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When you have a UTV, you see it everywhere—and that’s just how you like it! Many UTV riders seek out films and videos that feature their model or one very similar. It’s exciting to see your machine in action, complete with an all-star cast and killer score.
“Crusty Demons of Dirt” (all films in the series) is the raw cult classic that kick-started the moto-x freestyle movement. In November of 1999, it got the Product of the Decade award from Dirt Rider Magazine and is a beloved classic by any and all motorbike lovers.
This film whisks you away on an African safari where the biggest dunes in the world are tackled. Featuring Bubba, Seth Enslow, and crew, it’s part Discovery Channel and part sheer craziness.
The “Terrafirma” series, especially 2 and 4, shows spectacular riding that’s perfectly edited with a soundtrack that’s nearly required on any off-trail expedition.
“Redline 4 Life” showcases some of the most outlandish stunts that have ever been done on dirt bikes and UTVs, but a big “Don’t try this at home!” warning can’t be repeated enough.
Check out The ATV Movie: “Revolutionary” to see the top riders in the world showing off their skills. Some are the underdogs of the motorsports world, coming from premier ATV practice tracks. Others show what they can do in their own backyards. Freestyle teams from around the globe are highlighted with crazy riding, unbelievable stunts, and reveal in the commentary and interviews what drives them to make their world all about UTVs.
“Butter” is another option (no, not the Jennifer Garner flick). This one is from G3 Productions and delivers the best riding in one sweet package. It follows the lives of the best UTV stunt masters in the world all in HD quality. The Guetter brothers are behind this production, traveling to awesome vistas around the US. It’s a new glimpse into the world of off-roading.
Producer Derek Guetter says, “They are going to blow people’s minds with the best riders and incredible stunning locations!”
It features big jumps, gorgeous dunes, and tracks that are sheer perfection.
Some things you definitely don’t want to experience for yourself, like the majority of what’s featured in the “Best of Huevos,” DVD. From Wes Miller and H Bomb Films comes some of the best UTV footage on the planet. Specializing in crashes, this DVD is the production of 12 years of labor. The Huevos series is one of the most beloved of extreme riders, but definitely serves as a warning of what not to do on your own UTV!
Just like boxers love boxing movies and singers love a good musical, UTV riders need and deserve their own homage videos. If you’re a rider, take care of your rig, and let these films take care of your craving for adventure when staying inside is on the itinerary.
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Hot Wheels? Fun. Car chases? Fun. Treadmills? Decidedly *not* fun.
Well, except when you combine them with those first two things. Because we’re not sure anything is more whimsical and fun than four tiny whips jostling for pole position on a speeding treadmill belt.
How does rallying differ from something like Formula 1? Well a rally is more of a point-to-point race rather than round a circuit. The cars which take place must be built for roads, rather than using special race cars.
The more famous example, and one of the first rallies, was the Monte Carlo Rally which began in 1911. Actually, there were rallies before that, the Paris-Rouen competition in 1894, you would be lucky getting a car to go all the way from Paris to Monte Carlo! After this came the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race. Then in Britain came the London-Glasgow race and Germany the Herkomer trophy, which was a 1000Km hill climb.
Alpine rally began in the 1930s, starting with the Alpenfahrt, which despite its unfortunate sounding name, continued until 1973. (It just means “Alpen travel” by the way.)
After the Second World War, every European country seemed to hold its own rally. There needed to be a way to join all these rallies together, which unfortunately didn’t happen until 1953 with the European Rally Championship.
You don’t need to be professional to take part in a rally but it is expensive to join. A Sydney to London will cost about the equivalent of $41,000 and just because you sign up in a number of months before the race there’s no guarantee you will get a place – it’s first come, first served.
One key component of Rally Driving is the ability to repair common mechanical issues on the fly. This was a much bigger component historically as vintage and veteran cars are more likely to break down than their modern counterparts. But even with a modern style rally you will need knowledge of mechanic repair should anything go wrong.
It seems that people want bigger challenges, preferring not to look at the small events; however this must be the place to start for anyone new to the wheel, as it were.
People go on about the dangers of Formula One racing, especially in its beginnings, but how dangerous is rally driving? At the time of writing Anthony Mora seems to be the last registered death in 2017 in the French Rally Cup.
However, an unnamed spectator died when Hayden Padden performed a rather large corner skid and made the car fall down an embankment in 2017. Three spectators were killed in a rally in single accident in Scotland the same year, making spectating seem more dangerous than racing.
As with any other racing, people do take a morbid interest in car crashes and the internet overflows with pictures of damaged cars as well as crash footage. I suppose the most interesting part of the racing are the crashes, however unsettling it might seem, the real issue is the false perception that racing is inherently dangerous.
Safety concerns are quickly addressed in the industry and the races are continuously improved. Although rally driving doesn’t produce the most deaths in motor sport, far from it, it seems that racing and death will always keep close company, whatever changes are made.