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 camaraderie 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.