The range in race-machine value and condition is as broad as the entrants’ walks of life. The ratio is roughly 60/40 bikes to cars, though Stultz reckons the motorcycles are actually more popular with spectators. At least in the old days, a benefit to holding races on the beach was that when a machine caught fire, its driver could simply direct it into the waves, and brake failures were solved by steering into natural sand traps. Very often, unlikely equipment or racers line up side by side. Although Sunday is reserved for bracket racing, there’s plenty of opportunity for grudge matches between friends, clubs, family members, and even boyfriend against girlfriend. “They beat the crap out of each other in a race and then laugh and hug afterward,” Stultz says.