Drag racing returns to northwest B.C. after pandemic hiatus

Drag racing returns to northwest B.C. after pandemic hiatus

By Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Vintage cars, high horsepower, the smell of burnt rubber and adrenaline returned to Terrace with the first drag race of Northwest Regional Raceway’s 2021 season held over the weekend of July 9-11. 

The race operated by the Terrace Drag Race Association (TDRA) took place at an unused airstrip of the Northwest Regional Airport Terrace-Kitimat, where it has been held for over 23 years now. 

While every year Terrace hosts a minimum of four races in a season, this year there will only be two, said Jeremy McBride, president of TDRA. Organizers put together last weekend’s drag race within eight days after provincial authorities eased the COVID-19 pandemic regulations earlier in July, Jeremy said. 

This year’s competitive bracket racing – where the playing field is levelled by giving the slower cars a head start – included a range of categories such as juniors, pros, super pros and bikes competing for the prize on the one-eighth of a mile track at the airport, said Tammy McBride club secretary of TDRA. 

On Saturday (July 10) due to weather constraints, open-category bracket racing termed ‘king of the hill’ was held with 33 cars racing for the title. Jeremy Soares, a super-pro, Chevy dragster, won the title at 145 mph (233 km/hr). 

On July 11, there were 45 cars that participated across bracket racing categories. 

The sport attracts participants from across the northwest region like Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Prince George, Houston and others during the summer months and sees anywhere between 70 to 100 cars come to race. 

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