To prevent individuals from stacking votes and to provide “real-time” voting results and procedures, the voting for the ATV Sport People’s Choice Awards will be allowed only at the ATVA/ITP Nationals postseason awards banquet. Voting will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, in the entrance hallway near the banquet room at the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell, Ky.
Voters will receive a banquet ticket that includes two perforated segments; one for the meal and one for voting. Award winners are determined by a majority vote of those racers, fans and families in attendance. For more information, contact ATV Sport at 800/848-6247; or Baldwin Motorsports at 440/ 224-2734.
Douglas Wheel relocates
Douglas Wheel has moved to a new facility in Vista, Calif., from its former home in Oceanside, Calif., allowing it to expand its engineering, manufacturing and shipping departments. The 57,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is projected to enable Douglas to make a giant leap in its design and production capabilities.
Douglas Wheel’s new address is: 1340 N. Melrose Dr., Vista, Calif., 92083. You can contact the company at 760/758-5560, or at www.douglaswheel.com.
Tread Lightly! Teams With wisconsin
In an effort to stem damage from improper ATV use on designated trails, Tread Lightly! will hold a full-day course in Wisconsin to teach the importance of proper ATV riding. Key leaders of the ATV community will attend the one-day event to become an“ATV Task Force.” Task force members plan to present to ATV users, instructors, lawmakers, businesses and others. The class is part of Tread Lightly!’s national Tread Trainer educational program. Tread Trainer is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund and is expected to reach millions of outdoor enthusiasts within the next few years. Wisconsin was chosen for this session due to its large number of ATV registrations and 3,500 miles of designated trails.
Utah Getting A Second ATV Rally
San Juan County, Utah, is hoping to draw on the success of the Richfield (Utah) ATV Jamboree by hosting a similar event called the “San Juan ATV Safari.”
Organizers hope to see as many as 350 riders attend the inaugural event, which undoubtedly aims to bring cash into the coffers of local merchants, hotels and restaurants.
The event is not without detractors, however. Environmental groups believe that the event will damage several archaeological and ecological resources. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) argues that some event routes are too close to areas with fragile cultural, riparian and wilderness values. Ride organizers counter that group size will be limited to about 20 people, with three guides to enforce compliance. Overall participation at the event will also be limited to 350 ATV riders.
Baldwin Motorsports’ New Shop
Baldwin Motorsports has moved to North Kingsville, Ohio, 10 minutes from the old location near the Pine Lake, Ohio, TT track. Owners Mark Baldwin and Sherri Taylor said the total investment was around $300,000.
Six times the size of the old shop, the new 6,000-square-foot Baldwin Motorsports now has room for stocking parts, storing quads and small trailers, selling merchandise and wrenching.
“Having the parts in stock and ready for shipment is very important to the customer,” Taylor explained. “Our goal is to ship the product on the day the order is placed, with the exception of shocks and motor work. At the old shop we were literally bulging at the seams with very little room for parts to be displayed and stocked.”
Contact BMS at 440/224-2734; or www.baldwinmotorsports.com.
The Rocket Factory
Memo Gidley and Jason LaPoint opened Rocket Factory, an ATV and kart retail store located in Sparks, Nev. Gidley and LaPoint have made a name for themselves racing karts, but they also love quads. Located minutes from the Northern Nevada Karting facility and ATV riding areas, Rocket Factory has a full service department and a shop-based and portable RV-style Dyno-Jet dyno. Call the Rocket Factory at 775/786-1372.