Okay, I admit it: I love car-heist and race-car movies. That's my chick flick.
Gone in 60 Seconds? Angelina Jolie and Nicolas Cage -- c'mon, what's not to love? The Fast and the Furious? Fast cars, fast music -- again, what's not to love? Well, yes, the scripts, but it's all about the suspension of disbelief. And for two hours on a hot summer afternoon, I'm willing to give directors almost as much leeway as they need. Even Days of Thunder will do in a pinch.
But when I'm really ready to get my engine revving, the only place to go is Bandimere Speedway, 3051 South Rooney Road in Morrison. Sitting on the hogbacks below the town, this strip of asphalt is the best place to spend a summer Wednesday night -- whether in the bleachers or in the driver's seat. That's when the 47-year-old institution hosts "Take It to the Track," and everyone is equal on the quarter-mile. Bring your own car, sign up and put pedal to metal. The best time wins. Just watch the nitrous: That's only allowed in certain races.
Hit the track tonight for one of the early-season outings and check out the competition -- and the hot rides. Cage's 60 Seconds nemesis, the 1967 GT500 Eleanor, hasn't been spotted here, but there's still plenty of muscle under the hoods. Gates open at 4 p.m.; trials run from 4:30 until 8:45. Spectating sets you back $10, but it's $30 to put your money where your mouth is. And there's no need to suspend disbelief.
For information, call 303-697-6001 or visit www.bandimere.com. -- Amy Haimerl
Bike-For-Beginnings rolls again.
One way to recycle housing stock is to hop aboard a bicycle this morning as part of the annual Bike-For-Beginnings.
The community fundraiser supports Neighborhood Partners, a Denver nonprofit that was formed in 1992 to combat blight in the Cole neighborhood and has since expanded across the metro area. The group organizes volunteers to help lower-income residents with housing and home-maintenance projects.
For today's event, cyclists will assemble at Town Center Plaza on 49th Avenue (a block east of Tower Road), in the Green Valley Ranch development near DIA. Hard-core riders will begin a 70-mile route between 7 and 9 a.m., while the less ambitious can roll on 50- and 25-mile circuits -- or even 1.5-mile family laps -- pedaling off between 7 and 10 or 11 a.m., respectively.
"We have some really determined riders," notes Neighborhood Partners executive director Miriam Dunnam, while others are out for a leisurely cruise. Dunnam says there will be ample rest areas and sag wagons along the routes, with food awaiting participants at the finish line. Entry is $30 per rider.
For more information, log on to www.theneighborhoodpartners.org or call 720-946-9022. -- Ernie Tucker