Alexander Motorsports wins at the 2013 General Tire Vegas to Reno

DATE: 8.26.2013

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Alexander Motorsports wins the 2013 General Tire Vegas to Reno

The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race is “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States!”. This would be Alexander Motorsports second attempt to complete this legendary race. As the bright yellow car #5001 approached the starting line at 10:50am on Friday morning temperatures were already into the 100′s with absolutely no wind; but why should this year be any different. Steve Alexander would drive the first leg of the race with Mark Pettit navigating. They were the second Class 5000 to leave the line and within 10 minutes they had taken the lead like they had done at so many other races. But this wasn’t just another race. By mile 25 Steve noticed something on the rear suspension that didn’t feel right and with Pit 1 at mile 32 Steve was on the radio getting the crew ready. Unfortunately it wasn’t going to be an easy fix. All chase crews rallied back to Pit 1 to do whatever had to be done to get the car back into the race. 40 minutes later and with all repairs completed Steve now found himself in unfamiliar territory, he was at the back of the pack with over 500 miles to go. He had to keep his concentration up high as the course was already scattered with remnants of what used to be race cars that fell victim to lack of visibility as a result of the relentless dust. One by one Steve was catching the slower race cars and carefully passing them not to fall victim to hundreds of the hidden boulders. Just as they were making ground everything came to a stop along a section with hundred foot drop offs; another vehicle had broken down and there was no way to pass. Several of the navigators from the patiently waiting race vehicles jumped out of their cars to assist the stranded vehicle by pushing him to the side. After what felt like an eternity (actually 7 minutes) the path was clear and 5001 was moving again. 2 hours and 45 minutes after they had left the start, #5001 came into their first fuel stop at Pit 3. Both chase teams went over the car with a fine tooth comb.

The repairs that were made to the rear suspension looked excellent and they were back on the course. 125 miles after the car had to make the unscheduled stop, Steve would put car #5001 back into the lead. His plan now was to get as much distance between him and his competitor before he reached Pit 6 which was the 220 mile marker. At this point Doug Roorda was taking over the driving duties and Mark Pettit would stay in the car as navigator. At Pit 10, mile 354, Chase 1 and 2 would go over the car one more time and re-fuelled it before sending Doug into some of the biggest silt beds and mountain terrains up to 8,000 foot high. not to mention, Doug would have to do this in the dark. Thanks to the KC HiLiTES HID PODs and LED CUBEs they would tame the night making Doug’s job easier. Doug made the scheduled stop 432 miles in at Pit 12 where Baja Pits would splash 5 gallon of fuel to get them to the next fueling pit. Steve sat patiently at Pit 13, 468 miles into the course, waiting for Doug to bring in the car. Team manager Claudia Alexander was following the IRC tracker and could see that the competition was starting to close in on car #5001 so the last pit stop, driver and co-driver change had to be a fast one. Due to the logistics of the race they were short handed and had only one chase team at that Pit. Checkers pit support who was pitting next to Alexander Motorsports offered their assistance to help with the fueling. Steve was back in the car, now with Sean Babb as navigator taking over for Mark Pettit who had now completed 468 miles of brutal desert. With roughly 75 miles to go Steve was loaded up on Livewire Energy chews and disappeared into the night with one thing on his mind: the finish line. 15 hours and 12 minutes after car 5001 left the start they crossed the finish line to be crowned the 2013 General Tire Vegas to Reno Class 5000 Champion. 543 miles of rock, silt and everything else the desert had to offer Alexander Motorsports finished on the same set of red lettered Grabbers that they started on. K&N Filters kept the Wiks Type 4 running clean while Torco Lubricants kept the motor and RC Trans prepped Mendeola running smooth. This huge undertaking would not have been possible were it not for the tireless effort of the Alexander Motorsports chase crews.

Here is the link to a YouTube video that will take you for a 10 minute ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE2BODDzDCU

This would not have been possible without the expert support of General Tire, KC HiLiTES, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Torco Racing Oils and Fuels, Wiks Racing Engines, RC Trans, FK Rod Ends, K&N Filters, MSD Ignition, Livewire Energy, BTR Wheels, Butch’s Speed Shop and Patrick Sign’s and the professionalism of the whole Alexander Motorsports crew.

The next race will be the Best in the Desert “Bluewater Desert Challenge” in Parker, AZ on October 12th and 13th, 2013.


3 Peat by ICON Sponsored Mongo Racing at Vegas to Reno

DATE: 8.21.2013


ICON Vehicle Dynamics Randy Merrit at Vegas to Reno 2013

 Randy Merritt and Tracy Rubio won the 2013 Best In The Desert Racing Association’s Vegas to Reno billed as the “Longest Off-Road Race in the United States.”  What makes this even more remarkable is this is their 3rd consecutive class win at this event in 2 different classes. Randy and Tracy teamed up in 2011 for this event in Randy’s 2011 Class 8100 ECO Boost powered F-150 built by Tracy Rubio at TNC Fab in Kingman, Arizona and then they returned in 2012 in Randy’s new Class 7200 Unlimited also built by Tracy Rubio at TNC Machine and they drove it to their 1st Class win.

Randy was looking forward to the 2013 Vegas to Reno with anticipation, knowing that most of his team was unchanged and the truck was ready. Since the 2012 BITD Vegas to Reno, Randy has only missed finishing in the top 2 in class twice.

The 2013 BITD Vegas to Reno was 545 miles of the fastest and roughest terrain in the south west; pitting man and machine against Mother Nature. The Class 7200 unlimited trucks started the day fourth class off the starting line near Beatty Nevada. Tracy Rubio started the race at 10:29 am on Friday August 16, 2013 for Mongo Racing with Chris Golding sitting in the Navigator’s seat of the number 7281 KC HiLiTes General Tire truck. Tracy and Chris were the 6th truck in class to leave the start line.

After changing a tire at Race Mile 17, Tracy and Chris had fallen from 6th in class to last and was now in the dust of the Class 1000 cars as they charged to make up for lost time. Tracy stopped the KC HiLiTes General Tire truck at pit one for a replacement tire and a splash of fuel  before returning to the track now 14 minutes behind the leader.

Tracy began picking off cars and trucks and by Race Mile 176 had raced up to 4th position in Class 7200. By Race Mile 281 Tracy was in second place and only 10 minutes behind the Class 7200 leader when he turned the truck over to Randy, with RD Miner in the Navigator’s seat.

Once in the truck the goal was to cross the finish line first as Randy left pit 8 on a mission.

Randy made a stop for Fuel in Gabbs Nevada and advised the crew he was experiencing power steering problems. Randy told the crew he had power steering assist to the right, but had no assist when turning left. After assessing the situation the crew told Randy he would have to race without power steering and Randy left the pit charging hard to catch the leader.

At Race Mile 443 Randy took the Class 7200 lead as he passed the leader on the side of the course; another truck that had fallen victim to this long race course.

The Crew advised Randy he had a 15 mile lead on second and encouraged Randy to keep up the pace. Randy responded by keeping the gap going into last 20 miles of the 545 mile race.” The last 20 miles are mountain roads and hard to navigate with power steering, so we had to slow down and race smart. We also knew the truck in second place had to pass us and put minutes on us for the win, which is hard to do on these narrow roads at night,” said Randy.

At the finish line the Mongo Racing Crew sat excitingly, anticipating Randy and R.D. to cross the finish line in first place now with a 9 mile lead on the second place Class 7200 truck.

At 8:58 pm Randy won the 2013 Las Vegas to Reno for the 3rd straight year and his 4th BITD class wins since turning professional.

On the podium Randy Thanked his crew and sponsors and said he believed this race was won in the shop as they only stopped for fuel and one tire.

After the race Tracy said the flat tire was his fault as he got a little impatient trying to make a pass and hit one of the biggest rocks in the desert. Tracy added the truck ran great the rest of the day.

The Mongo Racing Class 7200 Unlimited Ford number 7281 is sponsored by KC HiLiTes, General Tires, TNC Machine, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Trail Ready Bead Lock Wheels, Kincaid Racing Engines, Yukon, Wilwood, Currie Enterprises, Pro AM, EBC Brakes, Master Craft Safety Innovations, F&L Fuel, Lucas Oil, K&N Filters, McQueen’s Prototype Designs, Borla Exhaust, MSD Ignition, and FK Rod Ends.

Visit www.mongoracing.com for additional information about the team and sponsorship opportunity.


FRF Havoc in the Hills presented by ICON Vehicle Dynamics

DATE: 6.5.2013


The Ford Raptor Forum has joined forces with Great Lakes Raptor Excursions in setting up a large scale Ford F-150 Raptor gathering in the heart of Eastern Pennsylvania’s “Coal Country.” This is going to be a 3 day event based out of Rausch Creek Off-Road Park in Tremont, PA. We have rented more than 1500 acres of the park which will be exclusive to the participants of this event. Participants will receive event t-shirts, swag packs (including sponsor items, stickers and/or brochures) and door placards. This event will not only be an opportunity to drive off-road but will also be one of the few events in the United States that will offer the participants to receive off-road driving instruction by professional racing drivers and the Rausch Creek ORP staff. The “Havoc in the Hills” event will be raising money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This event is going to take place September 26-29th, 2013.

Event Breakdown


453 Molleystown RdTremont PA 17981


Thursday (9/26/2013) presented by:


Event registration at hotel beginning at 7pm

Friday (9/27/2013) presented by

8am mandatory driver’s meeting with GLRE & RCORP staff.

After the driver’s meeting there will be a paced recon lap lead by GLRE support staff.

After pace lap trucks will stage and begin running the course.

Approximately 6pm we’ll break for dinner, support staff will begin changing the course for the night run.


Night Run

Approximately 8pm there will be paced recon lap lead by GLRE support staff.

After the pace lap trucks will stage and begin running the course until 11-11:30pm

Saturday (9/28/2013) presented by:

8am mandatory driver’s meeting with GLRE & RCORP staff.

After the driver’s meeting there will be a paced recon lap (the course is changing from Friday to Saturday) lead by GLRE support staff.

After pace lap trucks will stage and begin running the course.

Approximately 7pm the course will be shut down for the banquet & charity raffle.

Sunday (9/29/2013) presented by:

8am mandatory driver’s meeting with GLRE & RCORP staff.

It’s not a GLRE event without some proper trail running, Sunday will be a 6hr+ guided trail run… What you will see & where we’re going is a surprise!

One thing that most event to date have not have offered for participants is off-road driving instruction and for this event we have some special guests that are volunteering their time to come out and offer to share the expertise & knowledge when it comes to high speed off-roading and technical driving. The GLRE would like to welcome a couple of very special “honorary” support drivers for this event:

& photos courtesy of Heavy Metal Concepts



Primary Hotel:

Comfort Inn

433 Suedberg Road , Pine Grove, PA, US, 17963

Phone: (570) 345-8031Fax: (570) 345-2308

Reservation is under “FRF” or “Ford Raptor Forum”

Room rate: $65.00 a night

Overflow hotels:

Relax Inn

32 rooms

WiFi – HBO


Econo Lodge


51 Rooms Available


Hampton Inn

481 Suedberg Road

Pine Grove, PA 17963

(570) 345-4505

Mention you are wheeling at Rausch Creek for rate discount!


There is primitive (no services) camping available at the Rausch Creek ORP, we are charging $15.00 per person for the weekend for those interested in camping. The $15.00 is to help cover the cost of port-a-jons in the camping area.

for those looking for a more well equipped campground here are some more options:

Echo Valley Campground

Judy Finch

52 Camp Rd

Tremont, PA 17981

(570) 695-3659

Echo Valley Campground Home Page

Camp-A-While, Exit 112 of Interstate 81


Camp A While Campground

Twin Grove Park & Campground

1445 Suedberg Road

Pine Grove, PA 17963

(717) 865-4602

Twin Grove Park Campground Pine Grove, PA

Every truck must have these items at a minimum before participating:

1. Working 4wd

2. All maintenance up to date and no major issues

3. Decent tires: We’re not going to go around and checking everyone’s tires but if you have very little remaining tread do us a favor and get them replaced before the event.

4. Spare tire/tires secured and located in the bed of the truck. Contact WSI for mounting solutions

5. Helmet(s) – Mandatory for the closed course/high speed areas

6. Tow strap at least 20’ and rated to pull the truck and 2 D rings

8. Boots: You may have to get out into mud so have the appropriate footwear.

9. Outdoor clothing: This event is rain or shine so like above have the appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.

Recommended additional items:

1. You do not need a Co-pilot but it is recommended to help with communication traffic and navigating the trails. Plus it’s more fun with someone in the truck with you.

2. VHF/FRS radio

3. Navigation: Lowrance, Garmin, Android/Apple tablet with an offroad map app.

4. 5 gallons extra gas

5. A Come along

6. Floor jack and some wood blocks to help support it in soft surfaces

7. Auxiliary lighting. While it can’t be used on road it would be a great benefit on the ORV Routes, Forrest Service roads.

8. First Aid Kit

9. Tools

Havoc in Hills Rules:

. 100% Sober Driving.

· Alcohol consumption will not be tolerated on trails or any time you are driving. Remember the park is private property and they do not allow alcohol on premises.

· Illegal drug use will not be tolerated. Same as alcohol consumption

· Do not tailgate

· No littering, leave the park in better condition than you arrived

· Know the limitations of your driving abillity and your Raptor in the conditions.

· No whiners!

· Everyone in your vehicle must have a filled out GLRE & RCORP waiver. NO Exceptions! You will not be allowed to participate without everyone having a completed waiver.

Radio Frequencies

151.820 MHz Bandwidth 11.25 kHz

151.880 MHz Bandwidth 11.25 kHz

151.940 MHz Bandwidth 11.25 kHz

Please make sure that your radio is programmed for these frequencies.

Registration Costs:

$250.00 per truck (includes Driver + 1 CoDriver)

$50.00 per additional passenger

Camping is $15.00 per person for the weekend, this is to cover costs of the port-a-jons in the camping area.

Click Here to Register (the registration menu is at the end of the Havoc in the Hills information!)

Registration will close on 8/31/2013!!


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2013 ICON Vehicle Dynamics Raptor Extremes Tour by SMC Events

DATE: 3.4.2013

                          2013 ICON Vehicle Dynamics


                                                      Tour by SMC Events


Looking to have some fun with your Raptor? Join us in the summer of 2013 as we embark on an incredible adventure, both on road and off. SMC Events has a history of delivering adrenaline filled events mixed with the fun and comfort of good times with good friends; both new and old. This is the best of both worlds – a vacation which provides daring thrills during the days and relaxing company at night. ICON Vehicle Dynamics is proud to be apart of an epic first time event that will be sure to deliver. Get in on this

We think that the Ford Raptor is as close to the perfect daily driver as you can get, yet most events only focus on it’s off-road prowess and completely overlook what a great touring vehicle it can be. We will address both aspects with our Raptor Extremes Tour.

Starting off below sea level in the inhospitable deserts of southern California we will wind our way to the mountains of Colorado and the highest road in the United States – and we will have a great time along the way! This event is limited to 30 trucks.

Fine print and legal mumbo-jumbo:

You are a grown up and as such you and only you are responsible for yourself. No one else takes any responsibility for your safety, well-being, happiness, self-esteem or your feelings so bring your big boy pants! What this means for you is that SMC Events, all our sponsors, affiliates and other participants of this tour will be held harmless for your choices and corresponding actions. We may be driving off-road. Please use good judgment and sound decision making for ALL aspects of this tour. You may be asked to leave the group at any time for driving under the influence, reckless and/or obnoxious behavior or other reasons determined to be detrimental to the tour, group or other individual participants. This tour is rain or shine.

Refunds: Requests for refunds will be honored before May 1st, 2013 minus a $25 service fee. There will be NO refunds issued after May 1st, 2013.

Waiver: Yep – you will be required to sign a waiver before the tour begins

All lodging and most meals are included. See official schedule (below) for full details. Please note that all aspects of the schedule are subject to change.

Night 1: Furnace Creek Resort, Death Valley, CA – Dinner included

Day 1: Death Valley to Mt. Charleston Lodge – Lunch included

Mt. Charleston Lodge to Red Rocks Resort, Las Vegas, NV – Dinner on your own

Day 2: Vegas to Zion, UT – Lunch included @ Zion Pizza & Noodle Co.

Zion to Torrey, UT Days Inn – Dinner included @ Rim Rock Restaurant

Day 3: Torrey to Blanding, UT – Lunch included @ Homestead Steak House

Blanding, UT to Hampton Inn Moab, UT – Dinner included @ Cowboy Grill

Day 4: Moab Free day! Lunch on your own

Moab to Hampton Inn Glenwood Springs, CO – Dinner included @ Riveria

Day 5: Glenwodd Springs to Leadville, CO – Lunch on your own

Leadville to Holiday Inn Frisco, CO – Dinner included @ catered Sporting News Grill

Day 6: Frisco to Mt. Evans, CO

Mt Evans to Idaho Springs, CO – Lunch included @ Tommyknockers


Idaho Springs to Hampton Inn Canon City, CO – Dinner at Pizza Madness on your own

Day 7: Royal Gorge Bridge and adventure park.


Sunday June 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM MDT


Saturday July 6, 2013 at 10:00 PM MDT

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Sean Cook

SMC Events




  • Furnace Creek Resort, Death Valley, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Torrey, UT
  • Moab, UT
  • Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Frisco, CO

Optional day:

  • Canon City, CO


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