Adrik Bryant is one of the founders of CoMo Car Culture. The group is made up of more than 700 members that meet almost weekly to discuss and show off their custom-built cars.

With popular shows and movies adding fuel to the fire, the growth of performance vehicles being built by enthusiasts is increasing the need for a place to show off these vehicles. The influence of these things leads people to race on the street, which on a public road is very unsafe.

This is where drag strips come in, to provide a safe, well-organized outlet for those young and old to enjoy watching races as well as participate in them.

A drag strip could provide employment for many as well as provide business for food vendors and aftermarket parts that racers would be looking to add to their car. The reason why street racing is becoming a growing problem in Columbia specifically is because of the number of people in the city wanting to prove who’s fastest, but they have nowhere to go but the street. The closest option is a track two or more hours away.

Local car clubs have been organizing meets for years in Columbia. With no outlet for these fast cars at a track, they retire to the street to settle things. These car clubs have been trying to get cities to provide these outlets for years with no action being taken.

Clubs like Loop Cruisers of Columbia and Como Car Culture have organized and plan to do all they can in order to bring attention to the fact that there is a strong need for a drag strip. However, the community should also take a greater interest in the opportunities available if a drag strip were installed in mid-Missouri.

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