Drag Racers Burn Rubber on Garfield Avenue

By KBJR News 1

September 11, 2011 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - How long does it take to go from zero to 100 miles per house?

Six seconds, if you're in the right car.

The Northland's NewsCenter's Kevin Jacobsen got to experience it Sunday morning in the passenger seat of a 1972 NOVA. It was all part of the KIA of Duluth Drag Racing event along Garfield Avenue.

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The event brought out a hundred racers with a need for speed and a crowd in search of an adrenalin rush.

Most of the hotrods reached speeds exceeding 150 miles per hour over 1/8 of a mile.

Jim Ripley is a racer and heads up the safety department for the event. He said he was excited to share drag racing with the community.

"We're giving people in Duluth something different. Side by side street racing. We do it all the time at the drag strip, but people don't see it."

The KIA of Duluth Time Trials and Car Show organized timed races on Garfield Avenue for four years. Drag racing is new this year.

"The difference now is we will have two cars, side by side next to each other, competing against each other to cross the finish line first. So it's no longer a time-trial, it's now a real head to head competition," said Ryan Kern, the event organizer.

The Duluth city council gave approval to make the illegal sport OK for Sunday's event.

Organizers say they had a better turnout than expected.

Written for the web by Kevin Jacobsen