jbmcflyboy
Jun 25, 2018

Rcap of Moler Portsmouth and Atomic

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The track Atomic Raceway was indeed in top condition on Saturday night and we had a wonderful time putting on our vintage car show.We would like to thank the management team for their hospitality and getting our cars into the program. We think the fans were impressed with the vintage cars from some of the comments that we heard. Some fans remarked that they were surprised that we would take such classics old racing cars and actually put them on the track. It was rewarding to hear that. Our heat race was fast and furious with Bob Shelhorn out running the rest of the field with his full bodied Camaro. The secret is that he has almost 500 cubic inches in that beast. The feature was an upset victory by John Lawhorn when he pulled his ever famous sneaky move to slip into the lead. He waits for lapped traffic to block you in and away he goes. It was all good fun on a super well prepared track .This is why this is considered on of the top track in the Midwest. The racing there is very entertaining. The competition is fast and the racing was close This is another place to put on your list of things to do this summer. Race fans a lucky to have so many great racing track in the Ohio Indiana and Michigan. Get the word out to friends and family that might have never been to short track america, come on out you wont be disappointed

Well I spent a couple hours typing up the results from Moler Raceway and Atomic but I didnt do something right cause it never posted. So here goes again.The show at Moler Raceway was a truly great time for our vintage cars. The track management deserves a thanks for their hospitality. The show they put on is top quality and well organized. We had a good time with our cars on display as the fans were very interested in the history of the organization and the cars. Many of the younger fans were especially excited about sitting in the cars and getting pictures taken. This was the tracks fan appreciation night with all the cars parked on the main straightaway and drivers giving out autographs and souvenirs. The vintage cars were invited to participate and it was a fun time for everyone. We started off the heat races and were got to run on a well prepared track that was a blast to run on . Our running was close and fast with the win going to John Lawhorn with the top four cars in hot pursuit. We had a good turn out of vintage cars with new member Walt Campbell showing off his great midget racer along with Larry Clark and Clark Moore. The feature went to Butch Evans as he slid by the cars of Shelhorn, Lawhorn , McDermott, and Wells. This track is truly a great place to watch dirt track racing. Put it on your list of things to do ,You wont be disappoined

The Thunder Returns 10 cruise in was at the West Portsmouth High School this year and drew a large crowd of top notch street rods and classics. There were many great muscle cars from the past as well as custom rods. It was worth the trip just to look at the beautiful paint jobs on some of the cars. Our Vintage cars were not up to the number we expected and this was a sad note to the event. However the cars that did brave the warm weather made up a nice display with one new member bringing a super looking Trevis sprinter. Carl Robinson has it just about finished and plans to get it on the track for our show very soon. His trailer is just as intriguing as the car. He has one of the very few trailers built by A.J. Watson and it has a front dollie wheel arrangement.Wait until you see it .I remember seeing that dollie wheel back in the 60's but had forgot what it looked like. The announcer for this event was quite knowledgeable and fun to talk with. I also spent time with the veteran drivers from the past. several had large scrap books filled with picture fro m days art the old Portsmouth speedway as well as other track from the past. It was interesting talking with these fellows. what history they lived and raced in. The talk was of how they built their own cars and the way they tried something different all the time. some things worked and you went faster and some broke and put you into the wall. These were real tough customers but they all have fond memories of the guys they raced with. Just listening to their stories was a treat by itself. Missing this event was your loss. On a positive note the promoter said that as a result of the turn out they are going to plan an event for next year. There had been thoughts of not doing it next year but it looks like it might happen. If you missed this show you might be in luck so plan on making it for next year.

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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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