Can-Am off-road & desert racer

As a Driver Chad Hughes, I come from a Mountain bike and Motocross racing background. I have many years of experience and have been involved in off road driving since I was 14. I have been rock crawling and visiting the Hammer trails since their beginning. This is my 6th year competing in the UTV Pro class at KOH and my 3rd yr as a driver. In 2015 I got 4th and in 2016 I placed 3rd. My plan is to always stay focused, race the course and better my results from last year! My Co driver Tracon Kirk is also an experienced Off road Racer with a long established career in the Powersports Industry. He currently competes as a Pro level Motocross Racer and also a Champ level Trials Rider. His most recent races include the Baja 1000 and Parker 250.

Many thanks go out to my family, friends, and many great sponsors that many have been with from the beginning! In 2017 a special thanks to goes CanAm/BRP as they stepped in with a factory sponsored CanAm Maverick X3 RS. In 2019 I raced a near stock 2019 Maverick Sport XRC starting 84th and passing 63 cars to finish 21st well under the allotted time limit!

I also helped Can-Am develop and modify the X3 XRs into the Production version which became the fabulous X3 XRc! Many of improvements standard now on this machine are developments that started from a true realistic, hands-on approach to get the Car ready to race King of the Hammers in 2017!

I've also been very fortunate to be repeatedly invited by Can-Am's wonderful Marketing Department to be a Precision Stunt driver in many of the Can-Am Off road Filming videos the past 3 years! This is a blast and always a major, super exciting treat in my schedule! 


The Maverick Sport XRC - It's really a great all around machine!


Integrated Winch with in-cab controls.

FAVORITE PLACE TO RIDE: Utah has that rapped up (St George and Moab)!

BEST OFF-ROAD STORY: Out riding Dirt Bikes with buddies on technical single track trails in Southern California and coming upon a guy running around with his pants off. It seems he had crashed and somehow he ended up underneath the bike with gasoline spilling all over him. So he takes off all of his gear and is running around throwing dirt on him when we come upon him! Absolutely hilarious and I never forget it!

BIGGEST INSPIRATION: Wow this is a big one, but easily answered. My inspiration comes from seeing anyone that puts forth all the Hard Work, Determination, Pain, Failures, and belief that they one day they can and will succeed!!!

PHILOSOPHY ON LIFE: It's all about Balance in your Life! However there is total truth in "Some people make things happen, some people watch things happen, and others just wonder what happened!

FAVORITE FOOD: Mexican food at least twice a week.

MUSIC TO RIDE TO: Dirty Heads, Led Zeppelin for sure! Ask anyone that's been with me - they start out laughing then they love it.

RACING ACCOMPLISHMENT: Passing 63 cars in this years 2019 King of Hammers. I was in a dam near stock 2019 Maverick Sport X rc! We started out in 84th going into the Desert and boy was it rough out there this year, especially against all of the long travel machines eating up all the whoops!
However, we just kept pushing along until we got to the hardcore rock sections. That's where the Sport X rc really shines! We just started passing cars left and right, 4 here 8 there and so on and so on. Then we got to the two hardest canyons, Outer limits, and Spooners. At this point in the race there were cars broken and stuck literally everywhere. We used our winch once to move a stuck Polaris and Drove everything else - Awesome Day!!!

DREAM RIDING LOCATION: This I think of all the time. I want to have a time machine and be able to go back to the mid to late 1800's in a Can-Am SxS. It would be so cool to pull into town and just see the look on everyone's face!!!