Once a year, in a desolate part of West Texas, they close a 65 mile stretch of highway and give the State Troopers the day off. The road becomes a "run whatcha brung" playground for speed junkies. US 285, between Ft. Stockton and Sanderson, measures 65 miles and while it's far from flat and straight, it is a typically well maintained Texas highway out in the middle of nowhere.
The event is known as the Big Bend Open Road Race and contestants come in from as far as Georgia, California and Canada. The object is to pick a speed that you want to average between the two towns, down and back
The car coming closest to the target speed wins that class. Speed classes start at 85 and go up to 160MPH. Remember, we're talking average
speed, not peak speed. There are speed limits (sorta) because each class is assigned a max speed to prevent running over the poor Mustang in front of you. For example, max speed permitted in the 160 MPH class is 180.:eek2:
For the really serious, there's the unlimited division where it's the lowest elapsed time for the entire 118 miles. The record is 41 minutes, 1.411 sec. That's 172.584 MPH for the mathmatically challenged. Here's a clip of a "flyby".
This year's race is April 27th and registration opened Jan 2nd. Entries are limited to 160 cars and by the time you read this the field will probably be filled. My entry was among the earliest submitted, but I'm still waiting to hear if we've been accepted.
I've been trying to get mdickie to join us, but he's always got some half-fast excuse. Of course, there are no tobacco fields out there so he'd probably have to got through rookie training.