// WHO WE ARE

TORRA was created with the intention of building a quality long lasting off road racing program for Texas and the surrounding area. Board members include experienced racers, ranchers, businessmen, and promoters all with a passion for off road racing and building its success in our part of the country. We will work closely with landowners, local law enforcement, and communities to ensure lasting relationships are built to provide Texas and its neighbors with many years of racing.

We, at TORRA, are driven to maintain a conservationist attitude towards the lands we race on. Off roaders often fight the stigma of negatively impacting the environment by our activities. By creating a mindset of stewardship amongst racers and spectators, our goal is to set an example of what can be accomplished when everyone works together to protect the environment. This mindset includes the application of the “Tread Lightly” program, using preexisting trails as much as possible and, “Leaving no Trace,” by cleaning up afterwards to minimize our impact. We will be working with landowners directly to remediate any damages to their property following every race. Off roaders enjoy nature on our machines and without proper management techniques the places we currently enjoy might be lost.

TORRA works to build a close relationship with the local communities that have invited us to race amongst them. Aside from contributing to the economic growth during race weekends, our organization specifically supports the local 4H clubs in and around the towns where our races are held. Supporting and helping to fund some of the programs in which the youngsters of the communities participate, allows us to give something back to the communities that support us.

Bryant Blakemore

// Q & A with Bryant Blakemore

Why are you associated with off road racing?:

I firmly believe that off road racing is the most intensive form of auto racing on the planet. The mix of vehicles, terrain, and distances covered are unmatched. This combination creates a very exciting atmosphere for both racer and spectator; it also provides a fantastic torture testing and proving ground for after market manufacturers of products such as brakes, tires, shocks, lights, etc.

What sort of things have you done pertaining to dirt sports?

Ex., dirt bikes, sand rails, events entered/won: I am currently working with Scott Decker and King of the Hammers Champion Eric Miller to bring their new Bro Lite series to Texas to provide a low budget short course style racing option to the off road community. This series will allow spectators the option to come out of the stands and on to the race course affordably.

What kind of experience do you bring to TORRA?:

I have spent the last few years hosting, marketing, and promoting successful diesel performance events including drag races and dyno days. This includes bringing a 7.xx second ¼ mile 4 cylinder turbo diesel from Thailand to the United States for the NHRDA world finals and working with another race team from Puerto Rico to bring their 10.5 second ¼ Mack powered drag truck to the US for competition. I am bringing my passion for all things motorsports and my deep interest in off road racing to help build and promote TORRA and the off road community.

Why are you associating yourself with TORRA?:

After a discussion with Roger about the current state of off road racing options in Texas, it was clear to see his want for growth. This could only be achieved through the creation of TORRA. Climbing on board a brand new organization allows for the implementation of fresh new ideas with no limitation of possible achievement. Coming in from the ground level will create an opportunity to showcase my abilities as a promoter / organizer and give me a solid platform in which to help build a fantastic program that will support the racers, spectators, and local communities.

Where do you see desert racing in Texas in 5 years?:

With proper support I see desert racing in Texas in 5 years growing towards a national level of participation with more frequent events (6+ a year from TORRA alone) and competitors from all across the country traveling to Texas to compete. I see TORRA becoming as common of a name in off road racing as BTID or SCORE and the premier association in Texas.

Who are your favorite off road people? Past and Present?:

Sal Fish- Sal is the perfect representation of a devoted promoter / organizer. During his years with SCORE he developed an incredible program not just for the racers but for the spectators and their local communities across Mexico. Giving back to the community is an important aspect of off road racing that I hope to maintain through TORRA.

The Beal Family- This multigenerational racing family in Texas embodies the sport wholly not just in competition but by opening up their own personal property to host races and allow the sport to grow.

Ivan Stewart- Who doesn’t love the Ironman!?

McMillan Family- Another dynasty of off road racers showing that off road racing is a true family activity.

Malcolm Smith- Malcolm is another racer that understands what Baja and desert racing has provided him. He is always giving back to the local communities so show his appreciation for their acceptance of the sport. This attitude is important to have, allowing healthy relationships to be built between the communities and race organizations.

Any and all female competitors- I have always supported female competitors in motor-sports that are knowledgeable and passionate about what they do and are just as fiercely competitive as their male counterparts. I welcome the diversity of having female competitors in the field. Good examples are Jessi Combs and Nicole Pitell-Vaughan who are currently competing in the all female Rallye Aicha des Gazelles.

Roger Lollar

// Q & A with Roger Lollar

Why are you associated with off road racing?:

Those who are dirt sports people already know the reason. Those who aren’t just haven’t experienced it yet.

What sort of things have you done pertaining to dirt sports?

Ex., dirt bikes, sand rails, events entered/won: I’ve had the passion for speed since I can remember. As a teenager I expressed this passion through street drag racing, riding and driving dirt bikes, sand buggies and 4x4 trucks in the desert and mountains of SE New Mexico and W Texas. I’ve just recently re-entered this world and am in my second season of off road racing in Texas in a 7200 truck. We placed 2nd in the 2014 TDRA Series Points Championship.

What kind of experience do you bring to TORRA?:

I have experience in putting small teams of like-minded people together, pointing towards the goal and letting them do their jobs.

Why are you associating yourself with TORRA?:

TORRA is the result of a life long desire to build something bigger than myself while at the same time giving something back to the community. My passion for good engineering, fabrication, mechanics, horsepower, racing and driving make off road racing a perfect fit for me as well.

Where do you see desert racing in Texas in 5 years?:

The potential for growth is through the roof. As this is written, there is very little product support in Texas. Even though there have been off roaders in Texas, NM and OK since the wheel was invented the western states of California, Arizona and Nevada is where the sport of off road racing was first organized in a big way. Therefore, out there is where the supporting industries were established. I think in five years we will start to see more industry related companies either start up or open branches in west Texas in order to cater to the growing numbers we will definitely have.

Who are your favorite off road people? Past and Present?:

Roger De Coster, Malcolm Smith, Rick and Roger Mears, Walker Evans, Ivan Stewart, Manny Esquerra, Rob MacCachren and Pat Sims. Kind of showing my age a little on this question.

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