Off-Road Racing

Recent Articles #1

Chuck Johnson
Chuck Johnson

Chuck Johnson

Filed in Off-Road Racing by on June 4, 2018 • views: 1722

Last month I wrote a tribute to legendary off-road Ford Ranger desert racer Many Esquerra. This month I wanted to pay tribute to another legendary Ford Ranger desert racer, Chuck Johnson. While Chuck may not have had all of the fame from doing Ford Ranger commercial and print ads, he still logged a lot of […]

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Recent Articles #2

Tribute to Manny Esquerra
Tribute to Manny Esquerra

Tribute to Manny Esquerra

Filed in 1989-1992 Ford Ranger 4x4, 2WD Off-Road, Off-Road Racing by on April 11, 2018 • views: 3218

One of the greatest off-road racing legends, and Ford Ranger drivers, was Manny Esquerra. He died of a heart attack at the age of 64, while driving 1400-class Trick Truck #18 in the BlueWater Resort & Casino – Best in the Desert Parker 425 on February 2, 2008. Other drivers and co-riders listed included Tracy […]

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RaceRanger97’s Ford Ranger
RaceRanger97's Ford Ranger

RaceRanger97’s Ford Ranger

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 2WD, 2WD Off-Road, Off-Road Racing by on December 1, 2017 • views: 3428

As the owner of The Ranger Station, I’ve had the occasion to watch member vehicles transform over the years. Sometimes you can see a members skills grow and develop as their vehicle transforms. One of those members is ‘RaceRanger97’ (Alec Navarro) of Fresno California. Alec first shared his RaceRangers Build in our forum in July of […]

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Sean Shaw’s Desert Ranger
Sean Shaw's Desert Ranger

Sean Shaw’s Desert Ranger

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 2WD, 2WD Off-Road, Off-Road Racing by on June 15, 2017 • views: 970

Hey everyone, This month we’re featuring Sean Shaw’s 1994 Ford Ranger.  Sean built the truck for high speed off road desert driving.  It’s set up like a pre-runner or what Sean likes to call a trophy truck.  The Ranger is equipped with the factory 4.0-Liter V-6 that has well over 190,000 on the clock that […]

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Not All There Racing
Not All There Racing

Not All There Racing

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4, Off-Road Racing by on June 14, 2017 • views: 806

Recently I had the opportunity to talk to Aaron Matthew-“Air” for short, President of Uconn Off-Road and the owner/driver of Not All There Racing about the 1995 Ford Ranger he’s building to replace the Bronco he races…….. What have you done to the engine? – Stripped and gutted, Ported intake and exhaust ports, engine is on […]

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Bryan Smith – TREC Racer C747
Bryan Smith - TREC Racer C747

Bryan Smith – TREC Racer C747

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 4x4, Off-Road Racing by on June 14, 2017 • views: 678

Who says off-road racing has to be an expensive hobby?  TREC = Trail Racing Endurance Circuit. TREC is a race help within the Badlands Off-Road Park in Attica Indiana. The 12-mile course traverses sand dunes, woods, hills, mud, water crossings, rocks, and about anything else you could expect to find off-roading in the mid-west. The […]

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Angry Iron’s Rally Ranger
Angry Iron's Rally Ranger

Angry Iron’s Rally Ranger

Filed in 1989-1992 Ford Ranger 2WD, 2WD Off-Road, Off-Road Racing by on June 14, 2017 • views: 950

  On 05/28/2009 forum member Angry Iron started a build thread on their rally Ranger. I recently followed up to see what had ever become of the rally Ranger. The 1990 Ford Ranger Crew Cab was chosen and will provide ample space while remaining light weight and versatile. The truck was chosen because the parts […]

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Southern Storm Monster Ford Ranger
Southern Storm Monster Ford Ranger

Southern Storm Monster Ford Ranger

Filed in 1983-1988 Ford Ranger 4x4, Off-Road Racing by on June 14, 2017 • views: 890

One of the most notorious Ford Ranger monster trucks was the Southern Storm Ford Ranger built, owned, and raced by Robbie Giles of Goose Creek South Carolina. The truck featured dual Ford 429 V8’s (you can see the second one under the bed), dual C-6 automatic transmissions, and a 2.5 ton military transfer case. Robbie […]

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Jeff Davis’ Class 7 2003 Ford Ranger
Jeff Davis' Class 7 2003 Ford Ranger

Jeff Davis’ Class 7 2003 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1998-2011 Ford Ranger 2WD, 2WD Off-Road, Off-Road Racing by on June 14, 2017 • views: 1030

After 25 years of treating other people’s race frames, Jeff Davis decided he wanted something more. So when it came time to envision his 2003 Ford Ranger in off-road trim, he saw it as a prerunner–a modified rig he could roll through the desert in, without having to give up the finer things in life […]

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Brian Barker’s 1993 Ford Ranger
Brian Barker's 1993 Ford Ranger

Brian Barker’s 1993 Ford Ranger

Filed in 1993-1997 Ford Ranger 4x4, Off-Road Racing, Solid Axle Swap (SAS) by on November 27, 2010 • views: 844

Brian Barker’s 1993 Ford Ranger – 2010 Top Truck Challenge   Results – Finished 7th overall after battling with transmissions problems. Finished 1st in Tow Test Finished 3rd in Mud Pit Specifications: Owner name/city: Brian Barker/Plamondon, Alberta, Canada Occupation: Auto parts sales Vehicle model: 1993 Ford Ranger Estimated value: $100,000 Engine/aspiration: Ford 598ci V-8/EFI Transmission: […]

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1986 Ford Ranger 460 Drag Truck views: 840

There’s something about the style and body lines of the first generation Ford Ranger that make them cool candidates as a hot rod. This 1986 dark red Ford Ranger is definitely a cool example of one. The tiny 170 CID (2.8L) V6 has been replaced by a massive Ford 460 CID V8 engine, and is […]

1994 Ford Ranger Rock Crawler views: 2363

This 1994 Ford Ranger 4×4 was built for rock crawling and trail riding while maintaining street ability and a low center of gravity. The drivetrain consists of a 4.0L V6, 5-speed manual transmission, and BW1354 transfer case. The front and rear axles were replaced with Dana 44’s out of a Jeep JK Rubicon. Both have […]

Travis Denison’s 1989 Ford Ranger views: 1669

When Travis Denison was 16 years old, he spotted this 1989 Ford Ranger sitting in the driveway of his brother’s girlfriend’s house. The truck didn’t look this nice, but the owner had static dropped it, and it sat on 15-inch Roadster 100-spoke wheels. Travis eventually managed to buy the truck for $3,000. After he graduated high […]

Overlanding – 2006 Ford Ranger FX4 views: 2649

This 2006 Ford Ranger FX4 based out of Steinbach Manitoba has been set up to overland and explore the beauty that Canada has to offer. It doesn’t take an expensive expedition vehicle to get out and travel. The 2006 Ford Ranger FX4 Level II comes from the factory with 4.10 gears, 8.8-inch rear axle, Torsen limited […]