Major International Offroad Race coming to the Valley in April

Gary Wyatt, Director, Intergovernmental Relations, and Charla Teeters, Executive Director United Desert Gateway, convince the board of the value to the community of the upcoming offroad race

EL CENTRO – Marty Coyne, owner Imperial Valley Cycle Center and Roger Norman, a professional offroad racing competitor and owner of SCORE (International Off-Road racing organization) have teamed up to include the Imperial Valley in their SCORE racing circuit, with the IV 250 Score International Offroad Race.


Their vision not only is becoming a reality, but with the Imperial County Board of Supervisors designating $45,000 from their Off Highway Vehicle Trust Fund, El Centro throwing in another $25,000, and a projected $75,000 from private companies, the Imperial Valley has jumped on board.


“Every hotel will be filled to capacity,” Gary Wyatt told the board. “These teams are professional, elite, and they bring large crews with them and larger crowds come for the race.”


According to Coyne, this race will be the biggest event hosted in the county, ever.


“This race could bring in anywhere from $10 to $30 million. There will be three days of eventing, Thursday will be autographs with the professional racers at the Imperial Valley Mall and a parade of the race vehicles, Friday will be the Tech and Contingency at the Mall, making sure everyone is legal for the race, and Saturday will be the race. There will be 3 laps out by Superstition Mountain totaling about 250 miles,” Coyne said.


When the board questioned Charla Teeters, executive director of United Desert Gateway and one of the committee members, on how the money would be spent, she responded by explaining the funds would be spent on safety, law enforcement, water trucks, dumpsters, De Anza Search and Rescue, porta-potties, passes, radios, ATV-UTV rentals, and crowd control to name a few.


The money comes from OHV (Off Highway Vehicle Trust Fund) which has collected approximately $400,000 from taxed off road vehicles.


The race will be held April 26, 2014 and ESPN will be filming the event.


Anyone interested in being a vendor or volunteering, Coyne suggested talking to the El Centro Chamber of Commerce who is coordinating both.


  1. Will this course be closed to spectators so the public cannot enjoy the event? Don’t tell me there will be a “spectator area” like last time, it was a disaster. Too many people crammed into a small area at the pits. Spread out viewing areas that are reasonably close to the race action.

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