Hydroplane races are back


It will sound like Thunder on the River on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2 as the Long Sault Hydroplane Races thrill audiences with high speeds and amazing racing skill.  The event continues to attract some of the top racers in North America as they launch the racing season.  More than 110 hydroplanes will compete at Mille Roches Beach on the Long Sault Parkway in Long Sault, Ontario.  Racing will get underway at 11 a.m.

The Long Sault Hydroplane Race is one of the first races of the season and will include the Grand Prix class – the fastest automotive powered class in the world. The combination of both inboard and outboard hydroplanes allows the showing of more than 22 heats of racing action and 12 Grand Prix competitors! There will be lots of opportunities for visitors to get up close to the hydroplanes and to speak with the pilots and see for themselves what makes this event one of the most exciting in the region.

Race classes include:

Grand Prix Class –    Fastest automotive powered class in the world.

5.0 litre stock –         Reach speeds of 185 km/h.  Boats race extremely close together.

2.5 litre stock –         Exciting side-by-side racing using pump gas and 4 cylinder Ford engines.

1.5 litre stock –         Popular and small, these hydroplanes can reach speeds of 150 km/hour and are powered by Toyota four cylinder engines.

Tickets are $12 per person or $20 for a two day pass. Children 12 years and under are free.  Fees include day-use entry to the park.  Food and beverage services available on site.   As limited seating is provided, spectators should bring lawn chairs to sit and watch the action.  For tips on how to watch the race, visit the website www.StLawrenceParks.com.

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