Motors rev up in Mana Saturday

The Kaua’i Raceway Park will open Saturday night for the first race of the 2006 season hosted by the Garden Island Racing Association (GIRA).

All street cars are welcome, but drivers need to bring a helmet and driver’s license, and be wearing shirt, shoes and pants.

Also, a current safety sticker and insurance card is needed for the car’s technical inspection.

Digital time slips for all runs will be available, and drivers can compete for a share of the prize money.

Spectators are welcome to the first race of the season which, according to a GIRA press release, “promises to be a fun-filled evening under the stars.” The release notes “the weather on the Westside is almost always clear.”

Featured race classes will be the Pro ET cars sponsored by Destination Autoworks, and for the 2006 season, a new class has been added — the Muscle V8 class sponsored by Auto Styling Performance.

Suzuki Kaua’i is sponsoring the BIKE (motorcycle) class, and the Jr. Dragster class is presented by PS&D NAPA.

Street and Sport Compact classes round out the program.

Gates open at noon with test-and-tune racing taking place from 2 to 6 p.m. Bracket racing action start at 7 p.m. featuring a wide variety of vehicles ranging from everyday street cars to fire belching alcohol dragsters.

Adult admission is $10 including admission to the pit area. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

All race categories repeat throughout the evening with several rounds of eliminations. Trophies and cash prizes are awarded to event winners and runners-up.

The GIRA race calendar features a race almost monthly through Nov. 10-11 with only one day race scheduled. That will take place on April 2.

The remainder of the race calendar, including the July Fourth extravaganza on July 1-2, and the Veterans Day finale on Nov. 10-11, are all night events.

“This is the ultimate tailgate party where the norm is to bring the cooler and BBQ, and of course, the tent for big family gatherings,” the release continues.

The GIRA is a non-profit group that operates solely through the support of numerous volunteers and major community sponsors.

Bill Turk, the GIRA president, said that gate admission proceeds cover about half of the operating costs of maintaining the Kaua’i Raceway Park.

Generous participation by local business sponsors make the facility possible for all to enjoy.

GIRA Drag Races

Kaua’i Raceway Park

Mana, Kaua’i

March 4 — Night

April 2 — Day

May 6 — Night

June 3 — Night

July 1-2 — Night

Aug. 5 — Night

Sept. 9 — Night

Oct. 7 — Night

Nov. 10-11 — Night

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