Mint 400: 2009

Pausing for a comfort break on the road between Barstow and Vegas. Leaving Sandy Valley en route to our camp site.

Pausing for a comfort break on the road between Barstow and Vegas. Leaving Sandy Valley en route to our camp site.

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The night before the race, we drove in on the race course to work our checkpoint.

The night before the race, we drove in on the race course to work our checkpoint.

A Trophy Truck running up front on the first lap.

A Trophy Truck running up front on the first lap of the race. Racers would complete four, 100-mile laps in the desert – at least that was the theory.

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Our surprise, non-stop checkpoint on the course.

Our surprise, non-stop checkpoint on the course. We logged car numbers and times as racers passed by.

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Andy McMillin

Andy McMillin

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A Class 11 about to be eaten alive.

A Class 11 about to be eaten alive.

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Racers staging to climb a hill which had become a nasty, silty and rocky challenge, especially for the lower-horsepower cars.

Racers staging to climb a hill which had become a nasty, silty and rocky challenge, especially for the lower-horsepower cars.

On the way home, we took an off-road route, which took us through a very windy Afton Canyon.

On the way home, we took an off-road route, which took us through a very windy Afton Canyon. When it was time to air up the tires at the end of the trip, we tried hiding from the wind, but still got sandblasted.

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