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Sports: Auto Racing

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Background

Race cars turning the corner

The speed and daring of auto racers is a vicarious thrill for most of us (unless you've earned a speeding ticket). Millions of motorsport fans love the noisy power of souped-up cars making it a universal spectator sport around the world. Its a lot safer than driving fast on our city street.

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Equipment

For auto racing you need a car. If you are racing at the local speedway on "amateur day", any car will do, but the professional racers depend on a fast car for their living. A good racing car can cost as much several million dollars, and as much again to maintain each year. When racing, you also need to wear a helmet and a flame-resistant suit.

If you are considering buying a race car, you can find new and used auto racers in the Bargain Finder, through Race City Speedway Motorsport Park, or on the Web.

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Where


There are several race tracks in central Ontario, east of the GTA:

  • Kawartha Speedway
    1382 County Road 28 (just south of Hwy. 115)
    Fraserville, Ontario K0L 1V
    705-939-6316 Fax: 705- 939-6342
    This track has a 3/8 mile asphalt semi-banked oval, with Friday racing from May to September.

  • Peterborough Speedway
    From Peterborough, go west on Hwy 7 to Sherbrooke St. Turn left to the track.
    705-743-5880 Fax: 705-292-8773
    Mailing: Peterborough Speedway 2000 Ltd.
    PO Box 2212m Peterborough, K9J 7Y4
    This 1/4 mile asphalt semi-banked oval track, formerly known as: Westgate Speedway, hosts Saturday racing from April to

  • Mosport
    3233 Concession Road #10, RR #5
    Bowmanville, L1C 3K6
    905-983-9141 Fax: 905-983-5195
    Mosport International Raceway is a multi-track facility located north of Bowmanville, Ontario. Mosport features a 2.5 mile, 10 turn road course; a half-mile, paved oval; a 1 km kart track and the 1.5 mile Mosport Driver Development Centre.

Amateur racers can get involved with two automtive clubs:

  • Oshawa Motor Sport Club (Jeff Christie, H:905-895-2575) which meets at Mosport's Driver-Development-Track Exit 401 Eastbound past Oshawa, Exit#431 to Regional Rd 57 Norht for 17.2 km to Hwy-20 E.
  • Peterborough MotorSport Club (Pete Gulliver, 705-292-7232)

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