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This past weekend the Vintage Cars had 2 shows

Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler

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Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler

Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler. 

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This past weekend the Vintage Cars had 2 shows. Friday was I-96, near Lake Odessa, Michigan. This is the first time ever there for the Vintage Cars, and will not be the last. Nice facility, 3/8’s mile dirt, with Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, FWD, and Mini Wedges also on the Card. We brought 9 cars to the show, Randy Peters, John Lawhorn, Chris Miller, King Kramer, Hank Lower, Seth Smith, Mike Eastman, and Ron Gunderman. For Randy, this is the first time in 3 YEARS, driving his car. He had some foot problems at our Banquet then, went to the doctor, and has been in a wheelchair since. He got hand controls for the throttle and brake, to use by hand. His hauler is set up this way, but new to handling a race car. Welcome Back Randy. 


And a thanks to Chris Miller’s wife for helping bring in the tables. It was a good walk from the Honda, outside the gate, to set up area. 
Track gave me ample time to introduce the drivers and about their cars. In the heat, Ron and Seth tagged team the high side, keeping Hank Lower on the low side, and Ron picked up the win. Fans were into this, and gave the guys a nice applause. 


Throughout the night, folks were chacking out the photo books. Many have never seen them. A group of guys in their 70’s, were back there for a good half hour. They were just eating them up. A boy was looking for Tim Dalman pics. It was his son. After he was born, Tim stepped aside. In my old upper Michigan material, he found 7. He was estatic. He found one right off the bat. With photos from Thunderbird, Crystal, 96, Mt. Pleasant, Winston, and Merritt, it was a bit of a treasure hunt. 


The Vintage Car Feature came out with Seth Smith and Hank Lower having a great battle. Hank took the win, but kudos to Seth. All the guys did great. They all said the track was smooth, and wide. They could run anywhere. 
End of night, and folks came up to me and thanked us for the cars and books. Several track officials came over as well.


Jeff and his crew have a great thing going up there. A big to Sean Sprague for helping set this up. He did a great job plugging us all night. Long day, work, travel, set up, but a great time. 


The next night, Butler Motor Speedway. Old Timer’s night. I belive this is our 14th time at Butler in out 19 years as a Club. Vintage Car count for this show is one of the best of the year. The Butler- Angola pocket has the most cars by far.

 
Warm temps, a bit windy, but a great turnout. 
John Newberry provides a tent, a good 20 x 60, tables, chairs, Food, Drink, and badges for the Old Timers. That is alot and much appreciated. He would know the eact, but I say a good 60 old timers made the event. A few also bring old photo books, plus what I brought. Getting these guys together is so special, as we lose a couple every year. 


For the Vintage cars, we had 23 make the trip. All from 96 came plus Jeff Morton, Carl Peavy, Larry Fisher, Henry Dowker, the Brian Tyler 75 Modified, completly redone, Dan Cline, John Fork, Gene Steele with 2 cars, Dick Slagle with 2 cars, and Dan Livengood. Also, an old South Bend Motor Speedway Safety truck in which the Freeburns restored. 


16 Cars came out for the Heat event, and Steve Shellenberger, driving for Dan Cline, took the win over Seth Smith, Hank Lower, and Ron Gunderman. Scott would also win the Feature. Cline might have to hire this guy. Got alot of pictures to post. Got interviews with Henry Dowker and Randy Peters. Plus one with Multi time Champ, Dick Slade, all of 87 years young. 
A great time by all. The next VARC Show is Saturday, August 10 at Shady Bowl, and the next Michiana Vintage show is Spartan Set 9, and New Paris August 17.

Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Ron Verash Photo
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Ron Verash Photo
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Ron Verash Photo
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Ron Verash Photo
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Ron Verash Photo
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Ron Verash Photo
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Ron Verash Photo
Vintage weekend recap: I-96 and Butler
Ron Verash Photo