Originally Published: October 22, 2015 7:12 p.m.
The well-known cry of "start your engines" may be heard in Prescott Valley this weekend as Arizona Offroad Promotions holds the first ever Tim's Auto Group Prescott Valley Grand Prix. It will be held from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct 24-25, through downtown Prescott Valley near the Entertainment District. Gate fees are $10 for adults ($15 for the weekend), $5 for youths ($8 for the weekend) and free for children 5 and under. Rider registration is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday at Gabby's Grill, 2982 N. Park Ave. and all day beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The grand prix got started when the co-owners of Arizona Offroad Promotions, Kyle Krause and Richie Rees, were looking for places to do an old school style grand prix, Rees said. This one is going to be the beginning of an annual event.
"We'll do it every year," Rees said. "Next year, it'll be over Memorial Day weekend."
With races by bikes, quads and UTVs, they expect a good turnout, Rees said. Entry fees are $20 for unclassified ($40 for both days), $65 for bikes and quads ($100 for both days), $90 for UTVs, ($150 for both days), $45 for a mini vehicle ($75 for both days), $35 for a Pee Wee vehicle ($50 for both days) and $200 for Pro Class, where the winners receive a percentage of entry fees.
Normally, a grand prix isn't much of a spectator sport, although this one will be, Rees said. While people who do watch usually see just the pit, people watching the event this weekend will be able to see most of the course, which will be a 30-mile loop with jumps and obstacles, Rees said.
But setting up the grand prix has come with some challenges, such as getting the streets closed for the race. However, one of the biggest challenges in putting the event together has been the weather, Rees said. That includes trying to build the jumps when it's not raining.
"Rain is awesome for a race," Rees said. "Not so much when you're trying to build a race course."
For more information, including a schedule of race times, visit www.prescottvalleyeventcenter.com.
By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.