I love this time of year, the days leading up to Thunder in the Valley (Aug. 6–7 at the municipal airport). When the sun comes out, so do the tricked up classic cars, their drivers getting ready for either the show and shine (this Friday from 6–9 p.m. at Harbour Quay) or street class bracket racing.
I love any type of car racing, but am partial to open-wheel and drag racing. I am a hardcore spectator, although I had one chance to take a 1967 Camaro with slicks down the quarter-mile strip after hours at Nl’axapxm Eagle Motorplex in Ashcroft a lifetime ago. I didn’t get close to the 10 seconds the car can go, but it sure was a rush.
I love how Port Alberni has embraced Thunder in the Valley, and am eager to watch this year. I am also hoping that other enthusiasts stay responsible, so we don’t lose this event.
Susie Quinn is the editor of the Alberni Valley News and an admitted speed junkie.