The Seventeenth Annual May Madness will be held on April 25-May 1, 2011, in Pahrump, Nevada. Other brands of diesel trucks will be welcome in addition to Cummins powered Dodges. We plan to hold most events at Saitta-Trudeau Dodge, at the nearby Pahrump Nugget (the host hotel), and at Preferred RV (the host RV Park). We plan to have new artwork for the T-shirts from the artist who has done several TDR magazine covers.
The rally will again include the vendors’ Hall of Gottahavits, technical talks, dyno, and drag racing. There will be a Show-n-Shine Truck contest, and a Ram Rodeo with a Ram roundup for all attendees. At the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, we expect to give away more than $10,000 in prizes on a random-drawing basis, so each attendee has a chance to win something of value.
Diesel Specialists of Las Vegas and BD Power will hold a Dyno Day with their high inertia, wide roller Dynojet, for attendees of May Madness 2011. Pre-registraton for the Dyno Day is being made so Diesel Specialists and BD Power can plan their event. Include $30 with your May Madness registration and the dyno pre-registration information and funds will be forwarded to them. BD will give the first forty who pre-register a $30 gift certificate (at the Dyno Day event) good for any BD manufactured product at BD directly; this certificate may also be redeemed at Diesel Specialists for $50 on the Dyno Day, a bonus of $20 from them. A basic lunch is included, which can be upgraded for additional cost by the attendee. That means you get two dyno pulls worth $60, plus lunch, plus a $30-50 gift certificate for your $30! After the first 40 entrants, others will pay the regular $60 for their dyno runs. Got it? Sign-up now! We will not be monitoring torque, but it can be calculated easily from the horsepower curve.
Attendees should plan and conduct their own “tours” of Pahrump and Vegas Valley attractions! Brochures will be available when you register. Among the notable places to visit are the Pahrump winery, the China Ranch date farm, and Death Valley. Some of these tours will require admission fees, to be paid by the participants. Each participant will pay for individual activities. That way you pay for what you want to attend, not for what you don’t want.
The Pahrump Nugget (866-751-6500; www.pahrumpnugget.com) is the host hotel and has recently been re-modeled. It is conveniently located in the center of Pahrump and close to Saitta-Trudeau Dodge. The banquet, Vendors’ Hall of Gottahavits, and Vendors’ Friday/Saturday Seminar series will be held at the Nugget. Hotel rate will be about $70 ($80 weekend). You must reserve your room and specify the dates early, as the number of rooms is limited. If you don’t show up Sunday night, and haven’t specified YOUR dates, the reservation will be cancelled by the hotel, because we have blocked the rooms for Sunday through Saturday nights.
The host RV Park is Preferred RV Resort (800-445-7840; www.preferredrv.com). This RV Park is across the side street from the Pahrump Nugget. They are once again giving us the special rate of $15.49 including tax. Be sure to tell them you are with “May Madness.” They have both back-in and pull-through spaces, graveled. Their clubhouse holds 130 people and will be the site for the seminars up through Thursday. Other options include the Best Western Hotel and RV Park (775-727-5100), and Saddle West Hotel/Casino/RV Park (800-433-3987, www.saddlewest), both in Pahrump.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to register for May Madness 2011 early so you and we can plan for a better rally. We need a good idea of how many will participate because we have to guarantee numbers for the hotel, banquet, etc. Note that the registration cost is much lower if you are an “early bird.” Our planning and reservation processes have to begin a year before the rally.
If you need vendor space or special accommodations, contact Joe Donnelly for arrangements: (505) 858-1966 or Donnellyj@msn.com
Be part of the biggest Dyno event in North America in your own back yard. BD Diesel Performance, celebrating 38 years in business, is having their 15th annual Fall Dyno Days, the grand daddy of the Diesel Dyno Days in North America, on Saturday October 23, 2010.
The Dyno will roll at 9:00 a..m. so come early to get your running number as they limit the day to only 60 truck dyno runs. Breakfast and lunch are available by donation to their local Lions club. There will also be awards for best built and looking trucks and BD factory specialists on hand to talk to about your truck.
When: Saturday October 23, 2010 - 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Where: 33723 King Road; Abbotsford BC, Canada
OK, let's get something rolling for October. Thank you, ACoyle, for the idea. Let's see which TDR Member can "rack up" enough points to win a Mag-Hytec tranny pan *AND* differential cover. Here is how it will work:
1. Create a post on this thread by simply replying with your name. Give yourself 5 points for simply getting involved.
2. Post a picture of your odometer. Give yourself 2 points for each 10,000 miles.
3. Post your truck's information - make/model/year. Give yourself 1 point for each year of age on your truck. If you have a 2010 truck, you get 1 point. If you have a 2009 truck, you get 2 points. 2008 trucks get 3 points, etc.
3. Post *helpful* threads on the site during October. Give yourself a point for every helpful post you make. NOTE: Posts must be meaningful, not LOL or the like. (You can keep up with this by searching for your posts since October 1, 2010).
4. On November 1, count your score and post your result. We will verify the top 3 points values.
* 1st Place - highest point value - free Mag Hytec Transmission Pan *AND* Differential Cover. (Note: If you already have Mag Hytec pans, you can trade this credit in at Geno's Garage).
* 2nd Place - Second highest point value - free filter kit from Geno's Garage.
* 3rd Place - Free renewal to the Turbo Diesl Register.
OK, you've got to work a bit to win this one, but you have to admit the prize it worth it! Post your entries and start keeping your score.
Thanks to the success of the Texas Diesel Nationals partnership with the Make A Wish Foundation, the NHRDA has joined forces with the Indiana Chapter of Make A Wish to host six kids and their families as VIPs at the June 5 FASS Diesel Nationals.
This is a great example of the diesel community coming together to help others. These kids will be shown a great time and given the opportunity to forget the struggles they have to battle day-to-day for just a while. Drivers are being asked to bring extra photographs and to spend time with each child and his or her family. Small gestures like this make a significant impact in the lives of others.
The TDR wants to thank FASS, the NHRDA, and the racers at the June 5 event for taking the time to make a difference in others' lives.