— Tons of fun for everyone —
With attendance exceeding 10,000 people, the UTV Takeover put on three events in 2018, and we attended the first jamboree held at the south end of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Headquartered at Box Car Hill Campground at Coos Bay, the Oregon UTV Takeover had four days and nights of fun and free activities for UTVs, ATVs, families and children. Polaris put on demo rides with RZR Turbos, RS1s and 1000s, and sponsored the main stage, along with Florence Yamaha, while Rugged Radios sponsored daily youth ATV hands-on training. The Salem Sand Club sponsored group dune rides by day, and Whip It Light Rods put on night rides. Bombshell Gear sponsored the UTV drag races, while DCP presented the ATV sand drags. There were also UTV and ATV barrel races and short-course events, and Humboldt Motorsports presented the UTV Huckfest jump contest and sponsored the main tent, the site of the BBQ spare ribs contest and pot-luck dinner.
Rockford Fosgate sponsored the dirt bike and ATV Huckfest, but the bikes and ATVs didn’t go nearly as big as the UTVs did. There were also day and night Show & Shine contests, daily swag raffles, a non-stop Kids’ Zone, nightly live music sponsored by PCI Radios, and an ATC 70 Olympics. More family fun included a treasure hunt, farmer’s dash, group campfire with rock-and-roll bingo, wheelie contests, UTV and Jeep dune tours, sand-tire toss, and one-off events like the Blind Bandit and Lampoon Dune Vacation. Vendor Row was sponsored by Monster Energy, and vendors contributed $20,000 in product swag for raffles. Competition winners won extra raffle tickets, which were only $1 apiece.
After four days and nights of free fun and camping in the dunes, MDT Discount Tires sponsored the Sunday Air Station, where several bulldozers pulled campers out of the loose dune sand. We’ll also be reporting on the Idaho UTV Takeover (August 8–12) in an upcoming issue and hope to make the Little Sahara UTV Takeover as well (October 3–7).
P.O. Box 1467
Silverton, OR 97381
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