It seems like Ford Raptors and Texas are becoming synonymous, as Trey Palreiro and friends have turned the Lone Star State into their own private stomping grounds. From October 2-4, 2015, over 100 Raptors and 300 attendees
Yep, the same people behind the Texas Raptor Run and Raptor-X figured that with all the wet the previous events had, it was time for some down and dirt driving, and the Fluharty Farms, located in Gause TX, didn’t disappoint. Owned by MGI Motorsports race team owners, the venue has miles of off-road fun and adventure. Of course, with the 8 creek crossings, there was some water, but the soil was great with only a few rocks tossed in.
As for on the trail, there was a bit of carnage and lots of smashed bumpers and skids appeared on the Raptors when they returned from the loop and one poor driver had two tires roll off the bead on same truck at same time. There were also a few bent knuckles and a couple of broken wheel studs, but nothing that was bad enough for major concern.
That may have been due to the safety measures that Palreiro and his crew put into place. All drivers and co drivers are required to wear a DOT-approved helmet and the trucks need to have basic safety gear on board (fire extinguisher, first aid kit, tow strap and a way to secure everything in the bed) to make sure that not only is that crew safe, but also that the truck’s not leaving pieces behind.
All these precautions are needed, as the 20-mile loop that the Raptors were tackling is what the MGI team uses for their practice track. Speaking of MGI, they had their Trophy Truck on hand to provide rides to the more adventurous attendees, and the donations required for a ride were given to charity.
As with other Raptor events, this one had more than just a good time attached as $27,000 was raised for Orchard Africa and Big Life Ministries. Each person coming in the gate was asked to donate to the charities as well.
A charity auction and raffle also brought out the giving in people, and the over 30k in prizes were donated by notable sponsors such as Rogue Racing. Nitto Tire. Baja Designs, Method Race Wheels, 806 Desert Customs, Addictive Desert Designs, Texas Motorworx, Mad Hatter Garage and Apollo Optics.
The Raptoberfest is just one of the Raptor centric events that Trey Palreiro and his crew put on during the year (the Texas Raptor Run and Raptor X being the others). We had a blast and for those in the central part of the country, or who just want a Texas-sized vacation with great off-road driving included, check them out. For more information, go to www.texasraptorrun.com, and tell ‘em that DS+OR sent you.
MGI Motorsports were kindly enough to let a bunch of off-road addled Raptor drivers race around their Fluharty Farms complex. Seriously though, the folks that arrived at the Gause, Texas facility were in great spirits and ready to have fun.
Being that the 20-mile course is one that MGI uses as their test track, there were a few places where “airing it out” was more than possible.
The Texas-based event drew a selection of Raptor enthusiasts from a wide area, as this Georgia Bulldogs fan shows. They’re showing some nice style through this corner, too!
The guys from 806 Desert Customs organize some parts before upgrading a Raptor right there on site.
Unlike TRR, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. There were a few silt corners though.
MGI Motorsports brought out their Trophy Truck and were taking those who donated to Orchard Africa and/or Big Life Ministries for rides, where the passengers found out what catching big air really means.
Some sections of the course were very technical, and one wrong move could put the drivers into some Cottonwoods.
Some of the drivers were really taking on the course, and taking every chance they could to get air, too.
There’s nothing like sliding a Raptor through a corner! This guy sure seemed to be on it and having fun.