The Sport of Auto Racing is Pretty in Pink!

I’m just beside myself with giddiness!  After all the sympathetic whining I have done for our racing community and all of the underlying anger when nobody cared enough to even try to assist with the restoration of a racing facility, the racing enthusiasts have finally managed to get this moving!

Ti leaf plant at the entrance to Kalaeloa Raceway ParkWhen I heard that Kalaeloa Raceway Park was having its debut event about three weeks ago, I did everything in my power to get out there!   I had no idea where I was going so I took my directions and street names with me.

There was little signage but I found them.  It was easy to know you were in the right place and that something was going on because you were greeted at the gate by a single, good-luck ti leaf plant.  How appropriate!

I was still a little lost when I got there because I couldn’t figure out what I was looking at.  It took me a while to realize that they were still pulling it all together while working on a budget with a lot of volunteer help.  I couldn’t help but keep thinking of this as a true grass roots endeavor!  This has taken a tremendous amount of focus and perseverance.

Getting the track ready for the first public event for Kaleloa Raceway Park!

I walked around the large, cleared lot where there was little or no paved road. They had flattened and smoothed it down but asphalt was still to be laid. The excitement I felt when I saw all of this is hard to describe.

Working to get the track ready for the day’s events.

It’s even harder to describe because I don’t race or even know anyone who does. The only thing I can come up with is that Hawaii Raceway Park was a part of my past.  If I remember correctly, I think I only went there once.  But, it was our friends who were there all the time. It’s a part of my history as I was growing up. Where was everyone on Saturday night? “At Hawaii Raceway Park!”  That was just how things were on the Leeward side.

Newly assembled bleachers for the spectators.

I didn’t have time to stay to see the start of the event that day but I just had to see it for myself! They’ve done it! I read that there were about 4,000 people there that weekend. Amazing!

Banner for Kalaeloa Raceway Park

As I was leaving, I saw that someone had found their banner so I stopped to get a picture of this history-in-the-making.  Kudos and tons a credit to this tenacious group of motor-sport-loving people!

There is a link to their Facebook page further down, which will work if you’re on Facebook.  If you’re not on Facebook, just take my word for it!  They are moving and they have a following!

Now, this weekend, they had another plan…

“Build The Track! It’s go-time for the 1st Ever Hula-X & Powderpuff Demo Derby! We’re gonna be racing and smashing all day long at Kalaeloa Raceway Park! We hope you can join us for a great time for a great cause. We’ll be donating all PPDD entries to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

Um, they weren’t kidding!  And they painted all these cars pink for the occasion!

Demolition cars all painted pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month!

Photo by Build The Track!

I swiped this picture from their Facebook page but I know they’ll forgive me!

An organization so much in need itself extends a helping hand to others.  What can I say? This kind of community outreach is something we can always use more of! I don’t know, I think I wanna keep these guys around for a while!  Did I mention that they’re amazing?

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheila // Oct 17, 2010 at 9:04 am

    That photo of the cars is pretty awesome. Thanks for stealing it from them to share with us. 🙂

  • 2 Evelyn // Oct 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I wish I could have stayed to see what they looked like afterward! They must have been quite a sight! 🙂

  • 3 Aloha Tony // Oct 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Looks like a Mary Kay race.

  • 4 Evelyn // Oct 22, 2010 at 8:26 am

    LOL! Good one — “Mary Kay race.” Hi Tony, long time no see! How are you? Yeah, I know some gentlemen on Facebook made comments like, “That is so wrong.” But, I don’t think they saw the reason behind it. They were actually sending a message and doing some fundraising! I just wish I could have been there to watch it all. 🙂

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