Elma, WA, July 13, 2014....The Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame will host its 6th Annual Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser & EARA Reunion on Saturday, July 26th, 2014, in the Borden-Seabert Exhibition Hall, at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds.
Held in conjunction with the Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals and Dwarf Car Nationals at Grays Harbor Raceway, the EARHoF Spaghetti Feed gets underway at Noon and lasts until 3:30. Adults eat for only $6, while ages 7-15 pay $4, and under 7 are free.
Memorabilia including pictures, newspaper clippings, old programs, trophies, vintage racing videos, and more will be on display. Bench racing stories by past and present racers and fans are common and new friendships are made and old friendships renewed in what has described as a walk down memory lane.
Rick Leighty, EARHoF president, stated, "Next to our inductions each year, this is our favorite activity and biggest fundraiser. This is an important event for us in our effort to honor and preserve the heritage of Grays Harbor Raceway and continue to offer the EARHoF Scholarships. Without the support, the EARHoF would not be a reality."
In addition to the spaghetti meal and memorabilia display, there will be a Dessert Auction, 50/50 games, and a pre-paid Gas Card Raffle with 4 winners. The EARHoF will also have their shirts and hats on sale. An open mike will be available to share stories.
"What a great way to spend a Saturday," exclaimed event co-ordinator Cindy Badgett, "support the history of the track and enjoy a great meal and camaraderie, and attend the races that evening and see some fantastic modified and dwarf car action. We are hoping for a great turnout of anyone who raced with the EARA."
The Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization. Additional information on EARHoF can be found at http://elmaautoracinghalloffame.webs.com.
Elma, WA, April 2, 2014…..The Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame is seeking qualified applicants for its 2014 scholarships by the April 30th deadline.
Elma, WA, March 15, 2013.....A standing room only crowd of more than 250 people witnessed the Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame Class of 2014 enter the organization started in 2009.
Rick Leighty, EARHoF President, opened the ceremonies by thanking the huge crowd for attending and then introduced the EARHoF board of directors, the honorees, Grays Harbor Raceway Promoter Steve Beitler, and emcee Phil Martelli.
The voice of Grays Harbor Raceway, Martelli shared information about each inductee and had them come forward to address the crowd and accept their EARHoF jacket and induction certificate.
Dirk Stephens the 1982 EARA Hobby Stock Champion who made it all the way to the top level of NASCAR racing was first up. Stephens recounted a few of his experiences and expressed his gratitude for the recognition.
1979 Super Stock Champion, Ron "Frito" Larson, who started out in drag racing and has returned to the strips, told how dirt track racing is the most fun he has ever had and how honored he felt to be inducted.
The Wynoochee Wildman, Don Spoon III, had the crowd laughing with his recollection of events and other racers. Spoon thanked his crew and gave them credit for 1989 Limited Sprint title. Spoon also spoke of his mentor, his uncle Larry Spoon, and the best driver he had ever seen, George Wixson.
Shelton’s Dale Way talked about the many drivers he has helped during his 40+ year career, thanked his sponsors during the years and mentioned how he is still working on Kris Asche’s modified. The soft spoken Way thanked the EARHoF for the award.
George Richert who came out of Shelton in 1972 to win the Jalopy Track Championship thanked the EARHoF and told of racing on the ½ mile track. Richert some who had helped him and made sure to mention fellow Shelton racer Neil Seljestad.
One of the pioneers of auto racing in Grays Harbor, Bob Carter was next to be acknowledged. Carter who passed away in November, 2013, before he could receive his award was represented by his grandson who thanked everyone for remembering his grandfather and expressed how proud his grandpa would be.
Centralia’s Wendy Peterson a 2012 inductee was re-acknowledged since contact was just recently made with his family. Daughter Shelly Sadie-Hill accepted on behalf of her father and told how much her dad loved racing and although he would be embarrassed by the award would be very proud. She thanked the EARHoF for taking the time to re-honor her father.
Two special recognition induction awards were given out next. Martelli announced Herman Burns as the Larry Spoon Distinguished Service Award. Burns who made the trip from Missouri talked about his friends in racing like George Wixson, Glenn Walker, Rich Leighty among others who made it so much fun and told how much it meant to him to be recognized.
Rick Leighty then took the mike to announce the winner of the Fred Brownfield Exemplary Contribution Award. This award had been kept secret from everyone except the winners wife and sister. After giving a few general descriptions, Leighty turned toward Phil Martelli and announced the voice of Grays Harbor Raceway as the 2014 Brownfield Award winner. He then gave the mike to Martelli and told him to talk about himself. Martelli stated his surprise and then expressed that he was pretty much speechless. He spotted his wife off to the side and had her join him in front of the approving crowd.
After a group photo session, new GHR promoter and owner of Skagit Speedway, Steve Beitler was brought to the podium. Beitler expressed how impressed he was by the EARHoF and their mission and how important it was for racing to preserve and honor the past. He then talked about Grays Harbor Raceway and its future.
Beitler related how much passion he had found among the people and businesses of the Elma area for Grays Harbor Raceway and how he hoped to make the track an even bigger part of the community. He expressed how there presently is a missing link between the fantastic quarter midget facility on the fairgrounds and the bigger GHR track. Beitler’s plan to fill that gap, build a mini-sprint track in the infield of the 3/8 mile. He has already received county approval and will soon get started. Beitler also told the audience of plans to reshape the pit area for better drainage.
The audience gave Beitler a resounding round of applause when he finished his speech and a lot of very positive talk was heard after the ceremony.
Rick Leighty ended the ceremony by thanking all those in attendance and everyone who had donated. He also thanked those who had worked so hard to make the evening a success, Cindy and Randy Badgett, Melissa Beck, Wendy Leighty, Leona Walker, Vonnie Dillingham, George Wade, Rich Leighty, and Glenn Walker.
The silent auction held in conjunction with the induction ceremony helped the EARHoF raise over $4,000 for the evening. The top item for the auction turned out to be an autographed Hank Williams Jr. guitar donated by Dirk Stephens. The guitar raised $490.
The EARHoF wishes to thank all donors and everyone who participated in the auction. The organization would also like to again extend their congratulations to all those honored and thank everyone who attended.
Elma, WA, Feb. 26, 2014.....Steve Beitler, Promoter/General Manager of Grays Harbor Raceway, confirmed today that he will speak at the 6th Annual EARHoF Induction Ceremony.
Beitler will take to the podium following the recognition and induction of the 2014 honorees and speak to the audience about his plans for this season and the future.
EARHoF President, Rick Leighty expressed great pleasure in having Beitler speak, "It's going to be a great night. Having Steve speak fits right in with our mission for the night; Honoring the past, Living in the present, and Planning for the future. We hope for a huge turnout."
Eight men with significant accomplishments in the history of auto racing at Grays Harbor Raceway will be honored and recognized on March 15, 2014, in ceremonies at the Elma Eagles Hall, 404 W. Young St., Elma, Washington. Activities get underway at 6:00 P.M. with a Silent Auction and social hour. Recognition and induction of this years inductees is set for 7:00 P.M.
Elma, WA, Feb. 23, 2014.....Eight men with outstanding auto racing credentials will be recognized as The Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame Class of 2014 in a ceremony on March 15, 2014. The 6th Annual EARHoF Induction Ceremony and Silent Auction will be held at the Elma Eagles Hall in Elma.
Montesano’s Bob Carter was one of the original pioneers of auto racing in Grays Harbor and was one of the top competitors at the Evergreen Speedway in Central Park and then at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds when racing moved to the new location in 1957. Carter who unfortunately passed away in 2013 before receiving his recognition from the EARHoF, joins his brother Howard a 2010 Inductee in the EARHoF.
Despite going through the fence in his first ever race at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds in Chehalis, George Richert forged a successful auto racing career. Building and owning his own cars, the 1972 EARA Jalopy Champion from Shelton found victory lane at most every track on which he competed.
1972 found Shelton’s Dale Way turning his interests from drag racing to crew chief duties in circle track racing by helping Vic Wright. In the early ‘80s he began a successful tour with Tom Williams that led to 3 championships. Way’s motors and innovations have been found on more cars then he can remember. His involvement continues today with GHR modified racer Kris Asche.
Don Spoon III began racing the B-modified class at Elma in the mid ‘70s. Success soon found the the Wynochee Valley resident switching to sprint cars racing at Skagit Speedway and other west coast venues. Returning to Grays Harbor Raceway Spoon won the 1989 Limited Sprint title. An accomplished engine builder and machinist, Spoon has helped many racers through the years. Spoon is the nephew of Inaugural EARHoF Inductee Larry Spoon.
Elma’s Ron Larson claims the last Super Stock Championship on the ½ mile track in 1979. In 1980 Larson’s attention turned to helping construct the 3/10 mile speedway. He learned to operate the earth moving equipment and donated fuel and his time in getting the new track built. When racing resumed in 1981 Larson was competing in the open wheel limited modifieds and was the 1981 Rookie of the Year with 2nd place point finish. Larson returned to drag cars and can still be found competing in the straight liners.
Despite having a father and uncle who were involved with racing in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Dirk Stephens of Olympia didn’t have much to do with it until starting in the Hobby Stock Class on the 3/10 mile. Almost immediate success led to the 1982 Hobby Stock Championship propelling Stephens to success on the NASCAR Northwest Tour. Stephens’ moved east and raced the NASCAR Busch (Nationwide) Series and had starts at the Cup level. He eventually returned to the Northwest and can still be found racing late models at South Sound Speedway.
The prestigious Larry Spoon Distinguished Service Award for 2014 will be presented to Herman Burns. The driver and championship car owner who lived in Hoquiam was the type of racer who would give you a part of his own car keep you running. He was one of the first to be there and one of the last to leave. Burns was an innovator and used what he had available to keep his cars and those of others racing. His positive attitude and never say die efforts were an inspiration to those around him. Now living in Missouri, Burns plans to attend the ceremony.
The final award, the Fred Brownfield Exemplary Contribution Award will be announced the evening of the ceremony. The winner is a man well known and respected by racing fans and is expected to be a popular choice.
In a special presentation, 2012 Inductee Wendy Peterson will be re-acknowledged. At the time of the 2012 ceremony the EARHoF had not been able to contact Peterson’s family. Mr. Peterson’s granddaughter just recently contacted the EARHoF and plans to be in attendance to receive her grandfathers award.
The Elma Eagles Hall can be found at 404 W Young St. in Elma.
Activity gets underway at 6:00 P.M. with the silent auction and a social hour. Photos, videos, and other memorabilia will be on display. Hors d’oeuvres, cake, coffee, and soft drink will be served. The Induction Ceremony will begin at 7:00 P.M.
Admission is free. Those wishing to bid in the silent auction will need to purchase an auction number for $5.
The Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the auto racing heritage of Grays Harbor Raceway. All proceeds and donations are used to help reach the EARHoF’s mission. Information on the EARHoF can be found at http://elmaautoracinghalloffame.webs.com.
Elma, WA, Dec. 18, 2013.....The year 2014 will signal the sixth year of operation for the Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame in its pursuit of preserving and honoring the auto racing heritage of Grays Harbor Raceway and providing scholarships to qualifying youngsters looking to further their education.
Starting with no money, but a passion and a dream, a group of six forged head on into a new endeavor. Through the initial five years the EARHoF has honored 40 individuals or groups prominent in the early years of racing in Grays Harbor.
Researching, documenting, collecting, and honoring the racing heritage of Grays Harbor Raceway all take money. As a non-profit, volunteer organization the EARHoF is dependent on fund raisers, donations, and supporter memberships to operate. The EARHoF has no paid employees or shareholders, so all proceeds collected by the EARHoF are used for its mission.
One of the main sources of revenue for the EARHoF can be through yearly supporter memberships. For only $25 a year, an individual can become an EARHoF supporter. Each supporter receives a supporter membership card and decal. By presenting their card, supporter members are eligible for free auction numbers at EARHoF auctions, free meals at EARHoF spaghetti feeds and 10% off EARHoF apparel.
In addition, anyone who purchases an EARHoF supporter membership by March 15, 2014, will be placed in a drawing for a framed photo of the inaugural induction group and a dvd of the Inaugural Induction Ceremony.
Supporter membership forms can be obtained by clicking on the EARHoF logo below (A PDF reader is required.) or by contacting the EARHoF at P.O. Box 203, Pacific Beach, WA 98571.
Elma, WA, December 9, 2013.....Two seats for the four days of the 54th Annual Knoxville Nationals are the grand prize of raffle being held by the Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
The front stretch upper mid-level seats for the biggest sprint car event in the world have a face value of $177 each, making the grand prize worth a total of $354.
The 2014 version of the Knoxville Nationals will be held August 6th thru 9th, at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa. The Nationals are an annual gathering that attracts the top sprint car drivers along with fans from throughout the world.
A second prize of $100 cash and a third prize of an EARHoF apparel package will also be awarded.
Tickets for the EARHoF raffle will be on sale until Memorial Day Weekend when the winning tickets will be drawn. Winners for the three prizes will be notified.
Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20 and may be purchased from Cindy Badgett, George Wade, Glenn Walker, or Rich Leighty. Raffle tickets will also be on sale at EARHoF functions or may be obtained by sending name, address, phone number, and money to EARHoF, P.O. Box 203, Pacific Beach, WA 98571.
All proceeds from the raffle go to the Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame, a Washington State Non-profit that is 100% volunteer. Proceeds will be used to preserve and honor the history of auto racing at Grays Harbor Raceway, as well as provide scholarships for youngsters, connected with racing at Grays Harbor, looking to further their education. Information on the EARHoF, its mission and programs can be found at http://elmaautoracinghalloffame.webs.com.