Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Camp RZR Brimstone is back

Jon Pardi and Jake Owen
Jon Pardi and Jake Owen

Camp RZR Brimstone is back! Join us in Huntsville, TN to celebrate. This will be the biggest party on the trail to say “thank you” to all RZR owners who have helped RZR become what it is today. We hope to see you there!

Sept. 18-19, Huntsville, TN

Friday, September 18
Jon Pardi & Chris Lane

Saturday, September 19
Jake Owen & Old Dominion

Register today at www.camprzrbrimstone.com
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Destinations Polaris launches a brand new season this Sunday May 24

Jared Christie and Lindsey Hayes
Jared Christie and Lindsey Hayes
The No. 1 Off-Road TV show is back and bigger than ever!! Destinations Polaris launches a brand new season this Sunday May 24. Tune in to watch hosts Jared Christie and Lindsey Hayes travel the country for the best places to ride, action-packed racing from The Mint 400 and UTV World Championship, and the most custom built Project X machines in the industry.

Watch Destination Polaris on Fox Sports Network Sunday at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. For more information on the show or behind the scenes footage go to www.destinationpolaris.com


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Self-Navigating Quad Copter Will Be Ultimate Media Companion

Lily Camera
Meet Lily, the Drone That Will Follow and Record You
Lily is the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera. All you have to do is throw it in the air to start shooting. Lily flies itself and uses GPS and computer vision to follow you around. Lily is waterproof, ultra-compact, and shoots HD pictures and videos.

The Lily is a quadcopter that requires no remote controls. Just charge it and throw it upward or over a cliff and it will start flying around you to take photos and video. When you buy the kit, it will ship with a small circular remote and tracking device. Snap this on your wrist inside the included waterproof case and you can take Lily (or let it take itself) wherever you’d like to go.



The great thing about Lily is that there is no setup required. Just turn on your Lily camera, make sure you have the tracking device with you (it will automatically turn on when Lily turns on), and throw Lily in the air. By default, Lily will start following you and recording a video as soon as you throw it in the air. You can set Lily’s behavior-after-takeoff in the companion app.

The tracking device has a microphone that records high quality sound. Lily automatically synchronizes audio from the tracking device with video it records. In addition, Lily streams low-resolution live video to the companion app to help you frame your shots.


Lily tracks the tracking device at a max speed of 25 mph and uses computer vision to optically follow your features. Lily will work in winds up to 15 MPH.

Lily will start filming in whatever mode it is set in (follow, lead, loop) as soon as it takes off and can fly for up to 20 minutes. The tracking device will send you pulse vibrations when the battery is running low. If you don’t land it, Lily will smoothly land before running out of battery.
Lily Camera Remote
Lily is a compact drone camera that flies automatically and follows a small remote
Lily started in September 2013 in the basement of a UC Berkeley robotics lab, where Henry Bradlow and
Antoine Balaresque built the first prototype using a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino.

Lily Camera
Lily is your personal action camera-equipped drone that flies itself
Lily Camera Specifications:
  • Built-in Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 20 min of flight time
  • Charging via 5A charger
  • 2-hour charge time
  • Video Resolution: 1080p 60 fps / 720p 120 fps
  • Video FOV: 94ยบ
  • Video Format: H.264 codec, .mp4 file format
  • Photo Resolution: 12 MP
  • Digital gimballing
  • Image stabilization
  • Fixed focus
Pre-order for $499 Until June 15, 2015
More information at: www.lily.camera

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association Encourages ROV Drivers to Get Trained and Drive Safely this Memorial Day Weekend

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association

IRVINE, Calif., May 19, 2015 – With Memorial Day approaching, many ROV enthusiasts are planning to take to the trails and dunes for the extended weekend. The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, along with major ROV manufacturers and distributors, encourages drivers to operate their ROVs safely and responsibly.

“ROVs are great fun, but that doesn’t take away from the importance of driving them responsibly,” said ROHVA Executive Vice President Erik Pritchard. “ROHVA has created a series of key guidelines, called ROV Safety Rules, to help ROV drivers and their passengers stay safe.”

ROV Safety Rules
1. Always fasten your seat belt, wear a helmet and other protective gear and keep all parts of your body inside the ROV.
2. Avoid paved surfaces. ROVs are designed to be operated off-highway.
3. Drive only in designated areas, at a safe speed, and use care when turning and crossing slopes.
4. Never drive or ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
5. Never drive an ROV unless you're 16 or older and have a valid driver's license. ROVs are not toys.
6. Never carry more passengers than the ROV is designed for, and never allow a passenger who is too small to sit in a passenger seat to ride in the ROV.
7. Read and follow the operator's manual and warning labels.
8. Take a hands-on ROV Basic DriverCourse and the free online e-Course. Visit rohva.org or call 866.267.2751.

ROV drivers are encouraged to drive safely by following ROHVA's Safety Rules demonstrated in this video.

Get Trained
ROHVA’s ROV Basic DriverCourse allows drivers to get behind the wheel for approximately three hours to learn skills crucial for being safe in an ROV. A certified ROHVA DriverCoach guides students through hands-on driving exercises and encourages them to engage in group discussions between exercises. The course includes six closed range exercises and up to seven optional open trail experiences, depending on available terrain. To enroll, click here.

In addition to the DriverCourse, there is a free, interactive E-Course at rohva.org that is ideal for helping first time ROV drivers learn proper safety precautions or for experienced drivers to refresh their ROV skills and safe driving habits. The two-hour E-Course is intended to improve awareness about ROVs and inspire a safety-minded approach to off-road recreation. Users can take the safety course at their leisure. They have the ability stop the course at any time, save their progress, and pick up where they left off at a later time. Click here for more.

The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association is a national industry organization that promotes the safe and responsible use of ROVs. ROHVA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop equipment, configuration and performance standards. Based in Irvine, Calif., the not-for-profit association is sponsored by Arctic Cat, BRP, Honda, John Deere, Kawasaki, Polaris and Yamaha. For more information visit rohva.org.

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ITP UltraCross R Spec Tires Outlast Brutal Terrain

Rugged 8-Ply Tires Log 2,000+ Miles and Numerous Podiums for UTV, Inc.

Clinton, Tenn., May 19, 2015 - Johnny Angal of UTV, Inc. - winner of prestigious 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Class 1900 side-by-side vehicle class - made one of his best racing decisions ever when he chose to run ITP tires on his Polaris RZR XP 1000, according to the SxS pilot. Tired of having his racing glory stolen by ill-timed flats and complete tire failures, Angal says he realized he needed to make a change when it came to tires and was determine to find a tire that would take his racing to the next level. His conclusion was to run the rugged, 8-ply ITP UltraCross R Spec tire. His world has never been the same.
Polaris RZR XP 1000
No. 1921 UTV, Inc.
Johnny Angal, the owner of the No. 1921 UTV, Inc., Polaris, has made a name for himself in UTV desert racing, but says a strategic decision to run 30-inch ITP UltraCross R Spec tires on his SxS were a game changer for his program.

"At our first race we had three flats running another brand of tire, so we had to start shopping. We bought another 10 Tires and 15-inch wheels for our first Baja 500 Race," said Angal. "After having a tire explode while running in second place on a mostly flat, smooth road and seeing the six racers that we just worked so hard to pass, pass us back, I knew I had not picked the right tire, again. That's when I started to look at what the podium finishers were using for a tire.

"I wanted something that would finish a race. We noticed a lot of racers running the ITP UltraCross R spec, so we made the switch. Our 2014 Baja 1000 win proved that we had picked the right tire. Don't make a huge mistake like I did, buy the right tire, ITP, the first time."

"Don't make a huge mistake like I did, buy the right tire, ITP, the first time." -- Johnny Angal, 2014 Baja 1000 SxS Champion

Ever since the tire change, the 50-year-old driver has become a force in West Coast desert UTV racing. In fact, he believed so much in the UltraCross R Spec tires that he used the same set of front tires in six different races. The same ITP tires also put him on top of four desert racing podiums: the 2014 Baja 1000, Baja 500, San Felipe 250 and the Parker 250.

It's the tire's ability to withstand harsh conditions and jarring impacts that have won Angal over. He says in all the desert races he's entered using ITP UltraCross R Spec Tires, they've only had one tread puncture. "The rest of the time, it's because we were running too hard in thick dust and had an 'oops moment,' where we hit a hidden obstacle at full speed or slam something so hard it practically sends the shock through our spines. My co-driver will be getting ready to jump out to inspect for a flat -- because most tires will fail -- but to his surprise, the UltraCross R Spec tires were holding strong."

Angal tells the story of following two other competitors and trying to find a way around the stubborn leaders. Finally, realizing the dependability of the UltraCross R Spec tire, he made a huge gamble by racing standards and decided to make his own unthinkable line. One would think his racing day would have ended right then and there, but Angal's story concludes with him parked on the podium.
ITP UltraCross R Spec Tire
ITP UltraCross R Spec Tire
Here's a view of the tread on the now retired 30-inch ITP UltraCross R Spec tires that Angal used on his SxS for more than 2,000 miles of harsh desert racing. They tires survived without any punctures, sidewall damage or assistance from a tire repair kit. (Image courtesy of UTV, Inc.)

"At a recent race, we were running through an area in about two feet of slit with two fellow racers ahead of us," he said, "when we had no choice but to let off the gas or make a new line through the desert. We went straight over 1- and 2-foot-tall sagebrush and rocks! We just hit the gas and started running through the desert knowing full well this new line could not be good on the tires. However, we passed both cars with no problems and our Polaris RZR XP 1000 finished on the podium."

When Angal speaks of his fondness for the R Spec radial, he's not just boosting sponsor moral. He speaking from experience and that includes using the same tires for multiple races. Why wouldn't he just run new tires after each grueling endurance race to ensure he has the best possible chance to finish? He has a legitimate answer for that question as well. "We don't see a reason to start every race with new tires," explains Angal. "We know when a driver hits rocks, trees and cactus so hard that parts fall off of their cars, that most any other tire, new or used, would go flat. But ITP tires surprise us every time. We also don't notice a loss of traction, whether it's in a hard corner or pulling through deep silt beds."

Polaris RZR XP 1000
Johnny Angal boldly declared the ITP UltraCross tire as THE ideal tire for desert racing, saying, "UTV, Inc., does not get flats. Over 2,000 miles...and our race tires go to the retirement home with no plugs or patches."

"We designed the ITP UltraCross R Spec tires to take on some of the most extreme off-road conditions imaginable," said Rhett Turpin, ITP powersports director of sales and marketing. "Our engineers put in a lot of R&D and created the most advanced UTV desert racing tire ever made. The UltraCross R Spec tire is as formidable as it is popular, because racers know they can count on the tire to take them to the finish line."
ITP UltraCross R Spec tire
The ITP UltraCross R Spec tire features a unique, multi-surface, non-directional tread design, supplying great, versatile traction in off-road environments. The more openly spaced tread pattern makes the UltraCross R Spec tire a superb option for desert and slick rock conditions
Available in 10 sizes for a full range of vehicles, horsepower and terrain, the ITP UltraCross R Spec 30-inch tire, feature a unique multi-surface, non-directional tread pattern to enhance traction control on slippery surfaces. The 8-ply radial construction provides exceptional wear and puncture resistance. The new UltraCross R Spec tires come in sizes ranging from 23 inches in diameter to 32 inches, covering a variety of vehicles and applications, from golf carts to super-sport side-by-side vehicles.

ITP UltraCross R Spec tire sizes for 2015

  • 27x10R-12 
  • 27x10R-14
  • 28x10R-12
  • 28x10R-14
  • 29x9R-14
  • 29x11R-14 
  • 29x10R-15
  • 30x10R-15 
  • 32x10R-15 
  • 23x10.00-12/4 PR (Golf specialty) 

About ITP

In business for more than 35 years, ITP has become the world's #1 ATV/UTV aftermarket tire and wheel source. ITP utilizes its experienced staff of engineers, designers and technicians at its two American tire facilities in Clinton, Tenn., and Jackson, Tenn., to develop award-winning tire-and-wheel designs for virtually all ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. Numerous outlets distribute ITP tires across the United States and in more than 25 countries worldwide. For a full-color ITP catalog, call toll-free: 1-800-889-7367. Tech questions call: 1-909-390-1905 www.itptires.com

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