Best In The Desert has announced that its 2021 season-ending event, the BlueWater Desert Challenge Brought to You by Fox will be held at the Peralta Ranch in East Kern County, California near Cal City, moved from Parker, Arizona on Nov. 4-7, 2021. The event name will also be changed to Cal City Desert Challenge Brought to You by Fox.
After months of preparing to hold the event in Parker, Arizona, Best In The Desert was informed on October 9, 2021, that the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) would not allow the event to run as planned. The CRIT cited increased levels of COVID-19 amongst their community as a reason for their decision.
Despite the extremely disappointing news, Best In The Desert is very excited about the move to Cal City. Not only is the entire community behind the relocation of the event but Best In The Desert has access to over 80 acres of prime real estate to host an off-road race of epic proportions thanks to Lou Peralta and the Peralta Ranch.
The main pit, time trials course, and UTV Youth racecourse for the Cal City Desert Challenge Brought to You by Fox will be held approximately three miles from Cal City limits, an hour away from Barstow, while the main racecourse will run on private and county land.
The Time Trial course will be five to eight miles long and will set racers up for important start times. The UTV Youth course will be one to three miles long and will run in the same location as Time Trials and the Main Pit.
The main 30-mile course for the Cal City Desert Challenge Brought to You by Fox will start at a 2,500-foot elevation and consist of typical Mojave Desert terrain including the challenging decomposed granite dirt compound well-known to off-road racers in the region.
Registration, Tech Inspection, and Event Expo will be at a TBD location in Cal City and the host hotel will be the Best Western Hotel in Cal City. A racer discount code will be offered in the coming days and posted on the Best In The Desert website.
“While we’ve certainly had to deal with some challenges getting to this point, the end result could not have been better,” commented Best In The Desert CMO Bryan Folks. “I have to start by thanking Lou Peralta for all his help and support in making this happen. The racecourse being built will be very challenging and a true Best In the Desert type race. We also look forward to being welcomed by Cal City. Altogether, we feel we have an event venue that will more than live up to the expectations of all our racers.”
“With season-ending points on the line and a year of hard work and effort by all our race teams there was no way we were going to let our racers down and not hold an event,” stated Jeff Phillips Best In The Desert Race Operations Director. “At the Peralta Ranch, we have all the ingredients to put on not only a great truck/car/UTV race but also an excellent Youth UTV race as well. All I can say is everybody get ready, this is going to be special.”
Best In The Desert CMO Bryan Folks and Race Operations Director Jeff Phillips will be hosting a Facebook Live Q & A to answer any and all questions regarding the upcoming changes on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 2 PM PST.
Not only are season-ending Best In the Desert Series Class Championships up for grabs but so are Maxxis Triple Crown Championship points, meaning that huge prize purses are available to participating racers.
Time trial and race schedules will be updated on the Cal City Desert Challenge event page by Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, and registration is open until Oct. 31, 2021.