‘Green Mamba’ to burn Friday

Norway Speedway

NORWAY — Doug Rose and his Green Mamba jet car will return to Norway Speedway for the first time in 13 years on Friday, Aug. 18.

Green Mamba jet car, powered by a J46 jet engine out of a Navy F7U Cutlass fighter plane, has been touring across the United States for the last 30 years.

The spectacular show was a permanent fixture at Norway Speedway for about 10 years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and never failed to pack the grandstand.

Through the years, Rose’s “Green Mamba” has won over 3,700 races. It’s been the national jet car champion 11 times.

“Doug is pushing now 70 years old and yet he still entertains his fans across the country by burning cars with the Green Mamba Jet Car,” said a Norway Speedway representative. “Doug chains a full-size car to the Green Monster. Then fires up the jet engine.

“When the engine gets up to the right temperature, Doug turns on the after burner. The car turns into a ball of fire. After about 30 seconds, the car starts melting while sparks and car parts fly hundreds of feet into the air.”

The engine burns 37 gallons of jet fuel a minute. The car weighs 3,318 pounds and has a top speed of over 300 MPH.

There is no increased admission for this event sponsored by Valley Med Flight. All paramedics, EMTs and firefighters will receive $5 admission with proper identification.

For more information, go to www.norwayspeedway.com or call 906-361-0597. Camping is also available.

Ostermann to race WIR

KAUKAUNA, Wis. — It’s been more than 30 years since modern-day, open-wheel modifieds competed on the pavement of Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna.

That’s about to change on Thursday, Aug. 24. The “Pavement Pounder” special will be held for local sportmod racers. The unique-looking dirt cars will run one race, with the number of laps to be determined contingent upon how many cars show up to do battle.

Niagara’s John Ostermann is among the drivers committed to this show. The last time modern day modifieds raced at WIR was during the Budweiser 500 two-day fall special in September 1986.