Eighteen-year-old Andrew Walters held his own on the track at Thunder Mountain Speedway’s Christmas in July on Saturday.

Eighteen-year-old Andrew Walters held his own on the track at Thunder Mountain Speedway’s Christmas in July on Saturday.

The rush of racing at Thunder Mountain

here’s no rush like the one you get behind the wheel of a race car, according to Andrew Walters.

There’s no rush like the one you get behind the wheel of a race car, according to Andrew Walters, who drives the No. 14 car in the bone stock division at Thunder Mountain Speedway’s Christmas in July on Saturday.

Driving a 1989 Honda Prelude with twin carburetors on a two-litre engine with 430,000 kilometres, he has been racing since 2013.

“We bought it and a parts car for $300 three years ago,” he explained. “We stripped it, caged it and raced it.”

For Walters, racing is exhilarating.

“When I’m sitting in the gate waiting to go, I have this absurd calmness and level of focus I’ve never had about anything else,” he said. “There’s nothing like it in the world.”

The races Saturday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway had a Christmas in July theme, and race goers who arrived with a non-perishable item for donation to the local food bank got their tickets half price.