It was full-throttle fun at the 2011 Belt Sander Race Association's National Championships held at AWFS®Fair, where nearly 1,000 fans packed the grandstand to see the sawdust fly. Photos courtesy of: Expo Ease Photo
The Belt Sander Racing Association (BSRA) was created by Accuride to bring together belt sander racing enthusiasts from all over to have fun and compete at Accuride-sponsored events throughout North America. Take a look at the first BSRA National Championships that debuted in 2007 at AWFS in Las Vegas, Nevada:
Belt sanders were one of the first power tools repurposed for drag racing. At some point in time, someone got the idea to set up a wooden track and outfit the sanders with extra long extension cords to turn it into a competition. The rest is history!
Tim Westrope (left) from Perfect Match Stain with his sander Perfect Match fought hard to beat crowd favorite Deft Leppard entered by Brian Hill from Deft, Inc.
Most belt sander races include two classes: Stock and Modified. The Stock class requires that the belt sander be a standard product manufactured by a conventional power tool manufacturer. The Modified class allows creative enhancements to improve speed and performance.
Both class entries are encouraged to "dress up" their sanders to add personality. You'll see everything from Hello Kitty to Elvis themed racers-which just add to the fun of the event.
There is no end to the creativity applied to preparing sanders for the race. Here are some of the entries from the 2011 National Championships in Las Vegas.
Accuride BSRA races will be scheduled throughout North America at trade shows and Accuride distributor open houses. Check here for the latest schedule.
The regional races will culminate in the National Championships, which will be held at AWFS®Fair, in Las Vegas, Nevada in odd numbered years.
The competition heats up as participants vie to take home a championship trophy.
Check out our Rules and Regulations and then fill out our online Registration Form. Be sure to specify which event you wish to enter. For more information, contact your local Accuride District Sales Manager.