Winning The Mint 400 has been a long time coming for Rob MacCachren, decades actually. MacCachren’s long spanning highly impressive off-road racing career includes over 200 wins, including 4 Baja 1000’s, but winning the “Great Amercan Off-Road Race” has eluded the racer since 1984. His victory at the 2017 Mint 400 was “finally getting the monkey off his back” as he put it. This year’s race was close, filled with surprising lead changes throughout the day. Jason Voss led most of the day, but MacCahren was able to get by him and secure the 1st place by just a few minutes and Andy McMillin just behind for 3rd. This years epic Mint 400 was not only an exciting race but a full 5 days of events leading up to the race. It is one of the biggest off-road events of the year that brings out thousands of vendors, racers, companies and spectators to Las Vegas and we are glad to be apart of it every year!
The Mint 400 kicked off with the parade down the famous Las Vegas strip as 130 off-road vehicles lined up and took to the streets to make quite the entrance. It is one of the very few times the iconic street is even shut down. Everything from trick trucks, 6100’s, trophy lites, vintage class trucks and even Ultra 4 trucks were represented. Thousands lined the streets just to catch a glance of the trucks and watch them rumble by. This is great event to kick off the Mint and get he public involved in the off-road culture. An event not to be missed, and if you did there’s always next year!
The Terrible Herbst team took home the coveted win as the best pit crew at the 2017 Pit Crew Challenge presented by Method Race Wheels. After a day of qualifying this is a great event in downtown Las Vegas where spectators can meet & greet the drivers, get autographs signed and watch as the pit crews show off their skills.
The Odyssey Battery Mint 400 Tech & Contingency completely took over Fremont street again this year, with over 300 race vehicles, thousands of crew members, vendors and spectators. There is truly nothing else like it and every off-road enthusiast should experience the spectacle at least once in their lives. The all day events allows every day people to see these machines up close and immerse themselves in the heart of off-road culture.
This year our friends over at Camburg Racing had an exciting guest driver join them. Jay Leno completed the first 100 miles in the Camburg 7301 truck. We’re not sure who was more excited, all the spectators that stopped and took selfies with him out on Fremont, or Leno himself. Either way it’s great see more celebrities bringing attention to the off-road industry and we hope to see him next year!
Speaking which The Mint 400 was excited the Diesel Brothers decided to join the race and when they needed an emergency part, we were able to get it to them track side. Desert racing is a great equalizer and it doesn’t matter who you are, things go wrong, parts are needed and SDHQ will be there to help! Look forward to seeing more of these guys racing too