By LEON ANDRUS
AFTON, NY – The Afton Motorsports Park is proud to present the Vintage Palooza on July 14 and 15. It is being done to celebrate auto racing’s first appearance at the Afton Fairgrounds just under 84 years ago. The first ever race was held on August 19, 1933. Over the years Afton Fairgrounds hosted many of the nations top drivers and here is just a sampling of them. Indy 500 veterans Bob Sall, Billy Winn, George ﾓDocﾔ Mackensie, Ken Fowler and Ted Horn among others. The Fairgrounds track here in Afton also attracted the King’s of the Outlaws from the 30’s like Maynard ﾓHungryﾔ Clark from Rock Island, Illinois and John Gerber from Davenport, Iowa. They were probably the winningest outlaw race teams of the 1930’s. The Afton Fair of 1938 would have two Indy 500 winners competing Bill Holland and Lee Wallard were on hand to compete for the win.
On July 14th in conjunction with the normal five divisions that compete weekly, Modified, Open Sportsman, Crate Sportsman, Street Stock and Four Cylinder Trucks and on this night the Lightning Sprints will also be in action. Some of the Vintage Sprint Cars, Vintage Midgets and Vintage Modifieds will be on display behind the Grandstands and tower area. That will help wet everyone’s appetite for the Vintage Palooza on Saturday morning getting underway at 10am. It will go on throughout the day to around four o’clock.
On July 15 will be the first official Vintage Palooza taking center stage with the stars of Vintage Sprint Cars, Midgets, Stock Cars and other possible Vintage racecars on display. There will be some exhibition on the track but no actual racing of the equipment. There will be plenty of displays and many folks to talk to about the past of racing and of racing right here in Afton, N.Y. from decades ago.
Also with this show some of the folks around the surrounding communities will have some Vintage Cars on display to add to the lure of this prestigious event. All our invited to bring your camera, and talk to the drivers, owners and he folks that have restored these fine machines for all of us to enjoy. You will by talking to these folks learn about their histories, who drove the cars. You can learn about the Afton Fairgrounds, home of the Afton Motorsports Park.
For more information on this rapidly approching show you can contact the Afton Motorsports Park at www.aftonmotorsportspark.com and at www.acot.org Hope to see many of you there to enjoy the show and learn the history of the sport we love.