The Sandhills State Forest of Chesterfield County does more than grow pine trees. At least once a year, it brings in people from all around the country to race through its soft, sandy, dirt roads. The Sandblast Rally, as it is called, begins Friday and continues through the weekend.
Chesterfield County Council has given its blessings to the event for the past several years, as it is a big boost the local economy. Those competing, in cars or on motorbikes, will be lined up along Main Street in Chesterfield Friday evening, beginning at 6 p.m., to show off their racing machines and meet their fans.
The race begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, one at a time, from the old Courthouse in Chesterfield. Certain roads and intersections will be temporarily blocked for the event by volunteers, who help insure the safety of those on and off the race course.
There is no admission to attend the event. However, spectator guides that enable one to keep track of who’s racing, when and where, will be sold in Patrick at the park on Hwy 102. The spectator guides are $8 each.
For more information about the race or the drivers, visit www.sandblastrally.com.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org