Tuesday, July 10 2007 @ 03:16 PM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Entries for “The People’s Race” – the 23rd Annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200 auto race at Barre’s Thunder Road – are pouring into the main office in Waterbury. The Enduro, which will run on Sunday, July 29, is a 200-lap “survival” race with over 100 amateur drivers piloting virtually street-legal automobiles. Cars will line up three abreast in a standing start as the cheering fans count down to begin the race. The race will only be stopped in emergency situations or to clear expired cars from the track. The first driver to finish 200 laps will earn a cool $2,000.
Mike Chapin of Chelsea will race in his first M&M Beverage Enduro 200 in over ten years. Chapin and more than 100 of his closest friends will experience spinouts, crashes, blown tires, slick track conditions, and obstacles of all kinds during the 200-lap race.
“I’m after the $2,000, isn’t everybody?” he said with a laugh. “I finished 25th in a Cadillac the last time I raced, and all I really want to do is finish again. It’s a lot of fun, that’s what it’s about.” Chapin will steer a front wheel drive Oldsmobile 88 Royale in this year’s Enduro.