Ansted, West Virginia, October 1998
Darren Lott ©2000
What better way to
top off a great day of Street Luge racing than
throwing together a Buttboard race to amaze the
Just back from Hot
Heels, Darren was the only rider who came prepared
to compete. He convinced 3 fellow luge racers to
borrow any skateboards they could find.
Travis Tripp had made
one practice Buttboard run with Darren during luge
practice, while Hawley Glen and Kevin Shelton were
about to take their very first Buttboard ride down
the course. One run for all the glory!
Darren (on the left with black helmet) and Travis
(not seen) planned to start behind everyone and
make spectacular passes for the crowd and
cameras. Dave Auld
volunteered to ride Darren's Camera Luge
Travis ran throught dirt on the
first corner and soon was far behind. Hoping to
keep as large a pack together as possible, Darren
wrote off Travis.
Hawley had terrible speed
wobbles and quickly became less of a competitor and
more of a moving road block. Dave and Darren slowed
when they got close, but Kevin continued to rocket
away and so a serious chase ensued.
Here, Travis (left) has made a
comeback and is passing Dave and Hawley on the
inside. Darren is in the distant middle and Kevin
is nowhere in sight!
As he got to the last hard turn,
Darren had his sights on Kevin who was riding
better than anyone could have expected. Especially
because Kevin was riding a "tail flipper"
skateboard borrowed from Scooter
What the other riders had
forgotten was that Kevin had just placed 3rd in pro
luge division 20 minutes before. Kevin Shelton was
out to win.
Just as Darren (right) reached
Kevin (middle), Travis (left) blew past them both
on the inside. This was just supposed to be a
Buttboard demo that Darren was sure to win. But now
a serious race to the finish was now ON!
Travis pulled past Kevin with
Darren close behind. Lott had to dig deep and pull
out all the stops. There was only one fast straight
before the finish line turn.
Darren (left) and Travis (green
helmet) battle it out at 60 mph, side by side. The
crowd went nuts as they blazed into the final right
90 degree turn. Camera flashes were popping off
like a Hollywood movie premier and the air stank of
In the last 90 degree sliding
Lott pulled ahead,
crossing the finish line FIRST!
Travis came in moments later and
both riders were soon hugging over an incredible
race. Kevin Shelton piloted his "two foot wonder"
right into the hay bales on the last turn and
Hawley wobbled across the finish line, his "back
trucks WAY too loose."
Every Luge racer was excited
about the spectacular effort and finish by the
racers. Most were determined to be more prepared
and bring their own boards next year.
Darren, Travis, Kevin and Hawley
showed them - Ansted is one great Buttboard
Dave Auld did a great job riding
the camera luge. He had to be fast to keep the
leaders in good view, but not get in too tight and
cause a wreck. That's even more difficult than
trying to win.
Aside from doing a great job
filming, Dave went back and edited the piece into
clips with music. (It's a big download - 3 meg)
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