WARREN COUNTY FARMERS FAIR HOST “DIRT TRACK HEROES” SHOW SUN. JULY 26TH

Date: 7/19/2009 6:23:34 PM

 

WARREN COUNTY FARMERS FAIR HOST

“DIRT TRACK HEROES” SHOW SUN. JULY 26TH

By KEN KUHLMAN

 

                          PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – The Harmony Speedway Historical Society led by Archie Myers will present “Dirt Track Heroes” featuring vintage race cars, drivers and racing memorabilia on opening day of the always well received yearly Warren County Farmers Fair Sunday, July 26th starting at noon time. The Fair, itself, is set to run for seven days getting underway on the 26th and continuing through Saturday, August 1st.

                            The popular harmony Speedway was a D-shape five-eights mile track located six miles north of Phillipsburg, close to site of the Warren County Fair, that closed its gates for the final time back in 1975. The popular race track opened June 7, 1963 with NASCAR sanctioned modified sportsman and novice stock car divisions Sammy beavers was the winner of that evening’s 25 lap modified feature race. The final modified division race was held on July 7, 1972. Will Cagle was the winner of that night’s 100 lap modified feature race.

                             A total of 124 modified stock car feature races were held during the nine seasons that Harmony Speedway hosted modified stock cars. A total of 26 drivers earned modified feature race victories topped by the legendary Sergeantsville, NJ speedster Frankie Schneider’s 26 wins. Harmony’s final race ever took place on September 7, 1975.

                              It has been 34 years since stock cars raced on the big five-eights of a mile Harmony track. But memories of that era of stock car racing during the sports heyday in these parts continue to live on.

                             On Sunday, July 26th starting at noon at the Warren County Farmers Fair opening day stock cars and the men who drove them during the glory days at Harmony Speedway will be in the spotlight. Numerous drivers from that racing era are scheduled to be in attendance to relive those golden days with the fans and do interviews. Special honors are set to be given to former Harmony Speedway race promoter and driver Ward Crozier and his wife Dottie.

                              Along with that, numerous vintage race cars, including some from the Harmony Speedway racing days, and other racing-related memorabilia and displays will be on display. That will include a display by the Reading, PA Fairgrounds racing Historical Society. Nearly all displays will be in a shaded pole barn.

                               Further details on this program are available by contacting show organizer Archie Myers at (908) 723-4458 or by e-mail at mufflermanam@msn.com.

 
 


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