Thursday, September 21 2006 @ 03:31 PM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Thunder Road race fans will have a special treat before the start of the $10,000 to win New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl stock car race. Two award winning groups ~ the Norwich University’s Regimental Drill Team Shock Platoon and Color Guard, and the Catamount Pipe Band will perform during pre-race festivities at the 43rd annual event, Sunday, October 1.
The Catamount Pipe Band, which was founded in 2000, has opened the race-day ceremonies for the past several years. Thunder Road co-owner, Ken Squier explains, “Bagpipes have been used as a martial instrument to stimulate troops to battle since the sixteenth century. What could be more fitting than to have a Vermont pipe band inspire our own gladiators as they prepare to wage war on the high banks than Thunder Road’s own war pipes?”
In recent years, the Catamount Pipe Band has won several competitions at various levels. Among others, the group has been New England Champions and North East Champions. Their goal is to travel to Glasgow, Scotland next year to compete in the World Championships.
In the recent past, Norwich University’s Drill Team has wowed the race fans at the Barre, VT track’s season-ending stock car race with their precision routines. The 18-member team, which is the national champion following victories in both eastern and western competitions, has received standing ovations by the stock car racing faithful for their precision formation marching and Exhibition Trick Rifle Drill.
The 34th New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl kicks off on Saturday, Sept 30 with qualifying events. Sunday’s competition includes the 3-segment Milk Bowl and feature races for the track’s weekly classes. Action begins at 1:00 pm both days.