Looking for something exciting and VERY different to do this weekend? If you live in an apartment in Roanoke, you are in luck: Power Tool Drag Racing. There is actually a history to power tool drag racing, but the Roanoke version started three or four years ago, when John Wilson, a sculptor, sold the idea to Community High School's Marginal Arts Festival.
The participants are racing their creations in downtown Roanoke, Sunday afternoon on Jefferson Street at Franklin Road.
The "motors" are circular saws, grinders, belt sanders and other power tools tethered to an extra-long extension cords. Some of the "wheels" are actual saw blades.
A switch turns them on, no remote controls on the “cars”. The races take place on parallel 80-foot-long, 12-inch-wide wooden tracks, edged by 2x4 wood studs that keep the machines on course.
"It's beyond having the fastest car," Wilson said. "It's also about having the weirdest."
There will be a grandstand for seating along the Jefferson Street sidewalk and barricades surrounding the track on the street's northbound lanes for racer and spectator safety.