TAR HEEL — Tar Heel Speedway and Greater Works, Inc. will reintroduce motorcycle dirt-track racing back to southeastern North Carolina with the first “Winter Classic Motorcycle Dirt Track Race” on Saturday and Sunday.
This will be a two-day, two-race event that will take place at two venues in two counties along with a motorcycle racing school by RIDE Academy (http://www.rideacademy.com/) conducted in conjunction with both days of racing, said one of the events’ organizers, Richard Lovette.
In a written release, Lovette said that flat track, or dirt track, is the oldest form of motorcycle racing in the world.
“This type of event originated on dirt surfaces and later evolved to steeply banked board tracks, (made from lying two by fours on edge) some measuring more than a mile in distance. After numerous fatalities, the board tracks became a part of history and flat track once again moved to the dirt tracks, many of which are located at fairgrounds, local tracks, kart tracks or car tracks across our great country,” said Lovette. “Unlike any other form of motorcycle racing flat track began here in the good old U.S.A. and is considered to be the grass roots of all motorcycle racing.”
Given this long history, is it any wonder that some motorcyclists want to give dirt-track racing a go?
On Saturday, day one of the Winter Classic Motorcycle Dirt Track Race and RIDE Academy will take place at the Southeastern N.C. Agricultural Center (the farmer’s market) located at 1027 U.S. 74, Lumberton. The RIDE Academy will get things started with a “Race Bike” school from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. with lunch being served to participants, said Lovette.
For more information or to register for the RIDE academy, go to http://www.rideacademy.com/ for registration and more information. Lovette said that at the conclusion of the first day of RIDE, the track will be re-prepped and Tar Heel Speedway will put on the first indoor motorcycle dirt track race ever held in this area. The South East Motorcycle Dirt Track Racing Association classes and rules will be in effect and can be found online at http://www.semdtra.com/index.html The gate will open for racers at noon and registration will begin at 2 p.m. with practice starting at 4 p.m. and racing will start around 6:30 p.m. General admission will cost $10.
On Sunday, the second day of the Winter Classic Motorcycle Dirt Track Race and the RIDE Academy will take place at Tar Heel Speedway located at 271 Victory Lane in Tar Heel. Lovette said the RIDE Academy will start the day with a “Race Bike” school from 8 until 11 a.m. then after a short worship service, a lunch will be served to participants and the track will be prepped for round two of the doubleheader race.
“Tar Heel Speedway is a one-fifth mile clay oval that has a rich race history for motorcycle and go kart racing and draws spectators and racers from all over the southeast,” said Lovette.
Gates will open for racers at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 10 a.m. and practice starting at noon. Racing will get under way as soon as possible to keep the program from running too late into the evening to accommodate the long distance traveler, said Lovette.
There is a $25 entry fee for all amateur and youth classes and a $50 entry fee for pro and pro-am classes and the pro and pro-am classes wil pay $500 to the winner.