On Topic So, how was your "Tonopah Experience"?

dan200

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I moved into Tonopah Texaco with the SDHQ vendor trailer on Thursday night. (I left for there right after tech ended). After I parked I met up with people from our team and checked out our pit, had a drink and then went to bed in the Toterhome. I watched those pits grow like a wildfire the next day and was grateful we already had ours marked.

The guy working the grave yard shift at texaco was clueless that in the next 24 hours his little city was going to be invaded by all of us. I told him he may wanna call for help.

Friday morning we went to town to check into the hotel for the rest of the team (mizpah) (sp). That was easy. They seemed prepared. Then lunch at Tonopah station and they seemed ready for what was coming also. We spent a few bucks at the hardware store and a few in the casino and by then our truck was getting close to the finish. It beat most of our chase crews there.

For our team dinner Friday night I was the chef. We figured that getting 25 of us into a restaurant was going to be difficult so we planed around it and I made everyone "Tonopah Tacos".

Throughout the night and all the way to pit one the next day I was opening and closing the vendor trailer to help those in need of parts and especially catheters. I think I made it so that 6 teams were able to continue to race day two. (That felt good).

All in all, I liked our Tonopah layover and it seemed like others did also unless they were unprepared.


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For our team dinner Friday night I was the chef. We figured that getting 25 of us into a restaurant was going to be difficult so we planed around it and I made everyone "Tonopah Tacos".
Now that's a chef thread I'd find interesting!
 

dan200

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Now that's a chef thread I'd find interesting!
Over the last year I've been tasked with cooking for 20-25 people a bunch of times. Beyond that, I made 50 pounds of carne asada tacos at hammertown last year. More recently I served up more than 1000 tacos at an open house we had at the shop. (All of this with help of course).

You don't get a belly like mine without learning a thing or two about cooking.



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CHOPPED... The OFF ROAD EDITION.... Funny in sooooo many ways !
 

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I love stage races like this or Norra, it's always a party.
I had 5 rooms at Best Western hotel then got 2 more from a friend who does some medical assist stuff with BITD (they had extras, they kept what they needed, more on that BS later...).

We had our parking lot cocktails bar running by 1pm.
Jen had pulled pork (brought from home) dinner served in parking lot.
Myself and our small crew serviced our 2 rental Hondas and got another racers dead bike ready to roost for day 2.
We rebuilt the 1-2-5 motor, clutch, and more.
All good fun!

But here's what SUCKS...
Our friend who helps with emergency stuff had their room there at Best Western.
During the day they reconfirmed they had the room and said they'd be late check-in due to being out on course.
They arrived at the hotel about 7:30pm, NO rooms.
The hotel had sold it to one of the other teams.
That sucks.
I know our 3-bikes team was there, Pistol (who got rooms from me and this medic person, all fair), and also 2 big TTruck teams.
Somebody knows they scored a room. Crappy they didn't ask around about the person who's room they were taking/screwing.
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Our Baja Pits crew were at The Clown Motel Friday & Saturday nite. Got there around 9pm both nites & all was good. First time I've slept there & I don't get what all the drama storys are about. If you have ever chased to the tip of Baja you learn quickly to adapt & enjoy what you're given. Pizza Delivery was good enough too, even without any tools for the salads. All I know is the town made a whole-lotta $$$...Good Times!
 

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I scored two rooms at the Tonopah Station from a really nice racer who cancelled and couldn't go (thank you again, Corey!)....so I put my crew up so they could get a shower and a decent night's sleep. I prefer sleeping in my trailer, anyway.....no bedbugs, and they said it was actually pretty nice. I like the two day format, and it was great having all of the racers in town. Tonopah is very different otherwise - lol!
 

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I scored two rooms at the Tonopah Station from a really nice racer who cancelled and couldn't go (thank you again, Corey!)....so I put my crew up so they could get a shower and a decent night's sleep. I prefer sleeping in my trailer, anyway.....no bedbugs, and they said it was actually pretty nice. I like the two day format, and it was great having all of the racers in town. Tonopah is very different otherwise - lol!
I was excited you came desert racing. Are you gonna do the Blue water two day race?


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We had a nice experience in Tonopah. One of our guys, brother is a chef by trade. They grilled NY Steaks and some great side dishes right out front.

Although I prefer the one day event, this was a nice change all in all.


And Corry, thanks for planting the bedbugs in my brain, lol
 

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Tonopah was awesome. The Best Western was legit and the brewery across the street was awesome. Thank you Tonopah!
 

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@dan200, the Tonopah tacos hit the spot after a long day of chasing, then a short prep to get the truck ready for day 2 thanks again buddy.
The Mizpah treated us well and is actually a pretty rad hotel with a lot of history.
Overall Tonopah experience was great.
 

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Tonopah was rad. Washed the race car at the local car wash, bought some ice and snacks, fueled all our vehicles and topped off all our pump gas dump cans. Camped right in the overflow lot next to the "city" that the You Theory guys put up. HUGE THANKS TO THEM too by the way for their generosity and allowing us to borrow a flat bed trailer for a few hours! Those guys are a class act team.
 

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I loved it, I had 2 rooms at the Jim butler inn which is next door to Mizpah. The lady was very careful to ensure everyone had a room, when I asked to switch to a downstairs room she said no, everything was set to ensure nothing got messed up, no problem.

We had lunch on day 1 at the BBQ/ brewery, they were understaffed but the waitress kept up anyway. had dinner at mizpah and it was dead and also delicious. Stopped at 2 gas stations and had zero problems. On the way home from reno we stopped there again and ate at the mexican place which is awesome.
 

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loved it. It was cool to talk to all the other drivers about their adventures on day 1 and what their plan was for day 2 . thanks Casey, BITD, and the town of Tonopah for putting up with all of us racers.
 

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the overnite stop in Tonopah made chasing this race so much more enjoyable. Tonopah Station was clean and quiet, the McDonalds turned coffee shop was a nice touch, though they were way overwhelmed with customers on Sat AM. The only thing that was awkward was watching your downhill speed with the 25 mph zone and everpresent cops! Dez Dave,you mean to say you never saw creepy clowns at the foot of your bed in the middle of the nite? I guess the angry clown stories are just that, stories!

Missed the Tonopah Tacos ...... wonder if they were as tasty as the Alien BUrger at Rachel or the Big Burger at Soccorros in Mina? good eats for sure!

If it was my choice, I would ask for a two day race with BITD each and every year.
 

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We had no complaints about the lay over. Once the car made it to the finish line the car owner made the decision he didn't feel like cooking so I went down to the bbq trailer at the finish for 9 meals, food was good and the wait was quicker than a sit down restaurant. It was nice having them at the finish. We found ice somewhere at 9pm and the 1 station was out of diesel but the other big one had it.
 

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Best western was great as always, Got Fuel, Ice and some misc stuff at Texaco. After we prepped the truck for the next day we had a team BBQ. Then drove around a bit and BS'd with some other teams and friends while waiting for the results. Result were taking to long for me so I went to bed and raced on in the morning.

Cool format for a change but it does make it a more expensive race. I would say every few years to do it this way would be ok with me. Not that my opinion matters.
 

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My Tonopah Experience:

So we had a crew of about 12 that needed rooms in Tonopah. BITD got us 2 at the Clown and one of our nurses booked 2 at the Best western. We thought we would be ok with that. The clown is old, run down, but had running water and a bed. Best Western, cancelled our team members reservation and apparently gave it to another team because we were out on the course til late for racers. There is not much more frustrating than expecting a shower and bed after a long day and not having one. We managed to get showers in the other rooms and some of us slept in our trailer while others crashed on friends floors.

The town of Tonopah itself is filled with great people. I know my team members that live there, Casey and his team and many others have been trying to get them to prep for the last year and it seemed to go as well as could be expected.

Sunday morning, one of my guys that coaches the middle school football team got them together and they all spent about 6 hours cleaning all the areas that we all camped. They cleaned up about 30 bags of trash but were very clear, much of that was long standing Tonopah trash and not from racers.

To the team that stopped and gave them ice cream money Sunday morning - You guys are awesome. Casey also has a check on the way to them for new uniforms for their team.

I like small towns. I think for a twon that had 2200 in it Thursday, over 10,000 on Friday and back to 2200 on Sunday - They did a great job as a community.

As a side note, When I was talking with a few higher up's in town on Sunday- they were very appreciative of all the racers taking time with the kids as they wandered around looking at the vehicles Friday and Saturday.
 
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