The East Coast Timing Association LLC (ECTA) is the principal sanctioning organization for Land Speed Racing in the Eastern United States. Four times a year, scores of car and motorcycle racers gather at the Airborne Airpark in Wilmington, Ohio, to speed down the Ohio Mile race track. Vehicles range from production cars and bikes (basically off the showroom floor) to exotic, purpose-built racers. It is quite a show!
The ECTA is a membership organization. You can become a member by completing and returning the membership information form available on this site to the ECTA. (Click Here for full details). You must be a member to participate in our events as a rider/driver.
Spectators are welcome at all ECTA events. Come out and watch us go fast!
History of The East Coast Timing Association
Before Bonneville became the preeminent land speed racing venue it is today, Daytona Beach was the Land Speed Mecca. Sir Malcolm Campbell ran there, and many of the high speed records of the twenties and thirties were set on that eastern beach. Forty years ago you could still run cars and bikes on the hard sand around Daytona and Ormand Beach. In fact, Hot Rod Magazine ran a project Plymouth there back in the early 60s. Bonneville had several advantages to the beach. There were no tides to contend with, and it had a longer running surface. With all the California hot rodders looking for a place to race after World War II, and after the loss of Muroc to the Army, Bonneville was a wonderful alternative and became, with increased competition, the new Land Speed Mecca.
In the years hence, eastern racers couldn’t easily participate in speed trials without a 2,300 mile trip to Utah, and had to settle for circle track and drag racing. Daytona had grown up and had too many tourists to allow for free use of the beach, and there aren’t any dry lakes in the East to use as a substitute.
The East Coast Timing Association was formed by two Bonneville racers,Tom Sarda and John Beckett, with the idea of providing its members with a place to run speed trials in the eastern half of the United States. We wanted to model it after the El Mirage dry lakes events, as this was closer to what might be possible back East. With dry lakes being non-existent east of the Mississippi, we began to look for an alternative. After an exhaustive search, a seldom-used World War II air base runway was located in Maxton, North Carolina. It now provides the race course for our events. The race course length, at one mile, is only slightly less than El Mirage. It has a hard concrete surface with considerably greater traction than the slippery salt of Bonneville, and with the elevation of 210 feet above sea level it produces similar speeds to El Mirage. With that, speed trials were reintroduced to the East.
Land speed racing is not just a long drag race. The rules for land speed racing are quite different and very liberal in comparison to other forms of motor sports. Safety is of primary concern, and the ECTA hosts some of the safest racing around.
If you are a racer, hot rodder, or maybe you have had a fondness for Bonneville ever since you were a kid, and the idea of going flat out for a whole mile gets your blood pumping, then land speed racing at Maxton is the place for you. Come join the fun.
Airborne Airpark History
The airport opened in 1929 and a small hanger was built in 1930. The landing strip was approved by the Civil Works Administration in 1933. In 1940, the Civil Aeronautics Authority took control of Wilmington Airport for use as an emergency landing field. In 1942, the Army Air Corps took over the airport, renaming it Clinton County Army Air Field. The Air Material Command the airfield for glider research, training and development until the end of World WarII.
The airfield was closed after World War II, but reopened during the Korean War. By 1958, the Clinton County Air Force Base was home to the newly created 249th Air Reserve Training Wing. The runway was extended from 6,000 to 9,000 feet in 1960. The air force base was closed in 1971 and its operations were transferred to Lockbourne Air Force Base in Columbus.
The base was decommissioned in 1972 and the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) began developing the area as the Wilmington Industrial Air Park (WIAP). It also became home to the Great Oaks Joint Vocational School District. In 1977, the Southern State Community College opened, using old barracks buildings as classrooms. In 1980, Midwest Air Charter was acquired by Airborne Freight Corporation, resulting in Airborne Express, which became the largest tenant at WIAP and resulted in the airfield being named Airborne Airpark.
On January 19, 2010, DHL agreed to turn over the airport, including its two runways, control tower, buildings and cargo storage facilities to the Clinton County Port Authority. While no concrete plans have been set, the port authority plans to work with local and state officials on redeveloping the property.
For more history click: http://www.abxair.com/about/airpark-history.cfm
Elevation is 1077 feet
The track is 9000 feet long by 150 wide offering two 33 foot wide lanes