By Jessica Jones
For the Independent
Start your engines for this year’s high-powered Stettler 1/8th Mile Drag races held at the Stettler Airport July 20th and 21st.
“Get ready for fast cars and loud noises,” said Scott Roenspies, president of the Magnetos Car Club.
“There will be a lot of big horse-powered cars, which come from all over the area, about 100-120 cars per day,” he added.
Not only will spectators be able to see some “cool cars” topping some high speeds, admission is free with a donation to the Stettler Food Bank.
“Come out, watch the races, and help the community,” Roenspies said. “Bring a food donation, a can of soup, or a dollar.”
Last year the 1/8th Mile Drags saw around 3,000 spectators and Roenspies is expecting more people to take in the action this year.
The drag races feature what is commonly known as bracket racing, which is a form of racing that allows for a handicap of a predicted racing time between the two cars.
It’s entertaining because a race, depending on the predicted time of the driver, can be a winner just by a point of a second. Last year, explained Roenspies, a Honda electric car, not necessarily the fastest, won in the sportsmans category.
Three categories are featured: Sportsmen, pro class and super pro class.
Each race is determined differently, but Roenspies says it’s “a race for all.”
To participate in the race, there is a $50 registration fee for racers but much of it is donated to support the community.
Registration and a tech inspection take place from 7 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. with the shoot-out races going on between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days.
An awards presentation will take place from 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information, contact 403-740-5333 or 403-597-4782.