Dec 15, 2018

Merry Christmas



Hi everyone. Christmas is on the way so I would like like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hope this time of year brings happiness to your family. I still am looking for the one gift that will bring joy to that someone special. Can't tell you her name otherwise it might spoil the surprise. I am sure many of you are like me and wait till the last minute thinking I still have plenty of time to get it done . Speaking of the last minute things to do, it is time to get your membership renewal in the mail for the new year 2019, if you have not already done so.      Our membership dues from October to October next year 2019. The Dues for active members is $55.00 per year with associate membership at $25.00.  Remember if paid before January 1st there is a $5.00 discount for early renewal. It is helpful to get the membership list done early.  We are expecting a good year for next season and the membership renewals helps us get thing in order to start our scheduling. We have at least one track that has already contacted us for a date next season and several others that that are working on their schedules. After the first of the year we will pick up the pace and contact the promoters. If you have any thoughts on the track that we should contact please get in touch with me or any board member so that can be part of our planning. The membership renewal application is available on our face book page and if you cant find it there, give me a call and I will be sure you get one.     How are your winter projects coming along? Any new cars being prepared for the track? We would like any information, pictures or stories so we can share it with the rest of the members. It is always fun to hear about someone's projects even if they are coming along slowly. Remember we have a vast knowledge on the mechanical problems among our membership. If you are stalled on a mechanical question just put a post on our web site or face book page and I think you might be surprised how much information is available. When I were having trouble sorting out a fuel injection system I was thankful for the help from several members. We are not like the Saturday night racers who try to keep everything a secret.      So far Terry Wells has stripped his sprint car down to the bare frame. It need a little repair work and will then go out to get powder coated. A new engine is in the works. I have parked my Sprinter but I am working on getting enough parts to build a big block engine for our old dirt modified. Its time to get that car back on the track.It has been sitting too long taking up space in my garage. I have also been working on replacing the lights in my shop. It might be nice to be able to see what I am working on with out using a flash light. I heard that Bob Shelhorn has pulled the engine out of his Late Model to freshen it up and check it out. I think secretly he is looking at ways to get more cubic inches and horsepower out of that monster engine. I heard he was also thinking about looking at a sprint car ride for next year! Not sure about that. Gene Steele is also working on several of his cars and making some improvements on his work shop. He says he never has enough room to get his cars in to work on them. How about some of you other vintage car enthusiast what are you up to? Sure would like to hear your plans for spending this winter. Anyone going to Florida with your car? Spending the winter in your easy chair in front of the TV just isn't any good. Get out in the garage, fix up that vintage set of wheels, polish up that chrome put on some fresh paint. It will surprise you how fast spring gets here.      Well once again hope you all have a Merry Christmas  and Happy New Year... thanks for being part of our group.... Jim McDermott


New Posts
  • 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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