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| 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
|Part 2: While Still a Dirt Track Organization
After the initial 1957 start with the track located at the Connely farm, land was leased from the City of Monroe and the track continued to grow from 1958 until it’s demise in 1977 when the City of Monroe decided to not renew the lease. The gravel under the hill was more valuable to the city than the token lease amount. Hundreds of names are responsible for keeping the track going of those next 56 years, but many of the true work horse names remained the same.
Marv Larson, President
Joe Bauer, President
Dave Hill, Vice-President
Stan Moser, Treasurer
Joan Meritt, Book Keeper
Richard Parrick, Secretary
Larry Dean, Track Manager
Wayne Dean, Assistant Track Manager
Merle Redwood, Chief Steward
Clay Hall Pit Boss
Randy Moser, Flagman
Bob Christianson, Assistant Flagman
Harry Sherman, Assistant Flagman
Dick and Mary Anderson, Announcer and Advertising
Stan and Lavett Moser, Timmer and Assistant
Shirley Arrants, Dee Steelsmith, Doris Pierce, Arlene Matthews
Board Members and Tech Committee:
Larry Dean, Frank Tucker, Crazy Wally, Gene Dove, Jim Nield, Don Hanson, Ron Radke, Dave Hill.
Bud Sprague, Glen Tucker, Don Hanson, Chris Engen, and of course Mr. Micrometer Jimmy Collier
Pete Winters, Herman Harriman, Ted McKennon
Pit Concession Managers:
Denise Parrick and LaVern Bauer
Barb Evans, Photographer
Lillian Larson, Cashier
Sharon Rayfield, Trophy Girl Manager
Nel Brownfield, Trophy Buyer
Sharon Brubaker and Pat Dean
Candy and Pop Sells:
Janie Barns and Carol Stewert
Ocie Hampton, Carol Hampton, Lee Walling, Diane Potter
Push Truck Drivers:
Dick Paine, Tom Gudmundso, Fred Wilcox, Steve Osterdam, Rick Johnson,Don Mays, Jerry Helm, Mike Mills, Mike Baker, George’s 24 Hour Towing, Whiteside Towing
I bet there are many names that have not been heard for awhile, and remember, these are the people behind the scenes.
|I don't really know how far out my post will go, but to my racer friends, Western Washington Racing Association which is really an extension of Sky Valley Racing Association, has a race scheduled for the 22nd of July. It may well be one of the last. With the closing of Ephrata and now WWRA's tough decision to disband, racing in general is taking a big hit. I hope enough people in racing will share my post to make the July 22 event as big as possible. We really need cars (WESCO Sprint cars, stock cars, foreign stocks, Jalopys, Early Mods, bump to pass, Dwarf, Midgets, Legends, plus any and all the classes of cars that have made up a part of WWRA, to attend as we are trying to pay tribute to all the members that have tried to keep the club going since its founding fathers started it in 1957.
Think about it and help spread the word. I would love to make it a reunion of the old SVRA (Those of us still alive) members and also those with WWRA that have kept it going for 59 years.
Golden Wheels has indicated they will be there with some of their great vintage racer which is always good for the show
Admission is free, so come out and help us pay our respect to those that have let us build such great racing memories.
Randy, we will make Joe Bauer the Grand Marshal if you can get him to attend. Maybe Curt on the Flag Stand.
|Sure sorry to hear about the fall of another local race night and possibly race group going to the history books. I will be there.
Am curious if anything else gets going on Fridays at Evergreen, seems like a lot of facilities just to sit empty six nights a week.