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Old 04-24-2014, 08:05 PM   #1
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Big Bend Open Road Race

Texas road race satisfies need for speed

SANDERSON, Texas -- For most of the year, the speed limit on U.S. 285 in West Texas is 75 mph. But this Saturday, the limit comes off for the annual Big Bend Open Road Race, a 118-mile round trip between Fort Stockton and Sanderson, open to anyone 18 and over who prefers life in the fast lane.

The West Texas dawn is echoing with the rumble of revving for the chance to drive fast -- very fast -- with volunteers along the route to keep stray cattle and buzzards off the highway.

But first, technicians check out the cars. Some qualify to only go 90 or 168 mph. Others with high-end tires and safety equipment have no limit. Their top speeds can climb well past 200 mph.

Lawyer Jonathan Suckling came from England to drive his rare $150,000 1960s Chevrolet Cheetah, a sports car with seating so tight the steering wheel has to stay off until he gets in.

Glenn and Etta Valdes will keep their 1966 Sunbeam in the 124 mph range.

"This year it's his bucket list, so we get to check one off for him," Etta says. "Last year was mine, and I think it's going to be a lot of fun."

John Fowler from Round Rock, Texas, put us in full safety gear for a practice run in his 2001 Corvette. We hit top speed in seconds.

"It's a huge rush; I'm an adrenaline junkie, I guess," Fowler says, agreeing that speed is his drug of choice.

Slower cars get extra points for driving the course in a specific time frame. Unlimited cars win their trophies just based on miles per hour. But the draw is more than just winning -- it's about something in the nature of man since time began: the need for speed.


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It would be a great opportunity for EBR to show off their stuff. Get a couple magazine writers out there to do a story on the effort.
Roll out a race bike or 2 as well as a couple of their street bikes.
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Roll out a race bike or 2 as well as a couple of their street bikes.
It would be nice to see all manufactures out there. I like the EBR bikes. The front rotor is an art piece in it self along with the air ducts to cool the break pads.
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Demoed them last week...was fun..I'll ride it
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