View Full Version : Contemplating a Road-Trip to Bark River This Summer
01-27-2010, 03:33 PM
I was thinking it'd be fun to take a road-trip to see a TORC race this summer, and Bark River seems to be the likeliest candidate since it's the closest, relatively speaking... it's 15 hours away. <_<
So my questions to experienced fans:
What's the experience like? I suppose camping is the best option if I want to be close to the track... local hotels are already booked up (I checked already) so unless I want to drive a fair distance each morning/evening I'm stuck camping. I'm not much of a camper though... but for a race I'll endure anything.
What kind of viewing is available? When I go to a race to watch instead of working the event I bring the camera and shoot a ton. A few hundred images per day sometimes. Are there lots of areas to take pictures from, or are fans confined to limited areas to spectate?
What's the food situation like in Bark River? Should I plan on brining food for the weekend, or is there good eating nearby?
What else should a noob TORC fan know? I've been involved with racing on various levels for years (mostly crewing for touring cars and marshalling in rallies) but have never been to any off-road event of any kind so I'm a bit in the dark as far as these races go.:fear:
01-28-2010, 11:14 AM
yeah im goning to my first TORC race this year so Im with you on the questions, lol. Im driving 7 hours to see one:wacko:
Bark River or Crandon are both tons of fun and not much differance in drive time. Bark River's not a big town its more of a intersection with a casino. Camping is a good way to go if you are on a budget I think you can camp in the national forest for free otherwise they have camping next to the track. Escanaba would be close for motels unless you stay at the casino but that is most likley full already. Folding chairs are your best bet for seating they do have bleachers but you can get in the action with your own chairs and people leave them alone so when you go check out the pits or pick up some traxxas parts you have a place to come back to and sit. Lots of pic to be had at these events. I would bring food because after the race is over they dont have much on the grounds to eat. Fast track big air you wont be dissapointed its hard to explain the sound those trucks make but it is awsome. I would tell anyone to witness a crandon land rush at least once.
01-29-2010, 11:03 AM
cool ill have to pack my tent and stuff. sweet. cant wait for the race. im going to the North Carolina race
01-29-2010, 04:14 PM
Don't forget to bring your Slash for the RC Pro Series races.
01-30-2010, 09:46 PM
I have been going to the off road races at crandon and bark river my entire life. I know what am talking about so listen to me!!!! Just kidding.
Anyway, for the Bark River experience to be complete one must get there as soon as the gates open. There are grandstands to sit on, and if you get one of the spots on the end you will have twice as much fun, as you can see twice as much track!
As for taking pictures, you can go absolutely anywhere (except for on the track!) (Well, I'm sure you could get on there too if you really wanted...)
The pits are awesome. Go in there and see, smell, and hear the trucks up close. Take pictures of the drivers and crews, they are always there willing to talk and laugh with you!
Don't worry about camping, JUST DO IT. It's awesome, even if you usually don't like that kind of thing. Just reserve one ahead of time... they fill up pretty fast.
Bring some snacks for camping, they stop selling food soon after the races end. Bring 200 bucks for food. You'll need that much when you taste how good it is! But seriously, the prices are great, and you know what I think about the taste!
15 hours? Not a bad deal for an experience you'll remember for the rest of your life. The atmosphere is awesome.
Hope I helped! You know where I stand as to whether or not you should go. You'll never forgive yourself if you don't!
02-02-2010, 10:16 AM
So, my plans are definitely coming together for Bark River, likely in August... :D
Camping, as fun as camping by the track may be, looks be out because of the timing of it all. After driving 15 hours to get there, I'll probably be arriving at 9 or 10 Friday evening, so trying to set up a tent and all at that point would be an exercise in frustration. It'll be better to just get a hotel room, sleep properly, and then be up and at the track early Saturday. (Not to mention that I'll have to drive 15 hours back on Monday... so a hotel bed sounds more and more like the smart idea.)
And yeah, I'll be bringing my Slash along.... to get my butt kicked. LOL I'm hardly a good driver, and rarely have time to go to the track, so don't get much practice.
02-02-2010, 11:22 PM
Man, hope i get to go to the one in NC! i only got to drive about 4 hrs and 16 mins to get there (lucky me!) I will take my slash 4x4 just in case! SO, anyone else going to NC Race i should look out to see? (sorry for the bit off topic site though!)
02-02-2010, 11:32 PM
Ill be going to the NC race. Ill be taking my 1/16 Slash. mabie a 1/10 slash 4x4 if Im lucky
02-03-2010, 06:53 PM
I will possibly see you there pontiacgt201! I'm takin my 4x4 no matter what!
02-03-2010, 07:05 PM
cool. I cant wait should be great. Better be worth the trip lol. haha
02-03-2010, 09:01 PM
Hopefully it will be! I cant wait either. Think my mom will agree since its so close!
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