Robby Gordon, an off road veteran of many forms of racing, added this, “It would be a huge disapointment if we lose this land. People from Southern California, Northern California, Arizona come out to use this land. Our tax-money paid for this stuff and this is what we are entitled to do and to play in it.” Robby also owns an off road company of his own, Robby Gordon Wheels, so there is also a business effect that he and other businesses feel if the land is closed down. “It just doesn't hurt the off roaders, it hurts the industry. All the people that build off road cars, the people that sell parts across the United States and the world. To hurt Johnson Valley like that hurts the Motorcycle industry, the Off Road Industry, and it will hurt the towns around Johnson Valley because the towns wouldn't have the revenue of the people who come out here and use the land.” Finally, Gordon adds, “If they take away Johnson Valley, they will take away the jobs this valley creates!”
|Robbie Gordon doesn't want Johnson Valley OHV to close! Photo from sxsnews.com|
Casey Currie, whose family, Currie Enterprises, builds axles and related parts for the off road industry, had this to say, “To lose Johnson Valley will be to lose a huge plot of public land. The rock sections, event the dirt out here, it's and amazing place! To lose a place like this it's going to ruin a lot of things, I've been coming out here since I was 2 years old and to not be able to bring my kids out here will be a devastating deal! I would want to make sure this place stays open.”
|Casey Currie has been going to the Johnson Vally OHV since he was 2 Years Old! Photo courtesy of General Tire|
Shannon Campbell, is not only a driver in the King of the Hammers and past champion, but also the owner of Campbell Enterprises Fabrication and Racing and builds chassis for other drivers in the King of the Hammers and other off road series. Here is what he had to say about the potential loss of Johnson Valley OHV, “It's very important because there isn't another place like it in the world to have a race like this. As many people as fans and spectators and this is a pretty big family out here and everybody loves it and I would hate to see it go. I don't know what we'd do, we'd probably have to go into New York and climb over cars or something!”
|Shannon Campbell, on the right, wants to keep the Hammers open to all! Photo courtesy of Campbell Racing|
I don't like being preachy, but you know when someone or something tries to encroach on our rights as drivers or fans to enjoy our many forms of Motorsports, I have to say something! This will impact us, even in the on road world, because many of the technologies that keep our cars running in severe conditions are developed by off road racing just as much as it comes from road courses. There are off road chassis builders who make cages for many types of cars and not just off road trucks. If these guys can't make a living because less than 2 percent of public desert will be available to use, it will hurt us all. So, stand up for YOUR land, write to your representatives and help keep Johnson Valley open and visit savethehammers.org for more information on how you can help!