Posts Tagged ‘Baja 1000’

Top Dealer To Challenge CPSC Lead Content Rule

March 14, 2009

*****EDITOR’S NOTE: Malcolm Smith has changed the time of his protest to 4 p.m. rather than 6 a.m. to accommodate those who want to attend. From his website kidslove2ride.wordpress.com “Due to numerous requests from Malcolm’s supporters far and wide, we have changed the timing of the event.”


Malcolm Smith To Sell ATVs Next Thursday In Protest

Fines Could Be $100,000 Per Violation

Well, the battle for the right to sell kid’s ATVs and motorcycles continues to heat up, and it could come to a boil next week.

California motorcycle dealer and industry icon Malcolm Smith says he plans to sell kid’s ATVs and motorcycles to consumers next Thursday (6 am PST, March 19, 2009) in protest against a federal law that limits the amount of lead that can be contained in products made for children 12 and younger.

The sales could be expensive. The law calls for fines up to $100,000 per violation and a maximum of $15 million for a series of related violations. Jail time also is called for.

malcolmsmith_2008jpg-copy34And, according to one attorney who is very familiar with the law, there are also criminal penalties of up to five years in jail for a willful violation of the law.

The so called “lead content” provision is part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) passed last year. The law is enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The CPSIA and related rules developed by the CPSC ban the sale of ATVs and dirt bikes designed for children, ages 12 and younger. The ban became effective Feb. 10, 2009.

By one estimate developed by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), the ban could cost the powersports industry as much as $1 billion this year.

Dealernews magazine, a leading industry business publication, estimates that the unsold inventory of machines and related parts, accessories and apparel that dealers have pulled off their showrooms and dumped in storage areas totals more than $100 million.

Smith’s planned protest is the latest step in the battle for the right to sell these small machines to youths.

The CPSC last week, in effect, tightened the restriction when it ruled that, under the law as written, products for children can’t contain ANY lead absorption into the human body, nor have ANY adverse impact on public health and safety, a seeming departure from the limit of 600 parts per million specified by the law.

Most machines have accessible components that contain some lead, especially those made with alloys such as aluminum and copper—valve stems, brakes, engine parts, for example.

This tough standard makes it virtually impossible for powersports companies to gain any exceptions, ones that Congressional leaders say are available under the law. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn), a leading proponent of the CPSIA, told me that the agency has the authority to grant exceptions for ATVs and motorcycles.

The CPSC claims it can’t do that, and our industry is caught in the middle.

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Arctic Cat, Tucker Rocky Do The Baja 1000

December 4, 2008

A couple of weeks ago I posted news that Johnny Campbell set a new record by winning his 11th Baja 1000 arcticcatbaja1000 atop a motorcycle. Well, news keeps trickling out from various sources about other “firsts”. The latest news comes from Arctic Cat and Tucker Rocky Distributing.

The other day I received an e-mail from Arctic Cat announcing that a pair of stock Arctic Cat Prowlers beat the brutal conditions to finish first and second place in the world’s longest, continuous off-road race. It was the first time in race history a side-by-side UTV vehicle finished what is widely regarded as the most grueling off-road race in the world.

Finishing first in the 634-mile race with a time of 27 hours and 57 minutes was a stock 2009 Prowler XTZ 1000 driven by Bi-Polar team co-owner and driver Jim Creagan and co-pilot Tim Wagner for the first 409 miles, followed by driver/co-driver Chris Fallon and Aaron Bahner for the remainder of the course.

Taking second place at 28 hours and 13 minutes was a 2009 Prowler XTX 700 EFI driven by three driver/co-driver combinations: Shane Morgan and Tabor Cresap, Scott Sorenson and Justin Serface, and Casey Squires and Mike Connors.

It was just the second attempt at the Baja 1000 for the Bi-Polar/Arctic Cat team. In 2007 they made it to mile-810 before succumbing to a broken suspension bolt. They returned this year, ready to prove the Prowler’s durability and to support their sponsors: Arctic Cat, Wired Energy Drink, Vision X Lighting, GBC Motorsports, TrailReady Beadlock Rims and King Shocks.

TR & SUPPLIERS
The 2008 Baja 1000 also served as the first time a U.S.-based distributor has taken an active role in the race.

The TR-sponsored race team (from left to right) included Brent Durfee, Brandon Baldwin, Lance Kerr, Tim Pritchard, Dave Cullinan and Brian Cornelius.

The TR-sponsored race team (from left to right) included Brent Durfee, Brandon Baldwin, Lance Kerr, Tim Pritchard, Dave Cullinan and Brian Cornelius.

Tucker Rocky teamed up with Dunlop, Motion Pro, Two Brothers Racing, and Motorex to race the Baja 1000 this year. Each company fielded a rider, which is the first time a group of key industry companies and personnel have teamed up for such a race.

The team consisted of Dunlop’s West Coast Sales Manager Brent Durfee, Motion Pro’s Director of Sales and Marketing Brandon Baldwin, Two Brothers Racing Director of Business Development Dave Cullinan, Motorex/Paragon Powersports Brian Cornelius, Tucker Rocky’s VP of Sales and Marketing Tim Pritchard, and Tucker Rocky’s Offroad Sales Specialist Lance Kerr. The crew chief for the team was Jimmy Sones from Malcolm Smith Adventures and the chase team was staffed by Tucker Rocky’s Director of Sales Del Munoz and Sales Rep’s Mike Schmahl and Malcolm Bottorff as well as Montclair Yamaha’s Vadime Miline.

The industry team finished 6th in the Sportsman class which was a great accomplishment but with a logistical error (they missed a pit and ran out of gas but fortunately the Mexican Police department picked up the rider an hour later and took him to the closest pit for fuel) and some damage to the sprocket and chain (the sprocket was severely bent and chain derailed) the team still finished within two hours and 39 minutes behind first place. The total time down from the gas and sprocket incidents was over three hours. Till that time (less than 80 miles left in the race) the team was poised for an incredibly strong finish.

The team was sponsored by Dunlop, Motion Pro, Two Bros, Motorex, Yuasa, Gaerne, EVS, MSR, Pro Taper and Tucker Rocky. The bike was a race prepped Honda CRF450x which performed great for the entire race (at least when it had gas in it). The JCR Honda pit crew did a great job as well. The team also thanks it’s sponsors as well as Malcolm Smith for his help and participation.

Campbell Rides to 11th Overall Baja Win

November 22, 2008

Well, he did it – Johnny Campbell picked up the record 11th overall Baja 1000 motorcycle title by crossing the race course finish line in Ensenada, Mexico, at shortly after 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 – 12 hours, 29 minutes and 10 seconds after his team began the 631-mile journey through the Baja peninsula.

Riding for Team Honda, Campbell was aided in his achievement by teammates Robby Bell and Kendall Norman.

Campbell was tied with Baja Wunderkind Larry Roeseler for 10 overall motorcycle wins leading into this year’s 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race. Roeseler’s record of 10 overall motorcycle wins in the event was achieved in 1994. It took 13 years before Campbell tied the record last year.

Starting and finishing in Ensenada, just across the U.S. border, the elapsed-time race this year includes nearly 375 teams from 39 states and 24 countries. The first motorcycles entered the course at 6:30 a.m., with the first four-wheel vehicles starting around four hours later. Vehicles left in 30-second intervals. Every participant will have 31 hours to complete the distance.

The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 awards presentation takes place 10 a.m. Sunday, November 23 at the San Nicolas Hotel in Ensenada.

Johnny Campbell picked up his 11th cycle win at the 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race

Johnny Campbell picked up his 11th cycle win at the 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race