By ED & BETTY BIITTIG
Today we spent time at the Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum inside the Sunshine Mall in South Daytona, Florida and enjoyed talking with the members and viewing the many exhibits and displays. We were especially impressed with the Legends of the Northeast section of the museum. The LLOAR is intent on keeping racing’s history alive and we found a dedicated group busily working on the many events and activities they have planned for the week leading up to the Daytona 500.
If you are coming to Florida for Speed Weeks 2017 and you are also racing history buffs, like us, then some of the following events in and around the Daytona Beach area will be of interest to you.
First, Saturday, February 18 the North Turn Historic Legends Beach Road Course Parade will kick off the many activities planned for Speed Weeks. This annual event kicks off this year from Racing’s North Turn Restaurant, 4511 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet, Fl. Staging of the cars in the restaurant’s west parking lot begins promptly at 7 am with the parade beginning at 10 am. Driver autographs and interviews with Chocolate Myers of Trading Paint on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and his wife, Caron will start at 11:30 am. If you would like to participate in the parade, your car must be a race car or replica of a race car 1958 and older. For registration information, email NorthTurnBeachParade@gmail.com or call Rhonda at (386) 566-1167 or Bob (386) 956-3465.
Living Legends of Auto Racing will sponsor events throughout the week prior to the Daytona 500. We just received information from Lou Lazzazo, Jr. that he will be bringing the street legal replica of his father’s famous No. 4 to Daytona Beach for several of the planned events.
Beginning Sunday, February 19 is the Beach Racing Days event at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. This event is co-sponsored by LLOAR and the North Turn Restaurant. Admission to the Lighthouse is $6.95 for adults, $1.95 for children 11 and under.
Monday, February 20, the LLOAR Annual Beachside Car Show and Parade at the Drive-Inn Christian Church on A1A, Daytona Beach Shores. Staging of the cars begins at 9 am. Cars will be on display until 1 pm when they will parade north on A1A and then back to the Drive-Inn Church. For information on this event call John West (386) 290-4192.
Tuesday, February 21 the LLOAR Charity Auction and Autograph Session begins at 5 pm at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores. Tickets are $15.00 each, $20.00 at the door. Events include an auction of new and vintage race memorabilia, autographs, light snacks, door prizes and much more. This event benefits the NASCAR Foundation and LLOAR. Call Paulette (386) 299-7343 or FLMETSFAN@aol.com for information.
Wednesday, February 22 the LLOAR will hold their annual banquet at the Shores Resort and Spa. For information contact Joan Maxwell at (386) 255-7428 about this event.
Thursday, February 23, join “Dynamite” Dave Dion and a host of racers for some old time story telling and bench racing. This event is free and takes place at the LLOAR Museum, 2400 Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona (inside the Sunshine Mall) from 10 am to 2 pm. For information call Dave at (603) 320-3095 or the museum (386) 763-4483.
Friday, February 24 the LLOAR’s Racing History Bus Tour will leave from the LLOAR Museum at 8 am sharp. This tour includes places where NASCAR began and will make a stop at Racing North Turn Restaurant for a lunch with a “Taste of Racing History”. Tour will end at the museum. Cost is $50.00, reservations are required. Call Gary Smith (386) 252-1879 or the museum (386) 763-4483.
Also on Friday, February 24 the 8th Annual Modified Reunion will be held at New Smyrna Speedway from 12 pm to 5 pm. This event features the Modified Legends of the Northeast and remembering the Golden Days of Modified racing complete with exhibitions and displays. Admission is free and those attending the reunion will be provided a Free ticket to the Richie Evens Memorial race later that evening. Contact Geoff Yoder email@example.com. Rain date is February 25th.
Back Home Activities:
This Saturday February 11th the DKM 2017 Kick-Off Race Party in memory of Henry Ross, III will be held at Checkers Out Speedway, 2299 State Highway 30A, Johnstown, NY at 3 pm in the afternoon. The event will also raise money for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Association Henry Ross Snowmobile Fund. Racing will be $25 per person and this also includes a buffet. Anyone not racing can enjoy the buffet for $5.00.
The annual Haslun Racing fundraiser will be held February 18th at the Roadway Inn (formerly Best Western) in Cobleskill. A $10.00 donation at the door will get you in to enjoy dancing and entertainment, door prizes and much more. The festivities will run from 7-11 pm. This annual event is hosted by Cliff and Danny Haslun.
We will probably be at as many of the Daytona Beach activities as allowed but our focus will be on the Modifieds at Volusia Speedway for the DIRTcar Nationals. The 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals begin February 14 and run through February 25.
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