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(WTOP)   Maryland airport announces that it will no longer allow car racing on the tarmac. In other news, there was an airport in Maryland where you could race cars on the tarmac   (wtop.com) divider line 33
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2013-12-17 09:14:43 AM  
Read this yesterday....Odd.....

The Cumberland airport hasn't had scheduled air service since 2003 but the airport is used for general aviation.
 
2013-12-17 09:15:33 AM  
The tarmac is uncontrolled space. I used to work at an airport where we'd have racing on 17R, which was 9000' of closed runway.
 
2013-12-17 09:19:28 AM  
cleveland still wins in this department...
 
2013-12-17 09:21:25 AM  

Outlaw2097: cleveland still wins in this department...


Subby hasn't seen much car racing.
 
2013-12-17 09:23:20 AM  

ChipNASA: Read this yesterday....Odd.....

The Cumberland airport hasn't had scheduled air service since 2003 but the airport is used for general aviation.


It has something to do with new restrictions on what non-aviation related events they can hold at airports that get federal runway funding.
 
2013-12-17 09:29:26 AM  

ChipNASA: Read this yesterday....Odd.....

The Cumberland airport hasn't had scheduled air service since 2003 but the airport is used for general aviation.



Most private airports don't have scheduled air service.

Owners of small planes can leave whenever they feel like it, and any coming in can radio ahead and request to land.
 
2013-12-17 09:32:25 AM  
Stop street racing and take it to the track!  Ohh, you closed all the tracks, well take it somewhere you can use for cheap!  Ohh, the government is making it harder to run events like that?  Well then, stop liking things that busybody soccer moms don't like!
 
2013-12-17 09:39:49 AM  
Nothing unusual... Lots of club level racing orgs. rent time on airports to host events.

You do know that Top Gear's 'secret test track' is actually on an airport runway/taxiway right?

lh6.ggpht.com
 
2013-12-17 09:54:32 AM  

Pangea: ChipNASA: Read this yesterday....Odd.....

The Cumberland airport hasn't had scheduled air service since 2003 but the airport is used for general aviation.


Most private airports don't have scheduled air service.

Owners of small planes can leave whenever they feel like it, and any coming in can radio ahead and request to land.


General aviation is the only way to fly. Show up at airport. Walk to plane. Load bags. Fly to location.

Best damn way to get from A to B if it's too far to drive. No security theater, screaming kids, douchebags on cell phones, $7 cokes, etc.

/off course you have to know a pilot and somebody with a plane, but still...
 
2013-12-17 10:02:47 AM  
Subby has apparently never seen Top Gear.
 
2013-12-17 10:03:39 AM  
http://www.nationalroadrally.com/tradition.html

This use to be an awesome event.
 
2013-12-17 10:04:11 AM  
i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2013-12-17 10:23:50 AM  
cdn.damninteresting.com
 
2013-12-17 10:37:18 AM  
The Edmonton Indy has been held at our City Centre airport for years. They use runways and taxiways to make the course.
 
d3
2013-12-17 11:06:59 AM  
Autocross type events on airports are the best. Lots of room for the course, usually a good, clean, grippy surface. Sucks that the Feds are making this a pain in the ass. If the club pays to rent the space it can be a source of revenue for a small airport.
 
2013-12-17 11:31:50 AM  
Top Gear USA

googlesightseeing.com

It is very common to use inactive airport tarmac and runway for racing. The Potomac Highlands Airport  Authority can go suck it.
 
2013-12-17 11:55:49 AM  

najay1: The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority can go suck it.


I don't know that I'd blame the airport authority too much for this... I suspect the feds are holding funding over their head that's needed for the renovations, or perhaps even to keep the airport open.
 
2013-12-17 11:58:55 AM  
Yeah, we've race with the ECTA (East Coast Timing Association) at the airfield in Wilmington, Ohio several times.  Airstrips are great for this sort of stuff and the local communities love the business it brings. Fark them!
 
2013-12-17 12:13:25 PM  
There are quite a few gov officials who fly to that airport on the regular.
 
2013-12-17 12:24:25 PM  

moike: Nothing unusual... Lots of club level racing orgs. rent time on airports to host events.

You do know that Top Gear's 'secret test track' is actually on an airport runway/taxiway right?

[lh6.ggpht.com image 473x289]


Its much more common in England, I think, because of the sheer number of WWII-era airfields they have
over there.
 
2013-12-17 12:57:21 PM  
Holtville NAAS (Holtville, CA) used to have car racing in the 80s. My parents worked on the medical team for the events.
 
2013-12-17 01:07:28 PM  
Half Moon Bay Airport had Drag racing.
Not anymore.
It's the pits...
 
2013-12-17 01:15:34 PM  
Meanwhile - here in the Detroit area...

http://www.fastrakexotics.com/

No, I don't work for them, just a fan...

They split their location up between the Grosse Ile Airport and the Bosch Proving Grounds in Flat Rock.
 
2013-12-17 02:21:34 PM  
The town I went to college in would close the airport some weekends and have drag races.
 
2013-12-17 02:50:07 PM  
We have one here on the Samoa Peninsula. They do drag races and autocross both.
 
2013-12-17 02:50:59 PM  
I was hoping to run that damned auto-x series next summer, now that I'm finally finished with my degree. Damn it. Hopefully they keep the Polish Mountain Hillclimb going, at least. May have to find another auto-x series.
 
2013-12-17 03:51:22 PM  
Old Bridge airport in New Jersey has a drag strip adjacent to it.  It's not quite connected to and nearly parallel to the North end of the single runway.  Every so often, you'd hear an aircraft go-round when its pilot realized he had lined up with the drag strip and not the runway.  I never heard of anyone landing on the drag strip though.  The bleachers were probably enough to wave off anyone getting close.
 
2013-12-17 04:32:09 PM  
Just one more on the long list of things that this town has lost. Polish mtn hill climb a decent event and hopefully can grow.
 
2013-12-17 09:45:57 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: moike: Nothing unusual... Lots of club level racing orgs. rent time on airports to host events.

You do know that Top Gear's 'secret test track' is actually on an airport runway/taxiway right?

[lh6.ggpht.com image 473x289]

Its much more common in England, I think, because of the sheer number of WWII-era airfields they have
over there.


Yeah, quite a bit in England.  On top of the already extensive list of high end purpose-built roadracing facilities already in the UK.  You can't swing a cat without hitting a really nice race track...  Very jealous of my UK racing friends.  They get to do stuff like hit the jump at Caldwell Park.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-17 10:44:52 PM  

KierzanDax: Holtville NAAS (Holtville, CA) used to have car racing in the 80s. My parents worked on the medical team for the events.


HOLY shiat!!  My dad was president of the IV Timing Assoc and "track manager" of Holtville from 1975 to about 1979...I used to work the time slip booth when I was 8 - 10 years old.  Small farking world...
 
2013-12-18 12:36:09 AM  
York US30 Dragway in Pennsylvania operated on the main runway of York Airport. The NHRA held the first Summernationals there in 1970.

/Check the link for photos of classic drag racing doorslammers.
 
2013-12-18 12:40:59 AM  
Also, Strato Rods Dragway was a runway at McGuire AFB in Fort Dix in New Jersey.

/ Raced at both Strato Rods & York
 
2013-12-18 05:52:22 AM  

tillerman35: Old Bridge airport in New Jersey has a drag strip adjacent to it.  It's not quite connected to and nearly parallel to the North end of the single runway.  Every so often, you'd hear an aircraft go-round when its pilot realized he had lined up with the drag strip and not the runway.  I never heard of anyone landing on the drag strip though.  The bleachers were probably enough to wave off anyone getting close.


You mean......

RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRACEWAY PARK (near) ENGLISHTOWN NEW JERSEY!!?????

I had no idea there was an airport nearby. I went there many times as a child, and remember always having a blast.
 
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