Drag races a hit in Terrace Bay
High winds and a bit of rain didn’t dampen spirits at Terrace Bay’s 14th annual drag races on the holiday weekend.
About 240 American and Canadian racers competed at the three-day event held at the town’s former airport. About 8,500 spectators turned out to watch speed demons strut their stuff on the quarter-mile.
“I think the winds may have slowed them down a bit but, all in all it was a very successful weekend,” Superior Classics Car Club president Wes Fenton said Tuesday.
Some “funny” cars were clocked at more than 320 kilometres per hour.
Speed fans were also treated to performances from British Columbia’s NitroMIke, whose hopped-up PT Cruiser roared down the strip on only its rear wheels.
It was the first time the renowned “wheel-stander” has performed at the Terrace Bay event, Fenton noted.
Profits from the drag race are donated to various charities. The event raised $20,000 last year. This year’s amount has yet to be tabulated, said Fenton.