Story By: ERNIE SAXTON / SAMMONS PRODUCTIONS – OAKS, PA – Race car displays will be a must see at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels Distributed by Insinger Performance. Over 300 race cars will be on at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center for the three day show that runs January 18th -20th.
Topping the show on Saturday afternoon will be the appearance of NASCAR Hall of Famer and FOX Sports TV personality Darrell Waltrip.
Another NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham, crew chief for Jeff Gordon during three of his NASCAR Cup championships, will be making appearances on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. He’ll be joined by his wife, Erin Crocker Evernham, the only female winner in World of Outlaw Sprint Car competition.
Ray Evernham will be releasing several very interesting cars from his own museum to be on display at the show. Look for a No. 9 Dodge NASCAR Cup entry that Evernham owned that was driven by Bill Elliott to a Brickyard 400 win at Indianapolis.
The Tom Park owned No.2p dirt Modified which Evernham drove to victory in his last pavement race at N.J.’s Flemington Speedway will also be on display. It will be joined by the Jim Bauma No. 19 asphalt Modified which Evernham won with at N.J.’s Wall Stadium and raced at a variety of other tracks.
A fourth Evernham car presently remains a secret.
Another sure to be popular display is the Reading Reunion display dedicated to the great racing action that took place at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway under the promotion of Lindy Vicari and Al Gaspari for many years.
Over 25 cars from all divisions that competed at Reading will be part of a huge display. Autograph sessions will be held for over 30 drivers who competed on the 1/2 mile dirt speedway.
A special feature will be the display of the completely restored No. 112 Batmobile driven by Gary Balough to victory during Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1980. Kenny Tremont’s No. 115 he won in the same event in 1999 will also be on display.
Balough is expected to be on hand to sign copies of “Hot Shoe” a recently released book on his career. Tremont will be available to sign “Modifieds of the Valley”, a new book on the history of N.Y.’s Lebanon Valley Speedway where he has raced his entire career.
Both drivers are expected to be on hand to sign autographs and recently released books containing their career highlights.
Bill Brachman’s Ringoes, NJ based Monster Truck teams will be front and center at the show. Brachman, 53, is an established Monster Truck driver who has turned the driving duties over to his children Jessica, 24 and Billy, Jr., 22. The “Be Aware” truck is driven by Jessica while Billy drives “Shock Wave”. Both trucks will be on display.
The busiest time for his drivers at the show is Sunday Kid’s Day, when children are admitted free, producing constant request for autographs and posing for photos.
The team trucks are both powered by 502ci Big Block Chevrolet engines, ‘blown’, fuel injected, and running on methanol. Backing for the team comes from FK Rod Ends and TCI Automotive.
In addition Gary Mondschein’s crowd pleasing Vintage Indy Cars will prove to be a popular attraction for show attendees.
There will be a large number of displays with speedways and sanctioning bodies offering information on their 2019 seasons. Speedways already signed up include Pocono International, Bridgeport, New Egypt, Action Track at Kutztown, BAP’s in Newberrytown, Pa., Big Diamond, Mahoning Valley, Georgetown, Thunder on the Hill at Grandview and Evergreen. Racing organizations include DIRTcar, STSS, RUSH, URC, MASS, Speedway Entertainment, ATQMRA Vintage and Xcel 600 Mod.
Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items.
A number of free industry seminars will be offered.
One of the most popular events during the three day show will be and has been the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport. One woman will walk off with the crown, a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.
A few display spaces remain as the show is on its way to becoming another sold out success.