Attention Detroit TV News: This Is Why You Need To Cover Us
01. Attention Detroit TV News: This Is Why You Need To Cover Us
Hey TV News: We think we’ve got a pretty great case here. A few good kids from Detroit took it upon themselves to rebuild the Dorais Park Velodrome race track that was abandoned for 22-years and they’re raising the funds to do it by throwing an official race on the very same racetrack. They went ahead and rebuilt it with their own hands – and some big power tools – to bring the local kids the very same track their parents enjoyed so much by grinding stumps, removing tires and car parts, gathering trash, laying 4,000 pounds of fresh concrete, removing overgrowth, mowing and brush cutting and so much more. Not only did they go through all that to restore the park – they’re donating half of their proceeds from the event directly to Detroit Parks and Recreation and their putting the other half into a fund to keep Dorais park clean and happy. All in all, it’s a very appealing package to any Detroit news outlet looking to tell a good story.
The Detroit News put us on the front page and we’re going on WDET on October 14th at 11:30AM on the Craig Fahle show; the big question now is which TV station is going to pick us up? Fox 2? Channel 4? WXYZ 7? Who’s going to beat the other two to the punch?
02. New Rules! Modified Rules! Way More Danger!
Ok, so maybe not way more danger, but a bit more! We’ve raised the limit on our Pit Bike class to 100cc for 4-stroke engines. The limit stands at 50cc for 2-stroke engines in the Pit Bike class.
We’re also allowing any kind of multi-geared bike into the “Sweet Bikes” Road Bike class. This mainly means your mountain bike types can sign up and let it fly without asking us specifically.
That’s it, really. If you think another rule change can make our series better, just ask us. We probably haven’t thought of it.
03. Destruction Begets Rebirth
Today, there was much manliness in pursuit of Thunderdrome
Kilburn’s granted us access to two of its most kick-ass machines, the Toro Dingo, a tracked batch of beefy awesome, and the terrifyingly destructive Vermeer stump grinder. As a result, the lower skirt of both turns is now clear and most of the remaining stumps have been… well, ground. We also took sledge hammers to the busted up and crappy concrete sections. Tomorrow we’ll be doing a 3,500 lb concrete pour. By Sunday this sucker will be in the best racing condition in 25 years. If you have the spare time, come on out and lend a hand
04. A Quick Note From Our Sponsor, Kilburn’s Equipment Rental
We’d like to take a minute out of our busy day of ‘Drome fixing and Thunderdrome publicity stunting to thank our top sponsor, Kilburn’s Equipment Rental. We wouldn’t have gotten nearly this far without their help and donated equipment rentals. Really, give Ed and Karen Kilburn a round of applause. And if you need any equipment in the Warren area, check out their website here.
05. The Thunderdrome Needs You! We’ve Gotta Pay For Insurance!
We just received our quote for our Event Insurance so all you wiley characters can go racing; let’s just say we underestimated how much it would cost. The insurance bill comes in at a cool $1000 – with the rest of our yet-to-be-covered expenses adding up to a total of $1500. If you’d like to see future Thunderdrome events go forward, please go ahead and donate using our Donation page. We’ve got a ticker on there so you can see how we’re doing. Decide for yourself what you think The Thunderdrome is worth for Detroit and for racing at large. We appreciate it!
06. You Yelled, We Listened: Launching A Pit Bike Class!
You yelled, you screamed, you bitched and here we are: giving you what you asked. We didn’t have a Pit Bike class before because we assumed it would pump up our insurance rate to the heavens, but lo and behold, we’re paying out the ass regardless. So let ‘em race! Check our Rulebook and then Enter To Race to get into the Pit Bike class. Also, we’re hunting for sponsors for this class: Just come up with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes and make a small donation to The Thunderdrome and you’re in. Contact us if you’re interested.
07. Tearing Up Thunderdrome On A Yamaha Zuma
Everything’s been clean up work and promotion and paperwork lately so after a day cleaning the banks we needed a reminder of just how fun this thing is to ride. Tom Nardone of the Mower Gang dropped by to help out today and brought along his just-purchased and race-destined Yamaha Zuma. Without equipment on it’s pretty scary, but you can almost go full throttle all the way around the track. Frickin’ awesome!
08. The Thunderdrome and You: An Introduction
We finally got our YouTube mojo going and brought you a brief documentary-ish clip on our cleanup and plan for the ‘Drome. Thanks to our man Tim at Hogpath for baking up this tasty pie. Expect plenty more content from him in the coming weeks before the event and event coverage.
09. Beauty Shots Of A Cleaned-Up Dorais Velodrome
Want a better look at the ‘Drome in all its glory? Here are some awesome high-res panoramic shots of the place just after mowing and chipping. Gone are the trees growing in the cracks, the pile of the tires, the two-decades of grass overgrowth, and lots of garbage. Nice.
10. Okay, Okay, We’re Making A Fixie Class. Also, Powderpuff Prizes
We’ve been pummeled about the head by all the rabid fixie fans out there and thus a fixie class has been added. We’ve got a couple sponsors already vying to give away good stuff to the definitely-not-hipster victors. Rest assured, your stripped-down proto-bike now has a place and the PBR afterparty won’t reinforce any stereotypes.
In other news, we’ve also added a Powderpuff Class for the top female competitors in all classes. Yes, the prizes are vibes. No, we’re not ashamed. We are however a little intimidated.