Thousands of the toughest Street Cars, Race Cars, Pro Street Cars, Drift Cars, Show Cars and anything else that Minnesota can throw together will be cruising Brainerd International Raceway. With nearly 12 hours of cruising time available on the track from Saturday morning through to Sunday afternoon there will be plenty of time to go out and toast (race) your mates and every other 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder, rotary, V8, supercharged, big blocked, gassed up, turbo charged street car that anyone comes along with.
To best explain the Cruising part of Powercruise would be that we line all the entrants up in a marshalling area. We then send about 80 cars onto the track at the same time spreading them out a little as they leave the pit lane area. We then give everyone 15 to 20 minutes to cruise the track alongside their mates cars or with their mates in their cars all while not having to wear a helmet or any safety gear accept seat belts. Cruising is not a competitive speed event. There are no timed laps of the track in fact there are no timed events at Powercruise at all.
During the Cruising you do just that. Some people cruise along taking in the sights, then some people give it some pedal down the straights and race the guys or girls next to them over the short distances that we have marked out on the track for you. We mark out these areas by putting plastic barriers on the track as chicane’s to show you where we want you to slow down. Very rarely does anyone ever hit the barriers as we are carful where we put them. The barriers are the slow points and after you have been through them, your right to get into it again until the next corner or slow point. This is how we control the speed of all of the cars while their cruising the track.
Then after your time is up, we place a large EXIT NOW sign onto the track where we want you to leave the track in the safest position possible, then you can return to the line-up or the show area or the dyno competition or where ever you like and go about your day. Then in the mean time we will have loaded up pit lane again off the track for the next 80 cars to go onto the track and that’s how we manage to get through about 1000 cars in a 3 hour Cruise Session.
There are some rules however and we insist there is No Stopping, No Burnouts, No Donuts, No Drifting, & No Cutting In or Out of Traffic during the cruising sessions. Remember this is not a race. If your car starts to overheat or fail, simply pull to the side of the track, but DO NOT get out of your vehicle. We are always watching from many points around the track and in the tower where there are about 20 camera’s and we will see if you’re in trouble or not. If so then we will send a recovery vehicle around to assist you.
The cruise sessions are enjoyed by all the participants. So cruise your car with your mates alongside the toughest streetcars at Powercruise. Your allowed to do short Powerskids, about 30 meters or so. But remember the person behind you won't be able to see if you leave too much smoke behind you and if that’s the case then we’ll let you know. Your also allowed to race anyone you like for as long as you safely can between the chicanes.
Well that’s a quick round up of how the Cruising runs at Powercruise and this is by far the most popular reason Powercruise is so successful. We are super safety conscious and we don't mess around if we see someone not following the rules so we exit them asap, give then a few words of encouragement and send them on their way.
For more info on how we deal with our rules, check out the Powercruise Driver Briefing Clip
For more info on how you’re going to have the best fun you have ever had in your car, check out the Powercruise Promo Clip.
The Powerskid comp is all about showing off your vehicles horsepower and your ability to use the power to toast the bags off the car for the longest distance while only using the brake pedal to keep the car under some sort of control. The judges will choose the most awesome display of raw horsepower, driver talent, engine revs, quantity and length of smoke as the Powerskid winner. This is the best way I can explain the concept. The next best way is to show you 2 clips. The first is a clip of my own car. It’s a Green 74 HQ Holden with 1271hp at the tires that I intend on bringing to Brainerd to show everyone just how it’s done and to see if there is anyone who can Powerskid for more than the 2000ft that I have been so far. The second clip was shot Powercruise Sydney 2008 and is about 20 cars all having a go at the Powerskid competition.
Powercruise Owner “Gup” Holden HQ Powerskid 2000Ft http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG5PvjX4nPM
Powercruise Sydney Entrants Powerskid Competition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct5p12qUMLk&NR=1&feature=fvwp
Generally a favourite of the high tech imports, the drifting comp at Powercruise lends a different flavour where good old American Muscle cars and Hot Rods will be able to flex their muscle alongside the smaller imports and show us their style. While it may look easy, it’s got a lot to do with the equipment you are driving and knowing what your car is capable of doing that will bring out a few closet drifters.
The Drifting Competition is open to vehicles from registered streetcars to purpose built drift cars. Cars will be let out onto the track at 20 second intervals for safety reasons. Please note that Drifting is NOT permitted on the main straight. The top 16 will be chosen from the practice session and will go into the final round with the winner decided after the 16 car battle is completed. Judges will be experienced Drifters & Drift Officials from clubs around MN and if you’re thinking this is a job for you, drop me a line and let’s get you hooked up.
Check out this clip from Powercruise Sydney Australia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vgOjhZ1zdE
The Off-Street Racing competition is a run what ya brung, no rules, (well not many anyway) heads up race over approximately 200 metres. No timers, No lights, No warming your tires. Just a man with a flag to start you. When the flag drops, you'll need to get the loud pedal to the floor as quickly as possible, and from there it is simple, the first guy over the finish line, wins!!
You will race against whoever comes up next to you randomly. No queue jumping. Your tires must have a tread pattern on them. You can use slicks and cut a tread pattern into them if you insist. There must be a minimum of 10 marks on the tyres wether around the circumference or across the tyre. At the start of each run your tires must have the tread pattern. Tires cannot be changed during the racing and you’re not permitted to refuel during the competition finals.
In the case of a rolling start if that’s what we choose to run with, you will be lined up on a line. You will be motioned to start rolling towards the start line. The flag drops when the front car hits the line. If any car goes before the flag is dropped, they will be disqualified immediately. After the race, the winner will receive a winner's card & must proceed immediately without diversion back to the line up area for the next round. The loser will need to leave the track and watch the action from the grandstands.
Cars are not permitted to be refuelled and cannot carry fuel in the car in a container. Only one person is allowed to work on the car and that is the driver. No pit crew are allowed to touch the car. They can however bring you things like drinks, battery jump packs and moral support. The car must go all rounds under its own power and ability through to the final.
Sound pretty easy I suppose but it’s about making the distance and as this is generally a street car event, some race cars won’t make the distance due to small fuel cells or running out of nitrous.
Check out this clip to see how we do it down under. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOaRQ2q1NP4&playnext=1&list=PLCD302AD6AC611333&index=5
The burnout competition is definitely a highlight on the agenda and is the place to see all the highest horsepower cars putting on the biggest smoke show for the diehard burnout crowd. There is no qualifying, just all in when Saturday night rolls around. Entrants are not to do any static burnouts. You have as much time you need to fry those tyres, as long as your car can handle the torture.
Powercruise has booked 5 cars from Australia on the boat to the USA just to show you how Aussies do burnouts. Here is a short video of what I’m talking about and this is in fact one of the cars we are trying to bring to the USA in July. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63TllkYksbI
For more clips search “Powercruise Burnouts” to see what we get up to down under.
If watching the big numbers being punched out on the little screen is for you, then you don't wanna miss this event. From high PSI Turbos, nitrous fed monsters and just plain crazy engines, there's sure to be something that lights your fire in this competition. The rules are simple THERE ARE NO RULES....Unlimited boost, multiple nitrous systems and no fuel restrictions.
The dyno shootout incurs an additional fee of $30. This allows the entrant 3 runs in one class. If you pay for 2 entries, you can enter and have another 3 runs in the same or a different class if you desire. Dyno entrant forms are to be filled out & paid for before the car drives into the dyno enclosure. Street tyres only are to be fitted to the vehicle.
Check out this clip of my car way back in 2007. It’s got a little more power than this these days. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09PnheyNogY
The Show and Shine is always an integral part of Powercruise and to make sure all of the best cars get what they deserve, we have 3 main classes of cars. Show Class, Street Class and Race Class. Seeing how Powercruise is more of a driver’s event and therefore attracting more Pro Street style of cars out of their garages it was only fitting to throw a few trophies their way and by adding this category to the Show Class and Street Car Class there will now be something for everyone’s tastes.
To participate in the Show and Shine, you must be an entrant in Powercruise and have completed the normal entry requirements. We don't have a single show and shine entry fee at this stage but in the future who know. We’ll do what's best for the entrants and if hear the call, we’ll make it happen.
You pay one fee to enter Powercruise which allows you to go in all of the events we offer. It's up to you if you go in all of the events or just one of them like the show and shine. To be judged in the Show & Shine, simply display your car with or without your setup in the dedicated Show and Shine area. Our resident Judges will do the rounds and make sure your car gets judged. The show judge also decides what class your car fits into best and will judge it accordingly. Once judging is complete, your entrant sticker will be signed, indicating that your vehicle has been judged. Then you are free to do what you like with your car but we would prefer you leave it in the show area for all to see.
Announcing the newest event at Powercruise The 789'er's Club
789 The numbers don’t lie.. If your car currently runs in the 7’s, 8’s or 9’s at a drag drip over the ¼ mile…consider yourself at the pointy end of the Powercruise elite. Your invited to be in the 789 Cruise at Powercruise which is where only the fastest cars gets to cruise on their own with no other slower cars around to get in the way. The Hour of Power is still the place to be seen in your fast and clean ride but 789 is the new place for the quickest cars at Powercruise.
To get in…you’ll need to prove yourself to the front of pit lane with your quickest time slip laminated and stuck to the inside of your windscreen under your entrant sticker. Highlight the numbers we need to see and you’ll be on your way. No time slip...No 789 Cruisin…easy as that. 789er’s will have a full cruise session to themselves…if that isn’t enough to get you excited then stick to the Hour of Power.
The hour of power is like no other. The toughest hand picked big hitters from the event cruise for a solid half hour. Yes, the Hour of Power is only 30 minutes long...did you really think these guys could cruise for a whole hour? The best of the best will find a HP sticker on their windscreen if they have been selected, so keep an eye out for that.
The Sound Off at Powercruise Brainerd will be run in conjunction with Lakes Audio Mobile Marine and Car Audio, the Sound Off will be professionally judged and the main judged classes are:
SPL - SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL
SQ - SOUND QUALITY
BEST OF SHOW
For class specifics people can contact Dan St.Hilaire at Mobile Marine and Car Audio on 218 - 829 - 5529 and of course Dan can build you a killer sound system for the comp too.
Wanna see all the best Powercruise has to offer in the pretty lady stakes? Check out the main stage Saturday arvo for all the action.
Any girls wishing to enter the Miss Powercruise competition can register at the main stage any time before 1pm on the Saturday. All girls must be 18+ and wearing something respectable, it is a family show after all. Then you just get up on stage, strut your stuff and tell us a little about yourself. The winner and runner up will be asked to return on the Sunday for the trophy presentation.
Miss Powercruise is a beauty/babe competition, regular clothes and/or sports wear can be worn for the competition.
Strictly no swimwear or lingerie to be worn on stage, and strictly no nudity, flashing or provative behaviour, this will result in disqualification from the competition. All Miss Powercruise competitors are required to behave in a respectable manner on stage - Powercruise is a family show remember!
For all the rules and expectations, refer to the Event Guide