4 Wheel & Off Road - - DRIVELINES -

• ROB MACCACHREN GRABBED First Over­all and the Tro­phy Truck class win at the 32nd an­nual SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race. This marks MacCachren’s sixth vic­tory in the race and his 16th ca­reer win in the TT class. His MacCachren Mo­tor­sports F-150 nav­i­gated the tech­ni­cal, 319-mile course in five hours 20 min­utes 17 sec­onds, for an av­er­age speed of 59.76 mph.

• FORD’S NEW RANGER ISN’T here yet, but it is al­ready hav­ing an im­pact on the truck mar­ket. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Jump­start Au­to­mo­tive Me­dia, the new mid­size truck is com­mand­ing a nearly 32 per­cent share of shop­per in­ter­est, driv­ing down in­ter­est in other trucks in the seg­ment by as much as dou­ble dig­its. That same study noted that in­ter­est in the 2019 Ram pickup has jumped by 73 per­cent.

• SPEAK­ING OF THE RANGER, Au­toweek spot­ted a Wild­track ver­sion un­der­go­ing test­ing in Michi­gan, “hope­fully a sign that the rugged pickup will

even­tu­ally be sold here,” said the mag­a­zine. Avail­able in other parts of the world, the Wild­track is a ver­sion of the Ranger that’s up­fit­ted with big­ger tires and wheels, more ground clear­ance, and a bed­liner. For­eign ver­sions are pow­ered by a 3.2L diesel; AW ex­pects a U.S. ver­sion to have a small-dis­place­ment gas en­gine, pos­si­bly the 2.7L EcoBoost V-6.

• SEMA RE­PORTS THAT OFFroad re­tailer 4 Wheel Parts pre­sented a do­na­tion of $16,873 to the Off Road Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (ORBA) at an ORBA board meet­ing dur­ing Easter Jeep Sa­fari week in Moab, Utah. The do­na­tion came as part of the 4 Wheel Parts “Round-Up” fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive, where 4 Wheel Parts cus­tomers were en­cour­aged to “round-up” to the next dol­lar at check­out with pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing ORBA.

• TEXTRON, MAK­ERS OF THE Wild­cat XX side-by-side, is run­ning a con­test. The grand prize con­sists of a trip to the Baja 1000, a two-day ad­ven­ture in one of Textron’s new UTVs, and the op­por­tu­nity to meet Robby Gor­don. En­tries will be ac­cepted un­til Au­gust 31, 2018. Log on to tex­tronof­­paigns/ride-over-ev­ery­thing­give­away for more info.

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