SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The Saratoga Automobile Museum’s Lost Speedways program has grown into a must see event for auto racing aficionados of all ages and Saratoga Automobile Museum’s most popular event.
For 2012, the date will remain the same, the traditional Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 24th), with some new highlights.
“Memorabilia is always a big part of the day, with visitors encouraged to bring their prized items for sharing from 11:30 am until the speakers begin at 1 p.m.,” explained organizer Ron Hedger. “But this year we will have some great displays that people have never seen, including photos of the late Wally Campbell and other Speedway Division drivers and a fantastic vintage slide connection recently donated to the museum by longtime racing photographer P.J. West of Vestal, N.Y. They include numerous shots of Richie Evans, whose car is now on display, so it should be captivating.
“Our current featured exhibit, ‘Moonshine To Millionaires – NASCAR’s History, Heroes and Technology,’ has been a huge success and since it will close right after Lost Speedways, I want to focus on NASCAR history this year,” added Hedger. “Plus, we have the opportunity to again enjoy the racing tales of Jim Reed, a multi-year NASCAR champion who was a big hit in 2011 and has agreed to return. He’s going to tell us about winning the 1959 Southern 500 at Darlington, among other highlights of his career.”
The program will also include Hall of Fame driver Brian Ross’s recollections of his short but eye opening Winston Cup career and his time as an instructor at Andy Hillenburg’s Charlotte driving school and a look back at the highlights of the century old Fonda Speedway by longtime racing writer and DIRT legal advisor Andy Fusco.
“I will also do a pair of short presentations myself,” added Hedger. “We have Bill Wimble’s Carnegie Medal on display and I’ll relate that story, along with a discussion of NASCAR’s Speedway division for Indianapolis-type cars, something most people have never heard of.
“We now have the Evans No. 61 Pinto and Allan Wiltsie’s beautiful Speedway Division open cockpit car wheeled by Wally Campbell on display and the stay of the Dale Earnhardt #3 was recently extended. The entire exhibit is like a highlights reel.”
Another high point of Lost Speedways will be the drawing of the first winner in the auto museum’s NASCAR VIP Raffle, sponsored by M and M/Mars, which will see two winners each receive four tickets to the 2013 Sprint Cup race of their choice, $250 travel money, garage passes and a personal meet and greet session with Kyle Busch. The second drawing will be held in the spring of 2013. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the museum or online.
The Lost Speedways event is free to museum members, with others admitted for the standard museum admission charge. More information is available online at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.
The Saratoga Automobile Museum is located on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State Park, just off Exit 13N of the Adirondack Northway.