The Big Bend Open Road Race

We found fast cars, big skies, and a whole bunch of daredevils at this annual high-speed race weekend out west.

Barry Tubb makes his way to the starting line. “I just love the idea of going as fast as you can without a cop chasing you. You can get it all out in a matter of twenty minutes,” he says.

Every spring, a fleet of Ferraris, Mustangs, and Lamborghinis along with some scrappy, self-proclaimed jalopies descend on West Texas for the annual Big Bend Open Road Race. The race, the first of which was held in 1998, follows a 118-mile route from Fort Stockton to Sanderson and back. This year’s weekend of speed (think 160-plus miles per hour) brought rain delays, a power outage, and some true Texas characters.