Great Canadian Race Weekend
London Community News
By Jonathon Brodie/London Community News / Twitter: @jonathonbrodie
On your mark, get set, go showoff.
That’s what five Delaware Speedway drivers did Tuesday (Aug. 28), taking a joy ride with their racing vehicles around downtown London.
“I never thought we’d be able to do something like that,” said Jamie Cox, driving his street-illegal late model race car on York Street. “That was awesome that they were able to arrange this.”
From York Street, starting at the Western Fair District’s Agriplex, the vehicles roared down Richmond Row before turning onto Oxford Street and then turned south to head back to the Agriplex.
The cars, maintaining the speed limit with help of a police escort, swerved within their lanes and would mildly drift at times in a bid to bring onlookers attention to the upcoming 61st Great Canadian Race Weekend held at Delaware Speedway from Friday to Sunday (Aug. 31-Sept. 2).
“Loud noise and the tires squealing,” described Gary Adriaensen about his drive around London in his modified racing truck. “Definitely a lot of whistling, a lot of arms up in the air, a lot of screaming, so I think a lot of people enjoyed it.”
But, even if people were inside one of the peaceful shops in the downtown core, they weren’t immune to the holler of an 850 horsepower late model car.
“I noticed a lot of people coming up to the storefront windows and having a look outside to see what was going on,” Adriaensen, the current Truck Division Points leader at Delaware, added.
The Great Canadian Race Weekend, one of the biggest race weekends at the half-mile paved racetrack, features the local divisions, running along with the King of the Hill Spectators Race. “Cheapskate Saturday” is selling $10 tickets for race enthusiasts to watch the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup 100 and Bone Stock Chaos Cars. The main event, on Sunday, will have the Keystone Light 200 Great Canadian Race.
For more information about the Great Canadian Race Weekend, visit www.delawarespeedway.com.
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