It was just another great trip up to Elliott Lake Dragway this past weekend for the NAPA Northshore Challenge featuring Kopp Motorsports. “It is awesome when you drive 8 hours to put on a show and see how excited everyone is. I can’t believe the warm welcome we receive – the spectators are incredible. They love the sport and they can’t get enough nitro!” This year the race doubled its attendance and racer participation. “I can’t tell you how many autographs I signed and all the Dewalt t-shirts we threw out into the crowd …the fans loved it!”.
Spectators were amazed when they saw a Dewalt tools truck pull up to the staging lanes beside Kopp Motorsports SOS Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car! The Dewalt truck was actually a van that hauls tools and display materials to various venues and probably tops out at about 140km/hour on a good day. Although both were strong contenders in the match, Kopp managed to take the win against the Dewalt mobile! Kopp said “It wasn’t an easy one, but we got the job done!”
Talk about rocking a city, John Force and his Travellin’ Roadshow wowed the fans with an incredible display of historic cars, autograph signing, picture taking and personal storytelling! It was a weekend to remember featuring Rick Kopp of Kopp Motorsports and his Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car, plus a host of racers in all classes – pro mods, drag bikes, door cars, junior dragsters and more!
Fans loved the opportunity to meet and speak with John Force – the 16-time NHRA Funny Car Champion and have their favourite JF items autographed by John himself. The event was highly personal for many people who spoke to the world champion about their love of racing, their families and their admiration for him and the sport of drag racing.
Courtesy: Ben Forrest
John Force’s list of accolades has swollen considerably since his last visit to St. Thomas Raceway Park in 1996.
The Yorba Linda, California native has won 10 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) series championships since then and cemented his status as drag racing icon.
But he’ll be back at the track June 7 and 8, perhaps the last time people in St. Thomas and Elgin county will be able to see him in their own back yard.