Beat the Heat Program
BEAT THE HEAT RACING TEAM
Creating a safe and sane alternative to street racing….
WAS OREGON BEAT THE HEAT STARTED
Beat the Heat was established by law enforcement officers and volunteers
from the Portland Oregon Metropolitan Area in 2000. The original
concept was proposed by Sergeant Tony Silva and police department
volunteer Jim Klock. In the initial stages, there were some minor
modifications done to the original 1992 Camaro police traffic car
that was designated as surplus and scheduled for replacement. This
became the “Beat the Heat” car.
Oregon Beat the Heat Organization was established to bring young
people together with police officers to promote education about
the real problems of illegal street racing. The intent is to foster
better relationships between ‘Cops and Kids’ and to
promote the safe alternative to the always dangerous and often tragic
consequences when two cars race on public streets. Portland International
Raceway is the home track for Oregon Beat the Heat.
AND WHEN DOES OREGON BEAT THE HEAT RACE
Beat the Heat met with the Portland
International Raceway (P.I.R.) track managers and together came
up with “Late Night Street Legal Drags”. These late
night races are held of Friday and Saturday nights from 7 pm to
1 am, April through October. At each of these events, 180-200 cars
and up to 1100 spectators attend. These events provide a safe and
sane outlet for those who may otherwise race on our city streets.
Our continued involvement in this racing program is essential in
order to continue to momentum and success at P.I.R. Our hope is
to visit other tracks in the Northwest and encourage other agencies
and track managers to form such partnerships.
KIND OF CAR DOES OREGON BEAT THE HEAT RACE
Oregon Beat the Heat vehicle is a 1992 Camaro RS that was purchased
in 1992 as a Traffic Enforcement Patrol Car. It worked in that capacity
until 2000 when it was due to be replaced. It has a 350 c.i. engine
with a 4 speed automatic transmission. It now has custom wheels,
custom paint and many high performance parts. All modifications
have been done through the work of volunteers and with generous
donations from sponsors who believe strongly in the message that
this program is sending.