The Mojave Mile SCTA Speed Weekend took place this past weekend as a replacement event for Bonneville Speedweek to help soften the blow of the cancellation for the second year in a row due to unsafe conditions.
The Mojave Mile is considered the fastest mile in the West, and racers performed standing-start, flat out speed races. The track features a smooth, 12,500 foot runway with up to a mile of shutdown distance.
There was a slight hiccup in the event and the SCTA was not given any restrictions on spectators, but they were informed by airport management on Saturday morning that they were no longer permitted to admit spectators for the event. The SCTA issued an apology on their Facebook page on Monday explaining the situation.
“During the preparation for this event, we received confirmation from MKM on several occasions that it was okay to invite spectators to this event. Unbeknown to us, the airport management may not have been informed of that detail. On Saturday morning, the airport manager informed us of the fact and asked us to stop admitting spectators into this event. We were able to remove the Spectator information from our Facebook page immediately, but due to a couple of glitches with our website and time constraints of running an event, we were never able to change the information on the website,” the apology read.
The top speed reached during Saturday’s races was 216.4 mph, and the top speed reached during Sunday’s races was 232.9 mph.
This event was for cars, dragsters, and motorcycles. Races took place on Saturday from 8 a.m. until dusk and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.