural season with the Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle and one in which we captured numerous ATV championships in different racing disciplines. From motocross to hare scrambles to endurance riders, our talented team is loaded with passionate racers who are determined to put their Can-Am vehicles in the winner’s circle,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “The team will include factory-supported racers for competitive series in both the U.S. and Canada.”

2014-worcs-round-2-primm-utvunderground.com053

U.S. Team
Can-Am will have racers competing in Grand National Cross Country series in at least three different classes. Multi-time Defending Open 4×4 class champion Bryan Buckhannon and 4×4 Lites class champion Kevin Trantham, along with Rob Smith, Jordan Phillips and Zac Zakowski, will compete in the new GNCC 4×4 Pro class. In the GNCC XC1 Modified UTV class, JB Racing / Can-Am will field Tim Farr and Larry Hendershot Jr., but Buckhannon, Zakowski, Kyle Chaney, Treavis Poynter and Jack’s Excavating’s Shannon Pratt will also pilot Can-Am Maverick vehicles. The XC2 Limited UTV class will include Can-Am racers Mike Penland and Jack’s Excavating’s Marcus Pratt.

In the 2014 Mountain Dew AMA ATV Motocross National Championship series Pro class, Josh Creamer, who took third overall a year ago, will compete on his BCS Performance / Can-Am DS 450. He will be joined by Pro Joel Hetrick (JB Racing / Can-Am), who is making his return to Can-Am.

2013-score-baja-1000-utv-race-utvunderground.com-jason-zindroski017

Five racers will compete in the World Off-Road Championship Series. They include side-by-side Pro class drivers Pablo Veglia (Del Amo Motorsports), Dave Martinez (Murray Racing), Team IMG / Can-Am teammates James Hill and John Pacheco. GPS Off-Road / Can-Am DS 450 racer Dillon Zimmerman will compete in the WORCS Pro class.

In the desert, Can-Am Maverick side-by-side pilots will compete in the Best In The Desert and SCORE International racing series. The BITD squad will consist of Derek and Jason Murray (Murray Racing), Cory Sappington (Desert Toyz), Michael Lansky and Monster Energy / Can-Am pilot Marc Burnett, who is also signed to race the SCORE events.

On a regional level, Brothers Hunter and Cody Miller will race both ATVs and side-by-side vehicles in the Texas Off-Road Nationals ATV series and the Dockside Marine Texas Quad Racing Association series. PURE SxS Series champion Logan Gastel and 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series UTV Unlimited class champ Steve Beilman will defend their titles in Maverick side-by-side vehicles. DS 450 racer and reigning NEATV-MX Pro class champ Travis Moore will be out to defend his title for Can-Am. Wrapping up the U.S. team is the Championship Mud Racing teams of Gorilla Axle / Can-Am and independents Shane Dowden and John Soileau.

2014-worcs-round-2-primm-utvunderground.com025

Canadian Team
The 2014 Canadian team also will include both ATV and side-by-side racers at select regional and national events. Can-Am DS 450 racer Keven Vachon, Mathieu Deroy and the siblings of Anthony, Axel and Eli Desroches will all represent the Can-Am X-Team in the Vision Quad Sport Plus QuadCross Championship in Quebec, Canada. Piloting the Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle in the SxS Pro class in same series for the Can-Am X-Team is Charles-Antoine Villeneuve and Yani Desjardins.

About BRP
BRP is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles. Distributed in 105 countries, its portfolio of brands and products includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am roadsters, Evinrude outboard engines, as well as Rotax propulsion systems. BRP employs approximately 6,800 people worldwide.

http://www.brp.com
@BRPnews

Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo, Evinrude, Rotax, Can-Am and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates.