Since August 1999, Ive been addicted to drag racing. For those who do not have a clue about drag racing, it is a sport of racing cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and almost anything on wheels down a strip of sticky asphalt, which is usually an eighth or quarter of a mile long. Race promoters and announcers literally mean it, when they say, Run what you brung!
Vehicles are categorized as G-bodies, Pro-Modulators, Stock Suspension, Funny Cars, 10.5s and so much more. These descriptions come from the body, engine and tire structures. Many of the drag racers are trying to beat their own times, which register in seconds.
Although Im not an official racer, I have tested my need for speed in a foot brake class. This category is designed for you to run a regular old foot brake vehicle down the track.
One of the largest drag race associations is the National Hot Rod Association. Although this sport is dominated by men, there are some professional women racers such as the Force sisters, Ashley, Brittany and Courtney, who rock. They are the daughters of the legendary drag racer John Force. Ashley has actually beat her father in their first match.
So, if you are a regular spectator or racer, you will enjoy yourself at the Macon National Dragway as Grudge Inc. presents the Final Hit with two days of grudge racing and test and tune Oct. 18-19. Test and tune is a chance for racers to run their cars down the track to make sure they are ready to race. Both days the gates open at 9 a.m. and racing starts at 2 p.m.
If you are into trying something new, this is a perfect family oriented outing. You can take the whole crew or make it a date. The drag strip is an excellent getaway from your worries. The ambience is hypnotic and risky.
Grudge racers remind me of wrestlers. Before and after the races, they talk plenty of trash to each other in person and on radio and TV shows. Cant wait to see ya at the track!
Yolanda Y-O Latimore is founder of Poetic Peace Arts and director of Like Water Publicity, a media and booking agency. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.