A Dodge Challenger SRT owned by Andrew Melchert.
Two potential raceways in North Platte will be considered when the city council meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.The time of the meeting was moved ahead by two hours due to the July 4 holiday.
The council will consider voting on a request by Rick Hulse of MidWest Mopars for an exhibition drag race on Saturday, Aug. 5.
The temporary raceway would be used for about six hours that day on Victoria Lane, from E. State Farm Road to E. Walker Road. A Sonic Drive-In cruise would follow the race, according to Hulse’s application.
Victoria Lane is a little used, relatively new street east of U.S. Highway 83. The paved street runs for nearly a mile from Walker Road to State Farm Road, through a once-planned residential development.
Also, the council will consider acting on an agreement with Brandon McCook and BMX 308 to convert part of the city’s South Park as a BMX (bicycle motocross) site.
South Park is an undeveloped area in the southeast quadrant of Walker Road and S. Buffalo Road, across the street from and east of Indian Meadows golf course. It consists of about 100 acres.
The pedal bike raceway would need 20 acres of South Park.
Also, the council will consider approving Mayor Dwight Livingston's re-appointments of Mike Jacobson and Tim Brouillette to the Community Redevelopment Authority, which reviews applications for tax increment financing. Their terms would expire in June 2021 and June 2022, respectively.
Hulse would like to develop the one-day drag race into a Mopar endorsed event in coming years, and attract automobiles from a four-state area.
His intention is to make the race as "Old School" as possible, with flagmen and heads-up style racing.
“This is what people today want in this type of event,” he said in his application, “a simple, low-tech event with minimal rules and cost, but lots of fun.”
Racers would get two runs on the track for just $20, Hulse said.
Lisa Burke, the executive director of the Lincoln County Visitor’s Bureau, has sent a letter of recommendation to the council in favor of the drag race, as well as a letter recommending the BMX race track for pedal bicycles.
The construction budget of the BMX track calls for the city to contribute the land, some $35,000, plus utility services.
McCook, who has spent about two years working on the project, is dedicated to making it a reality in North Platte to attract visitors to North Platte and provide a relatively simple, low-cost competition. His organization, 308 BMX, is a qualified non-profit group, certified by the Internal Revenue Service.
Also, the council will consider starting future meetings at 5:30 p.m., instead of the the normal start time of 7:30 p.m.
The council meets twice each month at City Hall, 211 W. Third St. The meetings have usually been at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays. This meeting was moved to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in deference to the July 4th weekend.