In Detroit, guerilla board tracking is the new murder

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Taking a break from discovering homelessicles, electing corrupt politicians and producing chronically uncompetitive automobiles, a group of Motor City natives took it upon themselves to clear an abandoned velodrome of decades worth of trash and “old tires” (we’re guessing this is a local euphemism for dead bodies) and reverse the post-apocalyptical reclamation by nature. Only days later, local bikers were hooning the banked concrete oval  and are already planning a race series. God we love Detroit.

The clearing work was performed by the Detroit Mower Gang, a group of underground lawn care enthusiasts who’ve tasked themselves with restoring the public lands of the formerly-flourishing/currently decaying former metropolis so that omega children will have a place to exercise their malnourished limbs.

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Hearing of the Gang’s brave deeds, a group local bikers descended on the track for a trial run, reporting that it’s only slightly trecharous due to the frost heaves and cracks. Perfect for an underground races series then. There’s already word of a run-watcha-brung type series.

via TheChicaneBlog (vintage motorsports awesomeness alert)

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    There is a good article in the Boston Globe about cities coming to grips with the fact that they have permanently shrunk, and the novel ideas of what to do with seemingly abandoned parts of the city. This certainly fits the bill. I want to see supermoto track in the middle of Cleveland.

    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/09/05/how_to_shrink_a_city/

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/christophercullen/sets/72157622530167071/ CMC

    That is so cool. I imagine it would get shut down by The Man pretty quickly, though.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      That’s the best part, it’s Detroit! Unless you’re in one of the posh ‘burbs, anything goes.

      • motoguru

        Yeah, for real, I have been ghetto-crossing all over the city for years with no hassles from the man! It’s not unusual for the 5-0 to sit and watch us rip around the stuff.

  • jayrey

    Excellent post, uplifting story, great video, perfect song. This is the post of the year for HFLM, in my humble opinion.

  • http://thechicane.com Harlo

    Thanks for the link, Wes. I’m always amped when blogs I dig link to The Chicane.

    I’m definitely hoping that this becomes a regular occurrence at the velodrome. I’ll be sure to let the Hell for Leather community know when the next session is happening.

    Harlo.
    thechicaneblog.com

  • SPEKTRE76

    Dude I love those cafe racers!

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

    Hahahaha

    “… a group of underground lawn care enthusiasts who’ve tasked themselves with restoring the public lands of the formerly-flourishing/currently decaying former metropolis so that omega children will have a place to exercise their malnourished limbs.”

    It makes me laugh. Awesome.

  • pplassm

    What a glorious waste of time! Awesome!

  • longdaa

    Cool article, cool purpose. As a Detroiter I am always glad to see someone in the City reclaiming something.

    You could have left out the “malnourished arms”, “post-apocalyptical” and “posh burbs” crap. Not every story about Detroit needs to play to the stereotypes that make their way to NYC. You could just leave it as a positive thing happening in a city that needs it.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Ha, I actually love Detroit and visit relatively often. All the above seem pretty factual, albeit in a selective way.

      • longdaa

        Not saying it’s false. Detroit has its problems, more than its share. I just like to occasionally read a story that just leaves it as a positive. Even the local media has the tendency to say “look at this amazing thing that happened, and it happened in our crappy city!”. Don’t mean to rant, just hit a nerve today I guess.

  • circuitsports

    anyone else trying to mentally knee drag that sucker right now ?