Annual UTV Industry Ride - Glamis
February 28 - March 3, 2012
By Jon Crowley,
The Second Annual UTV Industry Ride descended on Glamis
on February 28 to March 3, 2013. This is a chance for industry and media
to get together in the dunes to show off the latest and greatest toys,
go on fast rides and tell stories around the campfire.
We all camped at the Glamis Beach Store near Glamis
Flats and I brought I
2013 Polaris RZR XP and my
2012 Arctic Cat
Wildcat. I had recently raced my RZR XP to second place in the
King of the Hammers
UTV Race, so it was neat to take it to the dunes and show off its
From King of the Hammers to the dunes in our RZR XP
I arrived Wednesday night and the crew from Muzzys
Performance were there with dinner waiting. How cool is that?! It
was hard to complain too much about my 12 hour drive when the Muzzys
crew had a 18+ hour drive, but I was still beat after the long drive.
We all crashed early and I was eager to get unloaded and setup in the
Kelly in his Muzzys equipped big bore RZR S
Morning came quick and after leveling the motor home and
unloading the trailer we were ready for a quick ride. The dunes were
super smooth, but there were plenty of steep slip faces to keep an eye
on. We made our way over to Osborne Overlook, then to Oldsmobile Hill
and back to camp. Kind of a nickel tour for the guys at Muzzys that did
not have the lay of the land. By that time, Dave from Fullerton
Sand Sports had arrived, and more were on their way soon.
Dave fro Fullerton Sand Sports leading a ride
By evening, a solid crew had arrived including Neal from
Neal Rideout Photography. I have been
following Neal on Facebook and in Sand Sports Magazine and have admired
his work. After dark, Neal wanted to try some night time action shots
and we had some willing participants. We headed out to the baby dunes
near Glamis Flats and found a small jump. I normally prefer to be behind
the lens, but don't have any skill with low light photos, so I was happy
to be the remote flash holder and soak up the whole process. WORCS racer
Ryan Piplic had arrived with his Cognito Motorsports built RZR XP and I
figured he would be the best to air it out in the dark.
Neal got some really cool shots and after everyone had a
shot at the jump, we headed back to camp for the night. A steady
stream of people came into camp through the night and I knew we'd be
Neal and I packed up and headed out to the dunes near
Oldsmobile Hill to setup for some action shots and we had a steady
stream of UTVs that headed our way.
After a few hours of shooting, we headed back to camp to
relax and wait for better light in the afternoon. Camp had grown since
we had left and after lunch, we gathered up a good crew to head out on a
big ride. We made it to Osborne Overlook and took a break.
Neal scouted for a good spot for a jump shot, and it didn't take long to
twist the guys from TMW Off-Road to take the bait.
Triple X RZR XP built by TMW Off-Road
After the huge air, we did a little riding in the big
bowls nearby while Neal and I got some shots. Then several of us
went on a fast ride to Oldsmobile Hill. One of my favorite parts of the
Industry Ride is going on fast rides through the dunes like this.
Super fun to chase the rabbit up front while dicing it up with other
people in the industry.
That night we headed over to Glamis Beach Store for
pizza and to tell stories about the day.
Saturday we organized a big ride over to Oldsmobile
Hill, then to Gecko Rd. and over to Osborne Overlook. The stories
of the big jump had spread through camp, and a few others wanted
to give it a try. I was more than willing to bust out the camera
for big air!
Ryan Piplic and SDR Motorsports going big
After a run back to camp and a few more photo shoots, we
all made a run over to Gecko Rd. for the sand drags.
Turbo-charged Z1 Powered Single-Seat RZR XP 4 built by Queen Racing
We busted back to camp and got settled in for a catered
taco dinner, cocktails and more stories around the campfire. By morning,
most had packed up and headed for home. It was a great weekend of
riding and camaraderie. The UTV industry is on fire. From
manufacturers continuing to increase performance and suspension to the
aftermarket companies building awesome products, it is a very exciting
time to be part of the UTV market.
Throughout the weekend, I was continually grabbing guys
to go get some photos of cool UTVs. Here are some of them.
Cognito Motorsports - WORCS & LOORS Race RZR XPs
SDR Motorsports - Polaris RZR XP 4
Magnum Offroad - WORCS John Deere Gator RSX 850i
Bert's Mega Mall
Race Proven Motors - Turbo RZR XP
The Pro Shop
Triple X Seats
Fullerton Sand Sports
Greg Biffle's Turbo-charged Z1 Arctic Cat Wildcat
Neal Rideout Photography, Jason
Jankanish and Jon Crowley
- Fullerton Sand Sports
- Pro Armor
- TMW Off-Road
- SDR Motorsports
- Queen Racing
- Race Proven Motors - RPM
- AD Performance
- ProLine Wraps
- Bert's Mega Mall
- Triple X Seats
- Magnum Offroad
- The Pro Shop
- DASA Racing
- Sparks Racing
- UTV Inc.
- Muzzys Performance
- SSV Works
- Buckshot Racing
- Cognito Motorsports