IMCA Old Timers was formed to promote and preserve I.M.C.A. (International Motor Contest Association) history, including the preservation and excellent restoration of former I.M.C.A. race cars; to maintain records and documents of I.M.C.A. history; recognition of former drivers, owners, mechanics and others involved in I.M.C.A. history; and provide an opportunity for the social and technical interchange of members interested in auto racing history.
Kenneth (Kenny) E. Hockman, a prince of guy, friend, and fellow worker, passed away on Nov. 19th at age 88.
Kenny was the local magneto guru during the immediate post war racing activity in the area. Particularly the Sprint Cars and all the visiting guys who came in for the State Fair 10 days of racing. He also owned a flat head Ford V-8 sprinter for a while.
While he was working in the shop at Auto Electric Supply on Harmon Place doing their tune ups, starters, alternators, and , industrial and agricultural magnetos, they allowed him time off to work for Frank Winkley during the Fair and was the pit steward working with flagman Jake Bozony and Nick Nachicas and others.
He also did some travelling with Billy Hoff running the black deuce Offy midget which later was driven in our Vintage meets by Rex McBeth, then powered by a Triumph TR3, and later by Iowan John Crabb.
I got Kenny to work several Oldtimers meets at Arlington in 90's for us. He really enjoyed running the pits and seeing some old friends including Bozony and Gene Fechter. See attached photos. He is the small guy with his old white racing pants and striped shirt standing behind Cunningham's Ranger. Also an earlier year in the checked flannel shirt second from the left with the radio on his belt.
Sometime ater attending Jake Bozony's funeral with Kenny, I could no longer contact him as he was slipping into dementia. For all these years I thought he had passed and even checked with Fort Snelling National Cemetery. I was heartened by seeing his obituary Sunday as I will now have a chance to say goodbye
Graveside gathering at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, 5125 W Broadway, Crystal, MN Friday Nov. 29th, 1PM
The IMCA Old Timers Banquet
was held October 20, 2013 at the Savage American Legion. Thanks to David Stone and Big Don Belkengren for their work on the evening. As usual, the food was outstanding and the Platte Valley Boys with Catie Jo , Blue Grass band were better than ever. I thing there were enough door prizes that everyone went home with something. Great job.
pictures and video coming soon
OCTOBER 19, 2013, SATURDAY AT
GOLDEN SANDS SPEEDWAY
WISCONSIN RAPIDS WI
THE SWAP MEET AT GOLDEN SANDS ON OCTOBER 19
WENT PRETTY WELL. IT WAS A LIGHT TURN OUT BUT I MANAGED TO SELL ABOUT $120 OF FINE STUFF. AND I THINK OTHERS DID OK TOO.
NEXT YEAR SHOULD EVEN BE BETTER.
AFTER THE SWAP MEET WE HAD OUR IMCA VINTAGE RACING SERIES MEETING. THERE WERE 21 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE. LOTS OF ISSUES WERE DISCUSSED AND SOME RULE CHANGES FOR NEXT YEAR. TONY MITIDIERO WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO TAKE NOTE, THEY CAN BE VIEWED BELOW OR AT
October 19th Meeting - IMCA Vintage Touring Series
By: Tony Mitidiero
Review of 2013 Season:
We’re not certain we’ll be back at the Milwaukee Mile. Work is being done, but many things are still up in the air.
Madison angered plenty by not paying as agreed and we most-likely will not be requesting a race there in 2014.
There were some cars that were too fast and some that were too slow – everyone agrees something should be done.
It is agreed that better and more driver pre-registration for races could improve our organization and quality of events.
Conversation led into how many races should be on the schedule and where.
How many races should be on the schedule and where:
There were 9 races held in 2013. It was agreed that 9 races was plenty and that 9 or less should be held in 2014. Most agreed we should not entertain the idea of another race at Madison and the Dells will be raced if it is an IMCA race and all are invited.
For 2014 IMCA is going to make a diligent effort to set the schedule as early as possible so members may plan their attendance earlier and more effectively.
What defines a vintage stock car? and Rules for cars and drivers:
Members were reminded IMCA does currently have a rules package that should be referenced when there is question. Much debate took place. There was a consensus that the group needs to maintain rules that will encourage greater participation, so setting and maintaining inclusive rules that limit cost are very important. There was also a broad continued agreement to the current rule on “Stock Appearing.” Several new rules were agreed on. They are:
A 3,000 lb minimum weight
Bodies must be 1988 and older
No ‘wedge’ cars
10” wide tire is maximum
Any chassis is acceptable
Car exceptions shall be granted on occasion for authentic restorations. Prior approval of IMCA suggested.
No station wagons
No weekly ‘series’ drivers allowed
Golden Sands Specific Rule: Nobody who is driving in any other weekly series allowed to race with the IMCA Vintage Touring Series
IMCA will self-police and appoint race directors and safety directors as need arises.
How do we get track owner/promoters to love us?
Discussion of tow money/pit passes. Vote taken – No. Tow money is not required, but clearly tracks offering tow money have better turnout. IMCA default policy will be to request 2 pit passes and at least $50. IMCA will make all attempts to notify members as early as possible as to each particular tracks offer.
If any consensus was reached it was that greater participation and organization would be our greatest asset.
Prior notice of races and pre-registration would assist greatly in participation.
Do we want to have a display at Madison in January 2014?:
Some debate regarding return on time. Nobody seemed interested in volunteering and it was agreed there was little return.
Membership in Group? Should membership be required?
Vote was taken – Yes, membership should be required. You can join the day of the event.
Working with other vintage groups?
Not much discussion other than IMCA is interested in inclusion and the promotion of all Vintage Racing. Members from other clubs/groups are welcome to join ours for various events provided membership is paid. It was acknowledged that other groups have ‘hijacked’ IMCA or all-inclusive events. All IMCA events will be posted at midwestvintageracing.com. Events that are not on this schedule, but advertised as ‘vintage stock car’ are often in competition for Wisconsin/Minnesota racing market share and may have different rules, driver/safety issues and motives. IMCA understands it is to the detriment of the sport and our long-term growth to participate in events held by groups that have openly worked to dominate vintage racing in the region. The IMCA Vintage Touring Series is a true club with open meetings and is membership driven. We encourage all Vintage Racing groups to work towards a common goal – improved Vintage racing.
Setting up a stock car:
Some discussion was held on preparation of the car. A set-up-sheet was passed around for members to familiarize themselves with areas of the cars that may be adjusted for different tracks/purpose. Gary Mitidiero offered to provide insight and assistance for those looking to understand or gain better chassis set up. Some emphasis was placed on the necessity to spend some time setting your car up for each track and “if you don’t know, ask someone.” It was agreed there is a large variance in speed/handling amongst competitors that is a direct result of poor or incorrect set up.
How to attract sponsors:
Not a lot of discussion with the exception it was agreed the group will not entertain sponsors who maintain an interest in modifying our rules.
New Board Members:
Jim Heiland requested volunteers for board members to assist in 2014. Mike Wall and Gary Mitidiero were the only members to offer to serve as board members. It was agreed Mike Wall and Gary Mitidiero will serve as board members in 2014.
Jim Heiland’s leadership and dedication was acknowledged and appreciation extended. Mainly because of the demands of his business Jim was unable to participate in most events this past year, yet he continued to invest time and energy in both the maintenance and advancement of our sport. Our group simply would not be the same without him and we join in a sincere “Thank You” to Jim.
OCTOBERFEST OCTOBER 6
by Ken Hutchens
Oktoberfest vintage racing brought 15 cars to the Lacrosse Fairgrounds Speedway on Oct.6. First heat was won by Ken Lewis of Black River Falls in his '70 Mustang Hooters tribute car to Alan Kulwicki. Second heat was won by Ken Hutchens of Black River Falls....do we see a pattern here? Kenny was driving his '88 Monte Carlo SKoal Bandit tribute car to Harry Gant. The feature was a great race, won by Mike Carlson in an older ARCA Dodge car, looked like something Ray Evernham maybe built. No major crashes and only a couple spins brought out the yellow once and everyone had a great time. IMCA trophy girl Tracey Smith made the trip to help with victory lane procedures.
OCTOBER 12 MEMBERSHIP MEETING
SAVAGE LEGION SAVAGE MN
There were 12 members in attendance. Much discussion was on the up coming banquet October 20 in Savage MN, and the swap meet and meeting at
Golden Sands Speedway in Wisconsin Rapids.
Also the board is looking for one or two people from Wisc and Ill to be on the IMCA Old Timers Board.
Also there are openings for officers and board members, don't be afraid to get involved!
SEPT 8 2013 MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES
ARE POSTED ON MEETING MINUTES PAGE
LOOKED ON FOR SALE PAGE LATELY?
Raceway Park's last race
was Sept 1. As sort of a last minute deal the IMCA Old Timers had 10 vintage race cars on display behind the grandstand. Ron Olson, #47, 8 time track champion, carried the flag around the track for the last time with Marge Elftmann riding shotgun . He was followed by the vintage cars. Ron also carried the flag on the first race 57 years ago. Ron drove Skip Pollacks vintage 55 Ford Stock car. The races were good, the stands were packed, standing room only. Concession stands ran out of food. felt bad for Jeremy Wolf, on the last lap of the NASCAR Hobby feature, he got upside down on the back stretch and really made a mess out of his #32 car. After all the races were over, many of the fans stayed in there seats, as I was leaving the grandstand, I saw many, many men and women in tears. Thanks to all the Old Timers who brought their car to Raceway to help say good bye
I was asked early Sunday morning why the results from Elko's Saturday nights race weren't posted on the website. Well, the answer is, I got home at 1am, was up at 7am working on the race car to get to Raceway for noon practice. No body wrote down the results or who was there, or a story to go with it.
same was true for Raceway, Cedar Lake and Milwaukee. So if you want to read about our events, "SOMEBODY" has to write the story.
I do know Gary Stein blew his engine, Mike Stein bounced off the wall on the back stretch and Dan Frasson won the heat race, Royce Rossier won the feature.
Sunday, Greg Gernentz won the feature.
Rossier #4 Heiland #15 got together in turn one, alone with the #24 car. The #4 sustained lots of damage to the front end and side. #24 had the right front wheel pealed off and damage to the right front.
MILWAUKEE MILE UPDATE AND
RESULTS COMING SOON
PICTURES FROM ELKO SPEEDWAY AND RACEWAY PARK
July 20 & 21, 2013
PICTURES FROM CEDAR LAKE SPEEDWAY
JULY 20, 2013
FLYING CLOUD AIR SHOW JULY 14 & 14, 2013
THANKS TO Jim Boman for putting this event together for the club. Also thanks to Dave Carter, Skip R and Jim H for bringing their cars for display.
SICK CALL: One of the origional IMCA Old Timer Members (member number 1) Paul Andersonis at an assisted living facility in Farmington MN. Paul's phone number is 651-252-2031. Give him a call he'd like to hear from you.
GOLDEN SANDS MEMORIAL DAY
WISCONSIN RAPIDS WI
by Darrell Paasch
There were 13 cars there, the weather was gray skies with drizzle and a stiff eastern wind. 4 guys from illinois made the trip up, they were, Dick Kath, Ryan Gretschman, Pat Heaney and Shane Heaney, other drivers were Darrell Basseuner, Darrell Paasch, Royce Rossier, Jerry Schneider, Mike Carlson, Charley Schwoch, John Gilbertson, Cliff Scheinoha, and Dave Schreiner. fast time was set by Mike Carlson from lacrosse at 13.949, Carlson was driving a ex ARCA car, a Dodge, complete with mopar power, the first heat was won by John Gilbertson, his first ever win, followed by Darrell Paasch, Ryan Gretschman, and Dave Schreiner, also driving a ex ARCA car. The second heat was close with Cliff Scheinoha winning, driving the Jere O’day restored coupe, with Royce Rossier taking second. the feature started with Darrell Paasch on the pole which lasted one lap, when Royce Rossier blew by him on the inside on the front stretch followed by five other drivers, racing was close in the first five spots until some contact ocurred between Ryan Gretschman and Cliff Scheinoha, neither driver could continue. the final three laps went quickly and the winner was Pat Heaney followed by Royce Rossier, Jerry Schneider, Mike Carlson, Shane Heaney, Charley Schwoch, Darrell Paasch, and John Gilbertson. Dick Kath had some real bad luck with missing the heat because of engine troubles, and then when he pulled onto the track for the feature a broken left front frame and tubing stopped him from running, also Dave Schreiner put it on the trailer after the heat, due to issues with the car, real hard luck was with Darrell Bassuener, he had to attend to promoter duties and missed his heat, then the tracks well pump quit working and he had to be involved in getting that fixed, causing him to miss the feature, but Darrel was his usual easy going good guy, many thanks to him for hosting us and treating us great as usual. all in all it was a good time and everyone got along great, guys were talking about the next event at Madison June 28, and Milwaukee Mile July 7 & 8
NASCAR driver Dick Trickle has died of a self-inflicted gunshot, according to the Lincoln County (N.C.) Sheriff.
According to a press release from the sheriff's department, Trickle called the Lincoln County Communications Center and said that "there would be a dead body and it would be his," at the Forest Lawn Cemetery. Office members tried to call the retired driver back, but no one picked up.
Workers found Trickle near his pickup truck shortly after.
NASCAR's CEO Brian France released a statement earlier this afternoon:
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Dick Trickle on his passing today. Dick was a legend in the short-track racing community, particularly in his home state of Wisconsin, and he was a true fan favorite. Personalities like Dick Trickle helped shape our sport. He will be missed."
Trickle, 71, competed in 303 Sprint Cup races over a 24-year career. He never won a race on NASCAR's biggest circuit but had 36 top-10 finishes. He was also named NASCAR Winston Cup rookie of the year in 1989.
He achieved much of his success on short-tracks, where he won more than 1000 races throughout his career.
Dick Trickle’s family said in its statement Friday that Trickle’s funeral service would be private. His survivors include his wife, three children and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in memory of Trickle to the racing charity;
4500 Adams Way,
Randleman, NC, 27317
IMCA Old Timers and Raceway Park
7th ANNUAL SWAP MEET
SUNDAY APRIL 28, 2013
GREAT TURN OUT.
A special thanks to John and Mike from Raceway Park for the use of their parking lot. And thanks to all the members who helped out, Big Don Belkengren, Gary Stein, Carter Narveson, Rick Stine, President David Stone, Jim Boman, John Ellingson, Bill Mueller Jr., Mike Stein, and of course the ones I forgot to mention.
pictures provided by David Stone and Jim Heiland
RACEWAY PARK, SHAKOPEE MN
2013 TO BE LAST SEASON
News & Views April 2, 2013
Raceway Parks 2013 racing season will run through Sept. 1, 2013 without interruption. Recovery Technology Systems, RTS is in the early stages of city approval for a recycling plant. Raceway Park has an agreement with RTS to complete the 2013 season as planned. This was a difficult decision however, economic conditions leave me know choice but to pursue this avenue. I hope for a memorable 2013 and look forward to some great racing and after race gatherings in the pit area. We are currently looking for an individual to work in the tire truck, please contact Rob at the racing office (952-445-2257) if you're interested. Our annual tire sale will be held on Saturday April 20, 2013 from 10:00-1:00.
IMCA OLD TIMERS DISPLAY AT
THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
ASA Midwest Tour
Howie Lettow Memorial 150
by Jim Heiland
Hats off to ASA Midwest Tour, Steve Einhaus and the entire crew for putting on a great show. We at IMCA Old Timers Vintage Group are greatfull for the chance to be part of the event.
There were 24 vintage cars coming from 4 state to be part of the show. There were quite a cross section of vintage cars, from a 1955 Chev on up. There were several retired Winston Cup and ARCA cars racing with us. We were given 2 practice sessions Monday and Tuesday. The schedule call for one vintage heat race and a vintage feature. After talking to Einhaus, he gave us 2 six lap heats and a 20 lap feature.
With the amount of practice we had, it became pretty clear what the pecking order was. Four drivers got together and made up the line up for the 2 heats. Faster cars in one heat and less faster cars in the other.
First heat, Paul Dolphy #5 Ford lead 2 laps, Heiland #4 lead 4 laps. At the checked flag, #4 won by a bumper, holding off a charge by Craig Olson #11 Ford, 3rd was Dolphy, followed by #88 Dan Navrestad, #16 Alan Kautz, #43 Ron Boutell, 54 Dave Scheiner.
The Faster car heat was very close with #5 Pat Heaney, Chevelle showing the way followed by #2 Gary Mitidiero, #28 Jerry Schnieder, #80 Bob Heine, #13 Ken Hutchins, #90 Dick Karth, and the rest of the field. We were all so involved watching the heats and features, nobody wrote down the finishing order. Before I forget, I want to thank Brian Dophy, Paul's brother for helping out with lining us up and getting to the track on time.
The feature was pretty much an inverted start. Faster cars in the back, make them work for it. There was a caution on about lap 10 when #43 blew his motor. The rest of the race, the #2 #28, #88, #13, #11, #84, #81, #5 put on quite the show. At the finish line it was Gary Mitidiero, Jerry Schneider, Dan Navrestad, Ken Hutchins, Craig Olson, Chuck King, Curt Daughters, Pat Heaney, Bob Heine, Dick Karth, Butch Mierendorf, Jim Heiland, Tim Pasley, Paul Dolphy, Alan Kautz and Ron Boutell. order of finish by numbers,