Long-time off-road racing teammates Chris Curtis and Steve Olliges work to defeat ALS
LAS VEGAS -- Team Ford Lincoln President Steve Olliges and lifelong friend Chris Curtis have been teammates in the rough and rugged sport of off-road racing since they were in high school more than 30 years ago.
However the two along with many Southern Nevadans have now teamed up to help defeat ALS, which Curtis is now facing head-on during his own battle with the disease that surfaced about three years ago.
A native Las Vegan who is now a prominent local attorney, Curtis noticed symptoms in May of 2012. “I had noticed some cramping in my left hand,” he said. “I’m a hiker and a climber and I was climbing White Pinnacle in Red Rock Canyon when my left hand lost grip on a rope. I fell and tore the labrum in my left shoulder.”
It was at that moment that Curtis knew something was wrong. He had climbed there many times before without any issues, but this time his left hand was not working properly and he believes it was the disease process that caused the tumble down the mountain.
“I later began to notice that there was more cramping and increased weakness in my left hand, and it prompted a doctor visit,” he recalled recently while chatting at Team Ford in the northwest valley.
The decline in his health has been a massive adjustment both mentally and physically, but the energetic 52 year-old Curtis is not giving up. No, it is not easy, but even with dire consequences facing him every day; the man’s attitude is a true example of someone who refuses to give up.
“He doesn’t look any different than any other person right now,” said April Mastroluca, executive director of the ALS Association Nevada Chapter.
Little did Curtis know at the time that his biggest challenge was not in courtroom or while running an off-road race. Instead, it was determined that Curtis was experiencing the first signs of ALS after visiting with a local neurologist.
“I knew in my mind that I had it, but I didn’t have a formal diagnosis. After almost a year of testing, I decided to go to a specialist team at UCLA,”” he said. “I got worked up there, and on July 15, 2014, I learned that I had ALS.”
Young Colton Gubler captures class victory in 46th annual NAPA Auto Parts SNORE 250 in Kingman, Ariz.
KINGMAN, Ariz. -- The Gubler family of Southern Nevada has been around off-road racing for nearly 40 years, and the youngest member of the group is celebrating his latest victory in the 46th annual NAPA Auto Parts SNORE 250 here Oct. 24.
A former motorcycle racer, energetic 20 year-old Colton Gubler wrapped up the Class 12 championship during the event’s first-ever visit to this city about 100 miles south of Las Vegas.
A native of Las Vegas and now a resident of Caliente, Nev., Gubler took his victory with an overall time of 4 hours, 17.26 minutes to score about an eight-minute victory over Rick Madison of Parker, Ariz. He also won his class in the Race Fuel 250 in Caliente, in May.
“It was a little bit of a different race because of where it was held,” Gubler said adding that Kingman has been without off-road racing for some time.
“It was very silty, too, and there was a combination of everything on a short course.”
Nominations for the 2016 SNORE Board of Directors and Officials positions are open
Nominations for the 2016 SNORE Board of Directors and Officials positions are open. These positions include;
Sgt. at Arms
Class A Board Rep (Las Vegas)
Class B Board Rep (Arizona and California.
Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts is looking for creative, passionate, and strong community leaders to serve as volunteer board members. You must be willing to devote your time and energy to this dynamic and growing off-road organization to help further our mission to deliver fun, and safe off-road races to Southern Nevada and surrounding states.
Kingman, Ariz. welcomes 46th annual NAPA Auto Parts SNORE 250 Oct. 23-24
With an expected field of about 100 entries, the 46th annual NAPA Auto Parts SNORE 250 off road racing event Oct. 23-24 in Kingman Ariz., is expected to bring a big following.
Since the first SNORE 250 presented on the grounds of what is now a very posh Spanish Trail Country Club in the southwest portion of the Las Vegas Valley in 1969, the prestigious event has become one that is on the calendars of many as soon as the schedule is announced each year.
Arizona is certainly no stranger to the sport of off-road racing considering that it has hosted similar events over the years. SNORE’s first visit to the city has been met with great enthusiasm.
“The city has welcomed us with open arms,” said SNORE President Kenny Freeman of Henderson, Nev. “They have closed down their downtown area to allow us to have tech inspection and registration.
“The land owner in the area of the Route 66 Motor Sports Complex has been very accommodating. The locals in the area are coming out for what will be the largest off-road racing event ever presented in Kingman.”
Freeman said the race will include seven 30-mile laps north of Kingman just off Route 66.
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Points Update 10/14/15
Rulebook Update 10/13/15
The Rulebook has been updated in the UTV section. View here.
SNORE Basic Safety Requirements - Update 9/15/15
There is an updated version of the SNORE Basic Safety Requirements. Please check them out, thank you.
Sierra LED Racer Discount Program
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PRIZES: $300 CASH AWARD for 1st Place, $100 CASH AWARD for 2nd Place, $50 CASH AWARD for 3rd Place.
Oppose Massive New National Monument Designation in Nevada
Representative Hardy is Pushing Back Against Administration Plans to Designate More than 700,000 Acres as a National Monument
Representative Crescent Hardy (R-NV) has publicized that the Administration is considering designating over 700,000 acres in his district as a National Monument. Hardy recently stated, “I am appalled and deeply concerned about the national security implications of President Obama’s politically motivated effort to permanently tie up more than 700,000 acres of land."
Send an email urging President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewel NOT to move forward with this massive inappropriate designation. It is imperative that you take action as the Administration is likely to cite strong local support for the designation – we must make sure they hear from Nevadans and others from the local area that oppose the designation.