Photo by Kelly Evans Clint Dalla Vecchia races his new 1967 Camaro in Terrace drags earlier this season. Dalla Vecchia will be back with his Camaro for Hot August Nites and his wife Lina is driving for the first time in his prior 1969 Chevelle.

Drag racers revving up for Hot August Nites

Accelerating the speed are a spicey new orange ‘67 Camaro and a flaming ‘37 Chevy Promod

Drag racers are raring to go as they gear up for Hot August Nites coming up Aug. 6-7 during Riverboat Days, with street legals Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.

Speed is accelerating at the track, with two snazzy new cars and several old ones souped up with new motors for this year’s races.

“It’s very competitive. We’ve got some guys that have stepped up and bought newer, faster cars, so it’s actually pretty exciting to watch,” said Jeremy McBride from the Terrace Drag Racing Association.

Clint Dalla Vecchia from Terrace is racing a new 1967 Camaro, and Kham Shantz from Prince Rupert is driving a flaming black 1937 Chevy Promod with a 1400 horsepower engine.

Dalla Vecchia bought his orange Camaro in October and raced it several times this spring in Terrace, Prince George, and Mission.

He clocked 5.9 seconds in the Terrace one-eighth mile with the car, reaching 117 miles per hour (188 km/h).

Faster than that, he clipped 147 miles per hour (236 km/h) on the quarter-mile track in Prince George, finishing in 9.4 seconds.

Racing last weekend in Mission, Dalla Vecchia said he still looks forward to Hot August Nites.

“It’s always a good race,” he said. “It’s fun.”

Clint’s wife Lina is taking a seat behind the wheel for the first time this year, planning to race Clint’s familiar 1969 Chevelle.

The races include a junior category for racers ages 6-18, as well as pros, super pros, and bikes ‘n’ sleds.

Preserving the competitive thrill, cars will also be bracket racing, a category which levels the playing field by giving slower cars a head start.

“It’s very competitive. The beauty of bracket racing is anybody can afford to do it, even if you have a street car, you can come up and be competitive,” said McBride.

Last year close to 70 racers took off in the Hot August races, sponsored this year by Technicon, and McBride says they’re shooting for a similar turnout this year.

“We’ve got a few guys from Prince George that are trying to come up too,” he said. “We’re hoping.”

Hot August Nites is the big race for the northwest drag racers, with a solid crowd and racers coming from Smithers, Prince Rupert and Kitimat every year.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Photo by Kelly Evans Kham Shantz from Prince Rupert races his 1937 Chevy Promod at the June races in Terrace.

Just Posted

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Four air ambulance flights out of Terrace delayed or cancelled

Pandemic precautions caused nighttime closure of service station providing weather data to pilots

Skeena Resources, Tahltan prez excited by purchase of Eskay Creek

Skeena gets full control of mine, Barrick gets 12 per cent of Skeena and a one per cent royalty

UPDATE: missing 12-year-old Terrace boy found safe

Was reported missing on Southside around 10 p.m. July 9

Terrace conservation officers relocate Spirit bear

Bear roamed Kitsumkalum Valley north of Terrace for many years

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

Most Read