July 18, 1991 |
One person's pleasure is another's pain. The story might not sound new, but Waterford Township resident Charles Arsenault is hoping that it is a story with an end in sight. Arsenault, who was mayor of Waterford in 1986 and 1987, has been complaining for more than five years about noise and air pollution coming from the Atco Raceway. Currently, he says, motor speedways are not regulated by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Among the concerns Arsenault and others have raised are the dangers that they believe are posed by the burning of jet fuels by some of the racing cars and the occasional incineration of cars during "thrill shows" at the track - although permits for the car-burning were obtained by the track's owner.
August 22, 2012 |
The widow of a drag-racer who died after crashing into a wall at South Jersey's Atco Speedway in 2010 is suing the raceway, claiming negligence. Jose Cruz went to Atco on Sept. 15, 2010, to participate in a day of drag-racing, according to the lawsuit filed last Wednesday in federal court in Camden by his widow Evelyn Cruz of Brooklyn. During one run on the track, he crashed his car into a wall, and the car caught fire with him inside, according to the lawsuit, which the Courthouse News Service reported Tuesday.
November 17, 2002 |
Since March, high school drag-race enthusiasts have been vying for the chance to compete in a national championship. On Friday at Atco Raceway, the quarter-mile runs will determine who gets to go. With contestants racing at speeds reaching 125 m.p.h. and above, their friends cheering them from cars parked along the fence line, "it's a very festive occasion," said Joe Sway Jr., general manager of the raceway. "There's a lot of camaraderie and a lot of real friendships among students going to different high schools," he said of Atco's High School Challenge, a series of drag-racing meets, which began in March and will end Friday.
June 17, 2007 |
At Cherokee High School, there's a class that takes students to the racetrack. It's how teacher John Fitzpatrick gets students interested in automotive technology: He started a racing club known as the Cherokee High Racing Association. Each month, he and teacher Charles Markovitz take students to Atco Raceway in Waterford, where they race the school's black-and-white 1968 Chevrolet Camaro - which reportedly can run the quarter-mile stretch in 10 seconds flat. "It has definitely brought more kids into our program.
September 19, 1997 |
Racing safely may seem like an oxymoron, but sanctioned drag racing is much safer than illegal street racing. Here are some of the steps taken by National Hot Rod Association-sanctioned events at Atco Raceway, a dragstrip that's about 25 minutes from Philadelphia off Route 73 in Atco, N.J.: Extensive supervision of competitors. Guardrails protecting competitors and spectators. Emergency medical technicians always in attendance - at least two, sometimes three. Emergency medivac helicopter is on call.
May 13, 1999 |
The rumble of alcohol-fueled drag racers will reverberate through the Reading, Pa., area this weekend as Maple Grove Raceway hosts the NHRA Coca-Cola Federal Mogul drag-racing series. Last May, John Rose Jr., of Feasterville, Pa., drove to victory in the top-alcohol dragster category at this event, while Frank Manzo, of Morganville, N.J., was fastest in the top-alcohol funny car bracket. The annual meet, which is a Northeast division NHRA points race, starts today with a test-and-tune session.
August 14, 1988 |
Vrooooooom! Vrooooooom! Under the sun's deadly 100-degree heat, a sea of racing cars - stock cars, funny cars, alcohol-burning cars, you-name-it cars - are revving it up on the hard asphalt of the Atco Raceway, engines screaming like a herd of frenzied elephants. Vrooooooom! Vrooooooom! It's noontime as the cars line up at the starting gate for one of the day's many time trials. There's the black Ford Torino raised up on a pair of humongous rear tires . . . the white Ford Pinto, all souped up with red flames painted on the hood and side . . . and yo, racing fans, how about that wicked '83 Dodge Charger, resplendent in metallic blue fiberglass, chrome exhaust pipes, thick roll bar atop the lone driver's seat and . . . Noontime at the Atco Raceway and, as usual, the noise level is producing the aural equivalent of an aircraft carrier deck under bomber attack.
October 13, 1992 |
It's Tuesday night, and Mary Cattalico is perched on her pink Suzuki GSXR- 750 motorcycle. She is eager to take on the guys - the guys at the Atco Raceway who race their motorcycles, cars and souped-up street rods. Cattalico and her Suzuki go the distance from Bensalem each week to join the long procession of headlights that beam up the winding stretch of Route 534 into the Pine Barrens to Atco Raceway. The street racing event was spawned in the mid-1980s by former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, who was looking to keep the growing number of street riders from converging on South Philadelphia's makeshift drag strip on Front Street.
August 1, 1991 |
Moz Gonzalez was traveling 140 m.p.h. when the oil light flickered on. Then the engine blew. The frame of the 1968 Camaro that Gonzalez was racing remained intact. And luckily, so did he. A few days later, Gonzalez and his Camaro - with a new custom-built engine - were back on the track ready to race again. Gonzalez shares his passion with dozens of other amateur drag racers in South Jersey who spend hours each week preparing for races that last, for the most part, less than 15 seconds.
September 12, 2004 |
There is a sparkle in the eye of classic-car enthusiasts when they describe a vehicle they have restored or even one they long to. They all have a story behind how they took up the hobby. As teens, maybe they lived in towns where Friday night cruising was the thing to do. Maybe they had love affairs with certain car models as youths but couldn't afford them until now. Whatever the case, once the restoration bug hits, it hits hard. Even after one project is finished, there is always another old car that catches the eye. "A classic car is a love affair with a car," said Harry Urwiler, president of the Classic Corvette Club of Moorestown.