Dispatches from the Dustball

Dave Maass posts live from the Dustball 2000 Rally. July 27 - 29, 2011.

Team Mach Speeed from Cortez, Colo. was one of the funders who came through and made sure I got to the Dustball with the right equipment to live blog. Here’s my energy-drink toast to them and their toast to the California Highway Patrol

I spent the second half of the day with Team Siebzehn or Seibzehn or Siebzhen…whatever. It’s seventeen in German. Co-driver JP Gonzales is from Santa Fe and is partly responsible for introducing me to the Dustball in the first place. This rally, they’re driving a Cadillac CTS-V. I shared the backseat with a giant Domo doll.

I’ve been riding with Team Zia Homies for most of the day. I can’t tell you much about them because they haven’t said a word. They sit stoically in the Ford Focus, occasionally nodding at each other, throwing gang signs and breaking into dance. Sometimes they’ll slam on the brakes, get out and post a fake road sign. I don’t think there’s anything under the coveralls except stuffing, springs, and a few Thug Life tattoos.