There was no Showdown on the Sabine in 2008 because of Hurricane Ike, however Darlene Zavada with the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau said the forecast looks good for this weekend.

Sponsored by the CVB and the SPORT Racing Tour, tunnel boat races will be from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the city boat ramp/riverfront recreation area off Simmons Drive. Some of the boats can go up to 160 mph, she said.

“We have up to 60 boats … a fantastic food menu from some of our vendors that will be up there,” she said. “We also have a classic car show … Bring lots of chairs, bring a blanket, sit on the riverfront and just enjoy the day. Bring your family for all the family events.”
The event features free admission and free parking. Pets and coolers will not be permitted. Awards and trophies will be awarded Sunday after races end. 

For more information, call the Orange convention bureau at 883-1011.

Complete schedule:

Saturday:
9-10:30 a.m. – Safety inspection and registration.
11:30 a.m. – Drivers’ meeting.
9-11 a.m. – SSST 45, SST 120 and Tri-hull testing.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – River open.
1 p.m. – One lap qualifier/SST 120/one chance.
1:30 – One lap qualifier/SST 120/one chance.
2 p.m. – Tri-hull Heat no. 1/seven laps/order of draw.
2:30 – SST 45 heat no. 1/10 laps.
3-3:30 p.m. – River open.
3:30 – SST 120 Group A heat no. 1/10 laps.
4 p.m. – Tri-hull heat no. 2/seven laps/reverse order of points.
4:30 – SST 45 heat no. 2/10 laps.
5 p.m. – SST 120 Group B heat no. 1/10 laps.
6 p.m. – River open.

Sunday:
9 a.m. – SST 120 testing.
9:30 – Tri-hull testing.
10 a.m. – SST 45 testing.
11 a.m. – drivers’ meeting.
Noon – SST 120 Group A heat no. 2/10 laps/reverse order of finish from heat 1-A.
12:30 p.m. – Tru-hull heat no. 3/seven laps/reverse order of points.
12:45 – SST 45 heat no.3/reverse order of points.
1:15 – SST 120 Group B heat no. 2/10 laps/reverse order of finish from heat 1-B.
2 p.m. – Tri-hull heat no. 4/seven laps/reverse order of points.
2:15 – River open.
2:45 – SST 45 final/30 laps.
3:30 – Tri-hull final/10 laps/order of points.
3:45 – SST 120 final/30 laps
6 p.m. – River open.