|Date: 11/9/2014 10:42:21 PM|
Nearly $10,000 raised during annual Stan Lobitz fundraiser for Eastern Museum of Motor Racing
By DINO OBERTO
(HAZLE TOWNSHIP, PA) After 31 consecutive years the Stan Lobitz Movie Party and Auction continues to be one of the best end of the season affairs going and on Sunday, another rousing success chapter was added.
With all of the proceeds going to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) in York Springs, the day’s ending tally was nearly $10,000 thanks to a wide array of items on the auction block as well as donations collected throughout the day-long event.
Held at Lobitz’s Catering Hall in Hazle Township, in the three decades of the show well over $250,000 has been raised for the EMMR.
“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 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.”
Upholding the rich history of eastern motor sports has been the emphasis of EMMR. From race car parts to fully restored cars, thousands of photos and newspaper clippings and just about any imaginable piece of memorabilia are well-preserved and on display at the museum, located on the grounds of the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds which was a former race track located one mile east of PA Route 15.
While many items in the auction went quickly, the top piece took some time as a bidding war over an A.J. Foyt plaque that came from the National Old Timers Hall of Fame reeled in a whopping $4000.
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.
Hall of Fame racers Lynn Paxton, one of the greatest Sprint Car wheelmen out of central Pennsylvania, handles the auction each year along with former stock car legend Diz Dean. Paxton is the president of EMMR.
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.
“I enjoy everything about doing this,” said Lobitz. “Our museum has never stopped growing and this is just my way of helping out what I feel is a great cause. We have to preserve our history in order to grow our future.”
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