Pontiac, Michigan was woken up by the sounds of revving engines and roasting tires as Roadkill
Nights held legal street racing this past weekend. Roadkill Nights, sponsored by Dodge, is a
horsepower junkie’s dream.
This event started life 5 years ago, as a small car show put on by the Roadkill team from Motor Trend and has grown each successive year. Roadkill Nights stepped into the spotlight last year as Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey, gave a concrete barrier a black racing strip with a new Challenger Hellcat, while attempting to smoke out the crowd with a large burnout.
Woodward Avenue, site of the famous Woodward Dream Cruise to be held next weekend, was transformed into a 1/8 mile drag strip. Fans lined the temporary track to watch over 100 drag racers compete for money and bragging rights. Police departments even got into the action as Macomb and Oakland county sheriffs raced Challenger Hellcat Redeyes to find out which force was the fastest.
The M1 Concourse was taken over by Roadkill and Dodge. Spectators were offered drift and thrill rides in prepared Hellcat Chargers and Challengers. If ride-alongs weren’t your thing, drag racing simulators were set up so you could go head to head on the strip…virtually. Vehicle dyno sessions and Motocross stunt shows were a few of the other attractions along with many celebrities from the Motor Trend network shows.
It wasn’t only about burnouts and power slides however, this event also gave back and prepared for the future. Over $21,000 was raised for the local United Way and Mopar Career Automotive Program was also on hand to help recruit the next generation of gearheads and automotive technicians.
Roadkill nights has quickly grown from a small show into quite a preview for the
Woodward Dream Cruise.