Racing dates back to ancient Greece, where chariot races around city walls settled disputes over farming rights and which philosopher had the best beard. Witness the fairest system of justice with this GrouponLive deal to Berlin Raceway in Marne. Choose from the following options:
- For $19, you get a racing outing for two (up to a $40 total value), which includes the following:
- Two tickets of up to a $15 value each for general-admission seating to any event from April 14 to September 22
$10 worth of Berlin Bucks, valid toward beer, food, soda, merchandise, additional tickets, pit passes, and ride alongs.<p>
- For $29, you get a racing outing for four (up to a $70 total value), which includes:
- Four tickets of up to a $15 value each for general-admission seating to any event from April 14 to September 22
- $10 worth of Berlin Bucks, valid toward beer, food, soda, merchandise, additional tickets, pit passes, and ride alongs.<p>
Though either of these deals is valid for any event, some may cost up to $20 per ticket, in which case the $15 value can be applied toward its price. All races begin at 7 p.m., and children ages 11 and younger receive free admission.
- For $99, you get a ride-along in a racecar for one, which includes 10 laps around the track at full speed (a $200 value).<p>
As the engines start to rev and the last lug nuts tighten on the wheels, Berlin Raceway roars into the 2012 season with a full schedule of competition. Since its humble beginnings as a dirt track in 1950, the hippodrome has buzzed with professional drivers zipping around its curves, attempting to reach the relativistic speed required to shrink into Matchbox cars. Among the raceway’s six divisions, Late Model, Super Stock, and Sportsman vehicles compete throughout the season, and visits from such iconic outfits as the American Speed Association and ARCA Racing add extra horsepower during special events. Between laps and traffic jams caused by disoriented ice-cream trucks, fans can use their $10 worth of Berlin Bucks to fuel up on concessions such as hot dogs ($2.50 each), sodas ($2 each), and beer. Berlin Bucks can also be used toward additional tickets, pit passes, and ride alongs.
Speed demons with excess motor oil coursing through their veins can satisfy their adrenaline shortage by climbing aboard one of the roadsters for a 10-lap ride-along. With a professional driver behind the wheel, cars reach top speeds of more than 100 mph, enabling fans to experience racing’s thrills first-hand or cool a freshly baked pie by holding it out the window.
From its beginnings as a plain dirt track in 1950, the Berlin Raceway has transformed in the intervening decades into one of the country’s most challenging and esteemed short tracks. A 7/16-mile paved oval, with 13-degree banking in the turns and 9-degree banking on the straightaways, the track regularly hosts races for various types of autos, ranging from four-cylinder vehicles to super and outlaw late models to Big Wheels with rocket engines attached. Drivers follow in the tire marks of renowned racers, including Tim Steele and Jack Sprague, some of who are chronicled in the track’s hall of fame.