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--News & Updates

 

The 2015 Modified Reunion (8th Annual!) will be held February 20 in the parking lot of  Florida' s New Smyrna Speedway from 12 noon till 5 PM.  The track is just 10 mile southwest of the Daytona Speedway. Over 20 vintage stock cars are scheduled to be in attendance and we are hopeful the weather will cooperate this year. If the day is a total washout we will stage the Reunion the next day, February 21 at the same time and place.

 The members of both the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association and Living Legends Of Auto Racing, which are event sponsors,  thank you for supporting the event the past 7 years and hope to see each of you this year. All of us who were part of those golden years of the modifieds have special memories that will never be forgotten. The Modified Reunion is a time to get together, renew old friendships, make new ones, remember the great times and of course tell a few lies! Whether you were a track operator, car owner, driver, crewman, official, sold hot dogs or were one of the many great fans, we all are part of a special family. 

 Whether you are from the dirt side, asphalt side or both there will be a great deal of cars and folks on both sides that will attend. We have averaged over 100 attendees and 20 vintage cars for each of the seven previous Reunions. Such legends as Dutch Hoag, Bugs Stevens, Ron Bouchard, Frank Cozze, Dave Kelly, the late Bobby Malzahn, Ron Dunstan, Ray Miller, Flagger Ken Golden, Tony Hirschman, Bob Garbarino, Will Cagle, Doug Heveren, Ken Squire, Bill Wimble, Bob Judkins, Billy Harman, Art Barry, Dave Dion, Richie Kolka, Jerry Morgan,   Leo Cleary, the late Gene Bergin, Ron Karto, Dick Montgomery, Don Stives, Frank Holtz, Dave Gill, Sonny O"Sullivan, Chris Hopkins, Dick Waterman, Bob Muldoon,  and so many other drivers, owners, track owners, and track officials have enjoyed the day of seeing old friends and competitors, remembering the good old days and sticking around to attend the annual Richie Evans Memorial modified race later in the evening.

 Each car owner who brings a vintage car to the event will be provided I free pit pass. Prior to the Richie Evans Memorial the vintage cars will participate in an on track interview session followed by an exhibition run on the New Smyrna high banks. 

Vintage and racing vendors are welcome to display their wares free of charge during the duration of the Reunion.
 
Those who attend the Modified Reunion will be provided a FREE TICKET to attend the Evans Memorial race later that evening. Hopefully you will take advantage of this fine gesture by New Smyrna Speedway and take part in a special evening  honoring one of the all time modified greats.
 
We cannot thank the management of New Smyrna enough for their generosity, help and dedication to the Modified Reunion.
So if you are in the Daytona FL. area February 20, please join us for those 5 hours to recapture some of that special feeling we had  when it was time for hot laps at our favorite speedway and the engines in those mighty modifieds began to roar! 

 As we cannot reach everyone,  please pass along this information to anyone you know who would enjoy being part of the 8th annual Modified Reunion.

  The Modified Reunion is a great opportunity to sign up new DAARA memberships, as well as renew current ones!

 See you at New Smyrna Speedway in February!

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DAARA 2015 SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING

 

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 New Rule Implemented For DAARA Open Cockpit Cars.
  • All DAARA cars must have roll bars. They must be at least 2” above the drivers head, with helmet on and made to a size appropriate for the car, installed on. It must also be made of at least 16 gage D.O.M. tubing.  
                       The bars are to be installed by the Spring Nationals. (If for some reason you cannot complete installation by then, those cars will be put into a separate slower group.) 
  • The bars must be installed no later than the start of the 2015 SVS season in order to run, with your class.  If not you may show your car, or we may be able to get you into a parade lap with 

    Midgets, Uncaged Sprints as well as Speedsters and or any other car, that runs with the club.

 

(to be clear we are speaking of a roll bar, not a cage)    Your DAARA Board

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 2015 SPRING NATIONALS
 
SET YOUR GPS, GET YOUR VACATION NOTICE SCHEDULED, AND GET THOSE TRAILERS LOADED, OUR DAARA NATIONALS, ARE GOING TO BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT!  FEBRUARY 25TH, 26TH AND 27TH, 2015.  WED, THURS and FRIDAY. WE WILL BE SETTING UP ON TUES. FEBRUARY 24TH. WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE OUR NATIONAL EVENT AT THE BRONSON SPEEDWAY IN ARCHER, FL, ONCE AGAIN.
 WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH TRACK MANAGER LEROY DAVIDSON AND HIS VERY LOVELY WIFE CONNIE. THEY ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND I KNOW YOU WILL ALL ENJOY WORKING WITH THEM, DURING OUR SPRING EVENT.
BRONSON SPEEDWAY IS LOCATED VERY NEAR GAINESVILLE, FL, WHERE THERE IS A MULTITUDE OF RESTAURANTS, MOTELS, AND ANYTHING YOU COULD POSSIBLY WANT TO EAT, OR DO IS RIGHT THERE.
THE HOTELS ARE APPROX. 20 MIN FROM THE SPEEDWAY. I HAVE PERSONALLY VISITED THE PREMISISES AND I AM VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE SOME GREAT RATES. WE HAVE QUITE A FEW MEMBERS THAT BRING MOTOR HOMES, SO FOR THOSE OF US WHO DO NOT, I GOT A GREAT DEAL AT TWO HOTELS. THE SUPER 8, WHICH IS $52.99 + TAX, (NO ELEVATOR, 3RD FLOOR ROOM) LOWER FLOOR ROOMS ARE $72.57 WITH MICROWAVE AND FRIDGE PER NIGHT. IT IS A FARELY NEWERE HOTEL; IT IS CLEAN AND FRESH AND ALSO PET FRIENDLY. THE PET FRIENDLY ROOMS HAVE HARDWOOD FLOORS AND THE REGULAR GUEST ROOMS ARE CARPETED. IT IS LOCATED AT I - 75 AND HWY 24. YOU MUST RSVP BY JANUARY 24 TH TO GET THE ABOVE RATES, AND MENTION THE DAARA RATE. (4202 SW 40th Blvd, Gainesville, FL   (352) 378- 3888 OR (800) 536-0719)
 THE OTHER HOTEL IS THE PARAMOUNT PLAZA HOTEL, IT IS A VERY NICE HOTEL, AND WE HAD OUR DAARA BANQUET THERE IN 2012.   THEY GAVE US A RATE OF $79.99 + TAX, FOR STANDARD ROOM, $89.99 WITH LAKE VIEW, $109.00 FOR SUITE... IT IS A BEAUTIFULE VENUE WITH A LAKE AND RESTAURANT AND BAR. 
PARAMOUNT PLAZA HOTEL &CONFERENCE CENTER 2900 SW 13th Street Gainesville, FL 32608, TOLL FREE: 877-992-9229 LOCAL: 352-377-4000 (ASK FOR DAARA RATESRSVP BY FEBRUARY 1ST
I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE EVERY SINGLE DAARA MEMBER FROM ALL OVER THE U.S. AND CANADA, TO ATTEND THIS YEAR. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING EACH OF YOU AND WILL BE PRAYING FOR SAFE TRAVELS FOR ALL.  
 

   Additional Spring Nationals Information

The fees will be $40.00 to be paid on Wednesday, for the entire event per person, or $30.00 for both Thursday and Friday , or $25.00 for Friday only, per person.  The fee's for spectator only fee's will be announced later by track.
Those with motorhomes, who want to start traveling early Saturday, may stay over Friday and be out by 11:am on Saturday.
For those who do not know this is a 3/8 mi asphalt track.
It will be under $60.00 per night. ( already approved, just wants to reconfirm with manager the exact amount, before posting.)
We are looking forward to having a very large Spring Nationals which would help in making plans for 2016 Spring Nationals.

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DAARA member Jim Passino has very generously donated $200 for the purchase of trophies at the 2015 DAARA Asphalt Nationals. Jim donated this amount in the name of Jim Passino Excavating and Hauling. 

Jim owns and drives the immaculate Jack Johnson origional #12 northeast center steer big block modified. Next time you see Jim please thank him for his generous donation.  THANKS JIM!!!!!!

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In order to avoid any confusion, we would like to inform our DAARA membership that the upcoming vintage races scheduled for Orlando Speedworld December 5 and beyond are NOT sanctioned by DAARA and additionally DAARA is not involved with this groups racing activities in any shape or form.

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Our Nationals at the Bullring was a great success.  The weather was great, the track was smooth and fast and we a good car count.

 

Thanks to Karen Dunn and Michele Hess in the DAARA trailer for doing an excellent  job, selling shirts, hats, taking dues and signing up new members.
Nancy Pastor was in her spot at turn one taking care of the line up and helping cars off the track. Ron Hess and Cory Lane did a fine job in the flag stand and Sammy Morrow was in true form, making all sound good and running faster than we were. It was good having Sammy back with us again. Thanks to each of you and to Judy Morgan for selling so many Hoosier Tire tickets for us. We still have quite a few before we can draw.  (Send $10.00, to DAARA, 6042 Travis St, Mims, FL 32754) we will send back your ticket stub.
Bill Cleary and his crew did a fantastic job on track prep, but they always do a fine job on the track there.
Then on Saturday they  served up a really great barbeque lunch with all of the fix in's.
I don't think the banquet could have been any better, this year. The food was good and we got to see old friends we had not seen in a while.
We need to congratulate all of our award winners for doing such a commendable job, during our SVS season.
In our general membership meeting the attendee's voted on and passed a motion to combine the O.H. Midget and the Flathead Midget classes into one class, as well as the V-8 stocks and V-8 Mod's classes into one class. 
We also voted on and passed to elect a committee headed by board member Bobby Jordan and 5 other of our Midget car members to look into having cages installed on the DAARA Midget cars, as a safety measure and they will be reporting back.
We would also like to thank once again Dave Davis and Davis Dealerships for sponsoring our banquet and national event. We would like to also like to thank Chemko, for sponsoring our larger door prizes as well as Speedway Motors and LongAcre Racing and Hoosier South and O'Reilly Auto Parts, Race Car Engineering, Shirley Morden, and  Donna Hahn for their door prize sponsorship as well.
We would also like to thank Outlaw Fuels for donating the wonderful Hoosier jackets, that was embroidered with names and awarded to our seven (7)  SVS" perfect attendance" winners this year, Richie Iversen, Steve Parrish, Rocky Buckles, Charlie Padgett, Jimmy Miltner, Bill Rynd and Josh Rynd.
Thanks for your club support, we appreciate each of you and hope to have many more perfect attendee's, for  next year.
If I have forgotten anyone, please know that we are grateful to all who help make each event a fun and safe place to be. Thank You! 
Last but not least the DAARA board is working hard to get the 2015 season all buttoned up and should have the schedule finished and published soon.
Till then be safe and have a great Holiday Season and don't forget to support your local short track.    JT Dunn

 

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2015 Dues....with the New Year arriving, it is also time to renew your DAARA membership.

 The annual dues are the same, $35.00. or $300.00 for lifetime membership.

 

Please make the check out to "DAARA"

You can mail  your 2015 dues to:

                                   Karen Dunn

 

                                   c/o DAARA Treasurer

 

                                   6042 Travis St,

 

                                   Mims, Fl 32754

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 INSURANCE OPTION FOR DAARA MEMBERS

Please check out the insurance info sent by Dudley Balmer below. The DAARA Board feels this is a very goood racing policy for our members. For a $217 flat rate you receive the following.....

  • $500,000 full excess accident medical expenses over the participant's health insurance and track Participant Accident Insurance
  • $10,000 accidental death and dismemberment coverage

The information PROVIDED from Dudley............. 

 Hi folks. Good to talk to J.T. today. Know I pulled him away from working on a project. Sorry about that. We have never associated ourselves with a product or company but when I explored this I immediately came on board. This is new and it takes over when the track or organization insurance runs out. It will pay up to a half million over a two year period. The fellow that started this program was with K&K for a long time. CAP is a subsidiary of Sports Insurance Specialists of Fort Wayne, IN. I have investigated the people and the company and believe this can keep someone from losing everything and provide proper care even for long term rehabilitation. 

 I would hope this would stay in the trailer and never be opened but we all know stuff happens. Three guys hurt in PA in the last week, one critical. I am the only one promoting this for the company at this time. It is affordable and you can run anything, anywhere the entire year. 

Just go to our nationalspeedwayministries.com site and click on the active logo for CAP. You can click on the policy and read the entire thing. Applications can be downloaded off the site. We are working on setting up on line signup. I will answer or get the answers to any questions anyone might have.  I feel anyone that drives anything should have this. Thanks for looking. DAARA and it's family are prayed for every morning. Will be great to see everyone again.

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Jim Passino Excavating and Hauling