Drags roar into Mana Sunday

Drag racing action returns Sunday to Kaua’i Raceway Park at Mana.

This event is an NHRA- sanctioned race. Gates open at 8 a.m., with Test n’ Tune beginning at 10 a.m. Bracket race elimination rounds start at 2 p.m.

Fans can see a variety of machines, from fire-breathing, 200 mph, alcohol-burning dragsters and pro-mod cars, 150 mph door slammers, street rods, sport compacts, and everyday street-driven cars.

Folks can even race the family wagon — just bring a helmet, insurance card and be sure to have a current safety sticker.

This is an event for the whole family, tail-gate style, so fans are invited to bring the cooler and barbeque, as well as the umbrella or tent for big family gatherings.

On hot afternoons, a common sight is fathers filling wading pools for the keiki.

The track is located about one mile past Kekaha; turn makai (left) at the pine trees and follow the signs. Adults are $10 and kids 12-and-under are free.

The Garden Isle Racing Association (GIRA), which puts on the event, is a non-profit group that operates solely with the support of volunteers and major sponsors.

According to Bill Turk of Kilauea, who is the association president, that entry and racer fees pay only about half of operating costs. Generous participation of local business sponsors make it all possible.

The screamin’ Pro ET class racers are sponsored by Destination Autoworks in Puhi and the new Muscle V8 class sponsored by Auto Stylin and Performance/Island Image Embroidery in Lihu’e.

The very fast Bike class (motorcycles) will see Suzuki Kaua’i in Puhi as their sponsor and the Jr. Dragsters are presented by PS&D Napa in Lihu’e.

GIRA appreciates Manny’s Repair Service in Kapa’a and Kaua’i Fire Protection Inc. for their help in track preparation and safety.

For more information, call Turk at 639-3965 or Bud Pax-man at 823-9354.

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