Mint 400 Race – The Golden Anniversary Get Down
The Mint 400 race has a long and colorful history that dates back to the 1960’s. Over the decades, it has grown to incredible heights, waned, died all together, and been resurrected. Throughout its history, it has always had a special bond with old Las Vegas.
In its heyday, contingency packed Freemont Street with cars, trucks, and droves of fans. One year, it even had a tank! We just don’t get tanks at contingency like the old days. There was always a huge party to celebrate heading out into the desert the next day to face certain destruction.
This year’s race, the 50th anniversary, had two full days of contingency to handle the 400 vehicles entered in the race. In addition to the two days of contingency, a parade down Las Vegas Blvd was held on Wednesday, time trials for the unlimited vehicles took place on Thursday morning, and special events, press conferences, and parties took place all week long.
With so many movers and shakers in attendance, business deals, and future plans were taking place as well. The new Dusty Times magazine held a launch party with The Eagles Of Death Metal performing live, and celebrities from all over the globe were either racing, or in attendance. It’s safe to say that the Mint 400 has become the most significant offroad race in the United States again.
The afternoon race lived up to the hype as the battle for the overall win came down to mere seconds. The light drizzle that hung around all day turned into legitimate rain. The moisture knocked down the dust and allowed the Trophy Trucks to run right up to the vehicle ahead and make a pass.
The Mint 400 has become quite a spectacle after being procured by the Martelli Brothers in 2012. If rumors pan out, it will be even bigger and more spectacular in 2019.
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