Multi time Northern Sprint Tour Champion (11) Roger Crockett and fellow NST racer (33T) Jimmy Trulli run Memorial laps in memory of Northwest racer/promoter Fred Brownfield at the California Civil War event at Calistoga Speedway.
In Memory of Rory Price. Rory Price was a great racer we meet on his trips from WA. to race with USAC Western/BCRA Midgets. This photo is of him winning the Trophy Dash at Stockton 99 Speedway in 2002. Lets all remember him as a winner.
In Memory of Virgina Patterson. We were privileged to see her race weekly in the mini stock class at Delta Speedway This photo was of her only Trophy Dash win. She will be missed.
Kevin lost his life doing what he loved. We saw him race at Belleville many times as well as on his trips out west to compete with the SCRA. We were happy to be at Manzy the night he won the big season opener during “Copper Classic” weekend. The racing community has lost a true veteran. We’ll miss his patented yell when he won and miss his determined drives that took him to so many wins.
Long time race fan and Trophy Cup volunteer Shig Shimada passed away in 2005. We bought every Trophy Cup shirt from him at the pit gate each year and was saddened to learn of his passing. Even though we did not know him personally we would see him offen at Sprint Car races from Hanford to Calistoga driving in his Flyers Body Shop El Camino. BK takes a Memoral lap for Shig during the 12th Annual Trophy Cup Shig this one’s for you!!
No. Cal. legend Clyde Palmer was inducted into BCRA hall of fame in 2003 he retired to the big race track in the sky, Nov. 5, 2005, at the age of 81. Clyde was a seven-time racing champion at San Jose Speedway, Darlington Speedway, Kearney Bowl Speedway, Clovis Speedway, Stockton Speedway, and race tracks all over the country. He will always be remembered in racing history as one on the best.
IN MEMORY OF DAVE STRICKLAND
In Memory of Chuck Booth
Mark Sublett of M&M Photos presents a “Tribute to Mike McCreary” signed by over 40 drivers to Carla McCreary, wife of legend Mike McCreary who passed away Sept. 24th 2004.
Paul Tyler was a great photographer. He was the director of photography for the MSPA for years as well as the official photographer of Altamont Speedway. He supported Matt and I on our photography efforts and gave us great advise. In 1997 we talked on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s front stretch and he told stories of attending the races there for years. We also hung out with him at Calistoga Speedway during their annual World of Outlaws event. Paul will be dearly missed.
Dwight Vaccaro was a great photographer and friend. We met at Stockton 99 Speedway. He told stories of non caged midgets running around the track he hadn’t visited in twenty plus years. Once we got talking he said he had photos in his truck so we went out to look. I was impressed with his work and awed by this photographer who had images of non cage racing that I had only heard of. Over the years we would cross paths many times a season at Central California race tracks. It was always a pleasure picking his brain of facts only people that were there could tell plus teaching us a thing or two about photography. He talked of his wife and kids often and about the many trips they would go on. We will miss seeing Dwight Vaccaro around the track as he was a great asset and friend to Racing. Above are a few of Dwight Vaccaro’s photos
“Boston” Bob Blair
Bob Blair passed away March 2nd after an illness. He wrote for many publications through out the US and traveled all over chasing the races. We were privileged to meet him several times on his west coast visits. We will miss “Boston” Bob and his reports from the North East as well as his visits to the West Coast.
Bob Marlow from French Camp was a respected driver turned car owner for more than half a century campaigning Drag, Modifieds, Sprint Cars and most recently Modified Midgets at tracks from Chico to Bakersfield. His major accomplishments include the 1972 Modified Championship at Stockton 99 Speedway with Dennis Hicks at the wheel. He can claim no less than three National Modified Midget titles with drivers Don Strach and Terry Tarditti wheeling his cars. His own driving days saw him set the National record of 156mph, 9.70 seconds in the “D” Dragster class at Kingdon’s 1/4 Mile Drag strip in Lodi in 1959. Marlow was a big supporter of Modified Midgets in the Central Valley on and off for over 25 years.