Halifax Auto Racing & Motor Racing




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Background

Race cars turning the corner

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.

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Equipment

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.

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Where

Scotia Speedworld (902/481-2514), located in Dartmouth, has been Atlantic Canada's premiere stock car racing facility since 1987. The track is a 3/10-mile D-oval. 410 ft. front straight + 410 ft. back straight + corners. The race season lasts from May to September with more than 20 Weekly Racing Series shows on Sundays and special events on Saturdays. The facility is conveniently located just 40 kilometres from downtown Halifax taking the Trans Canada Highway 102 and exiting at the Halifax International Airport exit (#6), just three minutes away from Scotia Speedworld on the other side of Highway 102.

The other Nova Scotia racing venue is the Queens County Raceway (902/354-4253), a new drag strip in Greenfield, Queens County south of Halifax, taking Exit 13, right on Route 325 for 8 kms, left on Rt 210 for 30 kms.

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