BREWER- Maybe back in the day there were some people who had a few too many beers, and they had some sanders laying around and one thing led to another…
Belt sander racing in Maine may get its roots from boredom in a garage, but this is the 15th year United Bikers of Maine has been putting on a family-friendly event.
“Once you get into it you get hooked, and you keep coming back,” said John Rogerson, county director of United Bikers of Maine.
It’s cheap to enter; one dollar for rookies who are loaned a basic sander, and five dollars for the adventurous to use their own creation. And where does that money go?
“There’s six charities we generally each year disperse it out to. Everything is all non-profit,” said Rogerson.
In a massive winter sports state, these races provide fun for Mainers not looking to hurl themselves down a mountain.
“It’s something to do during the winter, instead of being around the house getting bored,” said Rogerson.
And it’s safe… as long as you’re not one of the pillows at the end of the track.
So, cheap, fun, and for a good cause. But how do you win?
“Once you hook it up watch for the light, pull back on the handle, and let it go,” said Rogerson.
What’s the secret to winning this?
“The lights, watching the lights. It’s the same thing as drag racing,” said one racer.
Drag racing power tools?You’ve gotta try this!
“That was fun, I think I won. That was pretty close, did you let me win?” said another.