// October 2017 Race is CANCELLED

  • Bryant Blakemore
  • Saturday, September 23, 2017

It is with our deepest heartfelt regret that we must announce our final race of the season (October 13-15) will be canceled this year. We were unable to develop a new race course in the allotted time before the requirement set by our insurance for a change of venue had expired. We exhausted every potential possibility to hold this race including scouting and negotiating with three separate land owners, two of which are in brand new un touched country.

Now to address some rumors and grumblings that are occurring in the background. TORRA does not discuss most of what happens behind the curtain of our organization out of professionalism. We will address a few particular topics here. Our association works extremely diligently to host safe, legal, and legitimate events to better the sport of off road racing. Doing this creates interesting challenges at nearly every turn. We have requirements to the insurance agency and to different governing bodies across the state, some of which have not manifested themselves until recently. Starting this series from absolute scratch means that we will have growing pains and have to be dynamic in our expansion and development. Complications in certain areas have even made their way to the state capitol in Austin. While this means that it may be a difficult path to traverse (aren’t they all in off road racing?) it also means that our sport is growing. We prefer to look at this partial set back as a positive whole.
Despite these major setbacks we have continued to seek out new and exciting courses to continue expanding our sport across the state. We will continue to find new race locations, new race formats, and bring innovation, growth, and attention to desert racing in Texas. TORRA prides it self in being easy to approach and contact. That said, feel free to bring any questions, comments, or concerns directly to us.

Thank you to all our supporters and current competitors. To all the new competitors out there, come out and try your hand at desert racing or come see what Texas has to offer!
We have been multitasking these last few months and have been working on something very different for 2018. We will be hosting a single major event the weekend of July 5-8 2018 for ALL classes that will give every competitor an equal opportunity for a guaranteed major CASH payout.

We look forward to seeing everyone back with us and many new competitors in 2018 as we continue to push the envelope of desert racing in Texas.

#makesomedust

 


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// 2017 Streets of Laredo GP Directions / Hotel Info / General Info

  • Bryant Blakemore
  • Saturday, August 05, 2017

We are a week away from the Streets of Laredo GP, August 11-12  down in Laredo, Texas.

This race will be Motorcycle, ATV, UTV, and Bro Lites ONLY.

Approximately 15 mile laps. You will be racing for 3 hours total completing as many laps as possible within that time frame.

Pre-register for first come first served starting postions also view the schedule of events here:

Streets of Laredo GP Registraion



Directions:

From the intersection of Loop 20 ans Hwy 359:
Head East on 359 for approximately 6 miles.
Turn South on to North Riata Road (gravel).
Drive South approximately 0.25 miles through La Riata entrance to course.


Hotel Info:

Red Roof Inn Laredo - I-83 South

Address: 2010 Lomas Del Sur Boulevard, Laredo, TX 78046

Phone: (956) 724-7300

Courtyard by Marriott Laredo

Address: 2410 Santa Ursula Ave, Laredo, TX 78040

Phone: (956) 725-5555

Best Western Plus Laredo Inn & Suites  

Address: 3110 Santa Ursula Ave, Laredo, TX 78040

Phone: (956) 608-2491

La Quinta Inn Laredo I-35

Address: 3610 Santa Ursula Ave, Laredo, TX 78041

Phone: (956) 722-0511

Paradise Inn

Address: 4820 San Bernardo Ave, Laredo, TX 78041

Phone: (956) 568-9990

Red Roof Inn Laredo

Address: 1006 W Calton Rd, Laredo, TX 78041

Phone: (956) 712-0733

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Laredo

Address: 700 W Hillside Rd, Laredo, TX 78041

Phone: (956) 722-4533

Camping and RVs are welcome at the race course however it is primitive with no water/electricity/sewer hookups.

Hospital Information:

Stat Emergency Center of Laredo-South (Closest to Race)

Address: 1023 Bob Bullock Loop, Laredo, TX 78043

Phone: (956) 608-3000

Laredo Medical Center

Address: 1700 E Saunders St, Laredo, TX 78041

Phone: (956) 796-5000

If you have any other questions feel free to contact us on Facebook / email (info@torraraing.com) / or by phone 956-434-9065.

We look forward to having you out to #makesomedust!


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// 2017 Schedule Update!

  • Bryant Blakemore
  • Saturday, June 24, 2017
2017 Schedule Update!

Due to unforeseen circumstances we will be altering the venues of the next two races, August and October. Our sport allows a unique challenge to be on the fly adaptive to the current situation, this holds true not only for racers but also for promoters. We are working diligently to bring you some of the best desert racing opportunities Texas offers and are constantly developing new relationships with land owners across the state. We will be releasing details for the upcoming events as soon as they are available. We appreciate all the support from you the racers, spectators, volunteers, partners, and communities.


Stay tuned for more information about the rest of this season and for announcements about the big changes coming for 2018!

#makesomedust

 


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// Butterfield Stage 300 Hotel and Accommodation Information

  • Bryant Blakemore
  • Tuesday, June 06, 2017

This race will start at the Tiger Truck Stop at Exit 87 on Interstate 10.

It can be found on the map by searching "Texas 87 Traveling Tiger Center" The closest hotel to here will be in Ft. Hancock, however the lap section of the course will only be a few miles from Sierra Blanca. Following is information for hotels in both towns.

There is also always room available in Van Horn which will be about 50 miles from the starting line.

RV's and Camping are also allowed at Tiger however it is primitive meaning there are no hookups for electricity, water, or sewer.

There is a great restaurant located inside the Tiger Truck Stop that serves a variety of meals. We hope you'll check it out to say thanks for their support of our sport!

We look forward to seeing everyone out this weekend to #makesomedust!

Hotels:

Ft Hancock:

Fort Hancock Motel

1425 Knox Ave

(915) 769-3981

 

Sierra Blanca:

Americana Inn

209 E Octavia St

(915) 369-2111

Sierra Blanca Historic Lodge

325 W. El Paso St

(915) 369-3442

 

 


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// Directions to Pit Areas

  • Bryant Blakemore
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Interstate 10 Exits:

FROM the West: Exit 107 - Left on FM 1111 (Archie Ave.)

FROM the East: Exit 108 OR 107 - Right on FM 1111 (Archie Ave.)

NOTE: Exit 108 will pass UNDER a bridge, I believe the clearance is just under 14'

Main Pit Area:

North Bank:

Head NORTH on FM 1111 (Archie Ave)

Turn RIGHT onto Brown St.

Turn RIGHT onto Cammack Ave.

Follow Cammack Ave around a LEFT Turn

Turn at next RIGHT (looks like an Alley)

South Bank:

Head NORTH on FM 1111 (Archie Ave)

Cross RR Tracks

Turn RIGHT into dirt parking area before the Church.

BOTH BANKS:
Vehicles should be set up to face North/South with the pit area towards the canal. There will be a lane at the edge of the bank closest to the canal left open for race traffic.

 



TIGER TRUCK STOP (Remote Pit 2/B):

Enter Interstate 10 in Sierra Blanca and head WEST.

Exit 87 (FM 34)

Cross OVER I-10

Tiger Truck Stop is on the RIGHT

Remote Pit will be to the WEST of the truck stop.

Returning to Sierra Blanca From Tiger Truck Stop.

Enter I-10 and head EAST

Exit Laska Rd.

Use Frontage Road on NORTH side of I-10 to bypass Border Patrol Check Point and follow all the way back to Sierra Blanca.

(DO NOT USE LASKA RD, ONLY LASKA RD EXIT)

 

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// NEW True Sportman Handlebar Classes

  • Bryant Blakemore
  • Monday, March 20, 2017

We have decided to test the waters with a true sportsman class for our motorcycle and ATV competitors who are interested in getting their feet wet but not ready to jump head first into desert racing.

Details for the class are as follows:

$100 entry fee ($40 Annual Membership Not Included)

Pre-Run Included

Limited Number of Laps (Around Half)

No Purse (or Discounted Entry on Next Race), No Points, No Contingency Awarded for Podium Finishers


We look forward to having this class attract more riders who have never participated in a desert style event but aren't afraid to get out there and #makesomedust!


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// Luhtala Vaquero 200 - Hotel and Town Information

  • Bryant Blakemore
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017

Here is a Satellite/Map image of Sierra Blanca with some of the points of interest highlighted. Below the photo are addresses for some of those points including hotel information for both Sierra Blanca and Van Horn and the address for the Ag Barn which will hold Tech and Contingency. Note locations of the only two fuel stations, pit area, and start line.

 

Sierra Blanca Info:


Two Fuel Stations:
Chevron and Exxon

 

Resturants:

 

Delfina’s (Mexican) - 561 E. El Paso St.

Subway (Inside the Exxon) - 316 El Paso St

Scratch Made Café (Americana) - 217 E. El Paso St

(Burritos) - W. Everman

(Little Bit of Everything) - W. Arizona

There will also be a few food vendors in town just for the race.

 

Hotels:

 

Americana Inn

209 E Octavia St

(915) 369-2111

 

 

Sierra Blanca Historic Lodge

325 W. El Paso St

(915) 369-3442

 

Ag Barn: (Tech and Contingency) 

Corner of N Williams and W Cavender

 



Van Horn is located approximately 30 miles EAST on I-10. This town has plenty of accommodations. (Here is a list of a few to get you started)

 

Whitten Inn

1705 W. Broadway, Van Horn

(432) 283-2410

 

Econo Lodge

1601 W. Broadway St, Van Horn

(432) 283-2211

 

Super 8

1807 E. Service Rd. Van Horn

(432) 283-2282

 

Red Roof Inn

200 Golf Course Dr, Van Horn

(432) 283-2800

 

Days Inn

600 East Broadway, Van Horn

(432) 283-1007


 

 



 


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// Tres Amigos Pit Arrangement

  • Bryant Blakemore
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Racers: When arriving at the race please see the following map to show the arrangement for the pit area for parking.

Please pull in towards the west and have your pit area and back of your trailers towards the east.


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// Directions to Tres Amigos 175 Course

  • Bryant Blakemore
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Here are directions and a map showing the route to the race course from I-10.

 

From I-10 Travel 0.6 Miles North on N Archie Ave to FM 1111(E Walling St)

Turn Right (East) on FM 1111 (E Walling St)

Travel 1.25 Miles East to Dirt Road on Right in Curve

Turn Right Off FM 1111 onto Dirt Road

Travel 0.7 Miles East to Pit/Spectator Area.

Total Mileage from I-10 - Approximately 2.5 Miles

 

Note: Stop at entrance to pits to pay pit/spectator entry ($10/vehicle (racers 2 vehicles free)).


 

 

 

 

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// Tres Amigos 175 Schedule of Events

  • Bryant Blakemore
  • Thursday, February 02, 2017

The Tres Amigos race will feature a drag race start (two racers starting at the same time) and three races separating the Handle Bar, Stock UTV, and Car/Truck/Pro UTV Classes.

Stock UTV class will start in the dark.

Handle Bar classes will race in full day light.

Car/Truck/Pro UTV classes will finish in the dark.

Note the Pre-Run times. There will be no exceptions to these times in order to allow everyone an opportunity to prerun freely and in the daylight.

Laps are estimated over 25 miles. This should allow for all pitting to be in the main pit area.

2017 Tres Amigos 175 Schedule of Events

Friday – Feb 24, 2017

8:00 am – 10:00 pm - Registration and Tech Inspection at Race Location

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Each Team gets to Pre Run two laps unassisted:

  • Bikes, Quads and Stock UTVs ~ 2 to 4 pm
  • Pro UTVs, Cars and Trucks ~ 4 to 6 pm

Saturday – Feb 25, 2017

Race 1

5:30 am – Stock UTV Driver’s Meeting at Start/Finish area

5:45 am - Stage Stock UTV’s

6:00 am - Start Stock UTV’s every 60 seconds (7 laps)

 

Must finish by 11:00 am or DNF

Race 2

11:00 am – MC/Quads Driver’s Meeting at Start/Finish area

11:15 am – Stage MC/Quads

11:30 am - Start MC/Quads every 60 seconds (4 laps only)

 

Must finish by 2:45 or DNF

Race 3

 

2:45 pm – Car/Truck/Terra 4 Driver’s Meeting at Start/Finish area

3:00 pm - Begin staging Unlimited, Water Cooled Buggies, Pro UTVs, Desert Trucks, and Air Cooled Buggies.

3:15 pm - Start Unlimited, Water Cooled Buggies, Pro UTVs, Desert Trucks, Air Cooled Buggies every 60 seconds (8 laps)

Must finish by 8:15 pm or DNF.

 Awards Ceremony

 

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm - Awards Ceremony

 



We look forward to seeing everyone at our first race of the season!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Bryant@torraracing.com

956-434-9065

Roger@torraracing.com

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