Friday, July 15, 2011

Mike Johnson’s Unique Products 450x Honda, over all Motorcycle Points Lead!


Mike Johnson’s Unique Products 450x Honda, over all Motorcycle Points Lead!

Team Unique Products/Kenda Tire backed Honda of Mike Johnson is in the hot seat with a 3 point lead going into the final round of the Score Baja Desert series leading all pro motorcycle classes. Score Baja series is considered the toughest off road series in the world drawing racers as far away as Japan, Australia and South America. Pro motorcycles classes consist of class 21, motors with displacement of 450cc and below. Class 22 450cc and above motors. Also age groups, riders 30 years of age and above along with 40, 50 and all the way to 60 years of age. Some teams will have as many as 6 riders to complete the race distance changing riders through out the race to keep them from getting exhausted. The final round of the series will take place 17-20th of November leaving Ensenada and making a 1000 mile loop and returning

Mike Johnson Comments

The way things have unfolded for our team has been some luck and lots of hard work, other teams have been faster but sometimes it’s not the fastest that brings it home to the finish. We concentrate on hitting all the (VCP’s) virtual check points, watch our speed (speed zones) and spend hours and hours of pre running. The group we have riding this year has been outstanding, Steve Garnett (The Rabbit) has come through time and time again, Brian Pinard preps the bike and races. We have not had any mechanical breakdowns! Our newest rider Craig Smith is one of the fastest off road racers in Baja; he was outstanding for us during the Baja 500. We have a great management team that helps organize pre running, gets parts, equipment and sponsorship. Our goal will be to over all the 30 pro class and see were the other class leaders end up and hope for the best. The Baja 1000 is double points, that means every position counts for overall bike. This is the one every racer wants to win even if there’re not in the points race, that means not only battling the course, but ever rider and position out there counts!

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SCORE Winning 1977 International Scout Race Truck

This 1977 International Scout II is claimed by the seller to be the one that Baja racer Sherman Balch purchased new and campaigned from 1977 to 1979. The truck raced the Baja 1000 and many other races before Balch sold it to the Archer Brothers in 1981, including an overall win at Riverside for which it was featured on an International promo poster. The truck has been sitting since the mid 90′s, have not seen many hours since sold by Balch in 1981.

1969 4Seat A-Arm V-8 Baja Bug Prerunner, VW Baja Bug, Well Kind of. The only thing Bug on this car is the body, VIN # and license plate! Currently Street Registration, Full Custom Built Tube Chassis made out of all 1.5' Chromoly, 4 Seater with PRP seats (Wide style buckets in front and Bench in back Perfect for Kids or small Adults) Turnkey 440 HP LS1, Mendeola 2D Trans, Tatum billet A-arms & Spindles, Tatum Billet Rack, 21' travel front and rear, 2.0 Fox Shox, CNC Pedals, Willwood Racing brakes all around, Custom axles, Baja Designs HID's., Lowrance Color GPS. Custom Hand Built Aluminum Dash with All Autometer Guages, Large Fuel Cell, Custom Built Shorty Flowmaster Exhaust by RPM (Easily Removable), PWR Radiator and Hoses. Centerline & BTR Wheels with BFG Baja Terrains, All LED lights in Rear, DJ Safety Harnesses, Removable Steering Wheel, New Red Optima, Hidden Boat Style Power Shut Off / selector Switch and More!

FOR SALE: Ex Walker Evans/Scoop Vessels Ramcharger prerunner, built by the best, built to last. 408 stroker motor, Mark Newhan suspension, Rear- 3 link Fox coilover/bypass, Front- A-arm Fox bypass/Sway-a-way coilover, 727 trans, Sparco seats, custom aluminum dash, digital dash display, intercom, headsets, big Lowrance GPS, XM radio, BFG's, American racing wheels, spares, caged front to rear......a STEAL at $36,500.00 Only preran the SNORE RATR race in December (14 mile course) time to drive it...too many projects. #329

BAJA Spain: Novitskiy to defend FIA World Cup Lead, Yser new MIMI All4 debut

Baja Spain: Novitskiy to defend FIA World Cup lead, Yser new Mini All4 debut.

Within hours of finishing first, second and fifth overall in the Silk Way Rally, the Monster Energy X-raid Team announced that it will tackle next weekend’s Baja Spain Aragon (July 22-24).

The service trucks and support staff began the trip to Spain for the fourth round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-country rallies on Sunday. Russian driver Leonid Novitskiy and his German codriver Andreas Schulz will compete in a BMW X3CC and the event will also mark the first appearance of the second Mini All4 Racing.

Baja Spain is the first of a series of presentations, with the car also set to appear at the Baja Hungary, Baja Poland and the Morocco Rally later this season.

Novitskiy was forced to miss the Silk Way Rally after falling from a mountain bike and injuring his wrist. But the Russian is fit again and is looking forward to competing in Spain, as he continues the defence of his FIA World Cup title. He currently leads the overall standings by 123 points from French rival Jean-Louis Schlesser.

"The Baja Spain is two reasons to celebrate," said Monster Energy Team boss Sven Quandt. "Firstly, it is great news that Leonid is feeling better and he can attack on the World Cup. Secondly, it is an exciting moment with the second Mini All4 Racing and our Portuguese driver Bernardo. Our goal for Spain is clear - Leonid should keep the lead in the World Cup and we should continue to develop the cars."

Service vehicles that were used at the Silk Way Rally will return from Sochi to the team’s headquarters in Trebur. The team has the additional logistical complication in that one complete team kit is already on the way to Brazil for the Rally dos Sertoes, which takes place on August 9-19.

"We do not have a large supply of spares," added Quandt. "Several rallies are coming up in a short time and that's not logistically easy for us."

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Rocker Ted Nugent Desert Off-Road Racing in Baja races Inspires His Music

ESPN PAGE 2 Ted Nugent Talks Baja Racing

""A conversation with Ted Nugent is almost as much of an assault on the senses as one of his concerts.
The legendary rock star, outdoorsman, author and television personality blends the vocal bombast of Mike Tyson with the delightful hyperbole of Bill Walton. He mixes the promotional panache of Don King with the unpredictable lunacy of Charlie Sheen.
He seamlessly bobs and weaves. He efficiently jukes and dekes. He effortlessly manipulates ostentatious adjectives and potent adverbs at blinding speed as if tearing into the guitar solo from "Stranglehold."
He rants. He raves. He sermonizes.
He uses carpe diem as a verb.
One thing Nugent doesn't do is mince words, as evidenced by the title of his 2001 live album, "Full Bluntal Nugity."
Page 2 recently spoke with the Motor City Madman to discuss off-road racing, hunting and music while he took a break from rehearsing with his band, the Nigerian Rebels, prior to hitting the road for this summer's "I Still Believe" tour. Here's what transpired:
Page 2: What kinds of racing have you participated in? When did you first get involved?
Nugent: I'm almost out of breath, because I'm rehearsing with the band, and the music is so exciting. The reason my music is so exciting is because I'm so damn exciting, and one of the reason I'm so damn exciting is because his lord master Mickey Thompson and the czar of off-road racing in Baja, Parnelli Jones, and Bill Stroppe -- do you really grasp those three names I just mentioned? -- literally took old Motor City Madman Ted Nugent under their wing and taught me how to off-road race. Now, I love the guys, and they taught me everything I needed to know. But remember, I'm from Detroit, and I'd managed rush hours for many, many years. So I was already an off-road pro.
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Courtesy of Ted NugentNugent and son Toby hang out with legendary
driver and racing promoter Mickey Thompson
at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1979.
I raced off road for probably a dozen years in a professional sense. But Mickey, Parnelli and Bill are the gods of off-road racing, the czars of Baja technical advancement [who had] warrior-type attitudes and talents. I think every racer I ran into in that circuit -- including the Mears brothers, who just like Parnelli have raced every type, said that the most demanding, challenging and brutal of all racing is off-road. Because it's not just roundy-round. It's not pavement. It's unknown, always changing every step of the way. The course changes from any prerunning you might have done. ... To race at warp speed, in these types of races was really very educational, very stimulating, very gratifying, very inspiring for me.
What is your craziest off-road racing experience?
I was already a follower of Bill Stroppe, Parnelli Jones and Mickey Thompson by the time I swan-dived into the world of off-road racing. It seemed to go really good with my music. I mean, "Motor City Madhouse" certainly isn't a Sunday drive kind of song, unless that includes suspension-destroying, blistering heat and high speed where 50 percent of your race is in the air. So that kind of intense, outrageous, dangerous driving has always turned me on.
But I remember my first professional encounter driving with the Tracy Valenta team, under the guidance of Mickey and Bill and Parnelli. They actually walked the Barstow 350 course with me up there in the California desert. I did the prerun and checked out the terrain, which they warned me would be changing as every vehicle passed and altered the berms, dips, bumps and hills. I remember I actually put the pedal to the metal -- which I'm really good at; I'm really good at flooring vehicles. It's what happens after you floor them that I had to learn.
But to my credit, if I may brag a moment, and I think I shall, I didn't blow up. ... The real master racers will tell you that to finish is quite a win unto itself. And I finished most of them, but that first one in late '78 or early '79, I finished in a Class 10 buggy, where after the first couple hours, there was no suspension for all practical applications. Everything was overheated, and I was overheated, and I'd been bludgeoned by the frame of the vehicle and the hits, the dives, and I did a couple of T-bones and I flipped and rolled it a couple of times. But I finished the damn race, which I thought was really good, and I wrote some great guitar licks that night because of the inspiration of the sheer velocity and mayhem. It was so uninhibited.
The velocity under those off-road conditions is so eye-opening and eye-closing, and as my quality of life is determined by my attentiveness to a higher level of awareness, as a bowhunter and a guy who gets to jam with great musicians, it's about picking up on your surroundings and doing your best to be as omniscient as possible. And those levels of awareness are do-or-die in an off-road race. I'm sure they're do-or-die in any racing conditions, from Indy 500 to Daytona to off-road rally courses.
But that higher level of awareness that I've already been disciplined in as a bowhunter and as a music lover who gets to jam with B.B. King, Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughan, I was picking up on all my surroundings. So that's why I didn't crash, because I was pushing the edge as fast and furious as I could, but without killing myself -- and I actually succeeded in not killing myself and not blowing up the vehicle. And I think I finished in the top 10, which astonished Parnelli and Mickey. I'd love to do it again, but at 62, I'm sure I would kill myself this time.
In what other ways has racing or hunting served as musical inspiration for you?

There's intensity to certain activities. I hearken back to a charging elephant in Africa. I hearken back to the '67 riots in Detroit. I hearken back to my first date. I think back to that Barstow race and the death-defying physicality and mental challenge that these off-road race courses force you to be cognizant of.
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Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesNugent, wielding his signature Gibson Byrdland, has performed
at more than 6,000 concerts.
When you're that tuned in -- and remember, I've been clean and sober my whole life; clean and sober mean that your gifts from God are working good and that you respect them enough to make sure that you put them to optimum capabilities -- and when you hunt with a bow and arrow, you have to improvise, adapt and overcome to get past a radar system of prey animals: deer, elk and antelope and whatnot. So when you can penetrate within 30, 20, 15 yards of a survival master like the white-tailed deer, you truly are as cocked, locked and ready to rock, Doc, as a human being can possibly be.
And though I stumble more often than I succeed, it's the incremental lessons of cause and effect that you apply not just to hunting with a bow and arrow but maneuvering the upcoming turn and berm and hill and silt stretch and that jam session with B.B. King when he's playing those notes and you follow that spirituality of that musical vision. It is all about a higher level of awareness, so when you off-road race, I mean listen to the intro to "Motor City Madhouse." On my recent album, "Love Grenade," listen to the guitar intro of [the song] "Love Grenade."
Only off-road racers can come up with guitar licks like that. Only guys that kill their own dinner with sharp sticks can come up with licks like that. There's an intensity to life that you maximize by plunging into every day. I carpe diem with the best of 'em, because God gave me another day, and I'm gonna use it, baby.
Of hunting, racing or performing at a concert, what provides you with the biggest adrenaline rush?
I gotta tell you, it's a combination of all of the above, and don't forget to include watching Mrs. Nugent [perform] Zumba. I mean, my band is so good. Derek St. Holmes on vocals and guitar and Mick Brown on drums and Greg Smith on bass guitar. I'm surrounded by passionate animals of thunder that just love and crave the musical expression and playing my songs. There's such an intensity to what they bring every night, that I'm surrounded by this kind of fire and this kind of energy.
And watching Mrs. Nugent travel around the world changing and upgrading people's lives through physical and spiritual exercise with her Zumba routines. And watching my kids put their heart and soul into being the best that they can be. These are all immeasurably inspiring occurrences in my daily life, and I would never do without any of them.
Numerous people have asked me, "If you could only own one gun, which would that be?" I say, "Well, first of all, I'd shoot the guy that told me I could only have one. Then, I'd continue to have the hundreds I own."
My life is a tsunami of inspiration and excitement, and the music reflects that intensity. I was born an American, and I cherish every day -- especially after spending so much time doing charity work with the U.S. military heroes that have sacrificed so much. I refuse to not put my heart and soul into taking advantage of the freedoms and fighting for the freedoms at home that they have sacrificed to provide.
There's a passion in every minute of my life that is scary.
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AP Photo/Lennox McLendonNugent celebrates like a rock star after winning the Long Beach Grand Prix celebrity race in 1983.
Are you a Detroit sports fan?
You know, I'm not a spectator of anything -- except Mrs. Nugent's Zumba. And that's only under very controlled circumstances, which we will end the conversation of right now.
No, I've never witnessed an entire sporting event in my life. My sons are maniac athletes, super athletes. Basketball, baseball, football, hockey. To watch my sons and my grandsons on the basketball floor is truly an athletic ballet. So they love the Pistons, and they love the Red Wings and they love the spectator sports. I've been a good daddy and taken them to many of those events when they were growing up.
I'm quite honestly very appreciative of the athleticism and the warrior spirit of these athletes, but I'm not capable of watching others do things. I'm so enamored with the pursuit of my happiness and doing the things that I just crave -- the music, the hunting, the charity work with the military and youth organizations. ... I'm a real hands-on, gung-ho participant. I think life is an action sport, not a spectator sport. Again, I cannot say enough of my admiration for the athletic capabilities of these NBA guys, NFL guys, baseball guys and hockey guys. They're just unbelievable."" ESPN