November 01, 2016 at 03:50PM

La piste de Airborne Park Speedway, par l'entremise d'un communiqué, cite le promoteur John Walker, qui vient d'officialiser que l'anneau ovale de 1-mile sera transformée en terre battue pour la saison 2017. Les classes modifiés 358 , Sportsman 602 sont confirmées. Des discussions pour l'avenir des renagade et bombers (4 cylindres) sont à venir.

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Airborne Headed to DIRT

Airborne Headed to DIRT


PLATTSBURGH- Airborne Park Speedway has officially announced their transformation from an asphalt surface to a dirt surface for the 2017 season.

The official announcement comes after many rumors about the track changing over. Airborne Promoter, John Walker, made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

"We have been waiting to make a final decision about this," Walker said. "After exploring options and speaking with many people, this is the right decision and were moving forward with it."

        Airborne's 2016 regular season came to a close on September 18. The track saw tremendous improvements last season after working to restore the local car count and fan base. The goals for 2016 were met and Walker was pleased with his first season as a promoter.

        The need for change is to get Airborne in the best position for longevity. Dirt racing is a hot product and this opens an avenue for great success at the local racetrack. Airborne plans on working together with other tracks and building not only the local car count, but entertaining outsiders as well.

        DIRTcar will be the new sanctioning for the progressively banked half-mile track. The DIRTcar rule book will be used to allow drivers from other DIRTcar tracks to race at Airborne without having to make any major changes to their equipment.

        DIRTcar Northeast Director of Series and Sanctioning, Mike Perrotte, is a Plattsburgh resident and commented on the news from the local track.

        "I'm very excited to have Airborne on board as a DIRTcar member." Perrotte said. "Airborne has always been a special place for me, I started my racing career there and also ran the track for 9 seasons."

        DIRTcar has various touring series that Airborne will look to lineup for the 2017 season.

        "I'm excited about the opportunities that DIRTcar can bring to Airborne." 

        The 358 Modifieds will return as the headline division on a weekly basis. 602 Crate Sportsman Modifieds will be included in the weekly racing action. Track officials will be meeting with drivers in the former Renegade and Mini Mod divisions to discuss their alignment for next season.

        "I think it's imperative that we bring the 358's back," Walker noted. "The fans love them and a number of the 358 teams, old and new, have been in contact with us with the rumors out there."

        Airborne Park Speedway Media Director, Robby Knowles, had been receiving calls all weekend long inquiring about the potential change for next season. All those inquiries were positive and hopeful that the rumors were true.

        In addition to the calls, Airborne drivers at the end of this season were extremely supportive about the possible switch and were committed to changing their setups over for the following season.

        Talks with sponsors have already gotten underway for next season. The response and support has been extremely positive and has great momentum moving forward.

"Some sponsors have already renewed and increased their commitment in response to this decision," Walked added. "Our sponsor's input was vital in this decision."

When Airborne first opened back in 1954, the track had a dirt surface. Since that time, the track has changed from dirt to asphalt, back to dirt, only to go back to asphalt in 1990. The last 26 years have been spent as an asphalt track and now a new chapter will begin with the surface change.

        To stay up to date, visit airborneparkspeedway.com


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March 10, 11 & 12, 2017 at Toronto's International Centre


TORONTO, ON // OCTOBER 27, 2016 • The Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers returns to Toronto's International Centre March 10, 11 & 12, 2017. The three-day show is the biggest of its kind, in Canada, and features mostly first-time shown custom cars and hot rods, racing vehicles of all kinds, tuners and imports, car clubs, exhibitors and vendors, awards ceremonies, celebrity guests, discussion panels and much more.

With less than six months until showtime, planning for the third annual TorontoMotorama is well underway. Many exhibitors have already renewed and reserved their booth locations, while several new ones have also registered for the 2017 show.

Veteran show director Gary Challice is returning in his role and is already reviewing and approving vehicles, which will fill the majority of the show's 300,000 square foot space.

"The quality of the cars the past two years has been incredible," said Challice. "The show's reputation for featuring the best 'killer' cars is growing and we're getting applications from all over from people who know that Motorama is THE place to show off their new vehicles. We already have several cars committed to appear in Hall 1. I know people are going to be impressed."

An indication of the popularity and success of the show is demonstrated by the continued support of its biggest partners. For the second year in a row, Mothers Polishes is returning as the presenting sponsor of Motorama. As well, Johnsonville Sausage will be the sponsor of the show's main stage for a third consecutive year. Karbelt's popular KARSEXPO is also back at Motorama for a third time, featuring over 50 performance accessory manufacturers and factory tech experts in one area, combining to create a retail Parts Pro Superstore.

"We're extremely proud of the way things have gone with the show the past two years. The support from the enthusiasts and businesses has been incredible," said show co-promoter David Weber. "We're very excited about the third annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers, and we're confident that it's going to be the biggest and best yet."

Once again, racing will be a prominent component of Motorama, with driver appearances and on-stage panels promoting all areas of the motorsports spectrum. And on Saturday, March 11, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance will sponsor the popular Short Track and Drag Racing Night of Champions, a special presentation during which Canada's top short track and straight-line racers are honoured in front of fans and their peers.

Another highlight item on the Johnsonville Stage will be the awards presentations, on the Saturday and Sunday of Motorama.

Spring Fever: Modified Cars & Culture is also returning for a second consecutive year. The 'show within a show' takes place in the 30,000 square-foot Hall 4 at Motorama. SF2 coordinator Kristine Danton is back to manage this popular component of the show that puts tuners, imports and modified cars in the spotlight.

Vehicle registration applications are now being accepted for all categories, including custom cars, hot rods, rat rods, tuners, imports, modifieds, etc. Owners of racing vehicles can also apply to exhibit their machines in the Racers' Corral areas. Online forms for all are available on the 'Register A Vehicle' tab atwww.MotoramaShow.com.

For businesses interested in participating at the show as an exhibitor or sponsor, please see the 'Exhibitor Info' tab at the show's website. Prime display space and sponsorship opportunities are still available. All unreserved space is now available on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Updates about celebrity appearances and special show features will be revealed in the months leading up to showtime at MotoramaShow.com and on the show's social media feeds.


ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The third annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers takes place March 10, 11 & 12, 2017 at The International Centre, across from Toronto's Pearson International Airport. The show features more than 300,000 square feet of custom cars, hot rods, racing vehicles of all kinds, tuners, displays and exhibitors. Motorama is Canada's biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including tickets, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, and more, call (416) 962-7223, email info@MotoramaShow.com or visitwww.MotoramaShow.com.


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