Bar Stool Races and Saint Patty’s Day Celebration, March 19th
The Forge Bar & Grill host a Quiet Man Tradition,
the re-ignition of Bar Stool Races
to be held on March 19th in Ben Wheeler Texas
Live Music all day
Craig Wallace 3pm/ Father Brother 7pm
Forge Grist Mill:
Kid Icarus / Wesley Pruitt
and at Moore’s Store:
Registration at 4pm
(At the green table at the Forge)
Races Start at 6pm
So what is this crazy Motorized Barstool thing anyway? Well, it started in 1978 when a can of bud cost 16 cents at the Quiet Man Bar on Knox Street in Dallas. The original circle of 6 barstool creators consisted of Bill Jenkins, Thomas Spangler, Johnny Gable, John Pullman, Mike Carr, and Keith Blackwell (the official woo hooer). Each man created his own version of a motorized barstool and then they began to race them outside the Quiet Man bar. Soon it grew to the Highland Park Cafeteria parking lot where Mrs Dewey Goodman announced the racers at a polished track. From there they moved to the Dart Bar of Cedar Springs followed by Lukes Outhouse. The tradition continued throughout Dallas, where Mr. Jenkins made the news with his barstool cannon blast that set off the alarm of a nearby liquor store.
The notorious Dallas Farmers Market quickly took up the event in full sponsorship along with Ben E Keith and Budweiser to blast the races city wide. Bill Jenkins’ barstool train debuted (featuring a super charged 350cc Honda) coming in first place. In 1991 The races finally found their end at the Greenville Avenue St Pattys Day Parade. (This is the old school lower Greenville where legends were made.)
Last seen in 1991 the barstools have now resurfaced in Ben wheeler TX. The reincarnated reclaimed racers can be seen on display at the participating shops across the historic town of Ben Wheeler. Races to be held annually during the Over the Rainbow St Patty’s Day Party and at the Feral Hog Festival, which runs the 4th Friday and Saturday of October.
Build your own or adopt!!!
Wanna make your own Motorized Barstool?
There is a silver lining, if you have the skills and wherewithal, we welcome you to create your own motorized barstool. Just be sure to check out the Ben Wheeler Motorized Barstool Racing Rules and Regulations.
Pick up entry forms & complete rules @ Moore’s Store or The Forge Bar & Grill or print them right here:
Who created the Adoptable Barstools?
“The Mean Gene”-Gene Diskey
Barstool w/headlamp & trailer hitch for portable keg trailer
3 speed transmission w/ reverse
12 volt electric battery
This little guy is gonna need an electrician & likes budweiser
Pretty straight forward just some spark knowledge needed.
“Green racing pepper w/spoiler” -Gene Diskey
Knife switch on bottom is to change forward & reverse
12volt electric battery
Ohmite variable resister (for the old school operator) glows red hot
“I’d rather be flying”- Johnny Gable
The fiercest competitor
6volt starter w/ 12 volt maximum
6 time barstool winner
Most flexible of stools (most maneuverable)
Built for handling
“The Nemisis (of Johnny Gable)”- Tommy Spangler
Japanese effect (you meet the nicest people on a Honda)
Yamaguchi motor (gas operated)
Handmade Brass fuel tank shines up beautifully (a little Jewel on the rear)
“The Yellow Horse”- Phill Gibson
(but a real dark horse) disappearing maker (MIA)
Texas electric class
Standard barstool motor is a ford starter 6volt w/12 volt battery