Car enthusiasts started arriving early Friday morning at the Quaker City Motorsports Park.
As they picked the perfect parking spot and wiped down their hot rods, crews were busy clearing off the track for this weekend’s Steel Valley Super Nationals.
“We have three days of hot rods, motorcycles, drag racing all weekend long. It’s just a great horse power weekend party,” said promoter Corey Ward.
The first two years of the event set the attendance record, with 33,000 people heading to the Salem area. The event is very Mother Nature dependent and organizers hope this year she cooperates.
More than 25,000 people are expected to fill the stands and the grounds of the park. Many of them find themselves coming back year after year.
“Like I said I’ve been coming to Quaker City for many many years, but it’s a great place and this is the best place for it,” said Paul Preston of Lisbon.
“It’s great. Salem does a super job. Out here at the track, just attracting people. A lot of people come in. You get to see a lot of different cars,” Ray Griggy of Leetonia said.
In the evenings, those cars will hit the streets of downtown Salem for the Quaker City Weekend Cruise.
“It also brings outsiders in to see what we have in Salem, which is a great downtown area so it works both ways,” said Mayor Jerry Wolford.
Gates open at 9 am Saturday and Sunday.