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Why do you put together the Raging Bull Texas Stampede?
I love to drive curvy, scenic, and thrilling roads; it's one of my greatest passions.

In addition, I am always in awe of the God-given beauty of the Texas countryside.

Moreover, the Texas countryside is full of challenging and fun roads which 99% of the population is unaware of.

Combining these three ingredients produces an unexplainable joy and satisfaction.

My desire is to share this joy with other driving enthusiasts. And, hopefully, make some new friends along the way.

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How many people have signed up so far?
You can see who and how many people have registered here.

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Where is the technical inspection form? Where do I have to get the inspection done? Why is an inspection necessary?
You can download the technical inspection form here.

You can have the inspection done at any shop of your choice as long as it is done by a qualified mechanic.

Completion of the technical inspection form is primarily a preventative measure to ensure your safety and the safety of those driving near you. It is also a means to limit liability to the Tourmaster, staff, event volunteers, and club and corporate sponsors. The Raging Bull Texas Stampede generally takes place far away from large cities and service shops. The inspection is a preventative measure to identify any potential issues which could become problems during the Stampede and cause a partial or complete breakdown of your vehicle. It is least necessary for brand new cars but even new cars develop problems. You never know what can break on your car at the worst time. You will be glad you had it done after you experience one Stampede.

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Can we drive as fast as we want to?
Absolutely not !!!! We will be driving on public roads, not a closed circuit track. It needs to be very clear to all potential and actual participants that the organizers of this event request, encourage, and advise all participants to obey all traffic laws and posted speed limits at all times. If in doubt, please see the Warning page for further enlightenment.

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What is the quality of the roads?
Most of the roads are rural roads and little-known state highways. All are asphalt roads. Nonetheless, they are country roads, not interstate highways: Some sections may be a little bumpy; some may be covered with dust or loose gravel which were carried from an adjacent ranch. The Tourmaster makes the best effort to choose the nicest and cleanest roads.

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Is this Raging Bull the same as last year's?
No, it is a completely different one with a completely different personality. This one will span a totally different group of 8 counties.

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Why do I have to register? Can't I just show up in the morning and join the Stampede?
The purpose of the registration is to collect, in advance, all the necessary information and forms from each of the participants.

The information collected from participants includes: personal and emergency contact information to be used in case there is a need to contact you or your family during the Stampede; attendance information which helps in planning the dinners and number of maps to print; drivers license and insurance information to ensure only licensed drivers and insured vehicles participate; and signed liability waivers.

Receiving most if not all of the information in advance will save significant time Saturday morning when we first get together and allow us to get on the road and begin to enjoy driving with the least delay. Registering in advance also allows the participants to take their time to read the liability waiver forms which contain important legal information.

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I see that there is a registration fee. What does that go to?

The short answer is:

  • The registration fee covers direct expenses spent for setting up each year's program.
  • From a participant perspective, you get detailed driving directions and maps; a lower hotel rate (when applicable); free product from our corporate sponsor(s); pre-arranged visits to restaurants, break areas, and scenic overlooks; and classroom driving instruction and the opportunity to drive on a race track (when applicable).

    Most importantly, you get the experience of driving on some of the most challenging and scenic country roads in Texas without worrying about getting a speeding ticket and while being led by The Tourmaster who communicates potential and real road hazards throughout the entire run.

    Oh, and you get the chance to hang out with some of the nicest and most responsible driving enthusiasts in Texas.

    The entire weekend is organized for you.
    All you have to do is show up ready to drive and have a great time.
The long answer is:
  • The direct expenses covered by the registration fee include:
    • Gasoline expenses for driving 1,400+ miles to find and connect the most challenging and scenic roads in Texas, design the most exciting driving route, and document potential road hazards.
    • Printing driving directions and maps (which can be 10+ pages per vehicle).
    • Hiring a navigator to assist The Tourmaster in communicating important information to the group while driving and managing important details of each day's program.
    • Phone calls to hotels, restaurants, sponsors, and other businesses.
    • Annual fees for domain name and web site hosting.
    • Various expenses such as photography, satellite phone rental, online surveys, and other expenses.
    • Paying for the cost of equipment The Tourmaster purchases to make the Stampede safer and more enjoyable.
    • The cost of 110+ hours of time spent by The Tourmaster to organize the event.
    • Other necessary expenses not listed here.
Not included in the Registration Fee is the potential cost of damage to the Tourmaster's car and injuries to himself and his navigator from colliding with any one or combination of hazards present during the Stampede including but not limited to deer, cattle, buzzards, roadkill, farm vehicles, disabled vehicles, and a variety of other possible objects which could obstruct the roads unexpectedly. The Tourmaster is ALWAYS the first to come face to face with these potential hazards.

There are real reasons why there is no one else in Texas who organizes a driving event of the length, complexity, scenery, challenge, and nature of the Raging Bull Texas Stampede: It costs a lot of money, it takes a tremendous amount of time and commitment, and the costs of potential hazards are huge.

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Is there anything I need to do to prepare for the Stampede?
The 'Qualifications' section of the Stampede Details page lists the requirements which have to be met by each participant. Also, please review and follow the recommendations in the Participant Guide.

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The Participant Guide states that bringing a radio (walkie-talkie) is required. What type of radio is required?
The most common radios are the Motorola two-way radios that operate on the Family Radio Service (FRS) channels and are sold at almost every electronics store. No need to invest in anything expensive as even the most basic ones do the job. The Motorola Talkabout FRS radios are the most popular. The key is that the radio work on FRS channels, not General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) channels. Some radios work on both which is fine as long as it works on FRS channels.

If you already have a set of radios, please bring the second one, too, to share with someone who does not have one.

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What recommendations do you have if I want to record video during the drive?
It is the Tourmaster's opinion that the single greatest factor in the usability of video recordings is how firmly the video camera is mounted to your car (the second is resolution but that is becoming less of technical barrier). If the image is even lightly shaky, it is usually unusable.

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Do you recommend coming if I can't drive all day?
Absolutely! At the start and throughout the day the Tourmaster will be available to suggest shorter alternative routes for those who don't want to or can't drive the whole route.

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That's a long drive. Should I bring a friend to split the driving?
Well, that's completely up to you. Many drivers who ride the Raging Bull do so without any navigator or second driver. That said, the Tourmaster recommends you bring a navigator/second driver. A second driver has many benefits: It allows you to focus your complete attention on driving and having fun while the navigator keeps track of where to make turns (it takes skill and can be dangerous to do both tasks when you're completely focused on driving.) Also, if you switch drivers, it allows your buddy to enjoy riding the Raging Bull; allows you to take a break and watch how your buddy rides the Raging Bull.

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What types of cars whave been in previous Stampedes?
Acura NSX
BMW 328is, 335i Twin Turbo, 528i, Z4, M5
Chevrolet Corvette, Z06
Honda Civic Si, S2000
Infiniti G35 Coupe and Sedan
Lotus Elise
Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mazda 3, RX-7 convertible
Nissan 240SX, 280ZX, 300ZX, 300ZX Twin Turbo, 350Z Coupe and Roadster
Pontiac Solstice
Porsche Boxster S, 930 (911) Turbo
Subaru WRX STi
VW GTI MkIV, V

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My car is not a sports car. May I still join the Stampede?
Well, of course! However, you will need to adjust your driving style a little to accommodate the nature of some of the more challenging roads as well as not to try to keep up with drivers in sports cars. Do not drive your car beyond what it was designed to be used for.

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Isn't 300 miles a day too long of a drive? Would you consider making it shorter?
Yes, it is a long drive. No, there won't be any attempt to make it shorter. This is not a driving event for everybody. It is meant to bring together drivers who really, really, really, really, really...like to drive their cars while enjoying the beautiful Texas countryside we are so blessed with. It is for drivers -- not commuters -- who have a passion for driving their cars the way they were designed to be.

However, since it is a very legitimate question and concern, the Tourmaster will be more than happy to suggest alternative (shorter) routes for those who want to drive less yet join up with the group at the end.

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Will there be stops for gas during the Stampede?
Yes, but you will need to come to the starting point with a full tank of gas. There will be people who will complete the Stampede with only one tank of gas. However, for others, there will be a gas station near the lunch location and at least one other town we'll be driving through.

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I am picky about the gasoline I put into my car. Do you stop at gasoline stations with name brand gasoline?
Yes, absolutely. The Tourmaster is very selective about the brand and quality gas he puts into his car. He designs driving routes so that gas stations are readily available and only those gas stations which meet the TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline standard (which is the premier standard for gasoline performance) are used. This standard which was developed by BMW, General Motors, Honda, and Toyota contains better and higher levels of additive packages to prevent engine deposits which can have negative impacts on engine performance and vehicle responsiveness.

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I have no professional driver training. Can I keep up with the other bull riders?
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I have never done autocrossing. Can I keep up with the other bull riders?

The Raging Bull Texas Stampede is NOT a race. We will be driving on public roads, not a closed circuit track. It needs to be very clear to all potential and actual participants that the organizers of this event request, encourage, and advise all participants to obey all traffic laws and posted speed limits at all times. If in doubt, please see the Warning page for further enlightenment.

The Raging Bull Texas Stampede is a gathering of people who really, really, enjoy driving their cars. The Tourmaster himself has no formal driver training of any kind. Keeping up with others will not be an issue at all because this event is not a race. Ride the Raging Bull at your own skill level - don't try to keep up with faster drivers. There will ALWAYS be faster drivers than you. Don't try to be King of the Hill. It's not worth it. It only takes ONE mistake, misjudgment, careless act, or moment of inattention to ruin your day, possibly cause injury to yourself and others, and suffer days of agony over a damaged beloved car.

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May I get a copy of the maps beforehand or at least the name of a few of the roads?
As a rule, the Tourmaster does not disclose information regarding the Raging Bull before or after the event.

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How did you come up with the logo?
The Raging Bull Texas Stampede logo was designed by the Tourmaster by incorporating the bull image drawn by Jeff Bucchino whose other artwork can be viewed here. The Tourmaster believes that the "don't mess with me", "who you looking at?", "you think you can ride me, punk?" expression on the bull's face accurately reflects the challenges presented by the composition of the roads included within each Stampede.

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What if I get lost? Will someone help me?
Your focus should be on enjoying driving your car and taking in the scenery. The maps should be detailed enough to prevent you from getting lost and helping you get back on the route. The Tourmaster will stop to regroup at most turns, especially the ones which are easy to miss, to ensure everyone is on the planned route. However, occasionally people do miss a turn, get lost, and need help getting back on track. The Tourmaster will make his cell phone number available to contact him throughout the Stampede. You may call him to get directions to return to the planned route.

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What if my car breaks down? Can you help me get back on the road?
Yes and no. At this time, we are not able to afford having a mobile service shop follows us. Make sure your car is in good mechanical condition (see the Participant Guide for some basic recommendations). However, in the event you do have some minor mechanical or other difficulties, the Tourmaster and several other drivers will be more than happy to assist in any way possible.

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What if it rains on the day of the Stampede?
The Tourmaster will be monitoring the weather forecast closely and posting updates to this web site. Check the Weather Forecast page for the latest information. More information to be posted here later.

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I would like to support this event. Do you accept donations?
Yes, donations are gladly accepted. You may do so at the time you check in for the event or at breaks, lunch or dinner during the Stampede.






Image used within Raging Bull Texas Stampede logo belongs to Jeff Bucchino.
The rest of his artwork can be viewed at www.wizardofdraws.com.
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