Views of the Neighborhood – Belt Sander Races

There is a saying around town that we now know things are getting back to normal after Hurricane Harvey. Evidence of regular is as follows:

Belt Sander races

The popcorn machine and coffee pot are back in operation at the ACE Hardware store.

The lights at Alister and Avenue C are now working.

The Belt Sander Races are on again at the Gaff. The truck in the foreground is the Gaff delivery vehicle or a chicken coop. No one knows for sure.

Here is a photo of the race contestants.

Here is the track. Notice the extension cords running the length of the path. That’s so the belt sanders can keep going.

The spectators are fueling up for an afternoon of racing. There is music as well. The one thing that is missing is the roof. Β Last year there was a roof.

The announcers stand.

A warning to parents about rowdyΒ kids.

Pit crew

A bold statement but as far as I know totally true.

One last look at the contestants.


  1. I remember seeing this last year – didn’t get it then, either. πŸ™‚

    1. You have become too French to get it. Not to worry. Most people don’t get it either. πŸ˜€

      1. Mind you, pigs racing over a course with obstacles of upturned broomheads as ‘jumps’ is another matter altogether.

      2. I can see that for sure.

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Americana at its best. The announcers’ stand looks like an inspiration for a Norman Rockwell painting. Soooo, who won? Fingers crossed for the sander with the frog and sunglasses. πŸ˜€

    1. Couldn’t stay for the end. (Two hours worth)

  3. Great pictures, John. I love the sign on the side of the truck, “Nice Try Harvey”.

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. πŸ˜€

  4. This is a riot – and also a great family day!!! (as long as you keep track of your kids!!)

    1. You can get an order of crabs to go if you lose track of them. πŸ˜€

  5. So, is there a way to modify belt sanders for this? I’m guessing the grit is important.

    1. Looked pretty heavy duty for sure (the grit that is)

  6. I am loving this…quirky and so much fun. Thanks for sharing John…this may be unique to Texas for all I know! Hugs Xx

    1. Me too, Jane. Never saw it anywhere else.

  7. I love the message on the pick-up truck and the sign about the unattended children. LOL! Being a lover of popcorn, it’s always nice to see those old popcorn machines. I’m happy things are getting back to normal. One thing that didn’t change…the beautiful blue sky. Happy Sunday!

    1. yes the sky has not changed and always welcome. thanks, Jill.

  8. This is quintessential Port A. We may think we’re hot and all up here on Galveston Bay, but we don’t have belt sander races. The crab races down in San Leon are okay, but a little sissified. Crabs don’t make noise, and if one runs amok, it doesn’t cause the kind of damage one of these could.

    Is the incline at the beginning or the end of the course? I’m inclined to think it’s at the end. That’s a nice touch.

    1. It is at the end so therein a stopping point.
      :-D. Thanks, Linda.

  9. HaHa! Belt sander racing. That’s a new one for me. LOL

    1. As you can see it is a real thing here. πŸ˜€

  10. Thanks for this great tour, John. Maybe a short video of the sanders in racing mode? I’d kill to see that! Bravo, Port A!

    1. That is a good idea, John. Next time.

      1. Wow! They really boogie down the lane in a hurry! Thank you good sir!

      2. You are welcome, John.

  11. And that just goes to show that people can be entertained by anything! Good one, John.

    1. Well almost anything. Most men folk take their belt sanders very seriously. You and I , not so much. πŸ˜€

  12. I keep checking our local paper for the Belt Sander Race results. So far, nothing. Is the problem on your end?

    1. Yup. We don’t publish results. No one cares who wins. The fact that the race is run is another fine point lost on most of the spectators.

  13. Tee-hee! I had forgotten about this. I love the “Nice try Harvey” line on the old pickup. That was a terrific opening to this post, John. The Captain America sander looks mighty cool, but you know I have to root for the cat. 🐱 Have a sensational Sunday. Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. I’m with you on the cat. πŸ˜€

  14. I recognize the brands (I’ve owned two) and I have participated in an unapproved variant of this sport in shop class, many years ago. I like the guy that added roller bumpers – never trust “auto-belt-tracking.”

    I am glad to see the normal (and Texas normal) things coming back to life in town. Great recovery. I hope you have an uneventful summer/fall to reap the rewards of all this hard work.

    1. Thanks, Dan. I think a lot of us are going to be wary when named storms start forming up.

      1. Fingers crossed.

  15. Good morning, John,
    “coffee pot … back in operation”: now that’s good news for me! What can I say? Maybe, “Port A, here I come!” πŸ˜‰ Well, not too soon yet, as we’ll be going on a road trip in the middle of May.
    As to the Belt Sander Races: that sounds so eccentric that I was thinking only the British could have something like that! πŸ˜‰
    Have a great Sunday,

    1. Mad dogs and Englishmen are residents of Port A.

  16. Such an eclectic vibe. And I am glad the ACE hardware is back to serving up java and popcorn, that’s always a perk . . pun intended.
    As for the belt sander races, I had no idea this was a thing! But I am putting my money on the Black and Decker sponsored team . .

    1. Ha ha ha. Good bet.

      1. Always bet black (and decker)

      2. Holy Hardware Hemi! Those little buggers really move!!!

      3. They do. They lay sand.

  17. Not much popcorn left in that popcorn machine, John. I’d love a popcorn machine the size of that one. Good to see things getting back to normal. I must have missed the belt sander race last year. That’s a unique event to me. Hope you had great fun.

    1. People watching is the best part. On the popcorn, I took the photo just before closing time so they were not making more. Thanks, Hugh

  18. That looks like huge fun – and who needs a roof with that fine Texas weather! πŸ˜€

    1. You are so right, Jan. Thanks.

  19. So glad to see things are getting back to normal, John. I’m guessing there must be prizes for the victors??

    1. Nope. Just the honor of still standing.

    1. Thank you so much, Misha. πŸ˜€

  20. Everybody has to be someplace! β™₯

  21. So glad to see things getting back to normal.

    1. Me too. Thanks, Craig.

  22. Happy for you that things are returning to “normal.” Hopefully this year will be gentler. It’s fun to get a virtual tour of a place. I’m kind of doing that with my post this week. πŸ™‚

    1. Oh good. πŸ™‚

  23. Definitely a unique event, but I could see it going over well in KY.

    1. I would say so. Thanks, Teri

  24. Always something going on. This day sounds relaxing, yet exciting. πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

    1. Certainly was relaxing. What is it about the smell of sandpaper on a beautiful day? Thanks, Tess.

  25. I love this!

  26. Ha, ha! I didn’t know belt sander races were a thing. Looks like fun as long as you keep your children close. πŸ˜‰

    1. They are a thing for sure.

  27. Great photos, John, and I love the warning to parents about unattended children. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you , Lauren

  28. Yet another fun event in Port Aransas! Thanks, John.

    1. Thank you, Michelle.

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