The annual Thunder in the Valley Drag Races take place each year in early August at the Port Alberni airport on Vancouver Island. It is the only 1/4 mile race on Vancouver Island and has been going strong since 2001. The 2011 races are on August 6th and 7th with a car show the day before.
The time trials are on the first day (Saturday) and the eliminations are run the next day (Sunday). Admission is $20 per day which includes pit pass, door prizes and parking. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free.
You will need to arrange accommodations in advance and there is no camping the parking lot. There are activities for children but dogs are not allowed.
There is a Thunder in the Valley car show the day before the races run by the Valley Street Rods. It is held at the Alberni Harbour Quay. Admission is free.
Getting to the Drag Races
The Thunder in the Valley Drag Races are held at the Port Alberni Regional Airport which is 7km (4 miles) west of Port Alberni. From Highway 19, take the Highway 4 exit to Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet. Just past the Sproat River Bridge turn off Highway 4 at the Regional Airport sign on Coleman Road. It is about 2km to the airport.
Mailing address: PO Box 472, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M9
T-Shirts and Photos
Thunder in the Valley T-shirts can be purchased from JAL Designs.
Tel: 250-723-5731 firstname.lastname@example.org
You can purchase pictures from Phil Anker Tel: 250-720-5310
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