Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Robinson ready for Vegas to Reno drive

532-mile distance this Friday

Paul Robinson’s Desert Buggy for Friday’s “Best in the De-sert” 532-mile race in Nevada. Photo by courtesy photo

     Wood River Valley off-road driver Paul Robinson is back in the saddle and ready to ride in the longest and only point-to-point race in the U.S.

     It’s the General Tire “Best in the Desert” 532-mile race from the Las Vegas area to Reno, Nev. on Friday, Aug. 15.

     Robinson, 56, of 9 Lives Off-Road Racing, will be racing his Class 12 car in the Class 1100 Pro Limited Desert Buggy class, No. 1115.

     “I will be racing as a hired driver for the Desert Runners Racing Team again,” said Robinson.

     He said he will be navigated by Chad Ramsey, son of Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey.

     Robinson said, “We fly to Las Vegas Thursday for tech inspection of our gear and the car, and start early on the morning of Friday, Aug. 15. We have a 24-hour time limit to finish but should get in around 12 to 15 hours with a clean run at it.”

     While the race is called Vegas to Reno, the course actually starts at Beatty about 120 miles to the northwest of Las Vegas between Nellis Air Force range and Death Valley. It ends at Dayton just east of Carson City, which is near Reno.

     It generally follows the direction of U.S. 95 around Tonopah and to the east of Hawthorne and Walker Lake in western Nevada. Drivers have been warned that the first 20 and final 20 miles are rocky.

     Robinson’s sponsors include Sun Valley Transfer and Storage, Earthworks Excavation, Ketchum Chiropractic, Idaho Mountain Builders, Del Tech LED Ryan’s Mountain Rentals, Offroad Lighting and Schaeffers Racing Oils.

     Robinson gave thanks to Carl Browning at United Oil for the help with the 400 gallons of fuel needed for the Desert Runners team.


     Robinson also drove for the Desert Runners Racing team in the General Tire Mint 400 race March 15 outside of Las Vegas. Robinson drove the first shift covering four hours and 13 minutes for owner Michael Benedict’s No. 1115 Pro Buggy in the Limited Class.

     “I drove 50 miles into the sun with one hand, shading my eyes,” said Robinson, a California native and Wood River Valley resident since 1975. “What hurt most afterward was my neck.”

     “It’s a demanding sport on the whole body, physically—dangerous but fun. When I got out of the car, I was exhausted,” said Robinson.



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