May 11, 1986 |
Larry Ragland, driving without relief over 400 miles of sharp rocks and choking dust, was the elapsed-time winner of the 19th annual Mint 400 Desert race for off-road vehicles Saturday. Ragland, 43, of Phoenix, will move into the truck division after this race. He drove his single-seat buggy to an overall elapsed time of 8 hours 33 minutes 14 seconds. Cam Theriot and Greg Lewin teamed up to finish second overall but won the two-seat buggy division.
May 6, 1985 |
What appeared to be the world's largest auto wrecking yard on Saturday was turned back Sunday to the jack rabbits, lizards and Bureau of Land Management officials who inhabit the vast desert northeast of Nevada's gambling oasis--when it isn't given over to the Mint 400 off-road race.
January 16, 1987 |
Ivan (Ironman) Stewart finds short-course off-road stadium racing exciting, but for sheer enjoyment, he says it pales by comparison to desert racing, which is dirty, dusty and downright wild and wonderful. "I enjoy the challenge of short course racing," said Stewart, 41, of Lakeside, "but desert racing is my first love. . . . Riding through the wild roads of Baja is much more attractive than racing in front of people (in a stadium)."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2010 |
Authorities said eight people were killed and 10 injured when a driver racing in the California 200 desert race in Lucerne Valley lost control of his off-roader, which went airborne and landed on top of spectators. The driver, who was uninjured, and seven of the eight people killed were identified Sunday by officials. The driver "got airborne and, when he landed, rolled over straight into the spectators," said Officer Joaquin Zubieta of the California Highway Patrol, the agency investigating the deadly crash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 |
A $5.8-million settlement has been reached with the relatives of those killed and a dozen who were injured when a truck competing in an off-road desert race careened into a crowd of spectators, their lawyers announced Wednesday. In the 2010 accident in the desert near Victorville, the truck, a modified Ford Ranger, went out of control during the California 200 race and went airborne, slamming into the crowd, killing eight and injuring dozens. The settlement, reached Tuesday, includes 12 of those injured. Lawyers said the bulk of the settlement - about $4.8 million - would be paid by the Bureau of Land Management, which failed to follow its safety procedures during the race, an internal review found.
December 5, 1985 |
The merged off-road groups of SCORE International and the High Desert Racing Assn. will conclude a highly successful eight-race season Saturday with their jointly-organized Frontier 250. A record entry of 250 cars and cycles, including the cream of off-road racing, will compete in the fifth annual race on a 60-mile course laid out near Sloan, Nev., south of Las Vegas.