Giving Back to the Community

It is a goal of all of those associated with Swampcat Racing not only to Race and Ride, but to also promote good sportsmanship and unity in the power sports community. This unity is accomplished by means of a two part process. Fist by supporting legal riding areas through promotion and volunteer efforts. Secondly to help local charities on behalf of fellow riders, examples include the Bras for a Cause event and the Hallstead Poker Run.

Blue Ribbon Coalition

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Rob from Swampcat Racing with Greg Mumm of the Blue Ribbon Coalition during the Turn the Tide Tour visiting OHV Parks in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Labor Day 2012 was very interesting to say the least. Greg Mumm with the Blue Ribbon Coalition had just arrived in Northeast PA and I had the opportunity to meet up with him over the weekend and ride.
 
Our adventure started at the Lost Trails in Dunmore, PA. Along the trails and even in the parking area Greg had the opportunity to speak with many OHV riders who value a legal well managed place to ride. Once we made it back from trail riding we called it a day and Greg headed to the Vacation Inn to stay the night. From there we picked up right where we left off with a ride along the Northern Wayne Outdoor Recreation Club’s trail system which is all located on private property. Their trail system connects riders to food, gas, and lodging all without having to trailer their ATV. The trail system is also open to snowmobiles, hikers, bikers, and other types of recreation. From there we met with the Board Members of NWORC to discuss with Greg what they are looking for in a relationship with the BRC and updated him on plans of future trail expansion.
With over twenty-five years of fighting for our rights, the BlueRibbon Coalition is a respected national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. www.sharetrails.org

NOHVCC, PAOHV, and Tread Lightly

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Members of the NOHVCC, PA DCNR, and PA OHV gather at the Bald Eagle State Forest to discuss OHV opportunities and trail design.

In addition to the BRC Rob from Swampcat Racing has been very active with other organizations within the Community. Training such as the NOHVCC seminars pictured on the right and Tread Lightly’s Train the Trainer classes always worked their way in between recreational riding and racing. NOHVCC’s mission is very similar to that of the Blue Ribbon Coalition which brings together OHV enthusiasts and provides information to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies in order to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation. Tread Lightly promotes a balance between the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain healthy ecosystems and thriving populations of fish and wildlife. Rob has completed the master tread trainer course giving him a strong understanding of tread lightly and provides an opportunity to train others to go out and teach about outdoor ethics.

Looking to the Future

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Trash being transported curbside for pickup along the trail in Northeastern, PA There were over a dozen club members in attendance.

With the start of the 2015 race season and continuing into 2018, Swampcat Racing has outfitted a new ATV to be solely dedicated to racing. The platform was chosen based on a few key features. First, in keeping with tradition, it was going to be an Arctic Cat with the largest displacement motor in production. Other significant additions were the six inch stretched frame of the TRV and the application of power steering to help steer the oversized 32.5″ Highlifter Outlaw mud tires. Once the TRV was delivered the modifications were started. The oil and differential fluid was replaced with Lucas Oil and the coolant with Engine Ice. A new high performance lightweight Shorai battery replaced the stock one in the same location. Mudtech Inc provided the lift, differential braces, and arched A-Arms. A spike load damper delete kit was provided by D&P Performance. Even though the new ATV took the podium ten times in the last two years, this winter will afford the opportunity to tune motor and dial in the clutching. Please visit the site and let me know what you think. The easiest way to contact me is to send swampcat07 a message through twitter or an e-mail to swampcatracing at gmail, however this address is checked less frequently.

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Early morning start to the 2014 Hallstead Poker Run, to the left of the rescue you can see the first group starting to line up before heading out on the trails.

 

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