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Z's race through a park

Z's race through a park


A festival race through a small towns city park in mid 1970's. Notice the hi-tech safety barriers.

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The insurance companies wouldn't touch that kind of event. No city would underwrite it themselves either.

Watkins Glen and Road America both got their start with street races. Sadly, each location suffered fatalities which spured the construction of the permanent road cources used today.

I still have trouble accepting the concrete barriers, topped with debris fence, that went completely around RA a few years ago. It just ruined many fantastic sight lines for the fans. But, it was installed after a car got into a spectator area. So I guess it was needed.

I still remember hiking through the woods and hiding (from the corner workers) right behind the guardrail on the backside of RA during an Indy car race. The sensation of being 10 feet away, and eye level with the driver, from a 195mph ground effects monster was a total adrenalin rush!

Anyway, how many drivers would want to race 30 feet away from 3' diameter elm trees today?


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