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WOODSTOCK OF DRAG RACING RECALLED
July 1, 2014

YORK, PA - The largest one day drag racing event to ever be held was the 1965 Super Stock Nationals at York US 30 Dragway in York, PA and the largest assembly of Legends of Drag Racing to be held at one event at one time will be held in York, PA on July 11-12th at the York Fairgrounds, York Expo Center as the 13th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion is presented.

The two day event is the first leg of a Giant Two Event Nostalgia Weekend which culminates with the running of the 11th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway, Beaver Springs, PA.

The show will present memorials to three of the drag racing community's departed heroes that were lost this year, Bud Faubel, Ross Gilbert, and Roger Sinistri. Special memorabilia will be on display with vehicles that each participated with in many events during their great careers.

Among the Legends to be in attendance will be Wally Booth, Wally Bell, Arnie Beswick, "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter" Linda Vaughn, Butch Leal, Marv Ripes, Bruce Larson, Bunny Burkett, Kenny Wallace, Jere Stahl, Bob Harrop, Larry Lombardo and the list goes on.

World famous race cars include the "Special Edition" top fueler of World Champion Jim Walther, World Champion Bruce Larson's USA-1 Camaro, the Doug Thorley Javelin Funny car, Wally Booth's AMX and Gremlin Pro Stocks and a record breaking display of renowned Junior Stockers that will include Marv Ripes '57 Chevy sedan and his '57 Corvette, the newly completed "Yoo Hoo Too" '56 Chevy Sedan Delivery of Dan and Wayne Jesel, plus many more. The junior stock reunion is a first for the Racers who were the backbone of drag racing.

The show will feature a Salute to GM and Legion of Honor presentations to 14 of the most deserving recipients for their many contributions to the heritage of the sport.

Special tours will be running from the show to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs, PA both days.

The show benefits the York County SPCA and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

Show hours are Friday, July 11th 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 12th 9 a.m.
until 7 p.m. with action shifting to Beaver Springs Dragway for Sunday, July 13th for the presentation of the Annual York Nostalgia Nationals. Activities commence at 8 a.m.

 


CROSHIER, BALTES, LAVATO HEADED TO YORK
June 19, 2014

YORK, PA - The Croshier, Baltes, Lavato Top Fuel Dragster originally a drag racing champion from California is headed to the 13th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds on July 11th and 12th.

The dragster has been entered by former driver Jerry Baltes now headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  The team set numerous track records on the West Coast and was Top Eliminator at San Diego Raceway 13 times.

Joining Baltes at York will be several top fuel dragsters in the likes of World Champion Jim Walther and the former "Great Expectations" top fuel record holder formerly owned by Jim and Alison Lee of The Plains, Virginia and a renowned Roland Leong entry.

The Memorial Halls at the York Expo Center will see Funny Car entries from former World Champion Bruce Larson, Bunny Burkett, the Virginia Twister, the Frantic Ford, and Doug Thorley's famous Javelin to name a few.

The backbone of NHRA drag racing, the Junior Stockers will present a Cavalcade of Junior Stock entries that graced the finest drag racing events in this country back in the day. Dan and Wayne Jesel will field their newly completed restoration of their "Yoo Hoo Too" Sedan Delivery and Marv Ripes of Woodland Hills, California will be reunited with his '59 Corvette and '57 Chevrolet entries at the York event.

Special entries are the Blue Maxi '69 Chevrolet Camaro that was built by Chevrolet for Roger Penske and Mark Donahue. The only LT1 to be built in 1969 and is aptly referred to as the Z29 along with a special edition 2013 Trans Am Hurst Edition that will grace the Linda Vaughn "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter" personality area.

The show benefits the York County SPCA and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

Show hours are Friday, July 11th 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 12th 9 a.m.To 7 p.m. Action swings to Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday to complete the Gigantic Nostalgia weekend with activities beginning at 8 a.m.


THE ORIGINAL BLUE MAXI Z29 HEADS TO YORK
May 23, 2014

YORK, PA - The original Blue Maxi '69 Chevrolet Camaro will be appearing at the 13th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds, on July 11-12th. The vehicle was the creation of Cars and Driver magazine in conjunction with Chevrolet and the race shop that built the Sunoco sponsored Camaros that Mark Donahue raced and won with in SCCA's Trans-Am Series.

That Camaro became the Blue Maxi and it has survived to this day, wearing the Roger Penske applied Sunoco blue paint over an original LT1 engine. The only one to be built and still exist. The car is known as the famed Z29 as well. Ironically 45 years after appearing on the July cover of Cars and Driver magazine the car appears on the cover of the July 2014 issue of Super Chevy magazine and will be transported to York for the two day event featuring a Salute to General Motors.

Another rare car of GM heritage to appear with the Penske/Donahue creation will be the 1966 Corvair Yenko Stinger of Joe Darinsig of York. The vehicle is only 1 of 186 Yenko Stingers to be built. The majority of the Stingers built were used for racing and were built to specs making them legal for SCCA D/Production. The car features the famous blue and white stripes and trim. The car is currently registered in two Yenko Registry's.

Joining the GM celebration will be the USA-1 Camaro Funny Car of Bruce Larson, the Flying Farmer of Arnie Beswick and his famous Pontiac race car, and a whole host of Chevrolets and Corvettes that competed in the popular Junior Stock category. The '59 Corvette of Marv Ripes and John Dianna and the '56 Chevy Sedan Delivery "Yoo Hoo Too" of Dan and Wayne Jesel to name two.

The show benefits the York County SPCA and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

Show hours are Friday, July 11th 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 12th 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


BOOTH, ARONS AND LEAL TO APPEAR AT YORK
April 16, 2014

YORK, PA – The dynamic duo of Wally Booth and Dick Arons along with  “The California Flash” Butch Leal will appear at the 13th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion on July 11-12th at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds.

Joining these legends of drag racing will be former Funny Car World Champion Bruce Larson, former Top Fuel World Champion Jim Walther, and racing standouts Marv Ripes, Harold Denton, Jimmy King, Pete Shadinger, Bill Zinkhan, Wally Bell, Tom Myl and a whole host of others celebrating the 13th  Annual York Reunion.

Legendary race cars on display include Buddy Ingersoll’s turbo Pinto, the newly restored Yoo Hoo Too ’56 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery of Wayne and Dan Jesel, Dick Kincaid’s ’56 Chevrolet “Plum Loco”, the Jim and Alison Lee Top Fuel entry “Great Expectations" courtesy of Brian Beattie and the Doug Thorley Javelin funny car of Gordy Chilson.

The show features a Salute to GM and benefits the York County SPCA and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs, PA.  Special tours are scheduled for visits to EMMR from the York show during the two days.

The Central Pennsylvania Modelers will have their popular Make and Take model building for the small fry attending the show. Children 12 and under can build a model provided free and take it home upon completion. A complete schedule of times is posted in the lobby of the show.

Show hours are Friday, July 11th from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 12th from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. A special Cruisin’ Into Summer cruise-in will be held on the plaza on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The giant nostalgia weekend concludes with the presentation of the York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July 13th with activities beginning at 8 a.m.


GLORY DAYS REMEMBERED
April 11, 2014


YORK, PA -  Many of the countries' finest Junior Stock eliminator cars will converge on the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds, on July 11-122th at the 13th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion.

The latest entry received is the '56 Chevrolet "Plum Loco" of Dick Kincaid of Navarre, Ohio which joins a stout group of race cars from all over the United group of race cars from all over the United States that will be joining the Tribute to Junior Stock.  Junior Stock was the backbone of drag racing's glory days that resonated from the former York US 30 Dragway located at the York Airport in Thomasville which hosted some of the largest and world renowned racing event to ever be presented.

The pro entries always grabbed the limelight, but the Junior Stocks did battle En masse on any given weekend and was the stepping stone for some of the biggest Names in the sport.  The display will be a solid representation of days gone by by a solid group of proud drivers and owner's who paved the way to make drag racing what it is today. They will all share their day in the spotlight.
The sports greats will likewise be in attendance with the likes of Bob Harrop, Bruce Larson, Wally Booth, Dick Arons, Wally Bell, Jim Walther, Jimmy King, Pete Shadinger, Arlen Fadely, "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter" Linda Vaughn, Bunny Burkett, Bob Frey, Jere Stahl, and Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick and the list goes on.

A memorial tribute to the late Bud Faubel will be presented at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The show benefits the York County SPCA and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

The show hours are Friday, July 11th 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $15.00, children 12 and under FREE, active military FREE With i.d. and free parking.

The annual nostalgia weekend culminates with the York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway, Beaver Springs, PA on Sunday, July 13th. Activities Begin at 8 a.m.


13TH PILGRIMAGE TO YORK
March 26, 2014

YORK, PA – For thirteen straight years the annual pilgrimage of the legends of drag racing and their legendary race cars will grace the York Expo Center with countless memories being recalled  relating to York US30 Dragway one of the premier drag racing tracks in the nation, back in the day, on July 11-12, 2014.  

The event will feature legends Linda Vaughn “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”, Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick, Wally Booth, Dick Arons, Kenny Warren, Carol “Bunny” Burkett, Bruce Larson  and Jim Walther plus a host of others with the legendary race cars of Buddy Ingersoll, the “Yoo Hoo Too” sedan delivery of the Jesel brothers, the World Champion  “Special Edition” top fuel entry, the Yenko Stinger Corvair of Joe Darinsig that is one of 186 ever built, Ted Brine’s ’34 Ford fuel coupe, the Jim & Alison Lee top fueler of Brian Beattie and a potpourri of Junior Stock entries  plus many more legendary race cars from throughout the United States.  

The Central Pennsylvania modelers will have their show favorite Make and Take model building both days, free to children 12 and under.  Models are provided free of charge and when completed are taken home for future enjoyment.   

A special tribute to recently departed legend Bud Faubel will be presented at 2 p.m. on Saturday.  

The show benefits the York County SPCA who will have the annual display in the lobby of the York Expo Center with animals and merchandise to the delight of young and old alike.  

The show hours are Friday July 11th 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $15.00, children 12 and under free, active military free with i.d. along with free parking.  

The annual Nostalgia weekend shifts to Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July 13th where  many of the legends race their cars to the delight of the crowd. Activities begin at 8 a.m.


2014 LEGION OF HONOR NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
March 10, 2014

YORK, PA – The nominees for the 2014 Legion of Honor Awards presented annually at the Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion event presented at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds on July 11-12th were announced today by the National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association.  

The annual induction of the legends and pioneers of the drag racing performance industry from the early days of the 1950’s thru the 1970’s era.  Each recipient receives an individual award, a prized photo from the archives, and their names placed upon a perpetual award that is on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing located just off Route 15 in York Springs, Pennsylvania.  The perpetual award remains in the museum in perpetuity.  

The distinguished group contributed in varying degrees of involvement, some as race car drivers, as officials, industry representatives, manufacturers, track promoters or development of specialized racing products with dedication far beyond the call of duty.  The NNDRA presents these awards symbolic of a Hall of Fame each year at the York event.  

Recipients for 2014 are Carl Ruth, Reading, Pennsylvania; Marv Ripes, Woodland Hills,  California; Bill Drevo, Jr., Dickinson, Texas;  Jimmy King, Warren, Rhode Island; Pete Shadinger, Scottsdale, Arizona; Jim Walther, Wilkesboro, North Carolina; Harold Denton, Middlesex, North Carolina; Bill Zinkhan, Hammonton, New Jersey; Dave Bishop, Easton, Maryland; Bob McCardle, Beaver Springs,  Pennsylvania; Kenn Schulz, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, Tom Myl, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dick Arons, Warren, Michigan; and an honorary induction of the late Wally Parks, Glendora, California founder and past president of the National Hot Rod Association, award will be received by Linda Vaughn “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”.  

The induction ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, July 12th a 6 p.m.


JUNIOR STOCK REVIVAL AT 13TH ANNUAL MUSCLECAR MADNESS
January 27, 2014

YORK, PA – The 13th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion will be presented on July 11-12th at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds featuring a Junior Stock Revival that will be the topic of discussion for years.

The York US 30 Dragway closed in 1979 but the pilgrimage continues to York every second full weekend in July with the annual York Reunion. Legends of drag racing abound along with legendary race cars. The show features the gamut of competitive drag racing machines that competed at this world famous race track.

A special feature at this year’s event will be the Junior Stock eliminator cars and their proud owners. Many resurrected and others restored to present a facet of drag racing that celebrates the heritage of the sport.

Drag racing legends Arnie Beswick, Wally Booth, Dick Arons, Jere Stahl, Wally Bell, Marv Ripes, Jim Walther, Jim & Alison Lee, Kenny Warren, Bunny Burkett, Tom Sneden, Bob Frey, George Cureton, Linda Vaughn, “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” and many more will be on hand to visit with their many fans during this popular show.

A special tribute will be held on Saturday for Bud Faubel who passed away during the holiday season. He will be honored by his peers and fans during the special presentation. Bud was a pilot during the Korean war, Vietnam war and was fan favorite with his “Honker” race cars.

The show hours are Friday, July 11th 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $15.00 children 12 and under free, active military FREE, and free parking.

The event supports the York County SPCA with proceeds from a special auction going to support their much needed support for the animals of York county.

Action shifts to Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July 13th for the York Nostalgia Nationals where many of the legendary race cars will compete in their favorite nostalgia race. Activities begin at 8 a.m.


Toy & Racing Memorabilia Show at EMMR
Sept 4, 2013

York Springs, PA – The Inaugural Toy and Racing Memorabilia Show will be presented at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing on Sunday, September 15th at 100 Baltimore Road, York Springs, PA 17372.  

Set-up for the show is 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. with the show opening to the public at 10 a.m. and running until 4 p.m. The show will feature all kinds of toy vehicles, i.e. matchbox, johnny lightning, model race cars and muscle cars along with a variety of racing memorabilia, vintage and current.

Vendors supply their own tables. Easy ups 10 X 10 and larger are accepted. All space is on a first come, first served basis. 10 X 10 spots are $30.00, 10 X 20 spots are $55.00. All proceeds benefit the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. It is the first Buy-Sell-Trade toy and racing memorabilia event to be presented at the museum. All spaces are an additional $10.00 on the date of the event.

The event provides the opportunity to tour the museum and enjoy a show that appeals to young and older alike.

Entry information telephone EMMR toy show at 717-757-2720 or mcmyork02@comcast.net


WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 12TH ANNUAL MUSCLECAR MADNESS AT THE YORK REUNION
July 18, 2013

YORK, PA- Yvonne and Randy Davis of Hanover won the Best of Show award at the 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion presented at the York Expo Center on July 12-13th. Their car is currently featured in a four page spread in the current Hot Rod magazine and garnered top honors as well this past weekend.
 
Other winners are as follows:
Musclecar
1st Place – John & Sharon Kushner, Chambersburg, PA, ‘69 Hurst Oldsmobile
2nd Place – Jason Parker, West Friendship, MD, ‘68 Shelby GT500 Mustang
3rd Place -  Felicia & Paul Resina, Plainview, NY, ‘68 Ford Mustang GT FB 428
Drag Racing
1st Place – Dave Holloway,Windsor, PA, ‘41 Willys Coupe
2nd Place- Stanley Shoppel, Mechanicsburg, PA Early Twin Engine Lyndwood Dragster
3rd Place – Dave Hales, Cape Coral, FL, ‘41 Willys Coupe
Special Interest
1st Place – Nick Smith, Stuart, FL, ‘60 Ford Fairlane Factory Light Weight
2nd Place – Brian Wenk, Richmond, VA, ‘63 Ford Fastback R-Code
3rd Place – Gregory Whitney, Long Beach, New York, ‘66 Chev Chevelle SS396
Model Display
1st Place – Dan Peterson, 1970 Orange Boss 429
2nd Place – Dave Heisey, White A/FX Falcon
3rd Place – Joe Darinsig, Malcolm Durham Strip Blazer
Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins Award of Excellence – Rocky Pirrone
Peak Performance Award – John Worm
Blue Oval Appreciation Award – Fairlane Club of America
Jim Amole Benevolent Award- Bill Pratt
Ken Montgomery Good Guy Award- Dick Estevez
Nostalgia Person of the Year – Bruce Larson
 
The 13th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion will be presented on July 11-12, 2014 with a Salute to GM

SPCA PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD PRESENTED
July 18, 2013
 
YORK, PA -  Wayne and Judy Meli of Hainesport, New Jersey won the SPCA People’s Choice award at the 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion presented at the York Expo Center this past weekend July 11-12th.
 
The award is presented from accumulated votes in canisters that are placed at each vehicle in the show. The audience places monetary contributions in the canisters and the entry that accumulates the most funds is the People’s Choice winner at the event.  The Meli entry was a Tribute car to Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins which proved to be the most popular vehicle from the audience at the show.
 
The annual York Reunion has been responsible for generating in excess of $50,000 for the York County SPCA since its inception in 2002.
 
The 13th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion will be presented on July 11-12, 2014 with a Salute to General Motors.

THE DRAG RACING FRATERNITY RETURNS TO YORK
July 1, 2013

YORK, PA – Forty three years ago the world famous York US 30 Drag-O-Way played before many outstanding crowds who came to witness the best drag racing events to be presented and setting the stage of many lines in the history books of motorsports.

The heritage is relived the second full weekend of July every year at the York Fairgrounds, York Expo Center falling this year as a 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion on July 12-13, 2013.

The event has the largest attendance of legends of the sport at one time than any other event in this great country also appearing with the gallant legendary steeds that carried them to many firsts and records to the awe of the drag racing nation.

The York event will have a race simulator that attendees can vie for top speed on both Friday and Saturday. The winner each day will receive two tickets to the 10th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July 14th. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the York County SPCA.

The event features a Salute to Ford with the Ford Fairlane Club of America presenting a display on the West Plaza on Friday. The new Frantic Ford funny car will debut at York and join Jim Barillaro’s Jack Chrisman GT-1 Comets, along with Don Nicholson’s ‘70 Maverick Pro Stock that put Ford back into the thick of the Pro Stock wars. Al Joniec’s Mustang and Arlen Fadely’s Super Stock magazine Maverick will also grace the halls.

The legends themselves will be there enmasse. Bruce Larson, Hubert Platt, Phil Bonner, Arlen Fadely, Arlen Vanke, Jim Walther, Ed Hedrick, Larry Lombardo, Bud Faubel, Wally Bell, Al Joniec, Jack Redd, Jere Stahl, Bob Harrop, Ed Miller, Jim & Alison Lee, Jerry Baltes, and the list goes on. A special tribute to Ken Montgomery will be presented at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The show hours are Friday, July 12th 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $15.00, children 12 and under free, active military FREE with i.d. along with free parking.

Action shifts to Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July 14th where many of the legends make a pass to the delight of the crowd. Activities begin a 8 a.m.
 


THE GROUND POUNDERS ARE COMING TO YORK
June 18, 2013

YORK, PA - In drag racing terminology, the ground pounders are coming to York for the Twelfth Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion to be held at the York Fairgrounds, York Expo Center on July 12-13th.  

The giants of the sport made the ground shake and the vibrations of excitement from the fans. Top Fuel and Top Gas dragsters will be on display along with some of the legends who drove them to ultimate success of winning the NHRA US Nationals or other national events that put the car and driver on the marquee of fame.

D.A. Santucci's famous bubble gum car will be on display with wife Barbara Santucci being reunited with the late D.A.s original car that won the 1969 NHRA US Nationals along with Top Fuel dragsters of Jerry Baltes and the Special Edition Top Fuel dragster of Jim Walther. Jim will be reunited at York with the car that carried him to many drag racing titles back in the 60s.

The show will feature Comp coupes and injected dragsters among the group of door slammers that compose the Pro Stock through Jr. Stock eliminator categories. The York show is the annual reunion for just about every top name drag race star in the country, all who competed at the track that put their name up in lights.

The who’s who of legends who will be attending will include not only Jim Walther, but Bud Faubel, former World Champs Ed Miller, and Bruce Larson, Arlen Fadely, Bunny Burkett, Phil Bonner, Hubert Platt, Al Joniec, former World Champs Jere Stahl and George Cureton, along with legendary race cars of Dave Strickler, Bill Grumpy Jenkins, Sox & Martin and a host of legends and cars.

The show features a Salute to Ford and special tours to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing both days. Schedules are posted in the lobby.

Admission to the show is $15, children 12 and under are free. All active military are free with i.d.

Show hours are Friday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The show is the first leg of a great nostalgia weekend with the 10th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals completing the weekend at Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July 14th with activities beginning at 8 a.m.


D.A. Santucci in the winner’s circle at the 1969 NHRA Nationals with his impressive win of Top Gas Eliminator


THE GREATEST DAYS OF DRAG RACING RELIVED
June 4, 2013

YORK, PA –  Memorable moments from the world of drag racing are relived every July at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds, the site of the Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion with this year’s event being presented on July 12th and July 13th with World Champions and weekend warriors coming together to cherish memories from many racing days at York US 30 Dragway and the National Hot Rod Association circuit of events that are now in the annals of history.

The 12th Annual event will see World Champ Ed Miller from Chesapeake, Virginia debuting his recently completed Mopar Duster the Hemi Duster. The famed Sox and Martin 68 Barracuda of Jim Rush will also steal some limelight during the event that this year presents a Tribute to Ford. Countless Ford entries will grace the halls as legends Hubert Platt, Phil Bonner, Al Joniec, Arlen Fadely and a host of others will sign autographs and participate in photo ops to the delight of show attendees.

The Central Pennsylvania Model Club will be presenting their display in minature of many of the legendary race cars that have attended the show or are in attendance this year. A special free Make and Take model building will be available to children 12 and under. Children build the model and have the pleasure of taking it along home upon completion.

Special tours will be running during the event to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs. Sign up and time schedule for the shuttle van is located in the lobby at the show. Following the exciting tour all participants are returned to the show. The tours are provided free of charge on a first come, first served basis.

The York show is one part of a giant nostalgia weekend with actitivities moving on Sunday to Beaver Springs Dragway for the running of the 10th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals.

The charities involved at the show are the York County SPCA and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs. The show strongly supports both organizations thru proceeds from an annual auction at the show on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Show hours are Friday, July 12th 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 13th 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Activities at Beaver Springs Dragway begin at 8 a.m.   


HISTORIC MOMENTS IN THE WORLD OF MOTORSPORTS
June 4
, 2013

YORK, PA – A myriad of legendary race cars will converge on the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds on July 12-13th for the presentation of the 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion.

The York Reunion is the event that sets the standard for “original” legendary race cars each year with this year’s event presenting a Salute to Ford and the ‘70 Ford Maverick of Dyno Don Nicholson sporting the original paint and engine that brought the Ford marque to their first Pro Stock win at the 1971 NHRA Summernationals. Doug Kenny of Riverview, Florida owns the car that became dominant in Pro Stock for the 1970 and 1971 seasons.

Jim Barillaro of Knoxville, Tennessee has entered his Jack Chrisman Comet’s to the stellar line-up. The original ‘65 Comet race car and the original ‘67 GT1 Comet that became world famous in the sport of drag racing.

Another driver carrying the Ford banner was Bob Glidden whose original ‘78 Ford Fairmont went undefeated in the competitive world of drag racing and will be on display for the York Reunion weekend.

The York Reunion hours are Friday, July 12th from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 13th from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The Cruisin’ Into Summer cruise in on the West Plaza will have a special display from the Ford Fairlane Club of America on Friday. The two day cruise will feature awards presented by Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, Linda Vaughn and Ford standout Hubert Platt. Hours are Friday, 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Action moves to Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July 14 for the presentation of the 9th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals. Gates open at 8 a.m.


FAIRLANE CLUB OF AMERICA COMING TO YORK
April 22, 2013 

YORK, PA - The Fairlane Club of America members will display their 1962-1976 Ford Fairlanes, Torinos, and select Mercurys at the 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion show on Friday, July 12, 2013, on the West Plaza at the York Expo Center, York fairgrounds in York. Club cars ranging from daily drivers to Concours restorations, from unrestored originals to modified machines, from sedate sedans to vibrant racers, will be coming in from across the U.S. and Canada to York for their annual gathering. The display will commence at 1 p.m. and last throughout the day.


Dennis Bregitser - Cleveland, Ohio
1968 Ford Torino GT Fastback

Ford drag racing legends Arlen Fadely, Hubert Platt, and Al Joniec will be present to join in the Salute to Ford along with Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, Linda Vaughn and “Gentleman Joe” Schubeck plus a host of other racing legends.

The annual show’s charity of choice is the York County SPCA who receives proceeds from Best of Show voting canisters and from a special auction held on Friday at 5 p.m. The show has raised over $45,000 for the benefit of the local SPCA.

The show features a Cruisin’ Into Summer cruise in on Friday from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Linda Vaughn and Hubert Platt will present awards to the winners of the cruise-in both days.

The show will provide a shuttle van for tours to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs both days. Schedules will be posted in the ticket lobby and a Make and Take model building free to children 12 and under Friday from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday 2-4 p.m.

Show hours are Friday, July 12th 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 13th 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.


MOTORSPORTS JOURNALIST DICK BERGGREN TO HEADLINE EASTERN MUSEUM OF MOTOR RACING SPRING OPEN HOUSE

April 1, 2013

YORK SPRINGS, PA – Noted motorsports journalist and former sprint car driver Dick Berggren has agreed to be the honorary guest and keynote speaker for the Spring Open House of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing on Saturday and Sunday April 6-7, 2013.

The weekend will kickoff on with drag racing Saturday! Saturday! Saturday! New displays honoring Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Ken Montgomery, and Ron Wallace will be dedicated by special guests. A cackling thunder exhibition is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

On Sunday Berggren will offer the keynote address prior to joining in the dedication of the Chris Economaki Library with Corrine Economaki. More new displays featuring motorcycles and sports cars  will be unveiled along with a special tribute to Paul Miller and the York County Racing Club.

Dr. Dick Berggren retired from FOX Sports NASCAR at the end of the 2012 season after 32 years as a pit reporter. He previously guided Open Wheel Magazine and currently publishes Dick Berggren’s Speedway Illustrated. As a former open wheel driver, Berggren brings a vast knowledge of competition to every motorsports event.   

For more information on the special weekend activities or the museum go to www.emmr.org or call Development Director  Craig Agan at 641-891-0445 or Administrative Coordinator Amanda Eshenour at 717-319-5623.


EMMR SPRING OPEN HOUSE
April 1, 2013

YORK SPRINGS, PA - The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing Spring Open House will be held on Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th in York Springs.

The drag racing section will present a new display of legendary drag racing vehicles along with the dedication of memorial blocks for Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Ken Montgomery, Sr., and Ron Wallace.

Jenkins was legendary with his Pro Stock driving and wrenching on the dreaded Grumpy’s Toy entries out of Malvern, Pennsylvania. Ken Montgomery, Sr. was legendary with his famous Mopar “555” entries in Super Stock eliminator, and Ron Wallace was the popular owner/ operator of the South Mountain Dragway.

Among the legendary vehicles on display is the Revelleader funny car of Mickey Thompson, the famous “bubble gum” AA gas dragster of D.A. Santucci, and the Jenkins ‘65 Plymouth “Black Arrow” that carried “Grumpy” to his first major win at the ‘65 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California. A stellar display of other drag racing vehicles includes a vintage Top Fuel Harley Davidson motorcycle, a Junior Dragster display, and additional drag racing entries.

Dick Berggren, famous motorsports announcer and magazine editor will be on hand to join the festivities for the day, with Barbara Santucci paying tribute to her late husband, while Ed Hedrick and Larry Lombardo who drove for Jenkins, will pay tribute to their late boss. The Montgomery family will dedicate a Ken Montgomery display and the Wallace family will dedicate a Ron Wallace area while daughter Susan Jenkins will dedicate her fathers display all in the Memorial Display Case of the drag racing section.

A full slate of racing heritage will be presented with activities starting on Saturday at 11 a.m. A cackling thunder start-up of several race cars will be held at 2 p.m. on the
plaza outside to culminate the days activities.


RETURN TO THE ROOTS
March 26, 2013

YORK, PA – The return to the roots of drag racing occurs at the 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion to be held at the York Fairgrounds, York Expo Center, York, PA on Friday and Saturday, July 12-13th.  

A very popular segment of the early days of drag racing was the junior stock eliminator which featured the grocery getters of yesteryear with the popular Chevy sedan deliveries.  Tim Pogue of Springtown, Texas has entered his pristine ‘57 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery along with the entries of Butch Szollosy, the Gunning Brothers, Al Andrews, Barry Wallner and a host of others to join the junior stock row that will be featured at the annual step back in time.  

The show marks a Salute to Ford with the Jack Chrisman world famous Comet funny cars. Don Nicholson’s original ‘70 Ford Maverick, Arlen Fadely’s ‘75 super mod Maverick, Sam Auxier, Jr. ‘73 Pro Stock Pinto, and Charlie Caldwell’s ‘64 Mercury Comet to highlight a few of the outstanding entries to be featured.  

The Ford Fairlane Club of America will present a display of outstanding Ford Fairlane’s on Friday on the West Plaza as part of the Cruisin’ Into Summer cruise-in  with hundreds of other entries from out-of-state and the
Central Pennsylvania area.  The cruise-in is presented both days, Friday and Saturday with awards being presented by Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, Linda Vaughn.  

The show benefits the York County SPCA and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.  A popular auction is held on Saturday evening for the benefit of both organizations with memorabilia items featured that are one of a kind.  

Other activities include a special tour van to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing both days. A schedule is listed in the lobby at the show and the popular free Make And Take model building will be featured both days  for children 12 and under by the Central Pennsylvania Model Car Club Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.  and Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m.  

Show hours are Friday, July 12th from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 13th from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is $15.00, children 12 and under free. Active military with proper i.d. free and free parking.


2013 LEGION OF HONOR NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
March 4, 2013

YORK, PA The National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association announced today the 2013 nominees for the Legion of Honor awards to be presented at the 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion, York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds on July 12-13th.  

The annual induction of the legends and pioneers of the performance industry and to drag racing from the early days, the 50’s thru 70’s era.  Each recipient receives an individual award, a prized photo from the archives, and their names placed upon a perpetual award that is on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing located off US Route 15 in York Springs, Pennsylvania. The perpetual award remains in the museum in perpetuity.  

This distinguished  group contributed in varying degrees of involvement, some as racers, as officials, industry representatives, track promoters or developed specialized racing products with dedication far beyond the call of duty.  The NNDRA presents these awards symbolic of a  Hall of Fame each year at the York event.  

Recipients for 2013 are Tom Chastang, Temecula, California; Don Roberts, Georgetown,  Massachusetts; Nunzi Romano, Brooklyn, New York; Mori Brothers, Tall Timbers, Maryland; Joe Schubeck, Las Vegas, Nevada; Karl Nishwitz, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania; Bob Carroll, Marietta, Pennsylvania;  Ron Wallace (posthumous) by Brian Wallace, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania; Gunning Brothers, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania; Bill Wilcom, Monrovia, Maryland; George “Papa Kook” Kryssing, Statesville, North Carolina; and Francis Butler, Takoma Park, Maryland;  

Miss Hurst Golden Shifter Linda Vaughn, a prior recipient, will participate in presenting the awards to the deserving class of 2013.  The induction ceremonies will begin on  Friday, July 12th at 6 p.m.


THE SILENCE IS DEAFENING
February 21, 2013

York, PA - It has been thirty four years since the roar of 600+ horsepower engines no longer roared at the site of the Woodstock of Drag Racing, York US 30 Dragway at the Thomasville Airport every Saturday evening from April to October but the pilgrimage continues the second full weekend of July when the Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion is presented at the York Fairgrounds, York Expo Center, York, Pennsylvania.  This year’s event to be held on July 12-13th will be the Twelfth Annual.  

The York show can boast in having the most Legends of Drag Racing and their legendary race cars of any event in the country.  This year’s event will be a Salute to Ford with the legendary Dyno Don Nicholson ‘70 Maverick with original paint and engine on display. This was the very Maverick that brought Ford back into the winners circle of the Pro Stock wars with the National Hot Rod Association.  

Other legendary race cars to appear will be Arlen Fadely’s Super Stock magazine Maverick, D. A. Santucci’s famous bubble gum Top Gas dragster that carried him to the ‘69 Nationals win at Indy, Jim Walter’s Special Edition Top Fuel dragster, K.S. Pittman’s Willys gasser, John Mazmanian’s Willys gasser, and the famous Filthy Forty Willys gasser of the late Pork Zartman from Hanover and the awesome Mike Bos altered along with the Jack Chrisman Comet of Jim Barillaro to name a few.  

The Legends line-up is just as impressive with Gentleman Joe Schubeck, Miss Hurst Golden Shifter Linda Vaughn, Bunny Burkett, Hubert Platt, Bud Faubel, Bruce Larson, Ed Miller, Ed Hedrick, Larry Lombardo, Jim & Alison Lee, Bob Harrop, Jere Stahl, Wally Bell, Tom Chastang, and a host of others.

The show supports the York County SPCA and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. Both receive vital funds to assist their worthwhile projects for the year.  

Show hours are Friday, July 12th from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 13th from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is $15.00, children 12 and under free. Active military with proper i.d. free and free parking.  

The kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy the Make It  and Take It free model building  by the Central Pennsylvania Model Car Club Friday, 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m.


THE MYSTIQUE OF YORK US 30 CONTINUES
January 21, 2013

York, PA - The mystique of York US 30 Dragway continues some 34 years since the sound of roaring engines and long smokey burnouts were commonplace at this world famous track located at the York Airport in Thomasville, Pennsylvania. The revered memories of days gone by are celebrated each year the second full weekend of July at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds with the presentation this year of the 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion. July 12-13, 2013.

Jim Barillaro of Knoxville, Tennessee has entered his two Jack Chrisman’s Comets to be part of the Salute to Ford that will be a highlight that also includes an outside display of the Fairlane Club of America on the West Plaza at the Cruisin’ Into Summer Cruise-In on Friday.

The show annually features the largest group of Legends of Drag Racing in attendance of any show in the country. This year’s group will feature Arlen Fadely, Wally Bell, Arlen Vanke, “Gentleman Joe” Schubeck, Hubert Platt, Bruce Larson, Al Joniec, “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn, Bud Faubel, Ed Miller, Jere Stahl, Jack Redd, Ed Hedrick, Jim & Alison Lee, Larry Lombardo, Bob Harrop and the list goes on.

The show supports the York County SPCA for the 12th consecutive year and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing as of last year. Both entities will receive vital funds to assist their worthwhile projects for the year.

Legendary race cars to be on display in addition to the two Jack Chrisman Comets will be the D. A. Santucci famous “bubble gum” Top Gas Dragster, the Super Stock magazine Maverick of Arlen Fadely, the “Dyno Don” Nicholson ‘70 Maverick with original paint and engine, and the newly completed “Frantic Ford” Funny Car to mention a few.

Show hours are Friday, July 12th 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 13th 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is $15.00, children 12 and under free. Active military with proper i.d. free. Free Parking.


12TH ANNUAL YORK REUNION ANNOUNCED
November 14, 2012

York, PA - The 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion will be held on July 12-13th, 2013 at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds marking the annual return to the “Best Days of Drag Racing” and a “Salute to Ford.”

The York event is the only independent event of it’s type in the country and has a broad appeal to the many former racers and fans that attended the drag racing events at the former York US 30 Dragway which closed 34 years ago in 1979. The event has the most Legends of Drag Racing and Legendary race cars of any event in the United States.

The popular “Cackling Thunder” will be featured when the Legendary race cars start-up and provide the music to the performance enthusiasts ears in attendance per a specific schedule during the two day show.

Twelve new members will be inducted into the Legion of Honor on Friday at 6 p.m. A perpetual plaque is on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and each new member receives an individual award for their many accomplishments and

contributions to the sport of drag racing. Legends scheduled to attend the popular event include Arlen Fadely, Hubert Platt, Al Joniec, “Gentleman Joe” Schubeck, and “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn to name a few. A host of Legendary race cars will also be on display and will include D. A. Santucci’s famous “bubble gum” Top Gas dragster and Jim Barillaro’s two Jack Chrisman Comets.

The show’s annual Charity of Choice is the SPCA. Funds from the People’ Choice voting canisters and a special auction will be presented during the event. The show has been responsible for over $40,000 in support to the SPCA.

The Cruise-In held on the West Plaza has been expanded to two days for this year’s event and will feature several local and national car clubs participating.

Show hours are Friday, July 12th 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 13th 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is $15.00 with children 12 and under free. Active military with proper i.d. admitted free. Free parking.

 

D.A. Santucci, Top Gas Dragster, famous ‘bubble gum” car to be on display at Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in 2013 and the 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion.

D.A. Santucci in the process of winning the ‘69 NHRA Nationals with the famed “bubble gum” car, a story to be relived at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and the 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion in 2013
 
D.A. Santucci in the near lane en route to winning the ‘69 NHRA Nationals Top Gas Eliminator.

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The York Reunion and Nostalgia Nationals is a combined effort of Darwin Doll, former NHRA Division Director and Beaver Bob McCardle of Beaver Springs Dragway. Both are dedicated to the preservation of our performance heritage.

Show Information:
Darwin Doll
- 717-757-2720

Race Information:
Bob McCardle - 717-248-7676


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