Have aÂ need for top speed? Check out the ECTAâ€™s Ohio half-mile event
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of BangShift
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to stand on the gas and not lift? We arenâ€™t talking about short bursts or even a quarter-mile run. How about letting your car eat for a half mile to see just how fast it can go? Well, if your summer is off to a slow start, the East Coast Timing Association is hosting an event in Wilmington, Ohio, that should get your revs up in a hurry.
While mile racing has grown in popularity in recent years, keeping your foot to the wood for a full mile means top speeds are much higher. As such, safety requirements are far more stringent, which is a wise idea. However, the ECTA event held on July 11-12 is the sanctioning bodyâ€™s first half-mile event, and it is designed to grow the sport.
â€œWe want to get more people involved in the world of land speed racing and with a half mile of distance, speeds will be thrilling and fun but not (in most cases) big enough to cause a competitor to have to add a cage or other significant safety gear for their first time out,â€ Brian Lohnes, Editor-in-Chief at BangShift.com, wrote on the event blog. â€œMany muscle car enthusiasts out there want to â€˜let it all hang outâ€™ for longer than they have the chance to at the drag strip and this is the chance for them to do it.â€
So, if youâ€™ve always wanted the rush of keeping your foot in itÂ past the quarter mile to see where that speedometer pegs, this event is a great opportunity to do so. You might not even have to add much in the way of safety gear, unless you car is modded enough to get past a buck fifty. Of course, you will need to have tires with the appropriate speed rating for your top mph.
â€œThe very basic rules breakdown is that, in a 2008 or newer car, a current helmet and factory belt will get you to 150 mph,â€ Brian told us. â€œIn an older car you can go 140 mph before needing a bar and a five-point. Most mild street cars that do not have bars will not get to 140 in the half.â€
Itâ€™s only $250 to run in the event, and you can learn more about the schedule and requirements over on the ECTA site. If you do head out for a run, snap some pictures and post â€™em up on SVTP. Weâ€™d love to know what running in thisÂ event was like.