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The Silver State Classics are coming up in May and September:
Nevada Open Road Challenge in May
Silver State Classic Challenge in September

What is it? Read on ...

Twice each year the Silver State Classic Challenge, Inc., a non-profit corporation, closes State Route #318 between Lund and Hiko, Nevada with permits issued by the State of Nevada, for the running of these unique automotive events. The journey traverses 90 miles of fenced, two lane highway with long straights, twisty sections and dips.

It is open to anyone over 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license and a roadworthy vehicle. Entrants receive a set of Course Notes and a Pre-Race DVD to help them prepare for the event. The cars are run in classes at five mile per hour increments, from 95 mph to 180 mph, with the class determined by the vehicles safety equipment, the drivers experience level and the driver/navigator comfort level. There is also an Unlimited Division for very experienced drivers, over 21 years of age, with full race-equipped cars. Vehicles are started at one minute intervals, beginning with the 150 mph class and working down to the 95 mph class. Once the last 95 mph class vehicle clears the course, the Unlimited Division and the higher speed brackets over 150 are run as the final group.

So if you live in the western or southwestern U.S., and like to drive fast (legally), check it out.

They also have a similar event in west Texas.
Big Bend Open Road Race in April
Road Runner event in October

* Fort Stockton to Sanderson, Texas and back, U.S. Highway 285 closed from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
* Distance – 118 miles (59 miles each way)
* Down to Sanderson the first 10 miles are basically straight and the last 50 miles have 59 turns and a great many elevation changes.

Street Rod Division - 85mph, 90mph, 95mph
Touring Division - 100mph, 105mph, 110mph
Grand Touring Division - 115mph, 120mph, 125mph
Grand Sport Division - 130mph, 135mph, 140mph, 145mph, 150mph
Super Sport Division - 155mph, 160mph
Unlimited Division - Unlimited (180mph and up)

The first five divisions are conducted in rally like fashion – closest average speed to the class wins. In Unlimited it is the fastest down and back. Cars regularly compete at speeds well in excess of 200 mph.
* Top Speed – 220.8 mph By Dave Golder in 2002
* Course record AVG speed 172.249 mph in 2013 set by Tom Whalen.
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