12/13/09 That's Good News Ford, thanks and have a Happy Holidays. Jeff
12/12/09 If you didn't get this update on him, it would be appreciated if you would post it. This originally came from Candy Dolin. Jackie was the very first feature winner at Lancaster Speedway (Dunn Tire Raceway Park now) when it opened in June 1959 with his #7. Thanks, Mark Southcott. An early morning e-mail from Ford Easton informed Jackie Soper is extremely ill in the Troy, PA hospital. Ford suggested all those who remember Jackie's driving career send cards and letters Jackie's way. Ford also strongly suggested NOT contacting Jackie by telephone at the hospital. Jackie is having great difficulty speaking due to pneumonia and other contributing new health issues. Jackie has been handling several other major health issues in recent years, but for the last few years Jackie makes an annual trip back to PA and NYS for deer season and a round of serious visiting with family and friends. These past trips have proven extremely debilitating to Jackie's health, but he continues the trips because he loves them so much. This time Jackie's health suffered more than usual. The hospital address: Troy Community Hospital, 100 John Street, Troy, PA 16947. Ford mentions calling the hospital at 570-297-2121 for updates on Jackie's condition through the nurse's station. I did just that several minutes ago to see how he was doing, but since I was his first call of the morning my call was put through to Jackie's room. I'd rather that not happened. Ford was correct. Jackie has little strength to speak, and it was distressful for him. We spoke very briefly at my insistence
12/8/09 Hi to all of you with ties to the 50s and 60s racing world, I have been away for the last week but upon our return I was advised that Jackie Soper is in the Troy, Pa hospital and not in very good shape at all. As most of you know he has had a number of problems over the past few years and during a visit to see relitives recently he passed out from problems and as he told me in a phone conversation today got himself to the hospital. He has been in for 5 days with pneumonia plus he now has diabetes too. He sounds in bad shape and naturally his voice was very strained talking with me. He is a tough guy though and not a complainer. Those years he smoked like many of us did has really taken a toll on him with heart and lung problems. As Jackie has said before to me and did again today help get people to stop or never start smoking. He also said I am a good example of the results of it A card to him from you would really make him feel some better I know. Here is the address: Troy Community Hospital, 100 John St., Troy PA 16947. Ford Easton PS to check on his condition you can call the hopital at 570-297-2121 and ask for the nurses station on the section he is in and ask the nurse if she would relay to Jackie that you called. I wouldn't suggest talking with him direct as it is so hard for him to talk.
12/13/09 Thanks to Ford and Mark for their updates, sorry to hear Jackie isn't doing well and wishing him a full recovery. - Jeff
12/5/09 I just spent the best 2 hours going through all the old pics. What great memories as a young kid going with my dad to the races at 5 Mile Point. Thank You - Spud Walsh Joseph K. Walsh
12/6/09 Thank you Spud for the compliment, glad you enjoy the site - Jeff
12/4/09 “JACKET WALL” LATEST ADDITION TO MUSEUM’S RACING GALLERY Saratoga Springs, NY The newest “hot setup” at the Racing in New York gallery of the Saratoga Automobile Museum is racing jackets, as an entire wall is being covered with jackets of all types to bring back memories of the stars and racing related products of the past. “It started with jackets we received from the Rene Charland collection. Some he wore and others came from racers who’d given them to him over the years,” explained gallery coordinator Ron Hedger. “I started hanging them around the gallery and the response was amazing, so I added in a few others of my own and did a preview area for the recent Lost Speedways program. “Guys who hadn’t thought of Jim Moffat in years saw an ‘Oilzum’ jacket and started talking about his Cavalcade of Auto Racing magazine. The ‘CD Coville’ jacket got people started on the wars he and Jack Johnson used to have at Albany-Saratoga and a ‘Smith and Sons Speed Shop’ jacket brought Charland’s glory days to life again. “Dick Hansen immediately donated his Mid-State championship jacket, which I put alongside one I had from the late Pepper Eastman, and Kenny Tremont Jr. offered a #115 jacket from many years ago. It’s a great way to share the treasures hidden away in the back of a closet where nobody sees them and trigger memories of the racers and tracks of the past.” Anyone with a jacket to loan or donate can drop it off or ship it to the museum at 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY with a brief description of the history it represents. The Racing in New York gallery is also soliciting interesting memorabilia and race cars from different eras for the next major racing exhibit, “NASCAR in New York.” Anyone with items relevant to the exhibit can contact Ron Hedger by e-mail at email@example.com or at 518- 885-7481 to discuss a loan of the items.
12/4/09 I am looking for a copy of David Stoodley's Book, The Legands of Watertown, do you have any idea where I could buy a copy? Debbie Lasher
12/6/09 Debbie, I called David Stoodley and he doesn't have any left - anyone know where Debbie and her father Chubby Leroux can get a copy?
12/5/09 Thank you Sir for the response. I was tired when that email was sent & the last line should've read.... we look forward to the day when our web site is something like yours. When I got it the #29 was just the body, cage & floorpan. It ended up in So. Maine has an outdated cast off mod at Beech Ridge Speedway in the early 70's. Crashed, junked then ended up on that farm, where the land owner later heard of my escapades & offered it to me. Fortunately I was also able to speak with Ernie at lenght about it & he was great. Have since located a 51' Chevy frame, attached the cage, assembled a Flemke front & aqquired an older style quick change for it. Hope to have it rolling soon & certainly will keep you updated... plan to purchase a new trailer soon & would very like in the future to return the car to show in your area in memory of Ernie. A sincere thanks again for Mid State's efforts & your's as well Jeff. Somewhere there's a hell of a line up coming together & Ernie's smiling.............steve pellerin
12/4/09 Pics sent Steve - best of luck with your restoration and thanks for the compliments - we apprecaite it. - Jeff
12/3/09 Hi Jeff Steve Pellerin in Maine. Was on your excellent site yesterday looking for some past pics & info about Ernie while sadly lamenting the loss of this pioneer. I did see several pics of him in shots of long gone track pages as well as on the guest book page. I'm one of the charter members of the Maine Vintage Race Car Assn. & a longtime member of NEAR. Helped form the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame & serve on the Selection Committee for that group as well as a Maine Rep for the NEAR Hall of Fame & Veterans committee as well. I currently own 5 restored vintage race cars that ran in the 60's on dirt at Beech Ridge Speedway here in Maine, as well as 2 more cars currently under construction. They consist of a 57 Chevy, 2 bomber coupes (6 cyl.) a cutdown, & a Camaro Late model. I'm also half owner of 3 other vintage cars....2 mods & an older super. These great old cars represent over 2 dozen championships & Halls of Fame. Racing history like many in your club, is my passion. One of the cars being redone in my shop is the #29 that Ernie drove. The remains were found in the woods on an old farm several years here in Maine & given to me. I only saw Ernie run a few times & didn't know him well, but realized the importance of his legacy & the need to save this car. I have but a few precious pics...so you might imagine my surprise when I saw it in the guest book & how gratified I was to see it. Might you know who I could check to see if I could obtain a copy of that pic? I haven't made my mind up whether to do the car in red or the later gold version, & that will help. From wandering around your site I'm hopes that someday the Maine will somewhat up the level Midstate is. thank you steve
11/30/09 I received a call from Rod Nacewicz today and he forwarded the address for Jean Gahan in case anyone wanted to send condolence cards in relation to Ernies death. The Address is :
Jean Gahan 80 Olde Madburry Lane Dover, NH 03820
Ernies obituary can be viewed here and a pair of nice articles on him written by Lew Boyd can be viewed here and here. RIP Ernie. - Jeff
11/27/09 Hi to all across the US and Canada, A good friend of mine that did the excellent DVD on the history of Roll-O-Bowl is asking for some help on his next endeavor on Stateline Speedway near Jamestown, NY from 56-65. If you can help in any way with his requests below please communicate directly with him via his e-mail or phone listed below. Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving and didn't get trampled in the stores today. Remember to mark your calendars for the CLR South and North luncheons in 2010, January 27 at Brandon FL and July 28 at Moonwinks in Cuba NY. Ford Easton
Some of us who produced the documentary film on Roll-O-Bowl Speedway have taken up a new project: Stateline Speeday. But because Stateline has a 54 year history, making it an almost impossible task, we have decided to focus on just the first ten years: 1956-1965. To date we have interviewed Squirt Johns, Marv Thorpe, Bob Schnars, Eddie Kisko, Tom Dill, John Whtehead, Sammy LaMancuso, Floyd Fanale, Jim Pollaro, Ken Shearer, Don Frank, Jerry Frank, and Ron Blackmer. We have about six to eight more people on our to-do list. We had spoken with Emory about an interview, but unfortunately he died before we were able to get it done. We are also busy gathering photos and are searching for any films of that era. Then comes the hard part - writing the script - followed by the actual production. We have a goal of premiering the film in September 2010. Would you be so kind as to put the word out that we are searching for film, photos and other memoabilia from Stateline 1956-65. I can be reached at 716-763-2173 or randy28b@netsync. net. Best wishes. Randy
11/21/09 November 14,2009 was Danny Odys 4th annual nostalgia held down in Albany, NY. Now if you have never been to one of these wing dings it is a must for next year as this event is a standing room only event. Drivers on hand that I reconized were Mert Hulbert, Link Pettit, Wynn Slavin, Mike Ehring, Ernie Marshall and at least a dozen I cant name. Mimi Lazzaro was on hand with a nice display of Louie's items and very nice to visit with. The food was out of this world and plenty of it. The hot wings and I mean HOT was another story. They even held a contest to see who could eat the most I believe Lebanon Valley Speedway came out on top? Danny had plenty copys of the second edition of lost speedways to sell and is as good as vol#1. He started his own little hall of fame and who else but his Dad his mentor to receive the first one how fitting. We had six photo albums on hand covering the Fonda,Victoria and Lebanon Valley days. But our high light was when a gentelmen introduced him self as Dave Davies the man who orginally hand lettered the Jack Johnson Tony Valano owned Falcon Sharon now owns what a small world we live in. They are in the process of doing a book on his life he began the sign business in the 50's as a 12 year old and now is grooming two grand childern in the bussiness. He told us the story of another Falcon he lettered he told them he wanted to try some gold leaf paint and they reached into their poctets and handed him a wad of cash and said have at it.. We will keep you posted on the release of the book. Rick Parry
11/17/09 “LOST” SPEEDWAYS TO BE FOUND FOR A DAY Saratoga Springs, NY The Saratoga Automobile Museum’s most popular auto racing program, Lost Speedways, is set to bring gone but not forgotten race tracks back to life again on Saturday, November 28. Memorabilia displays will open at noon, followed by a driver autograph session at 12:30 pm and formal presentations at 1:15 pm, with bench racing to continue through the museum’s closing at 5 pm. The event, which always draws a full house, allows fans and former participants to bring their treasures to share with others as well as hear talks and view photo displays that rekindle smoldering memories of the golden age of auto racing. Topics to be addressed include racing at the Lebanon Valley Speedway before the high banks were constructed, the original beach course at Daytona, area flat-track motorcycle venues, the 500 lap team races at Riverside Park, Vermonters against the New Yorkers at the Pico Speedway, the race tracks of New York City and the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in its first incarnation as an asphalt track. “We’ve had a lot of interest in all the topics but with the new pavement going in at Albany- Saratoga this month, interest is especially high in the golden age of NASCAR at Malta,” said Lost Speedways coordinator Ron Hedger. “At first, I listed the topic as ‘tentative’ but with all the interest, it’s a definite go. I’ll talk a little about the history of the track, then I’m going to show a couple of dozen pictures of the stars of the day and have Hall of Fame driver Brian Ross offer his comments on each of them. It should be a great way to recall just how competitive Friday nights were in the NASCAR days. This time we’ll concentrate on the modifieds and next year we’ll devote a segment to the support classes.” The event is free to museum members, with others paying the regular admission fee. There is no charge for displaying photo albums, scrapbooks and other personal memorabilia, though commercial vendors offering items for sale will be assessed a slight fee. The Saratoga Automobile Museum is located just off Exit 13 N of the Adirondack Northway (I- 87) on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State Park. More information is available online at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.
11/16/09 Hi I am hoping maybe one of your members may be able in identifying who ground my 48 Merc 59ab camshaft. The engine was built up many, many years ago. The engine was bored and stroked to 276 cubic inches, fully relieved with Johnson lifters, Fenton headers and an early block letter Edelbrock duel hirise intake. I have been trying without success to identify who ground the cam. The cam has a letter E etched on the end next to the distributor slot and has an E with A A stamped about a third of the way down the shaft. If you have any ideas and or even guesses on the grinder I would appreciate any info you can give me. I really enjoyed looking at your website. It was mentioned on FORDBARN and decided to take a look. It was a nice nostalgic trip back to my Friday nights at Blanket Hill Speedway in Kitanning, Pa. and Sarver Pa. Lernerville Speedway. I still go to Lernerville it is a great track but I do miss those coupes. Larry Horansky firstname.lastname@example.org
11/6/09 Jeff, I am giving a presentation on the history of Afton Speedway to the Afton Historical Society on November 19th at 7:00 PM. My brother Rick and Myself will be talking about the pre war years 1933 to 1941. We will have the programs from 33 to 39, biographies on some of the more famous drivers that raced there, Quite a few photos of the cars and maybe bring the body from the Johnny Carpenter car. It will be in the Susquehanna room behind the public library in the Jack Bolster building across from the feed store right on Rt 7. The public is welcome so anybody in the club that is interested can come to the presentation. Hope to see you all there . Regards, Alan Tatich
10/31/09 Just went through your pictures of the stock cars at Glen Aubrey Raceway and was pleasantly surprised to see a picture of my father, Stan Rumsey. His car was 101 on the first page. So many of the names are familiar to me from my childhood. My dad raced also at Chemung and Dryden. I have the picture on your site plus alot more that my father had. Thanks so much for the trip down memory lane. Jan Rumsey Aletras
11/1/09 I'm glad you enjoy the site Jan, have a good week - Jeff
10/27/09 GUARANTEED STARTER ADDED TO LOST SPEEDWAYS PROGRAM Saratoga Springs, NY The traditional “Saturday after Thanksgiving” date for the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s wildly popular Lost Speedways program is rapidly approaching and with it, the list of “guaranteed starters” continues to grow. The latest addition to the November 28th program is driver Kenny Meisenhelder of Agawam, MA, who will describe racing in the last 500-lap team race ever held at Riverside Park. After his short track days, Meisenhelder went on to compete in the NASCAR Grand National ranks before taking up yet another career as a racing videographer. He’ll combine his many talents at Lost Speedways, offering historic videos to the public along with the tales he will share during author, publisher and historian Lew Boyd’s Riverside Park presentation. Meisenhelder will be joined by another Grand National “old timer,” Russ Truelove, who will describe racing on the old Daytona Beach sand and highway course that preceded the superspeedway. He will be partnered with Lime Rock Park announcer and racing historian Greg Rickes. Presentations on a more local note will include Ed Biittig’s talk on Lebanon Valley Speedway before today’s high banks were installed, Bill Ladabouche’s recollections of New Yorkers racing at Vermont’s Pico Speedway and Mark Supley’s history of Capital District flat track motorcycle racing. Now defunct tracks in and around New York City will be recalled by National Speed Sport News columnist Gary London and, if time permits, Ron Hedger and Brian Ross will take a quick look back at Albany-Saratoga Speedway during its first incarnation as an asphalt track. Museum visitors are encouraged to bring their memorabilia to share, beginning at noon, with drivers on hand to participate in an autograph session at 12:30 and the formal presentations to begin in the Racing in New York gallery at 1:15 pm. The newly installed Golub Gallery exhibit will be “Vivacious Vettes,” seventeen gleaming Corvettes from Jack Gillette’s amazing collection. The Saratoga Automobile Museum is located on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State Park, just off Exit 13N of I-87, the Adirondack Northway.
10/22/09 NYSSCA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED -Clifton Park, NY Dirt track ace Mike Romano, two-time NASCAR national modified champion Jimmy Spencer, two-surface star Charlie Rudolph and highly respected car owner Jerry Higbie Sr. have been elected to the New York State Stock Car Association’s Hall of Fame for induction in January, 2010. A three-time Fonda Speedway big block modified champion with 48 wins, placing him behind only Jack Johnson, Lou Lazzaro, Dave Lape, Kenny Shoemaker and Pete Corey in career statistics, Romano was also a very successful small block racer at Fonda, claiming 21 wins and two championships in the 320 division and another five wins and a title with the 358’s. He was also a star on the road, recording numerous wins on the Fulton/Utica-Rome “outlaw” circuit and claiming the 1995 big block titles at both Drummondville and Granby, Quebec. All told, Romano had recorded some 77 big block and 33 small block wins before a premature retirement precipitated by ongoing health problems. He remains active in the sport, operating a speed shop business and promoting the Glen Ridge Speedway with partner Jake Spraker. A native of Berwick, PA. and son of dirt LM star Ed Spencer, Jimmy Spencer first displayed his asphalt prowess at New York’s super-fast Shangri-La Speedway in the family crewed #24 modified, claiming some two dozen wins and the 1983 track title running against such stellar competition as George Kent and Richie Evans. Known even then as “Mr. Excitement,” he also won the 1987 Busch North race at Shangri-La driving for owner Frank Cicci and the 1983 Race of Champions at Pocono. Fifteen NASCAR modified tour wins and the 1986 and ’87 national championships followed, after which Spencer went on to the national Busch series, where he recorded 12 wins, and Winston Cup competition, where he scored popular superspeedway wins at Daytona and Talladega. Always in the middle of the action on the track, Spencer brings an equally exciting presence to his TV work for Speed, where he continues to entertain race fans from coast to coast with insightful analysis of Sprint Cup happenings. A second generation star like Spencer, Rudolph was equally adept on asphalt and dirt, claiming Lancaster Speedway championships in 1980, ’92 and ’93 to go with a pair of Ransomville titles and the 1986 championships at Cayuga County and Rolling Wheels Raceway. The highlight of his DIRT involvement was winning the ’86 MR DIRT title but he was also a two-time winner of the Mohawk Valley 200 at Fonda, claimed some 17 Canandaigua wins and was second to Jimmy Horton at Syracuse in 1987. After recording 49 DIRT big block wins, Rudolph, an engineer by trade, changed directions once again, qualifying for four Winston Cup events after bringing Sunoco into the sport for the first time. After retiring as a driver, he was crewchief for modified star Chuck Hossfeld and in recent years has supported son Erik’s career. The high school senior, now one of NASCAR’s top modified drivers, has also had success on the DIRT circuit, winning the 2008 Sportsman race at Syracuse. Higbie began his career as a driver in the mid-1960’s but soon found his niche as an owner along with his brother, Gary. Together they fielded cars at Accord, Orange County and Nazareth, winning first in the Sportsman ranks and then in the big blocks with such talent as Bobby Bottcher, Rich Ricci Sr., Bruce Quinn, Larry Brolsma, Jeff Heotzler, Steve Bottcher, Frank Cozze, Rich Ricci Jr and Eddie Marshall at the wheel. With his brother’s retirement from the sport, Jerry turned his attention to the career of his son, Jerry Jr., who has become one of the area’s most successful pilots, winning track titles at Accord and Orange County as well as running very competitively at Syracuse. Higbie, always a gentleman, became a Hall of Fame owner by giving talented drivers the opportunity to reach their potential and become consistent winners, in the process making the sport stronger. The new Hall of Fame members will be inducted at the NYSSCA banquet on Saturday night, January 23rd at the Polish American Club in Albany, NY, with a ceremony Sunday morning at 11 am at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, site of the association’s permanent Hall of Fame display. The event will feature extensive remarks by the inductees as well as a question and answer session involving the audience. The New York State Stock Car Association membership includes racers at all levels, media members, officials, industry representatives and fans dedicated to improving the sport at the short track level. The group is nationally known for its benefit plan dedicated to aiding members who are out of work due to racing related injuries.
10/19/09 Good Monday evening to racing folks all across the US and Canada, Marg and I were out of the Country and at one of our stops I got computer access and scanned it quickly. The only subject I remember seeing was an e-mail from a friend Reggie from Jamestown and it said Emory Mahan. I didn't have to open it as it was obvious that Emory a friend and great driver from our past was no longer with us. I did open it and it was confirmed although I didn't want to acknowledge that it had happened. This was very selfish on my part as I knew Emory had been going thru one of the very worse types of cancer there is and now his suffering was over and he was at peace. Emory and his wife Nora attended the the Cuba Lake Raceway luncheon in July this year so it was so good to see him and shake his hand for what became the last time. Naturally Emory's family is most affected by his passing but another family out here from his racing world also grieves our loss of this great man and friend to many of us. I only knew Emory for the past 8 years but we became friends and he was our guest speaker at the Cuba Lake Raceway luncheon/reunion in 2005. Many others in the racing world raced with Emory and became his very close friend. He will be missed by all of us that knew him or knew of him and his great racing career. Drive on Emory drive on!! Emory Mahan out of Warren PA was a stock car driver from the late 40s to 1982 on the tracks of the NE and Mid-West. Word has it that when Dean Layfield and Emory were in the same race back in the 50s and early 60s it was always a toss up who was going to win the race providing they both were running at the end. I consider Dean Layfield one of the greatest race car drivers I ever saw race, so that means Emory Mahan was of the same caliber. From 1949 and for many racing seasons the black 8 ball and Emory Mahan became almost synonomous with automobile racing for race fans far and wide. In the early years Emory was the terror of Dickey-Ben Speedway in Warren in the green and black Buick coupe and continued that to other tracks including: Civic Stadium in Buffalo, Wellsville Fairgrounds, Clarion Park, Shippensville, Meadville, Sportman's Field in Erie and Butler Fairgrounds. When Late models became popular Emory switched to a 55 Chevy and was a spectacular success at Skyline Speedway winning most of the regular events and 50 lap contests. In 57 Emory built a fuel injected 57 Chevy and journeyed to the high banks of Dayton Ohio and finished 4th in the brand new car against the the finest mid west dri'vers of the time. He also traveled to tracks such as Toledo, Monroe County Fairgrounds at Rochester, Syracuse Mile, Canfield and locally ran e'vents at Stateline and Skyline. In none of these races did he finish out of the top 10. During 58 Emory set a qualifying record for late model stock cars at the famed Williams Grove near Harrisburg. This qualifying record put him on the pole with the likes of Sam Hanks, Troy Ruttman, Johnny Parsons and Jerry Unser behind him for the race. Some company in that race wasn't it!! His engine let go on lap 67 while battling with Jerry Unser and he was forced to exit the race.
10/8/09 We are now putting together information on John Gunkler who raced at Waterloo Speedway and Weedsport N Y. John also won at the N Y State Fair we believe in 1960 or 1961. Car was owned by Clint Mead of Clyder NY. He was very successful at these tracks for many years. The Car # was 1. It was White top with Blue bottom. Racing in the early 60's to mid 60's. John has since passed away many years ago. If possible, we would love information, stories and of course pictures. He may be placed in the Clyde Hall of Fame Sports mus. My name is Thomas N Marro of Geneva N.Y and can be contected at my E-Mail address Newton222@verizon.net or call at 315-781-0323,,Thanks again.
10/12/09 Hi Tom, from the 'Syracuse Scrapbook' by Gary Spaid and Bob Hunter, John's best finish at the Fair was third in 1959 behind Jack Murphy and Bobby Cain. Cliff Kotary won the State Fair races from 1960-1965. A good source for Waterloo trivia is Chuck Brownell of Newark - (315) 548-4526. - Jeff
10/2/09 “LOST SPEEDWAYS” PROGRAM SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM – NOVEMBER 28, 2009 The most popular Racing in New York gallery program will return on the traditional “Saturday after Thanksgiving” date with memorabilia displays, driver autographs and presentations recalling speedways no longer in existence. Memorabilia at Noon – Autograph Session at 12:30 Presentations in the Racing in NY Gallery at 1:15 Lebanon Valley Before the High Banks – Ed Bittig Sr. Flat Track Motorcycle Racing – Mark Supley Pico, VT. Speedway’s NY Stars – Bill Ladabouche The Tracks of New York City – Gary London Team Racing at Riverside Park – Lew Boyd and former participants The Beach Course at Daytona – Russ Truelove and Greg Rickes Tentative Albany-Saratoga -The Old Asphalt Days – Brian Ross and Ron Hedger The Saratoga Automobile Museum is on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State park, between Rt. 9 and Rt. 50, off Northway Exit 13N If you have memorabilia to share, please have it ready for display before noon. The museum opens at 10 am and memorabilia tables will be available at 11 am. Beginning in early November, the Golub Gallery display will be Jack Gillette’s amazing Corvette collection.
9/28/09 I have #412 sock car that I believe was driven by Tom Kupichener in the 1950s, in the Westport, Waterloo, Beavertown, Lafhyette area. I can not find any additional information or photos of it. I would greatly appreciate any information you could give me, or tell me where to look. Thank you Tom Douglass
10/4/09 Great find Tom, anyone got any info for him? - Jeff
9/26/09 THE PIC OF FIVE MILE WITH THE 150 IN IT THE CAR WAS OWNED BY CLIFF VERNON AN DRIVEN BY RED HARRINGTON. CLIFF WAS ED KALAFS FATHER IN LAW HE OWNED THE 14 RED DROVE EARLIER. E. J. FRENCH
9/27/09 Thank you for the information E. J. - Jeff
9/18/09 Gentlemen, I am a motorcycle guy and a lifelong flathead enthusiast. I found your website today while looking for info on Winfield cams.. Your technical info was like going to church. God Bless and please continue your excellent work. Flatheads keep me centered and sane in an insane world..........Larry Doane - Agua Dulce, Ca. - The land of shake, bake and lots of flame.
9/20/09 Thanks Larry for you interest and comliments, glad you like the site. - Jeff
8/10/09 Just wanted to drop a line to let you know that I really enjoy the web site. The event writeups make me feel like I was there with you. Great quality in your photos and download time is good on my dial up line. Thanks for keeping vintage cars on the track. Ken Paulsen - New Hampshire
8/20/09 And thank you Ken for the nice note. - Jeff
8/5/09 Hello Friends, Many of you were unable to attend my Dad’s funeral and after celebration at the PIT (Performance Instruction and Training). We ended his “Celebration of Life” with a video tribute in the theater. I have included the links to that tribute on YOUTUBE for all to see and enjoy. Thank you to everyone for all your kind words and support. I miss my father immensely, but he is no longer in pain and is in a better place. We will have a final memorial service in NY on Aug. 8 Saturday with his burial in the Brownville Cemetery to follow. Interesting enough, half of his ashes are in NC. On Father’s Day, I buried part of his ashes with Joyce and the remaining half on the third turn infield at Lowes Motor Speedway. He would have liked that. His tribute consisted of two separate videos, so there are two links below. Make sure to Click the links in the correct order. Fondly Joni May Hubbard Atlanta 1982 Starting Lineup Link: See row 12 (You will enjoy this DK!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-aaBQcZkbQ Dick May Tribute Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05BzG0EPhaU
8/7/09 Thank you Joni- Jeff
7/30/09 I went on your site today saw the story on Dick May. I knew Dick back in the late 70s when he had his shop at CMS. I was a 21 year old hanging around the shop helping him. I was wanting to race bad and had found a car I was going to buy. It was an old Studebaker that had raced dirt in the Carolinas for 10 years or so It had been sitting at a guys house for 5 years or so in the weather. Dick went with me to look at the car pronounced it a death trap and told me he would whip me if I bought it. We later on found me a safe car to race. Dick probably saved my life another guy bought the car and crashed it and was seriosly injured. I was sad to see Dick had passed away. On another note I drove that Ford truck that he owned in the picture a few times to races etc. RIP Dick your friend Smokey Joe aka 'The Kid' - Stuart Bragg
7/28/09 A memorial service and “Celebration of Life” for Dick May will be held Saturday, August 8th , 1PM at the Brownville Methodist Church and burial will follow at the Brownville Cemetary. Mr. May died June 9 in NC where he resided for 30 years and raced in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series from 1967 to 1986. Joni May
7/16/09 RECOLLECTIONS OF DAYTONA BEACH COURSE TO HIGHLIGHT NOVEMBER LOST SPEEDWAYS PROGRAM Saratoga Springs, NY. The Saratoga Automobile Museum’s most popular ongoing program, Lost Speedways, will return on November 28, 2009, its traditional “Saturday after Thanksgiving” date. Highlighting the afternoon’s presentations will be NASCAR pioneer Russ Truelove’s recollections of his experiences racing on the old Daytona Beach course, where racers roared south on a narrow highway, then back north on the treacherous beach sand to complete their lap. In that era, it was common for northeastern racers to drive their nearly stock cars to Florida, run the race and then, hopefully, drive them home again. “We’ve found that the Saturday after Thanksgiving is the perfect day for Lost Speedways, with well-fed racers and fans ready for some racing action instead of hitting the malls with hordes of other shoppers,” said Ron Hedger, coordinator of the museum’s Racing in New York gallery and event organizer. “We’ve got some great speakers lined up for the Racing in New York gallery upstairs and like other years, we’ll have the downstairs full of memorabilia for visitors to share and enjoy. We’ll also have a new feature, an autograph session featuring all the past and present drivers who traditionally turn out for the event.” The focus of Lost Speedways is a look back at tracks or speedway configurations that no longer exist except in photos and golden memories and like past years, a varied lineup is on tap. Truelove and sidekick Greg Rickes will be joined by racing historian and Gater News columnist Ed Biittig, who will discuss the Lebanon Valley Speedway before the high banks went up, and Mark Supley, who will return to expand on his popular recollections of flat track motorcycle racing in the area. National Speed Sport News columnist Gary London will be on hand to discuss the lost tracks of New York City, with Speedway Illustrated contributor and racing book publisher Lew Boyd set to discuss the fabled team races at Riverside Park in Agawam, MA, hopefully with a former competitor or two jumping in to highlight his tales. Another highly respected historian, web site operator Bill Ladabouche, will hit on a number of subjects, including the New Yorkers who competed at the old Pico Speedway near Rutland, VT. Ladabouche may also be joined by a mystery guest, best described as southern Vermont’s most colorful auto racing promoter. Those with memorabilia to share are asked to have it on display by noon, with drivers invited to meet their old fans and sign autographs at 12:30. The Lost Speedway presentations will begin at 1:15 pm and continue through the afternoon.
7/6/09 Good Monday evening to all, Well the time is drawing near for your RSVP and payment to arrive here in Florida if you haven't already sent it before we pack up and head north for the CLR luncheon/reunion. A very important phone call was received here in St. Petersburg over the weekend from a great stock car driver in the 50s and 60s Bill Wimble. Bill is releasing his new book "I'll never be last again" at the Utica-Rome Speedway on July 22 and guess where his next book-signing release event will be at in the Country!! Your right, the Cuba Lake Raceway luncheon/reunion. I have had the pleasure of knowing Bill for several years now and he sure is enjoyable to be around. He competed against a number of our own drivers that attend the luncheon each year like Bill Rafter and Eddie Ortiz. Bill Wimble was the winner of 14 track championships at 8 different tracks in NYS and New England and 5 NYS and 2 Conn. state championships under the NASCAR banner in the 50's and 60's with his famous 33 car. Bill also won the 1960 Sportsman(Nationwide series now) championship and tied for the 1961 title. Bill was also one of the inaugural Dirt Hall of Fame inductees along with our own Bill Rafter. I am sure you will enjoy meeting Bill and talking racing from those great days. Bill and his wife Nancy are really looking forward to attending the CLR luncheon/reunion with all of us. If you haven't sent in your RSVP and payment do it soon as I must have it by next Monday as no day of the luncheon payments can be made. Cuba Lake Raceway 7th annual luncheon/reunion July 29th 2009 The 7th annual CLR luncheon/reunion will be held on Wednesday July 29, 2009 at Moonwinks restaurant just north of Cuba, NY on Rt. 305 and 1/2 mile from the site of the CLR track. Registration starts at 10:30 with lunch at 12:15pm. Cost is $14 per person with a choice of Baked Ham with Pineapple Sauce or Roast Turkey with Stuffing & Gravy. RSVP required and to be at Florida address by July 13th along with name(s) of person(s) attending and choice of entree for each. Check or money order made payable to: Ford Easton, 5200 28th St. N. # 651, St. Petersburg, FL 33714. Harold Sager great person and famous race car and engine builder in the 50s - 60s including chief mechanic position for a Jim Hurtubise car at Indy is guest speaker. Seating is limited. Any questions email@example.com or 727-522- 4042.
6/25/09 45th ANNUAL HEATH MEMORIAL THIS SATURDAY AT FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY. CARL NAGEL TO BE HONORED FOR 5OTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF RACING. Kirkwood, NY…Special is an understatement when race fans talk about the annual Heath Memorial event at Five Mile Point Speedway. The event honors the memory of Anna and Irving Heath, the founders/builders of the speedway. Today their grandson Andrew Harpell owns and operates the speedway. This Saturday the Heath Memorial will be run for the 45th time. Racing gets underway at 6 p.m. with Kiddie Rides available for the youngsters at 5:15 p. m. The 45th running of the Heath Memorial will see a special 45 lap Modified feature event paying $2,000 to the race winner. A full program of Sportsman, Pure Stocks, IMCA Modifieds and Lightning Cats will also be in action. Modified campaigner Carl Nagel of West Windsor, NY will be honored and presented with a “key to the quarter mile” as he is in the midst of a remarkable 50th year of racing at the speedway. Nagel has won just under 200 feature events and has earned 13 Track Championships at speedways throughout the northeast. In 2005 he was inducted in to the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame at the Cayuga County Fairgrounds in Weedsport, New York. The list of accomplishments for Nagel are so many that they could only be summed up in a novel. For six decades he has competed at a level that most drivers would hope to establish as their best season of racing. Nagel has logged countless feature wins at Five Mile Point Speedway and has led some of the best to the win along the way. “Bubby” as Carl has been nicknamed for many years is a former Five Mile Point Speedway Track Champion and also a three time winner of the Heath Memorial. His most recent feature victory came on Saturday, May 5th of 2007 at Five Mile Point Speedway when he won the STAR Series 50 lap special event at the young age of 67. The win made him the oldest driver to ever log a feature victory at the speedway. It was his first victory at the speedway since 1990 and came on a night that honored the passing of “Irish” Joe Donahue, a former Modified competitor with Nagel for decades. “Bubby” as Carl has been nicknamed for many years is a former Five Mile Point Speedway Track Champion and also a three time winner of the Heath Memorial. A legend of area racing the staff and family of Five Mile Point Speedway looks forward to honoring Carl “Bubby” Nagel this Saturday night. The official Carl Nagel racing website can be found at www.carlnagel.com. The annual Racers Reunion will again bring back all of the legends of racing to Five Mile Point Speedway. All of the former drivers will be introduced during the evening and each year drivers return from all over the United States for this event. Racing gets underway at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday night. For the youngsters, Kiddie Rides will take place at 5:15 p.m. For more information please phone the speedway offices at 607-775- 5555 or log on to www.fivemilepointspeedway.net.
6/25/09 Congratulations Carl! Go get 'em, see you Saturday night. - Jeff
6/20/09 Looky what came in the mail yesterday... Another 'must have' from pensmith Lew Boyd, I've been looking forward to this release since I knew about it. Get to Utica-Rome on July 22nd and get your copy autographed by Bill. See you there.
6/18/09 Just went down memory lane with those pics and history of the tracks at Five Mile Point, Chemung, Shangri-La, Twin Valley, and would like pics/articles from 62 on also for Glen Aubrey that Gary Rudler drove in....just hooked back up with him from 45 years ago after I lost my husband....Gary's practically an invalid now, had to move and with limited space, he had to throw out all his scrapbooks and trophies from a time in his life that he relives every day....I've tried to get info (at least a few clippings) especially Shangri-La, Chemung, Twin Valley and Glen Aubrey for him without success and wanted to print off all this info for him but I'm "not allowed"....please tell me how I can get your pics from these tracks and anyplace I can get any articles about him. Have tried contacting Binghamton Press Sports person, and he's been less than helpful. Talked to a lady at Broome County Library and she said it'd be $10/hr for one of them to look up the micro-fiche and/or I could have someone go look at it all, but that it won't just zoom to Sports section and I'd need exact dates....I'm in Florida...kind of hard for me to do that!!! Would appreciate any help...thanks. Jill Denucci
6/21/09 If anyone has any pics or articles including Gary Rudler, please let us know and we'll pass along to Jill. Thanks - Jeff
6/13/09 HI JEFF: THESE ARE A COUPLE OF PHOTOS I CAME ACROSS THAT WERE TAKEN WHEN KEN MEAHL WAS INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME IN WEEDSPORT IN 1997. THESE ARE THE SAME GUYS THAT ARE IN THE PICTURE "AT THE FAIR" THAT YOU POSTED EXCEPT FOR BOB MAIDA WHO IS DECEASED. DUTCH GARDNER HAS PASSED SINCE THE THE 1997 PICTURES. DAD IS NOW 84 AND KENNY IS 78 AND THEY USUALLY WATCH THE SPRINT CUP RACES AND TRY TO ATTEND THE OUTLAW SPRINTS WHEN IN THE AREA. KEN SAYS HE WOULD SURE LOVE TO DO 10 HOT LAPS IN AN OUTLAW SPRINT. YEAH,RIGHT! GUYS LIKE THESE ARE LIVING HISTORY OF DAYS GONE BY. IT SURE WAS THE GOLDEN AGE OF "REAL STOCK CAR RACING"! I WOULD LIKE TO ASK IF ANYONE HAS ANY PICTURES OR MEMORIBILIA FROM LANCASTER SPEEDWAY FROM THE OPENING IN 1959 TILL 1964 TO PLEASE CONTACT ME AT WBENT39097@AOL.COM. THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE MUCH OUT THERE. WHO KNOWS? THANKS......BILL BENTLEY
6/21/09 Thanks once again Bill, anybody got any pics? - Jeff
6/12/09 To whom this may concern, I love all the old photos !! I am currently rounding up my old photos GAR / 5Mile / Shangri-La in hopes that you will post them. I don't have many, but I am sure that they might mean a lot for some folks. What format would be the easiest way for you to accept my contributions? Thank You, Rick Redpath (son of Dick Redpath: #2, #50, #150, #85 1956-1964)
6/14/09 Nice meeting you yesterday Rick - best format is Jpeg, 72 Dpi is fine and you can e-mail them to me here at the site. Thank you - Jeff
6/11/09 Dick May Born Nov. 7, 1930 Deceased June 9, 2009 Calling Hours: Monday June 15 at 1PM in the afternoon and in the evening at 7PM Funeral service will be conducted at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville NC at Tuesday, June 16 at 1PM followed by a processional to the reception facilities of Performance Instruction & Training (PIT), 156 Byers Creek Rd., Mooresville, NC where Family and Friends will continue a “Celebration of Life” for Dick until 5PM. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home 704-664-3363
6/11/09 Cuba Lake Raceway 7th annual luncheon/reunion July 29th 2009 The 7th annual CLR luncheon/reunion will be held on Wednesday July 29, 2009 at Moonwinks restaurant just north of Cuba, NY on Rt. 305 and 1/2 mile from the site of the CLR track. Registration starts at 10:30 with lunch at 12:15pm. Cost is $14 per person with a choice of Baked Ham with Pineapple Sauce or Roast Turkey with Stuffing & Gravy. RSVP required and to be at Florida address by July 13th along with name(s) of person(s) attending and choice of entree for each. Check or money order made payable to: Ford Easton, 5200 28th St. N. # 651, St. Petersburg, FL 33714. Harold Sager great and famous race car and engine builder in the 50s - 60s including chief mechanic position for a Jim Hurtubise car that qualified at Indy is guest speaker. Seating is limited. Any questions firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-522-4042.
6/14/09 Thanks Ford - this is a great event to attend if you can. - Jeff
6/9/09 Dear Friends It is with extreme sadness I must report that my father, Dick May, passed away this afternoon at 3:50PM. As many of you know, he has been quite sick for the past year and his body was just worn out when pneumonia set in. In his own words, “He hit the wall for the final time”. His humor was intact and he was strong until the end. Thank you to all who have given me kind words and strength during this difficult time. Funeral Arrangements are with the Cavin Cook Funeral Home in Mooresville, NC (date pending) and a memorial service will also be held in NY at a future date in late June or early July. Sincerely, Joni May
6/10/09 Joni, please accept our condolences on your family's loss, Dick was a great guy and will be sorely missed. I am sorry. - Jeff
6/6/09 Chemung Speedrome fans responded to the call for help during the 5/30/09 show's intermission. Ron Kent, younger brother of George “The Duke” is terminally ill and his wish is to return to his family in Horseheads, NY. Drivers passed their helmets and $806.24 went to the Kent family to help with expenses. Billy Griffin, owner of Classic Auto and a longtime friend of the family, has donated a motor home so that they can travel comfortably. Ron Kent owned the famed #26 Modified that George drove to countless feature wins early in his career. Others wishing to help should call Bob Stapleton at 607-857-4843 for more information.
6/7/09 Thanks once again to Mark Southcott for passing this info along, best wishes to Ron. -Jeff
6/5/09 Good Evening Friends, I just received a call from my Dad’s Doctor at the VA Home. Unfortunately, he has taken a turn for the worse. I have been advised to contact Hospice and consider “comfort” measures to help Dad. It is also suggested by his Doctor to notify his family and friends to let you know that anyone who wishes to see him should do so sooner rather than later. He may not even know you are there, so please keep that in mind. Yet who knows…..tomorrow he may be more alert. He seemed better to me yesterday, but like so many days in the past year, everyday is different. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated. Sincerely, Joni May
6/7/09 Thank you Joni, I'm praying for the best for Dick and your family - Jeff
6/2/09 CUBA LAKE RACEWAY 7TH ANNUAL LUNCHEON/REUNION Wednesday, July 29, 2009 with registration at 10:30 a.m. and lunch at 12:15 p.m. with choice of baked ham with pineapple sauce or roast turkey with stuffing and gravy. Moonwinks Restaurant 9302 Jackson Hill Rd./Route 305 (half mile from site of CLR track and just north of Cuba) Cuba, NY 14727 Admission is $14.00 and seating is limited! Guest speaker: Harold Sager - chief mechanic for Jim Hurtubise, racecar and engine builder * Check or money order made payable by Monday, July 13, 2009 with choice of entree and names of people attending: Ford Easton 5200 28th St. N. #651 St. Petersburg, FL 33714 * Contact email@example.com or 727-522-4042 with any questions.
6/7/09 Thanks to Mark Southcott for passing this along - a great event! - Jeff
6/1/09 Jeff: Everything is well done here in NJ as well. Thanks for thinking of me. I'll start beating the bushes down here for an F-4 as well. I have two other cams I want to try: Clay Smith 272-2 and a Melling A-200. I think I'm going to go with the Potvin 3/8ths if I can't locate an F-4 before my latest build goes together. If you do run that 353-2, let me know what you think. I'd appreciate it. Take care and keep in touch. I appreciate it. Tim Ayers
6/7/09 Allright fellas, who has a spare Weber F-4 laying around? Please contact me if you do and I'll get ahold of Tim (at least with the 2nd one...) - Jeff
6/1/09 Hello All, My Dad is still in the Rowan Medical Center (2 weeks as of tomorrow). He was admitted with a possible heart attack, but that does not seem to be the problem. His cardiac enzymes were elevated (indicating a heart attack), but apparently, he was extremely dehydrated which put everything (electrolytes and potassium) out of whack. He also has pneumonia, a urinary tract infection, dysphasia (cannot swallow or eat without choking), and something new called VRE bacterial colonization. To get ahead of the eating and drinking problem, he now has a feeding tube. Again….a vicious circle. The hydration and nutrition creates most of his problems. Perhaps with the feeding tube, now he will stabilize. He is able to talk a bit, therefore, feel free to call him in his room at: (704) 210-5000 Room 408 Rowan Regional Medical Center 612 Mocksville Avenue Salisbury, N.C. 28144 Thank you in advance for your support and concern. Kind Regards, Joni May Hubbard
6/1/09 Thanks you once again Joni for keeping us updated on Dick's condition, tell him we said hello. Thanks - Jeff
5/21/09 This is for whoever is rebuilding the McClure #15 and was asking for help in the translation of Das Gespritze Huhn. This is german for sure. DAS=THERE GESPRIZTE= SPRITZER, WINE WITH SODA WATER HUHN=CHICKEN OR FOWL So it would it translates into english as: THE SPRIZTER CHICKEN Hope this helps. Chuck
5/26/09 Thank you Chuck, that's basically what I got too, now if I only knew what it meant? - Jeff
4/28/09 Just a short note to say thank you all for your cards, visits and phone calls during my recent surgery. Recovery is going to be slow but all your thoughts and good wishes help. See you all soon..........Larry Witter
5/4/09 Hope you are feeling better Larry. - Jeff
4/27/09 I found this in a 1967 fair book my Grandfather Clifford Ingalls had thought you maybe interested in it... Bob Gossman
5/4/09 Great Stuff, thank you Bob. - Jeff
4/19/09 Hey Jeff, How's it going. I saved this one from the scrapper yesterday. Came out of Penn Yan. See link. Ed
4/20/09 Looks good Ed, keep us updated on the restoration progress and history of the car. Thanks - Jeff
4/18/09 Dear Kenny Brock & Jeff, I am Howie Westervelt's 2nd cousin, my father was his first cousin. I just recently spent some time with Howie's wife and I believe I have the history behind the #24 car. Jeff is right about the #83 car and the #24 car but there is more to the story. Let me know how to contact you guys. I am also very interested, especially in preserving Howies history. His wife will be ecstatic to know it is still around and so am I ! Wayde
4/20/09 Thanks Wayde, you can contact me here and I've sent you Kenny's e-mail addy. - Jeff
4/9/09 I'm David E. Jones (Dave), son of Donald E. Jones (Don), of the West Danby area of upstate New York. I have one photo of my father, taken at Woodhall Raceway, from about the early- to mid-60s. I'm attempting to locate any more photos of my father's car(s) or of him. I know that he raced at the following tracks: Woodhall, Dundee, Dryden Speedway, Perry Speedway, Blodgett Mills, Chemung and Shangri-La and possibly other tracks. If this will help, he used to race with the following drivers: Herbie Green, Nolan Swift, Flying Brian Osgood, Richie Evans, George Kent, and his brother-in-law Albert Van Dyke and his brother Ernie Jones. I was also told that my dad and uncles raced on a figure-eight track somewhere in the New York/Pennsylvania area.
If anyone can help locate more photos or information about my father and his racing career, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If anyone needs to post the photo that I have of my father in his car at Woodhall, please also let me know. I was also a racer from 1983 to 2007, at many area tracks in New York and Pennsylvania. Thank you very much for any help that you can give me
4/12/09 If we hear of anything, we'll pass it on Dave. Thanks - Jeff
4/8/09 Jeff: A while back you asked me if there was a picture of the #38 coupe that was wrecked at the state fair......I was at my Dad's today and I found this picture buried in some other pictures.....as far as I know this must be the only one. This picture shows Leo Lewandowski driving the car and I asked my father about it. He said that Ken Meahl and him built all of my father's cars and Ken was the primary driver. As you probably know Ken was driving his own Nascar sportsman at this time but he always had priority to drive before anyone else if he wanted to in the flat head sportsman. I was browsing through your site today and he saw the picture of Bruce Fleishman pulling into the pits at Waterloo. Bruce was a haired gun who won eleven features at Lancaster in 1962. I guess Ken Meahl had a chance to drive and Dad said Bruce kind of got upset about it....he told him too bad that was the deal. Thank you for your hard work on getting this history together....you inspired me to get it also! I have this crazy idea to build a replica of one of his cars but I think I am unable to do it now......but I can still think about it. Let me know if you get this message and the picture. If you need the picture I will send it to you. Thanks! Bill Bentley
4/12/09 Thanks once again Bill for your interest and information. Above on the left is Leo Lewandowski in the coupe Ken Meahl wrecked at the State Fair in 1963 as captured by Don Phoenix on the right. Ken was lucky in this crash and only suffered a lacerated arm. -Jeff
4/6/09 To Whom it my concern, While doing research on my lastest engine project (a early England Casted Ardun Headed Flathead) I came across your website. While going through your site I saw a picture of a Miller SINGLE overhead cam model A. Well, I'm sending you a pic of one of my past projects, A Deryer DUAL overhead cam model A. I was told it was 1 of 5 known to exsist that Pops Deryer made before the war. After the war they were all Aluminum like a Offy. The owner of the car at the time was a Friend of the family and had taken it out to Michigan International Speedway. As you can tell by seeing the rod journal throught the hole in the block a car set up to 1/4 Dirt dont belong on a 2 mile paved oval. WE WARNED HIM AHEAD OF TIME. After the rebuild, He ran it few more time that sold the car. Last I hurd, it was rolled across the aution block in Florida I think. When I was done it had Ross Custom Pistons, Taylor H-beam Rods and a Small Block Chevy Rear Main Seal. Hope you enjoy the pic. If I find a better picture (without a window in the block) I'll send it to you. Thank you for your time and the wondeful website, Marty Willim Willim Vintage Engines Carleton, MI PS- Maybe you have seen or heard about my father's book, "The V8-60 Ford's Little Powerhouse". If not, here is a link to it: www.willimvintageengines.com
4/12/09 Neat Stuff Marty, thanks for sharing - those 60's are great! - Jeff
4/5/09 Subject: Dick May Update Dear Family and Friends, I wish to update you all on my Dad’s condition. He is in room 123 on the 2nd floor of the NC Veterans Home in Salisbury and can receive calls on his new cell phone which is actually his home phone number (704-455-5019). I have purchased him a hands-free device that answers the phone automatically after two rings and he can speak through it much like a speaker phone. He can make outgoing calls by voice activation, but his speech is often so poor, he has problems activating the device. Therefore, please take a moment and call him if only to say “hello”. If his voice is labored, ask him to just listen and give him some positive thoughts. A two minute call means the world to him. He has been receiving calls (and visits) from Auntie Ruth, my Mother, Lindsay May, Bill Maxon and George Weber most often. He could use more friendly voices. At this time, he is struggling with pneumonia due to aspiration. His swallowing problems have made it almost impossible to avoid pneumonia. He has good days….he has bad days. Two days ago, I was certain he could not go on. When I saw him yesterday….he rallied! Not the same man I saw the day before! Today, he is not great. Everyday is different. I thank everyone in advance for any assistance that may possibly motivate him. Kind Regards, Joni May
4/5/09 Thank you Joni for keeping us up to date on Dick's condition. Jeff
4/3/09 Your site is great, I was wondering if you have any more pictures of my father Bruce Winton he raced number 197 at Brookfield and Morris. Mike Winton
4/5/09 If anyone has any pics of the #197 'Restored' by clubmember Mike Newell, please let us know and we'll pass them along to Mike. - Jeff
4/2/09 Here are some more Pict's, show them around and see if anybody recognizes anything. Thanks for your help. Kenny
4/1/09 Recieved this e-mail from Cuba Lake Re-union organizer Ford Easton: Hi to all, This year I want to give you plently of advance notice for the luncheon date so a conflict with a vacation trip, reunion etc. doesn't cause you, your friends and family to miss attending. In the past several folks have had a conflict come up close to the date of the luncheon and they couldn't attend. The date for the 7th annual luncheon is July 29 2009 (Wed). It will be at Moonwinks just north of the village of Cuba, NY. I have polled many that have attended each year and everyone agrees it is a great location for it so we are contining to have it here. I will be sending out an e-mail in mid June with all the info. and instructions for sending your reservations in to me. As in the past two choices for your entree will be available. The luncheon is open to all that were involved or were fans of stock car racing in the 50s and 60s. Have a great Spring and I will be back to you in a couple of months. Ford Easton
3/27/09 This e-mail was forwarded by Richard Parry: Hello Friends; I recieved an e-mail today from Chuck Pierce, Ron, his Dad, passed away this am around 2 am, home in bed with family by his side, peacefully in sleep. He gave it a good go, hung in a long time after the Docs predicted. Cancer had spread into colon and other glands from lung & kidney. I talked wit Ron earlier this week, he was aware of his fate and in good spirits. ...........Life goes on.................as ever, John P. Ron Pierce was Charley Pierce's (owner of the Tommy Wilson driven P-13) son and sold us the car several years ago, he was very good to us and interested in the restoration. A nice man that will be sorely missed, we'd like to wish our condolences to the Pierce Family. - Jeff
3/24/09 Hi Ken, Great find, that's one sharp car. Howie Westervelt was a very succesfull racer at Lebanon Valley and I beleive holds the record for feature wins in one season at that track, although I don't beleive that was done in this car. He also was successful at Victoria in Duanesburg and won once at Fonda in 1959 - see the FONDA! book, pages 111-112. He usually ran a car #83 with the Toll Gate Ice Cream sponsorship - the #24 was the Wright/Zauntner entry and Howie drove for them from '59-'63 until he was replaced by Ken Shoemaker, other drivers of the Wright/Zauntner #24 included (in brief stints, Richie Evans and Don McTavish). Westervelt didn't have as much luck with the #24 as he did the #83. Another fellow to talk to about this would be photographer John Grady from Schenectady, he would know stories none of us would and of course Cliff Wright who is still wrenching some for John Flack on his antique modifieds. Let me know what your plans are for the car and I'll put my plug in now - if you ever decide to sell it - I'd like a shot at it. If it's the original car, it should have either a flathead or possibly a y-block - it's a '37 Ford with earlier ('35 or '36) side curtains - please send more photos and more details - does it still have the rearend and transmission? Etc. - looks like you're only missing an engine and radiator, once again great find - here's a few pics I have of the #24 and #83. Please get back to me with your plans. Take it easy - Jeff
3/21/09 Hello , I just picked up this new racer, its been sitting in a barn covered up for about 30 years, the name on the car is Howie Westervelt. If you have any history or photos it would be greatly appreciated. I believe the car was built by Bob Devine, I can send better Pict's also if you wish. Kenneth Brock
2/20/09 This note was passed along by Mark Southcott: Former '67-'74 Lancaster Speedway photographer Gordie Reinig is in Roswell in Buffalo and undergoing chemo. The "Lancaster Heroes" book wouldn't have happened without him. The recent FOAR SCORE Club 61st Annual Awards Party program was delivered to him, and it made his day that he was included in it. I'm sure that Gordie would appreciate cards. They can be sent to his daughter:
Gordon Reinig c/o Elizabeth Reinig Federice 244 Shepard Ave. Buffalo, NY 14217
2/19/09 Hi, my name is Mike Kazmierczak. I have grown up around racing my whole life. My uncle used to own cars back in the 60's and 70's. His name was Paul Bowker, and he owned the #54 driven by Billy Blum and then Roger Burdick. I love the vintage cars and I am looking to try to find one. I saw all the projects on this page, and I was wondering if anyone has ever come across one of the #54 cars. There was a couple coupes and also a falcon. I am really trying to find one of the cars Roger Burdick drove. I would love to find even a part of the chassis somewhere. I know these cars are hard to come across now-a- days, but I am going to try my hardest to find one. I am really serious about doing this, so if you have any leads or advice to give, please let me know. Your site is great and has a lot of old pictures and information. I would love to be a member someday! Please help me out anyway you can, thanks! Mike Kazmierczak
2/22/09 If we run across anything of Roger's we'll let you know Mike. - Jeff
2/2/09 Hey Jeff, thought I would let you know, Carl just got a new ride for his 50th year of racing. He will be driving for Hamm Motorsports - ( Bobby Hamm)! Good deal! Talk to you soon, Val Nagel
2/8/09 That's great news Val, thank you for sharing it with us. Best of Luck to you and Carl this season. See you soon. - Jeff
1/25/09 It's come to our attention that former Watertown Champ and NASCAR driver Dick May has been experiencing some health problems and would enjjoy hearing from friends. Dick can be reached at Box 2, Harrisburg, North Carolina, 28075. Get well soon Dick - Jeff
1/25/09 ERICK RUDOLPH AND DAVE DUBOIS NAMED AS DRIVERS OF THE YEAR AT FRIENDS OF AUTO RACING AWARDS BANQUET Bowmansville, NY: The Friends of Auto Racing (F.O.A.R. S.C.O.R.E.) Fan Club held their annual awards dinner on Saturday January 24, 2009 at the Elks Club in Lancaster, NY. A crowd of approximately 200 gathered for the affair which annually recognizes presents specialty awards to deserving drivers and key racing supporters from Western New York and Ontario’s Niagara Region. The highlights of the evening included the induction of four members into the Friends of Auto Racing Hall of Fame and the presentation of Driver of the Year Awards to Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY (asphalt racing) and Dave DuBois of Corfu, NY (dirt racing). DuBois had a career best season in 360 Late Model racing, recording multiple wins and track titles at both Black Rock Speedway and Genesee Speedway. Among his Black Rock wins was a victory in the BRP CanAm 360 Late Model Series. His Genesee record showed only one finish worse than sixth for the year. Rudolph had a phenomenal year, becoming the first driver to ever win the Modified and SST Sportsman titles at Dunn Tire Raceway Park (formerly Lancaster Speedway) in the same season. Rudolph also became the youngest driver ever to win a Dunn Tire Modified feature race. His '08 wins included the US Open SST Sportsman 75 at Dunn Tire, and SST specials at Wyoming County International and Spencer Speedways. In addition, in nine rookie starts on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, he had five top ten finishes. Rudolph, in addition, earned a unique double in awards - he was also the recipient of the Achievement on Dirt award, in recognition of his victories in the Town Mechanical 30 for DIRTCar Sportsmen on the Syracuse mile in October (in his first ever race on the mile) and in the Empire State Modified Midget Championship at Genesee Speedway. Todd Hoddick of Cheektowaga, NY was honored with the Achievement on Asphalt award, for his major Late Model victories in the Budweiser 100 at Holland and the Race of Champions 50 at Oswego, in addition to his impressive top 15 showings in his first forays into ARCA racing at Berlin, MI and Toledo, OH. The Families in Racing Award, which recognizes area families who have had long, successful involvements with the sport in the region, was presented to two families: the Barber Family and the Friesen family. The Barbers, based in Bliss, NY, have a four generation, 55 plus year history in area motorsports, as owner/mechanics and racers. They have collected numerous track championships around Western New York, with the late Gail Barber, a two-time Lancaster Modified champ, in the Friends of Auto Racing Hall of Fame. In addition, the Barbers built and operate the very successful kart track, Bliss International Speedway. Joe, Madonna, and Camden Barber received the award on behalf of the family. Likewise, for three generations, the St. Catharines, ON based Friesen family has had a proven success record both on the speedway and in operating racetracks, with Ransomville Speedway under their current ownership. Patriarch Stan, with multiple track titles to his record, and the late Alex Friesen, an energetic race promoter, are in the Friends of Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Joel and James Michael Friesen received the award on behalf of the family. The families were presented with a recognition trophy while a permanent plaque will be housed at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen. Rookie of the Year awards were presented to Ransomville and Merrittville 358 Modified racer Tom Flannigan (dirt) and Dunn Tire and Spencer Modified Sportsman driver Andy Jankowiak (asphalt). Most Improved Driver awards went to Genesee Pro Stock points runner- up Mike Martin (dirt) and Lake Erie Late Model points runner-up George Skora, III (asphalt). Dunn Tire Raceway Park Modified driver Karl Hehr was a popular choice for the Perseverance Award, marking his return to health and racing in 2008 after a devastating wreck two seasons earlier. Modified and Sportsman racer and 2Kwik chassis builder Rick Kluth was presented the Sportsmanship Award. The Dick Hammond Dedication to Auto Racing Award was presented to long time area racer Bill Torrisi, in recognition of his 50+ year involvement in the sport. Mae Urban, who in 2008, was the first woman to win a Holland points title in a predominantly male racing division, earned the Woman in Racing Award. The Mechanical Achievement Award was presented to TQ Midget team owner Vince Christiano, Sr. Buffalo radio station WEDG-FM (103.3 The Edge) was presented the Promotional Award for their successful Wednesday evening Cruise Nights at Dunn Tire Raceway Park. Lou Ensworth, who has been a writer, photographer, and racing historian for over 60 years, was presented the Media Award. Special Recognition Awards were presented to Pete Bicknell, in recognition of his 11th career Ransomville 358 Modified title and his 2008 Mr. DIRTCar 358 Modified crown; Joe Evans, in recognition of his first career SST Sportsman feature race wins and his overall SST Touring Series championship in just his second year of racing; and James Michael Friesen, for his accomplishments dirt Sportsman racing, with feature wins at six different speedways and a first career track title (at Ransomville) in 2008. Contribution to Racing Awards were presented to Friends of Auto Racing Club member Sandy Boczar for her extra efforts in fund raising for the Dunn Tire Raceway Park points fund, and to Dunn Tire Raceway Park Director of Stock Car Events Lori Overdorf for her work maintaining a successful oval track program at the Lancaster speedplant.
FRIENDS OF AUTO RACING INDUCT JOHN JULICHER, JACK VEACH, TURNER BROTHERS INTO HALL OF FAME Bowmansville, NY: At their annual awards banquet on Saturday, January 24th, the Friends of Auto Racing (F.O.A.R. S.C.O.R.E.) Fan Club inducted four new members into their Hall of Fame. The honorees included Late Model star John Julicher, long-time track official Jack Veach, and top level race car owners/builders, the Turner Brothers, Don and Ray. The annual banquet fetes top drivers in Western New York and Ontario’s Niagara Region, and introduces the newest members to the select hall of those who have had a significant impact in the region’s rich motorsports history. Each of the inductees received a recognition award, while the permanent Hall of Fame trophy and display is housed at the International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen. The banquet was held at the Elks Club in Lancaster, NY. Masters of Ceremonies Rick Mooney and Dave Buchanan presided over the inductions. Over the course of a 30 year racing career, John Julicher raced his way to 84 career wins and ten track titles. 74 of those wins and nine of those championships were at his home track of Lancaster Speedway. He was part of the relatively new Lancaster Street Stock class in the mid-'70s which evolved into the current Dunn Tire Raceway Park Late Model division, and was a winner and titleist in all phases of that evolution. He was a two-time winner of the Late Model Race of Champions at Oswego Speedway (1998 and 2002), and was the 1988 Spencer Speedway Late Model champion. His victory total at Lancaster puts him fourth on the oval’s all-time winner’s list. Retired racer and Foar Score Hall of Fame member Ron Martin made the presentation. The late Jack Veach was a well-respected area racing official for over 35 years. He handled virtually every official's job at some point in his career, from registering to flagging to serving as race director, and at numerous tracks, both dirt and asphalt. He was a regular at the Syracuse mile as part of the Super DIRT Week officials staff, and assisted at major special events on both sides of the American/Canadian border. His efforts were recognized by DIRT in 2000, as he was the recipient of the Leonard J. Sammons Contribution to Racing Award. Jack’s wife Bonnie, daughter Dawn, and son John accepted the award; Foar Score Recording Secretary and Historian Mark Southcott made the presentation. From the mid-'50s to the late-'70s, the Turner Brothers were considered among the leading race car builders and owners in the northeast. Their successes were the result of imagination, innovation, and a strong work ethic, producing some top notch equipment in their Scottsville, NY shop. The roster of drivers who competed and won in their equipment reads like a who’s who of area racing, and includes Elmer Musclow, Dutch Hoag, Lee Osborne, Bobby Merz, Mike Miller, and Gary Reichert. Notable among their well over 200 wins were the 1967 Race of Champions at Langhorne, with Hoag behind the wheel, the initial Modified Bud 150 at Oswego in 1969 with Merz driving, and the amazing 28 victory 1967 season for Osborne. Track championships at such venues as Monroe County, Hemlock, Spencer, and Shangri-La are part of their record. Gail Turner accepted the award on behalf of her late husband Ray, while Ken Turner accepted the award on behalf of his father Don. Modified car owner Dave DeLange made the presentation. This induction class brings the total membership in the Friends of Auto Racing Hall of Fame to 100. Source: Rick Mooney/FOAR SCORE Club PR
1/18/09 FOAR SCORE CLUB 61ST ANNUAL AWARDS PARTY SET FOR JANUARY 24, 2009 Lancaster, NY: The FOAR SCORE Club 61st Annual Awards Party will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Elks Club on Legion Pkwy. off of Broadway in Lancaster, NY (about 2 miles east of Transit Rd. on the right hand side just before Picasso's Pizza) from 6-11 p.m. A buffet will be served including herb roasted chicken, breaded pork chops, traditional mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, lazy pierogi and fruit salad. An awards ceremony will be a portion of the evening along with the newest inductees into the Hall of Fame: multi-time track champion John Julicher, legendary car owners and the brother team of Don and the late Ray Turner, and the late track official Jack Veach. This will also officially bring the FOAR SCORE Club Hall of Fame class to 100 members at this ceremony. Proper dress is required meaning no jeans, sneakers, t-shirts or hats. Admission is $30 per person and $55 per couple with check, MasterCard and Visa accepted. Space is limited to 250 people and people are encouraged to make reservations early. The deadline date to order tickets is Monday, January 19, 2009. Contact Barb at (716) 684-2852 for tickets or information. Advertising is available for the party program with the following rates: full page advertisement - $100.00, half page advertisement with business card in the yearly FOAR SCORE Club newsletter - $75.00, half page advertisement - $50.00, and quarter page advertisement - $25.00. Contact Barb at the previous number for details. Door prizes would be greatly appreciated. Please bring a nonperishable canned good for donation to the local food pantry. Join us as everyone is welcome to attend on that evening! Source: Mark Southcott/FOAR SCORE Club PR
1/14/09 Jeff, Thanx to you and your dad for the phone conversation weds. night.I would like to purchase a mid 30's chevy, or '39,'40 ford coupe. My father,and father-in-law ran in New Jersey in the 60's and early 70's. I would like to purchase a decent roller or something more then nothing that I have now. Any help, I would greatly appreciate. Thanx again, Bryan Miller (276-755-4157)
1/18/09 Best of luck to you Bryan - Jeff
1/13/09 Hi Jeff, Jackie Soper sent me the address for his brother who is having a battle with cancer. Boney raced an asphalt Street Stock #0 in the late '70s at places including Perry (Wyoming), Chemung and Shangri-La. I thought I'd pass it along for others. Mark Southcott
Boney Soper P.O. Box 132 Gillette, PA 16925
1/18/09 Best wishes to you Boney - Jeff
1/11/09 Today is our friend, Bill Wimble's 77th birthday, (1-11-32) DC.
1/11/09 Happy Birthday Bill! ~Jeff
1/5/09 Hi Jeff, Don't known any of this weeks photos. Did you see that Seward Rice passed away this week. He kept it together during the early years of Penn Can. I remember going to a SCSCC rules meeting with my dad and was impressed how he tried to keep the cost of racing down even in the early 60's. He gave me my first job at 12 years old, parking cars, my pay - get into the races free. Have a good week. Jerry Lillie
1/11/09 We'd like to extend our condolences to the Rice Family for their loss. I've also heard that legendary car owner Ray Turner passed this past week and we'd like to extend our condolences to the Turners as well. - Jeff
1/5/09 P R E S S R E L E A S E Riverside Park Speedway Reunion to be Presented by Budweiser Track and sponsor together again after 10 years SALISBURY, MA--SpeedwayEXPO and Williams Distributing, of Chicopee, MA, have announced that Budweiser will be the presenting sponsor of the Riverside Park Speedway Reunion, which will take place at XPO. Those who attend the Reunion's opening, on Friday night, February 27, will have a chance to go home with great gifts from Budweiser, including racing jackets, shirts and other racing-related prizes. The grand prize will be a Budweiser Mini Chopper worth more than $1,000, which will be won that night by a lucky individual at the Reunion. Budweiser has long been associated with racing. The brand's sponsorship of Daytona's Bud Shootout begins each year's stock car racing season and the Budweiser brand has long been part of some of racing's more colorful teams. Bud currently sponsors Kasey Kahne, who races out of the Gillette-Evernham stable in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series. Budweiser has been around New England racing for a long time, too. Ten years ago Williams Distributing, which sells Budweiser in the region, was honored as "sponsor of the year" at Riverside Park Speedway. Sadly, 1999 turned out to be the final year for both the amusement park and its popular racetrack. In 2009 SpeedwayEXPO is honoring Riverside Speedway with this Reunion, and Budweiser is pleased to once again be associated with the memorable track. Anthony Frasco, Director of Sales & Marketing at Williams, said, "It will be a thrill for us to be associated with this greatly anticipated reunion. The Great American Lager will have the opportunity to be reunited with thousands of fans and drivers at the 2009 SpeedwayEXPO." The Reunion will run all three days of the show--February 27 and 28, March 1. Admission to the Reunion is free with paid admission XPO. Tickets for SpeedwayEXPO can purchased in advance to save nearly one-third of the price at the gate. These money-saving tickets are available at 978-465-9099 x 103 (ask for Barbara) or online at SpeedwayEXPO.com. Produced by Speedway Illustrated Magazine and sponsored by Sunoco, SpeedwayEXPO will be at the Big E, in West Springfield, MA, Feb. 27 - March 1, 2009. It is the largest event for drivers, teams, tracks, and racing vendors in the Northeast. SpeedwayEXPO will launch the 2009 racing season with more than 200 new race cars and old favorites, and hundreds of exhibits for drivers, crews, and fans from a dozen states and Canada. Thousands of enthusiasts pack more than 130,000 square feet of exhibit space to take part in seminars and demonstrations; see retailers of racing gear and memorabilia; and meet today's and yesterday's racing celebrities. For the latest information on SpeedwayEXPO presented by Sunoco and to sign up to receive the free SpeedwayEXPO '09 E-newsletter, visit SpeedwayExpo.com. Contact: Ted Hugger 207-799-1356
1/3/2009 Just heard word from Phil Wagner and Richard Parry that Donny Antolick has passed, our condolences to the Antolick family. - Jeff
1/1/2009 Cuba Lake Raceway South 5th annual Florida luncheon, January 28th 2009 at Brandon, FL (note, new location) Cuba Lake Raceway South, Florida luncheon for all stock car, midget and sprint drivers, mechanics, car owners, track personnel and fans that were involved in racing in WNY, Ontario and NWPA during the 5Os and 60s and their companion(s). A special invite is also open to any 50s and 60s racing drivers and fans from around the Country or Province that will be on vacation or are full time or part time residents here in Florida too. Any guests that would enjoy our event are also welcome to attend with you. When: January 28th 2009 (wed) Where: Golden Corral restaurant, Brandon FL, exit 257off I- 75 at sr 60. Go east on sr 60 about 1/2 mile and make right turn on S. Lakewood, well marked with overhead sign at light. Go south bound on Lakewood for three lights then watch for Golden Corral on left between Applebees and Carrabba's. Actual address is 815 Providence Rd. Plenty of parking room. Best to follow these instructions as new roads in area will mess up GPS devices.Time: Registration starts at 11:00 am with lunch starting about noon or whenever everyone is registered and seated for the great buffet luncheon in our private room. Golden Corral restaurants are noted for their great buffets, if you havent been at one, and I guarantee no one will leave hungry. Luncheon will be "Dutch treat" for all attending and a RSVP is required along with a payment of $10.00 for each person attending (covers everything, food, drink, tax and tip). I must receive your RSVP and payment by January 24th 2009 at the latest as no day of luncheon payments will be allowed. When you arrive at restaurant go through line and get your soda drink(coffee included after meal). Tell cashier you are with the Cuba Lake Raceway group(don't pay any money) and you will be directed to the left and will see our room on the far end to the rear. Program: This year we are going to be entertained with a movie by a true race fan that lives north of Watertown, NY along the St. Lawrence at Harrisville summers and attended races all over the State of NY, Ont and PA on a regular basis in the 50s and 60s. Doug Fetterly owned a trucking co. back then and still does. He could arrange for a load anywhere a race was run. He is a true fan of this sport we all think so much of and I know you will all enjoy talking with him and watching the 50s stock car racing movie Doug is bringing. It is a race in NYS that included a number of drivers that come to our luncheons. Doug invited me to his home for a preview of it and we will all enjoy it. RSVP: Send payment, $10.00 per person, along with your name and each companion(s) name to: Ford Easton, 5200 28th St. N. # 651, St. Petersburg, FL 33714. Make check or M.O. payable to: Ford Easton. If you wish to contact me phone is 727-522-4042 and e-mail is email@example.com. Tickets will not be sent to you as your name and those attending with you must be on the master list at registration to gain entry to the luncheon in our private room at the restaurant. The $10.00 per person includes the buffet, coffee, hot tea, iced tea and pop, free refills, tax and gratuity. Remember deadline for me to receive your RSVP and payment in the mail is January 24th 2009. Ford Easton, St. Petersburg, FL
12/29/2008 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES TO MEET PUBLIC Saratoga Springs, NY Famed stock car drivers Will Cagle, Billy Rafter and Dick Hansen and highly respected promoter Dick Waterman will be the focus of the New York State Stock Car Association’s Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18, 2009. After being inducted at the association’s annual banquet in front of a huge crowd on hand to recognize outstanding performances at area speedways on the 17th, the four will meet the public the following morning at 11 am in the Racing in New York gallery of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. The event will be held next to the association’s permanent display, which honors well over 100 racing legends from around the Empire State. "It’s my favorite event of the year," offered Ron Hedger, chairman of the NYSSCA Hall of Fame committee and the coordinator of the Racing in New York program. "We’ll introduce the inductees, discuss the highlights of their career, let the inductees express their thoughts on the occasion and, without the time constraints of the banquet, we can allow the audience to interact with their heroes. "The event always attracts a number of other Hall of Fame members, racers young and old, fans of all ages and many family members, all eager to see the museum and the permanent display. It always lasts longer than expected, as everyone becomes immersed in memories and rekindling old friendships." Two-time NASCAR Sportsman champion Bill Wimble, also a Hall of Fame member, will travel from Florida to introduce Camden, NY resident Waterman, so the stories are certain to flow freely. Cagle, long known as "the Tampa Terror," will also travel from Florida for the event, bringing along wife Barbara and two grandchildren. Hansen, a resident of Red Hook, NY, will be accompanied by his long-time car owner, Bruce Carman. Information about the Saratoga Automobile Museum, located on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State Park, may be obtained on-line at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.