Warren County Farmers Fair

Date: 7/12/2013 11:00:07 PM


Warren County Farmers Fair

Harmony
Speedway was a dirt 5/8-mile oval racetrack and a 1/8-mile drag strip. The track opened on June 7, 1963 with Sam Beavers winning the first race. It closed in 1973 with Jay Beers winning the final race. Carl Van Horn and Dick Crouse built the racetrack. Van Horn was one of the greatest racecar drivers and a legend in racing. Well known as the Belvidere Bandit in his 71e, he built most of his own cars and motors. He set fast time at Langhorn with a car that he and Chet Crane built – a 37 Chevy with a 421 Pontiac motor. This car is owned by Ray Boissonneu of NH who also owns Indy and sprint car's, with this being his only dirt car.
     It was great racing Harmony Speedway, a circle track that paid great purses and at the 1/8th mile Drag Strip. The drag strip also had many good races with Drivers such as: Mel Carty, Walt Garrett, Bobby Allen,Earl Derr, Ralph Ott, Billy Stecker, Johnny Slack ,Archie Myers, and Joe “Peppy” Fernandez. It ran 2 nights  – Wednesday and Saturday at the DRAG STRIP the goes on and on.The oval and drag strip had a lot of great drivers with 3 nights of racing with over a 100 cars each night.
     ­Over the years the Harmony track hosted many race's including URC in 1963, 1964, and 1965, Sports Car SCODA, American Motorcycle Association. Women’s Powder Puff race winners included Carol Bickel, Marilyn Sargent, Anna Mae Pauch, Winnie Stecker, Mary McGuire, Doris Babington, and Gloria Beech. Frank Schneider is the all time winner with 26 races. Other wins include Will Cagel 22, Al Tasnady 14, Toby Tobias 10 and Bob Pickell with 8 win's.Ray Neary 4 wins,Charlie Shire, Jimmy Wismer,Ray Pauch,Billy Osman,Joe Pollacik,Rags Carter,Tom Hagar,Harry Ekama in the M1,Larry Honey,Jimmy Wismer,Whip Mulligan, Russ Stecker, Peppy Fernandez, Stan Poloski Jr., Barry Dolan, Jay Beers, Larry Honey,Loren Holland Sr., Clarence Hill, and Fats Cummins just to name some  
     For the first time at the Fair last year we had inductees into our Hall of Fame. This year the induction will be on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm. The show will be starting at 12 noon and run to 6 pm, with all different types of cars from different tracks. Come out Sunday and have a great time and say hello to the Dirt Track Heroes.Stop by and see Frankie Schneider and say hello it will be his birthday a few days latter.some of the cars that will be at the fair are  rusty smiths #2 ,#43 tom Hagar ,tighe scott's 1979 Daytona cup car,M1 of Rich Marrinelli,#63 neal K., John Bakrus #51 Carl VanHorns 71e last car that he raced, plus many more. 11 to 6 pm come out to the 2nd year for the Hall of Fame awards starting at 1 pm. 
 

 BY Archie Myers & George Gordon




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