Scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend, the event has become a must-see on the Heritageville calendar for an action-packed weekend guaranteed to not only celebrate Mom but entertain the entire family.
The public is encouraged to enter their own car in such race events as stock car, dragster, funny car, and the demolition derby.
Though a group of concerned citizens called Complete Streets: Princely Avenue (CSPA) has raised issues of pedestrian safety and “traffic calming” — especially in the pedestrian crossing area in front of The Gristle restaurant — a legal order instigated by them has mandated that Princely Avenue zebra crossings will remain accessible, even on the days of the motor sports event. Patrons of The Gristle will literally have to “dine ‘n dash” to get across Princely Avenue, but no safety issues are anticipated.
Mayor Dwayne Gutts told a constituent that he was “not against the concept,” and has full backing of the city commission to use city streets for this event.
The weekend kicks off with one of the most unique experiences in motorsports as exhaust flames blaze behind 2,000 horsepower, nitro-fueled machines rocketing down Princely Avenue at speeds in excess of 200 kph during the Friday night qualifying session.
Saturday features a full day of stock car and drag racing action, topped off with a music celebration featuring local rock band Clampy Hold and entertainment from the local Cooter’s franchise.
On Sunday, celebrate Mother’s Day with the excitement of final eliminations as earth-shaking Hot Fuel dragsters and ground-pounding funny cars battle for supremacy. The Grand Finale will be the Demolition Derby down Princely Avenue along the stretch from Dilladge Avenue to Pauskil Lane.
An insignificant taco stand at the end of Dilladge Avenue will be bulldozed to make way for the pit area.
All fans can get up close and personal with these remarkable rides — their neighbours who steer them and the crews scrambling to prepare their machine for the next round of competition.
The famous Orville blimp will be on the scene to provide live race coverage.
With all events free, there’s no better time to experience the extreme speeds, raucous engines, and street-shaking power featured at the Orville Princely Avenue Motor Sports Open. Come one, come all!