From Bob Miller
The hard-working staff behind the scenes of the successful week long IRCO Dirt Track Heroes Car show, has begun to do the leg work to put the many needed pieces in place for the upcoming 2014 event. The seventh edition of the IRCO Dirt Track Heroes Car event will return to the Phillipsburg Mall in 2014 with opening day set for Sunday, March 2nd with the show running through Saturday, March 8. The show encompasses the majority of the local short track scene and offers something for everyone.
The Phillipsburg Mall, located on Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, NJ, changed hands in ownership for the 2013 event and the new owners, the Mason Asset Management Group, put their best foot forward to work with and assist the Dirt Track Heroes staff to present another fantastic event. It will be business as usual when the seventh offering of the popular show is presented. The Phillipsburg Mall has proven to be a popular setting for this special event and will once again offer a broad variety of new and vintage race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the Mall for the duration of the show.
The six previous shows have averaged 120 race cars from all divisions of racing filling the Mall space as the past, present and future of racing were highlighted in a week long show that celebrated the love each of us has found in attending races and meeting so many wonderful people associated with the sport. With an exciting and diverse schedule of events to whet the appetite of any true race fan, large crowds are expected to flock to the show to fill the wide walkways of the Phillipsburg Mall for the upcoming seventh edition of the show. This event is truly a Mall favorite and one of the leading attractions, continuously drawing outstanding crowds and successful events promoter Bob Miller and his wife Donna will once again spearhead the hard working staff of individuals responsible for the continued success of the show.
The restored race cars represent racing’s past or what many race fans refer to as the “Golden Era” of auto racing. Either way, the spirit of the event itself takes the great fan base of the event back to a time when they could hop into their family jitney and travel less than a half hour to witness the excitement of a night at the races. While some of the cars in attendance are original works, some of the race cars are replicars, re-created to look much like the racers the legendary drivers drove to glory at one of the many speedways that hosted racing events. Those great cars and the preserved memories gain far more impact when the fans have the opportunity to chat with many of the drivers who will be making special appearances during the week long event. All historical racing groups including Reading, Flemington, Harmony, Dorney Park and Nazareth will have their memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits.
Current day race cars are displayed by race teams to gain for themselves and their sponsors additional exposure and create an interest for mall walkers to visit a race track in their immediate area. The cars are displayed to also exhibit the new and changing technology associated with racing and with the many restored race cars on site, depicts the evolution of the many eras of racing ingenuity. The fans can visit the Dirt Track Heroes Car Show and on any given night, meet the guys and gal drivers who pilot these four-wheel high-powered race cars. Many race tracks participate in this event as a way to distribute their yearly racing schedules for the upcoming season and to meet and greet their loyal fans and hopefully make some new fans to attend racing events at their respective facilities. The show remains free to the public as it has been since first landing at the Phillipsburg Mall seven years ago.
Entries are now accepted to display in the Dirt Track Heroes Show. More information is available by calling Donna Miller at 443-513-4456. Please provide your name, phone number type of car and car number to enter. Vendors as well as race tracks and organizations are invited as well.
In the previous events, cars on display included big and small block Modifieds, Sportsman, all divisions of Micro-Sprints, ARDC Midgets, all divisions of Sprint Cars, Slingshots, Stage One Modifieds, X-Cel Modifieds, Late Models, SpeedSTRS, Go-Karts and a broad variety of vintage and restored race cars. New Egypt, Grandview, Big Diamond, Bridgeport, Hamlin, Accord, Action Track USA, Borger’s and Snydersville will again be among the many speedways involved with the 2014 show. The week-long event will set aside one evening to salute the “Stars of Tomorrow” with a special night for the budding young racing talents competing with the many quarter midget clubs in the area and this night has proven to be one of the highlights of the week as many will be giving their first ever interviews to a sizable crowd.
For the seventh consecutive year, former Gasoline Alley show hosts Ed and Steve Pados will host the nightly events and interviews along with guest announcers. Long-time announcer Bobby Stull and former Lake Mocatek co-announcer Justin Beltrame have already signed on to play a major part in the show. Sunday, March 2nd will kick-off the festivities for the week long event at 1 PM. A new offering to the fans for the 2014 show will be a chance for them to arrive early and take part in the Race Fans Memories portion with an open forum concept where they can talk about fond memories they have enjoyed in racing. Tentatively, the Race Fans Memories portion will take place Monday through Thursday at 4:30
The Dirt Track Heroes Car Show will again offer a great keepsake event souvenir program book and shirt. The Phillipsburg Mall is open Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM; Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM. For Dirt Track Heroes information, contact show organizers Bob and Donna Miller by phone at: 443 513 4456, via e-mail at: TOTH98@aol.com .