Oct 13, 2018

Awards banquet


We are now at two weeks before our annual awards banquet. If you have not yet made plans for this event now is the time to send in your reservation . This is a great time to visit with the other members of the group and celebrate the end of the 40th season of VARC.  This is a remarkable feat  for any organization and we owe a thanks to all the people that served on the boards and official positions over the years. We have the hope that this will continue well into the future and it will be because of the dedication and enthusiasm of all the members.     We had a very good year with great participation from the members and the banquet is the place to sit back and enjoy the people that make it happen. If you have not attended one of our banquets you owe it to yourself to come on out and have fun . We ask that you send in a reservation form with a check made out to VARC so that we will have an idea of how many to expect for dinner. Please try to get that in by Oct 20th so we have time to get everything in place.Tickets will be available at the door and for those that sent in your reservation your tickets will be at the door. We will not be sending them via the mail. Too much chance for them to be lost and not get to you on time. The banquet will be at Anjulinas Catering and Banquet Hall at 2270 Hayes Ave, Fremont Ohio.     We will also have our annual night before the swap meet pizza party. On the 26th at 6 pm at the Fremont Comfort Inn we will be having our pizza party and story telling session. It is a great time and the admission is free. Just bring some picture of old race cars and stories from the past and you will be welcome in . We love to hear from the members personal experiences as drivers, mechanics,or spectators. This is part of our mission of keeping the history of oval track racing alive. We talk about the cars and drivers from the past and it is great conversations that relives history. So for a fun evening come on over to the party. There will be a test of your historical knowledge on racing. We are looking for someone that can beat Johnny Lawhorn and Butch Evans on the history of great drivers and cars from the past so study up on facts from the past. Like who was the last roadster driver to compete at the Indy 500 or maybe the first one to crack the 150 mph barrier. Or who has the most World of Outlaw titles. So be ready for the challenge, it is great fun. If you like bring your own list of trivia.    On the morning of the 28th  at 7 am  the All Wheels Swap Meet opens at the Fremont speedway ( Sandusuky County Fairgrounds). If you have a garage full of unused parts that are just getting in the way this is a good way to turn some of your spares into cash. You might just be able to find a part that you have been looking for. So bring cash and spend time looking through the vendors both indoor and outdoor stands. It always a good time haggling over prices and you just might get that super deal on a part for next season, maybe even a complete car.    After the swap meet we will start our fall board meeting at the Comfort Inn starting at 2 pm. We will go over any items from the last board meeting that need further discussion.and any new business that is brought before the board.  Any new business should be presented in written form with an explanation of the proposal and a suggested method of implementation..We will end the meeting at 5 pm in order to have time to get to the banquet. The board meeting is open to any current member of VARC.     Looking forward to seeing you at theses events, you will have fun I guarantee it.. Thanks Jim McDermott

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  • jbmcflyboy
    Jul 18

    I have just been checking the weather for this weekend event at Wayne County Speedway and it looks like it will be dry. No threat of rain at this time. That seems like a plus from the previous weeks doesn't it . Well as you most likely know the temperature is going up over the next few days. The forecast is for temps above 90 possible 95 or higher. I have been working on my sprint car trying to get the new injection system up and running . I have been thinking about where I can install an air conditioner in there some where. Don't think they had air in them in the old days they just wore tee shirts with no fire suits. Plan on bringing some ice and water and maybe some type of shade. Once you get into car the wing or roof will be helpful in that regard if your car has one, but by then the fire suit will add to the heat. Just because it will be hot doesn't mean we can leave off our protective gear. It gets tempting to not wear your underwear or two layer suits but that should not be considered. If the temp in the car gets high when you are strapped in it is helpful to pour a bottle of water over the back of your neck and on to your suit. It gets a little messy but it sure helps to cool down your body temp. We will try to avoid a long period of being strapped in to the cars but sometimes it happens so be ready. We are looking for a good turn out and I need to know who is planning on attending this event so contact me to let me know who will be driving and who your assistant will be. I will be emailing that list to the track so they know who will be coming to this event. This one of the premier track in the area so it should be a good show do not miss out on this one. We are going to try pit in the back of the pit area as many of the pit spaces are assigned and we do not want to have to move our haulers once we get unloaded. When you get there check with track personal to get direction to the vintage car parking area. Gates open at 4 pm  Looking forward to making this show and seeing you there. Thanks Jim McDermott
  • jbmcflyboy
    Jul 10

    7/9/19 Our next event will be this coming Friday at the Attica raceway. This event is sponsored by The North Coast Vintage Racers and VARC is invited to participate in the vintage car portion of the nights program. Plans are for the vintage cars to run after all the division run their hot laps. The vintage cars will get on the track and after a few warm up laps the vintage feature will be 15 laps. This will be the only track time for the evening. Should be done early in the program which should allow plenty of time to watch some outstanding sprint car racing from the other divisions. This is a very good track for watching dirt track races and it is one you should not miss. It is important for you to notify me or Randy Mapus if you are planning on attending this event. A list of drivers and your assistant will be sent to the track and if you are not on the list it may cause problems when you try to sign in. Get to me asap as the list will need to be sent in soon. Hope you can make it as it looks to be a very good display of our vintage racers. When you check in be sure to find out where the cars are to be placed for display and be ready to leave from the display area to the track for our race. Thanks, Jim McDermott
  • jbmcflyboy
    May 23

    The first event of the year for VARC was indeed a good one. It was the Veterans Appreciation Night and our partners with MVA were on hand to help honor the vets. We had a good car count and had a nice display and when our turn to hit the track came we were ready. It was good to see John Lawhorn make the show . He is a real dedicated member of the group and nothing keeps him out of the show. The pictures that Mickey Thompson added to our facebook page are very much appreciated. Great shots of the cars. Someone else added some pictures and again it is great that they make this effort.. If you have not checked out the facebook page take the time to look it over.  I would like to thank the track management for their efforts in getting us on the track for a heat race and a feature. From my seat it looked like a good show and when I went through the stands and asked the fans about the vintage cars they really seemed to enjoy our seeing our cars.  We seemed to be scattered around the pits but the regular racers where very good in helping us find places to park the tow vehicles. The regular drivers seem friendly and many were interested in our cars .They were asking about the types and age of the vintage cars. This track had a good turn out of cars and classes yet the program ran smoothly with a great deal of on track action. This is a great track for dirt track racing and one that you should put on your list of things to do. Since it was Veterans Night at intermission the track with the help of MVA put on a very nice program for all the veterans. All veterans were invited to come up to the front of the grandstands and be honored for their service to this country. Each was given a certificate of appreciation and they were interviewed and asked about their time and branch of service. The Veterans covered every branch and many different years. They even wanted to know who was the oldest veteran and our member Terry Wells topped the list at 78 years young. I think the veterans truly appreciated the honors from the fans. Our partners Motorsport Veterans Association MVA is planning more veterans nights at other tracks this season so if you are a veteran come on out  we would love to have you there.  Now onto the next show Scheduled at Angola Motorsports Park on May 25 and 26 With the Michiania Vintage Racers. This is always a great event for our groups. We get a lot of track time and get to see top notch racing as well.I have been looking at the long range weather forecast and it could be better. It is early yet and you know how many times we have had less than perfect weather forecast and yet have got in our show . Dont give up just because of a few rain drops. We will keep you posted. make plans to attend and be ready. It is always easier to be ready and cancel than not to be ready and have to scramble to get there.  The Raceciever  requirement seemed to go well. It was nice to be able to hear the track giving instruction to our cars on the track. I think it is an asset to our program as well as a real safety measure. I will will be ordering more units and if you need one let me know so I can set one aside for you.  Well I better get busy and get my cars ready and hope for some sunshine for this week end. Stay tuned Looking forward  to seeing you there. The gates open at 1 pm on Saturday with cars on track at 2 pm and don't forget that we have a cook out Saturday evening you might want to bring a dish to pass. Thanks Jim McDermott

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