Dragging, Bell Island style

Everton McLean
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Organizers challenge highway racers to take it to the track

It started with a couple of guys wondering how they could test out the power behind their car and motorcycle. It's become an event fuelled by a love for the smell of burning rubber, high speeds and safety.

A group of drag racing enthusiasts have started a racing association on Bell Island, using the airstrip as an eighth of a mile track.

Top photo, the driver of a motorcycle lifts his front tire off the pavement as he races past a car during an organized race series on the Bell Island airstrip recently. Bottom photo, Lee Percy pops a wheelie on the Bell Island airstrip during an organized

It started with a couple of guys wondering how they could test out the power behind their car and motorcycle. It's become an event fuelled by a love for the smell of burning rubber, high speeds and safety.

A group of drag racing enthusiasts have started a racing association on Bell Island, using the airstrip as an eighth of a mile track.

It started with Lee Percy and Charlie Crowe discussing after work how they could push their machines to the limit. They got permission from Wabana Mayor Gary Gosine to use the strip, and they had so much fun they decided to get more people involved.

Since then, they've had two full-fledged events under the Island Racing banner, with dozens of drivers tuning their engines for the chance to race against anyone and everyone for bragging rights.

"It's a great starting point right now," said Crowe, who said the plan is to later get permission and develop the facility for quarter-mile racing.

He said the group plans to work with the provincial and federal governments to develop it.

The events started taking off once the men got some allies during an evening meeting at a Canadian Tire.

David Kinsella and Paddy Murphy jumped on board, followed by Jeff Rees and Kelly Denine, and the group organizers were in place.

Over the last two and a half months since then, they've worked on everything from arranging motor sports insurance to detailed facility measurements, says Kinsella.

And, they said, they've been successful in bringing drag racers out of the shadows and dangerous stretches of highway and into a legal, fun-filled venue with as many as 20 observers.

"A couple of 60 or 70 year-old men used to race out (near) Paddy's Pond before any of this," Kinsella said. "They said, 'This is great. I can now go over there on a weekend. I can get up in the morning and if the wife doesn't want to go I can take one of the grandchildren I can race all day and be back for supper.

"He said, 'Not only that, but now it's legal and it's there for me.'"

Percy said as drag racers emerge, the older crowd that was into the sport when it was popular on Bell Island in the '80s are forging friendships with the younger car and bike lovers, all in the safety of a controlled course.

"We can get the street racers off the streets and get 'em onto the track in a closed course, safe environment," he said.

"The one thing I notice about it is the camaraderie. You have these old-school guys from 30 years ago meeting young fellows with their tuner Hondas and stuff."

And while the event might have started from the urge of current enthusiasts to spin their wheels, the event is open to everyone for just $25 a day.

Percy said a lot of people are finding the sport for the first time and having a ball with it.

"St. John's is starving for entertainment," he said.

"Bell Island is only a 20-minute boat ride away. The city is gone wiry with, 'When is the next race?'How can we get into it?'" he said.

Traffic to the island for the last race was so heavy, the ferries were operating on a load-and-go basis to keep up.

For the organizers, its exciting to see the event grow. But Crowe said there are still a lot of racers leaving their burn marks on highways.

He said he challenges them to take their machines to the race track and put them to the test there.

"Take the car off the streets and try it over here," he said.

The next race is Saturday.

For more information contact islandracing@rocketmail.com.

emclean@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Island Racing, Canadian Tire

Geographic location: Bell Island, Wabana, St. John's

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  • bob
    September 11, 2010 - 16:38

    to all you people that disagree with the racing should realize that these types of events are beneficial as the keep racing in it's proper place and off the streets

  • Taxpayer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    I think that guy passed me on the ring road while doing a wheelie.

  • Katie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    I have to admit being curious about the Island Racing and did attend the event on the last week-end. I was very impressed with the amount of planning that had gone into the organization of the event and particularly glad to hear that the organizers were also very attentive to safety. There were many spectators there and all seemed to enjoy the event. There was also no charge for spectators . There was a lot of thought and planning that went into this event and I think we should commend this group for their initiative for starting this and try to be a bit more supportive. Great job all! Myself and my friend enjoyed our day immensely.Keep up the good work, Have fun and Stay safe

  • Taxpayer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Who pays when someone gets killed?
    A. The Prov. Govt
    B. The Town Council
    C. The Mayor
    D. All of the above

    The correct answer is D. all of the above.

  • Race Spectator
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    I watched the races and they were very well organized- I didn't have to pay anything to watch, or bring my car in. There was a chip wagon (delicious!) and porta-potties, and the spectator area was safely fenced off with signs posted.

    Some of you might not consider racing a sport- but its darn entertaining! The kids loved it (I loved it too!) and it was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon! And as for the comments about it being run by hicks or rednecks - I have talked to David, Charlie, and Kelly during the two weekends that I watched and they are very nice, very intelligent people with a great idea for auto enthusiasts. And personally, I hope to have a car there next year so I can join in on all the redneck fun ;)

  • Kent
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Great, another hick sporting event.

    For those wondering what hick sports are:
    - The participant think they are athletes and usually involve a motorized component such as drag racing, motor cycle racing, monster trucks, snowmobile racing.

    - Participants can often be seen often be spotted sporting mullets and fashion from he 80's such as tight jeans, jean jackets, sneaker boots (tongue out) and / or unlaced Kodiak boots.

    - They often drive Chevy Cavaliers with comic character decals in the window, roach clips or dice in the rear view mirror and the optional tail fin, with nicely appointed rust spots of course.

    Yes, they really are athletes folks.

  • Stan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    thats nothing. you should see those bikes fly past people on the outer ring road.

  • Wait...
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Donny Dooley from I am a idiot, NL writes: The mayor of Bell Island makes another error in judgement. He's now promoting 'drag racing'! What a great think to be teaching the troubled kids in his community!

    You are a moron. Nothing more. Did you know that these events take place not on a public road, but a close air strip? Guess not or you would not have made such a foolish hick comment as you did.

    I guess you would rather this take place in a school zone so it can be ignored by the police as all other infractions are in this province.

  • Calvin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    I agree Jeff, driving is NOT a sport. It is however a waste of a valuable resource, the almighty litre of gasoline. But that is a discussion for a venue larger than the Bell Island drag racing even mentioned here. Bike drivers are still going to race on the streets, and safety concerns must be taken into account when considering the location. If there is a bad accident at this event response time is going to be non-existent. Even if there are emergency crews on site, an individual may still require an emergency surgery at the Health Science center, and I think the province could do without the cost of transporting some accident victim from Bell Island via air traffic.

  • Jenny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    Donny you don't know very much about Bell Island. According to the last census in 2006 the population was 2784. The population has expanded in recent years with people coming home to retire as well as new births. The island is a very beautiful place. As for us joining civilization, we are already here thank you.

  • Donny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    The mayor of Bell Island makes another error in judgement. He's now promoting 'drag racing'! What a great think to be teaching the troubled kids in his community!
    Safety? What does he mean by safety? How can you permit a rider to pop a wheelie while racing at high speed wearing jeans and sneakers? Bet the kids watching can't wait to try that little trick?
    Yes, it's time to put those ferries to better use. It's time to move the last 30 or 40 residents of Bell Island to civilivation!

  • Izdabye
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    I wonder if the bank that holds security over the machines these people are riding are aware of how the assets are being used?

    Not to Mention the insurnace companies that carry their policies!

    Great that someone is trying to encourage another type of event for us to enjoy but I have to wonder just how ell it's organized if you;ve got people racing bikes in street clothes!

  • Mother to all
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Wasn't there a spectator killed at one of the tracks a few years ago? Innocent bystander taken out by a tire.

    Jenny, I'm glad you're proud of your home town but the births to teenage mothers and the gross numbers of babies in foster care don't count as positive population growth. Add to that the highest welfare dependency rate in the province (35% of Bell Islanders receive government assistance) and I'm not sure what you're so proud of.

  • sophie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    I don't really know much about motocross racing but from what I've seen of the riders, they sure look fit to me. Maybe in my perfect world all visitors to Bell Island would be satisfied with a culturally rewarding trip down the mine or a nice hike but the truth is...different strokes for different folks. These people, and their shiny machines, have brought quite a lot of business here. Their activities cause less damage than a small factory would and allow locals to grow their own businesses instead of having no opportunities or fighting for a few bad jobs. This sort of activity fits perfectly with Bell Island's growth as a seasonal, recreation and leisure destination. A few months, lovely weather and good times; the rest of the year peace and quiet. Suits me.

  • DB
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    I see the usual pipe of dribble from a few has spilled out.Wouldn't you rather have these people doing this on a closed track or out doing it on public roads with the potential to kill other drivers.I say good on the mayor at least he is tring to keep it off the streets.

  • Kawi
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Good to see the guy on the sportbike is wearing his safety gear....yea right!!!! This moron is drag racing with jeans, sneakers and a sweater.....BRUTLE!!!!!

  • david
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Just because you guys don't like the sport, doesn't mean it should be outlawed and banned. At least these people took the initiative to take it upon themselves to try and solve a problem, instead of just coming on the telegram and bitching about everything like you guys ALWAYS do.

    If you don't like it - then don't go. But judging by the size of the participates and spectators from their last event....its obvious a lot more people, then you four, DO have an interest in this sport.

    ...how about instead of slandering somebody over this, you try and act like an adult and find a solution to compromise where everybody is happy?

    Oh like - supporting the building of a multi-purpose motorsport's track then they are coming off the roads. Which is a problem because you just mention that it is. Yet, none of you offered any solutions.

  • Jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Driving isn't a sport. Not even race car driving. They call it a sport but its not. They call it motorsports because it isn't really a sport. If you can do it without problem and weight 300 lbs, its not a sport. This is a hick-fest at best, and an environmental disaster at worse. Who is this Billy-Bob they have for a mayor?

  • SoCal-Newfie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Gents,

    promoting legalized racing in a controlled environment does reduce the incidence of street racing. San Diego has had a problem with street racing for several years but with the introduction of Racelegal (www.racelegal.com), street racing has been greatly reduced. The police are partners in the event and will often line up their cars for a rip down the track (lights flashing and all). Naysayers, please keep an open mind and understand that auto racing is a big part of our society. Auto racing is indeed a sport as it involves mental accuity, the ability to react quickly, and incredible stamina when you think of the racers that go from 0-300 mph in 7 seconds or those that wrestle their cars around the track for hours at a time. Auto racing is a sport where men and women can compete on the same court as it is about more than just who is taller/stronger. Auto Racing also contributes huge amounts of money to society. Just think of the number of people that enjoy NASCAR alone! I, personally do enjoy watching many forms of auto racing and believe me I work in a professional environment and do not have a mullet. Oh, and as for the CO2 comments, keep that in mind the next time you are sitting in the drive-thru lane at Tim's...and think of all the others that are doing so at the same time as you...it's alot worse than the guy that races his car on a Sunday.
    Regards,
    W.

  • Angelica
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    It's all fun and games til someone loses an eye.

  • greenbean
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Jason from ON/ NL writes: Yeah.

    Lets celebrate by making a hell of a lot of noise and polluting the environment.

    Sorry but this sort of behavior is no longer appropriate. People should be encouraged to put safety first and the environemnt above thier personal recreational needs.

    ======================================

    Another enviro-nazi trying to tell us how to enjoy our recreational time.

    If I want to emit a little carbon in order enjoy myself once in a while, I'll dam well do so. If this upsets you enviro wack jobs so bloody much, it makes me even happier. I would like to see your types try to take that away from us who enjoy motorsports, you'll endup with carbon footprint up your kazoo.

  • B
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Kent M, you are wrong wrt what a hick is. You just described a skeeet. Did you maybe have a bad experience with said group? This group have organized themselves into a safe and legal event so that they can enjoy themselves without interferring with public safety. So what's the problem?


    Donny Dooley, no one there is wearing sneakers. I also don't think its the mayor's job to be raising Bell Islands youth. Parent's on the other hand...
    Also, organized sporting events are a way to get young people engaged - by the way.

  • BAM
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Great idea. Not sure how much room is out there but maybe try to get a small road track organized. This area must have some of the highest per capita motorcycles and performance cars in Canada. I think it might just fly....

  • Ricky
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Why do you people even entertain these idiots like Donny, Kent, Tim, and Mr. Piper... the only time they take their head outta their butt is post on here. Just ignore 'em...

    As for the organizers of this event, GOOD ON YA!! People are going to race whether it's legal or not, so the chance to offer them a particluar environment where they can do this rather than on the street where, God forbid, we should have them kill someone, like the 4 fine folks mentioned above, racing in the streets.

    CONGRATS on a job well done!!

  • Tim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    @Kent M and Donny
    Excellent comments guys. What they call a sport here is a scream. Yeah this is serious hick sport stuff going on here with the bikes and now are they looking for Gov dollars to develop it further???! Hilarious.

  • Glen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    It'd be much better without the ferry ride. I guess the events will be limited in size due to the capacity to get vehicles there and back.

  • Chris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    One thing that all of us sensible people need to realize is that this is newfoundland, there will always be small minded, pessimistic whiners who have to get there 2 cents in.
    But while a site like The Telegram might be flooded with the useless and uniformed negativity we will never have to worry about these people actually be out to an event to give us any type of grief. While they live their lives behind a keyboard spreading their wisdom, we are out at the track enjoying life and racing in a safe and legal way.
    From Auto X to drag racing a small community of hard working newfoundlanders have come together to allow the masses to drive to the limit. They have won the respect of a community, a loyal base of fans, spectators and participants, the approval of the police and politicians, and coverage of provincial news media.
    Just check out vinland.ca and come out to an event like the Targa Charity event that was just put off that raised over $800 for Childrens wish foundation and gave a ton of kids and adults alike the time of thier lives in the passenger seat of a Porshe GT3 RS or a Mini.
    Anyone who doesnt think its a sport....who cares? When someone is driving a 2.0L 115hp VW golf around a technical course and getting times similar to 300 hp + sports cars Im sure they dont care that someone doesnt think he is an athlete.
    We motorsports enthusiasts will surely rest easy despite the comments posted here because unlike you we actually get out from behind the computer and have educated opinions on newfoundland motorsports. Organizers are doing something positive for Newfoundland that you find in every other major center in this country, not for money or glory but to help this province.
    So please, everyone here with an opinion, come on out to the next drag race, or auto x and talk directly to organizers. That way opinions that are worth anything can be dealt with. But why do I have a feeling that that wont happen. Happy typing!

  • roaster
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    i think most of you need to stand up walk away from the computer go out side and get a dam hobby! Like us horrible car people
    i guess we should sell our cars and start doing hard drugs , that will make the streets safer for sure

    morons!

  • Scared to Death
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I saw a guy in a bike similar to this going down Crosby Road driving on the back wheel (not to mention going well over the speed limit) on Saturday. Sure this is an old air strip, but a good percentage of these motorcycle drivers are doing the same things on the public streets. I honestly think its nothing but showing off!

  • Kent
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    B from St. John's, NL writes: Kent M, you are wrong wrt what a hick is. You just described a skeeet. Did you maybe have a bad experience with said group?

    =====================

    Actually, skeeets and the said group are synonymous. Anyway, I digress.... Let's face it; Very seldom do I ever see riders of these bikes obeying traffic laws. They weave in and out of traffic in packs and impose their noise on our space. Having an organized venue around racing, I believe, encourages risky riding / driving behaviors in young enthusiasts, who are largely the demographic which partakes in this activity. Furthermore, I'm amused by the counter argument that having a venue somehow prevents racing from occurring city streets. This is nothing more than a thinly veiled threat that if we don't let them have their racing venue, they will do it on the streets. The fact is they will race on the streets anyway. Why? Because it is part of the appeal; they want to be seen. Anyway, lets hope they dont kill anyone imitating their favorite riding heros.

  • Jason
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Yeah.

    Lets celebrate by making a hell of a lot of noise and polluting the environment.

    Sorry but this sort of behavior is no longer appropriate. People should be encouraged to put safety first and the environemnt above thier personal recreational needs.

  • Gaaaawwdd
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Angelica from NL writes: It's all fun and games til someone loses an eye.

    There's a little more at stake than an eye.......However what is important is this activity is carried on OFF the streets when a misjudgement could cost more than one life....Good move on the mayor's part....at least it in a 'controlled' environment, where it should be....

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    That was probably the most action Bell Island has had since World War II.

    How can anything in which you sit on your butt and step on the accelerator but considered a sport? Where's the skill, endurance, aptitude etc.? The only people remotely representing athletes in these events are the guys working up a sweat to maintain the cars and bikes.

  • Complaint-Hater
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    It's great that everyone has thier opinion, but they should probably get some facts straight.
    #1. There is the proper event insurance in place.
    #2. The organizers are NOT hicks, but very nice generous people.
    #3. The $25 fee is to RACE all day long, not to spectate, spectating is FREE!
    #4. There are insurance waivers sign by all particpants.
    #5. They have a list of rules/regulations for participants, some of which are put in place by insurance companies.
    #6. Some of these cars are in top running condition, not to mention, some are very new models, with VERY LOW emissions, have better emissions then most vehicles driving on the roads.
    #7. They ask all participants to respect the island, and its people, by not littering, or speeding through the community, but human nature, they will listen or they won't, you can only control so much. Speeding will happen no matter what.
    #8. As for gas consumption, I didn't realize these drivers were stealing your gas/money to pay for gas, what do you care if they burn their fuel?
    #9. Fences and caution tape are set in place to keep us spectators away from where we shouldn't be.

    As for bikes racing on the outer ring, or cars racing at the lights in Manuels, why bring it up in an article about a controlled area? The organizers of this event is not responsible or can they control what happens on the streets, so it has nothing to do with them, comment else where. There may be a decline in street racing because people have somewhere to go, but it won't wipe it out.
    These comments just go to show that you can't please everyone, as we all know.
    Anyhow, I was a spectator at both of the drag racing events, and didn\t hear any complaints, the spectators enjoyed themselves, the participants enjoyed themselves, and the restaurants, gas station,and bed and breakfast got a little more business, why complain about something that u have no interest in?? I just hope it continues into 2010, hoping next year will prove to be a GREAT year for Island Racing, don't let the naysayers hold you back you are all doing a wonderful job, and plenty of people agree!

  • Mr. Piper
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    These kinds of sports do absolutely nothing for the environment except damage it. Tear up roads and paths, emit Co2, not to mention the danger and noise pollution. LOL @ Kent M.

  • Telling it like it is
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    These people aren't hurting anyone but themselves.

    No innocent bystanders are hurt, no sunday drivers are ridden off the road.

    These people found a place to do what they like so who cares, good for them.

  • Julia
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    WELL DONE GUYS!!! Glad to hear some people are taking it on themselves to try to make this SPORT as safe as possible! We will be over saturday to show our support...

  • Jason
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    david from paradise writes: Just because you guys don't like the sport, doesn't mean it should be outlawed and banned. At least these people took the initiative to take it upon themselves to try and solve a problem, instead of just coming on the telegram and bitching about everything like you guys ALWAYS do.

    Couldn't have said it better myself!

  • Henry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    You say this organing group are a bunch of hicks. You should try going to the Avalon Raceway where you have guys racing around the track between schedule races, on ATV's, with no helmets. Also the last time I was there the washroom had chunks of metal and underwear lying around the washroom floor. It doesn't cost much money to pick up some of this and other garage that is laying around.

    Then there is the seating area where there is crack boards, nails sticking up, etc.

    Yes the racing is enteraining but the owner should be embarrassed.

  • Nasty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    WHo care? Are any of you in any danger from these people acting out on a closed course? NO. Get a life or a job if you can find one. This is a non-issue in the grand scheme of things and we all should know better. How people enjoy their recreation time is no concern of mine nor yours.

    Unless you want to VOTE on it in a free and democratic society. I do not see this on any ballot, so let them do as they please in a controlled venue. Would you rather it be held on George Street at 1:00am? I would. It would take care of one other major problem for sure that we would not need to pay to have extra police take care of.

    Drunks running rampant.

  • It's about time!
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    From what I understood it's FREE for spectators at this event and an area is fenced off at a safe distance to ensure that people are kept safe. It only costs money for the people who want to race their vehicle. As for it being so danergous, people sign waiver's and have to comeplete a technical inspection BEFORE they are premitted to race. The money is used to pay for insurance should something happen. Sure sounds like more than a hick ran event to me.

    I say its about time that an event like this takes place, if it means one less street race taking place in my neighburhood and I can safetly let my children out to play without having to worry about cars flying though at 80+ kms/hr, I hope this event is a huge succes.

  • Pay? Free Manuels Track
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    I have nothing against motorsports and I am an avid motorcyclist myself. However, I don't see any need in paying to see such an event. All you have to do is drop by the lights at the Manuals River bridge on any given sunny day and watch these same tricks being performed for free. They start with the revving of the engines at the lights, then when the light turns green you can hear the racing engines and smell the burning rubber as they scream up the on-ramp popping wheelies as they fly by whoever is on the road, risking not just their own lives and limbs, but also the lives and limbs of anyone around them. Posted limit sign of 50? What a joke. Somebody is going to die there one of these days, I just hope and pray it's not me or one of my kids.....

  • Stan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Jeff from NL writes:If you can do it without problem and weight 300 lbs, its not a sport.

    i guess you do not watch football!

  • logical
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    it is good to see smaller communities getting onboard with organized events.
    i think the ferry ride will help make it interesting, hopefully noone will need a quick ride to the hospital, or the air strip will go back to being an airstrip.
    with respect to the safety of the clothing that was commented on, maybe they signed a waiver to direct liability in case of an incident.
    either way, i have a few questions that i wonder if any one can answer
    1. is there a bill board or similar of rules posted for participants and by standers to keep them safe.
    2. the $25 fee for all day, where does the money go, is there cheaper rates for anyone who just wants to watch a certain race.
    3. if it is organized, are all the proper insurances for liabilities in place.

    unfortunately some of the newer organized events by pass this and end up overlooking the cost of doing business when they realize how it dips into the profits.

    either way, i think using an old airstrip for this type of event is great, as long as it is done properly. i bet the ferry ride is quicker then driving to clarenville, so people, lets not complain too much.

  • Perry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Its a great idea to get racing off the streets !!!!!!!!!! Just stop and think about the Targa race.... where else can you find a province that will let cars race through town streets, school zones , hospital zones at speeds up to 200 kph !!!! keep it on the track... GREAT JOB GUYS !!!!!!!!!

  • Bayman
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Yeah, guys don't you know that racing is dangerous?!? And its scary! Lets ban it, its the only solution. While we're at it, lets go after Forumula 1, Indy, Nascar and the Cart circuit! Those d@mn athletes providing entertainment at their own risk in a closed controlled environment.......its so dangerous! And they're killing the environment with all that pollution! And lets not forget that because they drive fast on a closed track, they MUST be the perpetrators speeding and driving recklessly through our towns and cities! Ban them! Ban them! Ban them! Down with Gilles and Jaques Villeneuve! They must be Satan and son! arrrggg!!!!

  • Chris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    And as for the bank and insurance, let me guess....you have never been to an event and dont understand how the insurance works? You have no idea how the organizers have insurance for the event and how a persons own insurance doesnt apply. Im sure you probably didnt know even a local car dealership sponsers vinlands auto x racing. Of course not. Like I said, if you want to have a valid opinion and not come across as a moron on the internet, come out to an event.

  • LOTTE
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Boy oh boys....you sure are a rare breed. I too am a PROUD Newfoundlander. Praising the fols who decided to organize such an event...I too agree with the fact that if its gonna happen its gonna happen. but having it as an organized event, shows the CHILDREN...that dangerous things should be done under controlled environments...DONNY DOOLEY you must the IDIOT the village lost - your remark was UNCALLED for....you must be taking lessons from Stevie boy ont he mainland are ya? KENT M....you and Donny grow up together or swap notes?
    Mr Kent - lemme guess you own a car/boat/atv/motorcycle???? well HELLO tidbot for ya...they too damage the environment....but would ya be mulling that over when you are out doing a little recreational boating or atv'g maybe....get a grip...! Support one another...thats what we as newfoundladers are known for.. With idiots like Donny the TOOLEY Dooley on here...make no wonder others laugh so hard at us Newfoundlanders....crikey! Its verbal crap spewing from their mouths

  • your car is slow
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Why all the hate for people with a common interest enjoying an activity? In a regulated and controlled environment racing is safer than hiking the east coast trail. id say more money has been spent air lifting people off signal hill this year than would every be spent air lifting people off of bell island due to a motorsport accident. If you think Motorsports is not a sport I suggest you try autocrossing or speed lapping a car at 150mph and seen how much skill and endurance you need to focus for long periods of time. If your uneducated about motorsports then think before commenting. In terms of pollution my 500hp street legal car passes emisson testing in ontario and emits less polution than a heavy duty pickup you use to drive the kids to soccer practice.

  • EyesRolling
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    I didn't see anyone bashing bikes mention the *thriving* MX park on Bell Island. D'uh! Quick! Google MX Park.

    Please keep your four-wheeled vehicles away from me while I'm on my two-wheeled vehicle. The majority of motorcycle-related collisions and deaths are caused by people in CARS not bothering to look.

    Commence senseless blathering and bike bashing... *eye roll*

  • Taxpayer
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    I think that guy passed me on the ring road while doing a wheelie.

  • Katie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    I have to admit being curious about the Island Racing and did attend the event on the last week-end. I was very impressed with the amount of planning that had gone into the organization of the event and particularly glad to hear that the organizers were also very attentive to safety. There were many spectators there and all seemed to enjoy the event. There was also no charge for spectators . There was a lot of thought and planning that went into this event and I think we should commend this group for their initiative for starting this and try to be a bit more supportive. Great job all! Myself and my friend enjoyed our day immensely.Keep up the good work, Have fun and Stay safe

  • Taxpayer
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    Who pays when someone gets killed?
    A. The Prov. Govt
    B. The Town Council
    C. The Mayor
    D. All of the above

    The correct answer is D. all of the above.

  • Race Spectator
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    I watched the races and they were very well organized- I didn't have to pay anything to watch, or bring my car in. There was a chip wagon (delicious!) and porta-potties, and the spectator area was safely fenced off with signs posted.

    Some of you might not consider racing a sport- but its darn entertaining! The kids loved it (I loved it too!) and it was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon! And as for the comments about it being run by hicks or rednecks - I have talked to David, Charlie, and Kelly during the two weekends that I watched and they are very nice, very intelligent people with a great idea for auto enthusiasts. And personally, I hope to have a car there next year so I can join in on all the redneck fun ;)

  • Kent
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Great, another hick sporting event.

    For those wondering what hick sports are:
    - The participant think they are athletes and usually involve a motorized component such as drag racing, motor cycle racing, monster trucks, snowmobile racing.

    - Participants can often be seen often be spotted sporting mullets and fashion from he 80's such as tight jeans, jean jackets, sneaker boots (tongue out) and / or unlaced Kodiak boots.

    - They often drive Chevy Cavaliers with comic character decals in the window, roach clips or dice in the rear view mirror and the optional tail fin, with nicely appointed rust spots of course.

    Yes, they really are athletes folks.

  • Stan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    thats nothing. you should see those bikes fly past people on the outer ring road.

  • Wait...
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Donny Dooley from I am a idiot, NL writes: The mayor of Bell Island makes another error in judgement. He's now promoting 'drag racing'! What a great think to be teaching the troubled kids in his community!

    You are a moron. Nothing more. Did you know that these events take place not on a public road, but a close air strip? Guess not or you would not have made such a foolish hick comment as you did.

    I guess you would rather this take place in a school zone so it can be ignored by the police as all other infractions are in this province.

  • Calvin
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    I agree Jeff, driving is NOT a sport. It is however a waste of a valuable resource, the almighty litre of gasoline. But that is a discussion for a venue larger than the Bell Island drag racing even mentioned here. Bike drivers are still going to race on the streets, and safety concerns must be taken into account when considering the location. If there is a bad accident at this event response time is going to be non-existent. Even if there are emergency crews on site, an individual may still require an emergency surgery at the Health Science center, and I think the province could do without the cost of transporting some accident victim from Bell Island via air traffic.

  • Jenny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Donny you don't know very much about Bell Island. According to the last census in 2006 the population was 2784. The population has expanded in recent years with people coming home to retire as well as new births. The island is a very beautiful place. As for us joining civilization, we are already here thank you.

  • Donny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    The mayor of Bell Island makes another error in judgement. He's now promoting 'drag racing'! What a great think to be teaching the troubled kids in his community!
    Safety? What does he mean by safety? How can you permit a rider to pop a wheelie while racing at high speed wearing jeans and sneakers? Bet the kids watching can't wait to try that little trick?
    Yes, it's time to put those ferries to better use. It's time to move the last 30 or 40 residents of Bell Island to civilivation!

  • Izdabye
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    I wonder if the bank that holds security over the machines these people are riding are aware of how the assets are being used?

    Not to Mention the insurnace companies that carry their policies!

    Great that someone is trying to encourage another type of event for us to enjoy but I have to wonder just how ell it's organized if you;ve got people racing bikes in street clothes!

  • Mother to all
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Wasn't there a spectator killed at one of the tracks a few years ago? Innocent bystander taken out by a tire.

    Jenny, I'm glad you're proud of your home town but the births to teenage mothers and the gross numbers of babies in foster care don't count as positive population growth. Add to that the highest welfare dependency rate in the province (35% of Bell Islanders receive government assistance) and I'm not sure what you're so proud of.

  • sophie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    I don't really know much about motocross racing but from what I've seen of the riders, they sure look fit to me. Maybe in my perfect world all visitors to Bell Island would be satisfied with a culturally rewarding trip down the mine or a nice hike but the truth is...different strokes for different folks. These people, and their shiny machines, have brought quite a lot of business here. Their activities cause less damage than a small factory would and allow locals to grow their own businesses instead of having no opportunities or fighting for a few bad jobs. This sort of activity fits perfectly with Bell Island's growth as a seasonal, recreation and leisure destination. A few months, lovely weather and good times; the rest of the year peace and quiet. Suits me.

  • DB
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    I see the usual pipe of dribble from a few has spilled out.Wouldn't you rather have these people doing this on a closed track or out doing it on public roads with the potential to kill other drivers.I say good on the mayor at least he is tring to keep it off the streets.

  • Kawi
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Good to see the guy on the sportbike is wearing his safety gear....yea right!!!! This moron is drag racing with jeans, sneakers and a sweater.....BRUTLE!!!!!

  • david
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Just because you guys don't like the sport, doesn't mean it should be outlawed and banned. At least these people took the initiative to take it upon themselves to try and solve a problem, instead of just coming on the telegram and bitching about everything like you guys ALWAYS do.

    If you don't like it - then don't go. But judging by the size of the participates and spectators from their last event....its obvious a lot more people, then you four, DO have an interest in this sport.

    ...how about instead of slandering somebody over this, you try and act like an adult and find a solution to compromise where everybody is happy?

    Oh like - supporting the building of a multi-purpose motorsport's track then they are coming off the roads. Which is a problem because you just mention that it is. Yet, none of you offered any solutions.

  • Jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Driving isn't a sport. Not even race car driving. They call it a sport but its not. They call it motorsports because it isn't really a sport. If you can do it without problem and weight 300 lbs, its not a sport. This is a hick-fest at best, and an environmental disaster at worse. Who is this Billy-Bob they have for a mayor?

  • SoCal-Newfie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Gents,

    promoting legalized racing in a controlled environment does reduce the incidence of street racing. San Diego has had a problem with street racing for several years but with the introduction of Racelegal (www.racelegal.com), street racing has been greatly reduced. The police are partners in the event and will often line up their cars for a rip down the track (lights flashing and all). Naysayers, please keep an open mind and understand that auto racing is a big part of our society. Auto racing is indeed a sport as it involves mental accuity, the ability to react quickly, and incredible stamina when you think of the racers that go from 0-300 mph in 7 seconds or those that wrestle their cars around the track for hours at a time. Auto racing is a sport where men and women can compete on the same court as it is about more than just who is taller/stronger. Auto Racing also contributes huge amounts of money to society. Just think of the number of people that enjoy NASCAR alone! I, personally do enjoy watching many forms of auto racing and believe me I work in a professional environment and do not have a mullet. Oh, and as for the CO2 comments, keep that in mind the next time you are sitting in the drive-thru lane at Tim's...and think of all the others that are doing so at the same time as you...it's alot worse than the guy that races his car on a Sunday.
    Regards,
    W.

  • Angelica
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    It's all fun and games til someone loses an eye.

  • greenbean
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Jason from ON/ NL writes: Yeah.

    Lets celebrate by making a hell of a lot of noise and polluting the environment.

    Sorry but this sort of behavior is no longer appropriate. People should be encouraged to put safety first and the environemnt above thier personal recreational needs.

    ======================================

    Another enviro-nazi trying to tell us how to enjoy our recreational time.

    If I want to emit a little carbon in order enjoy myself once in a while, I'll dam well do so. If this upsets you enviro wack jobs so bloody much, it makes me even happier. I would like to see your types try to take that away from us who enjoy motorsports, you'll endup with carbon footprint up your kazoo.

  • B
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Kent M, you are wrong wrt what a hick is. You just described a skeeet. Did you maybe have a bad experience with said group? This group have organized themselves into a safe and legal event so that they can enjoy themselves without interferring with public safety. So what's the problem?


    Donny Dooley, no one there is wearing sneakers. I also don't think its the mayor's job to be raising Bell Islands youth. Parent's on the other hand...
    Also, organized sporting events are a way to get young people engaged - by the way.

  • BAM
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Great idea. Not sure how much room is out there but maybe try to get a small road track organized. This area must have some of the highest per capita motorcycles and performance cars in Canada. I think it might just fly....

  • Ricky
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Why do you people even entertain these idiots like Donny, Kent, Tim, and Mr. Piper... the only time they take their head outta their butt is post on here. Just ignore 'em...

    As for the organizers of this event, GOOD ON YA!! People are going to race whether it's legal or not, so the chance to offer them a particluar environment where they can do this rather than on the street where, God forbid, we should have them kill someone, like the 4 fine folks mentioned above, racing in the streets.

    CONGRATS on a job well done!!

  • Tim
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    @Kent M and Donny
    Excellent comments guys. What they call a sport here is a scream. Yeah this is serious hick sport stuff going on here with the bikes and now are they looking for Gov dollars to develop it further???! Hilarious.

  • Glen
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    It'd be much better without the ferry ride. I guess the events will be limited in size due to the capacity to get vehicles there and back.

  • Chris
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    One thing that all of us sensible people need to realize is that this is newfoundland, there will always be small minded, pessimistic whiners who have to get there 2 cents in.
    But while a site like The Telegram might be flooded with the useless and uniformed negativity we will never have to worry about these people actually be out to an event to give us any type of grief. While they live their lives behind a keyboard spreading their wisdom, we are out at the track enjoying life and racing in a safe and legal way.
    From Auto X to drag racing a small community of hard working newfoundlanders have come together to allow the masses to drive to the limit. They have won the respect of a community, a loyal base of fans, spectators and participants, the approval of the police and politicians, and coverage of provincial news media.
    Just check out vinland.ca and come out to an event like the Targa Charity event that was just put off that raised over $800 for Childrens wish foundation and gave a ton of kids and adults alike the time of thier lives in the passenger seat of a Porshe GT3 RS or a Mini.
    Anyone who doesnt think its a sport....who cares? When someone is driving a 2.0L 115hp VW golf around a technical course and getting times similar to 300 hp + sports cars Im sure they dont care that someone doesnt think he is an athlete.
    We motorsports enthusiasts will surely rest easy despite the comments posted here because unlike you we actually get out from behind the computer and have educated opinions on newfoundland motorsports. Organizers are doing something positive for Newfoundland that you find in every other major center in this country, not for money or glory but to help this province.
    So please, everyone here with an opinion, come on out to the next drag race, or auto x and talk directly to organizers. That way opinions that are worth anything can be dealt with. But why do I have a feeling that that wont happen. Happy typing!

  • roaster
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    i think most of you need to stand up walk away from the computer go out side and get a dam hobby! Like us horrible car people
    i guess we should sell our cars and start doing hard drugs , that will make the streets safer for sure

    morons!

  • Scared to Death
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    I saw a guy in a bike similar to this going down Crosby Road driving on the back wheel (not to mention going well over the speed limit) on Saturday. Sure this is an old air strip, but a good percentage of these motorcycle drivers are doing the same things on the public streets. I honestly think its nothing but showing off!

  • Kent
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    B from St. John's, NL writes: Kent M, you are wrong wrt what a hick is. You just described a skeeet. Did you maybe have a bad experience with said group?

    =====================

    Actually, skeeets and the said group are synonymous. Anyway, I digress.... Let's face it; Very seldom do I ever see riders of these bikes obeying traffic laws. They weave in and out of traffic in packs and impose their noise on our space. Having an organized venue around racing, I believe, encourages risky riding / driving behaviors in young enthusiasts, who are largely the demographic which partakes in this activity. Furthermore, I'm amused by the counter argument that having a venue somehow prevents racing from occurring city streets. This is nothing more than a thinly veiled threat that if we don't let them have their racing venue, they will do it on the streets. The fact is they will race on the streets anyway. Why? Because it is part of the appeal; they want to be seen. Anyway, lets hope they dont kill anyone imitating their favorite riding heros.

  • Jason
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Yeah.

    Lets celebrate by making a hell of a lot of noise and polluting the environment.

    Sorry but this sort of behavior is no longer appropriate. People should be encouraged to put safety first and the environemnt above thier personal recreational needs.

  • Gaaaawwdd
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Angelica from NL writes: It's all fun and games til someone loses an eye.

    There's a little more at stake than an eye.......However what is important is this activity is carried on OFF the streets when a misjudgement could cost more than one life....Good move on the mayor's part....at least it in a 'controlled' environment, where it should be....

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    That was probably the most action Bell Island has had since World War II.

    How can anything in which you sit on your butt and step on the accelerator but considered a sport? Where's the skill, endurance, aptitude etc.? The only people remotely representing athletes in these events are the guys working up a sweat to maintain the cars and bikes.

  • Complaint-Hater
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    It's great that everyone has thier opinion, but they should probably get some facts straight.
    #1. There is the proper event insurance in place.
    #2. The organizers are NOT hicks, but very nice generous people.
    #3. The $25 fee is to RACE all day long, not to spectate, spectating is FREE!
    #4. There are insurance waivers sign by all particpants.
    #5. They have a list of rules/regulations for participants, some of which are put in place by insurance companies.
    #6. Some of these cars are in top running condition, not to mention, some are very new models, with VERY LOW emissions, have better emissions then most vehicles driving on the roads.
    #7. They ask all participants to respect the island, and its people, by not littering, or speeding through the community, but human nature, they will listen or they won't, you can only control so much. Speeding will happen no matter what.
    #8. As for gas consumption, I didn't realize these drivers were stealing your gas/money to pay for gas, what do you care if they burn their fuel?
    #9. Fences and caution tape are set in place to keep us spectators away from where we shouldn't be.

    As for bikes racing on the outer ring, or cars racing at the lights in Manuels, why bring it up in an article about a controlled area? The organizers of this event is not responsible or can they control what happens on the streets, so it has nothing to do with them, comment else where. There may be a decline in street racing because people have somewhere to go, but it won't wipe it out.
    These comments just go to show that you can't please everyone, as we all know.
    Anyhow, I was a spectator at both of the drag racing events, and didn\t hear any complaints, the spectators enjoyed themselves, the participants enjoyed themselves, and the restaurants, gas station,and bed and breakfast got a little more business, why complain about something that u have no interest in?? I just hope it continues into 2010, hoping next year will prove to be a GREAT year for Island Racing, don't let the naysayers hold you back you are all doing a wonderful job, and plenty of people agree!

  • Mr. Piper
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    These kinds of sports do absolutely nothing for the environment except damage it. Tear up roads and paths, emit Co2, not to mention the danger and noise pollution. LOL @ Kent M.

  • Telling it like it is
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    These people aren't hurting anyone but themselves.

    No innocent bystanders are hurt, no sunday drivers are ridden off the road.

    These people found a place to do what they like so who cares, good for them.

  • Julia
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    WELL DONE GUYS!!! Glad to hear some people are taking it on themselves to try to make this SPORT as safe as possible! We will be over saturday to show our support...

  • Jason
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    david from paradise writes: Just because you guys don't like the sport, doesn't mean it should be outlawed and banned. At least these people took the initiative to take it upon themselves to try and solve a problem, instead of just coming on the telegram and bitching about everything like you guys ALWAYS do.

    Couldn't have said it better myself!

  • Henry
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    You say this organing group are a bunch of hicks. You should try going to the Avalon Raceway where you have guys racing around the track between schedule races, on ATV's, with no helmets. Also the last time I was there the washroom had chunks of metal and underwear lying around the washroom floor. It doesn't cost much money to pick up some of this and other garage that is laying around.

    Then there is the seating area where there is crack boards, nails sticking up, etc.

    Yes the racing is enteraining but the owner should be embarrassed.

  • Nasty
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    WHo care? Are any of you in any danger from these people acting out on a closed course? NO. Get a life or a job if you can find one. This is a non-issue in the grand scheme of things and we all should know better. How people enjoy their recreation time is no concern of mine nor yours.

    Unless you want to VOTE on it in a free and democratic society. I do not see this on any ballot, so let them do as they please in a controlled venue. Would you rather it be held on George Street at 1:00am? I would. It would take care of one other major problem for sure that we would not need to pay to have extra police take care of.

    Drunks running rampant.

  • It's about time!
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    From what I understood it's FREE for spectators at this event and an area is fenced off at a safe distance to ensure that people are kept safe. It only costs money for the people who want to race their vehicle. As for it being so danergous, people sign waiver's and have to comeplete a technical inspection BEFORE they are premitted to race. The money is used to pay for insurance should something happen. Sure sounds like more than a hick ran event to me.

    I say its about time that an event like this takes place, if it means one less street race taking place in my neighburhood and I can safetly let my children out to play without having to worry about cars flying though at 80+ kms/hr, I hope this event is a huge succes.

  • Pay? Free Manuels Track
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    I have nothing against motorsports and I am an avid motorcyclist myself. However, I don't see any need in paying to see such an event. All you have to do is drop by the lights at the Manuals River bridge on any given sunny day and watch these same tricks being performed for free. They start with the revving of the engines at the lights, then when the light turns green you can hear the racing engines and smell the burning rubber as they scream up the on-ramp popping wheelies as they fly by whoever is on the road, risking not just their own lives and limbs, but also the lives and limbs of anyone around them. Posted limit sign of 50? What a joke. Somebody is going to die there one of these days, I just hope and pray it's not me or one of my kids.....

  • Stan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    Jeff from NL writes:If you can do it without problem and weight 300 lbs, its not a sport.

    i guess you do not watch football!

  • logical
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    it is good to see smaller communities getting onboard with organized events.
    i think the ferry ride will help make it interesting, hopefully noone will need a quick ride to the hospital, or the air strip will go back to being an airstrip.
    with respect to the safety of the clothing that was commented on, maybe they signed a waiver to direct liability in case of an incident.
    either way, i have a few questions that i wonder if any one can answer
    1. is there a bill board or similar of rules posted for participants and by standers to keep them safe.
    2. the $25 fee for all day, where does the money go, is there cheaper rates for anyone who just wants to watch a certain race.
    3. if it is organized, are all the proper insurances for liabilities in place.

    unfortunately some of the newer organized events by pass this and end up overlooking the cost of doing business when they realize how it dips into the profits.

    either way, i think using an old airstrip for this type of event is great, as long as it is done properly. i bet the ferry ride is quicker then driving to clarenville, so people, lets not complain too much.

  • Perry
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Its a great idea to get racing off the streets !!!!!!!!!! Just stop and think about the Targa race.... where else can you find a province that will let cars race through town streets, school zones , hospital zones at speeds up to 200 kph !!!! keep it on the track... GREAT JOB GUYS !!!!!!!!!

  • Bayman
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Yeah, guys don't you know that racing is dangerous?!? And its scary! Lets ban it, its the only solution. While we're at it, lets go after Forumula 1, Indy, Nascar and the Cart circuit! Those d@mn athletes providing entertainment at their own risk in a closed controlled environment.......its so dangerous! And they're killing the environment with all that pollution! And lets not forget that because they drive fast on a closed track, they MUST be the perpetrators speeding and driving recklessly through our towns and cities! Ban them! Ban them! Ban them! Down with Gilles and Jaques Villeneuve! They must be Satan and son! arrrggg!!!!

  • Chris
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    And as for the bank and insurance, let me guess....you have never been to an event and dont understand how the insurance works? You have no idea how the organizers have insurance for the event and how a persons own insurance doesnt apply. Im sure you probably didnt know even a local car dealership sponsers vinlands auto x racing. Of course not. Like I said, if you want to have a valid opinion and not come across as a moron on the internet, come out to an event.

  • LOTTE
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Boy oh boys....you sure are a rare breed. I too am a PROUD Newfoundlander. Praising the fols who decided to organize such an event...I too agree with the fact that if its gonna happen its gonna happen. but having it as an organized event, shows the CHILDREN...that dangerous things should be done under controlled environments...DONNY DOOLEY you must the IDIOT the village lost - your remark was UNCALLED for....you must be taking lessons from Stevie boy ont he mainland are ya? KENT M....you and Donny grow up together or swap notes?
    Mr Kent - lemme guess you own a car/boat/atv/motorcycle???? well HELLO tidbot for ya...they too damage the environment....but would ya be mulling that over when you are out doing a little recreational boating or atv'g maybe....get a grip...! Support one another...thats what we as newfoundladers are known for.. With idiots like Donny the TOOLEY Dooley on here...make no wonder others laugh so hard at us Newfoundlanders....crikey! Its verbal crap spewing from their mouths

  • your car is slow
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Why all the hate for people with a common interest enjoying an activity? In a regulated and controlled environment racing is safer than hiking the east coast trail. id say more money has been spent air lifting people off signal hill this year than would every be spent air lifting people off of bell island due to a motorsport accident. If you think Motorsports is not a sport I suggest you try autocrossing or speed lapping a car at 150mph and seen how much skill and endurance you need to focus for long periods of time. If your uneducated about motorsports then think before commenting. In terms of pollution my 500hp street legal car passes emisson testing in ontario and emits less polution than a heavy duty pickup you use to drive the kids to soccer practice.

  • EyesRolling
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    I didn't see anyone bashing bikes mention the *thriving* MX park on Bell Island. D'uh! Quick! Google MX Park.

    Please keep your four-wheeled vehicles away from me while I'm on my two-wheeled vehicle. The majority of motorcycle-related collisions and deaths are caused by people in CARS not bothering to look.

    Commence senseless blathering and bike bashing... *eye roll*