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Malta Drag Racing Association

Malta Drag Racing Association


Some sort of car racing in Malta started in 1965 with the English Military Personnel racing against each other with cars like Bentley, Austin 7's, Jaguars and so on. From some information I got from an old friend of my fathers, they used to race almost every weekend at Mizieb, limits of Rabat. I'm told that they used to do lots of betting for money. Years passed, and some Maltese speed enthusiasts started racing their personal cars on regular roads, especially the one leading to Armier, that still exists today - one and a half miles long and very narrow. They normally used to race their cars late at night to avoid the police who knew that the road was being used for racing. But the police started patrolling very frequently so everything had to stop. 

Then in 1977 everyone shifted to Ta' Qali which then was an unused english military base which had an airfield. They used to race there cars for a whole mile. The best times then were around 13 seconds for a quarter mile car, most of which were normal street cars. Years passed by and this airfield was being used almost everyday with people trying out their cars or bikes. With time competition started to get better and someone decided to organise a club for car racing. This didn't make a good impact since Ta' Qali was being converted to a recreational area, so we eventually had to move to another airfield called Hal-Far, limits of B'Bugia which we're still using today.

When we moved the placed was deserted and lots of work had to be done. After a short while, a new club, the Malta Racing Association (M.R.A.) was founded by a very hard working guy - Mr. Alfred Spiteri. Mr. Spiteri together with the help of other committee members organized the first ever Quarter Mile in Malta. The event was held on the 25th Anniversary of Independence Day - May 1989. It was something special for us to see an event organized semi-professionally and lots of cars participated in the first every quarter mile. From then on, things started to change and the club began holding annual general meetings. with fresh ideas coming from different people inside the committees. During the years, most of the committee people have changed with younger members in the committee, and the track was getting developed very fast. What was done at the track was done by none other than our club members and spectators at our events. Some years ago, the clubs name was changed to Malta Drag Racing Association. Matters were taken more seriously than ever and the committee of that time started to professionally develop the track, with all the safety needed. Lots of money has been spent during the past years and today, we can say that we have one of the best tracks in Europe. 

There is still more to be done but we're planning to do them in the very close future. The good news reaching the association was that the government had just handed over the track permanently to the Malta Drag Racing Association. - Mr. Anthony Borda

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