Grand Nationals Weekend is cancelled this year, the race is still on

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PEORIA, Ill. – The 73rd American Flat Track Law Tigers Peoria TT Race is nearly here. But with recent changes, the weekend is going to look different from previous years.

In past years, the Grand Nationals Weekend celebration has served a non-official start to the racing weekend.

But this year, the organizer of Grand Nationals Weekend Ian Goldberg says that’s not going to happen.

“This year, we felt with the increased competition along the riverfront, and specifically the competing shows on the same weekend,” Goldberg said, “It was just too difficult.”

Even with the cancellation of Grand Nationals Weekend, the races are still on. And race director John Swearinger says Peoria has a rich tradition.

“We are the history of motorcycle racing,” Swearinger said. “The Peoria Motorcycle Club can trace its roots, its name back to 1911.”

The race has been running in its current location since 1947. The group became an AMA chartered motorcycle club in 1931, making it one of the oldest clubs of its kind nationwide.

Swearinger says even though the riverfront party is cancelled, he is excited to hear the motorcycles revving their engines.

“They will hit about 80 miles per hour on the singles, the 450s and the straightaway. Down there in front of the judges stand, they’ll hit about 100 miles per hour on the twins,” said Swearinger.

The 73rd American Flat Track Law Tigers Peoria TT will be on Saturday, August 17th.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit http://www.peoriamotorcycleclub.net.

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