The Mojave Mile Shootout: Historic Racing Event Now in California
Vehicles that can go from a standing start and finish a one mile run with the fastest time and speed will grace the 12,000-foot runway at Mojave Air and Space Port this weekend.
The first ever Mojave Mile Shootout event is scheduled to start at 8:00am on March 6, 2010 and will feature 2-wheeled motorcycles and 4-wheeled vehicles eligible to compete in the various classes, provided they meet stringent safety regulations. As a result of the rules, no rental cars will be allowed to compete.
Only one vehicle will be run at any one time, with laser beams triggering the electronic timing. The "speed trap" used to measure speed will consist of the last 132 feet of the one-mile track. Each car will use a semi-standing start (20-foot pre-start box) and no elapsed time will be kept.
The Mojave Air and Space Port is home to Burt Ruttan's Voyager (the aircraft that made Ruttan's 1986 around-the-world trip) and the location of Scaled Composites, the Virgin Atlantic sponsored company building a spaceship for commercial purposes.
While the premiere of the Mojave Mile is scheduled to be a one-day event, future events will be 2-3 days long and will attract up to 300 participants.