High-speed races to start in April in southern Ohio

High-speed races to start in April in southern Ohio

Two race cars speed down the track.

The One Mile Track is the only race track east of the Mississippi authorized for motorcycles and automobiles to exceed speeds of more than 200 mph for a multitude of special trials. It’s located at a private airport in southwest Ohio.

Races take place four times a year, with the first of the 2016 events scheduled for the weekend of April 29-May 1. Scores of motorcyclists and drivers from around the world will compete in more than 4,400 classes of varying speeds.

The One Mile Track is set up at the Wilmington Airpark, just off I-71, southwest of Wilmington, the county seat of Clinton County, midway between Columbus and Cincinnati. The track is 9,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, with two 33-foot-wide lanes.

The East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) — the principal sanctioning organization for land speed racing in the eastern United States — created the One Mile Track in 2012, using one of the airport’s two concrete runways.

Tom Sarda and John Bennett, veteran racers of Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, formed ECTA in 1995 to provide a safe racing venue to run speed trials in the eastern half of the United States. From 1995 to 2011, ETCA raced in Maxton, North Carolina, at the Maxton Mile.

For more information, including ticket requests, contact ECTA, 1113 Airborne Road, Wilmington, OH 45117 by calling 334-806-5749 or visiting www.ecta-lsr.com.

Jeff Reed is a freelance writer and editor from Grove City.