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MONSTER Mikes Hill Climb Presents! The First-Ever Hill Climb Race on Legendary Mike’s Sky Rancho To Bring World Class Racers to 
Baja Mexico, October 2016!


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Racing entries from all across the United States and around Mexico are expected as online registration for the upcoming 1st Annual Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge is underway.


In honor of the 50 years of Baja Racing on the road to Mike’s Sky Rancho, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS has partnered with the Ranch to invite all off-road vehicles – of the two, three or four wheeled varieties – to compete in this one of a kind challenging hill climb competition.


The four-day SST racing event will run October 13-16, 2016 with classes ranging from, but not limited to the following vehicle types:

Stadium SUPER Truck
Unlimited Desert Truck Class 1
Class 10
Class 6100/ Spec TT
Class 1450
V6 Open (Any truck or buggy)
Pro 2wd Truck
Pro 4wd Truck
Open Safari: Rally 2wd or 4wd
Open 4wd (Ultra 4 rules)
Class 8 Heavy Metal
Class 11
Class 5 Unlimited
Class 5 1600
Class ½ 1600 Buggy
250 Moto
450 Moto
Unlimited Moto
Unlimited ATV
Vintage Truck
Vintage Buggy
Rally Super Production
Rally Production GT
UTV Stock 1000
UTV Unlimited
Rental Car


United States Auto Club (USAC) officials will score the Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge as an elapsed-time event, with teams eligible to make two timed race passes over the course of the weekend. Competitors will also be encouraged to make a practice run on Thursday in preparation for the scored runs beginning on Friday.


A cap of 144 entries is expected at the start line for the first event of it’s kind in Baja Mexico with racers coming from all over the United States and Mexico to participate.


REGISTRATION
Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, is ongoing through the official Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge website. Drivers and co-drivers are also able to download the registration form and email or mail your entry form in if you prefer that method of entering.


Entries will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. Late entries after that date and all on-site late entries will be accessed a $200.00 USD late fee added to the original cost.


In addition to drivers and co-drivers filling out the Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge registration and submitting payment, all competitors must apply for a United States Auto Club (USAC) SST Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge single event license and provide proof of receipt.


START DRAW DEADLINE
The deadline to enter the race in order to be included in the drawing for starting positions is Saturday, October 1. The drawing, to determine the start order within each class, will be held on Monday, October 3.


RACE COURSE
When finished, the 31 km race course will be another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including natural rollers, water crossings, high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, and cattle guards, all while climbing to the top of Mike’s Sky Rancho at over 4,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the natural beauty Baja California represents.


 

 

























 RACE WEEK
Race week festivities will start Saturday, October 8 "ON THE BEACH", MONSTER Mike's Hill Climb Kick-Off. Drive your trucks on a SoCal beach for the day to celebrate SST coming to Southern California!


Sunday, October 9, join OFF-ROAD LIVE! "ON THE TRAIL" Off-Road, for those not crossing into Mexico for the Hill Climb.

Monday October 10, ONLINE on OFF-ROAD LIVE! from San Diego, The Gateway To Baja Mexico! 4PM West, 7 East.

In Ensenada, at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will be the site of many of the activities surrounding the Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge. Racer registration, Media registration and mandatory pre-race meeting will all be held at the Riviera on Wednesday, October 12.
 
On Wednesday October 12, the daylong, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency/tech festival will run in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Center in Ensenada. 

Wednesday night, ONLINE on  
MONSTER Mike's GARAGE runs from 5PM to 11PM.

Racers will move out 52 miles east of Ensenada on Hwy 3 in close proximity towards San Felipe Valley and Trinidad where numerous 30’ x 70’ camp spots will await competitors arrival for set up.


Shortly after sunrise Thursday morning October 13, competitors will all have their first opportunity to tackle the course up the challenging hill to Mike’s Sky Rancho. Competitors will have one opportunity to make a practice run.


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday based on class size competitors will be scheduled to make timed race passes up the hill to be scored towards whom is the fastest to Mike’s Peak.

ABOUT MIKE’S PEAK HILL CLIMB CHALLENGE
On-site camping, close proximity to Ensenada (52 miles East on Hwy 3), San Felipe Valley, and Trinidad, and multiple road access to viewing points, mean the race to Mike’s Peak will instantly become a fan and driver favorite. Add to that a Mexican Fiesta under the stars of Baja California each night for all drivers and guests. Rooms and camping at the Ranch will be open to all competitors on a first come, first served basis, and will be part of the entry fee.


ABOUT MIKE’S SKY RANCHO
Mike Leon, an American citizen whose family came from Jalisco, Mexico, had owned a couple of bars in Tijuana, but by the mid-1960s he’d had enough of the demanding grind and began looking for a more pastoral setting. In 1967, he bought several thousand acres under the dark skies and twinkling stars of Baja California’s highest mountains and opened Mike’s Sky Rancho, a guest resort in the high foothills of the San Pedro Mártir. Sitting on a knoll above the San Rafael creek in a picturesque and wooded valley, it’s a steep, brush-covered mountains rise in the background to the pine-covered 7,100-foot summit of Cerro San Matìas, visible off to the east. The crystal-clear San Rafael stream winds through the valley floor and must be forded to reach the ranch. 


LIVE! ONLINE The real story about Mikes will be told, only on BajaRacingNews.com 

"DPR Transition Project" Open House at City of San Diego Council Chamber Thursday, August 25 State of California to steal Boating and Waterways resources


NOTICE OF OPEN HOUSE California Department of Parks and Recreation
 
The public is invited to an open house to learn about an effort to review the organization structure of the California Department of Parks and Recreation (Department) – the Organizational Structure Opportunities Project (Project). Through this Project, the Department seeks to identify opportunities to elevate and strengthen all of its programs, including the Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW).

The open house will provide a forum for the public to learn about the Project from the Department, and for the Department to hear from stakeholders. Members of the California Boating and Waterways Commission have been invited to attend; the commissioners will not be taking any action on any matters at this open house.

Open House: City of San Diego
Date: Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: San Diego City Hall Council Chambers
202 C Street, 12th Floor,
San Diego, CA 92101


The State of California Parks and Recreation are planning to the Off Highway Vehicle Program and Boating and Waterways.


"The California Department of Parks and Recreation serves the public by bringing families and friends together and providing and wide array of recreational opportunities for the benefit and enjoyment of all people while protecting and preserving California’s most significant natural and cultural resources. The Department accomplishes this not only through delivering services to 280 parks across the state, but also through programs that support local, regional and national recreation activities.

The Division of Boating and Waterways brings together a body of knowledge as the state’s expert in recreational boating-related matters, including public access, safety and education, marine law enforcement, and consumer and environmental protection."

VEGAS TO RENO 2016 OFF-ROAD LIVE! Desert Rally Race

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VEGAS TO RENO DRAMA FINISH!

1. Andy McMillin 8:36:02 AVG. 74.9 MPH


2. Rob Mac 8:44:11 AVG.  73.7 MPH
3. Josh Daniel 8:46:11 AVG. 73.4 MPH

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OFF-ROAD LIVE! Breaks Huge Off-Road News Bulletin First! Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area recreation riders victory in court

 
OFF-ROAD LIVE! Recreation BULLETIN 

(August 15, 2016) – A saga over 15 years in the making has ended well for common sense and dune riding access. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today rejected appeals from the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), and upheld the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) 2013 Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) management plan. The Plan restored motorized dune vehicle access to most of the ISDRA areas closed on an “interim” basis in a 2001 settlement agreement. After nearly a decade of study and planning, BLM determined these areas were appropriate for dune vehicle riding.

Today’s opinion focused on Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Clear Air Act challenges raised by anti-access advocates. In particular, the panel rejected CBD’s claim that impacts to federally-listed plants require an “incidental take statement” from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Instead, the Court upheld the Service’s long-standing practice of requiring incidental take statements only when federal actions affect wildlife, not plants. The Court also rejected CBD’s claim that the EIS prepared by BLM failed to take a “hard look” at the ISDRA plan’s air quality impacts.

A number of organizations supporting continuing dune riding access were parties in the case.

“We are thrilled by this decision,” said Jim Bramham, who holds leadership positions with several of the recreationist organizations, including the American Sand Association and California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs. “We have had a long and sometimes frustrating relationship with BLM, but are relieved to see that this treasured ground will finally be managed in accordance with science and the law,” Bramham added.

The ISDRA, popularly known by many as “Glamis” for the small town within its boundaries, is located near the southern U.S. border in Imperial County, California, and spans roughly 167,000 acres. The litigation, first brought in 2000, has largely focused on potential impacts to the endangered Peirson’s Milk-vetch, a low-lying plant found primarily within the ISDRA. Over 26,000 acres of the ISDRA have been designated as Wilderness, where no vehicle access is allowed. The 2013 plan approved today would continue vehicle closures in PMV critical habitat, and allow some form of riding on about 127,000 acres. The Dunes are a prized destination for sand-riding enthusiasts throughout the country, and over 200,000 of them visit the area in a typical year.

The rider groups intervening in the case to assist in defense of the BLM plan included the American Sand Association, San Diego Off-Road Vehicle Association, Off-Road Business Association, American Motorcyclist Association District 37, California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, BlueRibbon Coalition, Desert Vipers, California Off-Road Vehicle Association, and High Desert Multiple Use Coalition, with funding and strategic support from EcoLogic Partners. The intervenor groups were represented by David Hubbard of Carlsbad, Paul Turcke of Boise, Idaho, and Dennis Porter of Sacramento.

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