Susan Austin Finishes First Ever Desert Race
Mustang Ranch Madam, 60, Places 4th in Division
RENO, NV SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 – Susan Austin finished the first desert race she has ever entered at the VORRA Hawthorne 225 race on September 5th. “I have been told by the best, including Rod Hall, that to win a race you must first complete the race. My goal for this first race was just to finish, and I am so excited that I did!” said Susan Austin, who IronWomaned the entire 225 miles.
After attending the VORRA Xtreme Outlaw race in June, she decided that she wanted to start racing. “It just looks like so much fun,” said Susan Austin. “I don’t know how old women are that take up this sport, but at 60 to take it up I think this is amazing… I imagine most ladies take up knitting, I don’t think I will ever do that!”
Susan purchased Rod Halls Hummer and enlisted his help in training for this first race. “Working with Rod Hall has been an amazing and rewarding experience,” explained Susan. When Rod was asked at the end of the race how his student did he exclaimed, “I am really surprised how well she has taken control of the car, and how well she has been able to keep the car under control. I can’t believe with how much energy she has, how she has been able to control that right foot. Its not always that easy!”
The track was everything that she had expected. Susan came through the main pit four times after 55 miles, each time with a smile on her face no matter how rocky, dusty, and silty the track had become. Susan’s lap times were consistent with her total finishing time in the car at 8 hours 53 minutes. She placed fourth in the Sportsman Class.
She was driving a Rod Hall Hummer, prepared by ORI of Reno with no mechanical or tire failures the entire race. “The boys pulled together a perfect car for me, I am thankful to Donnie (Gilman of ORI) and the whole team that supported me,” said Susan. She is sponsored by Exit 28 Motorsports, Rod Hall Racing, Mustang Ranch, Wild Horse Resort & Spa, Mustang Ranch Productions and Modeling Agency, Reno Sparkes Cab and Scotty Roller Designs.
Video of Hawthorne 225: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_By7N5YXa4
Video of PreRunning at Exit 28 Motorsports: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuM0KTJeIJ8
For More Information: http://madamsusanaustin.com
Photo Credit: Bower Motorsports Media
About Madam Susan Austin
Susan Austin, renowned Madam of The Mustang Ranch, became a “working girl” in her 40s after raising her 4 sons. She fell in love with a client, real estate mogul Lance Gilman, who then built the Wild Horse Resort and Spa brothel on his property a few miles east of Reno, Nevada, for Susan to run. In 2003, Gilman bought The Mustang Ranch on an eBay auction. At great expense, he had the entire building moved onto his gated compound and, with Susan’s creative direction, turned it into a modern, luxurious destination. The World Famous Mustang Ranch reopened in 2007 with its rich historic heritage impeccably preserved. The Mustang Ranch and the neighboring Wild Horse Resort and Spa are widely considered to be the premiere bordellos in the US, and two of the best in the world.
Susan was the technical advisor on “Love Ranch,” a feature film based on the rich, early history of The Mustang Ranch, that was directed by Taylor Hackford and stars Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci. “Love Ranch” opened in theatres in select national release this past spring. In her spare time, Susan designs a line of jewelry, collects Western art, and joins Lance on long rides on their custom built Harley Davidsons.
About Exit 28 Motorsports Park
Built around the enthusiasm for offroading in the Reno Sparkes area, this motorsports complex will be able to host all styles of racing with its diverse terrain, weather, nearby hospitality and International Airport within 20 minutes. In 2010, Exit 28 Motorsports Park hosted the VORRA Xtreme Outlaw 250 desert race, two CalRocs rock crawling events, the LivFast Motocross Park and the Stampede a King of the Hammers qualifier. In 2011, the schedule will extend to include additional high profile desert races and multiple other events. The park is available to be rented for any style event, race, concert series, corporate function, club events, offroad testing, and new product releases. The options are endless with over 100,000 acres to utilize for executing a world class event.