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  • First we would like to send our sincere condolences to the Steele family, for the untimely loss, of their loved one.
    Wow, what a difference a year makes the track improvements at Punt Gorda's, 417 Southern Peedway, were great and the staff was very friendly and generous. They put us first in both the heat & main. That is a big plus.
  • A total of 20 cars showed up for our event, the heats went off smoothly but the real fun was watching our mains.
    In the 6cyls Richie Gome...s was 1st , Howard Masters a close 2nd and Darren Nickels 3rd.
    Then it was the 8 cyls turn, Cory Lane aced out Frank Lenhardt, for the top spot and Louis Brashear was a respectable third
    When the Sprinters came out things got real interesting. Team Campbell finshed 1st, then came Bob Wolpert 2nd and Jimmy Miltner a close third.
    One thing I do need to mention is the food on the pit side.
    Bobby J, you should have been there it was super. When was the last time, in the pits, you could get hot wings, or a real Philly-cheese . They also made a ruben that made ya think you were back up north again.
    Well that is kind of what happened, so we will see you all at the bull ring. So put on your dirt shoes.
    Thanks again to everyone who came and also to the staff at the 4 17. Hope to see you all again. JT

 

Hey,
Its almost that time again, Auburndale is next week the weatherman said its going to be great and winter is gone so come on down.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone again. Same thing as last year setup Wed and the fun starts Thurs.
Don't forget to set up your motel reservations today. Info on Nationals info button..
Everyone have a safe trip down and we shall see you there. JT

 


 

 

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Ocean Walk Daytona Beach FL photo shoot promotional for Rolex 24 and Speed Week. Thanks to Ed Johnson and Dave Davis with DAARA for bringing their vintage race cars.
These DAARA cars will be back out there  on Friday Jan.27 th, to help kick off the Ocean Walk events.
We will have more DAARA car's, at the Ocean Walk during the year, for additional events.
Please stop by and say hello.
I do feel that DAARA members Dave Cash and Dave Davis, may have enjoyed this assignment a little to much.
What ya think?

 

 

 

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                      2017 Season Opener Auburndale Speedway

 

 

 

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                 2106 DAARA DIRT NATIONALS

 

Curent / Past DAARA Presidents and VP's at 2016  Banquet

 

DAARA 2106 Officers and Board Members

2016 Southern Vintage Series Point Award Winners

2016 Dirt Nationals Award Winners

2016 DAARA Dirt Nationals Track Action

 

 

 

 


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DAARA AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY 9/24


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAARA AT PUTNAM COUNTY SPECIAL JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

 

 

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Steve Parrish completes SEVEN CONSECUTIVE YEARS of perfect attendance!!!

 

 

An old saying in sports is "records are made to be broken". Well, the record Steve Parrish set this past Saturday at Putnam County Speedway not only will not be broken,  the streak is continuing. Steve, from South Florida, has attended EVERY DAARA RACE for the past 7 years. Yes, that is not a mis print, "7 Years". Through bad weather, the threat of rain outs and all other adversity Steve has fauthfully towed his potent #38 6 cylinder stock car to every race DAARA has held since 2010. Steve sometimes tows 7 hours one way to pilot his vintage car on both dirt and asphalt speedway from 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile in length. Always all alone in his pickup, many weeks the sun has come up the next day before Steve gets back home as he never stays overnight before starting his trip back home.

In todays world where getting folks to commit to anything, even for a short time is difficult, Steve sets a great example of determination, passion and commitment.

 

The entire membership of DAARA would like to say thanks for a job well done!

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DAARA AT THE "SPIRIT OF THE AUTOMOBILE" CAR SHOW

 

 

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DAARA AT NORTH FLORIDA SPEEDWAY

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DAARA AT HENDRY COUNTY SPEEDWAY

 

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2016 DAARA SPRING NATIONALS

                    AWARDS 

        Appreciation Award to Auburndale Management

          Appreciation award to Neil Reyngoudt for 33 years as a valued DAARA member

 

 

                Longest Tow

                      Oldest Driver - Richie Gomes

               Best Appearing Race Car

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       More Spring Nationals

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DAARA NON SVS at Hendry County January 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REMINDER....don't forget to make your NATIONALS hotel reservations by January 14th at the Howard Johnson motel. The DEADLINE at the DAYS INN , Lakeland is January 10th.

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    DAARA Summer Vintage Series Point Champions

6 cylinder Stock Cars

Steve Campbell 3rd, Charlie Padgett 3rd, Rocky Bortles 2nd Pres JT Dunn,   

Treasurer Karen Dunn

Modified Stock Cars

                       Darren Nichols 3rd, Richie Iversen 1st, Pres JT Dunn

                                                                      Sprint Cars

                            Dave Cash 3rd, Charlie Dean 2nd, Jimmy Miltner 1st

                                                                 MIDGETS

                             Bill Rynd 3rd, Bobby Jordan 1st, JT Dunn, Karen Dunn

                                    SVS PERFECT ATTENDANCE!!!

                                                         Jimmy Miltner, JT DUNN

                                    Best Appearing Vintage Race Car

                                                      Phil Barkins, JT DUNN

                                         Oldest Vintage Race Car

                                                    Ricky Taylor, JT Dunn

                                      Oldest Vintage Driver

                                                        Richie Gomes, JT Dunn

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  DAARA DIRT NATIONALS AT THE MARION COUNTY BULLRING


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DAARA AT CITRUS COUNTY 10/3/15

 

 

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DAARA in New Jersey

                                    Warren, NJ Ken Brenn Show

 

                                                          Hinchliffe Stadium Reunion

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DAARA at Shangri La  NY Speedway

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DAARA at Latimore Valley  PA Speedway

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DAARA AT WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY IN PENNSYLVANIA

 

 

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EMMR at Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania

 

 

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6 CYLINDER VINTAGE STOCK CARS AT SHOWTIME SPEEDWAY

 

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Northeastern Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Club

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Thompson Speedway Historic Oval Invitational

 

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DAARA AT THREE PALMS SPEEDWAY MAY 23

Pictures generously provided by professional race photographer Matt Butcosk

 

 

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DAARA AT AUBURNDALE 5/16

 

          

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Circle M Ranch Speedway, Auburn PA -  60th Anniversary of the Historic Dirt Track

 

 

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                          EMMR at Path Valley, PA Speedway

 

                                                                                                                                                        

 

                                                              

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             The Passing of the "DAARA PADDLE"

 

Charlie Dean receives the DAARA paddle from previous holder Richie Iversen

The "Paddle Award" started back in Zephyrhills,FL in the 90"s. They had a pond inside of turns 3 and 4. If you put your car in the pond or really close, you were awarded the paddle. You were the proud (or not always) owner of this "DAARA Paddle" Award until the next member went in. Every recipient has signed that paddle since the first award.

Richie has had possession of this paddle since Citrus County almost two years ago. After Charlie ended up in 3 feet of water in the infield at Hendry County Speedway during the spint car feature Saturday night, due to a broken tie rod end, Richie promptly called for a presentation ceremony at Charlie's pit. Richie proudly awarded Charlie the Paddle to the delight of DAARA members!

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                          DAARA at Hendry County Speedway

 

 

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"Blast From The Past" Vintage Club Season Opener

4/19/15  Grandview Speedway PA

 

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DAARA  at Daytona Spring Rod Run

                           Howie Masters (134)  Richie Gomes (20) Dave Davis (63)

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DAARA at Citrus County March 14

 

 

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 SPRING NATIONALS - CITRUS COUNTY SPEEDWAY   

                             

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                       WAITING TO BE SAVED

 

    

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

 

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DAARA AT THE DAYTONA TURKEY RUN

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 DAARA DIRT NATIONALS AT MARION COUNTY

 

 

 

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DAARA AT OCALA PUMPKIN RUN

 

DAARA AT DESOTO SPEEDWAY

 

When our club members arrived at Desoto Speedway, all were surprised by  the improvements made by the new owners.

 

DAARA had 33 cars show present for the event, larger than most any divison all season in Florida! Three new members joined the club, Terry Marman, Doug Cheesborough and Stan Butler. Two past members, Charlie Paschal and Rock Reigle also paid for new memberships. We would like to welcome all of them!.

 

The heat races went off smoothly, after which we all took a break and got ready for our features.

 

 Our 6 cyl class was up first, with the Campbell clan being represented by  Robbie Campbell taking the win, followed by Charlie Padgett second and Lenny Goding with a closing third.

 

 The Midgets then took the track, Phil Pete's car with his hired gun Stan Butler, at the wheel finished up first, with Bobby Jorden second and Ken Davison was third.

 

 Our Speedsters put on a great show with Rick Sanders finishing first, Bill Stelcher second and Bill Wheelock in third.

 

The V-8 Mod's then took the track. Rock Reigle dusted off his orange modified # 81 and edged out Cory Lane in one of the hardest fought battles of the night, with JT Dunn (that would be me,) coming in third.

 

To finish off the night, out came the Sprint cars. Jimmy Miltner and Charlie Dean had a battle from the green to the checkered, with Jimmy out front at the end. Capt. Jack Sapp came in a close third.

 

Once again, I wish to thank Critter and Jimmy Cope and their whole team, for having us at Desoto Speedway and thanks to all of our members that make our shows a success.

 

I will see our all of you at Auburndale Speedway on October 18th.  We also wish our Sprinters the best of luck at Desoto Speedway that same night.      Till next time.      JT Dunn / DAARA President.
 
 
 
 

                                         

 

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BACK SEAT DRIVERS!!

 

 

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DAARA AT EAST BAY

 

 

 

 

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Hinchliffe (NJ) Stadium Racing Expo 9/14/14

 

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ANNUAL KEN BRENN CAR SHOW - 9/7/14

( Can you find DAARA's Craig Pattersen's sprinter?)

 

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   DAARA AT EMMR'S LATIMORE FAIRGROUNDS

 

 

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QUOTE DIRECTLY FROM BILL MCPEEK  

"TWO LOSERS....BILL MCPEEK AND AN EDSEL WAGON"

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DR DICK BERGGREN BACK IN THE DAY

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DAARA'S GEORGIA DIVISION AT A STRATEGY SESSION

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DAARA SPEEDSTERS AT INDY

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DAARA AT VOLUSIA SPEEDWAY PARK

5 straight years of perfect attendance - congratulations Steve Parrish!!!!!!

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 LEGENDARY NASCAR OWNER RAY FOX PASSES

RAY FOX, CHIEF MECHANIC, ENGINE BUILDER, CAR OWNER, AND NASCAR TECH INSPECTOR PASSED AWAY SUNDAY JUNE 15. RECENTLY CELEBRATING HIS 98TH BIRTHDAY, RAY WAS PRESIDENT OF THE LIVING LEGENDS OF AUTO RACING ORGANIZATION IN DAYTONA, FLORIDA. RAY WAS A YEARLY NOMINEE FOR THE NASCAR HALL OF FAME. RICHARD CHILDRESS WAS GIVEN THE FAMED NUMBER 3 FROM RAY, WHOSE CARS CARRIED THAT NUMBER TO MUMEROUS NASCAR WINS INCLUDING THE FIRST CAR TO WIN 3 SUPER SPEEDWAY RACES IN ONE YEAR.  RAY WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY THE ENTIRE RACING WORLD.

DAARA WOULD LIKE TO SEND IT'S DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE ENTIRE FOX FAMILY.

 

   

 

 

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SLINGIN' THE DIRT AT VINTAGE LATIMORE FAIRGROUNDS 5/17

 

 

 

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PHOTOS FROM AUBURNDALE MAY 24

Please click on the following link to access photos from Saturday night's DAARA racing at Auburndale Speedway.

 http://rcrawfordfoto.smugmug.com/AuburndaleSpeedway2014/AS-5-24-DAARA/41071641_c446Mf

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DAARA CARS AT DAYTONA "ART OF THE AUTOMOBILE"

CAR SHOW"  MAY 17

                                                

 

 

 

 

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CITRUS COUNTY DAARA EVENT A HUGE SUCCESS!!

30 DAARA cars graced the pits at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness Florida May 10. the Citrus management added 1 additional free pit pass for each entered DASARA car, which was a very nice gesture. Many DAARA members brought out their vintage cars for the first time as this was the first asphalt SVS race of the 2014 season

 

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DAARA AT NORTH FLORIDA 

 

Everyone had a GREAT time at Lake City:  Some of our members we haven't seen for a while showed up and a couple were going home for the summer. Ronnie and Sue Rohn were there as well as Earl Lindsey and his family. It was good to see them again. Ken and Shirley Morden was leaving the next day to make their way back home. We wish them a same trip home.The heat's went on without a hitch. Afterward, at the intermission we had an Easter egg hunt on the front stretch, to the enjoyment of all of the kids.
Then on to our feature event. The Sprints were out first with Dave Cash showing the way followed by Jimmy Miltner and Josh Rynd. The Midget's put on a good show with Jerry Paquin Showing the way followed closely by Bobby Jordan, then came Ken Davison, piloting Bill Rynd's car, with Ed Johnson's uncaged sprint close behind. When our stock cars and Modified's took to the track Ronnie Rohn made his way to the front showing off his dirt driving skills, followed by Richie Iversen, Steve Parrish driving hard came in third, followed by Charlie Pagent, Shirley Morden and Earl Lindsey was just ahead of JT.
So that's what happened. I do want to thank all at North Florida Speedway for the great track prep and making us feel welcome.We are hoping to see you at Citrus County Speedway May 10th. For those of you out of state who cannot make it, support your local short track and be safe.   See you soon.  JT

 

 

 

                        

                                     Charlie Padgett                                                       Jerry Paquin 

 

 

                   Earl Lindsey (and Shirley!)                                   Shirley Mordan

                                           The Rynd Cars                                  Dave Cash

 

                 Bobby Jordan                                           JT Dunn                        

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Dudley and Nancy Balmer Commentary

Spring is breaking out all over and the memories of the three long months of being caught in the frigid northland are slowly melting away. What we expected to be three or four weeks dealing with Nancy’s mom and her deterioration and entering a nursing home became an extended stay of three months. We know that some of our DAARA family are going through or have gone through the same challenges. Nancy commented that the first Wewahitchka sign as we came south on hwy 71 had never looked so welcoming. Even coming home to broken water pipes was a welcome change from shoveling snow and sub zero temperatures.

 Commitments may at times keep us away from our DARRA family but never keep the DAARA folks out of our hearts. Through phone calls, texts and emails we stay involved with many of the challenges in the lives of our DAARA folks. For all those that have had physical issues and other things going on in their lives, we do keep you in prayer and celebrate when we get good news. Many of the relationships we have made through this organization are treasured and enduring friendships. I believe we all share the goal of preserving the racing history which we have been able to live. If we tire and fail to keep our vintage cars and their stories alive then this part of the past will be gone forever. We are a privileged few that have been fortunate to have lived in a rougher and simpler time. As we remember where we have been, we look forward to where we are going in our efforts to keep vintage racing alive and well. Our Pennsylvania dirt modified is still in our back yard awaiting loving hands and elbow grease to bring it back to life. At the moment, our 2014 schedule is just coming together and wherever we are able to travel this season, we hope to finish up at the DAARA Nationals in November. If we can be of any help to our DAARA family in any way please let us know. My personal email is simply This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We appreciate all the calls and emails and hope to see everyone soon as we plan to do more Florida events during the 2014 season. Until then, God Bless.

 

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Eastern Museum of Motor Racing

Located in Central Pennsylvania just 10 minutes from Williams Grove Speedway,

EMMER provides multiple floors of dirt track history that is priceless. From a

row of engines dipicting the powerplant progress from the early 20th century,

to rows of sprint cars and midgets, to the COMPLETE original garage of

Tommy Hinnershitz  you can literally spend days seeing everything available.

Chris Economaki dontaed his complete, extensive motorsports  library. There is

also a large drag racing area as well. EMMR provides a large, library type

setting to enoy Chris's material as well as a great deal of other historical

publications, race results, etc. Also included on the Museum grounds

is a large camping/picnic area as well as the Latimore Fairgrounds Race Track.

Latimore is a historic 1/2 mile dirt track that held racing prior to WWII. It is fully

functional and hosts vintage car exhibitions multiple times each year.

EMMR is a MUST SEE for all racing fans!

Visit the website at EMMR.ORG for a schedule of events,etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Pennsylvania Vintage Dirt Modifieds
  • Presents
    • 2014 ‘SHOW ‘N’ GO’ WEEKEND

 

The PA Vintage Dirt Modifieds is proud to present the second annual ‘Show ‘N’ Go’ weekend kicking off with Bud Garveys Show & Picnic at Buds Osceola Mills Vintage Racing Museum. Over 400 vintage Race Cars, Street Rods, Customs, Rat Rods and Restorations pack the Museum grounds and line the front and back yards of the entire street, in the largest outdoor Show of its kind in mid Pa. With all Buds vintage Race Cars outside on display, the Museum becomes a huge dining hall and for a donation towards next year’s Show, a magnificent buffet lunch is on offer.

  • Leaving the Show, we travel 20 miles to AMERICAS MOTORSPORTS PARK in Clearfield where we’ll take to the track for a night of race action. Heats and a Feature will be run with all cars receiving $80 tow money and trophies for 1st in the Sportsman and Modified classes. Camping will be available and after racing we’ll all get together in a relaxed atmosphere, grill a few hot dogs, sip down a few beverages, recount the day’s events and tell a few tall stories.

 

 

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DAARA Member Phil Pete Recognized in Circle Track Magazine!

The June, 2014 edition of Stock Car magazine features Phil's outstanding restoration of his father's midget roadster. This immaculate race car received the Best Appearing Car award at the recent DAARA Spring Nationals at Auburndale Speedway. Located in the magazines "Ultimate Racing" section, the 6 page spread details the original creation of the car by Fred Pete in 1959, the search to find and acquire the car as well as the restoration process. Phil should be very proud of how he restored the car, and DAARA is equally proud to call him a member of the clubs family!  

 

 

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DAARA NATIONALS AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY

 

 

 

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DAARA At Zephyrhills

 

                      

 

                   

 

 

                                      

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7th Annual Richie Evans Memorial Modified Reunion

         

 

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HISTORIC RACING LEGENDS BEACH COURSE PARADE 2/16/14

 

 

Ronnie Rohn

                                              

Humpy Wheeler

 

                                                              The Original Daytona Beach Course

Hank Goodrich

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DAARA Exhibition at Auburndale Speedway January 18 

DAARA cars were out in force January 18 at Auburndale Speedway in Winter Haven Florida. 26 DAARA Vintage Race cars took to the track on a bright, chilly day. The DAARA cars were the largest of any class that took the green flag. Speedsters, Midgets, Sprint Cars, V8 Stock Cars as well as 6 cylinder Stock Cars all received a chance to tune up for the February DAARA Nationals which will also be stages at Auburndale. The program, which started at 3 Pm was complete in time for everyone to get an early evening start back home.

JT DUNN'S NEW, GREAT LOOKING  MUSTANG BODY

STOCK CARS PITSIDE

PAST PRESIDENT DALE MILLER AND HIS RARE KURTIS ROADSTER

TOM BRUSH,  ROBERT CAMPBELL AND STEVE BERLETT IN HEAT

ACTION

BEAUTIFUL SPEEDSTERS SHINE IN THE SUN PITSIDE

POWERFUl SPRINTERS WAITING TO HIT THE SPEEDWAY

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DAARA, HOOSIER TIRE RAFFLE WINNER!!! "LENNY GODING", CONGRATULATIONS LENNY! Thanks to all who supported our fund raising efforts. This one was slow going. It is how we fund our end of the year banquet and trophies, which the club has been doing in an effort to thank all of you for supporting the club all year.
The drawing was held after the drivers meeting at the Auburndale Speedway . Thanks to the young driver there who pulled the winning ticket. A special thanks to all of you who helped by buying the last 26 tickets there at Auburndale Speedway, on Sat, JAN 18TH.
We will be starting a new raffle during our Feb. Nationals

 

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Road Racing with the Speedsters

In an unusual offer the Vintage Drivers Club of America

(www. vintagedrive.com) invited members of the D.A.A.R.A. Speedsters to join the Pre-War class at road races in Savannah Georgia on December 12th to the 15th at Roebling Road Raceways.

With only fourteen days notice Rick Sanders cleared his schedule and upgraded his driver’s suit and helmet to the safety standards of the VDCA. Bill Wheelock and Ed Daniels we’re unable to change previous plans but vowed to be there next year.

Rick was joined by D.A.A.R.A. membersBill Stelcher and Scott Ebert, who are also members of the VDCA. ‘Rocket Roy’ Campbelljoined the guys to make sure engines were purring in the cold.

When the 8:30 practice started there was spotty frost in the grasses along the track. It was very cold! Rick stated that his ‘D.A.A.R.A. skills made road race less daunting.’ Later on Friday there was a ten lap heat race in driving rain which Rick lowered his lap times on the 2.2 mile course from 2:31.552 to 2:20.152.

The races were dominated by Scott Ebert and his 1939 Dryer Ford Special V-8 who managed to finish first in the Saturday races as well. Bill Stelcher and Rick dueled back and forth on the long straight reaching speeds close to 90 mph. The D.A.A.R.A. Speedsters earned the respect of the VDCA drivers with no off-course events or spins in spite of the tough track conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

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 RACE CARS WERE MUCH CHEAPER TO FIX "BACK IN THE DAY"! (all drivers survived)

                                        Where's my front end?                                                             

 

 Reading Fairgrounds promoter (far right) Lindy Vacari thinking he needs more wreckers!

                                           How am I getting back in the cockpit?

 

                      OK, who's bright idea was it to hold the meeting here????

 

 

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DAARA at the Daytona Turkey Rod Run

This weekend (Nov 28-Dec 1) DAARA joined the LLOAR of Daytona to provide a 40 car vintage racecar display during the huge annual event. Tens of thousands of car enthusiats converge on Daytona each Thanksgiving weekend to view over 7,000 show cars, 2000 cars for sale and acres of parts vendors.  This year Cindy Williams (Ron Howard's girl friend) , Candy Clark (blond in the white 56 Ford Thunderbird) and Bo Hopkins (Gang leader of the greaser club the Pharaohs) from the timeless 1973 American Gafitti film were on hand each day as well as many of the iconic cars from the film, including the unforgettable John Milner's yellow coupe hot rod.

 

 

                                                 Cars Have Personalities Too!!!                              

                           View of the NASCAR Garage Housing the Vintage Race Cars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That 46 Year Old Sprinter of Craig Petterson!! (dirt included)

 

 

         Mark May's Good Looking Marty Robbins Tribute Car

 

                Richie Evans Pinto

 

                                         Sprinters from the 60's, 70's and 50's!!!!!

                                         Craig Patterson's CAE

                                         Dave Cash's Gambler

                                         Buz Hahns 50's sprinter

 

                               Toby Smiths spot on Judkins 2X recreation

                               Joe Fransworths Richie Evans Coupe

 

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2013 DAARA Nationals at Marion County November 14-17

Please go to the Photo Gallery Section to see more Nationals pictures!

(multiple pages - click next 4)

 

 

 

DAARA members enjoying a great Banquet
                       

 

 

 

                                                           Another portion of the over 100 Banquet attendees

 

 

 

 

        Awards, goodies and a big screen TV were handed out

 

Our esteemed (?) or at least our happy new board and officers!!

 

 

 

 

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