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Under the Auspices of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame


									                                 Racers At Rest
                                    Volume I, Issue 2                          ---                       April, 2011
  Under the Auspices of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame - Knoxville, Iowa -

       I S S U E :
                                        hanks to the kind generosity of the            Rose‟s book retails for $75.
        The List          2             racing community members scat-                 While the committee obviously
                                        tered around the world, donations     likes to see large donations to this effort
                                for the Racers at Rest project have begun     it‟s clear that the Racers at Rest project
     Dial & Donnelly      3
                                arriving at the National Sprint Car Hall of   cannot be successful without contribu-
                                Fame and Museum Foundation in Knox-           tions of all sizes. A check for $5 is as
      Editor’s Desk       3     ville, Iowa. The project seeks to ensure      important to the overall success of the
                                that markers are placed on the as-yet un-     project as one for $50.
                                marked graves of open-wheel drivers                    If you‟ve been holding off mak-
  Oscar Kenneth Baker     5
                                killed in racing accidents.                   ing a donation because you don‟t think
                                         In an effort to further boost the    your $5 or $10 will make a difference,
James “Speedy” Lockwood   5     pace of donations to this worthy cause,       please reconsider and make that donation
                                the volunteer committee has announced         now.
  Walter “Speedy” Ferch   6     an incentive for those contributing $250               Make your check payable to the
                                or more to the project.                       National Sprint Car Museum and please
    Eastern Museum                       In concert with noted author Buzz    be sure to write “Racers at Rest” on the
    of Motor Racing             Rose, the committee is offering to provide    memo line to ensure that your donation
                                a copy of Rose‟s book “Racers at Rest” as     goes into the proper account.
                                a free gift to recognize those donations of            Mail your check to the museum at
Racers At Rest is published     $250 or more. The costs of the incentive      P.O. Box 542, Knoxville, Iowa 50138.
  from time to time and is      are being paid by the committee members       And if your donation happens to be $250
available free of charge as a   themselves; no funds from the donation        or more, look for your book to arrive
     digital newsletter.
                                will be used to pay for the book.             shortly afterwards!
To subscribe, send an email
        request to                   BURIALS SHROUDED IN MYSTERY

                                        hose of you who are following the     racer‟s final resting place, and that‟s
  Racers At Rest welcomes               Racers at Rest project will notice    where the problems begin.
  your comments, articles,              that our list of those drivers who             Newspaper obituaries listing fu-
  and photographs. Send         will require markers changes from time to     nerals homes and cemeteries are fre-
  submittals, questions or
   comments to racersa-         time. Racers are dropped from the list,       quently wrong, and cemetery records are or by post      such as Ron Lux, while other drivers are      often lost, destroyed, or simply incom-
       to the Editor.           added, like Donald P. “Don” Brennan.          plete. Funeral homes sometimes go out of
                                (Lux and Brennan‟s stories can be found       business. Bodies are moved; plots resold.
 Mike Thompson, Editor
 135 Heatherwoode Blvd.
                                in this issue of Racers at Rest.) Each                 Only when we can determine
     Springboro, OH             name on our list represents hours of          with certainty where a racer rests can we
        45066-1579              painstaking research and inquiry.             say with confidence that his gravesite has
      (937) 219-5851                      Before we can determine that a      no marker, and that is the on-going chal-
                                racer lacks a marker we must find that        lenge for the committee and friends!

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Volume 1, Issue 2 - April, 2011                                                                          Page 2

T       here have been some changes to our list of those racers who rest in unmarked graves since the last issue of
        Racers at Rest. Driver Ron Lux who died in a sprint car in 1966 at Tulsa was found buried in his grand-
        parent‟s plot with his name added to the family “Vacanti” headstone. The graves of William Pettit, killed
in 1949, and Ray Bray, killed at Oakland in 1941, were both finally located and both have markers.
         Added this month are Seveica Bottorff and Jay Davidson. Bottorff was a resident of El Paso, Texas,
and he and his riding mechanic were both killed November 3, 1919 during the El Paso to Phoenix road race.
Davidson lived in Oneonta, New York, and had been racing for nineteen years when he entered a race at the
Hamburg Fairgrounds half-mile dirt track on August 25, 1934. During the race his car skidded into another com-
petitor and he suffered head injuries that led to his death on September 5, 1934.

 DRIVER                            DIED         CEMETERY                               LOCATION

 Baker, Oscar "Kenny"             7/28/1935     Mountain View Cemetery                Altadena, CA.
 Bottorff, Seveica.O.             11/3/1919     Evergreen Almeda Cemetery             El Paso,TX.
 Brown, Walt                      7/29/1951     St. Charles Cemetery                  Farmingdale, NY.
 Brucks, Sherman                   9/9/1928     Greenwood Cemetery                    Hamilton, OH.
 Carlson, Billy                    7/5/1915     Calvary Cemetery                      East Los Angeles, CA.
 Christensen, George              4/22/1929     Calvary Catholic Cemetery             Galveston, TX.
 Cipelle, Steven "Dutch"          8/18/1939     Wichita Park Cemetery                 Wichita, KS.
 Clark, Loren "Red"               6/13/1935     Valhalla Memorial Gardens             North Hollywood, Ca
 Craft, George "Jimmy"             2/3/1924     Oak Hill Cemetery                     Belle Plaine, IA.
 Crane, Harvey                    10/16/1920    Mount Hope Cemetery                   Logansport, IN.
 Davidson, Jay                     9/5/1934     Oneonta Plains Cemetery               Oneonta, NY.
 Dial, "T.B."                     7/30/1910     Alcovy Mountain Baptist Cemetery      Monroe, GA.
 Donnelly, Walter                 6/21/1911     Milldale Cemetery                     New Boston,Oh.
 Eldridge, Lynn                   10/15/1930    Hollywood Forever Cemetery            Los Angeles, CA.
 Enterline, Garner "Slim"         10/8/1938     Rush Presbyterian Cemetery            Northumberland, PA.
 Farmer, Earl                      2/1/1931     Inglewood Park Cemetery               Inglewood,CA.
 Ferch, Walter "Speedy"            7/4/1923     Forest Home Cemetery                  Milwaukee, WI.
 Flagstead, Harlsten               9/4/1928     Alliance City Cemetery                Alliance, Oh.
 Ford, Leslie                      5/3/1931     Elmwood Cemetery                      Centralia, IL.
 Harris, Lawson                   9/20/1939     Crown Hill Cemetery                   Indianapolis, IN.
 Heid, Matthew "Matt"             6/29/1949     Mt. Ever Rest Cemetery                Kalamazoo, MI.
 Heisler, Bill                    5/15/1932     Inglewood Memorial Park               Inglewood, Calif.
 Henderson, Garnet "Bud"          5/17/1939     Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery      Akron, OH.
 Knox, Francis Marion "F.M."      6/11/1933     Summit View Cemetery                  Guthrie, OK.
 Lafon, Clyde                     8/20/1927     Holy Cross Cemetery                   Akron, OH.
 Lehmann, Curt A.                 10/12/1957    Calvary Cemetery & Mausoleum          St. Louis, MO.
 Lockwood, James "Speedy"          3/1/1935     Woodlawn Cemetery                     Santa Monica, CA.
 Maben, Curtis "Curly"            8/21/1954     Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park      Seattle, WA.
 Miller, Lee                      9/11/1938     Woodland Cemetery                     Quincy, IL.
 Reid, Gordon                     4/20/1952     Forest Lawn Memorial Park             Glendale, CA.
 Russo, Joe                        6/9/1934     Mt. Olivet Cemetery                   Detroit, MI.
 Shelly, Howard                    9/1/1947     Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park      Seattle, WA.
 Spanglo, Charles "Dutch"         7/19/1925     Saint Marys Cemetery                  Champaign, IL.
 Speth, Al                        5/31/1953     Fairmount Cemetery                    Davenport, Iowa
 Van Steenberg, Harry "Van"       8/11/1925     Mount Hope Cemetery                   Logansport, IN.
 Winn, James M."Billy"            8/20/1938     Mount Olivet Cemetery                 Detroit, MI.

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     D I A L A N D D O N N E L LY : L O S T T O T I M E

T      here‟s no evidence that T.B.
       Dial and Walter Donnelly,
       who sit together on our list of
racers without markers, knew each
other though they raced in the same
                                          miles in circumference, all the better a race sponsored by the Milwaukee
                                          to guarantee the highest possible      Auto Dealers Association at the one-
                                          speeds from the primitive race cars. mile Milwaukee Mile dirt track on
                                                   A light rain was falling dur- June 21, 1911, less than a year after
                                          ing the practice session and observ- Dial was killed in Atlanta.
era.                                      ers theorized that‟s what caused              On the 40th lap of the 50 lap
         Dial, whose name was actu-       Dial‟s car to go into a long skid.   event one of Donnelly‟s tires went
ally Tray though he apparently pre-       Along the way, the car hit a rock andflat. Donnelly ignored the problem
ferred to be known as “T.B.,” was a       flipped, pinning Dial beneath it.    and pressed on at top speed. Soon
Georgia boy and just 25 years old         Dial suffered a crushed skull and    after, however, he lost control and
when he took his Marmon onto the          died shortly thereafter.             crashed through the fence. Donnelly
Atlanta Motordrome for a practice                 Walter Donnelly, 30, was     died a short time later on the operat-
session on July 30, 1910. The At-         behind the wheel of a Cino, #15, for ing table at a local hospital. The
lanta track was a monstrous two                                                                (continued on Page 4)

                      FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

S      ince you had to see page 2 to
       reach this, page 3, you‟ve no
       doubt seen that there have
been some changes to our list of
drivers who (hopefully) will eventu-
                                          times years after the initial intern-
                                          ment, with no destination indicated!
                                          A mystery wrapped in a riddle, to be
                                                                                   Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in
                                                                                   Pennsylvania is doing its part to pre-
                                                                                   serve the history of our sport and the
                                                                                   folks there have been instrumental in
                                                    The final step in those cases helping with the Racers at Rest pro-
ally be getting markers as part of the    where the records pinpoint a grave- ject. We salute them with an article
Racers at Rest project.                   site is to rely on a volunteer to find   elsewhere in this issue.
          Perhaps it‟s not surprising     the deceased racer‟s plot to see if
that finding the deceased is a lot        there is a marker. As you might
                                                                                   W       hen we first published the list

harder than finding the living. In the    imagine, it can take a very long time            of racers with unmarked
case of our racers, our search usually    for this process to run its course.      graves I know that some of you were
begins with a newspaper account of                                                 surprised to see Ron Lux‟s name on
the racer‟s misfortune. If we are                                                  the list. Lux died in a sprint car in
lucky, that gives us at least the time-            ur Racers at Rest project Is
                                                                                   Tulsa in 1966 and was the most re-
frame when we can look for a fu-                   being run under the auspices
                                                                                   cent death on our list, and while it‟s
neral announcement or obituary.           of the National Sprint Car Hall of
                                                                                   at least understandable why racers
                                          Fame and Museum Foundation and
         Again, if our luck holds, the                                             who died in the „20s and „30s didn‟t
                                          in the first issue of this newsletter I
obit will send us to the proper ceme-                                              get a marker it was much harder to
                                          published an article on that organiza-
tery, and if not we usually at least                                               accept that a driver who died in the
                                          tion using information copied gener-
find the name of the funeral home.                                                 „60s rested in an unmarked grave.
                                          ously from a flyer distributed by the
                                          Iowa tourism board. And in doing                   It took awhile for us to track
         From that point on we have
                                          so I inadvertently slighted another      down the truth, and complicating our
to rely on the records of the funeral
                                          first-class organization.                research was uncertainty about
home and/or cemetery, but as you
                                                                                   Ron‟s real name. There was evi-
might imagine these records are                     In the article I repeated that
                                                                                   dence that Ron raced under at least
sometimes sketchy at best. And we         the Knoxville museum was “the
                                                                                   two different names and possibly
have encountered situations where         only” organization dedicated to the
                                                                                   more to avoid being punished by
the cemetery records indicate that        preservation of sprint car racing his-
                                                                                                   (Continued on Page 4)
the racer‟s body was moved, some-         tory. That‟s not true, of course. The

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D I A L   A N D   D O N N E L L Y -    C O N T I N U E D   F R O M   P A G E   3

cause of death: like T.B. Dial, Don-        the location of the family plot is un-    little chance that we will ever be
nelly died of a fractured skull.            known. Dial, it seems, is not just        able to locate the resting places of
         Dial and Donnelly, who             missing, but missing with his entire      T.B. Dial and Walter Donnelly.
shared so many similarities in life,        family.                                            Though they are destined to
now share a similar fate in death; it‟s          Likewise, a search of exist-         remain lost in unmarked graves for
unlikely that either will ever have a ing documents indicates that Don-               all time, their exploits are not for-
stone to mark their final resting       nelly is buried somewhere in Mill-            gotten by those of us who continue
place.                                  dale Cemetery in New Boston, Ohio,            to honor the memory of the brave
         All available records indi-    but the precise location of his re-           men who helped to build the sport of
cate that Dial was buried in the fam- mains is an unsolvable mystery.                 auto racing and who paid the highest
ily plot at Alcovy Mountain Baptist                 Barring some sort of mi-          price for their love of the game.
Cemetery in Monroe, Georgia, but            raculous discovery of records there‟s

E D I T O R ’ S   D E S K   -   C O N T I N U E D   F R O M   P A G E   3

                                                                                      information on some of these racers
USAC for running outlaw events.             search engine steered her to our          and even fewer photographs. If you
Step one: trying to determine               website,,            are able to help with details about
whether “Ron Lux” was the driver‟s          where she found the newsletter. And       the racer‟s life or provide photos we
real name..                                 there, on the list of racers resting in   would very much appreciate it.
         As it turned out, “Ron Lux”        unmarked graves was, yep, Speedy.                  You can contact me at fog-
was, indeed, Ron Lux and we were            Kathie and her husband were pretty with infor-
eventually led to the gravesite of          excited to see that folks still remem-    mation and/or photos.
Ron‟s grandparents where we found           bered Speedy, particularly since

Ron‟s name engraved there on his            Speedy had slipped a bit into myth
                                                                                            onations have started to arrive
grandparents‟ marker. With that             and legend within their family.
                                                                                            at the National Sprint Car HoF
discovery we removed Ron‟s name                      Kathie‟s husband‟s mother,
                                                                                      and Museum, and in this issue we
from our list. A big “thank you”            Speedy‟s daughter, was just two
                                                                                      announce that we are offering copies
goes out to Joe Heisler of the Eastern      years old when Speedy was killed,
                                                                                      of Buzz Rose‟s book, Racers at Rest,
Museum of Motor Racing who pro-             and little information about Speedy‟s
                                                                                      to anyone donating more than $250.
vided the photographic evidence of          exploits had been handed down
                                                                                      The books are being paid for by
the inscription.                            through the family.
                                                                                      those of us on the committee; no
         One postscript: My thanks to                Fortunately for us, Kathie       donated funds are being used to pay
Racers at Rest subscriber Charles           had a number of photographs of            for the books.
Crawford who steered us to a possi-         Speedy and was willing to share
                                                                                               At the same time, the suc-
ble source for photos of Lux when           them with us.
                                                                                      cess of this project will depend on
Lux was still on our list. We didn‟t                 You‟ll find Speedy‟s story       much smaller donations, $5, $10,
need the photos but we appreciate           elsewhere in this issue along with        and $20.
Charles‟ offer of assistance.               some of the photos provided by the
                                                                                               If you consider yourself a
                                            Milanowski family. When time per-
                                                                                      race fan, please take a moment to
I     had the good fortune to get to
     exchange emails and telephone
calls with Kathie Milanowski.
                                            mits, I‟ll post the rest on Speedy‟s
                                            page on the website.
                                                                                      write out a small check today to
                                                                                      honor the memory of some of the
                                                                                      racers whose sacrifices helped create
Kathie, it seems, decided to google
the name of her husband‟s grandfa-
ther, an amazing character named
                                            A   nd speaking of our website, my
                                                goal is to eventually have a
                                            separate page for each of the racers
                                                                                      the auto racing sport we know today.
                                                                                               Until next time...
“Speedy” Ferch, and the google              on our list. Sadly we have very little             Mike Thompson

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O      scar “Kenny” Baker was
       born in Pasadena, California
       in 1912 and eventually found
his way to the auto racing game
while working at an auto parts com-
                                                 The 1935 racing season
                                        started well for Baker. He won once
                                        and scored second and third place
                                        finishes in big car features at Silver-
                                        gate Speedway in San Diego early in
                                                                                  over among rocks. His death certifi-
                                                                                  cate listed his cause of death as
                                                                                  “instantaneous death on track in auto
                                                                                     At his mother‟s direction,
pany for Hibbard & Rogers. Baker        the year. And then came the big car Baker‟s body was returned to Pasa-
was a bachelor and lived with his       race at Flagstaff, Arizona‟s fair-  dena for burial. Baker rests now in
widowed mother, Ida Carlson, his        grounds track.                      Mountain View Cemetery in Alta-
father dying when Baker was just              The Flagstaff track was a     dena, California, not far from Pasa-
five years old.                      half-mile dirt D-shaped oval and on dena where he was born and grew
        Baker raced both midgets     July 28, 1935, the big cars were fea- up.
and big cars and, not wanting to     tured. Baker was supposed to be                 Oscar “Kenny” Baker‟s
worry his mother, he used the name behind the wheel of a car owned by grave remains, 76 years after his
“Kenny Phillips” when he entered     wealthy Walt Woestmann, but he         death at Flagstaff Fairgrounds, un-
events early in his career.          crashed that car while trying to qual- marked.
        Newspaper articles preview- ify for an event at Goshen, Califor-
ing midget events at the famous Gil- nia. Woestmann came up with a
more Stadium and Atlantic Stadium new car for the Flagstaff race.
show Baker as one of the drivers              During the feature event,
scheduled to compete.                Baker locked wheels with another
                                     racer, veered off the track and rolled

                                                                                     Not one penny.

J    ames Shorb Lockwood is one
     of two racers on the Racers at
     Rest list who were known as
                                        broken neck.                                 That‟s how much your do-
                                      He was rushed by ambulance to the nation to the “Racers at Rest” will
                                      hospital, but died the following af-  be reduced by administrative fees or
“Speedy” to their friends and fans.   ternoon. His date of death is listed  overhead!
Lockwood and his wife Hazel were      as March 1, 1935.                              Every dollar you donate will
residents of Santa Monica, Califor-                                         go directly towards placing a marker
nia, and midget race cars were                 Speedy Lockwood wasn‟t
Speedy‟s passion. He was among        the only driver to die at Gilmore. Ed on the grave of one of the 36 open-
                                      Haddad, Swede Lindskog, Frankie       wheel racers whose graves are cur-
the ten drivers who competed in the                                         rently unmarked.
first-ever midget race held at Loyola Lyons, and Chet Mortemore also
                                      perished there. But we believe those           All Racers at Rest Commit-
Stadium in 1933.                                                            tee labor and related fund raising
                                      other drivers rest beneath grave
         On February 28, 1935,                                              costs (including the cost of this
Speedy entered the season opening                                           newsletter) are being donated.
midget event at Gilmore Stadium, a             As for James Shorb                    So why not take a moment
fifth-mile dirt oval in west Los An- “Speedy” Lockwood, his grave re-       right now and write out a check for
geles, that had been open for less    mains, 76 years after his death from whatever amount you think appro-
than a year.                          injuries sustained in that midget     priate and send it to the National
                                      event at Gilmore Stadium, un-         Sprint Car Museum. You‟ll find the
         During the Class B main      marked.
event, Lockwood‟s car made contact                                          address elsewhere in this issue of
with two other racers and flipped                                           Racers at Rest. And don‟t forget to
twice. Speedy was seriously in-                                             write “Racers at Rest” on the memo
jured, suffering a skull fracture and                                       line!

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Volume 1, Issue 2 - April, 2011                                                                                       Page 6
P R O F I L E : WA LT E R “ S P E E D Y ” F E R C H

A     vailable evidence suggests that
      Walter “Speedy” Ferch lived
      life on the edge. Surviving pho-
tographs show an accomplished and
confident motorcycle rider and stuntman
                                           had run the track once the month before
                                           and seemed suited to the long mile-long
                                           dirt oval. On this particular day, Speedy
                                           was second fastest qualifier and finished
                                           second in a preliminary five-mile event.
                                                                                       third racer, driven by Rube Young,
                                                                                       rammed the Ferch car hard, sending it
                                                                                       flipping through the air.
                                                                                               Ferch was extricated from his
                                                                                      mangled machine and taken to the local
who we now know decided to try his
                                                     Ferch expected to do well in     county hospital where he died later that
hand at driving race cars.                 the fifty-mile main event, but during the same day.
          Walter H. Ferch was born Oc-     running of that race he had a tire deflate
                                                                                               Walter “Speedy” Ferch was
tober 3, 1890, during the administration   and his car skidded to a stop in the
                                                                                      buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Mil-
of President Benjamin Harrison, in Mil-    southeast turn. The track had deterio-
                                                                                      waukee and there he has rested for 88
waukee, Wisconsin.                         rated, and the dust hung thick in the air
                                                                                      years without a marker.
          On July 4, 1923 Ferch was an     as Ferch sat in his motionless racer.
entrant in a big car race at the Wisconsin          Two of the on-coming com-
State Fairgrounds in West Ellis. Ferch     petitors managed to miss Ferch, but a

                                                                                (Left) Speedy Ferch (far left) poses with fel-
                                                                                low members of the motorcycle stunt team.
                                                                                (Below) Speedy (closest to camera) poses
                                                                                with unknown motorcyclists and a man pre-
                                                                                sumed to be the owner of the attraction.

                                                                                                  (Left) This motorcycle
                                                                                                  stunt attraction has been
                                                                                                  known by many names over
                                                                                                  the years, but the game re-
                                                                                                  mains the same; if the rider
                                                                                                  goes fast enough, centrifu-
                                                                                                  gal force holds the bike and
                                                                                                  rider to the vertical wall.
                                                                                                            That‟s Speedy
                                                                                                  Ferch himself demonstrat-
                                                                                                  ing a riding style that would
                                                                                                  have earned him points in
                                                                                                  X-Games competitions in
                                                                                                  the modern era.

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       erched on a hill overlooking
       the historic Latimore Valley
       Fairgrounds and racetrack
near York Springs, Pennsylvania
                                         hardware, the museum also docu-
                                         ments the history of our sport with
                                         dozens of display cases filled with
                                         photos and assorted memorabilia,
                                                                                  collection of memorabilia to the mu-
                                                                                           The EMMR gang has been
                                                                                  able to accomplish all this with no
you‟ll find the Eastern Museum of        each focusing on a particular driver,    employees and no payroll. EMMR
Motor Racing (EMMR). Back in             track, or sanctioning group.             operates entirely on volunteer labor
1975 a dedicated and hard-working                The engine room at EMMR          and every dollar from donations or
group of racing enthusiasts organ-       boasts dozens of racing engines in-      memberships goes directly to ad-
ized themselves and began construc-      cluding Hals, Rileys, and Offys.         vancing the museum‟s purposes.
tion of the museum, and along the                                                 Memberships are just $20 per year
way they restored the 40 acres of              Visitors are no doubt fasci-
                                      nated to see Tommy Hinnershitz‟s            and applications can be found at
fairgrounds and race track to their                                     
original beauty as well!              garage recreated as a museum ex-
                                      hibit at EMMR. But the Hinnershitz                  EMMR is open Saturdays
         The museum‟s collection is garage isn‟t just a simple display            and Sundays from April 2 through
extensive and eclectic. There are the built from old photographs, it‟s            October 30, 2011 and admission is
midgets, early “big car” open-        really Hinnershitz‟s actual shop.           free. The museum and gift shop
wheelers, and modified race cars      The interior, furnishings, and equip-       hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
from every era, but you‟ll also find ment from Hinnershitz‟s garage
motorcycles, a drag car or two, sev- were stripped out and rebuilt at                    The museum is located at
eral rear-engine Indy cars, and re-                                               100 Baltimore Road, York Springs,
                                      EMMR.                                       PA, 17372.
cent NASCAR-style stock cars and
trucks. And just in case none of               Chris Economaki, long-time                  Here‟s a special salute to Joe
those are to your liking, you‟ll also editor of the National Speed Sport          Heisler and the volunteers at EMMR
find recent winged sprint cars and a News, the “bible” of auto racing that        who have so generously supported
solar-powered race car right out of   sadly closed its doors recently, is a       the Racers at Rest project with ex-
the future of our sport.              well-known fan of EMMR and in               tensive research and assistance.
                                      2004 he donated his own extensive           Thank you!
         Besides the full-size racing

       PERMISSION RECEIVED                                                              D O N AT E !

T       he Racers at Rest volunteer
        committee recently received
        permission from two cemeter-
ies to place markers on the graves of
                                         troit, Michigan, is the final rest for
                                         Joe Russo and Billy Winn, killed in
                                         1934 and 1938 respectively.
                                                 In fact, Russo and Winn lie
                                                                                  T      hinking of donating to the Rac-
                                                                                         ers at Rest project? We need
                                                                                         every dollar bill that you spare!

                                                                                           Mail your donation to Na-
racers who died in competition and       side by side. Russo‟s wife, Helene       tional Sprint Car Museum, P.O. Box
whose graves have been without           Yockey, had planned to be buried         542, Knoxville, Iowa 50138, and
markers since their deaths. Perhaps      some day next to Joe, but when her       make your check payable to the
surprisingly, the two cemeteries are     second husband, Winn, was killed         “National Sprint Car Museum.”
the final resting place of four of the   she had him interred next to her first
drivers on our list.                                                              In order for your donation to
                                         husband.                        go to the Racers at Rest project, you
       Inglewood Memorial Park in          The Racers at Rest commit- must write “Racers at Rest” on the
Inglewood, California, holds the  tee will install markers for Russo and memo line of the check.
mortal remains of drivers Earl        Winn at Mt. Olivet and Farmer and
Farmer and Bill Heisler who were Heisler at Inglewood as soon as do-                       Thank you in advance for
killed in 1931 and 1932 respectively. nations to the project permit.              your kind support of this very worthy
         Mt. Olivet Cemetery in De-

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