If you love boobies, whether they are yours or someone else's, this year's Powder Puff Race for the Cure presented by Royal Purple was the place to be. During the early morning hours of October 9, 2010, more than 170 all-female race teams and thousands of spectators lined up on the 20-mile Mojave off-road loop to help raise money for breast cancer research benefiting Cedars-Sinai Breast Cancer Research Center. This year's race brought in more than $122,000 (at the time this issue went to the printers).
Side-by-side racing gets competitive.
Each team had more than just winning on their minds, they were there to help fight a debilitating disease, show their support for the "ta-tas" and have a down-home good family time. As each vehicle rolled to the start and hit the course, a variety of themes emerged with everything from race vehicles with boobies to teams dressed head to toe in pink in support of the cause. Some teams even went so far as to have their pit crew (men were allowed to be part of the crew, but they couldn't drive) dress up like women in support of the event.
No matter how many different antics were taking place, these women were seriously racing for the win and the cure. After a total time of 3:30:31, Shelby Reid emerged victorious as the overall and Group 2 winner, and Ann Anderson was declared the winner of Group 1. Each team and racer had a personal reason for being there and being a part of the event.
The pit crew.
Ann Anderson and team.
Anderson's crew prepares for the race.
"This year we dedicated our race car in honor of my co-driver's [Nancy Bell] mom, who is a breast-cancer survivor of 14 years, and in memory of her grandmother, who passed away from the disease," Anderson said. "When I came home [from the race], I found out a friend of mine, [a single mother with two young daughters] who has been in the clear [cancer remission] for several years, is again needing treatment. It made me even more proud to feel like we were part of an event that is working to eradicate this devastating disease."
But racing wasn't all that was going on. Women were bonding, families were having a great time, and everyone was there supporting a good cause. The day ended with a huge party after the race, featuring good food, great vendors, live music, a raffle, and of course, the awards ceremony.
For more information about this event, log on to www.powderpuffrace.org or www.moreracing.net.