Thursday, December 09, 2010

BMW X5 VS Volkswagen Touareg

December 9 2010 at 03:14pm



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BMW X5 proved to be the better handler in the twisties, while the Touareg proved king of the outdoors thanks to adjustable air suspension.

Volkswagen’s second-generation Touareg SUV was unveiled in South Africa just over a month ago, while almost simultaneously BMW launched its facelifted X5.

Although the vehicles are two slightly different spins on the SUV theme – the Touareg purports to be the more capable offroader and the X5 the more tar-based vehicle – we decided to subject them to a comparison test as they still share enough crossover of abilities to find themselves on the same shortlist of many an aspirant weekend warrior.

Without artificially building up to some trumpet-blaring climax and confirm the obvious, we can confirm that the Touareg is indeed the more hardcore bundu basher while the X5’s talents are better served on tar, but the purpose of this shootout is to determine which vehicle makes the best all-rounder with the fewest compromises.

After all, SUV buyers have high expectations (as they should at the price) and modern SUVs are expected to be all-singing, all-dancing vehicles capable on just about any road surface.

For our comparison we chose the most powerful diesel models on offer in each range: the X5 40d selling for R759 169 is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo, straight-six diesel with a snarling 225kW and 600Nm; the Touareg 4.2-litre V8 turbodiesel retails for R776 000 and offers 250kW and a colossal 800Nm under the bonnet – even more than the 230kW/750Nm Touareg 5-litre V10 TDi it replaces.

The flagship Touareg has also taken a major price cut despite the power increase, as the outgoing V10 cost R881 735.

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Wooden steering wheel in Touareg feels great to use.

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For such heavy behemoths these SUVs feel impressively responsive and really fly out of the starting gates, with the Beemer reaching the 100km/h mark in 7.7 seconds and the Touareg in just 6.7. They’re also child’s play to launch thanks to their automatic transmissions – just punch the throttle pedal and you’re doing hothatch-matching acceleration times.

Mighty cruising ability is common to both our contenders but it’s in overtaking that the Toureg’s 200Nm torque advantage really comes into play with the VW taking just 5.8 seconds to shoot from 60-120km/h, against the Beemer’s 7.7 secs. Not surprisingly, the bigger-muscled Toureg out-drinks the X5, averaging a consumption of 12.2 litres per 100km/h versus the BMW’s 11.1 litres.

The X5’s drivetrain is a little smoother with the typical strawberries-and-cream character of a straight six, versus the Touareg’s ever-so-slightly coarser V8. But they still both qualify as super refined and they coast along with minimal wind, road or mechanical noise intruding into the cabins.

There was a time when the cabin quality of a VW wasn’t quite in the BMW league, but Volksie’s made some great strides. The Touareg, with its plush leather, wood and neat trimmings, is in every way a match for the X5’s classy cabin; in fact the VW does it with a tad more styling flair than the Beemer’s elegant soberness – or was it just the charmingly smooth feel of the Touareg’s wooden steering wheel that swayed me?

There’s little to tell these two German SUVs apart in cabin space – both are large enough to swing a German Shepherd by the tail in. The Beemer has the slightly larger boot (620-1750 litres versus 580-1641 litres) and also the advantage of being optionally available with two extra seats if you need to lug seven passengers. The Touareg offers no third row.

Both the X5 and the Touareg are adorned with safety features and gadgets galore, and both do a good job of providing simple and intuitive user interfaces. The VW’s is possibly the easier of the two with its touchscreeen interface, though BMW’s iDrive system is also very user friendly.

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As with the Touareg, BMW X5 cabin finish is top notch.

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In the ride and handling stakes there were few surprises, with the Touareg offering better ride comfort and the X5 the happier of the two in the twisties.

The Touareg unit we tested was equipped with optional height-adjustable air suspension which offers three settings to suit your driving mood: comfort, normal and sport.

But even in sport mode it offers better bump-soaking ability than the Beemer; the Touareg feels like you’re piloting your favourite armchair. For its size and bulk the VW really doesn’t handle too badly and can be pushed through twisty mountain passes at a fair lick.

For buyers seeking a sportscar on stilts the Beemer is the hands-down winner here, with its firmer suspension and sharper steering making it clearly the more agile of the two. BMWs have a way of shrinking around you and the X5, though also being a large behemoth, makes you feel like you’re piloting something smaller and lighter.

Offroad the X5 is a lot better than most people realise if you fit the right tyres (our test car had low-profiles). The Xdrive permanent all-wheel drive system, combined with dynamic stability control, is very good at maintaining traction in uneven and slippery turf and it also has generous ground clearance of 222mm to prevent belly-scraping.

The Touareg’s standard ride height is 220mm but can be raised up to a boulder-straddling 300mm with the optional air suspension if you’re really into hardcore eco-adventuring.

The VW’s also permanently all-wheel driven via its 4Motion system, and has a switch that allows you to select between “road” and “offroad” mode which instantly calibrates the ABS brakes, throttle and gearshift settings to suit.

Hill descent control is also standard in both vehicles, making for a far less sphincter-tightening experience on steep downhills.

VERDICT:

These are two SUVs of formidable comfort, power and multi-terrain versatility, with decent fuel consumption to boot.

For day to day living I’d choose the more comfy-riding Touareg over the sharper-handling X5. After all, how much time does the average SUV spend being thrashed through mountain passes?

For all its extra power the VW also costs only R17 000 more than the Beemer, which gives it impressive value for money.

But the X5 optionally comes with a third row of seats which makes it the better choice for bigger families.


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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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Jesse Jones KING OF BAJA 2010 Announced!






December 6, 2010

Jesse Jones Trophy Truck #76 King Of Baja 2010
Jesse Jones named KING OF BAJA 2010 for his overall Baja Racing Performances in 2010 and Baja veteran racer Jesse Jones has earned the Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point championship by the closest margin in the 17-year history of the sport’s most spectacular racing class.
Jones will receive his awards Saturday in SoCal at the Atrium Hotel, located adjacent to John Wayne airport in Irvine, during the Annual SCORE Awards Night celebration honoring the 2010 SCORE Desert Series point champions, the winners of the 2010 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards and the 13 winners of the 2010 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards. A total of 594 racers competed in the 2010 season, covering 2,122.90 dusty, dirty, grinding and grueling desert racing miles during the five-races.

Entering the season-ending Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race six points behind year-long leader and third generation desert racer Andy McMillin, Jones, 44, of Litchfield Park, Ariz., outlasted his much younger opponent in a desert duel for the ages to edge McMillin, 23, of National City, Calif., by just two points. With both drivers experiencing significant mechanical issues during the race down Mexico’s Baja California peninsula in late November from Ensenada to La Paz, Jones finished 12th out of 32 starters in SCORE Trophy-Truck as McMillin, who split driving in this year’s three SCORE Baja races with his father Scott, limped home in 20th place, giving Jones his second career SCORE class point championship since winning Class 8 for full-size trucks in 2001.

SCORE points are determined by equal starting and finishing points for all classes and placement position points based on the number of starters in each class for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.

In a season where the racing has never been closer in the featured class for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks, McMillin came out of the gate first by winning the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in January and Jones matched him by winning round 2 at the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, and McMillin surged ahead by winning June’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 with help from his father Scott and Jones stayed close by winning round 4 at the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Primm 300 in September prior to their duel down the mysteriously majestic Baja peninsula.

Jones ended his championship campaign with 445 points in his No. 76 Jones Motorsports Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck including his first two career SCORE Trophy-Truck race wins with the McMillin, who now has four career SCORE Trophy-Truck race wins including three with his father Scott, very close behind with 443 total points in their No. 31 McMillin Realty Ford F-150.

The owner of an aerospace technology company based in the Phoenix area and the 2001 SCORE Class 8 season point champion, Jones drove solo in the first four races of the season and had help from legendary co-driver Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz., to help clinch his first career SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point championship.

Jesse Jones Team Pre-Run Vid from the BAJA 1000 2010

Monday, December 06, 2010

Writers & Broadcasters Association AWARD Rob MacCachren 2010 RACING ALL-AMERICA First Team HONORS!


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Writers & Broadcasters Association AWARD Rob MacCachren 2010 AUTO RACING ALL-AMERICA First Team HONORS!

Las Vegas Racer Earns his 3rd Career All America First Team and 5thAARWBA Award in racing career!

Las Vegas, Nevada --For the fifth time in his 28-year racing career, Rob MacCachren has been named to the AUTO RACING All-America Team for his outstanding performance in off road racing in 2010. This year marks MacCachren's 3rdtime being named to the AUTO RACING All-America FIRST Team.

The 2010 All-America Auto Racing Team has been chosen by members of the nation's motorsports press. The team includes the largest group ever named to the First Team, 21 drivers, as a result of the addition of a new category this year by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association.

Joining a historic group of winning racers, MacCachren was named the first ever Off Road & Rally Category first team racer. In previous years, AARWBA awarded Rob MacCachren in the "At Large" category for his outstanding performance in the Off Road motorsports. In 2010, the AARWBA created an Off Road / Rally specific category and hence the first nominee and winner named is Rob MacCachren.

"Racing is my life and my passion. I love to race, win and be involved in the sport. I'm happy for my team to be honored with this prestigious award from the AARWBA as there are many working components to a successful team. We couldn't be here without the tremendous support from our marketing partners who continue to work side-by-side with us in our racing endeavors. ROCKSTAR Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires, Mastercraft Safety and many others have all helped us to create a world-class championship winning team," said MacCachren.

The new Off Road & Rally category produced the only tie in the voting, resulting in a four-member First Team. Vote leader Rob MacCachren is the one familiar face, earning his fifth All-America nod, his third on the First Team -- in previous years chosen in the At Large category. MacCachren won in four different off-road series and leads the Pro 2 Unlimited class in the Lucas Off-Road Racing Series where he has won eight times. He has also won in TORC, SCORE and SNORE races.

Rob MacCachren and his ROCKSTAR Energy Racing team head to the final race weekend of the 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Series in Phoenix, Arizona on December 11-12, 2010 where the #21 ROCKSTAR Energy Racing Ford F-150 will take the track as the 2010 Lucas Oil Pro2WD Champion.

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Husky Motorcycles Moves To Southern California To Expand Sales


Husky North America Moves To So-Cal

Husqvarna Motorcycles, a part of the BMW Group since October 2007, are making changes here in the U.S. for 2011.

Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Varese, Italy since 1987. With the might of BMW behind the brand, changes have been afoot.

"We are happy to announce changes that will position Husqvarna North America to serve the U.S. off-road market like never before," says National Marketing Manager Corey Eastman.

"New management has been brought on board to help better serve our dealers needs, as well as expanded staffing to allow greater focus on key customer service and marketing functions."

These changes come in conjunction with a new headquarters located in Southern California, as well as revolutionary new products.

"We are committed to re-establishing Husqvarna as a leading off-road motorcycle brand in the United States," adds Eastman. "New people, new attitude and new product should help alleviate some of the old concerns!"

Husqvarna is quite literally doubling the size of its staff, allowing the company to react more quickly.

"We will be able to play a more active role in the marketing and selling of motorcycles by keeping the Husqvarna brand top of mind among off-road motorcycle enthusiasts," explains Husqvarna Motorcycles NA president Kris Odwarka.

"The job of not only meeting, but hopefully exceeding your needs is being taken on by a new management team."

Leading the new team is Kris Odwarka, who took over as Husqvarna NA President in December. Kris originally started working in parts and service departments at motorcycle dealerships to support his racing in Colorado and New Mexico.

He later worked for BMW in various positions in Europe and the States for a decade before becoming sales director of ALPINA GmbH in 2002.

In addition to his real world training at the dealership level, Kris also has both a Bachelor degree and MBA from the University of Colorado.

Kris brings both industry knowledge and experience with Husqvarna's parent company BMW.

This will be beneficial as Husqvarna moves forward, enabling Husqvarna to more easily access BMW's competitive advantages including financing, distribution, sourcing and more.

"Kris exemplifies the open and creative spirit that is an integral part of the new Husqvarna," notes Eastman.

Industry veteran Revelle Harrison joins the Husqvarna team as National Sales Manager. Revelle moves over from KTM, where he has held various roles in the field and HQ for the past 12 years, including serving as KTM's National Sales Manager.

Racing and trail riding have been favorite activities throughout Revelle's life, activities he now enjoys sharing with his family. Harrison has a degree in Business Administration from Montana State University.

Revelle's experience and deep understanding of what takes place on the sales floor is a valuable asset.

His ability to create structured programs that help dealers sell is combined with an understanding of when to apply creativity and create solutions that get results.

Revelle will be leading Husqvarna's established dealer sales team, helping them reach new levels of dealer and customer service.

Andy Jefferson is a former professional motocross racer, riding for Pro Circuit Husqvarna through the early 80s.

Andy is especially excited to be returning to his roots in the motorcycle industry after spending the past 27 years in the document management industry, specializing in service, customer relations and project management.

Andy brings a rare combination of knowledge from outside and inside the motorcycle industry. His past professional experience has given him a vast knowledge for managing service, parts, projects and customer relations that he now applies to the motorcycle business.

In addition, he has the added advantage of understanding the industry from the inside as he has continued to participate in motorcycling since his pro racing days.

Racing with the West Coast-based Husqvarna Zip-Ty Racing Team has given him hands-on experience with the full range of Husky products.

Corey Eastman has more than 17 years of motorcycle marketing experience, including serving as the marketing manager, director of marketing and most recently VP Brand Development for Cycle World Magazine.

An avid rider, Corey has explored much of the Southwestern U.S. on two wheels. With a BA in communications/public relations from Cal State Fullerton and solid industry experience, Corey will be taking on all marketing, product development and racing activities effectively immediately.

Corey has been on both the client and media side of marketing. He understands that today's marketing environment demands hard work and creativity.

He will be developing a marketing mix that will build the Husqvarna brand, and most importantly, remain relevant on the sales floor.

Husqvarna North America's new corporate headquarters are located in Corona California. The goal in this move is to allow sales, aftersales and marketing activities to be located closer to the majority of the companies that serve the off-road industry, the media that reports on the industry and a healthy portion of consumers who participate in it.

Additionally this will allow for more hands-on product development specific to the American market - making for even better motorcycles moving forward.

The new Husqvarna is far more than just another attempt to reposition this historic brand. The investment and commitment are very real and a very clear sign that Husqvarna is committed to becoming a leading off-road motorcycle brand.

"We aim to make the Husqvarna ownership experience more inclusive," concludes Corey. "We are excited to get to work building the Husqvarna brand of the future. Please join us for an amazing ride!"

Throughout 2010, Husqvarna continued to expand its professional race team to compete in AMA Enduro, GNCC, Endurocross, National Hare & Hound, the AMA Hare Scrambles Series, and WORCS competition.

Husqvarna team riders have competed in the premier classes of each series aboard 2010 Husqvarna TXC 450, TXC 510, and WR 300 off-road models.

Look for more in motorcycle racing action 2011.

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SCORE Puts The Wraps on the 2010 Desert Racing Year


Closing the books on the 37th year of Sal Fish’s ‘World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series’ and relishing in his first season in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck racing division, veteran racer Jesse Jones has earned the Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point championship by the closest margin in the 17-year history of the sport’s most spectacular racing class.

Entering the season-ending Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race six points behind year-long leader and third generation desert racer Andy McMillin, Jones, 44, of Litchfield Park, Ariz., outlasted his much younger opponent in a desert duel for the ages to edge McMillin, 23, of National City, Calif., by just two points. With both drivers experiencing significant mechanical issues during the race down Mexico’s Baja California peninsula in late November from Ensenada to La Paz, Jones finished 12th out of 32 starters in SCORE Trophy-Truck as McMillin, who split driving in this year’s three SCORE Baja races with his father Scott, limped home in 20th place, giving Jones his second career SCORE class point championship since winning Class 8 for full-size trucks in 2001.

SCORE points are determined by equal starting and finishing points for all classes and placement position points based on the number of starters in each class for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.

In a season where the racing has never been closer in the featured class for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks, McMillin came out of the gate first by winning the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in January and Jones matched him by winning round 2 at the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, and McMillin surged ahead by winning June’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 with help from his father Scott and Jones stayed close by winning round 4 at the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Primm 300 in September prior to their duel down the mysteriously majestic Baja peninsula.

Jones ended his championship campaign with 445 points in his No. 76 Jones Motorsports Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck including his first two career SCORE Trophy-Truck race wins with the McMillin, who now has four career SCORE Trophy-Truck race wins including three with his father Scott, very close behind with 443 total points in their No. 31 McMillin Realty Ford F-150.

The owner of an aerospace technology company based in the Phoenix area and the 2001 SCORE Class 8 season point champion, Jones drove solo in the first four races of the season and had help from legendary co-driver Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz., to help clinch his first career SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point championship.

Third in overall points and in SCORE Trophy-Truck following a third in Laughlin, a 16th in San Felipe, a fifth in class at the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and 11th in Primm is Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix with 417 points in his No. 84 Vanderwey Racing Chevy Silverado.

The prominent McMillin Racing family actually had four racers finish among the top 15 point leaders in the 2010 SCORE Desert Series.

Mark McMillin, Andy’s uncle, was 15th in SCORE Overall points and 9th in SCORE Trophy-Truck with 369 points in his No. 23 McMillin Racing Ford F-150. Mark’s sons Daniel and Luke McMillin are also in the top 15 overall point leaders after solid performances this season.

Daniel McMillin, 22, whose top finishes are a third in the unlimited Class 1 in Laughlin, second in San Felipe and sixth in Ensenada for the 500 and second in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 was second in his class points and tied with his father at 15th in overall points with 369 in the McMillin Racing Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race buggy. Luke McMillin, the youngest of the McMillin racers at 17, finished fifth in Laughlin, second in San Felipe and fifth in Ensenada, fifth in Primm and fourth in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 to become the first third-generation McMillin to win a SCORE season point championship, winning Class 1-2/1600 in McMillin Racing AlumiCraft-VW. He also finished 13th in the SCORE Overall point standings with 372 points.

Tied for fourth in SCORE overall points and in SCORE Trophy-Truck was Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif., who ended with 401 points in his No. 30 MasterCraft Racing Chevy Silverado.

Tied with Pierce, who had driving assistance this season from Jimco chassis builder Mike Julson, was SCORE Lite point champion Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., who clinched the title by winning his class at the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in a Seagrove-VW for his first SCORE class race victory.

Sixth overall and fifth in SCORE Trophy-Truck was Las Vegas’ two-time season point champ B.J. Baldwin of Las Vegas, who recorded 397 points in the No. 97 Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado.

Eighth overall and pulling out the season point title in Class 1 was another third-generation Southern California desert racer. Kory Halopoff, 27 of Orange, who had 390 points in the Letner Racing Alpha-Chevy following his class win in Laughlin, a 10th in San Felipe, a third in Ensenada and an 11th in both Primm and the season finale. After driving solo in Laughlin, Halopoff split the driving the rest of the season with his normal teammate and his cousin-Harley Letner, 27, who is also of Orange.

Tied for eighth in overall points and sixth in SCORE Trophy-Truck was the brother team of Gary and Mark Weyhrich of Troutdale, Ore., who split driving time in their No. 9 TSCO Racing Ford F-150, capping their season with a fifth place class finish at the season-ending Baja peninsula run.

The only car or truck racer who won his class in all five races this season, earning his second career SCORE season class point title was David Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif., who won Class 6 in his Ford Ranger and finished in overall points with 395. He also won the Class 1-2/1600 title in 2007.

The defending SCORE Trophy-Truck and SCORE Overall point champion Robby Gordon, the NASCAR team owner/driver from Charlotte, N.C., ended up 14th in the overall SCORE point standings and 8th in SCORE Trophy-Truck with 371 points in 2010, ending the year with a solid second-place finish in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in the No. 1 Robby Gordon Motorsports Chevy CK1500.

While Caspino was the only car/truck racer undefeated in 2010, the Septien team and the Class 40 age-group team led by Louie Franco, Sherman Oaks, Calif., are the only two motorcycle or ATV teams who won all three SCORE Baja races in the 2010 SCORE Desert Series.

There are also six Mexican nationals who their respective Pro class point standings.

The Mexican nationals who won the 2010 SCORE point standings as driver/rider of record in their respective classes were: Gustavo Avina, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 5/1600, VW Baja Bug), Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (Tied in Class 7SX, Ford Ranger), Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico (Class 8, Ford F-150), Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 10, Jimco-Honda), Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 11, VW Sedan) and Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 30, Honda CRF450X).

Among the Mexican class champions, Solorzano earned his 10th career SCORE Class 11 season point triumph while Avina, Hanna and Lopez each won their respective classes in three races this season for their first career SCORE season point titles.

Among the other 2010 SCORE point champions in car and truck classes were: Kevin Carr, San Diego (Class 5, VW Baja Bug), Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif. (Class 7, Ford Ranger), Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz. (Stock Full, Lexus LX570), Gavin Skilton, Anaheim, Calif. (Stock Mini, Honda Ridgeline), Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif. (Class 3, Ford Bronco), Troy Vest, Molalla, Ore. (Protruck, Chevy Silverado), Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va. (Class 9, Mayoral-VW), Mike Shaffer, San Leandro, Calif. (Class 17, Jeep Cherokee), John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif. (Class 4, Racer-Chevy) and Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo. (Class 7-2, BajaLite-Chevy).

Carr, Chamlee and Bacal all won their respective classes in four of five races this year with Carr earning his third SCORE season class point championship, Chamlee picking up his sixth career season crown and Bacal his first. Moss, along with his brother Ken of Marysville, Calif., picked up their eighth career SCORE season class title in 2010. Shaffer won Class 17 for the third time in the last four years.

Vest won his class three times this season enroute to his first SCORE title.

With motorcycles and ATVs racing in the three SCORE Baja races, the overall motorcycle and Class 30 (riders over 30 years old) point champion was the team led by Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico, on a Honda CRF450X, who also won the 2010 SCORE overall motorcycle point title with 284 points, edging the Class 40 title team led by Franco by just one point. The Franco-led team also rode a Honda CRF450X, the most prominent motorcycle in all of SCORE Baja racing.

Following their Class 24 ATV class wins in San Felipe and the SCORE Baja 100, and a second at the SCORE Baja 500, winning the overall and Class 24 ATV point crown with 295 points was the team led by Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore. on a Honda TRX450R. Brown’s leading co-riders were Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash., and Mike Kelley III, Edgewood, Wash.

Winning Class 22 for open motorcycles on a Honda CRF450X for the JCR/Honda team was the tandem of Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., and Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif. It was the fifth career Class 22 season title for Norman. Norman/Cody capped their season and clinched the crown by winning this year’s Peninsula run for the second straight year as Norman now has five and Cody three overall motorcycle wins in the granddaddy of all desert races.

Winning Class 25 open ATV class in San Felipe and the SCORE Baja 500 to win Class 25 for the third straight year was team led by rider of record Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif., on a Honda TRX700XX with 271 points. His teammates were Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif. and Wes Miller, Fallbrook, Calif. and for their second-place finish at the season finale the fourth rider was Harold Goodman, Brownstown, Mich.

Among the other motorcycle class point champions the teams led by Sol Saltzman, Vail, Colo. (Class 21, Honda CRF450X), Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev. (Class 20, Honda CRF250X), Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. (Class 50, Honda CRF450X), and Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn. (Class 60, Honda CRF450X).

Competing in age group motorcycle classes, O’Neal now has a SCORE-record 15 career SCORE class point championships and all have come in the last 15 years. Lewis and his team earned their third Class 60 title in the last four years.

Recording his first-ever SCORE race win in San Felipe and backing it up with another class win in Ensenada, Chicago’s Rob Ransford and team won Class 26 (utility ATVs) on a Can Am 4x4. His teammates were Tim Winiarski, Carson, Calif. and Joe Rice, Lomita, Calif. for their first SCORE season crown.

In addition to season point class point championships, drivers in the Pro car and truck classes also raced to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 25th consecutive year, a total of 13 drivers earned the awards for the 2010 SCORE Desert Series. Racers were also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award.


2010 SCORE Desert Series Final Point Leaders
Top 25 Overall Cars and Trucks
(Position, Drivers, Vehicle-Engine, Class, Points)
1. Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 445
2. Andy McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 443
3. Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 417
4. Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 401
5. Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., Seagrove-VW (SCORE Lite), 401
6. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 397
7. Dave Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif. (Class 6, Ford Ranger), 395
8. Kory Halopoff, Orange, Calif., Tatum-Chevy (Class 1), 390
8. Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 390
10. Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 386
11. Lee Banning, Laveen, Ariz., Foddrill-VW (SCORE Lite), 377
12. Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz., Lexus LX570 (STOCK FULL), 374
13. Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 372
14. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy C1500 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 371
15. Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 369
15. Daniel McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 369
17. Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger (Class 7), 366
18. Ed Stout, Irvine, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 359
19. Arturo Velazco, Banning, Calif., VBR-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 356
20. Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif., Ford Ranger (Class 6), 350
21. Samuel Araiza, La Paz, Mexico, Curry-VW (SCORE Lite), 348
22. Gusavo Avina, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (Class 5/1600), 340
23. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 333
23. Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (Class 5), 333
25. Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 332
2010 SCORE Desert Series Final Class Point Leaders
(With Class wins in parenthesis)
(NOTE: Motorcycles, ATVs and SPT UTVs race in the three SCORE Baja races;
(NOTE2: Must have started at least 2 races to qualify for final point leaders)

Pro Cars and Trucks

SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK—1. Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150 (2), 445; 2. Andy McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150 (2), 443; 3. Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado, 417; 4. Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 401; 5. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 397; 6. Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150, 390; 7. Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 386; 8. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500, 371; 9. Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Ford F-150, 369; 10. Ed Stout, Irvine, Calif., Ford F-150, 359; ALSO: 15. Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150 (1), 288.

CLASS 1—1. Kory Halopoff/Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., Tatum-Chevy (1), 390; 2. Daniel McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 369; 3. Paul Keller, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 310; 4. Armin Kremer, Germany/Andreas Aigner, Austria, Jimco-Chevy, 267; 5. Dan Martin, Monrovia, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 261; 6. Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif., Jimco-BMW (2), 249; 7. Steve Appleton, Boise, Idaho, Jimco-Chevy (2), 247; 8. Cody Parkhouse/Brian Parkhouse, Bell Gardens, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 245; 9. Conan Barker, Whittier, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 235; 10. Josh Rigsby, Santa Fe, N.M., Penhall-Chevy, 232.

CLASS 1-2/1600—1. Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW, 372; 2. Arturo Velazco/Able Velazco, Banning, Calif., Porter-VW (1), 356; 3. Hiram Duran/Eric Duran, Tecate, Calif., Amplified-VW, 292; 4. Kevin J. Walsh, Manchester, Mo., Penhall-VW, 251; 5. Arnoldo Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico, Curry-VW, 239.

CLASS 3—1. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco (2), 190.

CLASS 5—1. Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (4), 333; 2. Cody Kellog, Cypress, Calif., VW Baja Bug, 201; 3. Drew Belk, Coachella, Calif., VW Baja Bug (1), 197.

CLASS 5/1600—1. Gustavo Avina, Ensenada, Mexico VW Baja Bug (3), 340; 2. Alonso Angulo, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (1), 287; 3. Trevor Anderson, Carlsbad, Calif., VW Baja Bug, 247.

CLASS 6—1. David Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif., Ford Ranger (5), 395; 2. Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Rene Brugger, San Diego, Ford Ranger, 350; 3. Robert Pickering, Tustin, Calif., Ford Ranger, 203.

CLASS 7—1. Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger (4), 366.

CLASS 7SX—1. Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger (3), 309; 2. Norman Turley, Long Beach, Calif., Ford Ranger (2), 299.

CLASS 8—1. Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Ford F-150 (3), 319; 2. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., Chevy Silverado (1), 267; 3. Kent Kroeker, Valley Center, Calif., Dodge Ram2500 (1), 207.

CLASS 9—1. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Mayoral-VW (1), 184.

CLASS 10—1. Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-Honda (2), 329; 2. Alex Crosthwaite, San Diego, Jimco-Honda (3), 253; 3. Jesus Gonzalez, Ensenada, Mexico, Dunrite-Honda, 187.

SCORE LITE—1. Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif./Daniel Folts, La Habra, Calif., Seagrove-VW (1), 401; 2. Lee Banning, Laveen, Ariz./Lee Banning Jr., Litchfield Park, Ariz., Foddrill-VW, 377; 3. Samuel Araiza, La Paz, Mexico, Curry-VW, 348; 4. Brent Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Moulton-VW, 293; 5. Zak Langley, El Segundo, Calif., SmithFab-VW, 247; 6. Perry McNeil, Lemon Grove, Calif., Lothringer-VW (1), 225.

CLASS 11—1. Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico, VW Sedan (1), 159.

STOCK FULL—1. Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz., Lexus LX570 (4), 374; 2. Wes Bevly, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ford F-150, 88.

STOCK MINI—1. Gavin Skilton, Anaheim, Calif., Honda Ridgeline (2), 190; 2. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Ford F-150 (1)110.

PROTRUCK—1. Troy Vest, Molalla, Ore., Chevy Silverado (3), 305.

CLASS 17—1. Mike Shaffer, San Leandro, Calif., Jeep Cherokee (1), 65.

CLASS 7-2—1. Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo., Mason-Chevy (2), 211; 2. Fawn Finchum, Mesa, Ariz., Trophy-Lite-Chevy (1), 184; 3. Ron Stobaugh, Georgetown, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy (1), 159.

CLASS 4—1. John Langley, Racer-Chevy (2), 229; 2. Ed Zimmerman, Spring Valley, Calif., PSD-Chevy (2), 150.

CLASS 2—1. William Eriksen, Elizabethtown, Ky., PredatorX18-Chevy (1), 114.


Pro Motorcycles

CLASS 22—1. Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif., Honda CRF450X (2), 277; 2. Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./Jeff Kargola, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 269; 3. A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif./Bryce Stavron, Palmdale, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 254; 4. (tie) Cory Evenson/Tommy Deuchers, Ramona, Calif., KTM XC-W and Jamie Aguilar, Stockton, Calif./Darren Johnson, San Andres, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 126.

CLASS 21—1. Sol Saltzman, Vail, Colo./Matthew Karlsen, Denver/Pete Schmidtmann, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda CRF450X (2), 273; 2. Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles/Salvador Hernandez, Ensenada, Mexico/Collie Potter, Murrieta, Honda CRF450X (1), 271; 3. Jesus Gonzalez, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha WR450F, 130.

CLASS 20—1. Jason Trubey/Carl Maasberg/Jeremy Purvines/Ron Purvines, Henderson, Nev., Honda CRF250X (2), 267; 2. Jesus Rios/Cauhtemoc Beltran, Calexico, Calif./Joe Leal, Mexicali Mexico/Edgar Espinoza, El Centro, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 261; 3. Anna Cody, Simi Valley, Calif./Roger Hurd, Crestline, Calif./Robert Laughlin, Solvang, Calif./Jeff Kawell, Crestline, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 255.

CLASS 30—1. Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Brian Pinard, Sun City, Calif., Honda CRF450X (3), 284; 2. Javier Hernandez/David Topete, Obregon, Mexico/Mike Crawford, Phoenix/Earl Roberts, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 249; 3. Talya Dodson, Truckee, Calif., KTM 530XC-W, 182.

CLASS 40—1. Louie Franco, Sherman Oaks, Calif./Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Ricky Johnson, Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X (3), 283; 2. Henrik Andersen, Capistrano Beach, Calif./Todd Corbitt, Irvine, Calif., Yamaha WR450F, 265; 3.Terry Peregoodoff, Canada, Yamaha WR450F, 236.

CLASS 50—1. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Doug Heil, Monrovia, Calif./Andy Kirker, Santa Ana, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Steve Willis, Tehachapi, Calif., Honda CRF450X (2), 199; 2. Ryan Armitage, Las Cruces, N.M./Charlie Marshall, Carmichael, Calif./Chuck Sun, Las Vegas/Erik McKenna, Loomis, Calif./Doug Smith, Upland, Calif., KTM 530XCW, 138.

CLASS 60—1. Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn./Chuck Koistra, Menifee, Calif./Sam Dempsey, Lake Balboa, Calif./Bob Gates, Hesperia, Calif./Mike Harper, Landers, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 223.
Pro ATVs

CLASS 25—1. Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif./Wes Miller, Fallbrook, Calif., Honda 700XX (2), 271; 2. Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Dave Scott, Belen, N.M./Andy Lagzdins, Playa del Rey, Calif./Cody Mitchell, Las Vegas, Honda TRX700XX, 171; 3. Josh Edwards, Peoria, Ariz./Travis Dillon, El Cajon, Calif./Robbie Cockrell, Barstow, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 166.

CLASS 24—1. Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Mike Kelley III, Edgewood, Wash./Kenny Sanford, Tacoma, Wash./Nick Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif., Honda TRX450R (2), 295; 2. Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Jason Wade, Austin, Texas/Joe Bernal, Chula Vista, Calif./Paul Velasquez, San Diego/Dave Scott, Belen, N.M., Honda TRX450R, 268; 3. Efren Carrasco, San Diego, Yamaha 450YFZR, 264.

CLASS 26—1. Rob Ransford, Chicago/Tim Winiarski, Carson, Calif./Joe Rice, Lomita, Calif./Mike Rodgers, Brookville, Fla./David Bailey, Spring Hill, Fla., Can Am 4X4 (2), 269; 2. Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo, Arctic Cat (1), 204.


Sportsman

SPT TRUCK—1. Ken Fraizer, Waddell, Ariz., Chevy Silverado (2), 256.

SPT CAR—1. Peter Lang, Santa Rosa, Calif., Homebuilt-Buck (3), 317.

SPT UTV—1. Thomas Graves, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha Rhino (1), 190.

SPT M/C<250cc—1. Greg Willits, Sisters, Ore., Honda CRF450X (1), 273.

SPT M/C>250cc—1. Salvador Sainz, San Diego, KTM XC525 (2), 331.

SPT ATV—1. Brad McLean, Canada, Yamaha Raptor (1), 267.
Manufacturers

Engine Builder—1. Kroyer, 368; 2. FAT Performance, 215; 3. Wiks, 190.

Original Buggy Chassis—1. Jimco, 381; 2. Seagrove, 86; 3. Lothringer, 85.

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