jbmcflyboy
Sep 16, 2018

RebelRun car show Sept 21 and 22

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 The next event will be the RebelRun car show at the Allen County Fairgrounds This next Friday and Saturday . We are looking forward to the event as we will be the on track entertainment for both days. On Friday we have the track from 5 pm till 7 pm  and on Sunday from 1 pm till 3 pm. It will be our show and we can set up the races how ever it works best for us. This is going to depend on the number and types of cars that will be there. We are looking to run Midgets together, Stock type cars, Modifieds, and Open Wheel cars in separate heats and other races that we set up. This once again will depend on the cars that show up and are planning on running. You can still bring your cars for display only if you care to and we would love to see you there. I am going to try for noon in order to get everything set up. Get there early if you can.We will all be parking together close to the track.     This event was scheduled due to the request from the promoter of the car show "The RebelRun"  and his generous offer to give VARC $100 for the first 15 cars to show up. We appreciate this donation to our effort of presenting our " Traveling Museum of Vintage Racing Cars" to the public. We need to put on a good show for their enjoyment and education. The history of oval track racing from the past must be preserved for future generations. I am asking members to take the time and effort to support this show. We have the opportunity to show our cars to a slightly different crowd of car enthusiast's. Some may not be aware of the effort we put into actually running vintage /antique racing cars in our exhibition style racing program. So far I have about a dozen members that have indicated they are planning on making this show. We can always use more cars. Remember there is only one show after this one at Laweranceburg Indiana On the 29th . After that it is a long winter ahead and it will seem like forever before you can get out on a track again.      We were disappointed when the weather washed out our program at Fremont . There will not be a make up event for the Johnny Auxter day so lets support what is left on the schedule.     I need a little help from members that might not have a car ready for the show. If you can make it let me know. I need people to push cars around with four wheeler's  . I need a couple flag men at the corners and some one who is willing to be the announcer. I have a couple people that are going to do some of these jobs but we can always use more help. If anyone has a push vehicle with the capability to start sprint cars and midgets we can always use your help. Contact me if you can provide a push truck.  It will be greatly appreciated.     I hope you can support this effort as this is our time to put on a spectacular show. It is all about what is good for the future of this group. The one thing you can take away from this show is fun. We have a great deal of fun when ever we get our members together. That is the hallmark of VARC .We enjoy getting together and sharing our passion about our vintage cars and the history of the oval track racing in this county. Even on the hottest days or a day with threatening weather we always have a special relationship with other vintage racers. It is just a good time with true friends so come on out.      The track is a typical fairgrounds track. Much like the tracks that racers ran on in the past. It has a long straightaway with short flat turns. It is at least 1/2 or close to 5/8 mile so check your gearing. The surface is a loose pea gravel dirt mixture much like what we ran on at Expo. The promoter has assured me that it will be watered and ready for our running.It is wide and offers lots of room to run on. We will have a good time if we get enough cars so once again come on out The fairgrounds is located 6440 Harding  Hwy Lima Ohio Their Phone is 4192258545. We are welcome to come early as the gates open at 8 am and over night camping is available for our members.This is a large cars show with much to see and do so make a day of it  Clean restrooms and showers and vendors of all types. If you have not already notified me that you are coming please let me know you and your assistant name.   I can get it to the promoter so you will be on the list at the gate when you get there      The long range weather forecast is not what we would like but this weeks weather is going to be full of changes. As with all long range forecast they change often so don't be fooled by them. We have been watching the weather all year long and have got out more often than not. This is nothing new for racers.seems like we are always watching the sky's. Thanks for listening Jim McDermott. See you at the track....

 

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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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