Last November a group of motorcycle drag racing suppliers teamed up to replace the departing sanction—AMA Dragbike—and organized an event at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, Georgia near Valdosta. The Manufacturers Cup race was a big hit with motorcycle drag racers around the U.S. with some European racers attending as well.
Event organizer, Jay Regan of Murdoch Racing Enterprises, was enthusiastic last year:
“It’s awesome the way it came together, got this race off the ground,” Regan said. “Not only the manufacturers for getting it going, but the racers coming in and attending it.”
The group of nine manufacturers, Brock's Performance, Fast By Gast, MPS Racing, MRE, MTC Orient Express, PR Factory Store, Schnitz Racing, and Star Racing,
committed to two Valdosta races in 2011, one spring and one fall event. The first race is on for April 8-10.
Motorcycle drag racers and fans now have two big venues to enjoy. Without the group there would be no Sportsman racing of national significance like the races at SGMP. The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series has 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle races on its schedule, but that two-wheel competition is for costly professional ranks.
The hot spot in Valdosta is an easy choice. SGMP has one of the finest drag racing facilities in the nation. Its quarter-mile track is of recent construction, one of only two all-concrete quarter-mile drag strips in North America and well built.
When a niche sport like motorcycle drag racing loses its major sanction owing to the woes caused by a turbulent economy, participants with a license to race lose too. Many racers are then confined to local tracks. The SGMP event last year attracted more than 500 competitive racers from various locations.
When so many show up to compete, the infield camp grounds take on the flavor of a small community. The destination becomes a celebration of speed and camaraderie.
The popularity of the Manufacturers Cup race is enhanced by a $20.00 daily admission or $35.00 weekend pass. Children under 12 are admitted free.
For those looking for fast fun on two wheels, information from listed websites should provide adequate details.
Manufacturers Cup Race
Murdoch Racing Enterprises (Jay Regan)
South Georgia Motorsports Park
2521 Hwy 41 North - Adel Ga 31620
I-75 exit 32
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