Well, another Parker 425 is in the books. Congratulations to Best in the Desert Racing Association and everyone who had a hand in making this thing work. You had some tough circumstances to work with this year, including regulatory agencies that kept changing the rules. Somehow, you still managed to pull it off.

I hope next year most of this will be much closer to “normal.” I miss the big starts in downtown Parker. I also miss the Parker Python and all the places I like taking photos that are on Tribal land. It just wasn’t the same.

I did discover the Bouse Spectator Area, and I really liked it. They have a nice set-up there, and you have a great view of the vehicles as they speed by you.

I certainly hope that, next year, the main access road to the races isn’t Shea Road. I use the term “road” very loosely here. I know the signs warn the road isn’t maintained regularly, but, from State Route 95 to the cattle guard, it looks like it’s received no maintenance since before Reagan was President. I know off-road racing is rough, but you’d think the access road to the race site would be smoother than the course.

Don’t get me wrong. The spectator areas and the main pit area were great. It was getting to and from those locations that were a problem.

I wonder if maybe Shea Road is some top secret government project and these are experimental pot holes. That would explain the lack of maintenance.

It could be Shea Road is intended to be the world’s longest auto disassembly line.

Maybe were in an off-road racing sequel to “Caddyshack” and Mr. Gopher has been at work. Where’s Bill Murray when you need him? It could be the pot holes are the work of Wile E. Coyote and his malfunctioning Acme products.

Perhaps it was my brain being jostled on the road, or it was sunstroke from when I was waiting for the tow truck following the nasty flat tire I got. I came up with a brilliant idea for a new off-road event for the Parker area:  The Shea Road Pot Hole Challenge.

We could run it by itself or in conjunction with any of the off-road events in Parker, like the Parker 425, Parker 250, or the BlueWater Desert Challenge.

The course would be on Shea Road from the railroad tracks to the cattle guard. A points system would be used to determine the winner. The winner would be determined from a combination of the fastest time, the fewest number of pot holes hit, and the least amount of damage to the vehicle.

We could run events with different classes of vehicles. We could start with motorcycles and quads and maybe go all the way up to semi-trucks. We could include tanks and armored personnel carriers, but that might be a bit much.

This could turn out to be an incredibly popular event. Look at how popular demolition derbies are. This would be along the same lines.

I’m thinking of who the sponsors for such an event would be. Several possibilities come to mind. They include tire, wheel, axle and shock absorber manufacturers, towing companies, auto body and repair shops, front end and alignment shops, insurance adjusters, scrap metal dealers, auto junk yards, orthopedists and chiropractors.

Whatcha think? Is this a great idea or what? Do you think this is something the community could get behind?

I think I better get my tongue out of my cheek before I push all my teeth out.


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