Drag racing returns to the airport for 20th year

Drag racing gets underway on May 25 and 26 for the 20th year at the Sechelt Airport with the Sunshine Coast Drag Racing Association (SCDRA) hosting the Spring Meltdown Drag Race. 

Drag racing on the Sunshine Coast can be enjoyed by all and there are lots of daily driver vehicles on the Coast suitable for racing. Cars or trucks don’t necessarily have to be fast as the races at the Sechelt Airport are bracket racing. 

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In bracket racing, each driver estimates the time it will take to cross the finish line. If you’re closer to your estimated time than your opponent without going faster than your estimated time, you win. Each driver decides how fast they want to go down the track, and win or lose, it’s great fun! 

There will be a motorcycle class and for racers who may just want to race their daily driver, Street Machine and Super Street are the perfect class. For serious racers there is the Hot Rod and Street Rod class. 

Trophies and cash prizes will be available for all race classes: Motorcycle, Street Machine, Super Street, Street Rod and Hot Rod. There will also be awards for the driver with the best reaction time, the car with fastest ET in eliminations and the best burnout of the day. 

Awards presentations will be immediately following the races. The Ted Meldrum Memorial Award will be presented to a Sunshine Coast high school student who demonstrates a mechanical aptitude, dedication to motorsport, volunteers in the community and is supportive of school programs. Previous winners include: Robert Rhodes (Elphinstone), Matthew Bentley (Elphinstone), Ryan Mcdonald (Pender), Jordan Kammerle (Pender), Garrett Leblanc (Chatelech), Tyler Muryn (Chatelech) Eric Ripley Horne (Elphinstone) and Teagon Glowacki (Chatelech). 

All racers and spectators are welcome. Bring friends, chairs, sun screen and be prepared to have a good time! Please remember that pets aren’t permitted on the site. 

Gate admission is $10 for spectators and racers. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult: racing fee is $50 for non-members, $35 for members. 

On Saturday, the Members Test ‘n’ Tune Work Party is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Test ‘n’ Tune 1 to 4 p.m. On Sunday, Tech Inspection is from 8 to 10 a.m. Racing begins at 10 a.m. 

Sechelt Airport is located at the top of Field Road in Wilson Creek.

For more information on the upcoming race and other SCDRA events, see scdraonline.ca or contact Richard 604-230-5067 or email cnaustin@telus.net

– By Richard Austin

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