NWRaceChat Home 
Home Search search Menu menu Not logged in - Login | Register
NWRaceChat > RACETALK > Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame > Class of 2014 Enters EARHoF Before Standing Room Only Crowd

 Moderated by: Rick Terry
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
Class of 2014 Enters EARHoF Before Standing Room Only Crowd  Rating:  Rating
AuthorPost
 Posted: Monday Mar 17th, 2014 12:53 AM
  PM Quote Reply
1st Post
sprintmidget11
Member


Joined: Sunday Dec 18th, 2005
Location:  
Posts: 715
Status: 
Offline
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.

Last edited on Monday Mar 17th, 2014 01:01 AM by sprintmidget11



____________________
Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame
9th Annual EARHoF Induction Ceremony
Stay Beyond Inn & Suites, Elma, WA
March 18, 2017

http://www.leightyracing11.webs.com/
http://www.elmaautoracinghalloffame.webs.com
Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Monday Mar 17th, 2014 05:29 AM
  PM Quote Reply
2nd Post
sprintmidget11
Member


Joined: Sunday Dec 18th, 2005
Location:  
Posts: 715
Status: 
Offline
The EARHoF wouldn't be in existence if it wasn't for donations and we have some great donors. Twenty-five donors put 86 items in the auction or supplies to put the ceremony on. If you know any of these donors please thank them and tell let them know how much you appreciate them supporting the EARHoF.

6th Annual Induction Ceremony & Silent Auction Donors:

Al Tschider (Big Al Kids & Motorsports Foundation)
Betty Mason
Cindy Badgett
Coleen Walker
Conway Pub and Eatery
Darin and Janice Prince
Dirk Stephens
Gaylon & Carla Stewart
Greg Burgess (Cocopah Speedway)
Hoosier Tire West
Jay Cole
John Dickinson
Kelly Martin
Leighty Racing
Leon Bialkowski
Pam Foss
Rich Leighty
Rick Leighty
Rick Terry
Steve Beitler (Funtime Promotions – Skagit Speedway – Grays Harbor Raceway)
Tammy Walker & Kim Heck (TK Custom Creations)
Tim Holmes
Tommy Williams
Tracey Larnard (Traceys Racing Jewelry)
Vonnie & Stan Dillingham



____________________
Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame
9th Annual EARHoF Induction Ceremony
Stay Beyond Inn & Suites, Elma, WA
March 18, 2017

http://www.leightyracing11.webs.com/
http://www.elmaautoracinghalloffame.webs.com
Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Monday Mar 17th, 2014 01:36 PM
  PM Quote Reply
3rd Post
Tom
Member
 

Joined: Sunday Oct 15th, 2006
Location:  
Posts: 696
Status: 
Offline
Carla and I ended up with a couple of very nice items.. we ended up with a spectacular autographed photo of Rico, a 2 ticket package to the 2014 DC and Carla got a very nice piece of Yard Art. This is only the second year we attended and it is certainly a fun time. It is really quickly becoming a must see event. for me personally, to see the pioneers of the 1/2 mile and hear the original stories makes it amazing. I do have some memories of the 1/2 mile and I love seeing the photos and hearing the stories. Clearly this year the name Wixon came up a lot and it is awesome to hear the respect from nearly every one of the inductees given to him. Phil did a great job introducing the inductees and we all agree we missed Bobby V.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Monday Mar 17th, 2014 01:39 PM
  PM Quote Reply
4th Post
Tom
Member
 

Joined: Sunday Oct 15th, 2006
Location:  
Posts: 696
Status: 
Offline
I must also say the piece of art with the flexplate etched with GHR and the attached hand crafted modified was also amazing! WOW!

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

Current time is 04:54 PM  
NWRaceChat > RACETALK > Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame > Class of 2014 Enters EARHoF Before Standing Room Only Crowd Top




UltraBB 1.172 Copyright © 2007-2011 Data 1 Systems