Aug 6, 2018

winchester 2018



Just got home from the three-day Winchester Speedway Old Timers Reunion. Once again it was a good turn out of vintage cars a of all types. There were over 50 cars there and the quality and variety was really worth the time it took to haul there. I want to thank Mickey Thompson for all the work that he and his volunteers put into this annual event. The weather was warm but they were right there with instruction for the drivers and kept us informed of the timing of events. This is a well-organized program and if you have never been to one of these events you are really missing out. The track management also deservers a big thank you as the work our running time into the day’s events. Everyone there got as much on track running as they wanted. There were several sessions over the three days, so drivers had plenty of time on the track. We had over 20 VARC members that made the show and it was fun between session talking with everyone. We have such a variety of experience among our members and the fellowship is great. Some good-natured joking always gets tossed around, but everyone has a good laugh at it. It was good to see member Mike Mason show up on Friday. Mike has been having some health issues, but he felt he had to at least come out, so he could talk with all his friends in VARC. He also had a good time pushing the cars into position with a four-wheeler. I could see in his eyes that he was ready to jump into a car and blast around the track. Mike has a history on the track and offered some wisdom on what to watch out for on tricky high banks. We had several other veterans of the high banks there. Hank Lower, Johnny Lawhorn, Butch Evans, Olyss Lykins, Sham Kiser, Tom Burkey, were just a few of the people that stopped by with some info on the cars and the track. It is always the fun part of our show when you listen to them relive stories of the past. This is our mission “keep the history of oval track racing alive”. Also like to thank Ron Verash for his efforts in taking photos and the interviews he does captures the history from many of the people that ran in the” good old days “.

Now on to our next event at the Trumbul County Fairgrounds. The old Expo speedway in Cortland Ohio. Our program is on Sunday Aug 12, 2018. The racing will start at 1 pm and we will share the track with the vintage stock cars and the Pennsylvania Vintage Dirt Modifieds. I need to know how many members are planning on making this show so get back to me as soon as you can. I do not have too many members that have indicated that they will be coming. This is a great Three-day car show with all sorts of entertainment, food and activities. We will be racing only on Sunday but if you want to get some test and tune time on your cars the track will be open on Friday and Saturday for vintage racers cars. The promoters Ed and Nicole Stanton are hoping for a big turn out of vintage racing cars so try to get here for this one. We want to put on a good show and that takes car count. Once again let me know if you can make it. This is a big 5/8-mile flat, paper clip type of track with wide a track surface. It is a fun type of track to run on, so this should be on your list of things to do. Once again we always need help around the pits so grab the neighbor kid that can run a four wheeler and bring them along. Once again, we are only racing on Sunday. I have attached a copy of the brochure for this event, Rockabilly Ruckus 2018. The long-range weather forecast is not too bad, but we hope for improvement by the week end. We will keep you posted.

Thanks for all the support and hope to see you at the track. Jim McDermott

Attached is a flyer from the Rockabilly Ruckus


Friday AUG 10, 2018

**Noon -5:00 Open Track**

3:30 Band -Damian Knapp Band

Noon – 5:00 Shine Run & Dash for Cash Registration (Pre register online)

4:30 Shine Run/Dash for Cash Lineup & Driver Meeting

**5:00 Shine Run & Dash for Cash **

5:00 Band- Muleface Brothers

6:30 Band -Band -Hi-Jivers


Saturday AUG 11, 2018:

10am – 5:00 Open Track

10:00 Kids Valve Cover Races begins

11:00 Band -Surfer Rex

Noon Pinup & Jr Greaser Lineup and Etiquette Schooling

12:30 Pinup & Jr Greaser Contest (Bicentennial Stage)

2:00 Band -Hi-Views

3:00 It’s About The Warrior Charity Auction

3:30 Band The Number 9 Blacktops

4:00 Car Show Awards

**4:30 Burnout Driver Meeting**


6:30 Band -Hillbilly Hellcats

*Steve Trent will be playing throughout the day inside the Barber Shop


Sunday AUG 12, 2018:

10:00 Kids Valve Cover Races begins

11:00 Kids & Adult Wheel Barrel Soap Box Derby

10:00 am Tech Inspection & Registration

11:00 Band Rocket 88’s

Noon Fashion Show Model Lineup

12:15 Vintage Fashion Show (Bicentennial Stage)

12:30 Driver Meeting

1:00 Racing

2:00 Band -Galaxie Deluxe

3:00 It’s About the Warrior Foundation Charity Auction

3:30 Band -Cindi Lou & The Red Hot Royals

5:00 Band -Jayson & The Mean Eyed Cats


VARC exhibition Heat race and Feature

Stock Car exhibition

Vintage Modifieds Hot Laps PAVDMA

Vintage Modifieds Heat 1 & 2 “ Vintage Modifieds Main Event”

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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