Those still looking for an activity this weekend may want to check out a unique type of racing event Saturday night at the Irwindale Speedway.
During the Night of Destruction event, drivers of retrofitted cars will haul eclectic trailers 10 laps around the track in hopes of being declared winners of trailer racing.
Among the contestants will be the Long Beach-based team “Captain Carnage” and its “Lucha Libre Match of Doom”—created by a group of friends who started out wanting to participate in a demolition derby in 2010. Instead, they switched to trailer racing, where they could show off their creative side, according to Jeremy Jones, who is part owner of the team car (a 1977 Impala purchased from Craigslist) and the “art guy.”
The group’s driver—Stuntman Mike—will tow an entire ring for the Lucha Libra-themed race, Jones said. The event will also include two luchadores who will battle it out, as well as skid plate racing, a demolition derby and a grand finale trailer race.
To even be able to participate, cars must adhere to safety requirements, said Jones, including removing all vehicle glass, trim and rear seats, carpeting and the car battery. Cars must also be installed with a fuel cell and support beam to run the width of the car. Padding must be added near the driver as well as a fire extinguisher.
If the Long Beach team wins, half of the winnings will be donated to Friends of Long Beach Animals.
The event begins at 7:00PM at Irwindale Speedway, 500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale, California.
Above, left: Screenshot of a trailer racing YouTube video.
Stephanie Rivera covers immigration and the north, west and central parts of Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.
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