Off-road racing takes place at Three Peaks Recreational Area, Cedar City, Utah, May 31, 2014 | Photo by Kevin Robison, Cedar City News
CEDAR CITY – The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts – commonly known as SNORE – made their Utah debut Saturday at the Cedar City Grand Prix.
Sounds of roaring engines could be heard Saturday morning at Three Peaks Recreational Area as a total of 80 racers cruised through the new course.
The course is awesome with technical terrain and turns through trees, said Vince Bishop, sergeant at arms, media director and volunteer director for SNORE.
“Very technical, very tight,” he said.
Being in Utah has been a new experience, Bishop said. He has been doing off-road racing for 21 years and this is the first time he has witnessed a herd of deer on a course.
“Wow, that was cool,” he said.
SNORE, an all-volunteer organization, looked at coming to Utah due to Bureau of Land Management closures and development in the Las Vegas area.
After SNORE President Ken Freeman visited Cedar City on vacation, the group began talking to local officials in order to create the 32-mile loop course, Bishop said.
“I think the town is happy we are here,” Bishop said, “and the local BLM has been very cooperative.”
Many of the spectators were locals who came out to enjoy the races.
“We just enjoy this type of stuff,” Cody Stratton, of Enoch, said. “(We) like to come out and watch the competition.”
Many local organizations came together to make the event possible, including Volunteers in Police Service.
“We have 20 members; most of them are former law enforcement,” said Bob Lovelass, volunteer patrol officer for the Iron County Sheriff’s Office and a Volunteers in Police Service member. “It’s an unpaid position, and it’s fun or else we wouldn’t do it.”
The agency helps with events like SNORE and assists law enforcement agencies in Iron County.
The addition of the new event to Cedar City helps bring in revenue to the local community, Lovelass said.
“It’s a pretty well organized event – really well organized,” Lovelass said. “They got us, the Iron County Search and Rescue the BLM folks, and all kinds of local people helping them out with this, making sure it goes smoothly.”