Courtesy photo Run-a-Ground had a pleasure boat as the cabin and a pickup truck frame, motor and transmission as the drive train. Sadly, the vehicle fell into disrepair and has been taken apart.
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published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Party cars return to Sebring
By BARRY FOSTER
SEBRING - Longtime fans at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida can remember past years when the access roads were populated by a wide variety of "paddock cars." Those vehicles were used primarily to cruise the access roads at the track, carrying fans in lazy circles about the raceway from The Midway to Green Park and back while competitors raced door-to-door around the airport road circuit.
Some were chopped up vehicles like the Pit Crew's nearly dismantled van to the Mr. BaddWrench open-topped sedan. Then, there were specialty vehicles like "Run-a-Ground," a boat body affixed to the frame of a pickup truck.
Over the years, the interest in paddock cars has waned, leaving only the most famous of the vehicles, The LaBomba Racer, to carry on the tradition.
Known as "The World Leader in Party Car Endurance Racing," LaBomba is a re-converted parade float designed to look like a giant Le Mans Prototype racer. It won the first Sebring Cruiser Contest hands-down.
It still is a common sight to see LaBomba cruising through Green Park and even the paddock during Race Week at SIR. It can carry a dozen riders who toss beads to passers-by while the onboard P.A. system blares rock and roll music. In fact, LaBomba is included in the background of Roger Warrick's iconic 60th Anniversary Sebring poster.
This year, track officials are working to bring back the tradition with a "Cruiser Contest" for fans that have taken the time, money and effort to put together a vehicle for use on the sprawling 330 acres that represents the Sebring International Raceway grounds.
Reportedly, the Pit Crew has entered its vehicle - The Pit Crewser - this year in the competition. It is the group's second Sebring Cruiser. The first was introduced in 1994. Among other features, the newest incarnation reportedly has a playground-spring duck mounted in the middle of the floor available as entertainment.
There also are several new hopefuls, including a fully outfitted truck from Team Nightmare and a classic 1959 Ford Skyliner - Cruiser Ray.
Track officials are quick to remind contestants that they encourage safe cruising - meaning that all participants must be seated while the vehicle is in motion. That proviso has rendered a couple of former vehicles as obsolete, as the decks had been designed to hold standing riders.
The hope is, as time goes by, more fans will be encouraged to display their creativity and ingenuity in rekindling another great Sebring tradition.
Rock n' Roll (by: bAdLeY bEnT - 3/14/2013)
Just love the skull & crossbones, Rebel flag, and Rock n' Roll... Let's Partay!
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