Join fellow racers, rockers, and renegades at this Saturday’s Thunderdrome VI: Under The Lights at the Dorais Velodrome in Detroit! What was once an overgrown, abandoned velodrome (a racing track typically for cycles, for those not in the know) on Mound and Outer Drive will host one of the wildest races this city has ever seen. Tricked out motorcycles, mopeds, pit bikes, Go-Karts, and bicycles will be duking it out for supremacy at the event this Saturday, which will also feature local bands, craft beers, and food trucks.
The creation of the Thunderdrome is a classic tale of forgotten history reclaimed and reimaged by creative Detroiters. The Dorais Velodrome was built in the late sixties as a cycling track, with help from Chrysler, but fell into neglect in the decades following. The velodrome was forgotten for almost twenty years—that is, until a gang of ‘renegade landscapers,’ The Mower Gang, discovered the track and park in 2010. A ton of community organizing and creative genius ensued, and the first Thunderdrome! event was launched that summer. You can read more about the Velodrome on IAYD here.
This event marks the Thunderdrome’s! sixth official race. Spectator tickets are only $5 and can be purchased online or at the door. Racers are charged an entry fee of $25 and need to register online by this today, September 12th. Profits from Thunderdrome racer fees will be used to further rehabilitate the Dorais Velodrome and park.