The city council unanimously approved a day of drag racing in early August on a little used street on the south side of North Platte.Also, the council gave a thumbs up to the development of a Bicycle Moto Cross track, if organizers can come up with about $180,000 in cash or pledges within nine months.
Rick Hulse of MidWest Mopars requested the city permission for an exhibition drag race on Saturday, Aug. 5.
The temporary raceway would be used for about six hours on Victoria Lane, which runs 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 street east of U.S. Highway 83. The pavement runs for nearly a mile from Walker Road to State Farm Road through a once-planned residential development.
It will accomodate an eighth-mile track, Hulse said, allowing plenty of room for drivers to throttle down.
The council unanimously approved the race. Hulse intends to make the race as "old school" as possible, with flagmen and heads-up style racing, an would like to develop it into a Mopar endorsed event in coming years, hopefully attracting automobiles from a four-state area.
People today want a simple, low-tech event with minimal rules and cost, but lots of fun, he said in his application.
Hulse told the Bulletin after the meeting that he already has considerable interest from car owners. He said he might have to limit entries to the first 100. He said it will be open to any vehicle that passes a safety inspection.
Racers would get two runs on the track for just $20, he has said.
Hulse is also the coordinator of Mid West Mopars, a muscle car club headquartered in North Platte. The club currently has about 40 members, including a few from as far away as Cheyenne and Sidney.
Mopar is a line of high performance auto parts for Chrysler that has become virtually synonymous with muscle cars.
Hulse said such events have a high ratio of return on investments, citing the success of the Sandhills Shootout and the Kearney Cruise. He can be contacted through the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1735831496705596.
The rain date of the race will be Aug. 6.
(We'll have a report on the BMX discussion and vote soon. -Editor)