May 1, 2017 Louisville, KY. – A crowd of 3,000 racing fans cheered tonight as Texas Roadhouse and Bubba’s 33 (Texas Roadhouse’s new pizza and burger concept restaurant) were named champions at the Thorntons Great Bed Races. 42 teams pushed their decorated beds on wheels around the figure-eight course, competing for the fastest times. Texas Roadhouse won the Champions Division with a time of 34:24 and Bubba’s 33 claimed the title in the Fun Division with a time of 34:60.
The theme of this year’s event, “Louisville on the Move,” had teams decorating their beds in everything from City of Louisville themes and cancer awareness ribbons to race cars, “moo-ving” cows, and boxing rings. Prizes went to the teams with the three fastest times, as well as for the “Best Decorated Bed,” “Most Entertaining,” and “Cone Eater” categories.
The results of the 28th annual competition:
2017 Results – Champions Division:
|2||Bluegrass Indoor Carting||34:83|
2017 Results – Fun Division:
|3||Ramming Speed (DuPont Manual High School)||38:42|
- Best Decorated Bed: Ford Assembly/UAW (Louisville/Kentuckiana City theme with the Abraham Lincoln Bridge, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Belle of Louisville, Jeff Boat, the Colgate Clock, and Riverfront Amphitheater, among other city icons.)
- Most Entertaining: Uspiritus Trailblazers (“Trailblazer” theme with their bed decorated like a covered wagon with pioneer and oxen costumes.)
- Cone Eater Award: Huffman Hustlers
Winners will also be invited to appear in the Pegasus Parade on Thursday, May 4. Thorntons is the Title Sponsor of the Great Bed Races. Ashley Furniture Homestore of Louisville, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 369, and Safelite AutoGlass are Contributing Sponsors; along with Media Sponsor 107.7 The Eagle. Broadcast special on WAVE 3 NEWS.
First held in 1990 on the cobblestone streets of downtown Louisville in Theatre Square as “Bedlam in the Streets,” this event has exploded in popularity. Now in its 28th year, it continues to attract participants from small local businesses to five-man teams from large corporations.