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DuneFest 2011

DuneFest 2011 at Winchester Bay, OR

Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx at DuneFest
Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx at DuneFest 2011

DuneFest takes place at Winchester Bay in theOregon Dunes National Recreation Area. This year’s event took place August 3 – 7, 2011. If you have never been to DuneFest, put it on your calendar.  There is so much going on that you could spend your whole time in the vendor area and checking out events and racing without ever getting out into the dunes to ride. Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce puts on DuneFest, and I have got to say they do a great job keeping everything organized and making it an enjoyable experience.

There were four ATV/UTV Manufacturers on location near the main stage. Yamaha, Kawasaki, Arctic Cat and Can-Am were giving demo rides of the Teryx, Commander, Rhino and select ATVs.

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Can-Am at DuneFest 2011
UTV Manufacturers at DuneFest – Arctic Cat, Can-Am, Kawasaki and Yamaha

For this trip I brought along my2011 Kawasaki Teryx with a new 916cc Muzzys engine and a set of paddle tires from Fullerton Sand Sports. When not out riding in the dunes, it was displayed on Vendor Row in the Got Sand? booth and also at the Kawasaki demo trailer.

Monster Energy Kawasaki TeryxMonster Energy Kawasaki Teryx

This was the first time in the dunes with our 2011 Kawasaki Teryx and I was very impressed.  After rock crawling in Moab and on the Rubicon, the dunes are a completely different animal, and it performed well. The extra power from the Muzzys 916cc v-twin added just enough to get me through the dunes at a good pace. With the extra power, I was even more excited about the LoneStar Racing +5″ XTR-F suspension with Fox shocks. Stable, plush, but firm when I needed it. I even went on a night ride and put my Rigid Industries Dually LED lights to the test.  They turned night into day.  Enough said!

I arrived on Tuesday and unloaded quickly as this was my first trip to the dunes with my new 916cc Muzzys engine.  I hooked up with friends that all had RZRs and had a blast with the beautiful weather and expansive coastal dunes. We even found a jumping spot and some of the guys aired it out a bit.

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Wednesday’s competition included the Tug-of-war.  The Tug-of-war replaced last year’s tractor pull and I am not quite sure why this was changed.  Tug-of-war just doesn’t work with UTVs.  They turn into roto-tillers and bury themselves without making much of any forward movement.  Check out the video below and you will see.  I hope they switch back to the tractor pull for next year.

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Later in the day, I hooked up with Elka Suspension as they installed and tuned a set of Stage 4 shocks on Dave’s  Polaris RZR XP. It is very cool when aftermarket manufacturers and vendors are on location to sell, install, tune and answer questions.

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Dave from Fullerton Sand Sports got some new Stage 4 Elka shocks installed on his Polaris RZR XP, then took it out and jumped it big! Dave talks very highly of this setup, and he likes to dune hard.

Thursday came and I joined up with JC and Shane fromMotorcycleUSA.com for a ride.  They had brought out their demo Polaris RZR XP that had some aftermarket dirt tires that really spun up in the sand. Not the greatest choice for performance in the sand, but they threw up a nice roost!  After some riding, JC decided it was time to get some air as well.

Polaris RZR XP at Winchester BayPolaris RZR XP jumping in the dunes

I joined up with a Bill Lanphier as he went out for a sand car photo shoot, and Dave, Seth and Jay came along.  Much to my liking, this group doesn’t like to sit around much.  So while Bill was busy shooting photos of the sand car, we played around in the dunes.  I jumped out to snap some photos after Seth Fargher from DWT decided to go big on a Suzuki Z400. While that was going on, I tossed my Teryx keys to Dave from Fullerton Sand Sports and he took a quick spin.

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Seth Fargher from DWT on his Dad’s Suzuki Z400

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Dave from Fullerton Sand Sports taking our Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx for a spin

Later in the day, it was back to the main event area to check out the UTV Barrel Racing. Three barrels were setup in a standard Western Barrel pattern that looks like a triangle. Riders had to negotiate some very tight corners.

Polaris RZR XP - DuneFest Barrel Racing

DuneFest 2011 - Barrel Racing - Polaris RZR XP
DuneFest 2011 Barrel Racing

Later in the afternoon, it was time for the Show & Shine. Just a handful of UTVs competed in the event, but there were some nice paint jobs on display.

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Polaris RZR S at DuneFest 2011 Show & ShineCan-Am Commander 1000 at DuneFest 2011 Show & ShineSTU Sand Blaster Paddles on DWT WheelsCan-Am COmmander 1000 at DuneFest 2011
DuneFest Show & Shine – UTVs

Friday morning started as usual in the vendor area, but I was over at the American Sand Association booth helping sell raffle tickets for the 2011 Buckshot sand car. This car is being raffled off and will be given away at the 2011 Sand Sports Super Show in September.

2011 ASA, Buckshot and Monster Energy Raffle Car
2011 ASA, Buckshot and Monster Energy Raffle Car

After the coastal fog had burned off it was time for a Helicopter Ride over the Winchester Bay dunes! I hooked up with the official DuneFest 2011 photographer and went up withApex Helicopters. Apex is based up in Florence, and run tours of the dunes on a regular basis.

UTV/ATV Manufacturers at DuneFest 2011
Aerial view of the manufacturer area at DuneFest

GoPro video of the Winchester Bay Sand Dunes during DuneFest 2011

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 Bird’s eye view of DuneFest 2011

After the helicopter ride, it was time to head back main stage area for the Last Man Standing UTV Race. This event is on a pretty tight track and has two drivers sent out at a time with a double elimination. Once they’ve lost twice, they are out of the race. The course is real tight and there is not much room to pass so typically whoever got the holeshot, ended up winning the race. A Polaris RZR XP won the race and was also the most popular entry, but there was also a few Yamaha Rhinos a Kawasaki Teryx and a few RZR S.

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DuneFest 2011 - Last Man Standing UTV RaceDuneFest 2011 - Last Man Standing UTV Race

Polaris RZR XP
Last Man Standing UTV Race

Saturday, I hooked up with Dave from Fullerton Sand Sports and the guys from K&T Performance to get a closer look at what they have done for turbo kits with the Polaris RZR XP. I got a chance to drive K&T’s white RZR XP that was sporting their pump gas turbo kit.  Although they still had some clutch tuning to do, the XP had some crazy power!  We cruised the dunes for a while then found a spot where we could get some wheelie shots.  Dave drove the white XP and Rayce drove their race XP. The power to weight ratio that these cars put down is very impressive.

Turbo Polaris RZR XP at Winchester Bay Sand DunesTurbo Polaris RZR XP at Winchester Bay Sand DunesTurbo Polaris RZR XP

K&T Turbo Polaris RZR XP 900K&T Turbo Polaris RZR XP 900K&T Turbo on a Polaris RZR XP 900

Turbo Polaris RZR XP – white on pump gas and black on race gas.

In The Dunes

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1600 HP Jeep Grand Cherokee

  


DuneFest 2011

Ovation Award winner of “The Best Sporting Event in Oregon”. This five-day event is filled with exciting fun activities including adult and kid activities, Moto Cross Racing, Sand Drags, Poker Run, Treasure Hunt, Show N’ Shine, Drive-In Movie Night, Charity Auction, Freestyle Shows, evening entertainment featuring Rock The Dunes Friday and Saturday nights. Vendor Row offers ATV’s, clothing, crafts, ATV accessories, and food booths.

DuneFest offers A Kid’s Safe ATV Riding Area, Exciting Activities for all skill and age ranges, Non Ethanol Gasoline, premium fuel 92 octane, available in Salmon Harbor at the fuel dock, and a free shuttle bus service from Winchester Bay.

With the help of hundreds of volunteers, DuneFest is the premiere ATV sand event in the country. DuneFest is a family-friendly atmosphere and boasts the slogan: “THE MOST FUN A FAMILY CAN HAVE IN THE SAND”

Facilities under Special Use Permit with the Siuslaw National Forest & Douglas County Parks.

Visit Vendor Row to find ATV accessories, clothing, and food. Vendor Row will open daily from 9am to 6pm with food vendors staying open later for you to enjoy fresh Dungeness crab or BBQ Ribs for dinner.

DuneFest 2011 Schedule of Events:

TUESDAY, August 2nd
2:00pm – Camp Check-in and Pre-registration booth opens at Fisherman’s Memorial on Salmon Harbor Drive WEDNESDAY, August 3rd
8:00 am – Camp Check-in and registration all day.
8:00 am – Welcome to DuneFest Pancake Breakfast at Hospitality tent Main Stage Area sponsored by Yamaha Motor Corporation USA. Presented by The Military Order Of The Purple Heart.
9:00 am – Vendor Area opens.
9:00 am – DuneFest 2011 FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN ACTIVITY AREA OPENS sign up AT THE PROMOTO PROMOTIONS MX TRACK AREA.
10:00 am – Treasure Hunt & Poker Run Registration opens ModQuad booth on vendor row (DECIBEL CHECK REQUIRED testing available Main Stage area).
10:00 am – Tire Toss Registration opens Moto Gear booth on vendor row.
10:00 am – Adult/ Kid Toilet Paper Tag Tighty Whitey Team Race.
2:00 pm – Mini Warriors Quadcross Grand Prix.
2:00 pm – 40 – 70CC Open Skill.
2:20 pm – 80 – 110CC Amateur/Expert.
3:00 pm -250 4Stroke Amateur/Expert – 400CC Amateur/Expert.
3:30 pm – 450CC Amateur/Expert.
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm UTV and Side X Side Tractor Pull
5:00 pm – Monster Truck Rides – Moto Cross Track

THURSDAY, August 4th
8:00 am – Camp Check-in and registration all day.
8:00 am – DuneFest Pancake Breakfast at Hospitality Tent Main Stage Area sponsored by can-am/BRP, presented by The Military Order Of The Purple Heart.
9:00 am – 11:00 pm Free Shuttle bus service begins.
9:00 am – Vendor Area open.
9:00 am – DuneFest 2011 FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN ACTIVITY AREA OPENS sign up AT THE PROMOTO PROMOTIONS MX TRACK AREA.
10:00 am – Treasure Hunt & Poker Run Registration opens ModQuad booth on vendor row (DECIBEL CHECK REQUIRED testing available Main Stage area).
10:00 am – Tire Toss Registration opens Moto Gear booth on vendor row.
10:00 am – Barrel Racing Kids up to 12 years old
12:00 pm – Barrel Racing Women
1:00 pm – Barrel Racing Men
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Show & Shine Registration at Main Stage Area sponsored by ModQuad
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Show & Shine at Main Stage Area sponsored by ModQuad
5:00 pm – Monster Truck Rides – Moto Cross Track
9:00 pm – Movie Night – Drive-In Movie at Main Stage Area Sponsored by MotoUSA
MotoUSA Video Highlight Footage
Feature Presentation – TBD
(Refreshments available)

THURSDAY DRAGS

Oregon Off-Road Drag Association Sand Drag Racing
Sponsored by ModQuad
DRAG STRIP – Be sure to REGISTER for all Sand Drag Races on Friday and Saturday at Race Track.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm Drag Strip Opens Test & Tune.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Side X Side Race.
2:00 pm – Test & Tune. FRIDAY, August 6th
8:00 am – Camp Check-in and registration all day.
8:00 am – DuneFest Pancake Breakfast at Hospitality Tent Main Stage Area sponsored by Arctic Cat, presented by The Military Order Of The Purple Heart.
9:00 am – Midnight Free Shuttle bus service begins.
9:00 am – Vendor Area open.
Noon – Pre-Registration booth closes at Fisherman’s Memorial.
9:00 am – DuneFest 2011 FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN ACTIVITY AREA OPENS sign up AT THE PROMOTO PROMOTIONS MX TRACK AREA.
10:00 am – Side X Side Last Man Standing Event
11:00 am – 11:30 am Freestyle Show by WGAS Motorsports at Main Stage Area
1:00 pm – Team Grand Prix MX TRACK AREA
10:00 am – Treasure Hunt & Poker Run Registration opens ModQuad booth on vendor row (DECIBEL CHECK REQUIRED testing available Main Stage area).
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Treasure Hunt Main Stage Area sponsored by ModQuad (DECIBLE CHECK REQUIRED).
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm – Freestyle Show by WGAS Motorsports at Main Stage Area
3:30 pm – Tire Toss sponsored by MotoGear at Main Stage Area Men, Women, & Kid Brutus win a set of paddle tires.
‘ 5:00 pm – Monster Truck Rides – Moto Cross Track
5:30 pm – 5:45 pm – Freestyle Show by WGAS Motorsports at Main Stage Area sponsored by Geico Powersports.
5:00 pm – Monster Truck Rides – Moto Cross Track
5:45 pm – ATV Charity Auction at The Main Stage Area sponsored by the Vendors and Sponsors of DuneFest 2011 Following Auction Freestyle Show by WGAS Motorsports continued.

ROCK THE DUNES
At the Main Stage Area live performances (bring your own chair).

Music & Dancing
7:15 pm – 8:00 pm Kid’s Rock – Cloud Nine Band
8:15 pm – 9:30 pm Band – TBD
10:00 pm – Peter Giri Band

FRIDAY DRAGS

Oregon Off-Road Drag Association Sand Drag Racing
Sponsored by ModQuad

DRAG STRIP
9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Sportsman Time runs and elimination.
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Kids Time runs & elimination.
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm – High School Drags.
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Pro Bike Times runs and eliminations.
4:00 pm – Cars, Jeeps, Buggies, & Dragsters times and elimination.

SATURDAY, August 6th
8:00 am – Camp Check-in and registration all day.
8:00 am – DuneFest Pancake Breakfast at Hospitality Tent Main Stage Area sponsored by Kawasaki, presented by The Military Order Of The Purple Heart
9:00 am – Midnight Free Shuttle bus service begins.
9:00 am – Vendor Area open.
9:00 am – DUNEFEST 2011 FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN ACTIVITY AREA OPENS sign up AT THE PROMOTO PROMOTIONS MX TRACK AREA.
10:00 am – Winchester Bay QuadCross Races Begin.
40 – 70CC Beginner Class.
70 – 125CC Amateur Class.
1:00 pm – 3:00pm – Pro Races 16 years old & older.
70 –125CC Amateur or Expert.
200 –400 4stroke Amateur or Expert.
Shifter Expert Women’s Only.
+30 Amateur or Expert.
450CC Beginner / Junior/ Expert / Pro.
Side X Side Classes co-sponsored by MCX-USA with added prizes of a gift certificates for 1st Place $1,500 off a UTV Turbo Kit, 2nd Place $1.250 off, 3rd Place $1,000 off. Remit to MCX-USA.
Pilot & Odyssey Class
Added classes as needed.
10:00 am – 2 pm – Poker Run Registration Opens Northwest Community Credit Union Activity Information/Registration booth on vendor row.
10:00 am – 1:30pm – Can Food Drive Main Stage Area sponsored by ModQuad.
11:00 am – 11:30 am Freestyle Show by WGAS Motorsports at Main Stage Area
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm Freestyle Show by WGAS Motorsports at Main Stage Area
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Poker Run Registration at Main Stage
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Poker Run (DECIBEL CHECK REQUIRED)
5:00 – pm Monster Truck Rides – Moto Cross Track
5:00 – pm – 6:30 pm Presentation of Trophies and Prizes to Race Winners and Stage Announcements
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Freestyle Show by WGAS Motorsports at Main Stage Area

ROCK THE DUNES
At the Main Stage Area live performances (bring your own chair).

Music & Dancing
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Band – TBD
10:00 pm – Damaged Jim SATURDAY DRAGS

Oregon Off-Road Drag Association Sand Drag Racing
Sponsored by ModQuad

DRAG STRIP
9:00 am – 10:30 am Thumper Wars
10:30 am – Noon Banshee Bash sponsored by Yamaha Corp. USA
Noon – 1:00 pm Honda Hoedown
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Suzuki Shootout
2:00pm – KING OF THE DUNES RACE
Please Note: All Times are approximate: It is the racers responsibility to be at the track at the right time. SUNDAY, August 7th
Open Play Day.
9:00am – Noon – Vendor Area open.

Free Air Station located at the Pre-Registration Booth location Provided by United Rentals and Mast Bros. Towing

Keep The Oregon Dunes Clean by leaving your area pristine Please leave garbage at the dumpsters Drive Safely!

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