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Get ready to start your engines - street racing is returning to Tieton. On Friday June 26th Tieton hosts the third annual running of the Gittreville Cyclekarts. What exactly is a cyclekart? It is a handcrafted go-kart styled soapbox car powered by a single cylinder 6.5hp Honda OHV engine rolling on 17" x 2" rims. There are clubs and organizations around the world dedicated to the sport, which emphasizes sportsmanship and camaraderie, and the competitions are steadily gaining popularity in the United States.
According to Ed Marquand of Mighty Tieton, "the event has grown from 7 cyclekarts in 2013 to an expected 25 participants this year. It's without a doubt an exciting, family friendly event." Marquand noted that Tieton is the only city in the United States that has granted cyclekarts permission to race on city streets, making the event unique and attracting drivers from as far away as New Zealand.
If you'd like to go here's what you need to know: Drag Racing heats run from 6-8pm on Canal Street in Tieton on Friday night. The Tieton Grand Prix III (the main event) gets underway 11:45am on Saturday morning the 27th. At 3pm spectators can enjoy a closer look at the vehicles during the Concours d'Elegance, where the cyclekarts will be on display at Paper Hammer Gardens.
Here is specific information about the Tieton Grand Prix