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What's the purpose of the MBRA?

The Mini-Buggy Riding Association was founded for the sole purpose of promoting these off road buggies as a safer alternative to the ATV and to advance the sport of Family off road riding!

Please read about our group below and if you think the MBRA is for you,
we can give you more detailed info on how to start and run your own group, build a track, start a rental business, start a dealership, find riding places, change the riding laws in your state and so much more!

If you're willing to put in the time and dedication for a great group, so are we!
Give us a call
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717-825-0669
Or email our Director @
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What benefits are there in joining the MBRA?

1) We are the only LEGAL, non profit buggy organization in the world.(Since 2008) So what happens here, counts!
2) We not only have extensive backgrounds in the buggy world but have also pioneered many industry standards so we know what works and what doesn't.
3) No one has matched our passion or longevity in this sport or has organized as many rallies across the country as we have so we know how to run a successful weekend and Club and are here to help you succeed.
The MBRA has all the information and help you need to run your own local group from start to finish line!
 
Our Direction.

Our original goal in 2006, was to simply form a buggy club in our local area so we had other folks to ride with. After doing some research, we found that there were people all over the world that felt the same way!
Since no one else had gotten past the "Idea stage", we decided that we would organize a couple local groups that were supported by a real non profit organization.

In 2008, we formed MBRAonline then, we built this supporting web site.

We next tried soliciting other dealers who could supply parts and knowledge to their local groups all across the country so we could ensure that the sport stayed healthy by supporting the complete circle of "supply & demand".
The dealers can educate their local members, help with advice, parts and guidance and in return, they get customer loyalty and a better understanding of how their particular markets work. It's a win/win situation.

Great idea we thought but surprisingly, not many takers, I guess because it requires a lot of work that you don't get immediate dividends from. Unfortunetly, there's just not enough of us that have the passion to see the forest through the trees so for now,
We're still waiting for more dealers who do this because they love the sport and not because they think they can make a ton of money.

We're not letting a lack of dealer support stop us so, we've put KNM performance as the sole sponsoring dealer for now and we have moved on

With our goal of promoting "a safer alternative to the ATV", it was vital that we operated as a group, under the same guidelines, regardless of where in the country we were and, do it in a safe manner.
We then wrote the MBRA Rule Book" to accomplish this. The MBRA buggy book covers all aspects of running a buggy group, from what officers and experience levels are needed to trail / track evaluation / creation and racing point systems. There is a lot of information and can be a little daunting to just the casual rider. This is why we feel that having a dealer be the lead officer is a good idea. He / She can learn what is needed then teach it to others in their group. It also allows dealers to operate safely and methodically towards a better group and a better business.

In our opinion, this is what is needed to promote and grow this sport, the right way:

1)DON'T BREAK THE BANK!
We need to keep costs of ownership down by keeping events tailored to things that won't inherently break your buggy or require modifications right away. A new member with a new buggy should be able to jump right into the mix from day one.
   -We created the "MBRA Buggy Games" that are challenging to do and even more fun to watch and the best part is, anyone can participate and be competitive at their first event!! You can even create your own comps, keeping in the spirit of MBRA competition rules.    

2) DEALERS NEEDED!
We need buggy and parts dealers to get involved in our groups by offering help and advice to members.
Any dealer at an event, should be a "wealth of information" first, and a Buggy/parts supplier second.
"In your face" sales is unacceptable. If you help others, folks will come to you and is the only acceptable form of advertising allowed in the MBRA, word of mouth. We take this very seriously!
       -The MBRA doesn't charge a fee to it's members and neither should you!
As a Dealer, if any money is charged for an event, it should only be for a local charity of your groups choice and not in someone's pocket.
If there is a Park fee where you ride, we expect the sponsoring dealer to broker a deal with them (We'll help) to lessen the cost for the group.
Group rides are not the time for selling stuff!

Dealers are not allowed to enter competitions that involve the general public. If a dealer wants to compete, he can only do so only against other dealers. A dealer racing an MBRA member is not fair because many members won't have access to the parts a dealer can and also open up the possibility of "in fights" about who's parts are best and can quickly gather up unsuspecting members into the fray. IF in doubt as to how to handle anything you do when it comes to the MBRA, simply call or email us and we'll get you on track!

NOTE TO DEALERS: The MBRA is about the Buggy Owner first! Tend to your flock and they will tend to you!

NOTE TO MEMBERS: This is not intended to be a one way street! If you recieve honest and fair dealings from your sponsoring dealer, we expect you to shop there and promote them to your friends, not Ebay! This benefits you and your dealer, the ones who should benefit!

3)DOCUMENTATION IS VITAL TO OUR SUCCESS!
If you form a group under the MBRA, we need documentation of each member, their buggy model, upgrades done and have regular reports on any accidents or injuries incurred during any and all events, sent to us via Email. This is the ONLY WAY, the Mini Buggy can be considered its own entity by your state and Insurance companies, instead of being grouped with ATV's, which is far more expensive to get insurance for.
We have gone as high as the federal level and know that we will need 2 years of reports from a sanctioned, legal, non profit entity.
The MBRA is the only entity to date!
If we can do this, we can secure a 2 million $ policy that covers any land owners that allow us to ride on their land.
       -At this time, this information can only come from registered MBRA groups following the instructions laid out in our guidebook.
We'll hold your hand to be sure that getting this information is as easy as it can be. We have templates, seminars and videos to help you!

4)CHANGING STATE LAWS AND SEEING LOWER INSURANCE COSTS!
We don't want to control your group or what you do, we just need to be sure we are all running our groups the same way and safely at all times. We're not saying everyone has to "hold hands, singing "Kumbya" but we need to be "Smart" about what we do and where. 
This will help us build a portfolio of safety records that we will then use to change YOUR State / Federal laws and help us provide an inexpensive insurance package for all buggies & riders as well as for the landowner everywhere we ride.
     
5) "RACING"
is a hot topic for all groups and trust us, regardless of what anyone may think, this sport will not survive if that's the main theme of our groups. This is where we struggle the most to get folks to understand the logistics involved from top to bottom when you involve wheel to wheel racing. When we DO "race", it must be restricted to hill climbs, drag racing and timed rally courses, to eliminate wheel to wheel / Bumper to bumper contact.
        -MBRA races and Comps are just as fun and exciting as wheel to wheel, without causing the need for aggressive behavior or expensive upgrades and more importantly for the future of this sport, they fall under "Acceptable competition" to Insurance companies.

6) KEEP IT FAIR AND ACCESSABLE!
When competing or forming comp groups, you need to use a point system we've developed that matches a drivers ability and age with Horsepower and/or modifications allowed. This promotes a safer driver and safer events but also keeps the competitions fun because they don't require you to go above your means in either ability or budget and everyone is where they should be in ride and ability.
         -It's all in the MBRA "Guide Book"!
While racing is fun, it gets expensive, it gets out of hand quickly and is intimidating for a new member, which is what we need more of!
Most of our FAMILIES, simply enjoy trail riding without the stress of competing or the costs associated with that.
Having said this, a little competition can go a long way in keeping a group or rally interesting and moderation is the key.
This is why we created the "Buggy Games" and guidelines for competitions.
As a group grows, there will be a better ability to separate into "racing groups" and "trail riders", without quickly dissolving a small group by alienating many at the beginning.

7) WHY DOES THERE HAVE TO BE RULES? I JUST WANT TO GO RIDING!

Just going out riding with your buddies is easy and fun and if anyone gets hurt or busts up there rides, it's all fun and games.
However, put someone in charge of that ride and it quickly becomes a way for someone to defer their responsability to someone else.
Unfortunately, Common sense is not as common as you may believe.
In 2008, after careful consideration and a lawsuit threat, we decided to change our methods a bit.
We can't afford to be financially or morally responsible if folks don't follow the rules we give them and since we can't be everywhere at the same time to ensure it is being done right, which is a requirement for insurance, we've decided to simply put the information out there as "Guidelines" and not "Rules" If you see the value in the MBRA "guide" book, you'll use it, if not, don't sue us because someone got their feelings hurt or even worse, injured!  Remember, we are only trying to keep you and your buggy in one piece, which will expand this sport in a positive way.


SO, The MBRA Rule Book is now a "Guide" book.
It took us over 6 months to write this book originally because it is tailored specifically to our mini buggies and a buggy group's mentality that includes the dynamic changes that result when you include racing and competitions.
Nothing in it was written lightly or without careful consideration and hours of collaboration and testing. We know it works because we've been there and done that. It is a culmination of years of, in the field experience and it's FREE!
The MBRA doesn't want your money, we just need your support! (Tax deductable Donations are still accepted and appreciated!)

If you agree with this concept and agree to follow the rules to the letter, not only would we
love to have your support but you'll find your group or Rally will be a rewarding time for all involved and everyone will be happy, wealthy and wise!


 If this all makes sense to you, call for your Digital copy of the MBRA Guidebook and welcome to the family!

-Tom Stevens-
Founder/President
MBRA