[DODGE CITY, Kan.]
Dodge City Raceway Park will host the motorcycle racing Classic Flat Track Series, Rolling Thunder on Sept. 17 through Sept. 18. Up to six unique classes of motorcycles from vintage to modern will compete on the 3/8ths mile dirt oval on Friday and Saturday night.
On July 4, 1914 Dodge City, Kan. held the first World Championship 300-mile motorcycle race in a field that still exists on the eastern edge of the city. Factory riders for all the major brands of the day competed for a cash award and bragging rights on the two-mile oval.
A Kansas farm boy from, Ray Weishaar on a Harley-Davidson was a crowd favorite, but an Indian machine rider took the top spot, followed by a Thor and an Excelsior bike.
Over 10,000 spectators attended the inaugural event that was held annually until 1921. The race in Dodge City continued into the 50’s becoming shorter and less illustrious until it ended when fans began attending a smaller race in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Sturgis.
In an effort to bring back the two-wheeled thunder of yester-year, Dodge City Raceway Park will host a Flat Track Motorcycle racing event this month. Many mid-western riders will go head-to-head sliding the steel shoe through the corners where the World Championship once began.
Tickets are $15.00 for adult general admission, and children under 12 are free. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m., opening ceremonies at 7:00 p.m. and racing will begin at 7:30 p.m.
This historic return of thunder is sponsored by CDR Promotions.