By Mike Henle
Back in the late 1960s, the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts — otherwise known as SNORE — was born at the Sawdust Saloon on Highland Drive south of Sahara Avenue.
Owned by prominent businessman John Herda, the Sawdust was the perfect venue to launch SNORE, an off-road race group that is still going strong in its 47th year.
Ever since SNORE threw its first green flag, it has hosted some of the sport’s best-known names such as Fritz Kroyer, who won the SNORE 250 before also capturing the legendary Mint 400, and Rob MacCachren, who has won more than 200 championships during his racing career.
MacCachren won the 2009 SNORE points title and earned the top spot in theBaja 1000, the CORR Pro-2, the SCORE International, SODA Off Road Racing, Best in the Desert and three BorgWarner World Championships.
He currently drives the Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Trophy Truck in SCORE events and the Rockstar Energy Drink Pro 2 Unlimited in the Lucas Off Road Racing Series.
A native Las Vegan, MacCachren won the 1600 class of the 2009 Mint 400 and finished seventh overall.
“During that period of his career, Rob was honing his skills in the SNORE series,” SNORE President Kenny Freeman said. “Driving the 1600 car increased his level of intensity and helped him with the rest of his career.”
By Mike Henle
SNORE’s history of KC HiLites off-road racing events stretches back to the mid-1970s. With a big gap in the schedule because of the heat, SNORE representatives determined it was time to present a night race during the summer months in Southern Nevada.
Thus, the return of the annual KC HiLites Midnight Special July 30 south of Las Vegas in Jean, Nev. With about 100 entries, the event drew a good field that has consistently carried on for the past four decades.
Founded in 1969, SNORE undoubtedly took what might have sounded like a strange idea and turned it into a brilliant off-road racing endeavor especially considering that the Midnight Special is presented smack-dab during the hottest summer month in Southern Nevada.
“SNORE added the night race because there was a big hole in the schedule from the spring until the fall,” explained long-time member and president Kenny Freeman, Jr. “The only way to fill the void was to run at night, so the Midnight Special was born.”
By Mike Henle
CALIENTE -- The renowned band Credence Clearwater Revival recorded “Who’ll Stop the Rain” back in 1970 and the song could have been the perfect theme for the June 10-11 running of the Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts Driven Experiences 250 off-road race.
There is no question about the fact that this tiny town about 160 miles north of Las Vegas always presents a fascinating combination of challenges ranging from streams to trees and hills that literally put the ultimate thrill in a sport known for terrain that eats up many competitors and their machinery.
Some 95 cars and their teams converged on this picturesque town known for its history related to mining and a railroad dating back almost 100 years.
What the field didn’t anticipate was the rain that dominated the scenery a short time before the green flag was to drop.
By Mike Henle
CALIENTE – Pam Barlow’s late father Bert Vaughan was an electrical contractor in Las Vegas for many years starting in 1962. He moved to Caliente full-time in about 1996 before passing away in 2001.
An old railroad town about 180 miles north of Las Vegas, Caliente has a special charm away from the hubbub of Las Vegas. It’s quiet and its slower pace is good for the soul, as Vaughan discovered after relocating to the town to buy the Northern Nights bar.
The president of the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts in 1978-79, Vaughan and his wife, Faith, journeyed to Caliente to spearhead off-road racing events run by his Silver Dust Racing Association and later SNORE, which is returning to the area June 10-11 to present the Driven Experiences 250.
SNORE is good for off-road racing, and it’s also good for the businesses of Caliente. In fact, the race left the area several years ago before returning in 2015 much to the delight of anyone with a business in the community.
Caliente offers the perfect package especially for an off-road race considering that there is water, trees, the traditional rough roads along with what is called “Oh My God” hill, which sees competitors heading down a very steep descent at the end of each lap.
Press Release: 5/12/2016
By:Sarah Koeth SNORE Media Rep
Caliente, NV. – Caliente, NV has a long history in being home to off-road racing for Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts. After having pulled Caliente off the race list for quite some time, the 2015 season sought out to bring Caliente back to the table, and is continuing into the 2016 season. S.N.O.R.E. is back in Caliente once again, a racecourse that is sure to be nothing but top notch. Many racers have said this race is like nothing else, being their absolute favorite race of the year.
By: Mike Henle
Southern California off-road racer Curt Geer is a busy guy, to say the least. At the age of 33, he’s a talented iron worker whose employment now has him showcasing his talent in construction at a children’s hospital at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
When he’s not helping bring beauty to a hospital, he’s got his foot to the floor in an off-road race. So far this year, the talented competitor has captured Class 1600 victories in the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts first two races of the season, the Battle of Primm south of Las Vegas, and the Motion Tire 300 in Ridgecrest, Calif.
A resident of Pomona, Calif., Geer has proven himself in the iron worker business and following the SNORE/MORE Motion Tire 300 April 2, it’s evident that he is also turning the off-road racing business into another work of art during SNORE’s six-race Patrick’s Signs series which will boast about $30,000 in prize money when the season concludes later this year.
Geer, who started off-road racing in 1998, ran a flawless race at Ridgecrest, a beautiful community near the China Naval Base in Southern California that boasts of springtime flowers, a challenging race course and a field of about 140 entries in numerous classes.
By: Mike Henle
RIDGECREST, Calif. – For nine years, the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts has made a habit of bringing their show here each spring. In what has become a true win-win for everyone involved, the Motion Tire 300 returns again this weekend bringing with it 140 entries and enough action to turn this quiet city into a mecca of racing.
To borrow an old line from the sport of baseball, this is a homerun and in fact, it’s a grand slam. It’s basketball’s version of a slam dunk and a touchdown in the sport of football. The spring weather is ideal, and the terrain is reminiscent of a good old-fashioned scene from a Country Western movie.
Indeed, this beautiful city situated not far from Edwards Air Force Base is about 3 ½ hours from Vegas, but it’s also very close to a hotbed of off-road racers in Southern California. The allure of the area combined with the history of SNORE makes for the perfect combination.
The second race of SNORE’s 2016 Patrick Signs Series, the event is coming off a stellar Battle at Primm season-opener south of Las Vegas. Just as important is the fact that the cost to put on the race here is far less than in Nevada as SNORE – which was founded in 1969 – continues to solidify itself as the oldest off-road racing sanctioning body in the country.
By Mike Henle
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.
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.”
Gubler said he would run at the McKenzie’s Rage at the River in December in Laughlin.
“We’re going to run Class 12 for the next couple of years,” he said. “No matter where we run, we’re going to race Class 12. We’re trying to get our feet wet and we will eventually step up into a Class 1 car or a truck.”
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.”