AT WARREN COUNTY FAIR, 18 TO BE INDUCTED INTO HARMONY SPEEDWAY HALL OF FAME - TOPPED BY BOB PICKELL & RAY NEARY SUNDAY, JULY 28TH

Date: 7/21/2013 1:01:32 PM


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JULY 14, 2013

CONTACT: ARCHIE MYERS

(908) 723-4458

 

AT WARREN COUNTY FAIR, 18 TO BE INDUCTED INTO HARMONY SPEEDWAY HALL OF FAME - TOPPED BY BOB PICKELL & RAY NEARY SUNDAY, JULY 28TH
By Ken Kuhlman

 

 

                          HARMONY TWP. – The Harmony Speedway was a well recognized 5/8 mile dirt racing facility that existed from 1963 through 1973 nestled in an area called Braiards. Over that time many of the finest racing talents in the Northeast displayed their prowess there.

 

                           On Sunday, July 28th, 18 of them, some no longer living, will be inducted as the second class to enter the Harmony Speedway Hall of Fame.

 

                             Heading up that list of the Hall of Fame inductees will be the recently departed Modified stock car racing standout from Hunterdon County, Bob Pickell, along with former Harmony Speedway track champion Ray Neary. Also set to be inducted out of the Modified racing ranks will be Whip Mulligan and Dick “Toby’ Tobias.

 

                             Sportsman division racing specialists Russ Stecker and Jim Wismer also are headed for Hall of Fame status that day joined by Street Stock racing headliners Joe Shandor and Fats Cummings.. Ou of the Drag Car ranks will find Mel Carty and Walt Garrett gaining that special honor.

 

                             Harmony Speedway Hall of Fame awards are also headed in the direction of noted race car owners Lou Inzio, Johnny Slack and Bill Stecker. Also set for that prestigous award are former Harmony race track promoters or owners Dick Gearhart, Dick Crous and Harry DeLorenzo. Rounding out these presentations will be Hall of Fame honors given out to women “Powder Puff” racing stalwarts Anna Marie Pauch, local racing sensation Billy Pauch’s mother, and “Winnie” Stecker.

 

                              A special Longevity Award is also set to be presnted to Hunterdon County racing legend Frankie Schneider who was the all-time feature race winner at the Harmony Speedway. Schneider, who cometed in racing events across the entire country and was the 1952 NASCAR National point champion, was inducted into the Harmony Hall of Fame last year. A pre- 87 year-old birthday party is also being planned for him at these presentations prior to his August 11th birth date.

 

                              These Hall of Fame celebrations , which are slated to get underway at 1 p.m., will be part of the events that day of the Harmony Speedway “Dirt Track Heroes” Race car Show as part of the 76th Annual Warren County, NJ Farmers Fair. The Harmony Speedway Historical Society, led by former long-time racer and racing historian Archie Myers will host this Race car Show at the fair.

                               This will be a large exhibit featuring racing memorabilia, race drivers and race cars from the past and presnt. Several of the cars on display actually raced at the Harmony Speedway or are replicas of those cars.

                                Further details on this show are available by contacting Myers at (908) 723-4458 or by e-mail at mufflermanam@msn.c0m. The Warren County Farmers fairgrounds is on Route 519 in Harmony.





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