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Heard this awhile back that they were probably moving to Ohio

I'll definitely check this out!
Oh well if it's a repost...

home : headlines : headlines September 22, 2011 9/22/2011 11:15:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article
Keith Turk, race director for the East Coast Timing Association, gives a running commentary Wednesday during a Power Point presentation on the group’s wish to utilize a runway at the Wilmington Air Park. He got his wish. (News Journal Photo/Gary Huffenberger)Land speed racing coming to air park

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Next year there will be motor vehicles going more than 200 mph in the city of Wilmington and the drivers won’t even have to worry about speeding tickets.
The Clinton County Port Authority on Wednesday approved the East Coast Timing Association’s (ECTA) proposal to hold four or five land speed racing events on the southern runway at the Wilmington Air Park, which the Port Authority owns.
The Port Authority board’s vote was 5-0 to go forward with the proposal, with one member, Ed Kuehn, absent.
ECTA co-owners Joe Timney and Keith Turk presented a Power Point presentation and answered questions.
The air park’s southernmost runway currently is not being utilized.
The racing events are expected to be a boost for the local hospitality sector such as hotels and eateries. Debbie Stamper, the executive director of the Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, has estimated a $2 million annual economic impact on the local economy for a five-event season.
ECTA has held its one-mile land speed racing events for 15 years at an airfield near Maxton, N.C. Due to a change in the lease agreement there, they needed to find a new location.
The Power Point included a letter from the editor-in-chief of Hot Rod magazine. He said due to Wilmington’s centralized location in the eastern half of the United States, he would bet the attendance of riders and spectators at the racing events will increase “dramatically” compared to Maxton, N.C.
Local resident Rob Jaehnig of Life Impact was instrumental in working with ECTA on the Wilmington Air Park prospect.
Spectators for the ECTA racing events usually sit in their own lawn chairs in a designated area. Jaehnig said the air park runway is raised and the grassy areas are slightly lower, making for a good vantage point.
The racing vehicles consist of a variety of types and sizes, the top speeds of which range from 75 mph up to 240 or 245 mph for the most high-powered models.
The first event is anticipated for spring 2012.
The admission price for a spectator is $10.

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You'll find that the 'flavor' of the ECTA events is very like that which was found at a drag strip back in the '50s. Everybody very friendly. When you set up your pit it's only necessary to make a neat pile of the stuff you take out of the trunk. When you're in staging, the others will be looking out for you.

(Record Holder---E/Fuel Competition Coupe/Sedan ECTA)

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I worked at the Airpark back during its hey day and always thought that something like that would be cool as hell....! Glad to see that something will be happening other that watching it going to waste. Plenty or room on the north runway for a couple of dragstips....!
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