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The life of an Editor… Is it all that it’s cracked up to be?

I thought that as I’m sitting here, suffering form a case of writers block right now I would stop in and give you a little behind the scenes look at what’s going on in the world of Mike Lasher.  It’s that time of the year again and my travel schedule is in full swing, as I sit here writing this I’m cramped on a plane like a sardine flying somewhere over the mid west headed back to TN to pre flight the upcoming Side X Side Roundup that happens over labor day weekend in Sept.
It’s not the non stop pace with little sleep this weekend that I’m excited about, it’s that we’ll get to run the course that has been built for the King of the Mountain Competition.  Rumor on the grounds is that it’s so gnarly that the track crew can’t make it through some sections.  We’ll see if they just need an expert or it’s really just that tough.  We’ll get back from TN and into town on Sunday night and then Wednesday night we’re off to Pismo Beach for the Next stop of the Dune Tour.  All great trips in the dirt doing the things I love, but I guess what bothers me the most is the fact that my family’s not here to enjoy them with me.
The good news is, in a couple of weeks that will all change as I’ll head off to Vegas to Reno to embark on the longest off road race in America and tackle a 1000 miles of the Nevada desert in my Pro Armor Kawasaki Teryx.  The downside of this is in all of my free time, the little bit that there is, I’ve been working non-stop to get the car ready for the race.  Luckily I have been able to enlist the talent of some of the best in the business.  As I made my trek to the airport this afternoon I made a stop in Upland, CA at Zero Tolerance Fabrication and dropped the racecar off to Paul to have a few last minute changes made to the car.  I’ll be sure to post some photos of the beautiful work that he does when I pick it up.  In all of my years I have never seen someone as talented as Paul and as capable of a fabricator and welder.
Well, it’s time to light the fire and get back to writing for your next issue, I’ll be sure to stop in soon and give you an update of where I’m at and the adventures that have happened.

Take care, Mike

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PICTURES FROM Side X Side Jamboree : Parker, AZ

Are posted on the Side X Side Jamboree Site… Please link here!!

We also ENCOURAGE YOU to email us your photos (or a link to them) and few words about your trip for us to post under the Your Stories page on our website. Please email those to [email protected].  It is always fun sharing photos and stories after an event!

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We Made it to Parker, AZ ~ Pictures

Between Midnight last night and 9am this morning all of us arrived out to the Base Camp of the Side X Side Jamboree in Parker, AZ.

We had a great day of setting the background scene for this weekend.  The table and chairs are up, the wood is ready for the fire, the stage is positioned, the exhibitors are starting to line up…. It is going to be a great weekend!

Today PJ’s Performance, CF Moto, R&R Products, OMF and Walker Evans parked their rigs in line to show you their stuff.  More are due in later tonight and the rest in the morning.  There is a lot of great stuff out here for you to look at!

As a note to the directions that are posted…it is a lot farther than 3 miles down Shea Rd…try more like 8.  And it is ALL ASPHAULT!  Don’t worry, you will see us when you get here!

The internet and phone service is not working very well out here, so don’t count on communicating via cell phone as you come in.  AND Because the Internet is super slow I am going to have you link to the pictures at:

Travel Safe and see you tomorrow night for the drive in movie at 7:30pm!

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3 Days to Side X Side Jamboree, Parker : EXHIBITORS Bringing Product to the Dirt

We like to offer free events for you to come out and play with us…but we all know nothing is really free!  So, we turn to industry leaders that want you to know about their products and ask them to sponsor the events and come out to exhibit their products.

I will have to say, we have A LOT OF AWESOME EXHIBITORS that are bringing their products to the dirt to show you exactly what they are all about!

Each of these Sponsors and Exhibitors have also been generous enough to donate raffle prizes so you have the opportunity to walk away with huge gifts.  Some include Seats, Cages, Tire and Wheel packages, Exhausts, Winches and over $10,000 in gift certificates for various items.

Please “pre-shop” the exhibitors here by checking out their websites and then take time to walk around on Friday or Saturday and say HI! to each. They are certainly going to have products that you want to see and talk about!

Presenting Sponsor

Beard Seats – Events like the SXS Jamboree provide Beard Seats, and its sister brands Speed Industries & Speedstrap, a great opportunity to not only showcase their vast UTV product line but they also like being in the dirt with you!  Check out their full line up of parts at their booth!

Event Sponsors

Poles & HoldersDesert Cleanup – has RV Mounted Flagpoles, pole holders, flags, pole lights and other fun stuff.  You saw the flag poles out at the scavenger hunt stops.  Show your colors and find your camp!

CF MotoFriday Night Drive-in Movie and Bonfire – They have come out and want to show you their vehicles!  Demo Rides 9am – 5pm on the CFMOTO 500 UTV.

KolpinKid Zone -  Kolpin believes strongly in the “work hard- play hard” mentality and are dedicated to preserving the powersports lifestyle for future generations.  They have a new line of products that will keep your attention!

Side X Side Action Magazine Show and Shine – The only SXS Specific magazine that covers what you want to know about your vehicles and takes you places you have never been.

Raceline WheelsSaturday Night Karaoke and Bonfire – Stop by the booth and check out their new 12” and 14” wheels for you SXS and ATV.  They want to roll in the dirt with you!


PJ Performance -  Specializing in UTV and 4WD off-road products.  They will have a small display of what they carry in the store and manufacture – They will also have some techs on staff to help fix if you have a problem.

Xtreme Machine & Fabrication – XMF are the UTV Suspension Experts.  On Display in their booth will be the Teryx from the Kawasaki Battle of the Builders that you saw highlighted in Side X Side Action Magazine.

R&R Products – Home in Lake Havasu City, and a donator of a cage for the raffle, they take machines from Mild to Wild!  They can take your vehicle to the next level!

Tantrum Motorsports – Is a performance parts and accessories store in Lake Havasu City – They are giving away goodie bags in the raffle that you can grab from him for your vehicle before you leave!

OMF Performance Products – Is the leader in beadlock technology. For nearly 30 years OMF has been specializing  in “BEADLOCKS”. Their manufacturing facility is located in Riverside, Ca.

Walker Evans – They will have their RZR, Rhino and Arctic Cat shocks on Display.  Also their new RZRs and Ranger shocks and new line of wheels for trucks.

AZ West Polaris – Polaris Ranger, Victory and Arctic Cat dealer in Lake Havasu City.  Check out their booth that has a RZRs, the NEW Prowler 1000, Ranger XP and some Quads on display.

CST Performance Suspension – Manufacturer of Superior Quality and Innovative suspension systems for trucks and UTV’s.  Check them out at the Big Red CST Trailer.

Walts Motorsports – Their slogan is “We are the funnest” and they work hard to make sure you believe it!  Lake Havasu City’s Kawasaki, Yamaha, Can-am, Seadoo, KTM dealer.  Carrying Side x Sides, Dirt Bike, Quads and Jet Skis

Gibson Performance – They not only have exhaust systems for your SXS, they also have exhaust for your truck and motorhome!  Check out all of their applications!

Funco – Funco is bad to the bone!  They are the Terex Superstore – ALL Teryx All-Day Everyday!  Check out the exceptional vehicles and products on display.

XXX Offroad –  Check out the cool gas cans, new light bars, and UTV gun safe.  Go over and visit where they are broadcasting online live via their RZR!

SSV Works – The premier manufacturer of Audio Systems for your Side X Side Vehicle.  Go check out what your SXS, Truck or Trailer can sound like!

Unleashed UTV – They are the home of the best pricing on everything from FST and XMF long travel to their very effective and inexpensive clutch kits.  They say they can beat just about any advertised price.

Lead Dog Motorsports – Located in Lake Havasu City, they have Side X Side and Jeep products in stock.  Service, repair and custom fabrication are their specialties.

Scavenger Hunt Stops:

Poles & Holders – Has RV Mounted Flagpoles, pole holders, flags, pole lights and other fun stuff.  You will see the flag poles out at the scavenger hunt stops.  Show your colors and find your camp!

Beard Seats – Beard Seats has put a special flier at their Scavenger Hunt Stop…you will just have to go there to see what you get!

Rockstar CustomsLocally owned custom off-road vehicle fabrication company in Lake Havasu City, AZ they provide in house custom fabrication for side x sides, rock crawlers, or any other off road vehicle.

Simpson Racing – They believe in safety first and want to make sure that you are utilizing the proper seat belts in your custom or factory SXS.

Dragon Fire Racing – Check out their very extensive 2009 catalog filled with parts to outfit all brands of Side x Sides head to tail!

CF MOTO – The first 200 Vehicles to go by their scavenger hunt stop will get a flier re-deemable for a free hat!  They have come out and want to show you their vehicles!  Demo Rides 9am – 5pm on the CFMOTO 500 UTV.

Additional Raffle Sponsors:
Buggy World
The Hands In Corp
Muzzy Exhaust
Gorilla Winches
Brimstone Riding Park
Warn Winches
MSD Powersports
Weekend Warrior Gear
Curtis Industries
ITP Tires


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Karaoke Prize Announcement – Side X Side Jamboree Parker, AZ

We like to give out big prizes…and I know I have been stringing you along on the Grand Prizes for the Karaoke Contest…but it is worth it!

How about a Yamaha EF2000iS Generator for the Grand Prize of the Karaoke contest on Saturday night?  Yes, Yamaha has generously donated a Generator for the best singer in the group!  I got to use one last weekend and am very impressed with it!  At only 44 lbs I was able to pick it up with ease, and better I was able to start it in just one simple pull and could hardly hear that it was running.  At 2000watts it is big enough to run your trailer (without the AC on) or you can hook two of them together to get more power!  Check them out!

Second place is a set of Raceline Monster 12”x7” wheels for your SXS or ATV.  These are some great looking wheels that are brand new to the market and ready to make a roll in the dirt!   Check them out!

Third place is just as impressive… How about a Gibson Performance Stainless Steel Exhaust System for your Side X Side!  Check out their entire line up!

So you ready to sign up now?    That’s what I thought!

Click here for more information on the Karaoke Contest for this weekend!

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