• Geoff Cowles/News Dallas Arnold, 23, of Galion participated in the Cash Days at Pacemakers park on Saturday with his street legal 1985 Corvette.
  • Geoff Cowles/News Sophira Cooper (driving), 5 years old, and Anna Streich, 4 years old, both of Mount Vernon, are ready to go in the kids’ Power Wheels races at Pacemakers Dragway Park on Saturday.

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MOUNT VERNON — Clear skies and balmy temperatures weren’t the only thing that drew people to Cash Days at Pacemakers Dragway Park over the weekend, but it really helped bring in street-legal vehicles from the surrounding area and beyond. Before they can barrel down the eighth-of-a-mile, they have to pass one final test.

“We make them drive from here, up to the town square,” Pacemaker’s owner Rod Zolman explained. “We send them on a real street cruise. The point is that they have to be street legal with tags and insurance and all of that. That’s the test. They go on the cruise up around town, then they come back and straight into a lane so we can race them.”

Not only does the cruise verify that the car can be driven on the public roadways, but it also manages to get some attention.

“There’s people who line up on the square and take pictures,” Zolman said. “It’s kind of a neat deal. It’s like the Pied Piper. They see this cruise, and people will follow them back to Pacemaker’s. You’d be surprised at how many people have lived in the community forever and don’t realize that we are here.”

In the meantime, drivers like Paul Nau, 54, of Canton, brought his 1968 AMC AMX down to Mount Vernon to take a stab at the cash prize.

 

Geoff Cowles: 740-397-5333 or gcowles@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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