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Posted: Sunday, January 3, 2010 (10:00 PM HST)

New racing season comin’ atcha!

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Paul Maddox

Hang on motorsports fans, less than a month to go until NASCAR and the NHRA roll back out onto speedways and dragstrips from Daytona to Pomona. By early February our TV screens will start supplying us national drag racing and stockcar racing for the 2010 season. On February 14th we get the doubleheader of both the Daytona 500 and Pomona Winternationals to fill up our Sunday.

Locally we’ll see most of our clubs kicking off 2010 with ‘test n’ tune’ or ‘warm-up’ events in January and points events starting in February. The racing season begins anew! Most of the Big Island clubs have websites and you can find their link buttons on the left in Hawai'i Motorbeat. Here’s a list as well...

Big Island Auto Club, monthly IHRA drag racing. www.bigislandautoclub.com

Big Island SCCA, Monthly Solo Hilo track events. www.bigislandscca.org

Big Island Kart Club, monthly Hilo track events. Rain or shine. www.bigislandkartclub.com

808 MX/ATV Association, monthly Hilo MX track events. Info at:
www.mxfiveo.com

Big Island Hot Rod Association, monthly Hilo outlaw drag events.
No website. Call Alan Martins (809) 960-3124.

Hilo Motor Speedway Assoc, monthly Hilo 1/4 mile dirt track events.
Call Ed: (809) 965-9910

Yes, all these activities happen at the Hilo motorsport facility,
our only county park with a quartermile drag strip, motocross
track, dirt oval track and a newly improved paved track that is used by both karters & SCCA drivers.

During the ‘down-time’ between the ‘09 and ‘10 season the two clubs got together to design and create some track improvements that will result in faster and safer racing for karts and sports cars. See the photos below. Another example
of how the racers themselves have created most of the venues at the Hilo county park ~ from the MX courses, to the dirt oval track and kart/Solo track.

And its just a leisurely 200 mile round trip for West Hawaii enthusiasts to get there and enjoy it.

2010 may be the year that we start beating the drum again for the Kona Motorsport Park. If we can just get the County to secure the 250 acres and get us access to it from Queen Ka‘ahumanu Hwy I think our West Hawai‘i club folks could get some tracks built. www.hawaiiracingassoc.org

By adding a County Parks Dept baseyard at the KMP site we may get access, water and power and other amenities sooner rather than later. Seems like a great new year’s resolution to me. Let’s see if the Mayor agrees!

Happy New Year ~ PM
Hawaii Motorbeat Monthly

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