Santa Fe Springs, CA – Gather your pit crews and soup up that belt sander! The Belt Sander Racing Association (BSRA) has planned a special race event at D.B. Roberts Company in Plano, Texas on December 9, 2010, at 4 pm.
Accuride International and D.B. Roberts Company have created this unique event to bring together belt sander racing enthusiasts from the area to compete for awards on a 75-foot-long wooden track. Entrants with the fastest sanders will receive awards; plus a special Judge’s Award and recognition for the Best Dressed Sander will also be presented. Complete rules and entry forms are available at www.accuride.com/bsra.
“The sawdust—and sometimes sanders—really flies at these events,” says BSRA guru and Accuride Regional Sales Manager Jamie Goodwin, “We have had a tremendous turn out at our other regional races this year, with some fierce competition exhibited by the entrants.”
Belt sanders were one of the first power tools repurposed for drag racing. At some point in time, someone got the idea to set up a wooden track and outfit the sanders with extra long extension cords to turn it into a competition. The rest is history.
Most belt sander races include two classes: Stock and Modified. The Stock class requires that the belt sander be a standard product manufactured by a conventional power tool manufacturer. The Modified class allows creative enhancements to improve speed and performance. Both class entries are encouraged to “dress up” their sanders to add personality. You’ll see everything from Hello Kitty to Elvis themed racers—which add to the fun of the event.
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