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.
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.
Niagara Motorcycle Raceway, operated by the not-for-profi Welland County Motorcycle Club (WCMC, is located south-east of Welland, Ontario. It is Canada's most prestigious 1/4 mile oval dirt race track. The track is specifically designed and built for motorcycle racing, and features thrilling Dirt Track, Speedway, ATV and Youth Class racing every Saturday night from mid June to the end of July. 905-834-8255.
Ransomville Speedway (2315 Braley Road, Ransomville, NY 14131) hosts DIRT Sanctioned stock racing Friday nights May-September. Modified, Sportsman, Prostock and Streetstock divisions. Roll-over and Demolition derby event featured throughout the season (716) 791-3602.
Humberstone Speedway (formerly "Gasport International Speedway") s 3 kilometers east of Port Colborne, Ontario on Highway 3 has races on Sundays, April to September (Admission: 12 & Under Free) hosts Sportsman, Street Stock, Mini-Stock, 4-Cylinder Truck races from April to September. 905/935-2886.
Merrittville Speedway has been in operation since 1952 just off the Merrittville Highway, south of Thorold, ON (between St Catharines & Welland, only 12 miles from the US border at Niagara Falls) is a 3/8 mile banked clay track and hosts racing in 5 classes every Saturday night from April to September. They also have Empire Super Sprint Shows, thrill shows, and the ever popular demolition derbies. 905-685-7223.
There are also the following (no detail provided): Holland Speedway - 2 North Main Street, Holland, NY (716) 537-2272
Lancaster Speedway - 4498 Main Street, Amherst, NY (716) 839-0857
Buffalo Raceway - Hamburg Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY (716) 649-1280