Vintage / Historic

Bobby Unser always has time for racing fans

Presented with a 10-foot long print out of all the races he participated in during his long career, racing great Bobby Unser was speechless.

“I didn’t know I did so much?” Unser said. “I must have raced for 100 years to do all that.” But Unser was assured that the facts were facts.

Unser was guest of honor Feb. 25 at the 3rd annual Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories Winter Banquet, sponsored by the Meadowdale International Raceway Preservation Society, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Schaumburg, IL. 

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 8:22 AM, 03.01.2012

"On the Road to Glory" - Fred Lorenzen

ELMHURST, IL – In his twilight years, Fred Lorenzen, NASCAR’s original “Golden Boy”, will be honored by his hometown with a more than three-month long exhibition of his racing career and life beginning Friday, Feb. 1, at the Elmhurst Historical Museum.

“On the Road to Glory” brings to light the story of Elmhurst native Lorenzen who become one of early NASCAR’s prominent drivers and a long-time fan favorite. When you hear the list of accomplishments achieved by Lorenzen, it’s hard to imagine that his story has remained under the radar:

  • Winner of the 1965 Daytona 500
  • First northerner to become a NASCAR star
  • First NASCAR driver to earn $100,000-plus in a single season
  • Named one of the Top 50 NASCAR drivers of all time
  • First NASCAR driver to complete the “Grand Slam” of stock car racing
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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 7:17 PM, 01.30.2013

DON KNOWLES RECEIVES RRDC'S 2011 BOB AKIN AWARD

DON KNOWLES RECEIVES RRDC'S 2011 BOB AKIN AWARD

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2012) - Five-time SCCA national champion Don Knowles was named the recipient of the 2011 Bob Akin Award by the Road Racing Drivers Club at a dinner prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.

The RRDC is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Each recipient of this honor, considered the top award in motorsports for amateur, vintage/historic or semi-professional drivers, is selected by Akin's son Bobby, RRDC members Brian Redman and Archie Urciuoli, and approved by RRDC president Bobby Rahal.

The distinctive trophy was conceived by the RRDC in 2003 to honor the memory of longtime RRDC member and past president Bob Akin, who lost his life in a racing accident in 2002.

The trophy was designed by Steuben Glass in Corning, N.Y., and is given to a driver who best exemplifies the extraordinary qualities and characteristics that Akin represented, including a passion for motorsports and automobiles, a high level of sportsmanship and fair play, and who has contributed to the sport of motor racing.

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 4:21 PM, 01.28.2012

SECOND ANNUAL SONOMA HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL

SECOND ANNUAL SONOMA HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL


Amanda McLaren is Honorary Starter for Historic F1 and Can-Am races at Second Annual Motorsports Festival
With McLaren the featured marque at the Second Annual Motorsports Festival at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Bruce McLaren's only child, daughter Amanda, was on hand to be the Honorary Starter for the 1966-1974 Historic F1 and 1966-1974 Historic Can-Am race groups on Sunday, waving both the green and checkered flags. Each class showcased a number of McLarens, including the 1977 McLaren M23 that Danny Baker drove to victory in the F1 group, as well as Scott Drnek's fourth-place 1970 McLaren M14, along with three other McLarens.

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Volume 2011, Issue 5, Posted 8:06 PM, 06.06.2011

Fine Cars, Fine Wine Highlight Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival

Fine Cars, Fine Wine Highlight Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival

McLaren Featured Marque od Racw Weekend

SONOMA, Calif. – The 2nd annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival roars into Infineon Raceway, June 4-5, highlighted by 400 historic racecars gracing the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course.
 
From a 1915 Ford Racer to a 1991 Riley & Scott Trans-Am Camaro, nearly every marque produced and raced worldwide during the last 70 years will be featured on track in 13 different racing classes.  Four-hundred entries, some coming from as far away as St. Croix, Australia, Brazil, Canada and New Zealand, will compete in a series of "time capsule" historic races each day.

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Volume 2011, Issue 5, Posted 11:37 AM, 05.30.2011

MORE THAN 250 HISTORIC CARS FROM CALIFORNIA ENTERED IN SECOND ANNUAL SONOMA HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL JUNE 4-5

MORE THAN 250 HISTORIC CARS FROM CALIFORNIA ENTERED IN SECOND ANNUAL SONOMA
HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL JUNE 4-5


SONOMA, Calif. (May 5, 2011) - Of the 400 historic cars entered in the Second Annual Sonoma Historic Motorsport Festival, June 4-5, at Infineon Raceway, more than 250 hail from the State of California, a hot bed for collectors of exotic street cars and significant race cars. The event features the McLaren marque, which was a dominant force in the Can-Am, Indy 500 and Formula 1 racing series in the '60s and '70s.

While nearly 190 of the entries list Northern California as home, the remaining are from the Los Angeles and Central California areas. Included in the San Francisco-based cars are a 1934 Bugatti T-59, owned and driven by Charles McCabe, a 1977 McLaren M23 and a 1963 Lotus 27 Formula Junior driven by Danny Baker, and Len Auerbach's 1938 Aston Martin.

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Volume 2011, Issue 5, Posted 9:52 PM, 05.07.2011

COALITION FORMED TO SAVE THE BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

COALITION FORMED TO SAVE THE BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS
National Landmark Needs Salt Replenishment Program

Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2011) - A number of prominent organizations have formed the “Save the Salt Coalition” to protect the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) from continued deterioration due to salt brine removal from potash mining.  The Coalition is now working with government officials, mine operators and others to develop a permanent program to replenish the salt.

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Volume 2011, Issue 4, Posted 3:07 PM, 04.24.2011

RACE DRIVER TO BE REUNITED WITH HIS 1967 L88 CORVETTE

RACE DRIVER TO BE REUNITED WITH HIS 1967 L88 CORVETTE

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., April 5, 2011 — RIS -When Terry Michaelis, president of Pro Team Corvette Sales in Napoleon, Ohio, called Tony DeLorenzo, Corvette Hall of Fame racer, and told him that he bought the L88 Corvette that DeLorenzo raced for Detroit’s Hanley Dawson Chevrolet in 1967, all DeLorenzo could say at first was, “Wow!”

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Volume 2011, Issue 2, Posted 2:03 PM, 04.05.2011

The Henry Ford Promotes Christian Overland to Executive Vice President

The Henry Ford Promotes Christian Overland to Executive Vice President

(Dearborn, MI – February 25, 2011) — Christian Overland, Vice President of Collections and Experience Design for The Henry Ford, was named Executive Vice President, it was announced by Patricia Mooradian, president of the organization. 

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Volume 2011, Issue 2, Posted 11:48 PM, 02.25.2011

Wendell Scott: A Race Story

February is traditionally Black History month in the U.S.  During the month TV networks vie to highlight the accomplishments of African-Americans.  This year ESPN takes a turn from not only focusing on blacks in the traditional stick and ball sports, but is spotlighting Wendell Scott, the first black man to compete at NASCAR’s top level.

Hours after the running of the 53rd annual Daytona 500, ESPN, in conjunction with the NASCAR Media Group, will be debuting “Wendell Scott: A Race Story,” at 9 p.m. ET, Sunday, Feb. 20.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 7:45 PM, 02.14.2011

Bobby Rahal reflects on past and future

Bobby Rahal, winner of the 1986 Indianapolis 500 and winning car owner of the 2004 500, hasn’t been getting much seat time lately, but he has been at the wheel of numerous racing and social endeavors.

Recently, Rahal was guest of honor at the 2nd annual winter banquet of the Meadowdale International Raceway Preservation Association, near the former 3.27-mile sports car course which operated from 1958 to 1968 in Carpenterville, IL.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 7:40 PM, 02.14.2011

The ghosts of Roby Speedway

The ghosts of race tracks long gone still roar through the minds of many race fans. Across the U.S., enthusiasts can still recall the whine of engines at such venues as Illinois’ Meadowdale International Raceway, Pennsylvania’s Langhorne Speedway, Georgia’s Augusta International Raceway, dozens of smaller bullrings, such as Kansas’ 77 Speedway, Illinois’ O’Hare Stadium and Santa Fe Speedway and even Chicago’s International Amphitheater.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 10:26 PM, 01.30.2011

SECOND ANNUAL SONOMA HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL TO FEATURE MCLAREN

  SECOND ANNUAL SONOMA HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL TO FEATURE MCLAREN

SONOMA, Calif.  - The second annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, to be held at Infineon Raceway on June 4-5, 2011, will feature the iconic McLaren marque, announced Steve Earle, president of General Racing, Ltd.

“McLaren, like Ferrari and Porsche and other great names in motorsports, created the bloodlines that we worship today in historic automobile racing,” said Earle, who for four decades has devoted his life to organizing historic car racing events and is the originator of the Wine Country Classic that preceded the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival for 24 years, as well as the Monterey Historic Automobile Races.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 7:59 PM, 02.15.2011

Good Olí Boys, Good Olí Cars at Darlington

By Bernie Biernacki

     More than 130 vintage racing cars filled the pit area Sept. 24-26 at Darlington Raceway for the 3rd annual Historic Racing Festival.
     Joining the race cars were NASCAR “Good Ol’ Boys” Harry Gant, David Pearson, Ned Jarrett, Johnny Allen, Rex White, “Big” Bud Moore, Leonard Wood, Jim VanDiver, Charlie Glotzbach, Waddell Wilson, Cotton Owens, and Ray Fox.
     The cars took to the track in six classes, ranging from historics, midgets and sprints, 1950-1969  stocks, dirt and asphalt Champ cars, 1970 to 2006 stocks, and modifieds.

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Volume 2010, Issue 10, Posted 11:06 AM, 10.02.2010

Old memories shift into gear at Meadowdale raceway

By Bernie Biernacki

     Despite persistent rain showers, a hearty band of racing enthusiasts celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 18, what was once the center of sports car racing in Illinois - Meadowdale International Raceway.
     Situated in the western hills of the Fox River Valley in Carpentersville, 40 miles  northwest of Chicago, Meadowdale hosted races from 1958 to 1969.

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 9:28 AM, 09.24.2010

World's Most Famous Car Visits New York

The Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond - Sean Connery - in Goldfinger and Thunderball to make only U.S. appearance in advance of its October auction sale

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 10:57 AM, 09.04.2010

Second Annual Meadowdale Raceway Motorsport & Memories Show Saturday, Sept. 18

The second annual Meadowdale Raceway Motorsport & Memories show will be Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the site of the former track located on the west side of Illinois Route 31, four miles north of Interstate 90, in Carpentersville, IL.
     Drivers and their cars that once raced on the track, that operated from 1958 to 1969, will be displayed along what was once the main straight away.

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 7:37 PM, 09.13.2010