By: Gavincia Clarke
The man in charge of the Nevis Drag Racing Unit, Mervin Bennett has informed that some forced changes have been made to the upcoming Independence Drag race event which is one of the annual signature events of the Unit and will be one of the big events for the Independence 30 celebrations.
He explained that initially there was a proposal to host the first ever night event on Nevis but that plan has been put on the back burner as the Fire and Rescue Department and the Nevis Disaster Management office had some major safety concerns. These concerns included issues pertaining to insufficient lighting.
Bennet however noted that the night event is still on the cards but that the Drag Racing Unit is in the process of upgrading the St.James’ raceway facility in accordance with the stipulations of the two safety bodies.
However, he was quick to point out that the much anticipated Independence Drag Racing event is still on.
He noted that significantly, it will be the 6th anniversary of the Raceway and that the Unit will be making this event a special one. In terms of the confirmed participating territories, he stated that the following islands are already on board:
St.Croix—3 vehicles including SHREK and BAMBI
St.Maarten and Anguilla—26 cars
St.Eustatius—12 bikes which include 3 turbo charged higher boosters which are expected to run in the high 7’s in the 1000 ft competition.
There should be a very interesting matchup between the reigning champ, KING OF CALI versus a re-energized LIGHTENING out of Antigua and there is the long awaited return of THE DAN.
Test and tune on Saturday 21st September starting at 11:00 a.m.– $10 adults and $5 for children
Competition on Sunday 22nd September starting at 10:00 a.m. at $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children.
Pit passes are also available at just $40.00 each.