August 15, 2010 by torqdog
Eight killed in desert off-road race
As many of you know, I’m involved in Desert Racing as an assistant to a photograper/videographer. I’ve been to many races and have frequently positioned myself in “the line of fire” hoping to get that one amazing shot. Last night, a truck went out of control and wound up killing eight spectators and injuring many others. This one hits home for me and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those taken and the survivors as well. Names have yet to be released but my fears are that I may actually know someone so this hits home especially hard.
Stu has requested that I post some of the photos I’ve taken so here goes. These particular shots come from the Powder Puff Breast Cancer Race held every year the second week in October in Barstow Ca. All proceeds go to benefit breast cancer research and this race is especially fun because all the drivers are women. The first few are from “tech” held friday eve. before the race. Tech is where the cars must pass inspection.
These photos are taken at the start/finish line. If it seems folks are standing too close, they’re not. All cars must come to a complete stop here before moving on. The rest of the course is more regulated.
More to come. Scott, my partner in crime will be posting up some vids when he has a chance. It’s kind of crazy in the desert racing world right now as everything is in turmoil. “La familia” will pull through eventually.