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17th CONSECUTIVE YEAR FOR THE CAVALCADE OF MEMORIES
October 10, 2017

YORK SPRINGS, PA – The year 2018 will mark the 17th consecutive year for the presentation of the York Reunion for the former York US30 Dragway that was operated at the York Airport in Thomasville. On July 20-21st the Cavalcade of Memories will present "Jungle Jim" Liberman Day on Friday, July 20th and the Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins/Larry Lombardo Day on July 21st at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs, Pennsylvania.

Although the drag strip ceased operation in 1979 an annual pilgrimage continues each year highlighting the exploits of race teams who have also folded their operations and joined the many in the halls of drag racing history. The York US30 Heritage Days event presents countless memories and legends each year from drag racings heritage.

Bunny Burkett on the distaff side of drag racing will be on hand to meet her many fans who cherished her performances and racing heritage thru the years. Her race team will perform on Sunday at Beaver Springs Drag-way.

The event provides not only an annual reunion but a display of historic race cars and exciting start-ups during the course of each days activity. An automotive flea market, a Saturday car show and cruise-in at the historic Latimore Valley Fairgrounds and the annual Legion of Honor awards ceremony at 5 p.m. on Friday. And it all benefits the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

On Sunday, July 22nd the wheels turn at Beaver Springs Dragway for the presentation of the 15th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals. Activities begin at 8 a.m.


July 15, 2017

SOLEMN NEWS: Gideon Kramer, one of our younger and aspiring nostalgia drag racing enthusiasts and strong supporter had a bad accident on Monday following the York Nostalgia Weekend, He had his AMC displayed at York US30 Heritage Days and ran at Beaver Springs on Sunday at the York Nostalgia Nationals.

On Monday, he had the misfortune of having a 40K pound press come down on his right hand and crush it. He spent the rest of the day and into the wee hours of the next morning in hospitals and was rushed to Hershey to a hand specialist. They thought he may lose his hand at first but with the grace of God the doctor at Hershey Medical Center administered the proper procedures to save his hand at this time.

We in the drag racing fraternity have been always known to come forward in time of tragedy and need to help our fellow enthusiasts and racers. We have started a fund for GIDEON to help him in this grave time of need. The GIDEON KRAMER FUND.

UPDATE:

8/31/17 - Donations were accepted during the month of August and in total we have forwarded $940.00 to Gideon Kramer for use with his medical expenses involving his hand injury.

Donors were as follows:

Bruce Larson
George Cureton
George & Linda Randall II
Al Loy
M/M James Cooling
William Lawrence
Jeff Golden
Lynn Paxton 
York Nostalgia
Darwin Doll
Larry “Doggie” Sweigart
Donnie Hutcheson

Wayne Jesel
Rick Osburn

We would like to thank these donors for stepping up in this time of need. We will be posting this list at EMMR in the drag racing section of the museum. All of your support is sincerely appreciated!!


AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR YORK US30 HERITAGE DAYS
July 11, 2017

YORK SPRINGS, PA - The Second York US30 Heritage Days and 16th Annual York Reunion was held on Friday and Saturday, July 7th and 8th at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds. The awards winners for the event are as follows:

Cruise-In Awards

GM
1st Place – Dave Ness, Dallastown, PA ’60 Chevrolet Station Wagon
2nd Place- John Czachowrowski, Wilmington, DE ’72 Chevrolet Chevelle

FOMOCO
1st P{lace –Glenn Kriner, Grantville, PA ’69 Ford Mustang
2nd Place – Jim Martin, Nottingham, MD ’67 Ford Fairlane

MOPAR
1st Place – Ken Hobbs, Lineboro, MD ’63 Dodge 330
2nd Place – Scott Montgomery, Glenside, PA ’68 Plymouth Barracuda

SPECIAL INTEREST
1st Place – Tony Barone, Podunk, PA ’32 Chevy Hot Rod
2nd Place – Bill Czachorowski, Clayton, DE ’36 Ford Pick-up

BEST OF SHOW
Carl Lynes, Dillsburg, PA, ’59 Chevrolet Pick-up

DRAG RACING (Wire Wheel)
1st Place –Brian Beattie, Macungie, PA “Great Expectations” T/FD
2nd Place – Dale Broderick, Clinton, MD A/Competition Coupe

DRAG RACING (Bodied)
1st Place – Dick Estevez, Clinton, MD “Daddy Warbucks” Falcon
2nd Place – Brian Wallace, Dillsburg, PA “Frustration III Corvette

PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Mike & Connie Szczepanski, Winona, MN “Tokyo Rose”

BEST OF SHOW
Bruce Larson, Dauphin, PA “USA-1” AA/Funny Car

BILL “GRUMPY” JENKINS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
The Montgomery Family, Jenkintown, PA

KEN MONTGOMERY GOOD GUY AWARD
Randy & Yvonne Davis, Littlestown, PA

NOSTALGIA PERSON OF THE YEAR
Jim Stuempfle, Exton, PA

It is interesting to note that the People’s Choice award was won
by Mike & Connie Szczepanski from Winona, Minnesota and we
point out that Mike did everything himself in preparing the “Tokyo
Rose” World Championship car, the body, engine, interior, paint
with the only exception being the lettering on the race car.

FORD FARLANE CLUB OF AMERICA (Display)
Original – Todd Staley, Gettysburg, PA ’68 Ford Torino GT
Unusual – Marley Gross II, Spring Grove, PA ’68 Ford Pace Car
Modified – Dennis Lamm, Newmanstown, PA ’67 Fairlane GT


THE 16TH ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE
July 1, 2017

YORK SPRINGS, PA -  On Friday, July 7th the 16 Annual Pilgrimage to the York Reunion begins. The reunion is the annual York US30 Dragway reunion that takes place the second weekend in July.

Drag racing icons and legends will be gathering at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds to pay their respects to York US30 Dragway that ceased operations at the end of October 1979.

The track was in it’s day a world renowned drag racing operation that was heralded by the little guy racers, as well as, a stellar group of professional drag racer’s from across the United States, Canada, Australia, and in fact from England and the rest of the world.  The contributing event to this stature was the first ever Super Stock Nationals that was held there in 1965. To this day the event is referred to as “the Woodstock of Drag Racing”.

After 38 years of silence it’s impact on the Pennsylvania landscape is deafening. At the recent Aviation Days at the York Airport on June 17-18th was the constant request from attendees as to when there will be another event held at the former site. Not racing but in a stagnant form.

This year’s York reunion will feature a Dave Strickler Day on Friday, July 7th and the 50th Anniversary of George Cureton and Ed Miller’s World Championships at Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1967.  The York US30 Heritage Days will be presented at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs on July 7-8th.  York’s World Champion Strickler will be honored with his special day for the outstanding contributions he made to the sport running out of Ammon R. Smith Auto Company with his world renowned “Old Reliable” Chevrolets.

Two days of  memories unfold with many vehicles that ran at this famous raceway, legends of the sport, Legion of Honor awards, the Ford Fairlane Club of America display on Friday, and a Glory Days cruise-in on Saturday, July 8th. Event features cackling thunder start-ups both days.

The event supports the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and runs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday,  July 7th and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 8th. Admission is $10.00 for one day or a Special two day ticket for $15.00

 Sunday, July 9th action shifts to Beaver Springs Dragway for the York Nostalgia Nationals drag race starting at 8 a.m. with legendary race cars vying for the York Nostalgia Nationals crown.


16th Annual York Reunion & Second Edition York US30 Heritage Days
May 17, 2017

YORK SPRINGS, PA – Although the operations at York US30 Dragway ceased in 1979 at the York Airport in Thomasville some 38 years ago the annual pilgrimage to the York Reunion will continue for the 16th consecutive year at the Second Edition of the York US30 Heritage Days to be presented at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) and the historic Latimore Valley Fairgrounds on July 7-8th.

One of the most popular drag race drivers to shift a four-speed transmission was none other than Dave Strickler from York, PA driving the world famous Old Reliable Chevrolets out of the Ammon R. Smith Auto Company also located in York.

“Strick” as he was affectionately called by his many fans won many NHRA Championship events which included the Super Stock World Championship driving one of the Ammon R. Smith sponsored Camaros.

Unfortunately Dave left us at an early age while mowing his lawn, but his legacy and life lives on during the many York Reunions. Friday, July 7 will be “Dave Strickler Day” at EMMR with his family and fans sharing the many outstanding memories from his illustrious career.

Countless legends of drag racing will be sharing the York US30 Dragway memories at this annual classic. Icons like Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick, Ed Miller, George Cureton, Al Joniec, “Ohio George” Montgomery, Bob McClurg, Wally Bell, Bob Harrop, and another local favorite on the distaff side, Patti Young while the list goes on.

The action packed two days includes a Friday display by the Ford Fairlane Club and a Glory Days Cruise-In on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. along with a very popular sensory experience when the legendary race cars start up and provide the sounds of nitro drag racing.

Admission is $10.00 per day or a special two-day ticket for $15.00. The event supports the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

Activities for the weekend culminate with the presentation of the York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway, Beaver Springs, PA on Sunday July 9 where many of the legendary race cars will be competing for York Nostalgia Nationals laurels.


Second Edition York US30 Heritage Days & 16th Annual York Reunion
April 14, 2017


YORK SPRINGS, PA – The Second Edition of York US30 Heritage Days and the 16th Annual York Reunion will be presented at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and the historic Latimore Valley Fairgrounds on July 7th and 8th.

Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick a drag racing legend and icon will be featured with his “Tameless Tiger” Pontiac. Arnie will be available both days for photo ops and autographs along with a host of other drag racing notables from the past and present. Al Joniec famous for his “Batman” race cars will be presenting an engine seminar on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. Friday is Dave Strickler Day a salute to another legend whose famous “Old Reliable” Chevrolets became household names. The Ford Fairlane Club will have their awesome Ford display in the fairgrounds on Friday all day. The Annual Legion of Honor Awards will be presented to nine deserving recipients at 5 p.m. Each recipient receives an individual award and their name is placed upon a perpetual award on display in the museum in perpetuity.

Saturday is Ed Miller and George Cureton Day with a salute to the 50th Anniversary of their NHRA World Championships at Tulsa, Oklahoma. Special race car displays will accompany both World Champs on a day to remember. It happens one time!

The new addition at the museum will feature the Frantic Ford funny car and the Grumpy’s Toy IV Camaro of Bill Jenkins along with a host of vendors with drag racing memorabilia from the past. “Ohio George” Montgomery will be on hand to compliment the new Willys gasser display in the museum.

A flea market will feature vendors with a host of interesting automotive items both days, in the fairgrounds. Saturday also features a Glory Days Cruise-In and Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Awards will be presented including a giant Best of Show award.

A sensory experience is presented both days with legendary race cars starting-up and providing the familiar music to a drag racers’ ears.

Admission is $10.00 per day or a special two-day ticket for $15.00. The event financially supports The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

Activities continue on Sunday with the 14th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway, Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania. See many of the legendary race cars competing in this special event that occurs but one time each year.


14TH ANNUAL LEGION OF HONOR RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
February 21, 2017

YORK SPRINGS, PA – The fourteenth Annual Legion of Honor Awards presentation will be held at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing on Friday, July 7th at 5 p.m. in conjunction with the Second Annual York US30 Heritage Days nostalgia drag racing event and the 16th annual York US30 Dragway Reunion scheduled for July 7-8, 2017.

The annual awards are presented by the National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association to deserving recipients for their many achievements and contributions to the drag racing sport thru the years. An individual award is presented to each recipient and their names are placed upon a perpetual award that is on display in the museum in perpetuity.

The York event has been an annual reunion for the former York US30 Dragway at the York Airport in Thomasville, PA. The track closed in 1979 at the conclusion of the racing season. An annual pilgrimage to the York Reunion has occurred for sixteen consecutive years.

The York Reunion has been known nationally for attracting the largest turnout of Legends of Drag Racing each year to assemble at one event at one time. The 2017 recipients are as follows: Bob McClurg, Bob Wenzelburger, Harry Huntsberry, Anthony Cieri, Bob Bender, Dennis Ferrara, Bob Kashner, Al Brown, and Gene Altizer. The long distance award will go to McClurg who resides in Hilo, Hawaii.

The annual York US30 Heritage Days and York Reunion is presented for the benefit of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR). The event is presented at EMMR and the adjoining Latimore Valley Fairgrounds on Friday, July 7th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 8th from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

A Glory Days cruise-in is featured on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with awards. All years are
welcome. Cackling thunder start-ups of the race cars are held at specific times during both days. Event information is available at www.yorknostalgia.com or the York Nostalgia Facebook page.


YORK NOSTALGIA WEEKEND SECOND EDITION
February 01, 2017

YORK SPRINGS, PA – The sixteenth annual York US30 Dragway reunion will be held in conjunction with the Second Edition York Nostalgia Weekend at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and the historic Latimore Valley Fairgrounds on July 7-8, 2017, all part of York US30 Heritage Days.

The event features a World Champions Weekend with Dave Strickler Day on Friday, July 7th paying tribute to Dave Strickler of York, PA who was crowned Super Stock World Champion during his storied career.  Dave passed on at an early age but his memory lives on with the Old Reliable Chevrolets from the renowned Ammon R. Smith Auto Co. dealership at 201 Carlisle Avenue.  His many contributions to the sport of drag racing will be highlighted and remembered during this special event and his wife Susan and the Strickler family will be honored during the festivities.

Another highlight of the event will be the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the World Championships achieved by George Cureton and Ed Miller at the NHRA World Finals at Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1967.  Cureton from Bear, Delaware and Miller from Chesapeake, Virginia will be on hand with individual displays of their achievements during their racing careers and displaying one of their race cars.

Other legends of drag racing to join the event will be Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick along with one of his outstanding “Flying Farmer” entries.  Ohio “George” Montgomery famous for his Malco gassers  and Al Joniec renowned for his potent Ford race cars will conduct an engine seminar from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday.  Bruce Larson and his USA-1 Camaro, Bob McClurg of Super Stock & Drag Illustrated fame plus a host of others will also be on hand.

The annual Legion of Honor awards will be presented at 5 p.m. on Friday to nine deserving recipients, to be announced on February 10th.

The annual Glory Days cruise-in will be held at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fairlane Club of America will present a special display at the Fairgrounds on Friday.

The weekend concludes on Sunday, July 9th with the presentation of the York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway in Beaver Springs, PA.


THE HERITAGE RUNS DEEP
July 5, 2016

YORK SPRINGS, PA – It all started at a small airport in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania known as Garden Spot Airport in Mountville, PA when Bill Holz and the Lancaster Cam Jammers gave birth to drag racing in South Central Pennsylvania with a track known as Lancaster Drag-O-Way.

A neighboring chinchilla rancher forced the closure of the drag racing activities and the operation moved to Thomasville, Pennsylvania at York airport and named the operation York US30 Drag-O-Way. Little did anyone know that this track would become one of the most famous drag racing operations in the United States.

The track closed in 1979 at the conclusion of a bad weather laden season.  Every year for the past fifteen years the pilgrimage to a York US30 Reunion to pay tribute to the rich history of this world famous dragway.

The 2016 event will be held at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs, Pennsylvania. The event will host a Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins Day on Friday, July 8th and a Jere Stahl Day on Saturday, July 9th paying tribute to two of the nation’s drag racing pioneers who cut their teeth at “York”.

Momentous occasions will be presented with the annual Legion of Honor awards on Friday at 5 p.m.  The Jim Kirby/Dickie Harrell Camaro will be side-by-side with the USA-1 Camaro of World Champion Bruce Larson for the first time in 47 years and the most senior recipient of the Legion of Honor award this year is 97 year old Charles Hampp, Sr.

The newly restored Grumpy’s Toy IV Camaro will be unveiled at 2:30 p.m on Friday presented by owners Vicki Bolla and Dale Carvender of Pittsburg. The car earned national acclaim by winning the first ever NHRA Pro Stock Eliminator plus countless other honors during its tenure.

The event is the first half of York Nostalgia Weekend with the final half being presented at Beaver Springs Dragway with the presentation of the 13th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals on Sunday, July 10th with activities getting underway at 8 a.m.


YORK US30 HERITAGE DAYS IN TWO WEEKS
June 24, 2016

YORK SPRINGS, PA – The rich heritage of the former York US30 Dragway will be relived in South Central Pennsylvania long recognized as the hot bed of automobile racing of all types.  Recognized for renowned sprint car racing and followed closely by drag racing that began at Garden Spot Airport, in Mountville and known as Lancaster Drag-O-Way. The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs will present the 15th Annual York Reunion at their popular facility and their adjacent Latimore Valley Fairgrounds.

The York US30 Heritage Days will be presented on July 8-9th encompassing EMMR and the fairgrounds. Vehicles that competed at the the popular York US30 Dragway that was located at the York Aiport  in Thomasville. The “York” drag races were presented on Saturday evenings and claimed national notoriety before closing in 1979. The track attained worldwide recognition with the presentation of the first Super Stock Nationals event in 1965 and is known to this very day as the “Woodstock of Drag Racing”.

Featured at the two day event as part of the York Nostalgia Weekend will be a presentation of Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins Day on Friday with Legion of Honor Awards at 5 p.m. recognizing ten annual recipients in a hall of fame ceremonies which will feature the induction of 97 year old Charles Hampp, Sr. for his many years of performance contributions and a reunion of Jim Kirby and Dickie Harrell’s Camaro that faced off with local funny car champion Bruce Larson of Dauphin in his USA-1 Camaro. The two cars will be side by side for the first time in 47 years.  The event is the 15th consecutive York Nostalgia event to be presented in honor of the deep heritage of this world renowned dragway which is many times overlooked for the significant role it played in many lives in this country.

Racing vehicles that participated during the greatest days of drag racing will return to the area from all over this vast country to pay homage to their performance heritage enshrined in the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

The show supports the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. Admission to the show is $10 donation, children 12 and under free. All active military free with current I.D. Show hours are Friday at 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The show is the first leg of York Nostalgia Weekend with the 13th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals completing the weekend on Sunday, July 10th where many of the legendary race cars on display will compete for York Nostalgia Nationals laurels at Beaver Springs Dragway with activities beginning at 8 a.m.


SUDDENLY IT'S 1968 AGAIN
February 17, 2016

YORK, SPRINGS, PA - York US30 Dragway was known nationwide for it's many outstanding drag racing events and 1968 was no exception. Two of the nation's premier funny cars staged at York to do battle for 1320 feet supremacy. Dick Harrell from the Midwest in his Camaro and local Dauphin, PA hero Bruce Larson in his renowned USA-1 Camaro.

The two legendary race cars will appear side by side once again at the York US30 Heritage Days at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing on July 8-9th. Although 48 years have gone by, the two race cars have been meticulously preserved for this once in a lifetime reunion and the nitro engines will be started during the "Cacklefest" activities at specific times during the two day event.

Linda Vaughn "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter" the first lady of motorsports will join the many legends of drag racing who will be in attendance for the 15th Annual York Reunion. "Ohio George" Montgomery, Wally Booth, Jim Walther, Jere Stahl, Ed Hedrick, Larry Lombardo, Jack Redd, Bob Harrop, and Bruce Larson to name a few.

Friday is Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins Day in the museum with a display of three original Grumpy's Toy race cars including the l968 "Grumpy's Toy IV", the first NHRA Pro Stock winner.

An automotive flea market will be part of the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds along with the display of drag racing vehicles and industry vendors. The Annual Legion of Honor awards ceremony will be presented at 5 p.m. Friday when ten new nominees will be inducted into the Legion class of 2016.

Musclecars, street rods, and special interest vehicles will be on display during the Glory Days Cruise-in on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Awards will be presented by Linda Vaughn.

A special Jere Stahl Roast will be presented in the museum on Saturday. Special legends of drag racing autograph sessions will be scheduled and posted in the museum lobby for both days.

The event is the first part of the York Nostalgia Weekend and will conclude on Sunday, July 10th at Beaver Springs Dragway with the presentation of the 14th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals.
Activities get underway at 8 a.m.

 


2016 LEGION OF HONOR INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED
January 28, 2016

YORK SPRINGS, PENNSYLVANIA - The National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association has been presenting the annual Legion of Honor awards since 2004 to many drag racing pioneers as esteemed recognition for their many contributions to the sport and performance industry.

The awards will be presented for 2016 during an awards ceremony at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, York Springs on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 5 p.m. during the celebration of York US30 Heritage Days, a part of the annual York Reunion which is an integral part of the York Nostalgia Weekend.

Each recipient is presented a Legion of Honor award and their name is placed upon a perpetual award that is on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing located one mile north of York Springs, Pennsylvania just off Route 15 at 100 Baltimore Road. The perpetual award will be displayed in perpetuity on the walls in the drag racing section of the museum.

This year's awards recipients are Joe Tryson, Sherrillsford, North Carolina; James "Jim" Fagan, Honeybrook, Pennsylvania; Rocky Pirrone, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jack "Atco Jack" Musilli, Sicklerville, New Jersey; Patricia "Pat" Doll, York, Pennsylvania; George "Ohio George"
Montgomery, Dayton, Ohio; Jeffrey "Jeff" Golden, Wrightsville, Pennsylvania; Joseph "Joe"
McComas, Dagsboro, Delaware; and Neil Hinkle, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Every award presented is in recognition of the significant impact that each recipient has had on drag racing's performance heritage.

There is no award that is more cherished than one that is received from the input of your peers. We salute all of the inductees for their many outstanding contributions to their performance heritage.


LINDA VAUGHN JOINS THE LEGENDS AT YORKUS30 HERITAGE DAYS
January 12, 2016

YORK SPRINGS, PENNSYLVANIA - "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter" and commonly known as the First Lady of Motorsports, Linda Vaughn will be joining other legends of drag racing on July 8-9, 2016 at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing during the presentation of York US30 Heritage Days as the first part of the popular York Nostalgia Weekend that is synonymous as the event that has more drag racing legends assembled at one event at one time In the United States over a period of fifteen consecutive years.

The event will be presented at the historic Latimore Valley Fairgrounds and Eastern Museum of Motor Racing facilities. The many legends of drag racing will include "Ohio George" Montgomery, Jere Stahl, Wally Bell, Jon Lundberg "The Voice of Drag Racing", Bob Harrop, Jim & Alison Lee, Wally Booth and World Champions Bruce Larson and Jim Walther to name a few.

The show will present many of the top drag racing vehicles from the Glory Days of Drag Racing. The "Great Expectations" top fuel dragster of Jim & Alison Lee, the USA-1 funny car of Bruce Larson, three of Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins' original famous "Grumpy's Toys" race cars featuring the '68 Camaro Grumpy's Toy IV that won the first two NHRA Pro Stock events back in the day. Also featured will be Jim Walther's "Special Edition" top fuel entry that carried him to the World Championship along with Penny Flammia, owner. A loaded line-up of Junior Stock entries is also expected to join Butch and Linda Szollosy with their outstanding '57 Chevy.

Musclecars will be featured on Saturday during the "Glory Days" Cruise-In that will highlight not only muscle cars but street rods, trucks, and special interest vehicles which includes the vintage variety. Linda Vaughn will be presenting the awards on Saturday at 3 p.m. for 1st thru 3rd place in each category and a People's Choice and Best of Show award.

A popular "Cackling Thunder" cacklefest will be held both days when legendary race cars will start-up and provide the music to the race fans ears. Schedule for the start-ups will be posted in the museum lobby.

Activities for the nostalgia weekend will continue on Sunday, July 10th with the presentation of the 13th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway. Drag racing activities begin at 8 a.m.


AND THE BEAT GOES ON
December 13, 2015

YORK SPRINGS, PA - The Annual York Reunion will be presented for the fifteenth straight year with the presentation of the York US30 Heritage Days at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs on July 8-9, 2016 as part of the York Nostalgia Weekend which will culminate with the presentation of the 13th York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July 10th.

Opening the activities at EMMR on Friday, July 8th will be the presentation of Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins Day. A tribute to a man who contributed countless foresight to the sport of drag racing. The Grumps original Grumpys Toy IV Camaro will be on display in the museum proper by current owners Dale & Vickie from Pittsburgh along with two other original Grump cars from the Tom Bryan stables in New Jersey. World Champ Larry Lombardo and Ed Hedrick two of the Grump's later chauffer's will be in attendance. Lombardo will have a special display of Grumpy items along with Wayne Meli from New Jersey who will pay tribute with additional historical items about "the man". Mike Keough will likewise have a host of Jenkins Competition merchandise available for sale.

The show will encompass the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds with a display of drag racing vehicles from the glory days of drag racing along with a Saturday cruise-in that will feature muscle cars and street rods along with a potpourri of special interest vehicles too numerous to list.

Friday at 5 p.m. the Annual Legion of Honor awards ceremony will be presented in the museum. A class of eight deserving individuals including "Ohio George" Montgomery will be presented their awards and have their names placed upon the perpetual award on display in the museum in perpetuity.

Saturday will feature a "Jere Stahl Roast". Another individual who contributed so much technically to the sport of drag racing. Displays will abound of all kinds of drag racing memorabilia along with model displays that will appeal to the small fry. A special "Glory Days" cruise in will likewise be presented from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. All years welcome. The event benefits the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

Sunday, July 10th activities move to Beaver Springs Dragway for the presentation of the 13th Annual York Nostalgia Nationals. Drag racing activities begin at 8 a.m.


YORK NOSTALGIA WEEKEND 2016
November 13, 2015

YORK SPRINGS, PA - A York Nostalgia Weekend to be held July 8-10, 2016 at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing was announced today jointly by Lynn Paxton, Curator and Darwin Doll, Drag Racing Coordinator.

The exciting new weekend will start with York US30 Heritage Days at the museum and the adjoining historic Latimore Valley Fairgrounds for Friday and Saturday July 8-9, 2016. The event will feature a drag racing car show which will highlight Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins Day and the annual Legion of Honor awards presentations at 5 p.m. Saturday will feature a host of drag racing activities to include a Roast of Jere Stahl and a Tribute to Harold "Chub" Lorah. Saturday will also include the "Glory Days" Cruise-In from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. musclecars and street rods with awards being presented for Best Chevrolet, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best AMC, Best Truck, Special Interest, People's Choice and Best of Show. All categories will be presented 1st thru 3rd place awards.

In essence the York Reunion continues with a new setting. Pre-entry for the drag racing car show is required. The entries will be available on the show website www.yorknostalgia.com within the next two weeks. Entries will be limited to available space. Acceptances will be required.

The show invites a host of vendors to participate with their individual displays of auto items, toys and race car models, and items that appeal to the female gender of the family. Show hours are Friday, July 8, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Surprise special events with Legends of Drag Racing will be presented throughout both days.

The York Nostalgia Weekend continues with the presentation of the York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July 10th. Drag racing activities begin at 8 a.m.
 


PRESS RELEASE ARCHIVE 2013-2015
 

The York Reunion and Nostalgia Nationals is a combined effort of Darwin Doll, former NHRA Division Director and Beaver Bob McCardle of Beaver Springs Dragway. Both are dedicated to the preservation of our performance heritage.

Show Information:
Darwin Doll
- 717-757-2720

Race Information:
Bob McCardle - 717-248-7676


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