Hotter'N Hell: Changes to the Start

Hotter'N Hell: Changes to the Start

The Hotter'N Hell Hundred has started with The Star-Spangled Banner, a military flyover, and a cannon blast for years. But this year the start of the race is going to be a little different.

They are still going to play The National Anthem and have a cannon blast but the race will not feature an Air Force flyover. The Air Force no longer does flyovers because of the sequester.

Public Affairs Specialist at Sheppard Air Force Base Dan Hawkins said "The air force specifically did away with flyovers at the start of sequestration in the first part of March. Really due to the budget uncertainties."

The Air Force was proud to perform flyovers for the start of the Hotter'N Hell Hundred. They are still associated with the race because a section of it has racers ride through the base.

Hotter'N Hell Hundred Chairman Roby Christie said part of the spirit of the day will be lost, but the best thing to do would be to provide a flyover from a local pilot.

Pilot Matt McGregor has volunteered to perform the flyover for this year's ride and race. Since he is not part of the Air Force, he will be allowed to fly closer to racers.

Christie believes racers will still get a big rush of excitement from this year's flyover because of the pilot's ability to fly closer to the ground. McGregor will also be dispensing smoke as he flies over the starting line.

Stay with Newschannel 6 as we will bring you continuing coverage of the ride and race all week. We will also have live coverage of the race on August 24th. So join us Saturday morning to take in the sights and sounds of the 32nd annual Hotter'N Hell Hundred.