5th-annual Racing & Performance Expo takes off Feb. 25-26

Fifth-annual Racing & Performance Expo blasts off Feb. 25-26

By Bernie Biernacki

The 5th annual Racing & Performance Expo comes off the line Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pheasant Run Convention Center, 4051 E. Main St. (IL Rte. 64), St. Charles, IL.

New this year will be the Circle Track Expo, to be held directly across from Pheasant Run in the DuPage Expo Center. While the main show will focus mainly on straight line performance, the circle track portion gets into the nuts and boltst of those that like to turn left, be it with fenders or with open wheels.  

More than 60,000 square feet of exhibit space will be dedicated to bring racers and fans the latest in drag and oval innovations from more than 200 performance manufacturers and retailers. Area race tracks will also be on hand to showcase their upcoming seasons. In total, there will be some 300 booths in the two show buildings.

Besides just show their parts, manufacturer representatives will be on hand to answer questions from racers and mechanics. Seminars will be held both days focusing on such topics as valve trains, racing suspensions, pistons and fuel systems. 

In addition, area high school automotive classes, will be participating SEMA’s Division 3 Championship of the “Hot-Rodders of Tomorrow - Engine Challenge”. The winner of this year’s competition goes on to the next level of who can build the best performance engine.

Racing personalities like Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick and Vic Edlebrock will be there to “bench race” with fans and to sign autographs. Also, such local groups as Northern Illinois Street Rod Association will be on hand to meet with enthusiasts. Area race tracks and drag strip also will be on hand to showcase their upcoming seasons.

The show is open to all. Tickets are $10 per person at the door and parking is free.

for more information go to: www.raceperformanceexpo.com.

Bernie Bernacki

Involved with Journalism since 1969. Through the years, weorked at several daily and weekly newspapers in northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana. During 1976 was editor of NSSN in Ridgewood, NJ. I have done features on racers from Gary Gabelich to Cale Yarborough, Bobby Rahal to Leon "Jigger" Sirois, Bay Darnell to Jack Bowsher, and Ed Rachanski to Arnie Beswick. I am a personal friend of Fred Lorenzen and frequently visit him at his nursing home. During the 1980s I covered the Indy 500 for different daily newspapers. As I am considered a senior citizen, my racing tastes favor vintage/historics - stock, sports car, Indy, drag racing, old race tracks. I try to focus on individuals  

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