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Dragged up to date: Crowdfunding set up for Melbourne Raceway, York

Published: 01 January 2020

Updated: 19 December 2019

A massive fundraising campaign is underway to help get racing back to Melbourne Raceway. The track (formerly knowns as York) was set up in the late 70s and went on to become one of the most iconic drag racing strips in the UK.

Sadly in 2017 Melbourne Raceway had to close down leaving many enthusiasts heartbroken and wondering if this was indeed the end of an era. But there is hope at the end of the runway.

The Straightliners, the UK's premier land speed and drag racing club, have teamed up with the UK Timing Association (UKTA), official timing organisation of the UK, to launch a funding campaign. Their dream is to help the community rebuild and bring back Melbourne Raceway to a fully functioning drag racing venue in the North of England.

Burnout at the Melbourne Raceway

They also want to preserve its place in history and our heritage, as the track has borne witness to some of the most adrenaline fuelled battles in drag racing history with awe inspiring stories of courage and determination.

With the UK’s only other drag venue - Santa Pod - facing its own set of challenges, the future of domestic drag racing is in jeopardy.

It has been estimated that £100,000 will be enough to repair two 1/8th mile drag strips and pit lanes. So far, thanks to donations from the community £35,000 has been raised leaving a £65,000 shortfall.

Melbourne Raceway today

Straightliners and the UKTA are doing their utmost to find additional sources of funding but ultimately it will be down to those who have a passion for the sport to save it.

If you think that could be you then please contact trevor@straightliners.co.uk who can give you more information. In the event the fundraising drive is not successful all monies donated will be returned.

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