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April show­ers brought May flur­ries to New­mar­ket, On­tario, but that didn’t stop over 100 ve­hi­cles and driv­ers brav­ing un­sea­son­ably cool tem­per­a­tures to at­tend the fifth, TMR Cus­toms pre-sea­son open-house on Sunday, May 7th, 2017. Rigs from all over the province be­gan ar­riv­ing well be­fore the of­fi­cial 11am start, and quite a few re­mained on-site as staff were clos­ing the clean and well-or­gan­ised shop af­ter the fi­nal (and grand) prize draw of the day some four hours later.

For many off-road en­thu­si­asts, the open-house marks the un­of­fi­cial start of the 4x4 sea­son in On­tario and pro­vides them with the perfect op­por­tu­nity to catch up with old friends af­ter be­ing con­fined in­doors all winter. Quite a few of the at­ten­dees also com­pete in the TMR race series, and the open house gave them a chance to show­case builds, dis­cuss the lat­est mods, and per­haps gain a lit­tle in­spi­ra­tion for the next ad­di­tion to their rig.

The TMR Cus­toms race series isn’t

all slow-speed, tech­ni­cal rock-crawl­ing. The not-for-profit event was cre­ated to be a fun race series that’s all about speed and ac­tion. This equals big-fun for the spec­ta­tor, plus rac­ing that can be had on a bud­get for the com­peti­tor, es­pe­cially if you’re some­one who is new to mo­tor­sport. There’s no need to run an un­lim­ited-class ma­chine with all the lat­est in off-road trick­ery to have a blast; a stock ma­chine that meets the race-series’ strict safety re­quire­ments will give you just as many smiles-per-mile, and most likely more bang for your buck, than any other form of mo­tor­sport.

There is a unique ca­ma­raderie amongst the 4x4 com­mu­nity which is ev­i­dent at this type of event, and is great for any­one con­tem­plat­ing giv­ing-it-a-go, as there’s al­ways some­one around to of­fer sea­soned ad­vice or lend a hand if things don’t go quite as planned.

Grass-roots mo­tor­sport events are perfect for the 4x4 en­thu­si­ast who wants a lit­tle more ex­cite­ment from their rig than if they were just run­ning trails, yet in a safe and con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment.

This year is only the sec­ond that the series has run and if you’re lucky, you should still be able to catch one of this sum­mer’s events. Check out the TMR Cus­toms Off-Road Race Series on so­cial me­dia @tm­r­cus­toms with the full sched­ule and rules avail­able at

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