Thanks to my good friend Derek Correll for sending me these pics from a Dealership in North Carolina. Look Mom! I finally made it!
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.
Deciding to enter the Expert Open class at this weekends Nationals was master tuner Dean Charrier’s idea. The plan, Dean was to supply a wicked fast FZR and Cam was to pilot it to victory. That’s just what happend. Monster holeshot after monster holeshot made for an easy win for Cam Nasty. Black Star Motorsports wants to thank Dean for adding icing to the cake for another memorable National Championship race.
Cam was also on the verge of spoiling Rob Greenwald’s birthday weekend in the Runabout N/A Spec class. After holeshoting Greenwald in the final moto, Cam only needed to finish ahead of Rob to take the National victory. An unfortunate 3rd lap wipeout had Cam Nasty swimming and gave Rob the best birthday gift he got all weekend. Congrats to fellow Yamaha riders Rob and Cam for going 1 – 2 at Nationals.
-Hidden Trails ATV
-Black Star Motorsports
-Daniels Electric, Inc.
-WV Power Park
Charleston CVB Announces 2012 SportsFEST Activities
Charleston, W.Va. – The Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to once again host SportsFEST on Aug. 18-20, 2012. Events will take place at Magic Island, on the Kanawha River and on the Kanawha Boulevard at Haddad Riverfront Park.
SportsFEST includes the 2012 UWP – IJSBA Governor’s Cup Watercross National Championship, 2012 EVP “Rocks the River” Pro Am Beach Championship and the 2012 Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.
The United Way of Central West Virginia will sponsor a Block Party on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which includes carnival-style activities. In addition, it will bring back Sunday Scoop – wrapping up the last weekend before kids are scheduled to head back to school.
Schedule of events
Friday, Aug. 18 – Corporate Challenge
Noon – 4 p.m. – UWP Governor’s Cup
Noon – 4 p.m. – EVP Pro Beach Volleyball
6:30 p.m. – Live on the Levee
All day – United Way Block Party
Saturday, Aug. 19
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – EVP Pro Beach Volleyball
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – UWP Governor’s Cup
6 – 8 p.m. – Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge
8 – 10 p.m. – Saturday night concert at Haddad Riverfront Park
All day – United Way Block Party
Sunday, Aug. 20
10 a.m. – Noon – Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Governor’s Cup UWP
Noon – 1 p.m. – EVP Pro Beach Volleyball
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – JR. Spike N’ Splash 12 U, 14 U, 16 U
A special thank you also goes to the city of Charleston, Bill Barr and Madison Coal & Supply, Capt. Kaven Ransom of WV DNR, Marcel Ragoza Petty Officer 3rd Class of the U.S. Coast Guard, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District Waterways Association, Capt. Ken Tyree of the Charleston Fire Department, and Lt. Steve Petty of the Charleston Police Department.
We will also have the raffle drawing this weekend too. Have your tickets ready! And if you don’t have yours yet come down and get them before it’s too late!
…of pulling jet skis around Magic Island! This weekend Charleston will host Sportsfest and the Toyota Governor’s Cup.
Events will take place at Magic Island at Haddad Riverfront Park. More details and a schedule of events will be posted tomorrow.
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.
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.
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”
“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.
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.
Last season we were able to debut some bad azz carbon fiber parts from Phoenix at PHX design & fab in Havasu. Phoenix has been working hard this offseason helping us develop a new light weight rear “pony” seat for the FZR. This is the first of many products in the collaboration with PHX and Black Star Motorsports. Phoenix deserves the lion share of props for this project. He did a lot of fine tuning, wanting to achieve the best fitting race seat on the market.
This rear seat will flow as much air as the full one-piece light weight seats, only difference is you get the ride comfort of your OEM front seat. Those of you who’ve taken a spine rattling hit from the lack of padding in on a light weight one-piece seat know exactly what I’m talking about. Your engine will perform better by keeping your engine bay dry and cooler and your backside will thank you after the race.
This is the finished prototype and he is taking pre-orders now. Seat will be priced right at $595 and visible carbon finish seats will be available at an additional cost. All orders can be handled directly through PHX at www.phxfab.com. PHX also has some of the most stylish Kawi Ultra hoods and seats out there. Stay tuned for more exciting parts coming out of the “Swamp” in Havasu.
Once again in 2012, Black Star Motorsports is proud to represent Optima Racing. For years Optima has supported us in our PWC racing endeavors with the best in riding gear. This year they have come on board to also support us in our UTV racing program. Its easy for us to represent companies that have a passion for racing of any kind.
“OptimaRacing.com was formed by riders for riders to bring all of the best brands and best parts together at great prices, with top notch customer service. With our roots in motocross, off road and watercross racing, we live our passion and serving the riders is our mission. We are proud to sponsor racers, freeriders, races and freeride events. Support those that support your sport. Check out OptimaRacing.com for all of your parts, accessories and gear!” said owner Mike Bartolomeo.
Over the weekend we paid another visit to Eric at Hidden Trails. So many things at his shop that I’d like to leave with but of course I zoned in on the next piece of the race team; another 2012 CanAm Commander 1000 X. Eric has really been great to work with and we had everything squared away in no time.
With race day only a couple weeks away no time was wasted getting back to the garage to start prepping. Pro Armor harness were added right away as well as a few other odds and ends. More is happening everyday so check back often.
This is such an awesome picture from race-dezert.com! Chris Ridgeway rode #181 in The King of the Motos in Johnson Valley CA today. The race was a no holds barred all out blitz. Its been called “a motorcycle survival race;” an invitation only, no entry fees, no rules $10,000, winner take all race consisting of approximately sixty-five miles of high-speed desert racing and ten plus miles of brutal rocks.
Ridgeway’s racing career has spanned many years and many wins including gold medals in the X Games and the eXtremity Games and a 3rd place finish in the Baja 1000. But in 2002 his left leg was amputated below the knee as a result of a riding injury. You’d never know without seeing it though. Ridgeway’s racing career if anything has gotten busier and more successful since the operation. You see him hearing screaming up the boulder covered mountain side.
From break in to tear down. It’s time (or past time) to start the race prep. The first thing on the list will be new roll cages. So we’ve gotten all the stock cage off and will start bending tube.
Well….where do I start. Out of the box the Can Am Commander X is a beast! The ride is spectacular thanks to the FOX Racing suspension. The looks are killer and the acceleration and speed are awesome. It was a typical late January day (wet and cool), but that never slowed us down. We put in a good 4hr ride, with a little of everything to offer……mud, water, trees, jumps, power slides, ruts, rocks, loose dirt, etc… The commander just keep asking for more. We still have a lot of work to do to get it ready for the 1st race (and that’s times 2, we have 2 of these bad boys); which by the way is 1st round of the UTV Rally Raid on March 3rd at Stoney Lonesome OHV Park. So, Stay tuned…..
by Jon Crowley on 31/01/12 at 12:45 pm
|Capitalizing on a 10-year relationship with Lincoln Electric, Robby Gordon Motorsports has embraced the new addition to the Lincoln family and welcomed Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems onto Planet Robby. Gordon, who has acquired the Torchmate Racing built TTB car for the upcoming Griffin King of the Hammers event, will begin testing the rebadged Speed Energy #77 car this week and he has tasked rock crawling champion and former Pirate4x4.com owner, Lance Clifford, to navigate. “Although I have not yet met Lance, he has come highly recommended and is a welcome addition to our team. We put a lot of value in having the right people to help us succeed,” said Gordon. Clifford, who has worked during KOH the last 4 years providing live web based coverage, is looking forward to racing. “I was just planning on enjoying the event with my family, but when the best off-road driver in the world calls you up and asks you to navigate you don’t think twice about accepting.”click here for more|
Hidden Trails joins National Guard/Black Star Off Road Racing Team for the 2012 season
Hidden Trails ATV is WV’s premier ATV/UTV and parts sales store. Based out of Shrewsbury, WV the shop has been no stranger to the Black Star Racing Team. They are also a partner for the PWC racing season and is one of the biggest local sponsors for the Toyota Governor’s Cup (the Watercross National Championship) held in Charleston, WV. When invited to partner up for the off -road season, they were excited to lend their support. It’s a great to have such support locally. The team will be making appearances at all of the GNCC Series UTV races and multiple UTVRR (Rally Raid) events. The season finale will be the famous Baja 1000 in Mexico. Stay tuned for more Black Star Racing Team updates at www.blackstar-racing.com, blog.blackrocksxs.com, and our pages on Facebook and Twitter.
One year from now the starting gates will open and , Blackrock SxS together with Black Star Racing will begin the legendary journey from Enseneda to La Paz, running the 45th annual Tecate Score International Baja 1000. In actuality the journey has already begun. Over the past couple years planning and daydreaming Blackrock SxS has come into existence with one purpose in mind; to serve and enjoy off-road recreation. What started as a simple business idea has grown to encompass much more. It’s a lifestyle.
From Jeeps and buggies, side by sides and ATVs, to dirtbikes and dual-sports; we live in, play in and love all areas of off-road fun. Now it’s time to seek the ultimate dream; the challenge of keeping it together over 1000 miles of the toughest terrain, and to do it in a SxS vehicle.
Three enthusiastic brothers and one friend from along the way make up the race team. Trey and Cameron Frame bring with them the Black Star Racing team and years of wildly successful endeavors in the UWP-IJSBA Watercross National Tour. Team accomplishments most recently include: for Trey – a 2011 1st Place title in the N/A (naturally aspirated) Runabout class of the PWC Racing Championship, 2010 5th Place World Ranking in Pro Runabout Open, 2009 1st Place National Ranking in Pro-Am 800 Open; and for Cameron – 2011 2nd Place ranking for N/A Runabout, 2010 1st Place National Ranking in Pro Am Runabout Limited, 2009 2nd Place ranking in Pro Runabout Stock. Stephen Frame has been a critical team mate during those times as a crew member and team promoter.
Stephen Frame and Andy Moss are the the founders of Blackrock SxS and have been OHV enthusiasts for decades. Together there experiences include motocross racing, ATVs, rock crawling, offroad expeditions, and of course side by sides. They are both members of Mountaineer Offroad, Inc. and have been instrumental over the years in planning the clubs annual West Virginia Childrens’ Charities Off Road Jamboree; an event that has contributed countless donations of toys, clothes, and dollars to Secret Santa of West Virginia and other charities.
Through this combination of riders the team will be rich in experience in areas ranging from competitive motorsports competition to recreational riding to event organization and promotion. And after many years of success they are now looking to add to that list with competitive offroad racing.
The race team will have two SxS vehicles and four drivers. The Can-Am Commander 1000 has been chosen as the vehicle platform. With the powerful Rotax 1000 engine it is at the top of the class in power and speed. Modifications will be minimal and consist mainly of the adjustments needed to be tech compliant. Seats, harnesses, doors, window nets, lights, tires and wheels are at the top of the list.
The team will race in the UTVRR and GNCC series throughout 2012 mainly as good practice and shakedown for the vehicles. Neither of these series are desert racing but they are generally in east coast locations and won’t require extensive travel. And besides that, they’re all part of the fun.
The next big thing
So buckle up and fasten your helmets. Jump in and ride along with us as we travel through the stages of building the next big thing for Black Star Racing and Blackrock SxS. It’s going to be one helluva ride.