3rd Year for Kopp Motorsports in the Great Green North!

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!”.

Much of the success of this event is attributed to the organizers, Lorraine and Bruno Serre, Kate Matuszewski and Darla Hennessey – all from the City of Elliott Lake as well as the track and race promoter – Arnie Malcolm.  “They all do a great job every year of promoting and running the show.  Thank you to each and every one of them and all of my sponsors I could not do this without your support”!

For more information, check out www.elliotlakedragway.com

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Dewalt Makes Its Racing Debut at CK Nationals!

enlargeWhat a weekend at St. Thomas Dragway.  

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!”

A big thanks goes out to Mark Cooper at DeWalt for putting on a fantastic show and display in the Kopp Motorsports pit.

Dewalt has been a sponsor of Kopp for years and it continues to be a great relationship.  “We always appreciate when our sponsors come out and support us like Mark did this weekend.  We also want to thank SOS (Spectrum of Services) for everything they do.”  Kopp’s Fans were thrilled to get free autographed posters, Kopp t-shirts and shop the display of Dewalt tools.

A special thanks to the hosts of CK Nationals who did a fabulous job organizing the event.

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John Force Brought Thrills and Chills to the Hardcore Horsepower Shootout!

10359092_800018323344485_1176105965830892754_oTalk 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.

10333696_800016766677974_2823651073940361590_oKopp was thrilled with the event and would like to thank all his fans, sponsors, family, friends, and crew as well as the entire John Force team for their support and enthusiasm.  “I couldn’t do this without each and every person involved.  Weekends like this prove that motorsports is an exciting and inspiring family venue that will continue to thrill and amaze fans for years to come” says Kopp this week during the post event wrap up sessions.  “I invite everyone to come out to the races this summer and experience a whole new level of adrenalin in their lives!”

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Drag racing legend John Force to visit St. Thomas Raceway Park

ohn Force, a 16-time National Hot Rod Association Funny Car champion, is set to visit St. Thomas Raceway Park June 7 and 8 for the first time since 1996.

John Force, a 16-time National Hot Rod Association Funny Car champion, is set to visit St. Thomas Raceway Park June 7 and 8 for the first time since 1996.

Courtesy: Ben Forrest
www.stthomastimesjournal.com

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.

“Chances are he will never be back,” said Rick Kopp, a fellow racer who’s helping bring Force to the track.

“He’s still driving, but it’s taken him this long to get back, and we figured it would be a great opportunity for everybody to get to meet and greet him and see some of his old race cars.”

Force will be a featured attraction at the Hardcore Horsepower Shootout Weekend, which runs Saturday and Sunday at the track.

“He’s the king of drag racing, and he’s a great showman,” Kopp said. “But he holds more records than anybody, and I would say he’s the most well-known in the sport.”

Force won’t race at the St. Thomas track but will be available for photos and autographs.

“When you go down to the races, down at any of the NHRA races – not to say that you’re not going to meet him, but it’s pretty tough to, because there’s so many hundreds of people at his trailer all the time,” Kopp said.

“And of course, he can only devote so much time to time to signing autographs and he’s got to get going and back to racing his car. So this way, at least his full attention is for the fans.”

The last time Force came to the track, nearly 30,000 people visited.

“That’s a huge amount,” Kopp said. “If we got 15,000 I would just be on the moon.”

The weekend will be jam-packed with races in many categories: pro mods, funny cars, top fuel dragsters, bracket racing, Nitro Harleys and a junior dragster race.

Fireworks are also scheduled for Saturday and there will be face painting, bouncy castles and clowns for kids.

“If you’re into drag racing, no matter what age you are, this is the event you’ve got to be at,” Kopp said.

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IF YOU GO

Hardcore Horsepower Shootout Weekend

WHAT: A weekend jam-packed with races and a visit from 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force

WHEN: June 7 and 8

WHERE: St. Thomas Raceway Park (45633 County Rd. 27, St. Thomas)

TICKETS: headsupracingassociation.ca or at the gate

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