Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Richard Parks Update...

Car racing fans; there are three events coming up that you may enjoy attending.  Sincerely, Richard Parks (
1) The Santa Ana Drags and Main Street Malt Shop Reunion will be held on April 14, 2012 at Santiago Creek Park, about a quarter mile east of Main Street on East Memory Lane (turns south into Lawson Way) in Orange, California.  There is a catered lunch hosted by Gene Mitchell and organized by dry lakes and hot rod historian Leslie Long to honor all those who drag raced at the Santa Ana Drag Strip in the 1950's.  It starts at 10 AM and goes until everyone leaves.  It is a free event and there is no charge to park or attend.  Just show up with your photo albums and have a great time.
2) Norma Jordan wrote to say that the Riverside International Automotive museum will host their annual Legends of Riverside Racing Film Festival and Gala, March 31 - April 1, 2012, plus a cocktail reception on Friday evening, March 30th for all ticket holders.  Bobby Unser is the Honoree of the event and will be on hand.  He won the Indianapolis 500 three times and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb 13 times in a variety of cars. He was the first driver to average more than 190 miles per hour at the Indy 500. Bobby was USAC Indy Car Champion in 1968,1974 and the 1975 IROC Champion. His honors include induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1994.  Along with Bobby, past honorees Dan Gurney, Carroll Shelby and Parnelli Jones will attend. Ivan Stewart, Hershel McGriff, Jim Adams, Chris Cord, Bob Bondurant, George Follmer, Art Evans, Bill Pollack, Bill Krause and up to 50 more veteran drivers will be in attendance.  For tickets see Norma Jordan at the Riverside International Automotive Museum, 815 Marlborough Avenue #200, Riverside, California 92507
951 369-6966 Office,  
3) The Dry Lakes Racers Hall of Fame and Gas-Up Party, hosted by the Gold Coast Roadster and Racing Club and the Mendenhall Petroleum Museum and Gas Pump collection, will be held on April 28, 2012, from 9 AM until 5 PM, on Zaca Street, in Buellton, California.  For a reservation form go to for instructions and prices.