Sit back, buckle up and get ready for the ride of a lifetime. That’s what the Big Bend Open Road Race brings to Fort Stockton and Sanderson each April. This event alone brings in hundreds of people to these small West Texas communities from all over the U.S and Europe.
This year’s Big Bend Open Road Race will have something for everyone; so make plans now to be a part of this exciting event in West Texas. The event starts off in Sanderson on Wednesday, April 24th and Thursday, April 25th with activities for the racers including registration, technical inspections, rookie school, practice runs, and qualifying, includeing the 1st Annual BBORR Safehouse Shoot-out. A Welcome Party will be held at 5:00 p.m.
On Friday, April 26th, the activities move to Fort Stockton for additional racer functions; including the 1st annual BBORR Safehouse Shoot-out, and a Car Show from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in Rooney Park. Everyone is invited to come meet the drivers and see their cars. The parade will depart from the park at 5:30 p.m. and will proceed North on Main St. turning left (West) on Dickinson Blvd. and continuing to AutoZone.
On Saturday, April the 27th, the Annual After Race Party in the Park will be held in Rooney Park from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. The racers will end up here after they cross the finish line. There will be music, food, and drink and lots and lots of FUN! Everyone is invited to come out and see the cars, take photos, get autographs, etc. Don’t miss out on this Racing event. Volunteers are still needed. For information call (432) 336-2264 or visit our website at www.bborr.com.
Race Advisory Director
* April 24th – 25th– Registration, Rookie Orientationl, Qualifying, Practice, and Thursday Shoot-out, Sanderson, Texas
* April 26th– Registration, Tech, Car Show & Parade Fort Stockton, Texas
* April 27th – Race (starts just 3 miles south of Fort Stockton) Fort Stockton, Texas; After Race Party in the Park!! Fort Stockton, Texas; Race Banquet Fort Stockton, Texas
* Fort Stockton to Sanderson, Texas and back, U.S. Highway 285 closed from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
* Distance – 118 miles (59 miles each way)
* Down to Sanderson the first 10 miles are basically straight and the last 50 miles have 59 turns and a great many elevation changes.
* Top Speed – 220.8 mph By Dave Golder in 2002
Street Rod Division - 85mph, 90mph, 95mph
Touring Division - 100mph, 105mph, 110mph
Grand Touring Division - 115mph, 120mph, 125mph
Grand Sport Division - 130mph, 135mph, 140mph, 145mph, 150mph
Super Sport Division - 155mph, 160mph
Unlimited Division - Unlimited (180mph and up)
The first five divisions are conducted in rally like fashion – closest average speed to the class wins. In Unlimited it is the fastest down and back. Cars regularly compete at speeds well in excess of 200 mph.