I’ve been duning at Glamis since the early 80s, camping in the washes behind Clean Genes during the early part of the season, then camping over near “Dirty Bob” Gilles shop during the hotter times to ride with and follow behind his infamous Buick V8 powered wheelie machine. I have ridden and driven everything you could imagine in the dunes from dirt bikes, 3 wheelers (ran over myself every weekend on those!), quads, jeeps, buggies and now SXSs. OHVs are a passion for myself and my family, which includes my 5 kids and 5 grandkids. Our Thanksgiving tradition is to come together as a family, camping and riding.
During all my years at Fullerton Sand Sports and then as promoter of UTV Invasion, I was given the opportunity to meet, do business, and ride with a lot of great enthusiasts and companies in the OHV community. Since my specialty in the industry was sand tire setup, I got the opportunity to go to all the major sand duning areas in the US to learn about what makes each destination unique. To be able to enjoy the duning experience with so many people with the same passion about our sport and our communities across the whole country is something that I will never forget.
One thing in common in almost all the areas is the continual fight to be able to keep these areas open and accessible to us. We need to educate our OHV community, and to support those trying to keep our riding areas open. Everyone can do their part by leaving your camp cleaner than when you got there, ride with respect for others and for the places you ride, and by giving of your time and/or money to those organizations standing up for access.