Drivers get ready to cruise

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2001

Auto and motorcycle lovers will have a chance to take in a few beauties during this year's Soldotna Progress Days.

Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions and the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce have teamed together to bring residents the best and fastest cars, dragsters, sprint, stock, classics and motorcycles from the Kenai Peninsula.

Twin Cities Raceways, Peninsula Auto Classics, the Kenai Peninsula Harley Davidsons and Buells and possibly the peninsula chapter of ABATE, Alaskan Bikers Advocating Training and Education, will be represented in the parade and show.

Drivers will promenade their vehicles in the parade, then line up along Park Avenue at the vendor and entertainment area. A wide range will be showcased Saturday from junior dragsters to classics.

"They are getting excited," Wendy Hudson, a representative from the Racing Lions club, said about drivers who plan to show their cars.

From the Racing Lions club, 15 to 30 drivers will take part. John Crump's partly built nostalgic front engine dragster, Bing Borden's dragster "Attitude" and Kristina Coats junior dragster will be there.

A 1968 Pro GTX and black Chevelle will represent the pro class. The super street and street class vehicles on site will include a 1970 'Cuda, 1982 Camaro, 1955 Ford pickup and the current points leader in the street division, Jason Cockcroft with his 1969 Camaro.

"It's a good opportunity to see what local cars we have that you won't see parked next to you at Fred Meyer," Hudson said. "Hopefully, people will come out and meet the drivers and look at the vehicles we have competing at the local one-eighth-of-a-mile track at the Soldotna airport."

Not only will spectators have the chance to see the cars, they also can vote on their favorite. People's Choice Awards will be given for first and possibly second place from each of the competing clubs. Anyone can stop by and vote. Winners will be announced Sunday during the Soldotna Creek Celebration.

"We are looking forward to Progress Days and we hope to see this turned into an annual event," Hudson said.

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