The Second Biannual
Gateway Precision Demolition Team
A (suitable for novice) corporation Class 20 event on a dirt track, where all cars are provided. This event will be held at DieCon 2 at the Gateway Convention Center on May 31,June 1 and June 2,2002.
Mid America’s Gateway International Speedway
The premier AutoDueling Arena of the ST Louis area
AADA Guide to St Louis
Excerpt from the AADA Road Atlas and Survival Guide VOLUME FIVE: THE MIDWEST
Description: St. Louis is more collection of neighborhoods than a unified city. Most if the inhabitants live outside the city. The fortified neighborhoods have become “micro-cities” on their own and operate independently of each other – not much differently than in the old days, really. The residents of Maryland Heights, Creve Coeur, Olivette, and Kirkwood look down on the central city dwellers as the lowest form of scum (“city rats”), while the city dweller share equal hatred for the “suburb fat-cats.”
Roads through the middle of St. Louis are often barricaded by the “city rats,” and are frequently impassible. There is virtually no good reason to travel through the central city; and the downtown bridges were destroyed in the rioting.
The only bridges still crossing the Mississippi are the toll bridge at I-270 and the Jefferson Barracks Bridge to the south. Both of these bridges are well manned, well defended and charge a toll of $100 per “axle.”
Anyone wanting to see downtown St. Louis will have to use one of the bridges to cross over into Illinois, board a tour boat in Granite City and float to Gateway landing, beneath the highly polished Gateway Arch.
Dueling Facilities: There are several minor arenas in the St. Louis area, but the major one is at Busch Stadium.
Other Facilities: Inside the downtown area, NorsoCo (responsible for renovating the cities historic buildings) runs its own hospital and public facilities, including a TV station. The only other facilities, in the western half of the city, include Gold Cross-equipped hospitals and two airports. It is worthy to note that the Church of America operates a transmitter station in the area, rebroadcasting “Army TV” from Chicago.
The Jefferson Barracks area in the south of the city also has military style facilities, complete with a TV station and a full military airport.
I=44 and I-270 are lined with hotels and restaurants for the tourist and travelers. Tourist traps include the Gateway Arch and Forest Park, which is now a wild area- the descendants of the zoo animals are still living there, Safaris, anyone?
History: Long the “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis has been prosperous since its founding. A major aircraft and weapons manufacturing company kept it going through the bad times in the late 20th century. They were also the cause of its ruin during the Russo-American War. A small (by nuclear standards) nuke wiped out the facility, the airport and many commuters on I-70. Firestorms, fallout and panic-born riots reduced most of central St Louis to charred embers.
Gang Activity: Medium to Heavy. There are several gangs in the area, engaging in various criminal activities, such as raiding the inhabitants of the Ruins, attacking road traffic for salvage and generally making trouble.
The Jefferson Barracks radio frequency should be acquired before traveling there, since these troops are the only long ranged “police” in the area, The troops and the neighborhood security if you are in the area will help you out of trouble if you call them. Don’t call them without reason, though – there’s a $250-per-responding-vehicle fee for their services. And don’t run afoul of them- they don’t take prisoners…
Dueling Facilities: “There are several minor arenas in the St. Louis area, but the major one is at Busch Stadium.” Quotes the ADAA guide over twenty years ago. The gangs in the central part of St. Louis forced the area to turn to the east side for an accessible arena, the Gateway International Speedway. Not to be undone the NorsoCo city administration reopened what was originally the TWA dome for the combat football league and the AADA and renamed it the Carnage Dome. The central city has also reopened the Martin Luther King bridge across the Mississippi although there is no official toll more often than not, the traveler has to fight his way through a roadblock or an ambush by one of the many gangs (including the Archangels, geekboy). There are plans to rebuild the other two bridges but there is doubt that the one will survive long much less real hope that any of the other two will be repaired. Of the two, it is more likely that the Eads bridge will be completed. The frame of the bridge is still mostly intact while entire sections of the more modern Poplar Street Bridge are entirely gone.
Just about every neighborhood sports a minor arena but one of the best is the St Charles Family Arena, across the Missouri River in St Charles. Since the I-70 Bridge across the Missouri is still intact and maintained, the Family Arena has been in use since it was built in the 1990’s. The Family Arena was home to the Missouri River Otters, the St. Louis Steamers and the River City Renegades. The Family Arena also hosted a wide variety of events throughout the year including concerts, family shows, rodeos, ice shows, conventions and other sporting events. Now days the Family Arena still host concerts and conventions, rodeos do appear also though a twentieth century rodeo cowboy couldn’t stay alive against the armed warrior bulls of today. And of course there is an AADA approved facility in the form of a dirt track originally use in the twentieth century for Tractor Pulls and Moto-cross.
Neiborhoods: Among some of the nicer neighborhoods is the Central West End. It arose in the late twentieth century as one of the trendier places for the young crowd yet maintained its old class atmosphere. Hard hit in the riots after the war it revived and flourished, its police force is every bit as good as anything in the area except for the federal forces at Jefferson Barracks.
The History of the Archangels originates with a street gang from the east side of the Mississippi River. Their ‘crib’ was in the town of Madison, a smaller neighbor of Granite City. Madison was known only as a suburb of Granite City, which had, in the mid-Twentieth Century, a booming steel industry. By the end of the century cheap overseas steel had all but closed all but one foundry and caused the street gangs to gain in importance with the un-employed young men of the area. After the war one group took over the Gateway International Speedway and renamed themselves the Archangels. To their credit they have maintained a Class A track maintaining the racing surface to as close to it’s original quality as possible in these times. Because of the surface no dropped weapons, flaming oils, oils or anything deemed to be harmfull to the surface. To use these proscribed weapons or purposely mar the track will bring down the displeasure of the Archangels. And they are a fairly big gang. In the club there are approximately 50 members, driving around 30 vehicles, ranging in size from motorcycles to pickup trucks, and it is known that the club has at least one big rig used to haul their racing vehicles to other tracks.
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