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On this episode of the podcast we feature an interview with Jim Beaver who pilots trophy truck #15 in races in the United States. Jim Beaver also hosts the Down and Dirty Offroad Radio show. The Down and Dirty Offroad Radio Show covers all things action motorsports. Jimmy Beaver grew up knee deep in the racing world. He came from a long family line of racing, whether it be on land or water, wheels or not. Jimmy’s great grandfather Dan was an accomplished horse racer. Jimmy’s grandfather Marion is a multi time national hydroplane boat racing champion, and a multi time world record holder. He has also been placed on the APBA Honor Squadron, which is the highest honor given to boat racers. Jimmy’s father Dan, is a 30-year veteran of class 8 off road racing and competed at the pinnacle of the sport for many years against its biggest legends before retiring. Be sure to check out Jim Beaver’s page on Facebook.
In the news…
For some of us, the way we decide to spend our precious little vacation time off from work may not always jive with our friends’ or family member’s vacation plans, forcing us to either compromise on what we do or where we go, or choose to head out on a solo adventure. For some people this might be a bit unnerving. For others of us however, it is a chance to get out and find ourselves, or to experience things as we see fit, without the worries of making sure our travel companions are also satisfied. Regardless of the situation, solo travel can be an eye-opening experience and does not mean you have to be alone all the time. Patrick Gensel, an expert solo traveler, recently wrote a post on Adventure-Inspired.com, providing some tips on how to make the most out of your solo travels while still keeping your safety in mind http://www.adventure-inspired.com/2013/11/solo-travel.html. You can also follow his travels on AdventureTravelBuzz.com http://adventuretravelbuzz.com/.
Chevy Colorado to compete in Dakar
With the 2014 Dakar Rally right around the corner, its time to start brushing up on who will be competing in next year’s gruelling race. Two names that have emerged are Eric Vigouroux and BJ Baldwin. Both are Dakar veterans who have competed in the Dakar driving Chevrolet trucks. In 2014, they will be teaming up to compete with a pair of Chevy Colorado inspired trucks.
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Read more about this team and their trucks on AutoBlog.com http://www.autoblog.com/2013/11/13/evr-proto-vx-101-dakar-2014/.
How to stay organized
Keeping your utensils and small tools organized in an overland vehicle can be tough. With limited space and all the bouncing and shifting that occurs when traveling offroad, items that started out as organized can quickly a jumbled pile of confusion. There are many solutions on the market to help keep your essentials organized. Living Overland www.LivingOverland.com recently wrote an article, that was published in the July 2013 edition of FJC Magazine, describing how they used a product from TrekPak http://trekpak.com/ to organize the kitchen drawer in their 4Runner. Read more about their journey to organization here: FJC Magazine. You can also follow them on their blog at: http://www.livingoverland.com/
8 tips to avoid a winter time pile-up
For many of us who do not live in a region where snowfall is a common occurrence during the winter months, the occasional drive home from work in the snow can quickly become an adventure all its own. Not only do you have to pay closer attention to how your vehicle reacts to the slippery conditions, but you also have to become much more aware of how others around you are reacting to reduced traction. Road and Track recently posted some great tips on how to help avoid getting into a situation where you could become entangled in one of those nasty multi-car pileups you hear about on the news. Brush up on your winter driving hints and tips here. RoadandTrack.com.
Banks tunes a HMMWV
Ever wonder what it would be like to drive one of those massive military issue AM General Humvees that appear to be virtually unstoppable? Well according to AutoBlog.com, these 14,000lb. beasts are not exactly packing a lot of ponies under the hood. With a meek 190hp and 355 pound feet of torque in their stock configuration, you find find that the “get up and go” may have “got up and went” when it comes time to get one of these behemoths up and moving.Motor Trend recently pitted a stock Humvee against the Banks Power Humvee to see how much Bank’s can improve the performance of these heavily armed offroad battle wagons.
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What you see might surprise you. Have a look and you be the judge: Humvee Shootout!
Jim Beaver Trophy Truck #15 driver and hose of the Down and Dirty Offroad Radio show
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