RSSC Jan Desert Photo

January 2014 Desert Club


RSSC Jan Desert Photo

Total Retail Value: $57

FAST-Aid Tshirts: CLICK HERE for our full selection of FAST-Aid merchandise.  Including Ladies, Mens and Fitted Hats.

Bower Media Tshirts: CLICK HERE to see the options available in the Race Team Store.  S-4xl



IT’S BEEN A YEAR!  Happy Anniversary to those that took the initial risk and invested in what has become an awesome club filled with a ton of fun!  As you reach your One Year Anniversary with us, you will be receiving a Collectors Edition Beer/Milk Glass!  These will never be for sale, or for hand out, only available to YOU as a THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

Billing Note:  I have changed the way we are taking new Club Members.  If you are fine with using Paypal, then there is no need to adjust.  If you would like to use your Credit Card instead, we have a fancy system that will give you a user area allowing you to change your size and address at any time.  It is not mandatory, it is an option.  Let me know if you would like to switch. or 714-394-1716.

We just started a New ClubSocks & Underwear Club.  Yep, we know it’s weird, but it has been requested and a pretty big hit with those I have shown the sample package to! Each month we will send a pair of socks (three types to choose from), underwear (three types to choose from) and a bonus Man Thing like deodorant or razor or…(like the swag, it will change).  ADD this to YOUR CURRENT Shirt Club SHIPMENT for only $9.99.  Use the Coupon Code: DESMEM14 when signing up at   This is a perfect gift for the kid going away to college, the guy in the military or…there are so many options!

I listened to you guys!  Always open to feedback!   Thanks for Sharing….

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About Fast-Aid:        

Fast Aid LogoFAST Aid is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial, educational and personal assistance to injured racers, support teams and their families as well as ensures the necessary support is in place to complete a thorough recovery and rehabilitation from motor sports racing incidents.

Did you know, FAST Aid will extend support to injured racers, media and pit crews that are participating in sanctioned races within the borders of the United States including BITD, DRIVE, LOORS, MDR, MORE, SNORE, SCORE, & TORC.


FAST Aid can provide preventative, financial and emotional support for drivers, media and team members that are injured during races. They offer financial assistance to those who may require additional funds as a result of injury, and emotional support through difficult times by ensuring that families are able to be with their injured loved ones.  Uniquely, FAST Aid has Safety Classes that can help you be prepared in the event of an accident and prevent causing further injury to a person.

Fast Aid LogoAs an individual you can help in more ways than you think! As we are doing with the shirts, please help spread the word about FAST Aid. You can also volunteer to help at events, classes or visit injured racers. Don’t have the time but still want to make a difference? Any monetary donation will help the racers fund and are greatly appreciated and tax deductible!


As a corporation or industry related company you have many options available to help support us as a 501(c)3. Between classic marketing opportunities to working together on a drive where a percentage of sales are donated towards the racer fund, or being part of our yearly events, we are open to current and new options. Your donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.
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Mint 400About Mint 400: Known as “The Great American Off-Road Race“, The Mint 400 is the oldest, roughest, most spectacular off-road race in America! This 400-mile off-road marathon was started in 1967, and remains an important part of American racing history. Thousands of racers and celebrities from around the world have competed at The Mint – and it draws nearly 300 race teams, and 60,000 spectators annually to Las Vegas, Nevada – to compete in over 20 classes of race vehicles. The Mint 400 is owned and operated by The Martelli Brothers, and is part of the Best in the Desert American Off-Road Racing Series. Television coverage of the annual event is produced by Mad Media and broadcast to Millions of homes via NBC and FOX Sports One Sports.

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 About Bonus Shirt:  More of a 4×4 shirt than desert, so we are making it a bonus shirt for the delay in shipping January!  Yes! That is me on the shirt! 🙂 The background to this shirt is the King of the Hammers Backdoor Challenge on Monday night.  It was a “fun” competition that became a “really fun” event when I made it to the top within time.

About Backdoor Challenge and Charlene’s Run:  

charlene bower backdoorHere are a few facts to paint the picture: 1. I’ve never raced anything before.  We can take that one step further to saying, I have never seen a green flag and hit the skinny pedal.  2. I’ve never driven up the obstacle Backdoor as a passenger…muchless a driver until the Saturday before the event.  Sure I have taken hundreds of pictures, but that doesn’t mean you can crawl it. 3. I was driving an everyday crawler.  Is that fair?  How about a 4 cylinder YJ that has slowly been stripped into an AZUndertakers proven tube buggy.   Yes, that makes the decision to compete at this fun challenge even crazier!

We drove onto the lakebed Friday to set up for the week of helping racers.  Mid-afternoon Matt came and put me into the buggy – “Time to show me you can do this!”  I went up Backdoor as a passenger and learned the passenger line; I got out and watched Matt go up it once and learned the drivers line; then I came back around as a driver and pulled up to feel the angle, gave it a few tries and made it up; went back around for a second try and ONE SHOTTED IT!  Whoooohoooo!  Talk about some self-confidence.  I was ready.  Well, maybe not quite yet.  We went back out on Saturday night so I could run it at night with a group of hecklers and a helmet on.  I could feel the adrenaline and put a few laps on the ‘ol Backdoor.  I got this.

Charlene bower king of the hammers BackdoorWhen Monday came, I was crazy busy chasing racer boys around the lakebed trying to get work done. (Yes, it’s what I do)  I almost lost track of time but headed into the drivers meeting and then raced back to the trailer to get the buggy final prepped.  Final prep: Stickers of course!  BFGoodrich, Raceline Wheels and WARN, plus the fancy Bower Motorsports Media banner duct taped to the top – thanks to Matt for the touch of Pink :)  And we were loaded and headed to staging for the King Shocks Backdoor Challenge.

I think I pee’d 5 times, maybe more. I was nervous. The Backdoor canyon could be described as a scene from a medieval fight arena. To take my mind off things I decided to hike up the canyon to talk to Raceline’s Greg Mulkey and Tim Lund who were announcing. That was a bigger feat than I thought, but I took a bag of koozies and they worked perfectly as bribery: “Here, I am paying ahead to make sure I don’t fall”.  Anyone that has walked like a billy goat on the side of a mountain with hundreds of people (or goats) in the way can attest to this feat.  I made it and back safely.  Then I took my mind off things by cleaning.  The jeep was really, really clean.

Charlene Bower Raceline WheelsIt was finally time to buckle in.  Time to go.  What in the world am I doing?  I rolled down to the start line. 3-2-1-GO!  I went faaast!  I’m not sure if you can tell in the video, but I was speeding along to the base of the waterfall.  I lined up perfectly.  I hit it, but not enough. Dangit! I waited for the buggy to settle, put it into reverse and went too far down! Dangit! Rolled up, and again the 4-squirrels weren’t there.  I backed down again, knew that this was my last chance………and it crawled!!!!!  I made it up!  Slammed into the rock at the top, went around to the right hand climb, walked right up it and then sprinted to the finish.

The volunteer at the finish line has THE STORY.  He came up to the buggy and asked if I knew what my time was.  “I don’t care!  All I care about is I get to talk to you right now and that means I made it to the top!!!!” The end result was a not so awesome time because of all the backups, but I made it up, and within the set cutoff time.  That was my goal, that was my accomplishment.  This gave me the title of “Fastest Girl up Backdoor” – I’ll leave it at that because we have all been having a lot of fun with that name…

I hope you enjoyed my personal recount of this life altering event and can now wear the shirt with a smile.  This is my personality in a nutshell: Simple and Fun?  OK, Lets do it!

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