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Street Legal Racing at Auto Club Speedway.

Darrell Wiltz and his 2007 Suzuki Hayabusa waiting to go through tech inspection.
Darrell Wiltz and his 2007 Suzuki Hayabusa waiting to go through tech inspection.
Donald Kline

So what does it cost to go racing? One answer is how much money do you have? Another answer is if you get caught racing on the street it will cost a lot and not in just monetary terms.
California Vehicle Code Section 23109 also called the Luis Friend Memorial Act covers Speed Contests which includes racing on the street. The fines and penalties are:
Time spent in County Jail.
Your vehicle can be impounded.
Loss of driving privileges.
Fines from three hundred fifty to one thousand dollars, not counting court fees.
Forty hours of Community Service.
And just “watching” a street race gets you the same penalties as someone caught racing.
So what is a legal alternative? (And more affordable)
For motorcycle riders you have two main choices.
You can go to the Street Legal Drags at Auto Club Dragway or do what is called a track day like the conducted by Fastrack Riders. Both are held on Auto Club Speedway.
The costs to run the quarter mile at the Dragway is twenty dollars for the driver and ten dollars for spectators.
The process is easy, prep your vehicle per regulations, have a valid driver’s license, registration and insurance for the vehicle being raced. Bring your safety gear if required and have fun. The drags are organized and the people seem to like the way things go. Which is great news since the track has been closed for two years but now a nice big wall is in place to keep things quiet cars, trucks and motorcycles of all types are now racing legally once again. You could feel the excitement and buzz as cars revved up, did burnouts and staged then the ten to eighteen seconds of excitement of running the track at full throttle hitting speeds of close to one hundred miles an hour and sometimes over.
You also have the added benefits of no police, safety crews keeping an eye out for problems and medical response if needed.
Over on the other side of the track Fast Track Riders allows riders to run on the actual race track allowing those who like to corner to do so in a safe environment, and for twenty minutes at a time you can lean, rev and brake to your heart’s content, the riders are grouped according to the rider’s ability and skill level so a new (nee slower) rider is not put in a group with more advanced riders.
A motorcycle used on the road race course requires more prep for the track than one on the drag strip and those requirements can be found at their website.
For information on Auto Club Dragway: www.autoclubspeedway.com click on the Dragway tab.
For Fastrack Riders their information and schedules are found at: www.fastrackriders.com
By the way there are photographers at both events providing photographs of the racers and vehicles.

Motorcycle Rider doing burnout prior to staging.
Donald Kline