Fireball Run car

A sneek peak at David Vanhooser and Aaron Brownlee’s Fireball Run vehicle. (Photo provided)

ENID — When the Fireball Run rally kicks off next month, Enid City Commissioner David Vanhooser and Aaron Brownlee, Wymer Brownlee president, will ride along the route in style.

At an unveiling Thursday, the public can see Vanhooser’s 2009 Aston Martin DBS. In preparation for the rally it has been visually modified with graphics promoting the city of Enid. Vanhooser and Brownlee will represent Enid during the eight-day-long race; the city was granted a team because it was picked by rally organizers as one of the stops.

The unveiling will happen at 6 p.m. Thursday in front of Wymer Brownlee’s office at 201 N. Grand. The public also will get a behind-the-scenes look at a Wess Gray photo shoot of Team Enid for E-Town Magazine, according to an announcement from Visit Enid.

“Attendees will see how a professional photographer uses available lighting, props and his creative mind to get the perfect shots that will be used on the E-Town cover as well as with the accompanying Fireball Run story,” said Visit Enid Director Marcy Jarrett.

Fireball Run takes place over 2,000 miles and is described in promotional material as a life-sized trivia game. The “race” isn’t about speed or quickness, but about visiting cities and interacting with residents and businesses along the way.

This is the eighth year of Fireball Run. This year’s theme is “America’s Frontier,” and the rally begins in Frisco, Texas. Four days later on Sept. 30, dozens of competitors from across the country will arrive at Enid’s downtown Square in their own cars — some extravagant like a Bentley or others more oddly placed, like a 1976 Chrysler Cordoba.

Vanhooser’s car is the same type featured in the James Bond film “Casino Royale.”

“It’s the most comfortable luxury sports car I have. It’s pretty fun to drive,” he said.

Along with Enid logos, the car includes graphics for Vance Air Force Base and other sponsors. Vanhooser said he can’t wait to bring it out into the community.

“I’ve been after them to get this unveiling done because I want to start driving it,” he said. “It’ll be a great promotional thing for the city. People that like cars will like it.”

Fireball Run organizers said this is the first Aston ever entered in the race. It will be streamed live at FireballRun.com and footage captured by the Fireball Run cameras will be available on the site.

While here, competitors will earn points by completing challenges. The primary goal of the rally, however, is to connect city officials and business leaders from across the country. Fireball Run also assigns each team a local missing child to publicize during the 2,000-mile trek.

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