Construction Fun: Cleetus Gets The Concrete Burnout Pad Poured At The Freedom Factory!


Construction Fun: Cleetus Gets The Concrete Burnout Pad Poured At The Freedom Factory!

Cleetus has been busy getting the Freedom Factory track ready for the fun he intends to have this year. He’s done electrical work, he’s done plenty of ground work, he’s been busy getting asphalt together, working sponsors…love or hate the dude, but he’s been busting his ass getting this automotive playground prepared to his specification. One of the major specifications of the conversion of the old DeSoto Speedway to the Freedom Factory is the construction of the monster burnout pad. What defines “monster”? It’s going to be 220 feet by 190 feet, just on it’s own. Could you get some action going in a space that’s about 3/4 of a football field by about half a football field? If not, then go get something that will throw down, because we could take McTaggart’s Chevy Cruze and work up a show in that kind of space. What? We could do tray-slides with it if we wanted to…

But before the first tire turns in anger, the pad has to be poured. A 220 foot by 190 foot concrete pad is a massive undertaking, and the equipment that is roped into service to pour hundreds of concrete trucks’ worth of slop into the mold, to get the concrete formed up just right, angled just right, smoothed just right…this is Lohnes’s fever dream come to life. Name your poison: everything from the cool hovercraft-like smoother to the monster concrete spread trucks that make pouring a slab that big possible in the first place, which would you be in a rush to try out?


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