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The Beat the Heat vehicles serve as excellent tools helping in knocking down those walls that on many occasions exist between youth and persons of all ages and law enforcement officers.

Meet the Tropical Impression Racing Team with Beat the Heat, Inc.

Tropical Impression Racing Team of the Galveston County Sheriff's Office
Tropical Impression Racing Team of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office

Tropical Impression Racing Team

“A Youth Outreach Program”

Official Team Representing the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office

Sponsorship 2018-2019

OUR TEAM IS DEDICATED TO THE EDUCATION AND WELFARE OF OUR YOUTH

“Saving Lives Is Our Goal”

PROUD MEMBER – BEAT THE HEAT, INC SINCE 1997

FUNDED BY DONATIONS AND DEDICATION ONLY!

Tropical Impression Racing Team is extremely proud of our continued and recognized affiliation with Beat the Heat, Inc. BTH is a unique, non-profit organization of Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers from throughout the world. The program uses Drag Racing vehicles set up like pursuit vehicles. The vehicles are used to educate our youth about a number of areas of concern such as Illegal Street Racing, Drug Abuse, Drinking and Driving, Staying in School and the problem of the day, Texting and Driving. The program also places a focus on the concept of teamwork. Since our first event in 1998, we have been involved in 565 events through 2018.

Tropical Impression Racing Team (affiliate of Beat the Heat) use the vehicles to educate the youth about a number of areas of concern such as Illegal Street Racing, Drug Abuse, Drinking and Driving, Staying in School and the problem of the day, Texting and Driving.
Tropical Impression Racing Team (affiliate of Beat the Heat) use the vehicles to educate the youth about a number of areas of concern such as Illegal Street Racing, Drug Abuse, Drinking and Driving, Staying in School and the problem of the day, Texting and Driving.

The vehicles serve as excellent tools helping in knocking down those walls that on many occasions exist between youth and persons of all ages and law enforcement officers.

This 1981 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was a former drug car now running for the law.
This 1981 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was a former drug car now running for the law.

The Beat the Heat vehicles serve as excellent tools helping in knocking down those walls that on many occasions exist between youth and persons of all ages and law enforcement officers.
The Beat the Heat vehicles serve as excellent tools helping in knocking down those walls that on many occasions exist between youth and persons of all ages and law enforcement officers.

The vehicles are also used to help at-risk, less fortunate and handicapped youth and young adults. These special folks are treated as honorary team members at many of our events worldwide. Beat the Heat events range from school programs to parades, from church bazaars to fundraisers, from scouting events to major motorsports events. Beat the Heat teams regularly participate in fund raising events for various organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and local events for those in need.

Street Racing is Not Drag Racing

The History of Beat the Heat, Inc

Beat the Heat began in 1984 in Florida and by 1995 had grown to 40 programs around the country. The program was started to address the issues of Illegal Street racing in Florida. Ironically, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) began out of the same roots in the early 1950s. After World War II the concept of hot rodding began around the country. With this, the issue of street racing began to grow. A Pomona, Ca. Police Sgt. Bud Coon saw a need to address this growing problem, and he helped facilitate the first organized drag race. This got the attention of Mr. Wally Parks, and the NHRA began. The NHRA is now the largest motorsports sanctioning body in the world.                 

By 1992 BTH had become so successful that the IRS recognized the organization as a non-profit youth education program and we were given a 501(c)(3) status. Therefore, all contributions of monies, parts, products, and services are completely tax deductible.                                                                                

BTH has grown to an average of 200 teams throughout the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, and Australia. Worldwide the teams conduct on average of 700 events annually. The teams come in direct contact with several million kids and travel hundreds of thousands of miles to conduct the events.

Tropical Impression Racing Team of the Galveston County Sheriff's Office will be at the Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 9 & 10, 2019.  The team is an affiliation with Beat The Heat. The vehicles are used to educate our youth about a number of areas of concern such as Drug Abuse, Drinking and Driving, Street Racing, Texting and Driving and Staying in School.
Beat the Heat began in 1984 in Florida and by 1995 had grown to 40 programs around the country.

ALL AT NO COST TO THE TAXPAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALL FUNDED BY DONATIONS AND DEDICATED ONLY!!!!!!!!!

The Goals of Beat the Heat, Inc.

  • To Educate our communities about the issues of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse
  • To Educate our communities to the horrors of alcohol and drug-impaired driving
  • To Promote better relations between Law Enforcement and the Community
  • To Educate our communities about the family sport of Drag Racing
  • To Educate our communities about the dangers of Illegal Street Racing
  • To Educate our communities about the dangers of Texting and Driving

Funded by Donations and Dedication Only!

The History of Tropical Impression Racing Team

Our car is a 1981 Pontiac Trans Am. The car was originally seized from a drug dealer and was used as a D.A.R.E car for several years by the Galveston Police Department. After several years of disrepair, the car was destined for the scrap yard. In 1997 the concept of starting a BTH team to represent the Sheriff’s Office was in place and was approved by Sheriff Joe Max Taylor.

We arranged for the car to be donated to the County of Galveston and it was then donated to Tropical Impression Race Team. Thus, relieving the county of any responsibility and liability.

With the help of friends and local businesses, we began rebuilding the car. It took nine months to have it ready for show and go. The vehicle was originally built with about 90% used and donated parts. In April of 1998, the car was revealed, and the program was kicked off. Tremendous thanks to Tony Munoz for his help then and today! He is the best Crew Chief you could have.

The car has been a continuous work in progress with major improvements done through the years. Thus, allowing it to maintain a positive and professional image for the program and our sponsors. All done with donations and hard work.

In 1998 the team just started, and we did six events. However, that pace did not last long. In 1999 we did 35 events. From 1998 thru 2018 the team has been involved in 565 community events.

Our programs have varied from a small Scout troop event to events with over 140,000 in attendance. All of which we take a hands-on approach to our visitors.

Our team has also been very active in a number of charities resulting in the donations of tens of thousands of dollars to those programs. Our primary charities are the Ronald Mc Donald House of Galveston and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Galveston County.

Some examples of this are our Klunkers for Kids program for the Advocacy Center and our “If You Use It – They Need It” for the Ronald McDonald House. Through these two programs, our team has donated thousands of dollars to both of these worthy causes.

We are also proud of our media history. Our team has been featured in Drag Racing USA magazine; National Dragster Magazine; Several newspapers throughout the state including the Galveston County Daily News; ESPN TV; Pinks All Out on the Speed Channel; Texas County and District Retirement System magazine, Intl. Association of Auto Theft Investigators publication, Texas Association of Vehicle Theft Investigators Coast Magazine and numerous other publications.

All funding received through donations is used for the maintenance of the car, trailer and the purchase of promotional and educational materials. A majority of expenses are paid by the team members. The rules of Beat the Heat specify that donations must have a minimum value of $500 to be displayed on the cars. However, all donations are tax deductible!!!

Don’t Drive Intexticated – Texting And Driving Kills!!!

Help Us Help Kids!

JOIN A WINNING TEAM

CONTACT INFO

Lt. Tommy Hansen

Galveston County Sheriff’s Office

601 54th St., Galveston, Texas  77551

Phone – 409-789-3969 or 409-682-0487

Fax – 409-765-3255

Email Addresses: tommy.hansen@co.galveston.tx.us or tiracing1@aol.com

https://www.beattheheatinc.org/ (National site)

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Make all checks payable to Beat the Heat

1st in Class 1996 C4 Corvette Grand Sport owned by Bobby Sanford on display at the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

Bobby Sanford’s 1996 Corvette Grand Sport

Bobby Sanford’s 1996 C4 Corvette Grand Sport on display at the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.
Bobby Sanford’s 1996 C4 Corvette Grand Sport on display at the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

Bobby Sanford owns our feature Corvette.  It was on display at the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.  Bobby took 1st in the C4 Class with his 1996 Corvette Grand Sport. Bobby is currently serving in Afghanistan, so we wanted to pay tribute to him and thank him for his service by sharing his Corvette.

1996 was the end of the C4 generation.  Due to this Chevy decided to make a very special Corvette to commemorate the end of this highly successful generation.

The run was to be limited.  The final production totals were 1,000.  Of those, 810 coupes were produced and 190 convertibles.  The car was named after the famous Grand Sport Corvette race cars from the early 60s.

According to the Corvette Black Book, the option code was RPO Z51 for an additional cost of $3,200 ($2,330 w/convertible).  The base Corvettes that year was $37,225 for the sport coupe and $45,060 for the convertible.

The Grand Sport option (RPO Z16) had the LT4 engine and was only available with the 6-speed manual transmission.  This one-year-only LT4 engine was conservatively rated at 330 HP

The 1996 Grand Sport option (RPO Z16) had the LT4 engine and was only available with the 6-speed manual transmission.  This one-year-only LT4 engine was conservatively rated at 330 HP.
The 1996 Grand Sport option (RPO Z16) had the LT4 engine and was only available with the 6-speed manual transmission. This one-year-only LT4 engine was conservatively rated at 330 HP.

To commemorate the 1963 Grand Sport Corvettes, they came with a special Admiral Blue paint and Arctic White racing stripe that ran down the center of the car and two red hash marks on the left front fender.

Special Grand Sport badging was placed on each side of the hood above the side fender vents as well as a unique chrome-plated Corvette emblem on the nose and gas lid.  Special chrome badging and the ZR1-style wheels were black spoked. 

The cars have their own unique VIN sequence that is distinct from the other 1996 Corvettes.

Bobby took first place in the C4 Corvette Stock category for his 1996 Corvette Grand Sport.
Bobby took first place in the C4 Corvette Stock category for his 1996 Corvette Grand Sport.

1996 Corvette Grand Sport Tires:

The Grand Sport Coupes were outfitted with P275/40ZR-17 tires on 17×9.5″ wheels in front and P315/35ZR-17 tires on 17×11″ wheels in the rear.  Grand Sport Convertibles were furnished with P255/45ZR-17 tires on 17×8.5″ wheels in the front and the rear P285/40ZR-17 tires on 17×9.5″ wheels.

1996 Corvette Grand Sport Interior:

There were two Interior color choices for the Grand Sport.  It was limited to all black, or a special Torch Red and Black combination . . .red seats and trim but with black carpeting.  The headrests were embroidered with the words “Grand Sport.”  There were 593 coupes with black interior and 217 with the Red/Black.  Of the convertibles, 137 had the Black, and 53 convertibles had the Red/Black.

There were two Interior color choices for the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport.  It was limited to all black, or a special Torch Red and Black combination.
There were two Interior color choices for the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport. It was limited to all black, or a special Torch Red and Black combination.

The Grand Sports were produced from April 3rd, 1995 for GS VIN #0001 and ended with GS VIN #1000 on June 14th, 1996.

Thank you and come home safe!  Also, thanks to all our veterans!  Thank you for sacrificing time, family, friends, and health to serve.

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