John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250 proves big boost for all involved in Jean south of Las Vegas
By Mike Henle
JEAN, Nev. -- Utilizing a storyline that has become almost commonplace for the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts, the 44th annual John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250 established another milestone here about 35 miles south of Las Vegas on Nov. 2.
Established in 1969, SNORE overcame challenges related to the government shutdown to draw a good field while also boosting the Gold Strike Hotel Casino in Jean.
Driving home its always-consistent effort, SNORE about 80 entries from several states to a tough desert layout dominated by Unlimited Truck and overall winning TJ Flores of Las Vegas.
Every successful off-road race requires intense planning and dedication on the part of the promoting body and the SNORE 250 wasn’t any different although the government shut down before the race made the challenges even tougher to overcome.
However, the end result was a happy hotel casino that appreciated what the event did for its bottom line.
John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250 Results
John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250 scheduled Saturday in Jean
To most auto racing journalists, off-road racing would have to be considered one of the toughest assignments. Considering the logistical challenges along with the fact that the sport is based on individual times, the sport is unique.
However, to the late John Calvin who died at the age of 81 July 29, off-road was the best assignment of all for the man who racked up thousands of miles covering events in Nevada, Arizona, California and Mexico.
Thus, the John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250 scheduled Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. in Jean, Nev. has aptly been named in honor of the man.
Calvin didn’t just attend off road races. His love of the sport and the field of journalism combined to make him a huge part of the off-road industry. He could commonly be seen giving out copies of Dusty Times at tech inspections throughout the Southwest; and when the green flag dropped to start a race, you could be sure that he would be near the start-finish line getting quotes for the next edition of Dusty Times.
2013 SNORE Make A Wish Ride
KEEP JEAN, NEVADA AN OPEN OHV AREA
The current Clark County OHV open area park was set up in 1987 and only 9000 acres. The population in Southern NV has grown 10 times since then. A new larger OHV park is desperately needed.
The Silver State Solar South Project has plans for a highly used OHV area just north of Primm, NV. They are asking to take 4000 more acres of Nevada lands to build more solar panels to send power to Los Angeles area.
Now the BLM is planning to turn the rest of the Jean, Nv - Primm area into a ACEC (Area of Critical Environmental Concern) to protect the desert tortoise because the solar plant project will displace the tortoises existing habitat, minimizing their leftover lands to dwell.
I strongly urge you to turn the Jean dry lake valley into a ”designated” OHV open area and OHV park so Las Vegans have a place to recreate.
The state line BLM district manages 3,300,000 acres.
Out of that area, the Las Vegas valley and Apex valley, totaling 1,700,000 acres are closed to OHV use due to dust control.
The state line district has 20 wilderness and wilderness study areas that total 790,000 acres that are closed to OHV use as well.
The state line BLM district has 2 national conservation areas that total 245,000 acres that are closed to OHV use.
The state line BLM district has 18 ACECs that are closed to competitive OHV use that
total 680,000 acres.
The state line BLM district has set aside 9,800 acres for OHV use and 5,500 Acres is closed to competitive events. This 4,300 acres is less than one tenth of a percent of the land that BLM manages in the state line district and this needs to
Help us keep public lands open to the public!
John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250
The 44th annual SNORE 250 race will honor the great John Calvin who recently passed away. This year’s event will be called the “John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250” and take place November 1-3 in Jean, Nevada on a 62 mile course with 4 laps. The Snore 250 is the oldest off road race in the United States and was first ran in 1970 and started at the corner of Rainbow and Tropicana at what is now the Spanish Trails Country Club. Many of the great racers of past and present have competed in the SNORE 250 from Mickey Thompson to Robby Gordon.
John Calvin's late wife Jean coined the name “The Racers Race” for the SNORE 250 saying “this race is great, racers putting on a race". The track will utilize areas in the Jean/Primm area that were used in the very first SNORE 250.
CLASS 1900/UTV 2013 RULE AMENDMENT
SCR21 Fuel Tanks
Safety fuel cells are optional and should be mounted somewhere safe
within the confines of the roll cage, and may have any capacity. Safety Fuel cells
are the only auxillary fuel tanks allowed. Stock fuel tanks may be used in the
stock location only.
2013 Bonus Payback Schedule
The following Class winners will receive "Bonus" cash for the remaining SNORE 2013 season events:
12/14-15 Rage At The River, Laughlin, NV
$1,000 Drykef Inc. Cash to 1st in Class 9
$1,000 Kartek Cash to 1st in Class 12
* MUST RUN PRODUCT & DECALS ON BOTH SIDES OF CAR TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR BONUSES * * BONUS PAYMENTS MADE BY RESPECTIVE SPONSORS AND ARE NOT GAURANTEED OR PAID BY SNORE *
R.I.P. John Calvin
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to The Dusty Times family and his wife Pat, his longtime companion, for the passing of a true off road racing legend, friend, promoter and off road icon, John Calvin. Owner, chief editor and publisher of the Dusty Times News. John was always one of the biggest fans and promoters of SNORE from the beginning. His face and friendship will forever be missed at all of our future events! Rest In Peace John
Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage Championship Series
SNORE is excited to announce Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage as the series sponsor for the 2013 SNORE season. Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage is adding $10,000 to the SNORE points fund for 2013 giving the overall champion close to $20,000 based on this years entry's.