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Page A2 — The Brownsville States-Graphic, Thursday, September 19, 2013

“The Mindfield” was checkpoint on Hot Rod Magazine’s Drag Week

BY JENNIFER WILLIS Billy Tripp’s “Mindfield” was a checkpoint for Hot Rod Magazine’s 2013 Drag Week, and many classic cars competing in the races were in town Friday, September 13 to view the work of art. Per the rules, the passengers had to stop at two checkpoints each day and take a picture of their car in front of the checkpoint. I spoke with Doug Garrison and Jeff Ludwig, both from Pennsylvania, who were admiring “The Mindfield” when I arrived. They were traveling in a 1964 Pontiac GTO, and took time to explain a few of the rules to me.

“We started this week at a race in Bowling Green, Kentucky,” said Garrison, “and will travel to several different places across several states to compete.” Garrison explained that it is race rules that you must have everything you need in the vehicle or in a small pull-behind trailer. “We have to have car parts and everything in there,” he said. “We are not allowed to stop at a mechanic’s shop. If we get caught doing that, we’re out.” The competitors had been in Millington for a race Thursday, and their first stop on Friday was at “The Mindfield.” I asked Garrison where they were headed when

they left Brownsville, and he said, “I don’t know…we’ll have to look at the map. We are not allowed to use GPS, they give us a map with the checkpoints on it, and we have to follow every turn on that map or we’re disqualified.” While they admired “The Mindfield,” they explained to me that they had never seen anything like it before. They also stated that “building something like that” would not be allowed where they live, so they thought it was “pretty cool.” Drag Week 2013 winners will be posted on Hot Rod Magazine’s website after the completion of the final race back in Bowling Green Kentucky.

Above: Many classic cars visited “The Mindfield” for Hot Rod Magazine’s Drag Week. Below: Jeff Ludwig (left) and Doug Garrison (right) from Pennsylvania stopped to admire “The Mindfield.” Photos by Jennifer Willis

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