There are many names in the auto racing industry that are worth remembering as having been instrumental in the development of the sport. In the Midwest there is also a proud history in regard to racing, which is documented and displayed in the Midwest Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame. The main focus of this establishment is to preserve the passion and heritage of the sport and pay tribute to those who have assisted in bringing auto racing to where it is today through their innovative ideas, racing skills and dedication to their sport.
Many stories line the walls of the Midwest Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame, such as the history of the first midget car that was constructed in 1934 by Alexander Pabst that led to the first St Louis Midget Race in 1936 and the founding of the St Louis Auto Racing Association in 1938. The latter was however disbanded in 1976, but made a huge impact on racing in this state. This year a few more names were added to the Midwest Hall of Fame in a reunion and induction ceremony that was held on 22 January 2011 at the Springfield Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Having the induction at the fairgrounds was extremely symbolic; as it was here that many memorable moments were created on its legendary speedways.
One of the inductees receiving the Pioneers award is Johnny Morris, who is a racing fan and team sponsor. Joining him in the Pioneers inductees section is Mark Perry, Gerald Wilson and Steve Long. Under the Legend inductees category was Bill Frye (Driver), Dave Williams (Driver), Steve Schahuber and Rex McCroskey (Driver). What makes Steve Schahubers’ induction so special is the fact that he not only raced the cars but he built them as well as making repairs on his car where needed. He is also active in promoting the sport and developing the same passion he had within the younger generations. The Midwest Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a spectacular affair, which also featured historical photographs, vendor booths, racing cars on display and collectables stands. It was a day of paying tribute, remembering the past and looking towards an exciting future.
The Miller Family owned Meadowbrook Farm for more than two centuries, and with the Winnipsaukee Lake to its side and majestic mountains surrounding the farm, it is one of the most picturesque locations in the region. Concerts became a traditional event for the family to host, and in keeping that tradition, the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion still hosts breathtaking events. The Meadowbrook Musical Arts Centre is now the venue for concerts and exhibitions, while the pavilion acts as a concert and festival venue. On 25 July 2010, a very special exhibition will be held at Meadowbrook.
Over and above being a music industry entrepreneur and restaurant mogul, Joe Bortz is known as a famous concept car restorer and avid car collector. His focus is mainly on vehicles from the 1950’s, which were showcased at the legendary General Motors Motorama. His love for cars led to the creation of the Bortz Auto Collection, and his collection only consists of extremely rare vehicles. As concept cars were created only as showcase vehicles and not for production, finding these prototype vehicles is a very difficult task. Fortunately Bortz found out about a junk dealer, purely by accident, who was selling off the cars in parts. As time went by, Bortz ended up with twenty concept cars, such as the 1958 Pontiac Club de Mer, the 1953 Pontiac Perisienne and the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special. Some prototype vehicles can still be seen in museums around the country, but the Bortz Auto Collection remains truly unique. Four of his vehicles will be on display at Meadowbrook, of which one will be the 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne, saved from the junk yard, and that took twenty-two years to restore.
All four of these restored cars will be showcased together for the first time in fifty-five years, as the Bortz Auto Collection brings the rarest of vehicles to the Meadowbrook exhibition. The other three unique vehicles will be the 1953 Buick Wildcat I, the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special and the 1953 Pontiac Parisienne. Motoring enthusiasts should not miss out on the opportunity to see the these amazing vehicles at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion.
The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum is located in Knoxville, and is dedicated to the preservation of the history of sprint car racing. Within its walls are numerous items, photographs and memorabilia that document the development of the sport, and each year an awards ceremony is held to honor the contributions made by members of the sprint racing industry, inducting them into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. This year more than five hundred people attended this prestigious event and many worthy inductees had their names cemented into the history of sprint racing.
There were twelve new names added to list of inductees on Saturday, 5 June 2010, at the ceremony that was held at Marion County Fairgrounds in the Dyer-Hudson Hall. During the three hour ceremony, a tribute to the career of each inductee was showcased. The inductees included drivers, car owners and workshop crew. The sons of both Hal Robinson and Frank Riddle, legendary sprint car drivers, accepted the awards on behalf of their fathers. The award and induction of Fred Brownfield, a promoter, was accepted by his wife Debbie, with Rhoda Krasner accepting the award for her father and promoter, Ben Krasner. Other awards that were accepted by family members and friends, included the award for the late Hank Arnold, driver and builder, Clyde Adams, George Bentel and Herman Schurch. Drivers Bobbe Adamson and Fred Linder were also honored at the ceremony, as well as Don Shepard (Mechanic) and Casey Luna (Car Owner). Celebrity members of the sprint racing industry who were present at the awards ceremony included Jimmy Oskie, Allan Brown, Ray Lee Goodwin, Bob Trostle, Jerry Daniels, Don Mack, Bill Smith, Lynn Paxton, Lanny Edwards, Jack Elam and Harold Leep.
Dr. Pat Sullivan was the Emcee for the evening and the entire program of this year’s Sprint Car Hall of Fame ceremony was dedicated to a number of Hall of Fame Inductees of previous years, namely Earl Wagner, Clarence Anderson, Jeff Sharpe, Palmer Berger, Walt James, Ken Coles, Stew Reamer, Hal Minyard and Billy Wilkerson. Visitors to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum will be able to view the names and and find out about the contributions of the new inductees, while taking a journey back in time into the history of sprint racing.
The Mustang Club of Tampa will be hosting the 28th Mustang, Shelby and Ford Roundup on the 24th of October 2009 at the Museum of Science and Industry. Spectators and motoring enthusiasts can attend the show and marvel at the cars free of charge, while vehicle owners wanting to register their vehicles for judging will be charges a small fee, of which a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to an educational program run by the museum. The first 100 vehicles to pre-register will also receive an anniversary t-shirt.
All Mustangs, Fords and Shelby trucks and cars are welcome and more information is available on the club website at www.mustangcluboftampa.com, or contact organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org. The show will start at 8 am until 4 pm.
Date: 24 October 2009
Venue: Museum of Science & Industry
City: Tampa, Florida
Country: United States of America
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