The Woodward News

Local News

May 9, 2013

Testing out those 'Hot Wheels' Saturday

Woodward, Okla. — Drag races are coming to Woodward.

Hot Wheels drag races that is.

The Woodward Moose Lodge 452 is holding a Hot Wheels Drag Racing double elimination tournament this Saturday, with registration starting at 10 a.m.  A lunch will be provided.

Moose Lodge officers Adrian Woodmansee, trustee, and Mickey Thomas, governor, said the races are intended as "a good family activity."

"We just wanted to provide some fun and games for the kids because that's what the Moose Lodge is all about," Woodmansee said.

"Because the Moose Lodge is a family fraternity," Thomas said.  "We're designed around family and that's how we want to promote the Moose Lodge to the community."

Both men said the drag races will just be another addition to the many activities the lodge already sponsors for children, including bowling, swimming, skating, and family dinners.

This Saturday's Hot Wheels races will be divided up into 3 age categories for children 6-years-old and under; 7- to 12-years-old; and 13-years-old and up.  Prizes will be offered for the top racers in each category.

And while it is "designed around the kids," Thomas said there may even be some adult races if there is enough interest.

There is a small entry fee charged per Hot Wheel, but he said that is to help offset the prizes.

Children are encouraged to enter as many toy cars as they would like, however they must be stock Hot Wheels.

"They can't modify them; we can't have them souped up or weighted down with lead or anything like that," Thomas said.

Woodmansee noted that it is intended to just be "a fun little competition."

The cars will be placed on side-by-side straight tracks with a steep decline for the races, he said.

Thomas said that the tracks are equipped with starting lights and a timer "just like a regular drag track."

In addition to making the races more authentic, Woodmansee said the extra equipment will help to "eliminate the human error" when it comes to determining the race winners.

The Moose Lodge leaders said they're hoping the drag races will garner a lot of public participation.

In fact, the men said the Lodge got the idea for the races from some of their fellow members who found it to be a popular event.

"One of the other lodges up in Iowa has been doing this for a while and they said they pack the house with kids each time, so we thought we'd give it a try down here," Woodmansee said.

"We want all the families to come out and have some fun," Thomas said.

If the races do turn out to be popular here, the men said the Moose Lodge may make it a regular event.

"I'm hoping it goes over well and we start having it more often," Woodmansee said.

"If it goes good, when school picks back up we might have it once a month or so," Thomas agreed.  "We just want to see how it goes this weekend first."

For more information about the Hot Wheels races, contact Adrian Woodmansee at (580) 571-2091 or Mickey Thomas at (580) 254-1195.


Text Only
Local News
  • State board votes again to delay education plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators across Oklahoma.

    July 24, 2014

  • Winners of Cudd Legacy award named

    Three veterans of the oil industry will receive this year's Bobby Joe Cudd Legacy Award during the Tri-State Oil and Gas Convention on Aug. 7 at the Woodward Conference Center.

    July 24, 2014

  • Benefit gun raffles underway

    Woodward Reserve police officers and other Woodward full time officers have come together to support one of their own.

    July 24, 2014

  • Tulsa man looking for military friend

    There are times in everyone's life when you think back and wonder whatever happened to those old friends from your past.

    July 23, 2014

  • Zoning change approved by commission

    Monday night Woodward city commissioners unanimously approved a zoning change that was contested by one local man who was protesting because he wants the neighborhood to continue its residential growth.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tangier Reunion set for Saturday, Sunday

    When Barbara (Allison) Merwin thinks back to the years she spent in the classrooms of Tangier High School, it takes a few moments for her to recall how school life was 60 years ago.

    July 23, 2014

  • Traveler Majors take regional opener

    ALVA - The Traveler Majors continued their strong Connie Mack playoff showing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • County OKs road use agreement

    Woodward County Commissioners on Monday approved a final version of a road use agreement between a energy company planning a wind turbine construction project near southeast Woodward County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Camp to show art is everywhere

    The Woodward Arts Theatre will become a recycling plant next week.

    July 22, 2014

  • Fairview Wrangler Rodeo turns 50 this year

    Western fun continues in Northwest Oklahoma as the Fairview Wrangler’s hosting their 50th annual rodeo.

    July 22, 2014