Paul Kuhl Midget Highlights Flemington Speedway Historical Society Display at Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show

Date: 2/27/2015 9:03:49 PM

Paul Kuhl Midget Highlights Flemington Speedway Historical Society Display at Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show


Phillipsburg, NJ -- Flemington Speedway Historical Society (FSHS) will once again provide an anchor display at Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Car Show. For the eighth consecutive year, Phillipsburg Mall, Route 22 East, Phillipsburg, NJ is the venue for the week long extravaganza. It opens Sunday, March 1 and closes Saturday, March 7. Detailed information can be found at the promotion team’s web site:


It’s hard to ignore the irony here. For decades, such shopping malls have replaced many aging race tracks on a nationwide scale. Once a year, FSHS and similar anchors of this car show inhabit vacant stores in a once thriving mall, thus lending life support to the kind of entity that doomed the race tracks these historical organizations now represent. 


More than a dozen race cars will be part of the FSHS exhibit, highlighted by the former Paul Kuhl Midget. The purple and white #8 driven to Flemington Speedway victories by Stan Ploski is being restored by George Henshaw. Brother Joe Henshaw will bring his ’37 slant back Ford sedan, a living example of an early sixties era Stock Car. The #3 Sprint Car of late local hero Rich Polenz will be on hand, recently restored by brother Scott. A tribute to the 1976 Chevette Modified of Glenn Fitzcharles is expected to be unveiled by Microstock campaigner Harry Burd. Joe Opitz’s Hanchick & Lerch #44, Dennis Tretter’s #35 Brenn Midget, the Taylor-Made #93 of Dick Havens, Mike Everett’s Doug Hoffman 60OVER tribute, and Artie Conk’s #63 White Phantom are among the many historic race cars expected to be shown. 


This year, the FSHS exhibit will feature vintage racing movies projected onto a big screen, along with the tables and walls filled with memorabilia. Flemington Speedway personalities will be visiting the FSHS display all week. Saturday, March 7, Flemington Speedway and FSHS will be among those featured by event organizers, as 1974 and 1976 Flemington Speedway Modified Gerald Chamberlain is saluted. 


Flemington Speedway Historical Society, Inc. is a public charity recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. FSHS’s mission is to preserve, protect, and document the history of the Flemington Fairgrounds and Speedway.  Its meetings are the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm the Flemington Elks Lodge #1928.


PHOTO CAPTION: Car owner and Flemington Speedway promoter Paul Kuhl congratulates his driver Stan Ploski after a 1983 victory. This car will be on display all week. 



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