Gear Grabbers Racing

The Bonnyville Gear Grabbers Race Team takes pride in offering action at the races for those who have the need for speed, horsepower, and acceleration. We consist of a local group of volunteers who share the same passion.

Drag Racing Dates

Friday, August 27th, 2021:

Meet & Greet/Mini Show & Shine (5pm to 8pm) Optional cruise to follow.

Open to Racers & ALL enthusiasts…You do not need to be racing Sat or Sun to show off your ride!

FREE PUBLIC ENTRY!

FREE BBQ for Show & Shine Participants AND Racers Who Register On Site Friday!

(Sponsored By Lakeland Connect & Booster Juice)

Saturday, August 28th, 2021:

REGISTRATION: 7am-10am
DRIVER’S MEETING: 10am
TIME TRIALS START: 10:30am

Racers: $60 entry fee ($50 for members)
Public Admission: $10ea (12 & Under Free!)

Format: 1/8 Mile, Bracket Racing, Bonus Grudge Racing

First Timers, Amateurs & Experienced Racers Encouraged!

Racer Camping Available. Camping opens Friday @ 5pm

Spectator Gates Open: 10am

Sunday, August 29, 2021:

REGISTRATION: 7am-10am
DRIVER’S MEETING: 10am
TIME TRIALS START: 10:30am

Racers: $60 entry fee ($50 for members)
Public Admission: $10ea (12 & Under Free!)

Format: 1/8 Mile, Bracket Racing, Bonus Grudge Racing

First Timers, Amateurs & Experienced Racers Encouraged!

Racer Camping Available. Camping opens Friday @ 5pm

Spectator Gates Open: 10am

An Opportunity for all Racers.

Our events are aimed at the amateur drag racer who wants to try the sport without feeling overwhelmed, as well as any seasoned racers that want to come out and enjoy a great day of racing or put on a show!

Anyone is welcome at the airport to take in the races.

  • 4443 feet total length of runway. 75 feet wide.
  • Paved and grass area off track.
  • Paved pit lane. Open to spectators.
  • 1/8th Mile, Bracket Format. Grudge racing if time permits.
  • Street legal, Race Cars, Diesels, Sleds, Motorcycles Allowed. (See tech rules for further details)
  • Lanes will be prepped to the best of our abilities.
  • .500 Sportsman tree for staging and takeoff
  • Fully timed races with printouts including R/T, 60ft, speed, and E/T
  • Concession with hot food, snacks, and beverages
  • Full live commentary, announcements, and background music
  • Bleacher seating for spectators
  • Ground level lawn chair seating also optional for spectators
  • Easy, paved access. Minutes from Bonnyville.

Tech Rules

The following is a basic guideline of the tech rules for our drag race events. For further detailed rules please visit the IHRA website: http://ihra.com/OnlineRulebook/

  • Vehicles cannot leak fluids, parts, or pieces.
  • Frame’s/undercarriage must be 100% free of mud excessive dirt etc.
  • Steering components 100% functioning… steering wheel secured & no excessive play.
  • Brakes have to stop the vehicle. Brakes can/will be checked for excessive play etc.
  • Tires must have no cords showing, no weather checking etc.
  • Tires must be in reasonable condition. No M/T or aggressive tires permitted.
  • Carburetor must have return throttle spring.
  • Must have neutral safety switch
  • Battery secured and external shut off for rear mounted battery.
  • Must have radiator overflow catch can.
  • All windows intact & rolled up.
  • All truck boxes must be empty and clean. No garbage, tidy tanks, 5th wheel hitches etc.
  • All wheel lugs present/exposed & tight.
  • Driveshaft loop required when running 8.60(13.50) or faster with blias ply drag slicks.
  • Quads, bikes & sleds must have tethers. Operator must have leather suit.
  • Helmet mandatory and in acceptable condition.
  • Driver must wear sleeved shirt and long pants. No open toe shoes allowed.
  • Seat belts mandatory. Belts & seats must be in good condition and securely mounted.
  • Roll bars required when running 7:50(11.50) and faster, convertibles 8.65(13.50) and faster, 2008 and newer vehicles 6.40(10.00) and faster.
  • Tech inspector has the right to refuse any vehicle if they feel the vehicle is unsafe and/or does not pass inspection.

Event Rules

  • Format will be 1/8th Mile Bracket Racing
  • .500 Sportsman Tree
  • Street legal, Race Cars, Diesels, Sleds, Motorcycles Allowed. (See tech rules for further details)
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct or disrespect of the airport grounds or staff will not be tolerated and will result in removal from the track.
  • No drugs or alcohol consumptions while the tree is up.
  • Hangers & planes are private property. Do not enter or touch.
  • All drivers must show a valid driver’s license. Ages 16-18 are required to fill out a parental consent form.
  • Drivers must wear sleeved shirts and long pants. No open toed shoes allowed.
  • Pit speed limit is 15km/hr.
  • Dial-ins must be visible on the front and drivers side.
  • NO stunting whatsoever.
  • All vehicles must pass tech inspection.
  • No draining of any fluids on the grounds.
  • No passengers on track or in staging lanes.
  • Pay attention to officials at all times. Keep in mind their decision is final.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m not racing, but I’d like to participate in the Friday evening Show & Shine. Can I show up?

A: YES! We encourage all enthusiasts to bring out their ride. Classic cars, modern muscle, imports, 4×4’s, motorcycles, race cars, rat rods etc etc. If you’re an enthusiast with a cool to you ride… bring it out! This is a casual event with no charge to participants or the public.

Q: Is camping available?

A: YES! Camping is available to RACERS ONLY (and their crew). One camper per race vehicle. Space is limited so if you plan to camp, please show up Friday eve or early Sat morning to secure a spot.

Q: Hotel recommendations?

A: Bonnyville has a vast selection of hotels to choose from, however we have secured a discounted rate of $89/night for racers at the Bonnyville Neighborhood Inn (780)826-3300. Please mention you are in town for the races to receive the discounted rate.

Q: I’ve never raced before, but want to try it out. Is this a good opportunity?

A: YES! First timers, beginners, amateurs, etc are welcome & encouraged! There will be tons of experienced racers & track staff around to get support from, ask questions etc.

Q: Do I pre-register?

A: No. Simply register the day you show up. Follow the signs on to the grounds… this will take you right to registration. Cash only at registration.

Q: I can’t make it Saturday, but I can Sunday (or vise versa)… is this a problem?

A: While we hope everyone participates in both dates this is not a problem! Both dates are separate race events entirely.

Q: I want to race both dates… do I pay one entry fee or two?

A: The $60 ($50 for paid members) entry fee is PER DAY. Please mention at registration if you are intending to run both dates.

Q: Where can I find tech info etc?

A: Please visit https://geargrabbers.ca/drag-racing/#tech_rules

Q: What is the registration & tech process etc?

A: Once you arrive on the grounds… follow the signs to our registration trailer. Once registered you will head into the pits & park, off load etc. From their take your race vehicle straight to tech. If you drove your race vehicle to the airport just head straight to tech after registration. Tech will be open Friday eve (5pm to 8pm) & Sat/Sun (7am to 10am).

Q: I was at the 2021 Test & Tune. Do I need to go through tech again?

A: Yes… however the sign off/inspection process will be much quicker!

Q: Is the rumour true? Is there a true return lane now?

A: YES! New for 2021 we officially have a freshly constructed/paved return lane attached to the race track. That means more time for racing, and less time waiting for race vehicles to return!

Q: What’s the deal with the optional Grudge Class?

A: This is a new class we will be trying out for the racers who want to run heads up also. It’s designed to be quick, simple & fun. Rules are simple… .400 pro tree, heads up start, first one to the finish line wins. Random pairing until final 16 cars (pending car count)… then will be paired based on reaction time. You can race in the primary bracket races, AND the grudge class if you choose! If you choose to run bracket AND the bonus grudge class there will be an extra $40 charge… (this helps us pay for the 1st place prize)… please mention at registration if you wish to race in both bracket & grudge.

Q: My car is slow. Am I just going to get my ass kicked?

A: No! That’s the beauty of bracket/dial in racing. Consistency, strategy, & reaction time is the key! Anyone can win!

Q: Is there prizes?

A: YES! 1st place prizes each day for all bracket & grudge classes.

Got a question? Shoot us an email or reach out to one of the following contacts:

Dan Golby: 780-201-3328
Shon Gamache: 780-573-8951
Trent Law: 780-207-0023
Cayle Scherger 780-201-2277

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Questions? Call us today!
(780) 201-2277

MAILING ADDRESS
Box 4943
Bonnyville, AB. T9N 0H3