Bullrun racers speed through town

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, July 14, 2011

Luxury sports cars raced through Pike County on Thursday morning as part of the BullRun cross-country rally, creating a “nightmare” for local law enforcement officers.

“I don’t appreciate them coming through Troy the way they did,” said Sgt. Benny Scarbrough of the Troy Police Department. “It’s a nightmare.”

Multiple cars, some traveling in excess of 100 mph, came through the area after leaving Montgomery on Thursday. They were headed to an undisclosed location in Florida, where they would complete this day’s stage of a multi-day, cross-country car rally.

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According to its Facebook page and website, the BullRun rally is a “luxury lifestyle automotive rally” that involves up to 100 luxury cars in “an epic, seven-day rolling road trip, partying in a different city every night.” The racers began in Las Vegas on Saturday and are traveling reportedly to Miami, Florida. They have been through Arizona, Dallas and New Orleans. The race is being filmed for shows that will air on either MTV networks or SPEED.

Although no wrecks occurred in Pike County, the high-speed drivers caused heartburn for officers and created dangerous situations on the local roads, Scarbrough said. “The problem is the danger it presents to other people,” Scarbrough said. “These highways out there are not racetracks.”

Trooper Kevin Cook of the Alabama State Troopers said his department learned the cars were headed toward Pike County and Dothan when “a trooper clocked one just south of Montgomery running in excess of 120 mph.”

Cook said that vehicle was stopped, as were several others, and multiple citations were issued. “We stopped an Aston Martin going 107 mph on 167 near Enterprise,” he said. “The same car had been stopped just north of Troy, as well.”

The exact number of citations issued wasn’t available late Thursday. “We’re still waiting for those to be compiled,” Cook said, adding that the Alabama Troopers had notified Florida officials about the racers, so additional vehicles were stopped as they crossed the Florida state lines.

Scarbrough said he believed four citations were issued by Troy Police.

Both Cook and Scarbrough voiced concerns about the concept of the race.

“It’s crazy because their destructive decisions to have fun at the time … could cost lives,” Cook said, adding that one driver was clocked at 142 mph. “They have no regard for human life.”

Although some drivers were likely issued multiple citations, and could in theory receive multiple citations in multiple states as part of the race, Cook said he did not think that would slow the competition.

“The driver of the Aston Martin was from Barbados, so these people come from all over to participate in this,” he said, adding that it is considered a high-profile event by many people. “They don’t have any concern about anything except themselves.”

Scarbrough said officers “can’t condone this because of the jeopardy it places innocent people in. They don’t have any idea what’s happening out there.”