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.
When I started composing this letter we had a few exciting events coming up, but they've passed by now so I'll have to refer to them in the past tense. 2014 started out with shoveling snow, cold weather and a trip out to Janesville, Wisconsin to participate in the Racers Expo. The IMCA Oldtimers had a booth and a meeting with some of our Vintage Touring Series members from out that way. It was good to see some of those members and welcome some new ones.
This past Sunday, January 19th, we had a Bench Racing/Scrapbook/Memorabilia Meeting with over 20 members showing and sharing their memories. It was hard for me to get to everybody's table but I sure tried and looked at everything I could. During the 3 plus hours every member I looked at was so proud of their collection and the stories that went with them, which is the reason I got involved with this club to begin with. I'm positive WE have to do this again this year because it was so much fun. My wife and I talked about it for several hours after we got home.
Now on to the rest of the year, we are still planning our Racers Swap Meet in April, Milwaukee Mile event is on a June weekend this year, and Cedar Lake Speedway in July, more to come. I'm really looking forward seeing as many of our members out at the track as possible this year.
Thank You to all the Board Members, Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretary's, Treasurers, Race Directors and Members who were here before me, I hope I can keep up what you have started and keep the stories, friendships and camaraderie alive
2014 RULES FOR THE IMCA VINTAGE RACING SERIES
ARE POSTED ON THE 2014 RULES PAGE
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MIDWEST RACER AUCTION and EXPO
Jan 3 & 4 2014
IMCA Old Timers were represented well at the show. President Paul Dolphy, Past President and Treasurer Dave Stone, Secretary Mike Stein, Board member Carter Narveson, and Jim Heiland made the trip from Minnesota. There was also a good turnout of members from Wisconsin there too.. the Auction and expo was held in an old Menards Building so there was lots of space. Chuck King from Ill. brought his #7 retired NASCAR T Bird for our display. We had a good spot and did create interest in our vintage racing.
At noon on Saturday the IMCA Vintage Racing Series had a meeting
/get together. Steve Einhaus gave us an up date on the up coming ARCA Fest at the Milwaukee Mile in June.
We reviewed the rules for the up coming season. There was discussion about "No Weekly Series Drivers Allow". If you drive in a hobby, Big 8, Late Model series, you are not allow to race in our vintage series. This has been voted on ina previous meeting.
We also talked about scheduled races and some different tracks.
As always it was good to see old friends and fellow racers.
If you haven't been to this show, mark your calander for next year.
DUES ARE DUE!
713 College Ave.
Red Wing, Minnesota 55066
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.
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
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.
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
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,