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  Off road racing in simple words..!
Posted by: Eric Dellinger - 12-11-2018, 02:01 PM - Forum: General Information - No Replies

Desert racing began in the early 20th century. An early racing sanctioning body in North America was the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) co-founded in 1967 by Ed Pearlman. The first event was a race across the Mexican desert, south-eastwards through most of the length of Baja California, originally from Ensenada to La Paz. The event was first called the Mexican 1000, and it later became known as the Baja.

     As of 2014, there are two major organizations promoting short course off road racing in the United States. The TORC: The Off Road Championship, derived from series racing in the Midwestern United States, promotes races in Eastern, Midwestern, and some Western venues. As of March 2018, TORC has canceled all scheduled events for 2018. The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series focuses on promoting events mainly on the West Coast.

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  Introduction to ORYX4x4 (structure, approach, Rubric, equipment, etc)
Posted by: Jlm00 - 04-25-2016, 09:45 PM - Forum: General Information - Replies (21)

Dear all,

Seeing as though information about ORYX4x4 (our structure, approach, Rubric, equipment, etc.) is scattered across the various forums of the website, we took the initiative to compile all the details into a single document to easy reference. Hence, please find attached our newly launched Intro to ORYX4x4 booklet that provides an overview of this basic information about our Club.

Please don't hesitate to recommend any additional content to add to this document and we can incorporate it in the next revision in a few months (if required).

PS.  Special thank you for some of the members for the photos  Big Grin



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.pdf   ORYX4x4 l Introduction to Oryx4x4 l V01.pdf (Size: 727.53 KB / Downloads: 312)
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  Radio Frequency
Posted by: Reichesir - 12-02-2015, 02:13 PM - Forum: General Information - Replies (4)

Hi Guys

I have a digital radio and one has to set the frequency manually.

462.7... please confirm the most common ones used Sad

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  Vehicle Stickers
Posted by: Reichesir - 10-04-2015, 06:17 PM - Forum: General Information - Replies (21)

ORYX Club stickers

Who has some
Can we order some
See very few vehicles with them

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  Living Life
Posted by: Reichesir - 09-03-2015, 07:53 AM - Forum: General Information - No Replies

"..today is the 1st day of the rest of your life..live it"...great to have seen some new faces/friends last night. Have a great weekend : Rolleyes

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  Driving Level Rubric
Posted by: admin - 03-26-2014, 10:43 PM - Forum: General Information - No Replies

DEALBREAKERS:
1. TEACHABILITY – Does the driver display a willingness to take instruction?

2. COMMUNICATION – Does the driver communicate clearly, respectfully, and at appropriate times with Club Officials and other trip participants?

3. COMMITMENT – Does the driver regularly and often attend Club trips with an active interest in being part of the team?

(If NO, no upgrade.)
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ItO (Introduction to Oryx)
OVERALL AIMS:
-Introduce to the beauty of desert
-Experience safe driving in sand
-Full safety, convoy and vision briefing.

Equipment:
-Good condition vehicle and tires
-Recovery points front and rear

Driving:  (Operation of car)
-Follow instructions
-Control car through flat areas.

Convoy:  (Participation/Management)
-Follow instructions
-Maintain safe distance from car in front
(Keep car behind in sight;Signal appropriately if not in sight)

Recovery:
-Follow instructions when being recovered

Junior Oryx
OVERALL AIMS:
-Begin to learn car
-Begin to learn to read sand, make choices re: line and speed
-Begin to learn convoy multi-tasking (looking front and rear)

Equipment:
+
-Flag
-Radio
-1st aid kit
*Driver must have these BEFORE he/she can be upgraded to ORYX level.

Driving: (Operation of car)
+
-Control car through flat areas, small climbs, small bowls
-Perform straight -cresting
-Perform side-sloping
-Side-cresting (small dune)
-Develop knowledge of car (4H/4L)
-Develop ability (1) to move car safely through variety of terrains (2)
(1) follow tracks, straight crest
(2) flat sand, small dunes

Convoy: (Participation/Management)
+
-Develop safe convoy participation, including:
- Keeping safe distance from car in front
- Keeping car behind in sight
- Appropriate use of radio

Recovery:
+
-Observe recoveries and pop-out repair
-Practice self-recovery with instruction
-Participate safely in being recovered
-Perform simple recoveries with supervision and pop-out repair with supervision 

ORYX
OVERALL AIMS:
“Bridge” level training trips.

Equipment:
+
-deflator
-pressure gauge
-jack / plate
-fire extinguisher
-rated snatch strap
-2x rated Shackles
-Shovel
*Driver must have these BEFORE he/she can be upgraded to senior ORYX level.

Driving: (Operation of car)
+
- Develop use of 4H/4L
- Develop ability to move car safely through variety of terrains
- Side-sloping (small/medium dunes)
- Side-cresting (small dunes)
- Safely drive bowl rim
- Climbs & bowls (medium dunes)

Convoy: (Participation/Management)
+
-Refine/Master safe convoy participation (incl. appropriate use of radio)

Recovery:
+
-Perform recoveries and pop-out repair with supervision
-Develop ability to self-recover
-Observe tricky recoveries , perform tricky recoveries with supervision 

Senior Oryx
OVERALL AIMS:
-Develop/Refine knowledge/use of car
-Develop/Refine ability to read sand, make good choices re: line and speed
-Slightly alter route as proper for driver’s vehicle.
-Actively support convoy management

Equipment:
+
-Compressor*
-Tool kit*
-Offroad GPS*
*Driver must have these BEFORE he/she can be upgraded to Marshal.

Driving: (Operation of car)
+
-Refine/Master use of 4H/4L
-Refine ability to move car safely through variety of terrains
-Develop/master ability to  side-slope /side-crest (large dunes)
-Exit tricky bowl
-Choose proper track according to vehicle
-Develop/Master use of GPS
-Drive in LIWA Smile

Convoy: (Participation/Management)
+
-Master safe convoy participation
-Receive training and serve as 2nd-lead (incl park on crest and coach others over)
-Receive training on how to lead / sweep
-Serve as 1st lead, 2nd lead and/or sweeper
-Plan and run Junior /ORYX/Senior trips with supervision

Recovery:
+
-Master ability to self-recover
-Perform/master basic and tricky recoveries with supervision(*)
-Supervise basic recoveries
(*) straight crest stuck; judge front vs back recovery.
    side crest stuck; judge safe recovery angle; winch vs strap.

Marshal
OVERALL AIMS:
-Actively manage convoys
-Being a rules model

Equipment:
+

Driving: (Operation of car)
+
-Master all the above


Convoy: (Participation/Management)
+
Plan and run trips independently

Recovery:
+
-Master all the above
-Hand-on during the trips with the team
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(Fast-track)
Possible Fast-track considerations (not for Marshal Level):
• Participation in other offroading club(s)

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  SAFETY: Seat Belts and Car Seats
Posted by: Ritter - 12-29-2013, 11:39 AM - Forum: General Information - Replies (2)

SAFETY: Seat Belts and Car Seats

Offroading in the desert is a fun hobby and it's a great thing to take the family for. Safety should always be our first priority. Marshals teach safe driving skills, safe recovery skills, and pick a safe track that is appropriate for the drivers. But these are not the number one, first place, most important thing to do for safety. The number one thing for safety is....

ONE PERSON = ONE SEAT BELT

ONE CHILD = ONE CAR SEAT


Even if it's your first time coming to the desert and you have no experience or equipment, that's okay... but everyone must have a seat belt! Drivers or passengers who do not have seat belts or appropriate child seats will be sent back to the tarmac with no sand under their tires.

We all want to enjoy the desert with our families and friends. We should follow the most basic safety precautions to ensure that everyone has a nice day and goes home with no headache.

Please ensure that you have ENOUGH WORKING SEAT BELTS for all in your vehicle.

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  Club vision & Rules
Posted by: admin - 11-16-2013, 07:47 PM - Forum: General Information - Replies (10)

Club Vision and Guidelines

We are a group of close friends with desert driving expertise who decided to create a community for those with the same interests: desert offroading, enjoying our time outside in the natural beauty of the UAE, and enjoying our time with good people and no complications.

Main Goal
Our main goal is to arrange weekly trips and events that are fun, safe, friendly, and family oriented.



Rules:

General Rules

1-Members are all the same regardless of their driving rank, so all members are free to join/lead/manage or be a marshal in any other club. More collective experience will only enhance our experiences together more.

2-Members are welcomed and encourage to create events in the club, including BBQs, social gatherings, and other fun events. Posting offroad trips is restricted to marshals only.

3-Members are invited to contribute to the betterment of our club.

Eligible Voting Members:
Marshals will keep a record of member activity in the marshal forum (http://www.oryx4x4.com/Forum-Marshal). Every time there is a trip or event, the marshals will update the record. The purpose of this is only to keep track of who can vote on topics in our club meetings. Oryx4x4 needs many voices, but only from members who are actively involved in the club on a regular basis.

Quarters
1- January-April
2- May-July
3- August-December


To be an eligible voting member you must come to at least 5 events in a given quarter in order to vote at the quarterly members meeting. If you were not active in this quarter, you can still be active and vote in the next quarter.

Events include offroad trips, social gatherings, club BBQs, club parties, and marshal meetings (only for marshals).


Management:

4- Founder/Owners: There are no founders or owners. Our place is the desert and the desert is for everyone. There is no status in the club except "member," and levels are related only to safety.

5-Club Management Style:
-Members voting on topics and amendments to the guidelines (see General Rules).
-Marshals voting (regarding movement between levels). Inactive marshals will be not be allowed to vote.


Website:

6-Website Administrator: This person maintains the technical aspects of the website but has no special position or authority within the club.


7-Administrative Ability: All marshals have administrative control of the website, except who ask to remove it then we will remove it.

8-Organization and Access to Website Forums:
- Reading the website: All members can read all areas of the website.
For transparency, there are no private/secret forums.

9- Posting in the website: Members will be able to post in the forums they are allowed to be active in. (For example, Junior can not post on Senior forums). The purpose of this is to keep the forum organized so that members do not sign up for trips they cannot yet attend.

10-Website Discussions:
-The purpose of the website is to connect our community for organizing trips and other events. We can also share useful information related to our common interests. As needed/requested, topics will be created so that we can share ideas and enjoy the site as a social tool.
-Discussion should avoid topics related to politics or religion.
-Members and their families are from different cultures, religions, and countries. Please be careful about what you are writing here. Sometimes the joking between close friends is easily misinterpreted by others.



Trips:

11-During the trips, trip leaders are fully responsible about their trips, no one should interfere.
All trip leaders became leaders because they have demonstrated that they know what they are doing. This implies a level of trust and experience.

12-The only thing we leave in the desert is our tracks, no waste no littering.


Ranks and Upgrading:

13-Club Driving Levels: The purpose of levels is to keep trips safe, appropriate, and fun for all who attend.

*ItO (Introduction to Oryx)
*Junior Oryx
*Oryx
*senior & Marshal  ( Senior can lead partially/ Marshals can lead by them self) 

14-Upgrading:
-There are specific trips for the purpose of upgrading members.
-Upgrading does not happen in the website.
-Marshals will vote and talk directly to members during the trips.
-Marshals will check members required equipment during the upgrade trip.
-Upgrades are based on a rubric that clearly outlines the skills and equipment required at each level. (http://www.oryx4x4.com/Thread-Introducti...ipment-etc )


15- Upgrading Requirements:
-There is no minimum number of trips required for an upgrade.
-Upgrades are based purely on consistently demonstrated skills during upgrade trips (see guidelines).
-To be upgraded from one level to the next, the member should have the required equipment (see guidelines) which will also be checked during the upgrade trips.


Safety:
16-Handling safety concerns is at the discretion of the marshal leading a trip.
Marshals can choose to not include someone in their trip for different reasons, including, but not limited to:
- seat belts: not enough or not using seat belts
- tie downs: not tying down things in their vehicle
- bringing extremely young babies (check with the marshal about what age is appropriate for a given trip)
- not having suitable recovery points on their vehicle
- not having proper equipment for the trip level

This is for the fun and safety of all members.


Welcome to the Oryx4x4 offroading community.

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  Trips Schedule
Posted by: admin - 11-16-2013, 07:44 PM - Forum: General Information - No Replies

please check our calender for the full list of trips and activities.
http://www.oryx4x4.com/Calendar-Ory4x4-events
have fun Big Grin

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  Club Indemnity and Declaration
Posted by: admin - 11-14-2013, 10:36 AM - Forum: General Information - No Replies

This declaration of indemnity has been established to ensure that all members understand the conditions of membership to ORYX4X4, and are aware of the club’s indemnity (including that of its members) against potential issues that may arise from general membership to ORYX4X4, use of the ORYX4X4 website, and the participation in ORYX4X4 off-road events.

                                            GENERAL MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT: 
By becoming an ORYX4X4 club member and registering on the official website, I confirm that: 
 I understand that ORYX4X4 is an open community where members from different backgrounds / beliefs are welcomed; to that extent, I recognize that this may lead to differences in opinion between members and commit to resolving conflicts in a respectful and constructive manner. 
 I understand that membership to ORYX4X4 and the participation in any club activity (both off-road and social) is done so on a voluntary basis and that members are welcome to choose their level of involvement in ORYX4X4 as well as any other off-road club within and outside the UAE. 
 I understand that as a member, I have the right to participate in the direction and advancement of the club (if I so choose), however in order to exercise that right, I must meet the eligibility requirements of an ‘Active Member’. Furthermore, I understand that ORYX4X4 is a non-profit common interest club and that no member will receive any remuneration for any involvement.
  I understand that, unless specifically stated otherwise in the relevant discussion forum, photos and videos taken of me, my passengers, and my vehicle from various ORYX4X4 off-road trips and events may be used on the ORYX4X4 official website and other social media platforms.
  I have read, understood, and will comply with this Declaration and understand that it will remain valid and in full force from the time I register and as long as I am a member of ORYX4X4. Furthermore, I understand that failure to comply with this declaration (or any part thereof) may result in the suspension or termination of my membership, and lead to a permanent ban from membership to ORYX4X4.

                                            USE OF THE ORX4X4 WEBSITE: 
By using the ORYX4X4 website, I confirm to that: 
 I understand that the views and opinions expressed in the ORYX4X4 discussion forums are that of the original author only and not ORYX4X4 as a collective group; to that extent I agree that ORYX4X4 (or its members) will not be held accountable for any posts within the discussion forums or vouch / warrant the accuracy and completeness of the information contained within. 
 I understand that the Information entered in the discussion forums shall be stored in a third-party database and will be accessible to all other members. Personal Messages (through the personal messaging system of the website) however will only be accessible to the message sender / receiver(s).
  I understand that ORYX4X4 website (and social media) administrators have the ability (and right) to remove any inappropriate posts and that the IP address (where possible) is automatically recorded with each post and will be retrieved if need-be. Furthermore, I understand that while website administrators will attempt to remove any inappropriate posts, it is impossible to guarantee that such material will not be posted and each member should access the discussion forum and use the information provided at their own discretion.
   Note: An ‘Inappropriate post’ is defined as one containing sexually orientated, religiously oriented, abusive, hateful, slanderous, racist or threatening material that could be considered invasive of a person’s privacy and personal beliefs or which otherwise violate any kind of law. 

                                            JOINING ORYX4X4 OFF-ROAD TRIPS: 
By joining an ORYX4X4 off-road trip, I confirm to the following:
 I understand that off-road trips are open to all (provided they meet and have the skill and equipment requirements described in the ‘Driving Rubric’) and that other members are welcome to join. Furthermore, I understand that drivers that are not ORYX4X4 members can only join the trip following the explicit approval of the Marshal.
  I understand that trip levels have been established ultimately for safety reasons; however they exist also to ensure that a certain level of consistency is in place on each trip so that other members can enjoy the off-road trip commensurate with their expectations and level of skill. Ability to join higher level trips is subject to the driver displaying the skills and owning the necessary equipment required as described in the ‘Driving Level Rubric’.
  I understand that Marshals post and organize off-road trips on a volunteer basis and reserve the right to limit the number of cars on a given trip; participation on trips will be on a first come first serve basis. Furthermore, I understand that in the event I do not arrive at the pre-determined meeting spot on time, the Marshal and other members reserve the right to proceed with the trip without me. 
 I understand that safety requirements must be adhered to at all times and that specific instructions communicated by the Marshal during the course of the off-road trip must also be adhered to. Members however reserve the right (and are welcomed) to provide their feedback on safety requirements and instructions, but must do so after the trip is complete either by approaching the marshal directly, by posting on the ORYX4X4 website and / or by discussing their concerns during member meetings (in a respectful manner). 
 I understand that while off-road trips are based on one of 3 ORYX4X4 grades, when off-roading in the dessert however, we to not follow a pre-defined track and the actual terrain may slightly vary from what is mentioned above. Ultimately, the collective skills of the members within the convoy (based on the leading marshal’s judgement) will dictate the terrain. Any member reserves the right to approach the marshal if they are uncomfortable with a specific obstacle and the marshal will assist the driver in overcoming the obstacle. 
 I acknowledge that the vehicle I choose to participate in for the off-road trip is in good mechanical condition, has front and rear recovery points, functional seat belts and is suitable for the desert; additionally, I confirm that I hold the correct license for the size and type of vehicle being used.
 I understand that ORYX4X4 (and any of its members) will not be liable for any damage (or the complete loss) to personal property and vehicle (or any of its components) and that my insurance (unless specifically requested from the insurer) may not cover off-road accidents / damage.
  I understand that off-roading can be considered an extreme sport which may subject the driver (and his / her passengers) to extreme conditions and high temperatures. In that manner, I hold all responsibility in making sure that I (and well as all my passengers) are physically able to take part in off-road trips and do not suffer any medical conditions that will put us in harm’s way. 
 I understand that ORYX4X4 (and any of its members) will not be held liable for any injury or death during an offroad trip and that each member (and his / her passengers) joins such trips at their own risk. In that manner, I (and my passengers) indemnify ORYX4X4 against any liability arising from such injury or death and that I, the passengers, our personal representatives, heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators, legal representatives and / or successors agree to make no claim, sue, or hold ORYX4X4, its members, companies and agents liable for any such event.


We wish you all the best and always drive safe on and offroad,
ORYX4x4

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