Electric City 167 Sparks New Excitement for the 26th Autumn Colours Classic

Electric City 167 Sparks New Excitement for the 26th Autumn Colours Classic

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Racing's biggest events create the most excitement and officials at Peterborough Speedway have created the biggest buzz of the 2018 season with the announcement of the inaugural running of the Electric City 167. A combined event for Late Model and Pro Late Model teams, the spectacular event – to be staged during the 26th edition of the Autumn Colours Classic – has a guaranteed payday of $5000 to the winner, plus another $4175 in potential lap sponsorship up for grabs.


"Recent developments in the Limited Late Model rules have moved those cars closer to the provincial Pro Late Model package and we thought the timing was right for a big money event that combined the 2 popular Late Model divisions," said track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse.


While the famed Autumn Colours weekend was already a marquee event in its own right, it lacked the prestige of a headlining race. The Electric City 167 fits that bill to perfection, while also keeping the racer's budget in mind. In addition to qualifying through time trials and a last-chance race, the main event will be run on a set of 4 tires for the 167-lap distance, with drivers allowed to utilize tires used in practice in the event of a flat.


The Electric City 167 pays homage to Peterborough's storied past as home to General Electric for the last 125 years, while also reflecting on 1967, the year Peterborough Speedway was built. In addition to Peterborough being the first city in Canada to have electric street lights, G.E. established itself in 1892 and remained a major employer in the region, with a workforce of 6,000 at its peak.


While the rules package for the Electric City 167 has yet to be finalized, Peterborough Speedway officials are determined to ensure a level playing field for racers with either type of Late Model equipment, creating the largest change to the Autumn Colours Classic since the show became a 3-day event in 2008.


Additional awards will be announced and a final set of event rules will be released in the following months. For more information, please contact Peterborough Speedway at705.743.5880, via e-mail: info@peterboroughspeedway.com, visit www.peterboroughspeedway.com or the track's Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Cavan, Ontario's Dan McHattie will be part of a strong local contingent, looking to claim the winner's purse at Peterborough Speedway's inaugural running of the Electric City 167.


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RGS Products 125 Rescheduled for Sunday March 18th at Caraway Speedway


RGS Products 125 Rescheduled for Sunday March 18th at Caraway Speedway

Due to forecasted weather for this weekend and teams traveling a long distance to participate in the RGS Products 125, Caraway Speedway and series officials have made the decision to reschedule this Sunday's race.  The event will be made up next Sunday, March 18th at 2:30pm.
"With rain forecasted Saturday night and into Sunday, we think it's in our best interest to reschedule this race to next weekend," Caraway Speedway General Manager Renee Hackett said. "There's a lot of teams traveling to Caraway Speedway this weekend and we think it's important that we save them money with such a questionable forecast."
The makeup event on Sunday, March 18th will go green at 2:30pm with a revamp schedule of divisions.  The PASS (Pro All-Stars Series) Super Late Models, Southern Modified Racing Series, 602 Super Limiteds, 602 Modifieds and Caraway's Limited Late Model division will all compete in the event.
Tickets for the event will be $20 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 years old and kids five and under will get in free.  Pit passes will be $40 for the event.  An open practice will be hosted on Saturday from 12noon to 6pm for $25 per person.
"With the reschedule hopefully it will bring us better weather for our competitors and our fans," Hackett continued.  "We think this will be a great ticket for race fans.  The Modifieds and the PASS Series are fan favorites for us plus you throw in the 602 Super Limiteds, the 602 Modifieds, and our local Limiteds and we've got a show worth more than $20.  The fans are really going to be treated to a great show next weekend."
For more information on Caraway Speedway, visit their newly redesigned website atwww.CarawaySpeedway.com or visit them on Facebook at @caraway.speedway. You can also call the track office at 336.629.5803.

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Peterborough Speedway’s 2018 Calendar Unveiled at the 4th Annual Motorama Expo

Peterborough Speedway's 2018 Calendar Unveiled at the 4th Annual Motorama Expo

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Motorsports enthusiasts are taking the fast lane to family fun and racing entertainment with the announcement of Peterborough Speedway's 2018 event schedule. The tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City is about to kick-off its 51stconsecutive season of weekly operation and track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says releasing the agenda for the new year at the 4th annual Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – March 9ththrough 11th – at the International Centre in Toronto is the ideal launch pad.


"Talking to the fans is an important part of my job as a promoter and events like the Motorama Show are the perfect opportunity to do some bench racing," J.P. Josiasse said. "Our team has worked hard to put together what we believe is a winning schedule and releasing it at occasion like this allows the people who come through the turnstiles every week to give us some instant feedback."


Peterborough Speedway's 2018 calendar gets underway Saturday, May 19th with the traditional Country 105 Season Opener, featuring free spectator grandstand admission and a fan appreciation autograph session at intermission. On track action includes the hometown Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stock, Jiffy Lube Mini Stock, Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck, Super Stock and Late Model divisions; along with the Trailers Plus Eastern Ontario Legend Series. Pit gates open at 1:00, with grandstand access at 3:00 and season's first green flag at 5:00.


Participation at the Motorama Expo is the first in a series of pre-season promotional events for the venue known as Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. There will also be a Peterborough Speedway display at the 40th annual Home, Cottage and Country Show – April 6th, 7th & 8th – at the Evinrude Centre. Other show dates and locations will also be made available. Check the track's web-site for details.


Bullring bullet points: A season pass is a great way to make sure you don't miss a second of the action during the 2018 schedule. There are packages and plans to suit any budget. To learn more, select the 'fan info' tab at www.peterboroughspeedway.com and select season passes from the drop- down menu.

The 51st season of continuous action at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is taking shape as the promotional team at Peterborough Speedway gets ready for ...


Stay up-to-date with the latest off-season news and information by liking the Peterborough Speedway Facebook page or following the track on Twitter. Fans can also download the free app on their Smartphone.


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It was a banner year for Stayner, Ontario's Brandon Watson, who won Autumn Colours Classic, the APC Pro Late Model event at Peterborough Speedway and the 2017 series championship. The popular tour returns to the track Saturday, June 16th


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March 9, 10 & 11, 2018 at Toronto's International Centre


TORONTO, ON // MARCH 2, 2018 • One of the highlights of the SEMA show in Las Vegas last fall was the unveiling of a stunning 1972 AMC Javelin AMX in the Prestone booth.

Built by the legendary Ring Brothers and dubbed "Defiant!" the car is powered by a 6.2-litre Hemi Mopar Hellcat engine, fitted with a Whipple 4.5-litre Supercharger that produces 1,036 horsepower!

But it's Jim and Mike Rings' incredible attention to design and detail that has made the car the attention magnet it's become in the months since its debut.

Defiant! is the cover car on this month's issue of Hot Rod Magazine. Add that exposure to recent appearances on Jay Leno's Garage and countless internet sites, and millions of auto enthusiasts have been exposed to pictures, videos and information on this incredible car.

Defiant! will make its Canadian debut at the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers. The show takes place March 9, 10 & 11 at Toronto's International Centre.

Arguably the wildest custom vehicle ever to come out of the Ring Brothers shop in Wisconsin, its extreme appearance, cutting-edge construction techniques and four-digit horsepower output have made it the hottest build in the industry.

Commissioned by Prestone, the Ring Brothers were approached to build a special vehicle. Turns out Jim and Mike already had a canvas in mind – a 1972 Javelin that had been rolling around their hometown for over four decades.

With a 12-month deadline until the 2017 SEMA show, the duo went to work digitally designing their vision, and then building it in their machine shop and carbon fiber facility.

The Rings extended the Javelin's wheelbase by moving the wheels forward six and a half inches. The car's distinctive wheel arches were moved forward and recreated in carbon fiber to pair with a new hood, front fenders, grille and front valance. Other custom details include tail lights, bumpers, trim and engine bay accessories all machined out of blocks of aluminum at the Ring Brothers facility.

"I was at the Prestone booth at SEMA (below) when Jessi Combs introduced the Ring Brothers and talked with them about the car," said Motorama co-promoter Greg MacPherson. "There was a huge crowd and everyone gasped when they pulled the cover off. It's a beautiful car and people were all over it for long periods of time checking out every minute detail.

"We couldn't believe it when we heard that there was a possibility that Defiant! could come to the Toronto Motorama show. Thank you to Prestone and Mike O'Connor of the Evolution / Gem-Sen Group of Companies for making this happen!"

In addition to bringing the Prestone Javelin to Motorama, Prestone is also giving a jug of anti-freeze to every car in competition in the custom car and hot rod categories. Vehicle owners who have displayed the product beside their vehicles throughout the show will be eligible for thePrestone Cool Pick Award and a special prize.

ABOUT PRESTONE: Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Prestone is the number one branded consumer choice for antifreeze/coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid in North America. Prestone manufactures and markets antifreeze/coolant, brake and power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid and other leading vehicle maintenance products. Prestone antifreeze/coolant has protected vehicle cooling systems since 1927. To get the latest information, you can look to Prestone's website, YouTube or by following Prestone on social media: www.facebook.com/prestoneofficialwww.twitter.com/prestone or www.instagram.com/prestoneofficial.


ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The fourth annualMotorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers takes place March 9, 10 & 11, 2018 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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