October 29th, 2015 Bower Power Hour is presented by
The Off-Road Expo packs in all the latest and greatest from every aspect of the off-road world. This Saturday and Sunday only event is sure to entertain enthusiasts of all ages. The Off-Road Expo featured; Mad TV Proving Grounds, where pro-drivers showed off and proved their talent and the power behind their vehicles, ride alongs on special courses, demos, vendors with all the newest products, a show and shine, a beauty pageant, exhibits, displays, and more. It truly is a show for every aspect of the industry.
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Company Name: Icon Vehicle Dynamics
Guest Name: Tom Wayes
ICON Vehicle Dynamics is a premiere performance suspension manufacturer specializing in aftermarket suspension components for trucks, SUV’s and off road suspension development. The company’s business is customer-driven, technology-influenced, engineering-oriented and focuses on world-class manufacturing processes and techniques. Led by head engineer and SCORE champion driver Dylan Evans, ICON Vehicle Dynamics has the unique qualities to design and build the highest quality suspension components and test them in both real world applications as well as race conditions.
Company Name: Painless Performance Products
Guest Name: Jeff Abbot
In 2015 Painless Performance Products started to celebrate 25 years in business – 25 years of helping fellow roaders, friends in racing and off-roading, find painless solutions to their automotive electrical needs. What started out as a single idea about a simplified way to wire a street rod has evolved into what is today a multi-faceted company with sixty-six employees in a modern 45,000 square foot facility manufacturing over 500 products for show cars, dragsters, rock crawlers and everything in between.
Company Name: Savvy Off-Road
Guest Name: Gerald Lee
Savvy Off-Road is a group Jeep enthusiasts that wanted high quality products at affordable prices. To that end Savvy Off-Road was started to provide consumers with some very savvy products. Their aluminum products are designed to be as strong as a comparable steel products at less than half the weight. Think of it this way. The Savvy Off-Road team put 70 lbs of corner armor, 70 lbs of gas tank skid armor, 80 lbs of rocker armor on theirJeeps. That’s at least 220 lbs more than a stock Jeep. Add that to all of the other stuff that they cram into them and it is not uncommon to see an extra 500lbs on a Jeep. Factor in the bigger wheels and your Jeep is now a dog and the suspension sags. If the rockers, gas tank skid and corners only weighed a total of 75 lbs you see why Savvy Off-Road is making things out of aluminum.
Company Name: Rock Solid Offroad Performance
Guest Name: Tyler Francis
Founded in April of 1999, Rock Solid started as a body shop that specialized in Toyota Land Cruisers. It was owned, run, and worked by only one man, Mike Francis. Since then he has been delving deeper into the Land Cruiser role sine he found that no one in the market could repair, restore, and customize these beautiful machines like he could. Mike Francis was the only representative for Rock Solid Off-Road until recently. RSO Performance has added more and more employees in the shop since 2008, expanding their accumulative knowledge and experience. With that, RSO has learned more about computer controlled engines, electronic fuel injection conversions, fabrication. Their heavy concern for customer service means that they strongly focus on making every customer’s build extremely personal.
Company Name: ARB USA
Guest Name: Matt Glass
The origins of ARB can be traced back to Australia’s remote Top End, circa 1975. A region of vast distances and rugged terrain, it was fast becoming a Mecca for the nation’s burgeoning 4WD community. However, the very environment that attracted 4 wheelers also wreaked havoc on their equipment – when driving in extreme conditions, only the best 4×4 accessories will do. Today, ARB is Australia’s largest manufacturer and distributor of 4×4 accessories. They also have an international presence, with an office in the US and an export network that extends through more than 80 countries around the globe. The ARB philosophy, however, has never wavered from its original course – quality, reliability and practicality above all else.
Company Name: CRAWL Magazine
Guest Name: John Herrick
CRAWL Magazine is the most Hardcore Offroad mag published in North America. Printed bi-monthly, CRAWL is a title of CRAWL2 Media, LLC. It’s available throughout North America in major bookstores, auto parts stores, foreign bookstores and US military bases throughout the free world. Available by subscription everywhere on the globe
Company Name: BFG Outstanding Trails Awards
Guest Name: Tom Sullivan
The BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails program was established in 2006 to raise awareness for responsible use and preservation of off-road trails while providing support in the trails’ conservation efforts. Through 2014, the Outstanding Trails program has recognized over 36 off-road trails and clubs across North America. The program has provided more than $140,000 in grants in support of the various trails conservation efforts.Trails are nominated for uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following.
Company Name: Casey Currie Racing
Guest Name: Casey Currie
Casey was born into a motor sports family. With a family that has been in business for over 50 years building high performance rear end’s for most off road and NASCAR style racing. Growing up in Anaheim Hills, California he has been drawn to anything with a motor. By the age of 5 he was racing motorcycles and by the age of 16 he jumped behind the wheel of his first race truck. Currie’s off-road resume is lined with wins on motorcycles, trucks and buggies in the desert—this one is no stranger to dirt sports. In 2003 Casey won the MDR series in his JeepSpeed and won many races along the way. In 2004 Casey switched to a Pro Truck and Class 1 taking 2nd in Pro Truck in the Baja 1000 and 3rd l In the Class 1 Car in the Baja 500. There was no break for Casey between race seasons, he kept the throttle down and has pushed hard into the 2015 season where he has run the Monster Jam, King of the Hammers, run in the Lucas Short Course series, and made history by running a straight axle Jeep in the Trophy Truck Class of the Baja 500. He has Run the Trail of Missions down the Baja Peninsula and participated in Historical events such as the Bantam Historic Jeep Festival in Butler, PA. Every weekend you can find him either at a race, a show, or living the Jeep lifestyle running trails throughout California.
Company Name: Rod Hall Racing
Guest Name: Rod Hall
Hall has carved a legacy based on perseverance, patience and consistency. He embodies that well worn quote; “to finish first, you must first finish.” While many have attempted, Hall made his lifelong career as a driver. His professional career began with Ford in 1968. He then began a long relationship with Dodge spanning from 1975 to 1992 where he captured 35 consecutive wins – a record that still stands today as the longest unbroken string of race victories. In 1993, Hall began a successful 17-year relationship with HUMMER. Today, Hall is the longest sponsored driver in BFGoodrich history. His knowledge and skill has been the trusted blend for manufacturers looking to promote their vehicles and products as durable and winning.
Company Name: Jagged X
Guest Name: Justin Schueler
JAGGED X services include complete custom fabrication capabilities, collision repair, aluminum fabrication, mechanical repair, regular maintenance and installation of all custom parts and accessories. JAGGED X carries a huge selection of parts, accessories and equipment to help customers take their off road experiences from MILD to WILD and tailor the perfect vehicle to meet their needs. They can build vehicles that are at home shredding in the dunes of Glamis, California or hunting in woods of Colorado. Whatever your passion, JAGGED X has the ability to make your toys as BIG or BAD as you want it to be. The JAGGED X race shop has built some of the most winning desert racing UTVS to date. Their race cars can be built BITD, CORR, or SCORE legal. They can build a base chassis or hand you a vehicle that is 100% race ready.
Company Name: Power Tank
Guest Name: Steve Sasaki
Power Tank is the original high performance CO2 air system for offroad, 4×4, desert, sand, construction, RV, and commercial use. Power Tank is the ultimate on board air system for performance and reliability and your source for all air related accessories such as HD tire inflators, Monster Valves, tire deflators, N2 shock fillers, tire plug kits, mounting brackets, roll bar clamps, Speed Bags, SuperFlow regulator kits, HP air couplers, CO2 pumps, ARB air locker kits, and Lovell T-case air kits. When you buy a Power Tank you get smart design, high performance, guaranteed reliability, and the best warranty in the industry.
Company Name: SCORE International
Guest Name: Roger Norman
SCORE International (Southern California Off Road Experience) is a off-road racing sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing and is famous for its flagship event, the Baja 1000 as well as the Baja 500 and San Felipe 250.
Company Name: Revolution Gear & Axle
Guest Name: Brook Hilton
If you are looking for the best Ring and Pinion gears sets the industry has to offer for your gear ratio change on your Jeep, truck, SUV or hot rod, Revolution Gear ring and pinion sets are what you need. Their ring and pinion gear sets are made from only the best quality 8620 gear forgings and come with a fantastic 2 year warranty. Revolution Gear and Axle’s Ring and Pinion gear sets have been in production for more than 30 years but are just now being offered to you directly through our distributors. Unlike many other Ring and Pinion suppliers, Revolution Gear & Axle is not just another gear re-boxer, they only provide you with Ring and Pinion gear sets that are made to exacting standards from factories that they have strong relationships with and that provide only the best quality gears sets.
Company Name: UTV Junkies
Guest Name: Mike Hinkley
Don’t expect a fancy corporate writeup or an expensive business plan detailing how UTV Junkies came to fruition, because you simply won’t find one. Founded by two great friends, Ron and Mike, an afternoon playing out in the dirt with family and friends turned out to be the start of something special. While spinning the sand we said to each other, “Why don’t we offer our quality UTV custom parts and accessories to everyone instead of just our crew?”. And with that simple statement an idea was born. No middle man, no excess prices, just straight from the garage to your door, with exceptional customer service throughout. UTV Junkies found that sometimes the basics in business are best. Customers can expect to get the latest and most innovative custom UTV parts and accessories at unbeatable prices, guaranteed.
Company Name: Sonora Rally
Guest Name: Darren Skilton
Sonora Rally is bringing innovative new elements to off-road racing in North America. Four days of cross-country stage rally racing in an incredible desert region that is undiscovered by the off-road racing world. The rally includes new challenges and new terrain that will blow your mind. Leave those same old silty whooped out roads behind for a few days, and experience a new world of off-road.
Company Name: Gilstrap Motorsports
Guest Name: Clay Gilstrap
Gilstrap Motorsports is a Rock Racing/Desert Racing team comprised of the Gilstrap family along with the crew and co-drivers. The Gilstrap Motorsports Team competes in Dirt Riot Endurance Racing, KOH, W.E. Rock, Ultra 4 , R-Rock, and SXS Racing.
Company Name: Tierra Del Sol
Guest Name: Bill Kassler
Founded in 1962, the Tierra Del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club of San Diego is a family oriented not-for-profit 4×4 club based out of San Diego, California. Tierra Del Sol has held and annual event “Desert Safari” since 1962 with the proceeds going to charities and to help ensure that lands remain available for 4×4 recreation.
Company Name: Jeepers Jamboree
Guest Name: Bob Sweeney
The Jeepers and Jeep Jamboree have been offering guided off road trips on the legendary Rubicon Trail in Northern California for over 60 years. Considered to be a 10 on most scales; the trail changes year after year as winter storms create new challenges. Jeepers Jamboree has the experience and the expertise to help you traverse the trail. It is a challenging trip over the Rubicon trail, but you will have plenty of fun and relaxation along the way. Come join the Jeep and Jeepers Jamboree for the experience of a lifetime.
Bower Power Hour Heads To Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo
MESA, ARIZONA OCTOBER 29, 2015: Bower Power Hour heads back out on the road to wrap up show season at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo presented by General Tires in California. As one of the largest and most recognized off-road shows, the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo presented by General Tire boasts a myriad of events, entertainment, booths, displays, and more to proudly represent the heart and soul of the off-road industry. Bower Power Hour takes viewers down the aisle of the exciting expo in another 2-part show.
Part 1 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo’s guests are: Tom Wayes, Icon Vehicle Dynamics; Jeff Abbot, Painless Performance Products; Gerald Lee, Savvy Off-Road; Tyler Francis, Rock Solid Offroad Performance; Matt Glass, ARB USA; John Herrick, CRAWL Magazine; Tom Sullivan, BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails Grant Recipients; Casey Currie, Casey Currie Racing; Rod Hall, Rod Hall Racing; Justin Schueler, Jagged X; Steve Sasaki, Power Tank; Roger Norman; SCORE International; Brook Hilton, Revolution Gear & Axle; Mike Hinkley, UTV Junkies; Darren Skilton, Sonora Rally; Clay Gilstrap, Gilstrap Motorsports; Bill Kassler, Tierra Del Sol 4×4 Club; and Bob Sweeney from the Jeepers Jamboree. More companies will be featured in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo Part 2 releasing on November 3rd.
“The Off-Road Expo is a huge show, and like always the show was absolutely packed with guests, vendors, racers, and industry legends,” said Charlene Bower, Host and Executive Producer. “It was great to not only see the vast amounts of new products and lines being offered by the many companies at the show, but also the vehicles that are pushing the limits of technology. I love all of the innovation.”
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Bower Power Hour gives you an in depth look at racers, events, businesses, land issues, tech and other aspects to bring you the nitty-gritty news of the entire off-road lifestyle that we all love. Hosted by Charlene Bower, owner of Bower Motorsports Media, the guest list is extensive and energetic from all aspect of the off-road industry. The stories are fun and filled, with in-depth conversations about technology and innovation. Our national partners include BFGoodrich Tires, Discount Tire, Kicker and Pennzoil who have made the Bower Power Hour possible. Please utilize the Let’s Chat page to reach out to us with questions and guest suggestions: www.bowerpowerhour.com/lets-chat
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