Bug Invasion 3 at the USA 500


This, my friends, is the new Bug Invasion trophy. Pretty much the Stanley Cup of Class 11 racing.

We started the Bug Invasion back in 2010 when Class 11 Stock Bugs made their triumphant return to the Valley Off Road Racing Association. We were all too broke to throw in big money, so I grabbed one of my dad’s old bowling trophies, picked up a 12 pack of PBR and promised the winner “Twenty dollars cash money” from my wallet.

You’d never seen racers fight so hard.

Thankfully, they've retired from Class 11 racing, so we might have a shot at winning the trophy this year

Messer Motorsports claimed its second Bug Invasion win at Prairie City in 2011.

So then I cross paths with Geoff Curtis, a fixture on the TV show “Overhaulin’“, a world-class fabber with Five Axis (check out the Lexus) and a guy building a Class 11 to race the Baja 1000. Granted, when he starts work on a VW pan, it comes out looking better than when it rolled off the factory floor in Wolfsburg 40 years ago.

They didn't look this good coming off the line at Wolfsburg

I hate him.

Anyway, I am helping him out with some stuff and in return he fabbed this most amazing trophy, which includes a brake drum, brake pads, stub axle, piston, valves and valve springs and those long skinny things that I forget what they’re called. Best of all this thing weighs a good 15 pounds.

The thing has its own gravity field.

No, really.

Ok, so we’re calling the third Bug Invasion for VORRA’s USA 500 July 15-18 in Sparks. Class 11 winner gets the trophy (at least until we call the next Bug Invasion), the 12 pack of PBR and $20 cash money. We’ve already got four 11s committed.

 

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