Racer storms over Thunder in the Valley

Car racer and former Alberni resident Mark Super isn't pleased with not being able to race in the venerable event earlier this month.

To the Editor,

It is with a heavy heart and disappointment that I write this letter — but feel it is important to let others know what I experienced when I attempted to race in Thunder In the Valley.

A few weeks ago I went to my hometown of Port Alberni to participate in Thunder in The Valley car races.

In order to qualify in the races there is a lot of preparation that goes into it — obtaining a license from the NHRA Association in the USA, getting some races in, and making sure your vehicle is ready to race — never mind the cost of bringing a race car over from the mainland.

Not thinking that the races could possibly be full I headed off to the race track on Saturday morning only to encounter the registration person telling me that the racing  competition was all full and that I could not race.

Having raced in Mission City Raceway and other venues I knew that this could not be possible.

I attempted to figure out a way that I could race, spoke to several other participants and was told by the head organizer of the Door Slammers category that there were several spots still open. As well, another racer had blown his engine and was willing to relinquish his entry.

It seemed to me that no matter what I did though, I was not allowed to race that weekend.

Not being a computer person I never realized that I needed to register on line.  Later on that evening my sister went on line to the website which had a form that you needed to fill out and mail in but it did say that if all categories were not full that you could go on a waiting list.

The webpage states “as each class fills up, we will put any forms received after the closing date on a waiting list in the order they are received to be used in the event of any cancellations.” This option was never offered to me.

I spoke to the president of the Alberni Valley Racing Association who only referred me back to the registration person who clearly was not interested in following the rules.

It’s too bad that I now have a bad taste in my mouth from this whole experience and will be sure to let others know what they will be up against if they decide to participate in this event in Port Alberni.

Mark A. Super

Maple Ridge, B.C.

Just Posted

Alberni vet heading to Africa with Veterinarians Without Borders

Dr. Roberta Templeton and her vet husband will help dairy farmers in Uganda

B.C.-born hockey official talks to IIHF about switching European rule book to NHL rules

Rob Shick will represent NHL at 4th World Hockey Forum in Russia

Campbell River mom’s iPhone containing priceless photos stolen from Victoria hospital parkade

The phone contained photos, heartbeat recordings of her late son

Helping with Christmas bird count is ‘citizen science’

Port Alberni’s bird count will be Dec. 28, 2019; volunteers are needed

BUDGET 2020: Port Alberni Fire Department needs new equipment

Police services ask for funding for community policing office

VIDEO: SNL skewers Trudeau’s mockery of Trump in high school cafeteria sketch

The three world leaders won’t let Trump sit at the cool kids’ table

B.C. universities post $340 million worth of surpluses thanks to international student tuition

Students call for spending as international enrolment produces huge surpluses at many universities

Conservatives urge Morneau to deliver ‘urgent’ fall economic update

Morneau says the first thing the Liberals plan to do is bring in their promised tax cut for the middle class

INFOGRAPHIC: How much money did your local university or college make last year?

B.C. university and colleges posted a combined $340 million surplus in 2018/19

B.C. creates $8.5M organization to improve safety for health care workers

Group will bring together unions, province, health care organizations

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were women

Most Read