30th Anniversary SSCC Event to Feature a Father vs Son 155 Class Battle

For the last 10 years, I've been extremely fortunate to race alongside my Dad in dozens of Open Road Racing events around the country. As many of you know, along the way, we've had more than our share of close but no cigar losses, and some really incredible wins. In fact, some of our best moments together as a father and son team have happened racing down Nevada 318.

After a decade of Open Road Racing as a team, and a lifetime of racing go fast toys in some form or another, come September 17th, the Lowman boys are going to do something we've never done before. Dad and I are going to race each other head to head, in the same division, in the same class, both gunning for the same trophy. You guessed it - the 155 Class.

To make things even more interesting, I'm planning to line up on the 30th Anniversary SSCC grid in my own 2007 Corvette Z06 right alongside of Dad's 2007 Corvette Z06. If any of you happen to get a pic of that moment, I'd greatly appreciate a copy of those pics!

Horsepower and car build differences aside, it's going to be fun finding out how this Grasshopper can do versus the Master I learned along side of against the official event clock. Atop of lining up against the incredible competition the top of Grand Sport division driver's always bring, I know I have my work cut out for me going up against that guy driving car #466! This is going to be fun!

I decided to share this announcement of our plans with our ORR family in the spirit of fun, and to attempt to honor the 30th Anniversary running of the Silver State Classic Challenge with a challenge of our own.

This sport has created so many great bonding moments for us, and brought so many wonderful new friends into our lives, I thought it only fitting to try and put on a bit of a side show in the midst of the big race as a fun way to honor all of you who have rooted for us, helped us along the way when we were down, and always supported our father and son racing efforts with your kind words and big hugs, in times of victory, as well as defeat.

While we know that either of us will be lucky to get anywhere near that 155 Class podium again, those of you who know us best, know that both Dad and I want to win that 155 trophy, badly.

That said, there's no one I'd be happier to run second to than my father, and there's also no one I'd like to outrun more, just this once! Either way, I already feel like we've won just by being in this race, in this moment, with all of you, our extended racing family.

We hope y'all enjoy our little Father versus Son showdown in the middle of the 30th Anniversary SSCC festivities. Best of luck to all who plan on lining up on that grid, and here's hoping you all find your own moments of victory.

Team Motorama LIVE Z06sWe look forward to seeing all of you again up in Ely!

Sincerely,

Berry "Ricky Bobby" Lowman

"I JUST WANNA GO FAST!"

 

"I'm all jacked up on Mountain Dew!"

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Great story. I  promise to give it my best, and if I can remember to do all of the things that you remind me to do as we were coming down the road, I hope to be "Close" with my time. Racing alone in my first time out in the 150 a few years ago, I was 9 seconds off from a perfect time. I remember Dale Foust telling me later that day at the awards banquet that if I am going to keep racing that I better "Tighten Up My Times a Little". What an inspiration Dale has been and a special "Thank You" to Ken Rees and others who have helped us along the way. Berry, I hope you drive safely and win or at least get on the podium, of whatever class that you decide to enter and that you be safe coming down the roads we race on :-)

Pop :-)

 

Tom King posted:

Oh great, now there are two Lowman entries.  I guess I can no longer just trust to luck against them.  Can you tell why I'm in 115 mph this time instead of 155?

Good luck to you both!

Yes Tom...  why in 115?    Do you have a vendetta against your Team Invader friend Barbara Barron who usually runs 115?    I just don't think that's very gentlemanly of you treating a wonderful woman that way!!     That's akin to bringing a machine gun to a water gun fight!

just sayin....

Malcolm Jones

 

Gee, Malcolm, you have a great point.  Of course, Barbara and Jacques were only 0.0931 seconds slow in May, so they may not have much to worry about - they seem to have their own machine gun.  To be fair, I did tell Barbara that I would be running 115 in case she wanted to school you guys in 150 instead ...

Anyway, the answer to your question (why 115?) is complicated.  I have this ridiculous conceit of wanting to win every speed class from 95 through 160, and I'm hoping to target the 115 class next.  If successful, then I can sell the NSX (and the trailer and the tow vehicle), and campaign the M5 or some other bone stock car in the 105 and finally 110 classes.  That would mean that my wife and I could move to a more sensible smaller house, have fewer vehicles, and simplify our lives.  So Val is rooting for me to do well.  Of course, if Mad Dawg wanted to sell me his gorgeous Pantera, I might reconsider....  Guess we'd need a smaller house with a 10-car garage.  Or a 10-car garage with an attached cottage.

So that's the embarrassing answer.  Maybe Barbara and Jacques will take pity on me.

Lanny Lowman posted:

Great story. I  promise to give it my best, and if I can remember to do all of the things that you remind me to do as we were coming down the road, I hope to be "Close" with my time. Racing alone in my first time out in the 150 a few years ago, I was 9 seconds off from a perfect time. I remember Dale Foust telling me later that day at the awards banquet that if I am going to keep racing that I better "Tighten Up My Times a Little". What an inspiration Dale has been and a special "Thank You" to Ken Rees and others who have helped us along the way. Berry, I hope you drive safely and win or at least get on the podium, of whatever class that you decide to enter and that you be safe coming down the roads we race on :-)

Pop :-)

 

It's going to be a trick trying to get my foot to match what yours can do, but I'll give it my best! No matter what the stopwatch says, this is going to be one heckuva fun & memorable race!

Tom King posted:

Oh great, now there are two Lowman entries.  I guess I can no longer just trust to luck against them.  Can you tell why I'm in 115 mph this time instead of 155?

Good luck to you both!

Tom, you got the better of us in May, so our hats are still tipped toward you. We'll miss you in 155 this time around. It's always a bigger challenge when we get to line up against the best of the best!

That said, I've got a feeling 155 is going to be stacked with skinny numbers guys this time around. I've already begun my strict training regimen of pounding Snickers and Mountain Dew!

 

Malcolm Johnson posted:
Tom King posted:

Oh great, now there are two Lowman entries.  I guess I can no longer just trust to luck against them.  Can you tell why I'm in 115 mph this time instead of 155?

Good luck to you both!

Yes Tom...  why in 115?    Do you have a vendetta against your Team Invader friend Barbara Barron who usually runs 115?    I just don't think that's very gentlemanly of you treating a wonderful woman that way!!     That's akin to bringing a machine gun to a water gun fight!

just sayin....

Malcolm Jones

 

Wow! Barbara Barron vs Tom King. 115 is going to be a real showdown folks!

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