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75 YEARS OF MIDGET AUTO RACING HISTORY” TO BE BIG PART OF MOTORSPORTS 2015

OAKS, PA December 3, 2014 . . . Midget auto racing, the history of the sport, will play an important part in the Motorsports 2015 Race Car and Trade Show. The hugely popular show, filling 250,000 square feet of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, takes place January 23rd thru January 25th.

Many former American Racing Drivers Club champions and key figures involved in the history of the sport will be part of the “75 Years of Midget Racing History” with a large part of the show being devoted to a display that is scheduled to include close to a dozen midgets, representing the sport from the 1930s/40s into the era of the 50s, 60s moving right on up to the current latest-style midget race cars.

At least 20 drivers/key people representing the history of midget auto racing are expected to be a part of the display with a huge autograph session schedule for Saturday afternoon during the 30th anniversary of the show.

Lou Zrinski and Ron Lauer, two key figures in the sport of Midget auto racing, have volunteered to coordinate the “75 Years of Midget Racing History” and they are asking interested parties to be in touch if they would like to be part of their efforts to remember the sport. Zrinski can be reached at 732.779.4979 (email: louz2575@yahoo.com) or Lauer at 410.987.0284 (offyron@yahoo.com). Also assisting with the Midget memories will be Earl Krause, a noted historian of the sport, and he can be reached at 609.888.3618.

Additional details on the “75 Years of Midget Racing History” will be announced as the show dates move closer to reality.

The Motorsports 2015 show offers just about everything imaginable in motorsports with more than 200 motorsports vehicles of all types, from stock cars, drag racing, NASCAR, motorcycles, and more.

Attendees will be able to pick up 2015 schedules from their favorite tracks and racing organizations, visit with vendors offering a variety of motorsports items and services plus attend a number of FREE events during the three days.

Free parking is offered at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Complete details on the show can be had by checking in at www.aarn.com.

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The Dirt will Fly during the Summer of 2015 at Memphis International Raceway

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (November 26, 2014) -  Memphis International Raceway (MIR) is proud to announce that they will break ground on a 3/10-mile dirt track early next year. The new addition to the multi-use facility will make MIR the premiere racing destination for fans and racers. The dirt track will run weekly events as well as host special events throughout the season with plans to open during the summer of 2015.

A2H engineers, architects and planners, have been named the firm to help bring the dirt track vision into a reality. Based out of the Lakeland, Tenn., the local firm has assisted with multiple community, industrial and athletic projects in the Mid-South area. They will assist with the creation, planning and construction of the brand-new race track at MIR. In addition, Ben Shelton has been tabbed as the consultant on the project.

"A2H is looking forward to supporting Memphis International Raceway with these required upgrades, adding a new dirt track and surrounding facilities," stated Jerry James, Associate and VP Business Development at A2H. "A2H employee's history is strong with this race track - having family members competing and attending many races over the years. It is our honor to be part of this exciting new chapter for MIR."

MIR will become the only motorsports venue in the Mid-South to offer fans a widespread variety of options when it comes to racing. The venue currently has three complete tracks, including a high- performance road course, a historic drag strip and a ¾-mile paved tri-oval. The 2015 schedule already boasts over 150 events on the drag strip, with announcements to be made at a later date regarding the dirt track schedule.

"Our goal is to become the premiere racing destination in the Mid-South," stated Pam Kendrick VP and GM of Memphis International Raceway. "The state-of-the-art dirt track will be all about the fans and racers. It's going to feature a fan viewing deck, large concession stand, modern restrooms, both paved and grass pit areas and much more. We're excited about this and are working hard to get the track open as soon as possible."

MIR is currently in the planning phase and will send out updates once the classes, rules, schedule, pricing and other information become available regarding the dirt track. Please go to http://racemir.com/dirttrack or visit the website and click on "Track & Events" to access the dirt track page for additional information and to sign-up for email updates. Social media updates can be found on Instagram and Twitter @RaceMIR and a new Facebook page will be announced in the coming weeks.  

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DICK BERGGREN TO BE PART OF MOTORSPORTS 2015 RACE CAR AND TRADE SHOW AT GREATER PHILADELPHIA EXPO CENTER, JAN. 23-25

OAKS, PA NOVEMBER 19, 2014 . . . Dr. Dick Berggren has so much knowledge of motorsports, so many experiences and the ability to share all that with fans of the sport. He will be doing just that when he appears at Motorsports 2015 Race Car and Trade Show set for January 23-25th at the spacious Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

The former FOX Network NASCAR pit reporter (2001-2012) will be doing an on-stage discussion and taking questions from what is expected to be a large turnout of race fans. In addition the former publisher of the well-respected Speedway Illustrated magazine will sign autographs.

Berggren will be able to talk about his 26 feature wins as a racer (1967-1981), his work as a writer for local newspapers, his time with Stock Car Racing magazine while he was teaching at Emmanuel College and his time with FOX.

Also he will share with everyone the plans for the North East Motor Sports Museum which will be built on property leased from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Berggren is the president of the Racing History Preservation Group and a driving force behind the planned 10,000 square foot museum.

“The goal of the museum is to cover all aspects of motorsports from this area, not just NASCAR or drag racing but any and all racing that has taken place in the New England area,” said Berggren. More details can be found at www.nemsmuseum.com.

As part of an effort to raise funds for the museum Berggren will also spend time in the Coastal 181 display area and will be happy to sign copies of a new book “A History of Auto Racing in New England.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the show. Part of the proceeds from the book will go to the museum.

The book, including more than 400 photos, is available for just $34.95 plus $6 S&H from Coastal181.com or telephone 877.907.8181. A great Christmas gift idea.

Berggren will be one of many well-known personalities involved with motorsports along with popular competitors that will be part of the three day show that offers just about everything imaginable in motorsports in 250,000 square feet of well-planned show space. More than 200 motorsports vehicles will be on display including a large selection of historic, collectible, classic, vintage and current unique race cars.

Complete details on the show, celebrating its 30th anniversary, can be found at aarn.com.

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MUSEUM’S HOLIDAY MASS MAILING TO BE SENT OUT ON MONDAY; NEW MUSEUM STORE BROCHURE NOW ON-LINE

KNOXVILLE, IOWA  (November 12, 2014)  -  One of the ways that the non-profit National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation keeps in touch with sprint car fans world-wide is through its annual holiday mass mailing, which will drop in the mail on November 17.  However, those fans that can’t wait for their local mail delivery to see the new museum store brochure, or aren’t on the museum’s mailing list, can now access it on-line at http://www.sprintcarhof.com/Pages/SpecialEvents.

Museum executive director Bob Baker said today, “I am very proud of the efforts of our museum staff for getting our holiday mass mailing completed in early November this year.  I think those looking to buy sprint car racing-related items as Christmas gifts will be surprised at the quality and quantity of our offerings, including books, DVD’s, apparel, and much more.  And, it’s not just sprint car racing items, but we also have great souvenirs relating to midget car racing, dirt championship car racing, Indy Car racing and even stock car racing.  We have been told repeatedly by fans that our www.sprintcarstuff.com web site is their one-stop shop for sprint car racing-related items all year long and we are very proud of those comments, too.  We recently had technical problems with our museum store web site, but those have been fully resolved now and we are ready to serve our customers for the 2014 Christmas season.”

In addition to the new museum store brochure, the holiday mass mailer also includes a cover letter from Bob Baker, a Maxim/Rider raffle car flyer, “A Brick At A Time” flyer and a museum/membership brochure.  Items can be purchased on-line, through the mail, or by calling the museum store, seven days a week, at 1-800-874-4488.

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HISTORIC, COLLECTIBLE, VINTAGE AND CLASSIC CARS WILL BE AN IMPORTANT PART OF MOTORSPORTS 2015 RACE CAR AND TRADE SHOW

OAKS, PA November 12, 2014 . . . Classic cars, vintage cars, historic cars, collectible cars and more will play an important part in the Motorsports 2015 Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show set for January 23-25 at the huge Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

A 608 Bonneville Lakester, based in Flemington, NJ, is bound to be a popular attraction for the thousands of show attendees coming out for the 30th annual Motorsports 2015 show. The chassis was built some years back by Bob Dauernheim and the shape of the car body and chassis are continually evolving as records are broken with the Lakester and owner Dauernheim is forced to go faster and faster.

At Bonneville, the famed salt flats used for establishing speed records over the years, the 608 Lakester class and the streamliner class have no rules except for those covering safety and engine size. The Tony Feil prepared engine is a 582 cubic inch Chevy. The very important radiator cooling system has been prepared by another company well known in motorsports, Arts Radiators in Flemington, NJ.

Car owner Dauernheim also points out that there are other names well known to racers that are part of the car including Jesal-Manley, GForce, and Winters. “One of the things we like is that this car is improved upon as opposed to continually being repaired,” said Dauernheim.

Driver Don Biglow lives in Florida and crew chief, Frank Walka makes his home in Boonton, NJ. According to Dauernheim most of the team members are longtime friends without whose help, labor and financial support I could not do this.

The 608 Bonneville Lakester will have a prime location at the show.

Add the Lakester to the many motorsports vehicles including a number of historic Indianapolis cars that will be a part of the three day show and you have the makings of another huge, filling 250,000 square feet of the Expo Center, PPB Motorsports 2015 show.

The show features just about everything imaginable in motorsports. On display will be modified stock cars, sprint cars, midgets, drag racers, motorcycles and so much more.

More than 500 exhibit booths will be filled with a variety of items relating to motorsports that will give show attendees the opportunity to see what is new and perhaps go home with a bargain purchase.

Many well-known racers and personalities in the sport will be making appearances at the show and there will be a number of FREE seminars.

Historic, vintage, collectible and classic car owners along with race car owners wanting to be part of the huge 30th Anniversary Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2015 Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show are invited to contact motorsports@aarn.com.

Exhibitor space still remains available on a limited basis. Full details on the show can be found at motorsports@aarn.com.

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