Located in northern Iceland, Akureyri is the fourth largest town in the country, with a modest population of 19,000. While the town is known for its stunning scenery, winter sports and whale watching, it also prides itself on being home to one of Iceland’s oldest car racing clubs.
Founded in 1974, The Akureyri Car Club has become a popular fixture on the racing calendar. The club started off hosting off-road challenges which, over the years, evolved into what is now known as Formula Offroad. Originally unique to Iceland, this popular sport has now spread across the globe. Today, the club’s most popular and largest event is the annual Car Days week, with thousands of spectators attending each year to observe the Independence Day car show, drag racing and mud bogging events. With the club continuing to grow in popularity and use, wear and tear meant the quarter-of-a-mile drag race strip was in urgent need of an upgrade.
Creating a smooth surface
When it came to resurfacing the drag strip, the owners needed the job completing efficiently and with minimal disruption. The contractor in charge of the project, Malbikun Norðurlands ehf, turned to Topcon Positioning Group and its advanced SmoothRide machine control technology to guarantee that the track would be entirely smooth and level. When they secured this project, they knew that they needed to get the most accurate equipment available, so they approached Verkfæri ehf – the Icelandic Topcon dealer handling SmoothRide. By using SmoothRide for the entire job, they managed to achieve the best accuracy possible and were incredibly surprised by how easy the technology is to use.