The once-forgotten velodrome located in Detroit’s Dorias Park roared back to life when Thunderdrome kicked of the 2012 racing season. The velodrome, an ovular bicycle-racing track with banked corners, was constructed in 1969 and had sat abandoned for nearly 20 years before a group of urban explorers stumbled upon it in 2010 and began a much needed cleanup.
This year’s Thunderdrome marked the third racing event since the track's rebirth. The day’s races were open to a variety of machines. Bicycles, mopeds, scooters, trail bikes and go-karts were all represented in the 30 races held during the event. The track's infield was turned into a festival-like setting with food, drink and games along with representation from a variety of local vendors and organizations.
The next round of Thunderdrome races is in September. For more information on the track, its history or participating in the fun visit http://thunderdrome.com.