|Date: 11/9/2015 11:08:04 PM|
32nd Annual Stan Lobitz fundraiser for Eastern Museum of Motor Racing was a huge success
By DINO OBERTO
(HAZLE TOWNSHIP, Pa. 11-8-15) The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) does a meticulous job of preserving racing history. Inside is housed an extensive collection of all types of racing memorabilia from restored race cars and everything in between.
Located on Route 15 in York Springs, the EMMR has been growing in size since ground was broken on June 27, 1989.
It was in 1975 when a small group of racing enthusiasts known as the Williams Grove Old Timers gathered near Harrisburg. They shared a common interest in the early days of American motor racing and a desire to preserve the history of that bygone era. To serve this purpose, they immediately planned the construction of a public museum of racing history to be known as the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.
Not only is there a building that houses all types of racing history, the entire facility is part of the visit as adjacent to the museum is the Lattimore Valley Fairgrounds race track that was in use during the 1920’s and early ‘30’s and has been completed restored to its original design.
The museum relies on a dedicated staff of volunteers, many who go above and beyond to devote their time and effort to see to that the facility is always picture perfect when guests come to visit.
And, while there is that willingness from a core group, there is also a matter of funding that is vital to the ongoing success of EMMR.
That’s where key member Stan Lobitz comes in. Each year for the past 32 years the Stan Lobitz Racing and Movie Party takes place at his Hazle Township catering hall.
Lobitz holds an all-day affair in which he graciously offers hospitality to everyone. An auction is held, raffles take place and all proceeds collected go the EMMR.
This year’s event raised over $7500 and since it began over three decades ago, the EMMR has received in excess of $250,000 thanks to the Lobitz gathering.
“Where else can you come and see some of the greats in racing. Over the years we’ve been able to bring in some iconic names in the sport of racing and I feel like the luckiest guy in the room,” said Lobitz.
“Tommy Hinnershitz, Jiggs Peters, Buster Warke, Chris Economaki and so many other greats have come here for this and it’s all about supporting the museum. It’s about a great supportive membership of really hard working people who have a deep passion and desire to preserve the history of racing.”
The auction was well received as an array of all types of racing items came across the block.
A one of a kind Keith Kauffman painting brought $500. Popular car owner Ken Brenn Sr., helped out by donating a Roger Ward plaque from the National Old Timers Hall of Fame. A similar plaque honoring Len Duncan was also up for grabs and each went for $200.
However, the big ticket item turned out to be a larger framed aerial photo of Williams Grove Speedway that was autographed by numerous drivers. It fetched $2200.
Prior to the auction Jim Etter of Pittsburg presents reels of vintage racing films, most of which are from the 1940s and ‘50s and feature classic showings of the Indy 500 and Daytona Beach races.
On display outside included several restored Midgets and Sprints plus a replica Sheraton Thompson AJ Foyt roadster.
At the conclusion of the day Lobitz invites everyone to dinner and personally acknowledges all in attendance.
The EMMR is a non-profit group that relies on monies received from museum visitors as well as donations and fundraisers and when it comes to procuring those needed funds nothing can equal the Annual Stan Lobitz Racing Movie Party and Auction.