From the canoe: I propose the Shea Road Pot Hole Challenge | Sports
In honor of the Parker 250 and Parker 425 off-road races of 2022, this is a revamp of a column that took place in January 2021.
It’s January, and that means it’s time for off-road racing again in Parker. Considering all the restrictions they were subjected to by the Colorado River Indian Tribes and the Bureau of Land Management, it is remarkable that Best in the Desert Racing Association was able to remove them in 2021. Hats off to them.
I discovered the Bouse Spectator Area during Parker 425 2021, and I really liked it. It was easy to get to and you had a great view of the racing trucks as they drove by.
I was hoping that 2022 would be closer to “normal”. I miss the departures to downtown Parker and most of my favorite places to take pictures are on the tribal lands. I enjoyed having emergencies downtown and working with the Downtown Experience street fair.
I was also hoping that in 2022 the main access road to the races would not be Shea Road. I am using the term “route” very loosely here. I know the signs warn that the road is not maintained regularly, but, from State Route 95 to the cattle ranch, it appears to have not received any maintenance since before Reagan was president. I know offroad racing is tough, but you would think the access road to the race site would be smoother than the course.
Do not mistake yourself. The spectator areas and the main pit area were great. He was going to and from those places that were problematic.
Just tearing up the pavement and leaving it as a dirt or gravel road would be an improvement.
I wonder if Shea Road is a top secret government project and these are experimental potholes. This would explain the lack of maintenance.
At one point I was driving towards town and trying to get around potholes. I had a large motorhome pulling a trailer behind me. He stayed behind me and followed my movements regarding the potholes. I guess he figured I needed to know where they all were and it would be a good idea to follow me.
It could be that Shea Road is the longest car dismantling line in the world.
Maybe we’re 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 that the potholes are the work of Wile E. Coyote and his faulty Acme products.
Maybe it was my brain jostled on the road, or it was heatstroke waiting for the tow truck after the bad puncture I had. I had a great idea for a new off-road event for the Parker area: the Shea Road Pot Hole Challenge.
We could run it on its own or in conjunction with one of Parker’s off-road events, like the Parker 425, the Parker 250, or the BlueWater Desert Challenge.
The route would take place on Shea Road, from the railroad tracks to the herding of the cattle. A point system would be used to determine the winner. The winner would be determined on the basis of a combination of the fastest time, the least potholes affected and the least damage to the vehicle.
We could organize events with different classes of vehicles. We could start with motorcycles and quads and maybe go all the way to semi-trucks. We could include tanks and armored personnel carriers, but that could be a bit too much.
It could turn out to be an incredibly popular event. See how popular demolition derbies are. It would be in the same direction.
I am thinking of who would be the sponsors of such an event. Several possibilities come to mind. They include manufacturers of tires, wheels, axles and shocks, towing companies, auto body and repair shops, front and alignment shops, adjusters, scrap dealers, automobile dumps, orthopedists and chiropractors.
Another sponsor could be this luggage company which has shown how their bags hang together under heavy abuse. Maybe we could have this watch company bragging about the way their products, “take a lick and keep ticking.” “
What do you think ? Is that a great idea or what? Do you think this is something the community could support?
I think I’d better get my tongue out of my cheek before I grow all of my teeth.