The 2011 Dustball Rally kicked off with an exciting start yesterday, July 27th, 2011!
The three day 2,000 scavenger hunt style rally is racing through back roads and interstates from El Paso, Texas to Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2011 event has drawn over 30 teams with vehicles ranging from the local Albuquerque #77 Team, the Flying Squirrels in a Chevrolet Camaro, the #50 Team Hazmatt from Los Alamos, New Mexico in their Ford Mustang GT, to #33 Team Hall & Nass in the BMW 335i pictured in the header image of this article.
The Dustball is a “gimmick rally.” The participating teams will not know the route other than the start and end destination, which will also include two mystery stops along the way. Instead, each morning the teams are issued clues that will aid them on their way to their next destination. The team that is able to solve the most questions on the worksheet at the end of the rally is the winner. The Dustball 2000 is a rally, not a race! continue reading »
In about a three weeks, 30 rally cars will gun it out of El Paso on a 2,000-mile journey who knows where. Sure the Gumball and Bullrun have the celebrities and the reality TV crews, but the Dustball Rally has the spirit. As a gimmick rally, the Dustball is about not just driving, but exploring the mysteries of America’s highways. You don’t win by screeching into the destination first. You win by solving the clues.
Homegrown in the southwest, the scavenger-hunt-style rally is going farther than ever before: 2,000 miles and two mystery overnight stops before arriving in Las Vegas. This year (July 27-29), the rally has Mustangs, Porches, Aston Martins–but also a Mini Cooper and a limousine. It’s going to be epic. And you can watch it unfold live, online. continue reading »
Can’t make the Dustball 500 Rally in El Paso this weekend? Want to keep up to speed with what it’s like to participate in the southwest’s premier gimmick rally? Still on the wall about joining the Dustball1500 Rally?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, be sure to follow the Santa Fe Reporter’s Dave Mass on Twitter @dustballdave and Team New Mex Express @newmexexpress this Friday and Saturday as we will be updating from the road in real time our run in the 2009 Dustball 500, the precursor to the Dustball 1500 Rally. Team New Mex Express will be defending their 2008 Dustball 1000 Rally spirit award this August. We also encourage you to visit our blog for video and photo entries at http://teamnewmexexpress.blogspot.com
There are still 10 spots left for the Dustball 500 Rally this weekend in El Paso, Texas and entry is $40 per team, up to four people! You can find more information about the Dustball 500 and 1500 Rally at www.dustballrally.com continue reading »