June 20, 2021
Senior Prom Parade primetime for car viewing
When one thinks of senior prom visions of high school seniors dressed to the max on their final chance to be together as a class. Caribou Class of 2021 held their prom last Tuesday and the Prom Parade show of cars did not disappoint.
I was at a spray clinic in Presque Isle early on Tuesday when during the course of conversation with a former student/FFA member, he mentioned that his son, a senior, was going to driving his date to the Senior Prom in a restored pickup. I got the starting time and location and late in the afternoon showed up for the car/truck lineup.
Notice I said car/truck lineup. The field of rides for prom dates was roughly one third trucks, two thirds cars, and one stretch limousine from Aroostook Limousines. Maybe that could be attributed to the central Aroostook agricultural roots. And yes, I know most of the parents admired the prom dresses and tuxes, however, it was quickly apparent that these seniors either had nice cars or great connections to land some sweet rides.
Tasked with the job of getting over 60 rides with 128 participants lined up for the roughly one-mile ride from Skyway Plaza in Caribou to prom headquarters at the Rec Center, was Ryan “Chico” Deprey and Rick Bouchard. At times it looked like a vain attempt to herd cats.
Almost on time, the parade moved forward out of Skyway Plaza onto Bennett Drive in a surprisingly orderly and safe manner. Prom goers arrived at their destination in less than 10 minutes. I was able to be at the starting area after wandering the staging lanes getting photos and names.
Here are my picks for the 2021 Senior Prom Parade. Tough choices had to be made and often came down to a time crunch trying to put names and cars together.
SRX improves the show
It was like the management at Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) were reading last week’s episode where I suggested four changes to the race to improve their race on CBS primetime Saturday night.
The heat races were cut from 15 minutes to 12 minutes. The feature race was cut from 100 laps to 50 on the 1/2-mile Knoxville, Iowa dirt track. And better identification of the cars was done by keeping drivers in same-colored cars throughout the remaining four races in the series.
Next Saturday, June 26 the SRX Series moves to Eldora Speedway, Eldora, Ohio to race on the 1/2-mile dirt track owned by Tony Stewart. The Rocky Balboa car goes to 5-Time USAC Silver Crown Champion Kody Swanson. All happening on CBS 8-10 pm.
Throttle Car Club Open House May 26
I first learned about Throttle Car Club and their ambitious plans in October 2020 after they began construction of their new club facility on the grounds of Scarborough Downs. I followed that initial introduction of Throttle Car Club in Episode 336 with a visit and subsequent story in Episode 340 December 6, 2020.
Construction has been going full-speed ahead despite COVID issues. Throttle Car Club will open their doors to the public for the first time this Saturday June 26 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. If you are in the area, give them a visit. You will not be disappointed by what you see.
Let’s go racing,
Soli Deo Gloria (Joshua 1:9)