A tradition that started 30 years ago will continue this weekend at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine. The 30th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo will take place Friday, January 12 through Sunday, January 14 and will serve as the kickoff to the 2018 short track racing season in the Northeast.
Nearly 50 vendors and exhibits will be on display throughout the weekend, with many race cars showcasing their new looks for the upcoming season. In addition to the beautiful cars that will be on display, short track fans will also be able to visit the many tracks and tours in attendance to see what’s on tap in 2018.
There will also be a Ladies Pit Stop Challenge, Tracks & Tours Pit Stop Challenge, Kids Pit Stop Challenge and a special Charity Pit Stop Challenge held Saturday evening.
Among those competing in the Charity Pit Stop Challenge will be Speed51.com Editor Brandon Paul, Mainely Motorsports host Steve Perry and the defending Ladies Pit Stop Challenge champions. Each team will be sponsored and will donate a $500 check to charity, with the winning team donating a total of $1,000 to the charity of their choice.
For those looking to study up for the 2018 season, there will be an engine preventive maintenance seminar Saturday at 5 p.m. and a spotter seminar hosted by Shawn Waddell of Waddell Communications Saturday at noon.
Slugger the Sea Dog, the mascot for the Portland Sea Dogs (Double A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox), will be in attendance Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon.
Speed51.com will be among the vendors in attendance at the show and we’ll be offering a few show specials for those visiting our booth.
For starters, any person who signs up for an annual subscription to the Speed51 Video Network ($69.99) will receive a free Speed51.com retro Late Model or retro Modified t-shirt. Those shirts, which normally sell for $20 plus shipping in our online store, will also be available to purchase individually for just $20.
Additionally, those who are already subscribed to the Speed51 Network will be able to enter a giveaway to win a free Speed51.com t-shirt. We’ll be giving away a total of five t-shirts at different times during the weekend, and if your name is drawn you will receive a free t-shirt as a thank you for subscribing to the Speed51 Network. Winners will be notified via email and must pick up their shirts at the show prior to Sunday at 3 p.m.
Doors will open for the first time Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. and will remain open until 9:30 p.m. Friday night. Saturday’s show will begin at 10 a.m. and will end at 9 p.m. The final day of the show will see the doors open at 10 a.m. and the doors close at 3 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children 6-12. Children 6 and under will be admitted for free. Three-day passes can also be purchased at a discounted rate of $20.
More information about the 2018 Northeast Motorsports Expo can be found by visiting www.northeastmotorsportsexpo.net.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Norm Marx