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12TH ANNUAL YORK REUNION ANNOUNCED
November 14, 2012

York, PA - The 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion will be held on July 12-13th, 2013 at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds marking the annual return to the “Best Days of Drag Racing” and a “Salute to Ford.”

The York event is the only independent event of it’s type in the country and has a broad appeal to the many former racers and fans that attended the drag racing events at the former York US 30 Dragway which closed 34 years ago in 1979. The event has the most Legends of Drag Racing and Legendary race cars of any event in the United States.

The popular “Cackling Thunder” will be featured when the Legendary race cars start-up and provide the music to the performance enthusiasts ears in attendance per a specific schedule during the two day show.

Twelve new members will be inducted into the Legion of Honor on Friday at 6 p.m. A perpetual plaque is on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and each new member receives an individual award for their many accomplishments and

contributions to the sport of drag racing. Legends scheduled to attend the popular event include Arlen Fadely, Hubert Platt, Al Joniec, “Gentleman Joe” Schubeck, and “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn to name a few. A host of Legendary race cars will also be on display and will include D. A. Santucci’s famous “bubble gum” Top Gas dragster and Jim Barillaro’s two Jack Chrisman Comets.

The show’s annual Charity of Choice is the SPCA. Funds from the People’ Choice voting canisters and a special auction will be presented during the event. The show has been responsible for over $40,000 in support to the SPCA.

The Cruise-In held on the West Plaza has been expanded to two days for this year’s event and will feature several local and national car clubs participating.

Show hours are Friday, July 12th 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 13th 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is $15.00 with children 12 and under free. Active military with proper i.d. admitted free. Free parking.

 

D.A. Santucci, Top Gas Dragster, famous ‘bubble gum” car to be on display at Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in 2013 and the 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion.

D.A. Santucci in the process of winning the ‘69 NHRA Nationals with the famed “bubble gum” car, a story to be relived at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and the 12th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion in 2013
 
D.A. Santucci in the near lane en route to winning the ‘69 NHRA Nationals Top Gas Eliminator.

2012 NNDRA LEGION OF HONOR AWARDS ANNOUNCED
July 26, 2012

YORK, PA – The National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association announced their 2012 Legion of Honor awards as presented at the 11th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds on July 13, 2012.

The annual awards are presented to the deserving recipients for their many contributions to the performance industry and to drag racing from the early days of the 50’s thru the 80’s era. The recipients are affectionately classified as pioneers of the sport. Each recipient receives an individual award, a prized photo from the archives of their racing history, and their names are placed upon a perpetual award that is on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing located off US Route 15 in York Springs, Pennsylvania. The perpetual award remains in the museum in perpetuity.

The distinguished group contributed in varying degrees of involvement, some as racers, as officials, and industry representatives with dedication far beyond the call of duty. The NNDRA presents the Legion of Honor awards annually at this event which is symbolic of a Hall of Fame presentation.

Recipients for 2012 were Maynard Yingst (posthumous) Harrisburg, PA; Bill Izykowski, Washington, NJ; Jim McCraw, Dearborn, MI; Tom Larson (posthumous) East Berlin, PA; Frank Spittle, Cornelius, NC; Hank Endres, Tennessee Ridge, TN; Pete Preston, Delray Beach, FL; Steve Seaman, Little Ferry, NJ; Bob Plumer (posthumous) Windsor, PA; Joe May (posthumous) Wilmington, DE; Ross Donovan, Jr., Wilmington, DE; Fred Welch, New Castle, DE; Vinny and Richard Napp (posthumous) Englishtown, NJ; and the first husband and wife Jerry Ann Gilbert and Ross Gilbert, Lancaster, PA. A rounded collection of countless contributions made to the sport of drag racing and the performance industry.


AWARDS ANNOUNCED FOR 11TH ANNUAL MUSCLECAR MADNESS AT YORK REUNION
 
July 14, 2012
 
Awards for the 11th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion were announced today and are as follows:
 
Musclecar
1st Place – Nick Smith, Stuart, Florida 1963 Pontiac Catalina  421 Super Duty w/aluminum front end
2nd Place – Ed Duvall, Edgewater, Maryland 1970 Buick GSX
3rd Place -  James Francesconi, Vineland, New Jersey 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396
 
Drag Racing
1st Place -  Joseph Spinelli, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania  Al Joniec 1969 Boss 429 Mustang
2nd Place – George Snizek Pacers Auto Inc., West Hempstead, New York 1923 T Altered
3rd Place -  Gary & Beth Swenson, York, Pennsylvania 1965 Corvette Race Car
 
Special Interest
1st Place – Fred & Penny Waltz, Spring Mills, Pennsylvania ‘09 Harley Davidson
2nd Place – Jessica Kilby/Ross Gilbert, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1950 Chevrolet Truck
3rd Place – C. Terry Zerbe, Myerstown, Pennsylvania 1955 Chevrolet 210 Delray
 
Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins Excellence Award
1st Place – Terry Brennan/Ronnie Evans  ‘61 Chevrolet “Old Reliable”
 
Nostalgia Person of the Year
“Beaver Bob” McCardle, Beaver Springs Dragway, Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania
 
Model Display
1st Place – Chris Cantler ‘33 Willy’s “Ohio George” Gasser
2nd Place – Rich Messner ‘37 Anglia Gasser “Skipper’s Critter”
3rd Place – Ricky Lorah  Sox & Martin Cuda
 
People’s ChoiceWayne Meli, WSM Racing Ent., Hainiesport, New Jersey  ‘75 Monza Grumpy’s Toy Tribute
BEST OF SHOWNick Smith, Stuart, Florida 1963 Pontiac Catalina 421 Super Duty w/aluminum front end
 
Mr. Pontiac AwardArnie “The Farmer” Beswick, Morrison, IL
Above & Beyond Award & EMMR Wrist Watch Lynn Paxton, Dillsburg, PA,  President Eastern Museum of
Motor Racing
Peak Performance Award Don Fezell, Dubois, Pennsylvania
Tom Larson Top Performer Award - Randy & Yvonne Davis, Hanover, Pennsylvania
Bob Plumer Excellence AwardKenn Schulz, KRS Video, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
Ambassador Award Linda Vaughn

THE EARLY DAYS REVISITED

YORK, PA -  Every second full weekend of July the early days of drag racing at York US 30 Dragway are revisited.  From the early makeshift timing tower that was portable and pulled onto the grass near the starting line to the modern tower that is one of the most recognized timing towers in this country.  

A host of legends within the drag racing community visit the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds to rub elbows with their friends each year either as friendly foes or just plain race fans enjoying the comradery of their heroes they witnessed charging from the starting line in combat with their rivals to win the race to the quarter mile finish line.

The 11th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion on July 13-14th will be no exception.  The event annually hosts more legends of the sport and legendary race cars than any other show in the country. Among the legendary race cars will be the ‘61, ‘62, and ‘63 Old Reliable Chevrolets of the late Dave Strickler that were wrenched by the late Bill Grumpy Jenkins.  Wayne Meli’s Grumpys Toy Tribute Car and the Black Arrow Dodge of Jenkins will join the spotlight.  The former Ammon R. Smith Auto Co. of York will likewise be featured in the displays.

Others to join the festivities will be Arnie The Farmer Beswick and his legendary Pontiac race cars, Miss Mighty Mopar Judy Lilly, Akron Arlen Vanke, Ohio George Montgomery, Barbara Hamilton the first woman to be licensed by NHRA to compete in the supercharged classes of competition,  Linda Vaughn, former World Champions Ed Miller and George Cureton, and local favorites former World Champion Bruce Larson, Bud Faubel, and Jere Stahl plus a host of other champions.

A stellar line-up of legendary race cars will be two of Phil Bonner’s Falcon’s, the recently completed Jungle Jim Liberman Tribute Car, USA-1 Camaro funny car of Bruce Larson, the twin engine dragster of Stan Shoppel, Bunny Burkett and Kenny Warren funny cars to name a few.

The show will feature a Make and Take model building for kids 12 and under on both days of the show along with demonstrations by the Springettsbury Twp. drug enforcement dog “Petro”.  A  complete schedule of show activities are posted on the show website at York US30.com

Show hours are Friday, July 13th 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 14th 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The show benefits the York County SPCA and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.
Sunday, July 15th the 9th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals is presented at Beaver Springs Dragway, Beaver Springs, PA with activities getting underway at 8 a.m.


LEGENDS HEADED TO YORK

YORK, PA:  Legendary race cars and legends of drag racing will abound at the 11th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion to be presented at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds, to be presented on July 13th and 14th.  

With a Salute to Pontiac the show will present one of Pontiac’s true legends in drag racing, Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick and former Pontiac pilot Arlen Vanke who later went on to fame with his Mopar’s out of Akron, Ohio.  Along with these true legends will be a debut of the Mickey Thompson Revelleader funny car owned by Army Armstrong.  A solid group of Pontiac’s will be on display during the weekend with a visit by the Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am along with the Buford T Justice police car.  

A special tribute/memoriam to Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins will feature his early cars the ‘61,’62, and ‘63 Old Reliables, which ran out of Ammon R. Smith Auto Co. in York and were driven by the late Dave Strickler along with his “Black Arrow” Plymouth, and the Wayne Meli Monza tribute car.  

The York show has been noted for having the most legends and legendary race cars assembled at one show at one time of any in the country. The 2012 show will be no exception.  

Special tours of the Harley-Davidson plant and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will be held throughout the two day show. A special Make and Take model building will be presented by the Central Pennsylvania Modelers free for kids on Friday and Saturday and special performances of Petro the K9 unit of the Springettsbury Township police department will be held both days.  For details visit www.yorknostalgia.com   

The distaff side will feature Linda Vaughn Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, Miss Mighty Mopar, Judy Lilly, Bunny Burkett, Barbara Hamilton and Traci Hrudka of Project 1320.  Leading the other legends will be Bruce Larson, Ohio George Montgomery, Arlen Vanke, Arnie Beswick, Jere Stahl, Bud Faubel, Wally Bell, Bob Harrop, Tom Sneden, Ed Hedrick, Larry Lombardo, Joe Jacono,  Ed Miller and a continuing list of pioneers of the sport.  

Hours for the show/reunion are Friday, July 13th 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 14th  10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is $15.00 with children 12 and under free.  Active military with proper i.d. are free and parking is free.  

The show benefits the York County SPCA, the Eastern Musem of Motor Racing and the Springettsbury Townhip Police Dept. K9 unit.  A special memoriam/tribute to Bill Grumpy Jenkins will be presented on stage at 2 p.m. Saturday.


 

HISTORIC MOMENTS REMEMBERED

YORK, PA:  The second full weekend of July, July 13th and 14th, the annals of drag racing history  are unveiled at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds, with the presentation of the 11th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion.  

The first woman in drag racing to receive an NHRA license for driving supercharged cars will be appearing with her ‘37 Willys coupe that she campaigned from 1964 through 1971.  

A professional technical writer at TRW during the week, this weekend racer won the 1968 Indy Nationals.  All the while holding the NASCAR C Gas Supercharged ET record of 11.94 seconds.  

Barbara Hamilton is one of only a few women who built, owned, wrenched, and drove her own car.  A true pioneer in the sport of drag racing, she was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 1992.  She will also be inducted into the 2012 Legion of Honor at the York Reunion.  

She will be joined by legends Ohio George Montgomery, Arnie Beswick, Judy Lilly, Linda Vaughn, Bruce Larson, Arlen Vanke, Bob Harrop, Jere Stahl, Bud Faubel and a continuing list of pioneers of the sport.  

Hours for the show/reunion are Friday, July 13th 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 14th 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.  Admission is $15.00 with children 12 and under free. Active military with proper i.d. are free and parking is free.  

The show benefits the York County SPCA and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. A special memoriam/tribute to Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins will be presented all weekend.


PILGRIMAGE TO YORK ON SCHEDULE 

YORK, PA – The annual pilgrimage to York, Pennsylvania for the 11th consecutive year is scheduled for July 13-14th at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds where World Champions, National Champions, Class Champions and a host of legends from the drag racing world will gather to pay their annual tribute to the famous York US 30 Dragway that hosted the “Woodstock of Drag Racing” and many world renowned events. 

Legends scheduled are “Ohio George” Montgomery, Phil Hill, Carol “Bunny” Burkett, Arlen Vanke, Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick, “Miss Mighty Mopar” Judy Lilly, “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn, Bud Faubel, Bob Harrop, George Nye, Tom Sneden, Bruce Larson, Joe Jacono, Wally Bell and many more.

The show/reunion features a Tribute to Pontiac with a special display of a Smokey and the Bandit Trans-Am and the Buford T Justice police car.

The York County SPCA has been the charity of choice for eleven years.  The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will be receipents of some added support from the show/reunion.

A special tour of the Harley Davidson plant in York is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. with sign-up located in the lobby with a regular shuttle schedule to the EMMR museum from the show daily.

The show opens Friday, July 13th at 1 p.m. thru 8 p.m. and continues Saturday, July 14th 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is $15.00 with children 12 and under free. Active military free with proper i.d. and free parking.

The show is followed on Sunday by the 9th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway, Beaver Springs, PA.


11TH ANNUAL YORK REUNION JULY 13-14, 2012
February 1, 2012


YORK, PA - The 11th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion will be presented on July 13-14, 2012 at the York Fairgrounds, York Expo Center with a stellar line-up of legendary race cars and legends of drag racing. The annual even features a Salute to Pontiac with an appearance both days by Pontiac legend Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick and several of his legendary race cars.

Linda Vaughn, “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” will be joined by “Miss Mighty Mopar” Judy Lilly, Bunny Burkett, and Traci Hrudka of Project 1320. The distaff side of drag racing will be well represented as the 11th Annual York Reunion welcomes the opening of the new drag racing annex at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing by not only presenting a museum display at the show but also adding a special shuttle to and from the museum. Sign-up for the shuttle will be located in the show lobby.

A special tour of the Harley Davidson plant in York is also scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. Sign-up is also located in the lobby and will be under the auspices of the York Reunion Harley Tour Guide.
The show opens Friday, July 13th at 1 p.m. thru 8 p.m. and continues Saturday, July 14th 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The popular Make and Take Model Building will be presented by the Central PA Model Car Club with free model building for kids 12 and under Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Legends to appear include Wally Bell, Joe Jacono, Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Jere Stahl, George Snizek, Ken Montgomery, Bud Faubel, Bruce Larson, Arlen Vanke, and Bob Harrop in addition to those named previously. The show will feature a special motorcycle display, in addition to, legendary drag racing cars and 60’s and 70’s muscle cars. A Cruisin’ Into Summer cruise-in on the West Plaza is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. All awards presented by “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn.

Admission is $15.00 with children 12 and under free. Active military free with proper i.d. The show is followed on Sunday by the 9th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway, Beaver Springs, PA.
 


2012 LEGION OF HONOR AWARDS AT YORK REUNION
January 16, 2012

YORK, PA - The National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association is pleased to announce the 2012 nominees for the Legion of Honor awards to be presented at the 11th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds on July 13-14, 2012.

The annual induction highlights contributions by the pioneers of drag racing and the performance industry from the early days in the ‘50’s and thru the ‘70’s. Each recipient receives an individual award, a prized photo from the archives of their performance history, and their names are engraved upon a perpetual award that is on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing located off US Route 15 in York Springs, Pennsylvania. The perpetual award will remain in the museum in perpetuity.

The distinguished group contributed in varying degrees of involvement, some as racers, as officials, industry representatives, or track promoters with dedication far beyond the call of duty. The NNDRA presents the Legion of Honor awards annually at this event which
is symbolic of a Hall of Fame.

Recipients for 2012 are Maynard Yingst (posthumous) Harrisburg, PA; Bill Izykowski, Washington, NJ; Jim McCraw, Dearborn, MI; Tom Larson, East Berlin, PA; Frank Spittle, Cornelius, NC; Hank Endres, Tennessee Ridge, TN; Pete Preston, Delray Beach, FL; Steve Seaman, Little Ferry, NJ 07643; Bob Plumer (posthumous) Windsor, PA; Joe May (posthumous) Wilmington, DE; Ross Donovan, Jr., Wilmington, DE: Fred
Welch, New Castle, DE; Vinny and Richard Napp (posthumous) Englishtown, NJ; and Ross Gilbert, Lancaster, PA. An ensemblage of countless contributions made to drag racing and the performance industry.

The 11th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion marks over a decade of presenting the history of a legendary racing facility, York US30 Dragway. The Legion of Honor awards will be presented Friday, July 13 at 6 p.m.

AWARDS ANNOUNCED FOR 10TH ANNUAL MUSCLECAR MADNESS

July 12, 2011
 
York, PA - Awards for the 10th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion have been announced, as follows:
 

Nick Smith of Stuart, Florida took two awards at the 10th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion this past weekend. Smith won top honors in the musclecar category with his ‘63 Pontiac “Swiss Cheese” that was originally owned by Mickey Thompson.  His second immaculate entry a ‘63 Pontiac Tempest won second place honors in the drag racing category.
Musclecar
1st Place – Nick Smith, Stuart Florida ‘63 Pontiac “Swiss Cheese”
2nd Place – Norm Meads, Upperco, Maryland ‘69 Chevy Nova
3rd Place – Dave Shaw, Baltimore, Maryland ‘66 Dodge Coronet
 
Drag Racing
1st Place – Yvonne & Randy Davie, Littlestown, PA ‘33 Willys Coupe
2nd Place – Nick Smith, Stuart, Florida ‘63 Pontiac Tempest
3rd Place – Robert Yanni, Pottsville, PA ‘53 Studebaker
 
Special Interest
1st Place – Dave Dennis, Manchester, PA ‘30 Ford Model A Street Rod
2nd Place – Barbara Kertulis, Enola, PA ‘59 Chevrolet Impala
3rd Place – Joe & Vicki Sheehan, Middletown, PA ‘55 Chevrolet
 
Media Award – Jeff Gilder, Drag Racer’s Reunion Radio
 
Nostalgia Person of the Year -  Ken Montgomery, Jenkintown, PA
 
Model Display (Central Penna. Model Car Club)
1st Place – Irvin Arter, Clarks Summit, PA  ‘67 Chevrolet Chevelle
2nd Place – Irvin Arter, Clarks Summit, PA ‘66 Goeske Cuda
3rd Place – Dave Heisey, Myerstown, PA  Dick Brannan Race Team
 

Harry Zerby, Pottsville, PA won Best of Show honors at the 10th Annual Musclecar Madness
People’s Choice -  Larry & Ginger Moody, Dover, PA ‘67 Camaro
Best of Show – Harry Zerby, Pottsville, PA ‘41 Willys Coupe
 
CRUISIN INTO SUMMER CRUISE-IN:
 
Street Rod
1st Place – Don Kline, Annville, PA  1932 Ford 5 Window Coupe
2nd Place – Doug Dellinger, Stephen City, Virginia 1934 Chevrolet 2 door coach
3rd Place – Ken Johns, Lancaster, PA 1940 Willys
 
Musclecar
1st Place – Ken Geer, New Freedom, PA  1971 Chevrolet Nova
2nd Place – Jim Burley, New Freedom, PA 1967 Pontiac Firebird
3rd Place – Dusty Brown, Rising Sun, Maryland 1964 Mercury Comet
 
Special Interest
1st Place – Tom Orth, Reading, PA ‘53 Henry J
2nd Place – Ray Taylor, Wellsville, PA ‘66 Chevy II
3rd Place – Jim Bunkert, Westminster, MD ‘31 Ford Pick-up
 
Truck
1st Place – Ron Reidt, York, PA  ‘79 Chevrolet El Camino
2nd Place – Fred Boone, New Port, PA ‘33 Ford Truck
3rd Place – Wayne Bechtel, Red Lion, PA ‘36 Ford Truck
 
People’s Choice – Brian Wallace, Dillsburg, PA  ‘69 Chev Camaro Z-28
Best of Show – Ken Geer, New Freedom, PA ‘71 Chev Nova
 
The show is an annual benefit for the York County SPCA bringing total contributions to $43,375!

REMEMBERING YORK
June 8, 2011

YORK, PA – On the second full weekend of July every year the pilgrimage of motorheads from all over our vast country begins toward York, Pennsylvania. They remember York not as the first capital of the United States but for the famous York US 30 Dragway that presented some of the drag racing world’s best events. It is not known for the “topless” event that never happened but for the largest single day drag race to be presented in its time, the ‘65 Super Stock Nationals that is known to this very day as the “Woodstock of Drag Racing”.

A Decade of Presenting the Performance Heritage of this world famous drag racing operation that ran a regular Saturday night event from the early sixties until the final season in 1979 will be presented at the 10th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion on July 8-9th. Legendary race cars such as the ‘61, ‘62, and ‘63 Chevrolets of the late Dave Strickler along with a tribute car as a Project in Progress, a ‘67 Chevrolet Camaro by his son Mike. The famous “Old Reliable” Chevrolets attained national and world notariety running out of the Ammon R. Smith Auto Company stables in York and from the wrenching of Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins. The cars and Jenkins will be on hand to celebrate ten years of performance heritage at the York Reunion.

World famous race cars such as Butch Leal’s ‘65 Pro Stock entry, Arnie Beswick’s A/FX Comet, Bruce Larson’s “Mr. Clean”, Kenny Warren’s “Virginia Twister”, Rich Venza’s “Pinocchio”, the Pacers AA/FA, Wally Booth’s AMX and Hornet Pro Stocks, Ken Montgomery’s “Triple Nickel”, Rich Carillo’s Bonneville Roadster, Dennis Quitoni’s “Plain Vanilla”, Joe Amato’s Top Fuel Dragster, Rocky Pirrone’s Competition Coupe, Bunny Burkett’s Corvette Funny Car, will all be paying tribute to a decade of performance memories.

The annual reunion/show presents motorcycle drag racing pioneers Tommy Grazias and Ben Koch’s entries. Grazias ran a twin engine Triumph drag bike at York while Ben Koch will display his ‘61 Harley that carried him to track championships in 1961 and 1962.

A popular Make and Take model building will be presented both days by the Central Pennsylvania Model Car Club free for children 12 and under. Free model kits are provided the youth who are assisted in building their model at the show that they take home with them as a souvenir of their visit. Hours for the Make and Take are Friday, 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday, 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

A Lyndwood Chassis Reunion will be featured both days celebrating the early dragster chassis’ built by Pat Bilbow of Lyndwood Welding, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. A true pioneer of the early dragster days in drag racing.

Saturday also features a Cruisin’ Into Summer cruise-in on the West Plaza from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The show marks ten consecutive years of support to the York County SPCA and the second year of support for the Springettsbury Township K9 unit and their new dog Petro.

Hours for this special trip down memory lane are Friday, July 8th 1 p.m. until 8 p.m and Saturday, July 9th from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. One price admission for two great events.

Racing action moves to Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July 10th at 8 a.m. for the presentation of the York Nostalgia Nationals. An exciting day of true nostalgia racing.


Frantic Ford Funny Car to Appear at the 10th Annual Muscle Car Madness at the York Reunion
May 13, 2011

York, PA - This will be a historic weekend for FRANTIC FORD FUNNY CAR TEAM at the 10th Annual Muscle Car Madness at the York Reunion. The "Frantic Ford" Funny Car Team has ramped things up in 2011 and will be looking to assault the competition in the funny car ranks.

George Reidnauer will be handling the driving chores in the low slung recreation of the 1977 Mustang II bodied team car on display at York Reunion.

After an extensive period of time away from the sport, the legendary Frantic Ford name will once again make a return to active competition at venues throughout the U.S. Partners Bobby Frey & Al Liebmann will have "Team Frantic" planning to make special appearances at automotive related events throughout the course of the year.

The Frantic Ford name began life in 1970 when original owner Jim Fox made the switch from dragsters to funny cars. Veteran flopper pilots Ron Rivero, "Rapid Roy" Harris, Sarge Arciero and the late Dodger Glenn have all spent time behind the wheel of this fabled east coast terror at some point in their careers. This coming season, the team looks to make a return to active competition and once again place this legendary machine in the winner's circle.

The legendary Frantic Ford name has a rich performance history associated with the former York U.S.30 Dragway. The team was runner-up at the prestigious 1974 Super Stock Nationals, easily one of the year’s most impressive events. Additional glory came in the form of winning the 1976 Funny Car Nationals and setting Low E.T of the event. York U.S.30 Dragway was always a favorite stop on the tour for the Frantic Ford Funny Car Team consisting of partners Jim Fox and Freddy Frey. Driver Dodger Glenn was always a fan favorite and could always be counted on to lay down some long, smoky burnouts and big numbers.

Team members will be available throughout the course of the York Reunion event to chat with fans and answer questions pertaining to their upcoming schedule of events.

"Team Frantic Ford” merchandise will also be available for sale. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the past and present when this team rolls in to town. Visit the team web @ www.franticford.com

This car is dedicated to the memory of Paul Roger (Dodger) Glenn - 1945-1978


HISTORY COMES TO LIFE AT YORK REUNION
May 3, 2011

YORK, PA - The “first lady” of motorsports, Linda Vaughn, will be making her annual trip to the 10th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion on July 8-9th at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds celebrating a decade of performance memories of the world famous York US 30 Dragway.

“The history assembled at the show is unmatched at any show in this country” Linda stated recently in a personal interview concerning her life in motorsports. She is most known as Miss Hurst Golden Shifter in racing circles but she has been one of the most devoted legends in the industry to attend the annual York Reunion and spend two memorable days with her peers in drag racing with the likes of Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Bruce Larson, Wally Booth, Arlen Vanke, Wally Bell, Bob Harrop, Carol “Bunny” Burkett, Joe Jacono, Bud Faubel, Tom Raley, Jim & Alison Lee, Ed Miller, Ed Hedrick and the list goes on.

A Make It and Take It model building will be presented both days by the Central Pennsylvania Model Car Club for children 12 and under. Free model kits are provided the youth who are assisted in building their model at the show which they take with them as a souvenir of their visit.

Legendary race cars oft times known as “diggers” or “floppers” are the many rail dragsters that appear from the top fuel eliminator category to the lower fuel and gas class categories. Included in this popular section of the show will be the Lyndwood Dragster Reunion featuring a tribute to Bob Bilbow who was one of the pioneers of dragster chassis’ from the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania. Many of his creations went on to establish many outstanding feats in drag racing throughout the years and this special display will be a momentous occasion to honor his achievements.

A host of legendary race cars will make the pilgrimage to York to participate in the history lesson of drag racing performance highlighting York US 30 Dragway. The Jungle Jim Liberman Funny Car and Vega Pro Stock wagon, Wally Booth’s Gremlin and AMX pro stock entries, Carol “Bunny” Burkett’s Corvette funny car, Bruce Larson’s “Mr. Clean”, the Lynch Brothers and Joe Amato top fuel dragsters, Kenny Warren’s Virginia Twister funny car, Dale Broderick’s competition coupe, along with the S & S Racing Teams display of gassers and Rocky Pirrone’s competition coupe to highlight the performance history of “York”.

The history doesn’t stop with the drag vehicles without including the legendary drag bikes of Ben Koch and his ‘61 Harley all out dragbike that was track champion in 1961 and 1962 along with the legendary twin Triumph drag bike of Tommy Garzias who was a record holder from the former Lancaster Drag-O-Way and York, always thrilling a standing crowd of avid motorcycle racing fans with his awesome runs.

The Cruisin’ Into Summer cruise-in will be held on Saturday, July 9th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the West Plaza.

Hours for this special trip down memory lane are Friday, July 8th 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 9th from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The show marks the 10th consecutive year of support to the York County SPCA and the second year of support for the Springettsbury Township K9 unit and their new dog Petro.

Racing action at the York Nostalgia Nationals begins Sunday, July 10th at 8 a.m. at Beaver Springs Dragway for a complete weekend of York performance history.


A DECADE OF PERFORMANCE MEMORIES
April 1, 2011

YORK, PA – A decade of performance heritage unfolds at the 10th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion on July 8th and 9th at the York Expo Center with the original “Hellzapoppin” Dragmaster dragster, Fred Carrillo’s Bonneville roadster that was featured at the Detroit Auto Show, the late Dave Strickler’s Ammon R. Smith Auto Co. sponsored ‘62 and ‘63 Old Reliable Chevrolet’s, Jungle Jim Liberman’s Vega Funny Car and Pro Stock Vega, Doug Thorley’s Javelin Funny Car, the Lynch Brothers top fuel dragster, Joe Amato’s top fuel dragster, Wally Booth’s Gremlin and AMX Pro Stock entries, along with World Champion’s Bruce Larson and Carol “Bunny” Burkett’s funny cars plus a whole host of legendary race cars.

The annual event features a reunion for the world renowned York US 30 Dragway that closed in 1979. The show has also become the annual reunion for the Legends of Drag Racing who attend each year to visit with their many fans from throughout the world. The charity of choice for the event is the York County SPCA who has realized over $40,000 in support from the show. The show will also support the Springettsbury Township K-9 unit for the second straight year with a sizeable donation going to Petro their new dog in pet supplies.

Legends attending the show include the popular Linda Vaughn “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”, Carol “Bunny” Burkett former Funny Car World Champion, Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Wally Booth, Arlen Vanke, former World Champion Ed Miller, Joltin’ Joe Jacono, top fuel standout Tom Raley, and Jim & Alison Lee to name a few.

Friday’s activities include the induction of the 2011 class to the Legion of Honor. Each recipient receives an individual award and is placed upon a perpetual award that is on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs, PA in perpetuity. The popular memorabilia auction is held on Saturday at 5 p.m. with the proceeds supporting the SPCA. The Cruisin’ Into Summer cruise in is held on the West Plaza from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. With the annual awards ceremony culminating the show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 9th.

The trip down memory lane continues on Sunday, July 10th with the annual York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway with a full day of nostalgia drag racing beginning at 8 a.m.  


2011 LEGION OF HONOR AWARDS ANNOUNCED

 
YORK, PA -  The National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association is proud to announce the 2011 nominees for the Legion of Honor awards to be presented at the 10th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds on July 8-9, 2011.
 
The annual induction of deserving recipients for their contributions to the performance industry and to drag racing from the early days of the 50’s thru 70’s era.  The recipients are affectionately classified as pioneers of the sport.  Each recipient receives an individual award, a prized photo from the archives of their racing history, and their names are placed upon a perpetual award that is on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing located off US Route 15 in York Springs, Pennsylvania. The perpetual award remains in the museum in perpetuity.
 
The distinguished group contributed in varying degrees of involvement, some as racers, as officials, industry representatives with dedication far beyond the call of duty.  The National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association presents the Legion of Honor awards annually at this event which is symbolic of a Hall of Fame.
 
Recipients for 2011 are Skip Asay, Sanford, North Carolina; John Troxell, Allentown, Pennsylvania; Alex Jarrell (posthumous) accepted by wife Jeanette Jarrell, Wilmington, Delaware; Jim Beattie, Sr., Gwynn Oak, Maryland; the Musser Brothers ( Ernie & Barry), Mohnton, Pennsylvania; “Dyno” Don Nicholson (posthumous) accepted by Dick Estevez, Clinton, Maryland; Bennett & Sirianni (Carl Bennett & Ron Sirianni), Oakhurst and Wall, New Jersey respectively; Gregory Xakellis, Lititz, Pennsylvania; Roger Sinistri, West Lawn, Pennsylvania; Lee Crupi, Reading, Pennsylvania; Dennis Quitoni, West Hempstead, New York and the Shallcross Brothers, (Tom & Fred), Middletown, Delaware.
 
The 10th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion will mark a decade of presenting the history of a legendary racing facility, the annual Legends of Drag Racing reunion, and a host of legendary race cars all celebrating this momentous occasion. The class of 2011 will be inducted on Friday, July 8th at 6 p.m. during the Legion of Honor awards ceremony.

10TH ANNUAL MUSCLECAR MADNESS AT THE YORK REUNION

March 2, 2011
 
York, PA – A decade of presenting nostalgia memories unfolds at the 10th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion to be presented at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds, on July 8-9, 2011.  The popular show/reunion will feature drag racing legends Carol “Bunny” Burkett, Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Linda Vaughn “ Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”, Wally Booth, Arlen Vanke, Bruce Larson and a whole host of legendary race cars that will converge on the York area for the annual York Reunion for the internationally famous York US 30 Dragway.
 
The track has been closed for thirty two years but the memories and outstanding feats that were performed at the legendary raceway still linger in the spotlight for those who had the opportunity to compete there. To those who didn’t, the history lesson is one that will remain for years to come.
 
Legendary race cars will include the Carillo Bonneville Roadster, the Wally Booth Gremlin and Hornet Pro Stockers, the Doug Thorley Javelin Funny Car, the Lynch Brothers top fuel dragster,
and a Lyndwood Eliminator Reunion of early Bilbow dragsters to name a few.

 
The Central Penna. Model Car Club will present a Make It and Take It model building FREE to kids 12 and under. Friday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
 
The Cruisin’ Into Summer cruise in will be held on the West Plaza on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. by the Cruisin’ Columbia staff.
 
The show benefits the York County SPCA with proceeds from an annual memorabilia auction on Saturday at 5 p.m.  Contributions to the organization directly attributed to the show exceeded
the $40,000 mark in 2010.
 
Show hours are Friday, July 8th 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9th 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is $15.00 which includes both inside and outside shows. Children 12 and under free. Free parking.
 
SHOW INFORMATION: 717-757-2720 www.yorknostalgia.com or darwin@yorknostalgia.com

MUSCLECAR MADNESS ASSISTS SPRINGETTSBURY TOWNSHIP POLICE K9 UNIT
August 27, 2010

YORK, PA - Several weeks prior to the 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion, held annually at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds the second full weekend of July the Springettsbury Township Police Department K9 Unit lost their dog.  An article appeared in the local newspapers of the unfortunate loss.  "We felt it would be a good community gesture for us to raise funds to assist with the new dog" said Darwin Doll, promoter of the show.  "We have raised over $40,000 for the York County SPCA since the inception of the show and we felt it important to add this support to the local Springettsbury Township Police K9 Unit" Officer Bill Polizzotto and his new dog Petro received a $600.00 gift card for police canine supplies at the regular Board of Supervisors meeting on Thursday, August 26th with Bill Schenck, Chairman presiding.  "We will continue to support the Springettsbury Township K9 Unit at future shows" stated Doll.  The 10th Annual show/reunion is scheduled for July 8-9, 2011 presenting a decade of nostalgia memories of York US 30 Dragway and the legends of drag racing.


Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion presented Springettsbury Township K9 Officer Bill Pillizzotto and his dog Petro with a gift card for police canine supplies in the amount of $600.00 at the regular Board of Supervisors meeting on Thursday, August 26th.  Darwin Doll promoter of the show/reunion made the presentation with Bill Schenck, Chairman presiding.


LEGION OF HONOR AWARDS ANNOUNCED
July 22, 2010

YORK, PA - The Ninth Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion was held on July 9-10, 2010 at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds which featured the annual induction of fifteen deserving recipients for their contributions to the performance industry and to drag racing from the early days of the 50's, 60's and 70's.  The recipients are affectionately classifed as pioneers of the sport.  Each recipient receives an individual award, a prized photo from the archives of drag racing history, and their names are placed upon a perpetual award that is on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing located off US Route 15 in York Springs, Pennsylvania.  The perpetual award remains in the museum in perpetuity.


Recipients left to right are George Nye, Dave Heisey, Bob Harrop, Larry Lombardo, Dom Rinaldi, Fred Borcherdt, Jim Kerr, George Snizek (accepting for Billy Lynch), Eileen Daniels (also accepting for deceased husband Bob Daniels), Chick DeNinno, Carol "Bunny" Burkett, LaVaun Pittman  (accepting for deceased husband K. S. Pittman) Horace and Paul Reinford (Reinford Brothers)  Bruce Mehlenbacher & Bill Mehlenbacher (accepting for deceased parent Bruce & Joan Mehlenbacher) and Al Carpenter.

The distinguished group contributed in varying degrees of involvement, some as racers, as historians, as officials, as crew chiefs, strip management, and industry representatives with dedication and loyalty far and beyond the call of duty. The National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association presents the Legion of Honor awards annually at this event symbolic of a Hall of Fame.

Recipients for 2010 are George Nye, Palmyra, Pennsylvania; Dave Heisey, Myerstown, Pennsylvania; Bob Harrop, Laurel Spring, New Jersey; Larry Lombardo, Bernville, Pennsylvania; Dom Rinaldi, Skowhegan, Maine; Fred Borcherdt, Newark, Delaware; Jim Kerr, Holland, Pennsylvania; Billy Lynch, Huntington Station, New York; Eileen & Bob Daniels, Lewisburg, Florida; Chick DeNinno, Lottsburg, Virginia; Carol "Bunny" Burkett, Spotsylvania, Virginia; K. S. Pittman, Springfield, Missouri; Reinford Brothers, Boyertown, Pennsylvania; Bruce and Joan Mehlenbacher, Cayuga, Ontario, Canada and Al Carpenter, Stuart, Florida.

The class of 2011 will be presented at the 10th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion on July 8-9, 2011 "Celebrating a decade of presenting nostalgia memories".


Bill Pratt Honored with 2010 Media Award
July 23, 2010


The 2010 Media Award for the 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion was presented to Bill Pratt of draglist.com The popular website posts all of the latest news and nostalgia happenings on a daily basis and is a most respected source for information to the performance community.   (left to right Bill Pratt and show promoter Darwin Doll)

York, PA - Bill Pratt, the host of the popular draglist.com website, was presented the 2010 Media Award at the 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion presented on July 9-10 at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds.

The website keeps the drag racing and nostalgia communities updated on all the latest news in a timely manner making the website a must see everyday.  Pratt and staff are dedicated to providing the latest in drag racing news, as well as, providing timely information on all facets of the industry.

Pratt is the host of a Friday evening radio show on RacersReunion Radio at racersreunion.ning.com providing insights into the popular sport and industry.


MUSCLECAR MADNESS AWARDS ANNOUNCED
July 23, 2010


The Best Chevy Award was presented to Tony Kertulis on behalf of his mother Barbara Kertulis, Enola, Pennsylvania at the 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion held at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds.  (Left to right are Barry Doutrich, Cruisin Columbia; Tony Kertulis, Darwin Doll show promoter, and Herman "Hop" Migdon, Cruisin' Columbia.

York, PA - Awards for the 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion were announced today and are as follows:

Musclecar

  • 1st Place- John Cammarata, Lawrenceville, New Jersey '62 Corvette

  • 2nd Place- Gary & Deb Gross, Dover, Pennsylvania '64 Corvette

  • 3rd Place - Larry & Ginger Moody, Dover, Pennsylvania '67 Camaro

Drag Racing

  • 1st Place - Paul & Pam Balash, Fairfax Sta., Virginia '41 Willys

  • 2nd Place - Nick Smith, Stuart, Florida '60 Ford Fairlane

  • 3rd Place - Steve O'Neill, '65 Dodge Hemi

Special Interest

  • 1st Place - Doug Dellinger, Stephens City, Virginia '34 Chevrolet Sedan

  • 2nd Place - Richard & Sharon Hoefling, Wayne, New Jersey '23 T Bucket

  • 3rd Place - Glen Sweinhart, Annville, Pennsylvania '63 Chevrolet Impala

Model Display

  • 1st Place - Bill Hohnston, Hill Bros. '33 Willys

  • 2nd Place - John Dellosso, '60 Ford Ranchero

  • 3rd Place - Dave Heisey, Almost Stock Comet

Nostalgia Person of the Year Award - Dom Rinaldi, Skowhegan, Maine

People's Choice Award - Vince Dvorak, Littlestown, Pennsylvania '67 Pontiac GTO

Best of Show - John Monte, Roslyn, Pennsylvania '86 Monte Carlo 

Best Chevy - Barbara Kertulis, Enola, Pennsylvania '59 Chevrolet Impala 348

The show is an annual benefit for the York County SPCA with proceeds of $5,000 raised bringing total contributions to date to over $40,000. 

The 10th Annual Show/Reunion is scheduled for July 8-9, 2011 celebrating a Decade of Presenting Nostalgia Memories".


MUSCLECAR MADNESS NAMED TO KICK-OFF NATIONAL COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY
July 1, 2010

YORK, PA -  A Senate proclamation designating July 9, 2010 as National Collector Car Appreciation Day was recently passed and the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer's Association (SEMA) and it's council Automotive Restoration Marketing Organization (ARMO) has designated the 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion as a Pennsylvania event to kick-off the celebration of the annual appreciation day which will be presented on July 9-10th at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds.

The show is the annual reunion for the former York US 30 Dragway that closed 31 years ago but remains one of the most revered drag racing facilities in the world.  The show/reunion features some of the finest collector cars from the racing world, in addition to, many of the countries' finest muscle cars.  A host of drag racing legends make their annual visit to York to reminisce with their  many fans and friends with whom they raced over the years. The nostalgia fraternity comes together each year for this annual celebration the second full weekend of July.

Over 500 cars of all vintage will enjoy two days of comradery at the Cruisin' Into Summer cruise in held on the West Plaza of the York Expo Center.  The cruise in opens on Friday at 1 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  An inside show of 150 legendary race cars and  spectacular collector muscle cars are a highlight of the show.  The inside show hours are Friday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. All active military are admitted free upon showing their military I.D.

A special Make It and Take It model building opportunity is free to all children 12 and under presented by the Central Pennsylvania Model Car Club.  Model building times are Friday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.  The models are 1:25 scale snap-it models.  The models are provided to all entrants to be built and taken home with the aid of their parents.  

The event annually supports the York County SPCA with revenue from, People's Choice voting cannisters and a special Memorabilia Auction that is a feature on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The show has raised in excess of $35,000 to date with this year's goal to exceed the $40,000 milestone.

The '55 Chevrolet that starred in the movie "Two Lane Blacktop" will be on display, with the classic 1941 Willys Americar Deluxe Coupe of Ron Hadley of Barto, Pennsylvania. The car is completely original and was never a race car and Earl Phillips of Baltimore, Maryland will display his '49 Jaguar Salon which is 1 of only 40 ever made.  A potpourri of rare automotive excellence will abound for two days of nostalgia enjoyment.


The Mystique of York
June 15, 2010

York, PA - Call it what you will, but the name "York" still has a ring in motorsports circles of having THE drag strip and referred to in many connotations as "US 30" or "York US 30" "York" or just "the dragstrip" even today 31 years after closing and each year the fraternity meets at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds the second full weekend of July as the drag racing finery pays respects to the greatest names in drag racing with displays of legendary race cars and a personal visit of the Legends of Drag Racing themselves.  The former staff and management gather to pay homage to what was once the greatest of 'em all, York US 30 Dragway.  


The show features a Salute to Chevrolet and a Tribute to Junior Stock with an assemblage of the nation's finest muscle cars and legendary race cars.

The 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion will be presented on July 9-10th with an unmatched assemblage of the chariots and their drivers who met on many a Saturday night at the most famous drag strip in the country, with the Cragar timing tower aglow in the night and the announcers on the radio blazing  "Saturday, Saturday at York US 30 Dragway".  

The Legends include former World Funny Car Champion Bruce Larson, the legendary "Mr. Chevrolet" Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins who wrenched the popular Old Reliable Chevrolet's of York's own World Super Stock Champion Dave Strickler and who became legendary driving his own Chevrolet's to many National Event titles.  The Strickler entries ran out of the Ammon R. Smith Auto Company York's premier Chevrolet dealership that has never been matched for excellence to this day.  The show features a Salute to Chevrolet and a Tribute to Junior Stock with an assemblage of the nation's finest muscle cars and legendary race cars with others to include Jungle Jim Liberman's Vega funny car and his Vega Pro Stock entry and a very special unveiling of the newly restored '61 Old Reliable Chevrolet that started the Strickler and Jenkins careers.  

A free "Make it and Take It" model building area for children 12 and under will be conducted under the auspices of the Central Pennsylvania Model Club  of Pennsylvania. The models are 1:25 scale snap-it models with build it times on Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.  All models are courtesy of the model club All models are provided to all entrants to be built and taken home with the aid of their parents.  

The show runs Friday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Special two discount tickets are available for $25.00 for both days, single day tickets are $15.00 with children 12 and under free.  All active military are admitted free upon presentation of their id.  The outside Cruisin' Into Summer cruise in will feature an HHR Jamboree, Top Five awards for Friday, and Best Chevrolet Award plus three class awards for Truck, Special Interest, Muscle Car, and Street Rod plus a Long Distance Award, in  addition to, People's Choice and Best of Show awards. Admission to the event includes both inside and outside shows.  

The event supports the York County SPCA with revenue from, People's Choice voting canisters, and a Memorabilia auction that is a feature on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The show has raised in excess of $35,000 to date with the goal being to reach a $40,000 milestone this year.  

The great nostalgia weekend concludes with the running of the 7th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July 11th at 8 a.m. The race will feature many of the legendary cars and drivers from the York Reunion show.


A STEP BACK IN TIME
May 11, 2010 

YORK, PA - The 9th Annual Musclecar Madness to be held at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds, on July 9th and 10th is like taking a step back in time. The show debuts the restorations of some of the most famous drag racing legendary race cars at this year's event. Brian Beattie of Macungie, Pennsylvania will debut the completely restored Great Expectations II Top Fuel dragster that will be reunited with the original owners Jim and Alison Lee of the Plains, Virginia and driver Tom Raley of Daytona Beach, Florida.


The Great Expectations II Top Fuel Dragster owned by Brian Beattie of Macungie, PA will be debuted at the 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion on July 9-10th at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds.  The car will be reunited with former owners Jim & Alison Lee of The Plains, VA  and driver Tom Raley of Daytona Beach, FL.  Beattie has restored the car to full competition regalia making the first appearance in York.

Another Top Fuel dragster will likewise be debuted and reunited with the former owner and driver, 5 time NHRA World Top Fuel Champion Joe Amato will be on hand for induction into the Legion of Honor and will have the opportunity to see his restored dragster completed by Mike Judkins of Avanti Performance Products for the first time.

A special unveiling of the original Old Reliable Chevrolet that launched Dave Strickler, Bill Jenkins and Ammon R. Smith Auto Company onto the national drag racing scene. The famous '61 Chevrolet Biscayne recreation will be presented for the first time by Ronnie Evans of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania and will be in place with the famous '62 Old Reliable II and '63 Z-11 Old Reliable III. The trio were entries from York's Chevrolet dealer Ammon R. Smith Auto Company that attained worldwide notoriety, a status that other Chevrolet dealers in the area can only envy. The special unveiling will be held on Friday, July 9th at 2:30 p.m. following the opening of the show.

Other legendary race cars entered include Jungle Jim Liberman's funny car and his Vega Pro Stock entry, Billy Lynch's top fuel dragster, the Pacer's Automotive new fuel altered, Larry Lombardo's famous "Buckshot" Corvette entry, the "Virginia Twister" funny car of Kenny Warren, Jerry Baltes gorgeous top fuel dragster, Bruce Larson's USA-1 Camaro funny car, and the new A/FX Comet of Randy Delisio plus a stellar line-up of drag racing legends including Carol "Bunny" Burkett and Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, Linda Vaughn.  The Cruisin' Into Summer cruise-in at the show hosted by the Cruisin' Columbia staff is presented Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the West Plaza

next to Memorial Hall West. Hours for the inside show are Friday, July 9th at 1 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The nostalgia weekend concludes on Sunday, July 11th with the presentation of the 7th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway beginning at 8 a.m.

The charity of choice for the York Reunion is the York County SPCA who has realized over $35,000 in proceeds from show activities thus far. A very popular special memorabilia auction is conducted on Friday at 5:30 p.m. along with proceeds from voting for the People's Choice vehicle from monetary votes placed in the voting canisters located at each entry. The goal is to reach a 40K milestone.

SHOW INFORMATION
717-757-2720
www.yorknostalgia.com
or darwin@yorknostalgia.com


YOUTH, LEGENDS, AND HISTORY AT YORK 2010
April 12, 2010

YORK, PA - Funny car World Champions Bruce Larson and Carol “Bunny” Burkett lead a strong
contingent of legends and legendary race cars that will appear at the Ninth Annual Musclecar
Madness at the York Reunion to be presented at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds,
on July 9-10th.

The show features a Salute to Chevrolet and will have the ’55 Chevrolet featured in the movie
“Two Lane Blacktop”, as well as, Jungle Jim Liberman’s Camaro funny car and Pro Stock Vega,
and Chevrolet legends Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Ed Hedrick, Larry Lombardo, Wally Bell,
Jere Stahl, Larson and a whole host of the bow tie contingent.

Southwest Valuations has been named the York Reunion Official Appraiser. Following the purpose of the annual reunion to preserve our performance heritage establishing highly
credible values for the amazing cars that attend this event is very much in line with that goal. Owner Jon Lundberg is one of the fraternity with a 60 year background in drag racing.
Having that level of awareness and professionalism at the event only adds to its appeal. Appraisal appointments can be made by contacting Southwest Valuations through the event website at www.yorknostalgia.com by simply clicking on the company’s logo.

History abounds at this event with a display of legendary race cars and muscle cars
in miniature at the York US 30 Dragway display along with a “Make It and Take It” model
building area free to children 12 and under presented by the Central Pennsylvania Modelers
Association. Models are provided to all entrants to be built and taken home with the aid
of their parents. The models are 1:25 scale snap-it models with built it times on Friday
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. All models courtesy of CPMA.

Bob and Eileen Daniels former NHRA Division Three Division Director and spouse will
round out the inductees into the 2010 Legion of Honor to be presented on Friday at 6 p.m.
The 2010 recipients include George Nye, Dave Heisey, Jim Kerr, Carol “Bunny” Burkett,
Billy Lynch, Fred Borcherdt, Larry Lombardo, Alan Carpenter, Bruce and Joan Mehlenbacher,
Dom Rinaldi, Reinford Brothers, Chick DeNinno, and Bob Harrop.

The Legion of Honor awards are presented annually to recipients for their many contributions
to the drag racing industry thru the years. An individual award is presented and their names
are placed upon a perpetual award that will be on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor
Racing in York Springs, Pennsylvania.

The Cruisin’ Into Summer cruise-in at the show hosted by the Cruisin’ Columbia staff is
presented Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the West Plaza
next to Memorial Hall West.

Admission to the show includes both inside and outside shows. The inside show opens Friday, July 9th at 1 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 8 p.m

The nostalgia weekend concludes on Sunday, July 11th with the presentation of the 7th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway beginning at 8 a.m.

SHOW INFORMATION
717-757-2720
www.yorknostalgia.com
or darwin@yorknostalgia.com


THE HEARTBEAT OF AMERICA CONTINUES
March 10, 2010

YORK, PA -  The Heartbeat of America continues at the 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion to be presented at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds on July 9-10th.  Only four months until the growling engines rumble into place at the nation's largest independent musclecar and nostalgia drag racing show in the country featuring the annual reunion for the Legends of Drag Racing and the annual reunion for the former York US 30 Dragway.


The Guest and Rinehart '68 Chevrolet Camaro from Thomasville is the latest outstanding Chevrolet entry  that will be appearing at the 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion featuring a "Salute to Chevrolet" at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds on July 9-10th. 

The show will feature a Salute to Chevrolet and a Tribute to Junior Stock with some of the nation's legends in the sport in attendance, Bill"Grumpy" Jenkins, Ed Hedrick, Larry Lombardo, Wally Bell, Jere Stahl, Bruce Larson and Wally Booth who also shared time with AMC, plus a whole host of other legends too numerous to mention at this time.

A highlight of the show will be aFREEmodel building table for children ages 12 and under auspices of the Central Pennsylvania Modelers Association. Models are provided to all entrants to be built and taken home with the aid of their parents.  The models are 1:25 scale snap-it models with build it times Friday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  All models are through the courtesy of the CPMA.

The Auto Locator a publication of Engle Publishing, Inc. has joined Musclecar Madness as a sponsor for 2010. The magazine is available every Friday at Central Penna. automotive and convenience stores.  Auto Locator will have a booth at the 9th Annual show.

The 2010 Legion of Honor awards will be presented at the show on Friday at 6 p.m.  The recipients will receive an individual award and their names will be placed upon a perpetual award on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, York Springs, PA in perpetuity.  This years recipients will be George Nye, Palmyra, PA; Dave Heisey, Myerstown, PA; James Kerr, Holland, PA; Carol "Bunny" Burkett, Spottsylvania, VA; Bill Lynch, Huntington Station, NY; Fred Borcherdt, Newark, DE; Larry Lombardo, Bernville, PA; Alan Carpenter, Stuart, FL; Bruce and Joan Mehlenbacher, Cayuga, Ontario, Canada (posthumous), Dom Rinaldi, Skowhegan, ME; Reinford Bros., Boyertown, PA, Chick DeNinno, Lottsburg, VA and Bob Harrop, Laurel Spring, NJ.  The elite group will be recognized for their contributions to the sport and the industry for many years.

The show kicks off a tremendous nostalgia weekend with the annual reunion, the Cruisin' Into Summer cruise-in on Friday and Saturday hosted by the Cruisin'  Columbia staff on the plaza next to Memorial Hall West. Hours are Friday 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The charity of choice is the York County SPCA with proceeds from special drawings, best of show voting canisters and a memorabilia auction at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday all supporting the SPCA. Contributions attributed to the SPCA from the show are in excess of $35,000.

The show opens on Friday, July 9th at 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The nostalgia weekend concludes on Sunday, July 11th with the presentation of the 7th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway beginning at 8 a.m.

SHOW INFORMATION
717-757-2720
www.yorknostalgia.com
or darwin@yorknostalgia.com


BUNNY BURKETT RETURNS TO YORK
February 11, 2010

York, PA - Former World Champion Funny Car driver Carol "Bunny" Burkett will be attending the 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion with her car, to be presented July 9th-10th at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Ave., York, PA.  


Carol "Bunny" Burkett World Champion known as the First Lady of funny cars will be appearing at the 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion with her car. The popular show will be presented at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds.

Known as the First Lady of Funny Cars based on 34 years in the drivers seat of funny cars, Bunny makes note that she is second to Shirley Muldowney based on longevity of women drivers in the sport.  

The annual show for 2010 will feature a Salute to Chevrolet and a Tribute to Junior Stock, as well as, the annual Legion of Honor awards, the anuual  reunion for the Legends of Drag Racing and the annual reunion for the staff and managment of the former York US 30 Dragway that closed some 31 years ago.  

The show will be attended by some of the biggest names in the history of drag racing such as Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter" Linda Vaughn, Wally Booth, Arlen Vanke, Bob Harrop, Ed Hedrick, Jere Stahl, Joe Jacono, Tom Raley, Jim & Alison Lee, and the list goes on.  

The show opens on Friday, July 9th at 1 p.m to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 10th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A  giant outside Cruisin' Into Summer cruise in hosted by Cruisin' Columbia staff will be presented on Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  

The shows charity of choice is the York County SPCA with proceeds from special drawings, best of show voting canisters and a memorabilia auction at 5:30 pm on Saturday all supporting the organization. Contributions to the SPCA thus far derived at the show are in excess of $35,000.  

The nostalgia weekend concludes on Sunday with the presentation of the York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway beginning at 8 a.m.  

SHOW INFORMATION
717-757-2720
www.yorknostalgia.com
or darwin@yorknostalgia.com


MUSCLECAR MADNESS TO SALUTE CHEVROLET
January 13, 2010

York, PA - The 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion will be presented at the York Fairgrounds, York, PA  on July 9-10, 2010 and will feature a Salute to Chevrolet.  

The fans, legends, and legendary race cars of the bowtie will salute the winningest brand in the competition of NASCAR and NHRA drag racing with many legends of the sport in attendance which includes Chevrolet stalwarts Bruce Larson, Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins,  Ed Hedrick, Wally Bell, Wally Booth, along with many notables from Chevrolet.  

Funny Car World Champion Bruce Larson of Dauphin, PA will have his USA-1 Camaro on display at the 9th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds on July 9-10th for the "Salute to Chevrolet".

A special "Tribute to Junior Stock" will also honor many of the nation's greatest junior stock racers of the 60's and early '70's. An array of sedan deliveries', station  wagons, and Chevrolet coupes and sedans will mingle with the Mopars and Ford entries that comprised this grass roots level of NHRA competition.  

The first "Old Reliable" '61 Chevrolet Biscayne will debut at the show. The car that started the career of the late Dave Strickler of York at York US 30 Dragway will be a featured highlight of the show along with his '62 and '63 entries out of the Ammon R. Smith Auto Company.  

The show runs two days, Friday, July 9th 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 10th 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is $15.00 single day, $25.00 two days, children under 12 free, and all active military service will be admitted free with their military i.d.  

A Cruisin' Into Summer outside cruise in will be hosted by the staff of Cruisin' Columbia both days. The hours will be Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  

The event is an annual fund raiser for the York County SPCA and will feature displays and activities that directly benefit the organization.  

The nostalgia weekend culminates with the annual York Nostalgia Nationals drag race at Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July 11th with activities beginning at 8 a.m.  


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The York Reunion and Nostalgia Nationals is a combined effort of Darwin Doll, former NHRA Division Director and Beaver Bob McCardle of Beaver Springs Dragway. Both are dedicated to the preservation of our performance heritage.

Show Information:
Darwin Doll
- 717-757-2720

Race Information:
Bob McCardle - 717-248-7676


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