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US 30 Dragway Reunion a Huge Success

By Bob Plumer

Here's the well-deserved award Darwin Doll and Bill Stiles presented to our author at the York Reunion. Photo by Bob Plumer
Here's the well-deserved award Darwin Doll and Bill Stiles presented to our author at the York Reunion. Photo by Bob Plumer

About all I can tell you is that it was the greatest indoor-outdoor show I ever been to. Plenty of fans, racers, and cars. I have been to many shows in my lifetime, but this was the best non-race show I ever been to. The weather was perfect.

Darwin Doll and Bill Stiles did an outstanding job. I can't wait until next year for the show as they say its going to be bigger and better but I don't know how. All the superstars of Drag Racing were there. There were just too many to mention. If I tried, I would forget some so all I can say is that they were there and everybody enjoyed the event.

There had to be over 300 cars outside and at least 150 inside. Plenty of vendors so you could get just about anything you wanted. There's talk about making it three days next year but that's not set in stone yet. I sure hope they do because I was there Thursday morning through Saturday and I know I didn't see it all. I saw Arnie Beswick and he came over to my table, but I never did get to see his car. That was a bitch because as you know, I'm a big Pontiac fan.

I found out that Fred Bear (S & S AUTO PARTS) is building another Gasser that he plans to run next year as well bring to the show. Now if we could only talk Porky into doing a clone of the "Filthy Forty" as the first was totaled. Many fans and I would be in seventh heaven.

Gene Altizer was there also although his health is not very good. It's the first time he has been out of the house since February. He was in a lot of pain, but you could see he was really enjoy seeing his old teammates and his many fans. The man is too sharp as a wit. If any of you get a chance, please say a little prayer for Gene.

Of course, Jungle Pam and Linda Vaughn were there and that was a show in itself. What more can I say about that?

Jack and John Olcott were there, John with his Willys (beautiful car) and Jack with his "Iron Peddler" S/S car. Rick DeMarco was there with his string of cars, all outstanding. If I told you of every car in attendance, I would be typing this for two days.

All in all, I can say I've never had a better time anywhere else. Darwin and Bill deserve a BIG THANKS for doing this and I sure hope there are many more to come.

Oh yeah, my award didn't hurt either. I was taking photos of the winners when Darwin was building this guy up for the Appreciation Award. I was thinking I sure would like to win something like that one day. When they gave out my name, I was floored. I can't THANK Darwin and Bill enough for that.

My first drag race was in 1959 and I've been hooked ever since. I kept going because it got into my blood and it still won't leave. When I started to take photos, I did it as a hobby and I still do. I only started selling my photos about four years ago when a friend of mine talked me into getting some made up and selling them. I tried it, but I don't really make much money out of it, maybe $2.00 a photo. It does get me into some shows for free, but the best thing is that I get to see all my heroes I grew up with at the tracks. 

You just can't image how big I felt when Arnie Beswick came over to my table, sat down, and talked with Dottie and me. I love those Pontiacs and Arnie put them on the map. It's a shame he had a prior booking, as he really wanted to attend the Funny Car Reunion at E-Town in late July. He really wanted to be there.

I want to THANK everybody for the congratulations you gave me on my award. It was great seeing some of you there. Hope to see more of you next year.


Dottie & PLUM
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