|Date: 7/28/2013 1:25:46 AM|
CONTACT: ARCHIE MYERS
OLD HARMONY SPEEDWAY FEATURED IN “DIRT TRACK HEROES” EXHIBIT AT WARREN COUNTY FARMERS FAIR
HARMONY TWP.- The Harmony Speedway Historical Society, led by long-time former racer and racing historian Archie Myers, will presnet “Dirt Track Heroes” featuring vintage race cars, drivers and racing memorabilia as part of the 76th Annual Warren County Farmers Fair Sunday, July 28th from 11 am till 6 pm.
The still well recalled by many Harmony Speedway was a D- shaped five-eights mile dirt race track that was located six miles south of Phillipsburg, NJ, close to the site of the Warrewn County Fair, that closed its gates for the final time back in 1975.
This race track opened June 7, 1963 under the promotion of Hall of Fame racing legend Carl Van Horn, running NASCAR sanctioned Modified-Sportsman and Novice stock car divisions. Sammy Beavers was the winner of the evening’s 25-lap Modified feature race. The final Modified feature race there 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 the Harmony Speedway hosted Modified stock cars. A total of 26 drivers earned Modified feature race victories, topped by the widely heralded Sergeantsville, NJ speedster Frankie Schneider’s 26 wins. Harmony’s final race ever took place on September 7, 1975.
At the Sunday, July 28th “Dirt Track Heroes” presentation Schneider will be the reciprient of a special “Longevity Award” in recognition of his all-time great racing career that spanned six decades. A pre 87 year-old birthday party is also being planned for him that day prior to his actual birthdate of August 11th.
It has been close to 40 years since stock cars raced at the Harmony Speedway. But memories of that golden era of of stock car racing during the sports heyday in these parts continue to live on as strong as ever.
On Sunday, July 28th the stock cars and the men who drove them during those glory days at Harmony Speedway will be in the spotlight. Numerous drivers from that racing era are schedlued to be in attendance to relive those golden days with the fans and in interviews. At 1 pm the 2013 Harmony Speedway Hall of Fame class of 18 will be inducted in a special ceremony. Topping this array is Modified racing standouts Whip Mulligan, Bob Pickell, Dick “Toby” Tobias and Ray Neary.
In addition to that, numerous vintage race cars, including some from the Harmony Speedway racing days, will be on display. Among those will be the recently completed re-creation of the race car once driven by the recently departed popular West Easton, PA racer Tom Hager. Along with that will be loads of racing-related memorabilia and dispalys.
Further details on this program are available by contacting the show
oranizer, Archie Myers, at (908) 723-4458 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.