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Huge THANKS!!

First of all I want to thank my family for the support and the freedom to make an adventure like this a reality! Also, to all of the sponsors that found away to take care of the teams that make our sport(s), hobbies, and passions possible, I couldn’t have done it with out you!

Although, I didn’t come home with a trophy for 1st place, I did come home with a win and awesome experience in my heart! My FJ Cruiser saw and pushed through what ever Mexico threw at her. It was my home…my base…my safe place to fall back to when times were tough and believe me it did get tough! Though an experience like this needs to shared (basically, I’m saying take a co-driver!) Covering the amount of mileage on an adventure like this truly wears the body, mind, and soul out. The views & foods were awesome, the terrain was rough and the locals unpredictable. But that’s Mexico. Would I do it again….”Yes”.

Thanks again to all of our sponsors and family,

Stephen Frame
Blackstar #54

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Hidden Trails Motorsports


January 1, 2013 – Press Release


We are excited to announce that the Frame brothers are now venturing into the motorsports business. After years of national experience behind the handlebars and wheels of race vehicles, we now face the challenging task of growing Hidden Trails Motorsports. When approached with the opportunity to purchase and run this dealership, it was too enticing to pass up. Pulling from years of experience in the motorsports industry, we are very excited to take this business to the next level.
If one likes the classic story of chasing the American dream, you have to admire the story of Hidden Trails. This company has grown from modest beginnings selling accessories out of a simple garage and growing into one of the largest Can-Am dealers on the east coast.

Hidden Trails Motorsports is located in Belle, WV just outside Charleston. It is the area’s premier dealer of Can-Am ATV’s, UTV’s, Spyder Roadsters, Sea-Doo Watercraft, Yamaha Street, Off-road and Cruiser motorcycles, Yamaha ATV’s and UTV’s, and Sylvan Pontoon Boats. Hidden Trails offers a huge showroom, a full service department and is currently upgrading and remodeling it parts and accessories department.

Stop by and check out Hidden Trails Motorsports or follow on the Web. We are still providing the great customer service that built this company and quality products to keep you moving forward. Currently you can check us out at www.hiddentrailsatv.com. We are upgrading our website and social media outlets, so stay tuned for more updates throughout the year.

Sincerely,


Trey Frame
Steve Frame
Cameron Frame


The Rally Begins Tomorrow!!!!

Well it’s about that time.

Black Star #54’s Driver begins his long journey to the “End of the World” at 7:00 am on Friday. The FJ is outfitted with some of the best products on the market to help support the long and epic journey.

If you would like to follow #54’s travels you can do it here:

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Keep checking back to see where they are and the pics/video of what’s happening on the road!

Another “BIG” Thanks  to all of our sponsors and friends


Our Home for the Month of December

Well here it is…This will be Dan’s & My home for the duration of the Maya Rally.This is what she currently looks like.

Here are the Specs:

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

6″ Rough Country Brackets

Radflo Custom Suspension

Yukon Gear 5.33

Warrior Products Tube Fenders

ARB Bull Bar

All Pro Rear Bumper/Swingout and UCAs

BajaRack Full Expo Rack/Baja Light Bar/Mounts

Black Rock X HID’s and Windshield Savers

Nitto Terra Grappler 33X11.50X17

American Racing ATX “Thugs” Teflon

Flowmaster “Tucked” Exhuast

Dual Battery Set-up

Edgestar 43qt Fridge

Cobra 40c Radio

12K Winch

Ultragauge Telemetry

*Some things will change over the next few weeks….Keep Checking back to see the progress!!!


Maya Rally

 

The MAYA RALLY is a multi-week, multi-national, expedition scavenger hunt and challenge course. It pits teams of overland drivers in their own vehicles against one another and the elements, traverses thousands of miles of variable and unknown terrain, enters rarely-seen locations far off the beaten track, and spans countless foreign horizons.

The MAYA RALLY is an overland adventure distilled to its most raw form: there is a start, there are designated challenges which must be completed for points, and there is a finish. Everything else is up to you.

There is no route. There is no support. There are few rules.

If you break your will, if you break your body, or if you break your ride, you are on your own.

At a remote point deep in the forests of Latin America, at the farthest reaches of your long and perilous journey, you will be received by an End of the World celebration in your honor, and if you win, recognized with a healthy reward.

That is, if you make it.

 

*Special Thanks to those helping to make this possible:

Trey Frame – SPEED Energy

Bobby – Cascadia Vehicle Tents

Scott & Susan – S&S Custom 4X4

Neal Hollingsworth – Randy’s Ring & Pinion

Jason Roy – Warrior Products

Andy Moss – Black Rock X

John & Sergio – Bajarack

Frankie & Billy – Roni’s Pizza WV

Brad – Dip Your Car 

Kent Boggess – Old Colony Realtors

David Mincer – Bailey & Wyant Law Firm

Frank Roush – DEI

Dr. Elma Bernardo, MD

Kyle Mork – ECA

Dr. Jack Bernardo DDS

Dr. Magdaleno Nucum DDS

Kim Garrett – Garrett Tire Center

Gabriel McKinney – Smith & Jones Chiropractic

Dr. Enrique St.ANA – Emergicare

Kim Garrett – Garrett Tire Center

Maxtrax

Spot Messenger

Dr. Alvin Castillo

Roni’s Pizza

 


West Virginia’s Finest

 This is the 3rd year in a row that the Black Star Motorsports team has been invited to take part in and guest judge the final round for the Swimsuit USA bikini contest at Quaker Steak & Lube.  Just letting everyone know we take our Bikini Contest Judging responsibilities very seriously.  We had a blast and all our sponsors were getting some great exposure.


Wild (cat) fires, gremlins, and low flying aircraft

All of those things were a part of round six of UTV Rally Raid.

Black Star Racing fielded two cars, as usual this weekend.  The #21 and #54 Hidden Trails CanAm Commanders both got blistering starts on a blazing fast course Saturday in Bremen Alabama as Stony Lonesome OHV Park hosted the 6th round of UTV Rally Raid races.

The field crew and volunteers have been very busy a spicing up and smoothing out the race track.  The “short course” section was probably doubled in length with many new jumps and table tops.  And a couple dreaded sections in the hills were taken out or widened to help keep speeds up.

There was definitely no lack of excitement on race day either.  Before the race one enthusiast was getting up close and personal with the track through the windshield of his helicopter.  A couple passes through pit lane were so low and fast that people were almost ducking for cover.  Later during the race a refueling mishap left a Wildcat engulfed in flames and  many crew members scrambling for fire extinguishers.  This led to the fire being contained and the racer heading back out on the track.  Amazing.

The gremlins were back at work in this round as well.  The #21 Hidden Trails Commander suffered breakage on the second lap that was quickly repaired by driver Trey Frame.  Once  moving again and back to the pits a driver change occurred and Cameron Frame headed out for his chance at completing some laps only for the “gremlins” show up again.

The #54 Hidden Trails got a visit from the same group of trouble makers but fortunately was close enough to the pits for driver Andy Moss to limp it back home for its repairs.  After one more lap Stephen Frame took the wheel and stayed with it until the four hour race timer expired.

This persistence for 10 laps was enough to secure a 3rd place finish for the #54 Commander and should keep them firmly in the top four of the championship points race.   1st Place finishes are nice but getting 3rd was a great victory for the National Guard Black Star Racing team considering the troubles day brought.

Back at the race shop work continues and the hunt for, and eventual extermination of the gremlins is sought.  Offroad racing is of course brutal and the conditions demanding but this team is determined to fight and continue to produce impressive showings.   At just past the halfway point of the season much has been learned as the team branches out from its roots in PWC racing and into the offroad world.   Round 7 will be here soon and race prep begins again.

 


Heading to AL for UTV Rally Raid

Not effin around this weekend!

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the winner of the Hidden Trails / Black Star Race Edition Can-Am Commander 1000x!

Meet Dallas Carpenter, the winner of the Hidden Trails / Black Star Race Edition Can-Am Commander 1000x!   This raffle could not have been won by a more deserving young man.  Dallas actually had purchased his raffle tickets at the Dirt Track Expo at Hooters back in March.  A few nights before the final drawing, Dallas had wrecked his dirt track race car in a race in Ripley, WV.   After receiving my call about winning the grand prize, he thought his buddies were messing with him.  Classic!  Nothing like winning a wicked 1000cc monster to rip it up in the woods to put a huge smile back on your face.

 

Congrats Dallas!

 

How are we gonna top this next season??? Hmmm…….

 

Huge thanks to the following companies who made this possible:

 

-Hidden Trails ATV

-SPEED Energy

-Black Star Motorsports

-Sunbelt Rentals

-Daniels Electric, Inc.

-State Electric

-Tribal Whips

-WV Power Park


And the winner is…….

And the winner of the Hidden Trails / Black Star Race Edition Can-Am Commander 1000X Raffle is Dallas Carpenter of Charleston, WV! 2nd place winner for a Traxxas SPEED Energy RC Car is Darvin Spencer of Wellington, KY and 3rd place winner for a Case of SPEED Energy is Joe Carter of Charleston, WV
We want to thank everyone who entered and help raise money for the WV National Guard Foundation. It truly was for a good cause and we were honored to help raise the money. More info will follow….

Cleaned up and ready for a hard weekend….

…of pulling jet skis around Magic Island! This weekend Charleston will host Sportsfest and the Toyota Governor’s Cup.

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Events will take place at Magic Island at Haddad Riverfront Park.  More details and a schedule of events will be posted tomorrow.

 


Black Star #54 Joins Maya Rally Participants

The 2012 Maya “End of the World” Rally may well live up to its billing as “one of the last great adventures of this century” especially if the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Mayan calendar is to be believed. This imaginative RV andoverlanding expedition come scavenger hunt – that kicks off in Guanajuato, Mexico on December 12th and wraps up in Bacalar, Mexico on December 20th – finishes one day before the end of the 5,125-year-long cycle of the Maya Long Count calendar. A state of affairs that some doomsday advocates believe will herald the end of the world.“We are putting this rally together for the end of the world” said Maya Rally organizer and Expedition Portal founder, Christian Pelletier. “Initially we wanted to finish in Guatemala at some of the Mayan sites but Guatemala is too crazy,” said Pelletier who subsequently decided to keep the overland rally confined to Mexico where the terrain is just as challenging and the political situation fractionally more stable than its southern neighbor. Twenty of the forty available spots on the rally have already been snapped up and Pelletier believes that the remaining slots – which cost $350 for a car or RV and $175 for a motorcycle – will likely be taken by the end of summer.

The addition of a scavenger hunt to the 2,500 mile overland journey will add a little extra frisson of excitement to an event that has no official route, no support, and few rules. “You pick up points on the way down. One example of a way to get points is to go visit a Mezcal factory (and) grab a bottle of mezcal…If you bring the bottle full you get 50 points but if you bring it empty you get 10 points,” said Christian. Whoever arrives in Bacalar with the most points will be declared the winner.

How you get to Bacalar (by car, SUV, RV, or motorbike) how long you want to take, and where you choose to stay is up to each individual competitor says Christian. There will be dry camping base camps at both Guanajuato and Bacalar along with a suggested list of hotels. “In between we’re going to suggest some places but it will be up to the competitors to decide where they want to stay,” he said.

Although there is a departure party in Guanajuato on the 12th December there’s actually no official start date to the Maya Rally so competitors wishing to steal a march on the other teams can set of earlier if they wish. The route taken is also up to individual competitors though it’s likely that some elements of the scavenger hunt may require that you pass through destinations like Oaxaca.

Nine days of driving and camping during the Maya Rally will come to a close on the shores of Laguna Bacalar on the Yucatan Peninsula. Known by the Maya as the “place surrounded by reeds” the stunning turquoise waters of the lake will provide the perfect backdrop for the grand End of the World party to celebrate the successful completion of your overland expedition and – if the world doesn’t end on the 21st as predicted – participants can head down to Belize with Christian to celebrate Christmas.

Additional Information: 2012 Maya End of the World Rally


UTVRR Round 4


Hot in Alabama

It’s hot down here in Bama! We’re ready to get racing so we can cool off a bit.

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Bike night at Quaker Steak and Lube

Our good friends out at Tribal Whips (www.tribalwhips.com ) steps it up and joins the Black Star Motorsports Racing Team.

Tribal Whips is one of the off-road industries premiere LED whips company! Why wouldn’t we want to partner up with them, say drivers Moss and Frame. We needed something dependable and tough, along with something that we could easily identify our race units over the competition. Besides that, it is a perfect safety item to have, especially when topping over a hill and being able to see the whip on race unit. We love our Night Stalker Whips!!!

Tribal has also been generous enough to lend us a hand in customizing a 2012 Can Am Commander 1000 X Hidden Trails/Black Star Racing Edition from Hidden Trails ATV (www.hiddentrailsatv.com ). We are having a fundraiser to support the WV National Guard Foundation. Only $5 for a chance win!!! The Live drawing will be after the UWP-IJSBA National Championship Race in Charleston, WV on Sunday August 19th (YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN). You can purchase raffle tickets here by contacting us by e-mail. Check out the Raffle Poster! All proceeds going to the WV National Guard Foundation.
So, here is a little information regarding the whips that we run on our race and support units:

The Night Stalker whips; LED lighted whips are absolutely the best LED lighted whip on the market today, and they’re very affordable.

LED Lighted Whip Overview: Night Stalker whips has been on the forefront in producing the best performing and brightest whips on the market today. We offer the most flexibility with our mount system, which allows you the option of using your fiberglass whips, or LED lighted whip in the same mount, and can be interchanged within seconds and without the use of tools. Our whips come in 7 dramatic colors and one combo (Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, White, Pink, Purple, Orange and Red/White/Blue). All of our whips are liquid filled, which help preserve the poles appearance and enhances the overall look of the product. Whips are 2′, 4′ and 6′ tall and come with our red flag w/tribalwhips logo. Installation instructions are provided, and you get a 12 month limited manufactures warranty against defects and craftsmanship.

LED Whip Quick Connect / Disconnect Mount System: Our lighted whips come with a machined billet aluminum mount, that’s been hard anodized, and completed with all stainless steel hardware. As part of the mount, you get a fiberglass whip adapter that allows you to use both fiberglass and the Night Stalker whips LED lighted whip within the same mount, and they can be interchanged within seconds and without the use of tools.

LED Whip Circuitry: Designing an electronic circuitry that can endure the abuse of the off road community takes knowledge and experience. Our circuitry boasts a number of design elements that make our whips the most durable and capable of accepting the high vibration loads, and poundings of the off road trails. And they’re made from the highest quality materials and assembly practices.

LED Whip Pole: The poles are made from high strength, light weight plastic that’s very flexible, boasts high clarity, and won’t crack.

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Round 2 video from Busted Knuckle Films

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Hidden Trails / Blackstar Racing on the podium and UTVRR Round 2

In spite of the rain and the lightning round 2 of the UTV Rally Raid series raced ahead this past Saturday at Stony Lonesome OHV Park.  The Hidden Trails/Blackstar CanAm Commanders were well prepared and it showed at the finish line.  The track was slick and brutal with red clay mud and knee deep ruts.  But cars and drivers kept it together to finish the race in a very respectable 3rd for the #54 car and 5th for the #21.

If not for some minor electrical problems the #21 would’ve had an even stronger finish.  “They were setting a blistering pace until that little setback” said Stephen Frame, co-driver of the #54 car.  In fact Trey Frame had an 18:30 minute first lap which ranks in the top 5 fastest laps of the day for class 2 competition.

before the rain

 

Stephen Frame and Andy Moss (co-drivers) muscled through to finish 11 laps in 3:59:53 which landed them the 3rd best finish in class 2.  “The mud was brutal and seeing was a challenge.  But you have to race no matter what the weather is.”  commented Stephen.

Cameron's helmet after the race

These results along with the 1st place finisher place CanAm in 3 of the top 5 spots.


UTVRR RD 2 3/31/12 “And the rain came down”

 UTVRR RD 2 3/31/12 “And the rain came down”

by: bigkev76

“And the rain came down”

Round 2 of the 2012 UTV Rally Raid proved to one heck of a ride and the real racing was on.  The racers were in for the wettest ride we’ve ever experienced at RR and they needed all their skill as racers to bring this one home.  Saturday was a beautiful day all day.  Weather reports showed 30% chance of rain for the day, and that 30% came to reality just as the race was about to start.  The rain began as the drivers lined up on the grid and the flood gates opened up as the race went on, proving that Rally Raid will test your nerves as much as your skill.

The crew at Stoney Lonesome put in a ton of hours and money to make this course everything that it could be and it showed, they did a great job as always, and their dedication to UTV Racing and UTVRR shone through.  Continual reevaluation of the course and its challenges made this the best race yet.  The racers were very complimentary of the work and changes to the course and all the efforts that are being put into UTVRR to keep it at its place of the premiere racing series for UTV only racing in the USA.  Even when the rain started the improvements in the course were reflected in the lap times and ultimately in the decrease of carnage from round one.  Only a handful of vehicles failed to complete the race due to damage and most of those were caused by crash rather than the course tearing up the vehicle.

As the race wore on thru the night and the rain picked up, and the lap times were amazingly only dropping off by a small margin, the skill the racers showed was second to none.  With a course that’s just over ten miles long, and the high speed that is carried, you needed real skill at round two to keep the speed up, and it showed the drivers of UTVRR have what it takes to run with the best out there anywhere in the USA.  UTVRR has a very high speed course and with a large storm over the course for well in excess of the first two hours of the race the drivers meddle was tested, stories of power slides in high speed corners and high speed overtakes were common place when drivers hit the pits.  We had several racers keep their spirits up with funny comments as they came thru the timing tent. ”  Are we supposed to get rain” or “Awesome weather we are having” were just a few of the comments drivers took a second to shout at us as they rolled thru timing.   Judging by everyone’s good spirits, the racers were having fun despite Mother Nature not being on our side and giving the racers a story to tell. On more than one occasion we were asked if we would be calling the race due to weather and the response from Quantum Racing was a resounding NO!  Off road racing is what it is and weather is no reason to call it, as the thunder rolled and the lightening came down the racers pushed on into the night and really showed what the Southeastern UTVRR racing community is all about, real racing for real drivers.  We appreciated their funny comments or general smiles as they acknowledged we was just as committed as they were for standing out in the rain as they were for racing in it.  If nothing else, Quantum Racing is as focused on the sport and UTVRR as it ever was and we were prepared to get wet with everyone else.

Course improvements for round three will make for an even faster race carrying even more speed across the ten miles and challenging the high speed racing skills of the racers that UTVRR is known for.  Tight sections of the course will challenge drivers technical ability at low speed, but the ethos of UTVRR has, and will always remain the same – High speed UTV racing, fast, unique and challenging.

Even in the rain, the pits were lively as always, you could see racers pulling into the pits with flat tires and the pit crews were out in a frenzy of repair, dedicated to getting their racers out there and back into the mix.  It’s always very apparent that the UTVRR family is “in it to win it” and a storm changes nothing. Some pits were grilling and feeding us, thanks Basch Brothers for the pork chops bathed in hot sauce.  As always we had some veterans helping our the new guys and we had competitors helping each other out. That never gets old.  It’s one of the things that make us love doing this, the UTVRR family.  We like the competition but in a close second place is the hospitality that the UTVRR series has shown from everyone involved, from the racers to the park employees, helping one another and watching out for each other if a vehicle goes missing, helping in each other’s pits and generally having the very best sporting nature possible. We saw new racers that were previously unknown being helped by seasoned teams from last year with everything from help and advice to literally helping out in the pits should it be needed.

This race proved to be the closest competition we’ve ever experienced at a Rally Raid.  The top 4 spots were seperated by only 1:04 total time.  That’s amazingly close for a 4 hour race.  At the end of the night, Team RacerTech outlasted them all and took home the win for Round 2.

At round two we had Busted Knuckle Films come out and shoot a video for the series, we managed to grab a few minutes with them as the race wore on.   These guys are seasoned racers and video guru’s, they have been to many events and seen all manner of series so when they comment to us “this is awesome and unique” we know they were impressed and that tells us we are on the right track.

Quantum Racing and its entire staff are extremely proud of the UTVRR family, the racers make the series we just give them somewhere to race, and race they do.  Round two saw forty one teams line up on the grid with all age ranges from 14 to 65 in all manner of vehicles from factory stock RZR 570’s to rockin pimped out RZR XP’s, Sand Vipers, Canam Commanders and even custom built buggies.  Class One, Class Two and Outlaw always amaze us with the dedication to the race and the series.  Teams that had radios were calling into race control as they passed vehicles broken down in the forest and even after the race some racers went back out to help with the collection of people and vehicles.

Special thanks go out to Crane One, James Schofield, Johnny Ford, LCB, Octane Racing and SxS Mulisha for the parts they played in round two with help with everything from Tech inspection to driver collection, course sweeping and publicity.  This is the dedication that the UTVRR family has to the UTV racing scene and it will only get stronger as we move on in our quest to stay ahead of the competition and remain the fastest, most dedicated and friendly series in the USA.  UTVRR pulls the biggest draw of any series in the USA for a UTV only racing series and we know why, racing isn’t just a course, it’s the entire package and with UTVRR you get it all.

We’d like to once again thank our headline sponsor RacerTech for their commitment to Rally Raid and the UTV racing scene.  We’d also like thank joomGo our class two sponsor, PCI Race Radios, Mountain MotorSports, Blue Torch Fab, and Adventure ATV for their class and fastest lap sponsorships.

Watch out for the “Busted Knuckle films” video and pictures that were shot at round two with driver interviews and race footage.

To find out more about UTV Rally Raid visit HOME – UTV Rally Raid.


Jettribe gear crossing over

This off season Black Star Motorsports decided to take it to the dirt and give UTV racing a go.  While UTV racing and Jet Ski racing are a world apart, both sports share a common thread, speed and competition.  Going into our first UTV race was a huge learning experience for us, but with each event we get better and better.  One thing that I wanted to post about was that the fact that we searched all over for offroad gloves to race in.  Might seem trivial to some, but if you can’t grip the wheel, your not going to do well.  We ended up going back to our Jettribe R-15 Race gloves.  These are the most comfortable and best griping gloves on the market for any sport, hands down.  You may also notice in the pic, I’m wearing my Jettribe Moto Tour Coat.  This jacket handled the cold, wet, muddy conditions with ease.  What can I say, I love my Jettribe gear!  Now, if I can just get Tony at Jettribe to design some other gear for this UTV market…….
Trey Frame

UTVRR Round 2 pictures

Click here to go to our media gallery for Round 2 pictures.  And check back for updates.  We’ll be adding more pics as we sort through them.

 


Live race scores

Live race scoring (hopefully it works correctly this time) is at https://tagheuer-live.com/ti/utvrr/racedisplay.html


A quick clip from the 3/3 race


The first UTVRR is in the books

Press Release 3-6-12:

Black Star Motorsports wants to thank Hidden Trails ATV and namely owner Eric Holcomb for the racing support at the UTVRR this past weekend. We’ve been racing jet skis professionally for years, and we’ve never had a company step up like Hidden Trails ATV  has. Eric, who is a former ATV racer, knows the importance of solid backing to succeed and his efforts have to be recognized. Everyone at the event could have seen Eric in the pits changing tires, getting muddy and trying to keep us going. It was awesome to be a part of. Eric also has some top secret parts projects in the works, so keep any eye out for some exciting things coming out of southern West Virginia!

If you have the option, check out Hidden Trails ATV  for all your UTV needs. They are the #1 Can-Am dealer in the region, so remember to support those who support our sport, they’ve earned it!

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It’s race day!

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