Monthly Archives: January 2018

Finding the Right Fire Feature to Update Your Backyard Space

Are you looking for a way to improve your backyard space while creating a more welcoming and comfortable environment? If your backyard doesn’t currently sport a fire feature, you should seriously consider one, especially if you want to add some warmth and interest to your backyard soirees.

Whether you’re looking for something more modern and streamlined like a fire table or something classic and cozy like an outdoor oven, here are five fire features that are bound to upgrade your space and make your yard the envy of the neighborhood.

1. Fire Pit

If you’re working with a smaller space, consider using a fire pit bowl in your yard. Fire pit bowls not only add a fire element to your yard and create an attractive focal point, but they’re also easy to move around and relocate as needed. Not to mention, you can find one that’s beautifully designed to add an unexpected touch of style to your patio. If you have a larger backyard area you could consider building a permanent fire pit area.

2. Propane Fire Tables

If you’re looking for a fire feature that’s a little more modern, consider a propane fire table. These fire tables are sleek and stylish, incredibly easy to ignite, and have a flame that’s easy to control, all without the tell-tale campfire smell that accompanies traditional fire pits. Choose from a rectangular fire table or a square fire table to create a space in your yard that’s personalized to fit the look you desire.

3. Patio Torches

These days, patio torches are not limited to tropical backyard decor. Torches are available in a variety of designs, making it easy to find something to fit your space regardless of your style. You could choose something simple like the traditional bamboo tiki torches, or add a pop of color with metal torches topped with colored glass—the possibilities are endless to liven up your space.

4. Patio Fireplace

Patio fireplaces are an excellent addition when you’re looking to add some warmth and comfort to your outdoor space. With the help of a patio fireplace, you can create an outdoor seating area for friends and family to gather together to relax and a beautiful setting for an outdoor party. As an added bonus, a fireplace can easily be used for toasting marshmallows and hot dogs as needed, in addition to keeping guests warm.

5. Outdoor Oven

What better way to complement an outdoor dining area than with an outdoor oven? Bring the convenience of the indoors outside by creating an outdoor kitchen area so you can remain a part of the party even while preparing food. An outdoor oven will also add a touch of warmth to the space, although not as much as a fire pit or fire table.

Set the Mood in Your Yard Today

An outdoor fire feature is the easiest way to add a touch of warmth and light to your backyard. Are you ready to kick your yard up a notch and create a more luxurious, lively space? You can’t go wrong with one of these beautiful, functional fire features.

RST Brands Trophy Truck Competes The Baja 1000 50th Anniversary

The RST Brands trophy truck entered the desert’s greatest racing challenge and successfully completed it with a top 20 finish in the trophy truck class. The team fought through high temperatures and a challenging course that featured obstacles and booby traps from Ensenada to El Paz along the Baja Peninsula.

RST Brands Truck and Performance

Pulling off a feat like the Baja 1000 takes a lot of great people working together–in fact, only 205 out of the 405 teams that entered were able to successfully complete the race. The RST Brands trophy truck entered the race with a support team of 5 vehicles and 16 people.

The RST Brands truck faced the dangers of the desert and conquered. The truck placed in the top 20 finishers of the trophy truck division and 119th place overall with a finish time of 34:17:26.572. Drivers Jayson Strachan, Doug Anderson, and Bill Apgood took turns at the wheel in this rugged off-road race.

Baja 1000 2017 50th Anniversary Race

The BAJA 1000 2017 took place November 14-18 and included drivers from 44 U.S. states and 27 different countries racing in various off-road vehicles. 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Baja 1000 race. For the past 50 years, off-road racers have been braving Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula putting their vehicles, and themselves, to the test.

The Baja 1000’s 2017 course went down Mexico’s California Peninsula starting in about 80 miles south of the U.S. San Diego border in Ensenada and ending in La Paz. Racers were allowed to pre-run the 1,134.4 mile course between October 20 and November 15 to familiarize themselves with the route and terrain. The course was estimated to take between 32 and 38 hours to complete with a maximum time of 48 hours.

Trophy Truck Racing

Trophy truck racing pits the most elite off-road racing vehicles against each other in an exciting battle of speed, control, and determination.

Trophy trucks are designed with one purpose in mind: to move as fast as possible across dirt, sand, and other off-road terrains. These vehicles typically feature heavy-duty shocks, powerful engines, and bodies that are built to withstand the rugged routes.

Baja 1000 Race

Many consider the Baja 1000 race to be the most intense off-roading race a driver can enter. The desert peninsula is unforgiving with its remote, rocky terrain that is subject to dangerous dust storms.On top of the natural challenges, some spectators take it upon themselves to set booby traps for drivers to navigate around.

Another challenge drivers have to remain cognizant of is the mix of vehicle types allowed into the race. SCORE International’s class distinctions allow trucks, motorcycles, buggies, and more all on the same course.

SCORE International hosts four different off-road races throughout the year with the Baja 1000 acting as the culminating event.

History of the Baja 1000

The first race was held on October 31, 1967 and was called the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. The course started in Tijuana, Mexico and ended in La Paz with a course length of 849 miles.

Over time, the race grew in popularity and fame as it attracted the attention of other racers, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and even Hollywood movie stars.

As the race continued to grow in fame, so did its pull on celebrities. Stars such as Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Patrick Dempsey, James Garner and more have all faced this desert test of skill.

We are honored to have participated in this historic event, and proud to have performed so well. Congratulations to the RST Brands team!