Off-Road

ATV Race Videos

This is a small portfolio of ATV race videos that I edited for my own site, as well as the now defunct TheQuadbuilder.Net.  This was a great site for the local race series, between the Atlantic Grand Prix, the New England Cross Country Series, some Grand National Cross Country stuff and even the NEATV and PA State Harescramble Series. Most of this was done before GoPro’s were even a product, and we used lipstick tube cameras feeding camcorders in fanny packs to get helmet cam footage, plus 2 or 3 people in the woods with Digital 8 camcorders to get enough footage.  On average, I had to go thru about 6 hours of footage to put together a 5 minute video..

A few favorites are: 9/16/2007 – Unadilla, 4/20/2008 – Little Egg Harbor, and 5/9/2010 – Bloomsburg, PA. Unadilla is probably my most favorite, for two reasons.  First, it was an awesome track, and my first GNCC, and second because I finally got a groove on with my editing, and had footage to do it with. Just loved how the video turned out in the end.  Also, Bloomsburg is a particularly fun one because I managed to capture my entire first lap without muddying up the helmet cam so my friends could finally see what a full lap of a cross-country race was like.  I also always wanted to use Achilles Last Stand from Led Zeppelin as a soundtrack, but its an awfully long song, luckily for me, it worked out to be just about the length of a lap!  And I manage to make two sweet passes in the lap as well at the 4:20 mark and again at 9:48 (that guy on the orange quad was a dick for not letting me pass considering I was on his tail the whole time).

Sorry for the lower quality vids, but the originals were lost long ago, and these were what I could salvage..

ATV XC Race History

2010

Place Date Host Event Location Class
9th 8/28/10 Knobby Acres ATVA Nationals Round 5 Cortland, NY 30+ B
5th 7/18/10 Rausch Creek ATVA Nationals Round 4 Valley View, PA 30+ B
7th 6/12/10 Miles Mountain ATVA Nationals Round 3 Elkland, PA 30+ B
5th 5/9/2010 Evansville @ Bloomsburg Northeast Harescramble Series Bloomsburg, PA Vet B
8th 4/17/2010 Evansville MX Park ATVA Nationals Round 1 Berwick, PA 30+ B
4th 3/21/2010 Evansville MX Park Northeast Harescramble Series Berwick, PA Vet B
1st 3/7/2010 Evansville MX Park Mud and Snow Harescramble Berwick, PA Utility
3rd 3/7/2010 Evansville MX Park Mud and Snow Harescramble Berwick, PA Vet B
1st 2/21/2010 Evansville MX Park Mud and Snow Harescramble Berwick, PA Utility
3rd 2/21/2010 Evansville MX Park Mud and Snow Harescramble Berwick, PA Vet B
1st 1/24/2010 Evansville MX Park Mud and Snow Harescramble Berwick, PA Utility
4th 1/24/2010 Evansville MX Park Mud and Snow Harescramble Berwick, PA Vet B
4th 1/17/2010 Walden MX Park Mud and Snow Harescramble Wallkill, NY Vet B

2009

Place Date Host Event Location Class
1st 8/8/2009 New England Cross Country Over the Edge Harescramble Union, CT 30+C
4th 7/18/2009 Beaten Trails / ATVA ATVA Nationals Newark Valley, NY 30+C
9th 7/11/2009 New England Cross Country Boneyard Harescramble Tiverton, RI 30+C
2nd 6/20/2009 New England Cross Country Sidewinder Harescramble Bristol, VT 30+C
3rd 5/2/2009 New England Cross Country Spring Sizzler Harescramble Union, CT 30+C

2008

Place Date Host Event Location Class
11th 7/5/2008 G.N.C.C. Mountain Ridge Somerset, PA 30+C
3rd 5/3/2008 New England Cross Country Spring Sizzler Harescramble Union, CT 30+C
6th 4/20/2008 Atlantic Grand Prix Round 1 Little Egg Harbor, NJ 30+C

2007

Place Date Host Event Location Class
1st 11/4/2007 Atlantic Grand Prix LEH Little Egg Harbor, NJ 4×4 Lites
1st 10/21/2007 Atlantic Grand Prix Eagleswood GP Eagleswood, NJ 4×4 Lites
2nd 10/07/2007 Atlantic Grand Prix LEH Little Egg Harbor, NJ 4×4 Lites
7th 9/16/2007 G.N.C.C. Unadilla New Berlin, NY 4×4 Lites
12th 9/1/2007 G.N.C.C. Mountain Ridge Somerset, PA 4×4 Lites
4th 7/22/2007 Atlantic Grand Prix North American Warhorse Dunmore, PA 4×4 Lites
2nd 7/8/2007 Atlantic Grand Prix North American Warhorse Dunmore, PA 4×4 Lites
1st 5/6/2007 Atlantic Grand Prix LEH Little Egg Harbor, NJ 4×4 Lites
7th 4/22/2007 Atlantic Grand Prix LEH Little Egg Harbor, NJ 4×4 Lites

Playtime In The Snow… The Blizzard of 2015

wpid-20150126_152312_highview-dr.jpg.jpegOk, so they are forecasting a blizzard.  A pretty good one it seems if the weather forecasters are right.  So what does this mean when you live in the woods of the Northeast?  It means that we’ve got a gigantic playground out there waiting for us to play!    While I’ve raced 2wd quads in many cross-country races, and the adrenaline is huge, there’s nothing that quite matches the fun of zipping all over town on an 4wd ATV in the snow.  My trusty 2000 Wolverine 350 pictured here has been around 14 years, and even though I have some carburetor issues now (possibly a hole in the slider diaphragm), I plan to take her out for a thorough thrashing tonight!  My carburetor issues affect me from 1/4 throttle to 3/4 throttle, so thats usually a needle issue, or in my quads case, the diaphragm controlling the needle.  Not an issue in the snow though as I will be full throttle pretty much most of the time LOL. (more…)

1989 Jeep Wrangler YJ

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Piranha Project

10150146769456839After seeing these buggies for years and dreaming of owning my own, I finally got the gumption to tackle the fabrication process, and teach myself a lot about welding and metalwork in the process.

My father had never been fond of metal work, and as a result, any time we needed to have something welded, up the street we went to the neighbors who would weld things for us.  Nope, my pops had no inclination at all to learn metal working.  Luckily for me, that changed when I found this buggy and its plans online.  You see, trying to get one of these buggies in the US would cost easily in excess of $10k after shipping, and I could build my own for under $5k.

To start with, I needed to add a few tools to my tool corral to start this project.  The first and most obvious is a welder, and for this task I chose a simple and affordable Hobart Handler 140.  This is a basic 120v MIG welder, and for my purposes, would easily handle the task.  Next up was an entirely optional tool, but one that proved to be rather useful in the end, a Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter.  Other than that, I had at hand a Bosch 4.5″ grinding wheel (flap discs are invaluable!), a horizontal / vertical band saw from Harbor Freight, and a tubing notcher from Harbor Freight as well.  Add a few metal hole saws and lots of flap discs, and thats the basic tools I needed to build this beast from scratch.

And so it begins…

 

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