Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame

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21 Comments

Reply Caroline Goetz Purser
6:06 AM on April 8, 2016 
my father got into racing after his father and Uncle & cousin raced cars during the 1960's. Dad started the late 60's and early 70's. My grandfather was my dad's mechanic and Pit Crew main man among Family members and friends whom also helped with the car during racing season. Sadly, My dad passed away January 8th, 2011 at the age of 60 after he got home from work and turned on the Seahawks game, from a heart attack. My father raced with With Tucker during the 80's. and retiring about 1987 or 1988. My dad was Fred Goetz # 54 Super Stock Class. He raced with the Fox's & Bought last name Tucker's Car about the last 1 or 2 season's he raced but I believe he raced in Skagit before retiring from racing. This was the last race car he had out of about 6 total from the time he started racing at Silverdale Raceway in Silverdale, WA. I have great memories of getting up on Saturday and Going to the Races with my parents and younger brother and grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends. He raced at other raceway's in Washington state like Skagit, Tenino, Port Angeles, but I think he raced most season's at this Speedway. My father was a pretty good racer. He kissed a lot of trophey girls, but he had some close calls as well as when He hit and drove on your wall, He crashed into another car, driving over the other car and got stuck to another race car and early in his racing career he rolled over. I still dust his trophies, and have for years. I have great memories of going in the pit after the races were over. My brother and I were awesome, cause we had a dad with a race car and everyone wanted to talk to us about it. We also would get to sit in race cars cause our dad was the cool race car driver. It was a lot of fun. I am glad to see that the track has a hall of fame. The happiest I ever saw my dad was out on the race track. He loved speed and him and my grandpa even built two cars from a frame. After he retired racing he started going to the Nascar Races and was a huge fan. at This speedway We always ate lots of food and loved the Fair. It was a long trip home so some times we would stop at Denny's on the way home and everyone always loved talking to my dad about his car. My funniest memory of racing was when they made the rule that they had to wear the fireproof shoes. My dad was so mad about the cost of his shoes. He never complained about any of the costs involved with his cars, but having to pay over $100.00 for his shoes made him mad. My dad loved Racing. Caroline Goetz Purser, Port Orchard, WA (Daughter) Memory of Fred Goetz #54 Super Stock Class
Reply Caroline Goetz Purser
6:06 AM on April 8, 2016 
my father got into racing after his father and Uncle & cousin raced cars during the 1960's. Dad started the late 60's and early 70's. My grandfather was my dad's mechanic and Pit Crew main man among Family members and friends whom also helped with the car during racing season. Sadly, My dad passed away January 8th, 2011 at the age of 60 after he got home from work and turned on the Seahawks game, from a heart attack. My father raced with With Tucker during the 80's. and retiring about 1987 or 1988. My dad was Fred Goetz # 54 Super Stock Class. He raced with the Fox's & Bought last name Tucker's Car about the last 1 or 2 season's he raced but I believe he raced in Skagit before retiring from racing. This was the last race car he had out of about 6 total from the time he started racing at Silverdale Raceway in Silverdale, WA. I have great memories of getting up on Saturday and Going to the Races with my parents and younger brother and grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends. He raced at other raceway's in Washington state like Skagit, Tenino, Port Angeles, but I think he raced most season's at this Speedway. My father was a pretty good racer. He kissed a lot of trophey girls, but he had some close calls as well as when He hit and drove on your wall, He crashed into another car, driving over the other car and got stuck to another race car and early in his racing career he rolled over. I still dust his trophies, and have for years. I have great memories of going in the pit after the races were over. My brother and I were awesome, cause we had a dad with a race car and everyone wanted to talk to us about it. We also would get to sit in race cars cause our dad was the cool race car driver. It was a lot of fun. I am glad to see that the track has a hall of fame. The happiest I ever saw my dad was out on the race track. He loved speed and him and my grandpa even built two cars from a frame. After he retired racing he started going to the Nascar Races and was a huge fan. at This speedway We always ate lots of food and loved the Fair. It was a long trip home so some times we would stop at Denny's on the way home and everyone always loved talking to my dad about his car. My funniest memory of racing was when they made the rule that they had to wear the fireproof shoes. My dad was so mad about the cost of his shoes. He never complained about any of the costs involved with his cars, but having to pay over $100.00 for his shoes made him mad. My dad loved Racing. Caroline Goetz Purser, Port Orchard, WA (Daughter) Memory of Fred Goetz #54 Super Stock Class
Reply PETER ISAACSON
5:23 PM on March 24, 2015 
GREAT WEBSITE! I HAD FOND MEMORIES WATCHING RACES IN ELMA WITH MY DAD AND BEST FRIEND.

REMEMBER THE GREAT BURGERS, GEORGE WIXSON AND HOW IT COULD BE SO WARM IN ELMA AND FOGGY
IN ABERDEEN

PETER ISAACSON LONGVIEW,WA
Reply Dianne Lielke
6:14 AM on July 27, 2012 
My dad is Rollie Lielke.....#83!
Reply Dianne Lielke
6:12 AM on July 27, 2012 
I wanted to pass along the sad message to all my dads "racing buddies", that he passed away on May 18th.
If any of you would like to pass along any memories or stories, we (my three sisters and I) would love to have them.
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Reply Susie Davidson
12:32 PM on August 26, 2011 
My Dad, JACK DAVIDSON, is being inducted into your hall of fame. Years ago when we lived far from him and had car trouble we could call him on the phone and describe the mechanical problem of our vehicle or hold the phone up to the engine sounds. He more often than not could tell us how to fix it over the phone. "Just pinch the gas line for a minute while it is running and then let go. That should build up enough pressure to clear out the line." "Check under the generator you just installed. There should be a little switch. Make sure it is turned all the way back into position and the car should then start right up again." "Have you checked the oil lately?"

Excerpt from my award winning short story, Downy (non-fiction) describing my dad:

After a lunch of tuna sandwiches and salt and vinegar potato chips we climbed into our tan ?72 Dodge Dart, the latest experienced automobile given to us by my dad, Jack. Daddy, who was seventy-three at the time and still arguably the best mechanic this side of the Mississippi, had always supplied us with free vehicles. They unfailingly looked a little worse for wear but were always in top running condition and the price was right. The Dart?s battery sticker was an exclamation: C.R.A.P. (Cut Rate Auto Parts). That battery could mystifyingly keep the headlights burning bright for an unlimited number of hours after the car had been turned off (it turned out to be a yacht battery).
My Dad is cool. When younger he won first place in stock car races with the old jalopy he had turned into a blur of speed, performed in a country music band (playing songs like ?Tennessee Waltz? and ?Hear That Lonesome Whippoorwill? at Trestle Creek Inn near the tiny town of Hope), moved massive amounts of earth with a bulldozer, felled a scandalous amount of trees, built our home himself including electric, plumbing, water well, etc. and wrote poetry to boot. In his seventies he often could be found careening around sand dunes on the Oregon coast in a homely dune buggy that he had built from scratch. When the young whippersnappers with their shiny new buggies got stuck in the sand my Dad would graciously pull them out with his muscle buggy.

-"Susie" Davidson Saunders
Reply BILLY ST PAUL
3:56 AM on March 15, 2011 
DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE BOYS FROM SHELTON BACK IN THE 50S OR 60S RACE TO THE TRACK IN THERE RACECARS RACE AT THE TRACK AND RACE HOME THEY DID NOT TRAILER THEM OR IS THAT ONE OF VIC WRIGHT BS STORYS IF SO THAT IS FUNNY STUFF( WHO WON) HAHAHA
Reply Linda Goble
5:43 PM on November 8, 2010 
My father, Doug Goble spent many hours within the racing circle. I myself was fortunate enough to participate at one point as
one of his pit crew. We are all very proud of him. This was a family hobby for all of us and these memories will live on in all of
the Goble family.
Reply Mike Troupe
10:00 PM on September 1, 2010 
I am the step-son of 'Barney' Albert W. Peetz who drove #81 in the 50's and early 60's. I remember building the old track at Clemons Hill in Central Park. It was on my Uncle Arlo Beck's property. Then the move to Elma track. This is great and a fantastic way to maintain the history or racing on Grays Harbor. Keep up the good work.
Reply Doug Moore
1:42 PM on June 14, 2010 
Great thing you all are doing. I Have wonderful memories going to watch my older brothers race on both the 1/2 and 3/8 mile track. Dan West Sr. is not only a deserving champion of both the speedways, but even more a great man.