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|Posted: Wednesday Jul 13th, 2016 11:07 PM||
| Not sure where to put this but with the possible closure of WWRA, I thought it would be nice to recognize some of the names that have been so instrumental in the survival of a great family oriented club. Hundreds of names are associate with the survival. I know I will miss many, but that is why I came to this site. To encourage input of names, where are they now? and stories of the people behind the scene.
SVRA/WWRA by the Names. 2016
By Mike Adkins
As I review the past Officers of SVRA it really becomes apparent that SVRA was a family ran club. As for the drivers, many of us old timers know them by name but when reviewing the Officers and core of support, those same last names keep showing up as the driver themselves, their wife’s, brothers, cousins, and even their children played a big part in the activities and running of the club. That tradition has continued on even to the current running of WWRA which in effect was SVRA with a new name.
Since WWRA is a continuation of SVRA, this two part edition will address those who participated in the beginning and up until the loss of the dirt track in 1977. I will describe the history of the track or association, just the players that were loyal to operating the club and following a dream and believing that “building a racing association is a step in the right direction in providing a healthy outlet for local talent among teenagers who have an innate desire to drive racing cars, and work with high powered motors”, as the first article ever written about SVRA says. The Monroe Monitor on May 23, 1957.
Many have passed on by now, but there are still family members who know the importance that their name has contributed to the survival of the club. Where are they now?
In the beginning: Part One.
Terry McCaffery, first President
Mert Irish, Vice President
Douglas Conneley, owner of the farm where the track was first located North of the Lewis Street Bridge.
Ray Jameson, Treasurer and publicity chairman
Skip Norman, Finance Crew
Paul Liepke, sign painter for the forty sponsor signs that Skip got.
Earl Draper, head of the grandstand crew
Harold St. Peter, flagman
Stan Moser, lap counter
Jay Riley, book-keeper
Dick Craven, President
Pete Ridge, President
Buzz McGee, Vice President
Don Draper, Secretary
Laver Root, Treasure
Gene Guptill, President
Ted Reule, President
Early Board Members:
Dale Martell, Loren Armstrong, Joe Bauer, Kenny Gardiner, Terry McCaffery
Early Safety Men- Pit Gate:
Glen Tucker, Don Draper, Steve Zarana, Dave Carlson, Chris Engen,
Randy Moser, flagman
Merrill Kern, Jim Cummings, Don Martenson, Howard Ellingworth, Leonard Andrews, Ole Welch, Loren Armstrog, Jay Leedom, Jim Baker
Last edited on Thursday Jul 14th, 2016 03:50 AM by T. Michael
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