Views of the Neighborhood – Sand Belt Races

Yes, the headline is correct. Here in Port Aransas, we have sand belt races every second and fourth Saturday. Yesterday was the second Saturday, so I had to go and check it out.  Here is where the races are held.

Sand belt Races

Obviously, this is a pirate bar. Here is a shot of the inside.

San Belt races

A fun place. The races are out back. The Gaff has been conducting these races since 2005. The next photo is a shot of the judge’s stand.

Sand Belt races

Here is the pit area where the sanders are being prepared.

Belt Sander Racers

Here is a cute entry.

Belt Sander races

Here is a shot of the raceway. (two lane) That guy with the beard, new tattoo and cigarette. is the finish judge.

Belt Sander Races

Here is the start of a race.

Belt Sander Races

And the finish line.

Belt Sander RacesI’ll bet you are wondering if anyone from town shows up for these races. Well, take a look.

Sand Belt Races

Of course, there is a bar and a band so why not?

 

40 comments

  1. Nothing surprises me any more, John.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Just wait. 🙂

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  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    OMG, this is too funny! It’s ingenious…who knew that belt sanders could draw a crowd! 🙂

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    1. I know right? Typical island activity. Next is chicken bingo. (don’t ask)

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  3. That’s quite a turnout, John. I’m curious about all of the writing on the ceiling of the pirate bar. Could you make out any of it? Great pictures! Happy Sunday!

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    1. Lots of different messages from patrons. Most are just names.

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  4. All I can wonder is if they work on their sanders like people work on their cars. Put a little nitro in there and boom.

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    1. I heard one guy say that he thought one of the competitors had a chain saw motor on a sander. I guess it could happen. 🙂

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      1. Machine doping in belt sander racing? What is the world coming to?

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      2. I know right? 😀

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  5. Ha! Now that’s a hoot. Terrific local color. Have a superb Sunday. Mega hugs.

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    1. Super Sunday to you as well, Teagan.

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  6. How interesting again, John! Thanks for sharing, and have a nice weekend,
    Pit

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  7. What a great idea, and it looks like it draws the crowd. Looks like a perfect place for Tim Allen to show up.

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    1. He was there. 😀

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      1. What? No picture?

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  8. LOL! I was expecting…I don’t know, but not that!! HOW FUN! I’m smiling ear to ear. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. BTW I finally got your follow thingy right. I was not getting notices. I think I fixed it. 🙂

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      1. Ha ha ha. Good for me especially. 😀

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  9. Sounds like a fun event, John. That’s a lively crowd you have in that place. There seems to always be something happening there. 😀 — Suzanne

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    1. Almost every week, Thanks, Suzanne.

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  10. Only in Port A! lol!

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    1. Yes, only here. Thanks , Jo

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  11. Never a dull moment in your neck of the woods, John. Good doings. Anything for a little excitement. 😀 😀 Yup. A band and a bar will bring out folks as well.

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    1. So true. Thanks, Tess.

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  12. I’ve never heard of sand belt racing before, so thanks for educating me. Amazing that folks actually come out for this sort of thing — well, why not, right? It’s something to do and doesn’t require more energy than hoisting a cold one! Happy Sunday, John.

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    1. Band and booz does it.

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  13. Just when I thought I’d seen everything… racing belt sanders… only in Texas! They’d have to have studs to race up here in the ice and snow!

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    1. Yes the snow could be a problem. Thank s for the visit, John.

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  14. So fun! And a great crowd. Thanks for sharing, John

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  15. Can honestly say I’ve never heard of this before – love your community!

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    1. Thank you, Teri. I do too!

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  16. We used to race belt sanders in shop class, John. I’ve seem these, and I approve! thankd for sharing.

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    1. You’re welcome Dan. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

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