Transaurus To Tear Trashed Cars To Shreds At Thunder Valley Mayhem On Sept. 25
During the Sept. 25 Fas Mart Thunder Valley Mayhem presented by JanPak, Bristol Dragway will become the stomping ground for a terrifying T-Rex named Transaurus. It is the perfect place since his favorite snack is heavily toasted junk cars.
Transaurus highlights a thrill-a-minute evening during Thunder Valley Mayhem. The event also boasts two “jet trains,” the Super Shockwave jet truck, 10 nitro extreme pro mods, Benny the Bomb and the Team FMX Motocross stunt team. Transaurus, however, will stand head and shoulders above the rest..
At more than 30 feet tall and weighing in at a hefty 41,920 pounds, Transaurus does not like to be taken lightly. Have no fear…his owners, Rick and Sherri Dorritie, have him under control…literally.
Transaurus, built from an old M10 tank, is not propelled by giant muscles, but by a big block Chevy engine and a GE turbine jet.
“My wife drives it,” Rick Dorritie explained. “She drives it and I operate the dinosaur.”
The two sold their business, a heavy equipment moving company, 17 years ago to go racing. When Transaurus came along, things got much bigger.
“We wanted a purpose to travel and we enjoyed racing and wanted to get in to it…only on a smaller scale, so to speak. It turned out to be a whole lot more,” he added with a laugh.
Dorritie has been racing his whole life. He started out drag racing at Sunshine Speedway in Pinella Park, Fla., moved to the circle tracks, then returned to the dragstrip. As the monster truck craze began, Dorritie owned his own monster truck. After a while, he once again returned to life at the dragstrip.
“I wish I had stayed in one,” he said. “I guess I needed variety.”
When the opportunity to adopt Transaurus came along, the Dorritie’s were ready to take him in to their Florida garage.
“At a very young age, I was taking things apart and putting them together, so it is like being a kid again,” Dorritie said. “Seeing the expressions on the kids’ faces when the car is ripped in two is my favorite part.
“The kids are definitely fascinated by it. Before the race, we’ll let them come up and look at it. It looks like an F-16 inside. It’s got gauges, switches, knobs. You name it, it’s got it. During the show, we’ll blow a little fire, transform out, pick up the car and start chewing it.”
Spectators will have plenty to keep them busy all weekend, as the Super Chevy Show sets up shop in Thunder Valley beginning on Friday. The region’s best bracket racers will take to the track to battle in exciting racing action.
Fans also will get to see a spectacular selection of some of the best classic and modern Chevys. The Keisler Engineering car show is one of the biggest and best Chevy and General Motors car shows around. Additionally, anyone interested in locating new products for their restoration project will want to visit the Performance and Restoration Marketplace. If that hard-to-find part is nowhere to be found, the car corral and used parts swap meet is definitely the place to go.
For extreme excitement and entertainment, Fas Mart Thunder Valley Mayhem presented by JanPak is just the ticket.
Spectator admission is $20 for Saturday’s activities. Saturday’s admission ticket includes admission to the Super Chevy Show. Children 10 and under are only $5.
Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday with Car Show registration and tech inspection also beginning at this time. Time trials take place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday’s bracket racing begins at 3 p.m.
Thunder Valley Mayhem exhibition runs are slated for 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening. Transaurus will come out at the end of the night to snack on any leftovers.
For more information about Thunder Valley Mayhem, Super Chevy Show or the Oct. 1-2 PINKS All Out, please call (423) 989-6900 or visit www.bristoldragway.com.