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Fort Macleod town council approves racing at airport

Fort Macleod airport will be a hub of auto racing again this summer.
Council last week approved requests from two out-of-town organizations to stage racing at the airport.
The Street Wheelers Car Club of Lethbridge will hold drag races at the airport Aug. 8-9.
Organizers estimate 75 cars will race on the 1/8th of a mile track, with about 150 people expected to attend.
Council tabled the request in January and posted a notice in The Macleod Gazette and on-line seeking public feedback.
“There is some good feedback,” Deputy Mayor Brent Feyter said.
There was support for the races, with people citing the excitement the event will generate as well as added business for some Fort Macleod businesses.
Some people expressed concern about noise and disruption of the quality of life in a nearby neighbourhood.
“In reading the responses there doesn’t seem to be a lot of negatives,” Coun. Gord Wolstenholme said.
Council voted 6-1 in favour of allowing the Street Wheelers to use the airport, with Coun. Mike Collar casting the lone dissenting vote.
“I told my neighbours they would get one vote,” said Collar, who lives in the nearby Macleod Airfield Properties subdivision.
Council will also allow the Southern Alberta Solosports Club to hold auto slalom races on seven weekends next summer.
In auto slalom, drivers pit their skills against one another in contests that emphasize driver ability and the car’s handling through a course marked out by traffic cones.
The dates are April 25-26, May 30-31, June 20-21, July 25-26, Aug. 21-23 (Canadian championships), Sept. 19-20 and Oct. 3-4.
The motion for approving the request also passed by a 6-1 vote, with Collar opposed.

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