Vukovich Classic – Madera Speedway May 5th, 2012
by June Wheeler-Ferreira
The news from BCRA Vintage Views, Madera May the 5th was the Vukovich Classic. Full night of open wheel racing with USAC/BCRA midgets, USAC /NMCA sprints, Super Modifieds, South West tour trucks and the mighty BCRA Vintage midgets.
The weather was great mid 70’s the crowd was fair could have been better and as always the racing was great. All the groups got warm ups and hot laps, but unfortunately the mains was cut short because of a 2 hour track repair job which was the aftermath of a wild ride that Mike Donaldson took down the front straight away in the competitive midget heat. The vintage guys got one short warm up on the track. Because of the time frame we were unable to run the heat and main, but the guys still had a good time in the pits visiting and kicking tires. Lots of notables came over to look at the cars. We were visited by Burt Foland , who gave Paul a little hand with his throttle always good to see him at the track. Also Tommy Astone Jr. was looking things over too.
Our Vintage director Tommy Belfiore inspected cars for safety so that help to past the time away. Unfortunately things happen at the track that can’t be helped and we are the first that have to set the night out. Remember guys, the promoters work real hard to put people in the stands and put on a good show and they don’t like it when they have to cut a group out and unfortunately that’s the vintage group. We have to remember that they let us run as an extra benefit for the fans and must realize that sometimes, we won’t make the show. Most of us stay busy working on our cars and watching the other racing events. We can’t go away mad if things go wrong. But you must realize that there is no guarantee that we will be able to run, it doesn’t happen to often, but it does happen. We will be going back to Madera on June the 9th and I’m sure if all goes well we’ll get plenty of track time, So lets keep this date in mind and get plenty of cars and put on a great exhibition for the fans.
The Vintage guys: Tommy & Sammy Belfiore #16 Edmunds Chevy II, Norm Gray and Brian # 30 Kurtis Ford V8-60, Harold & Nancy Allen, #04 Kurtis Ford V8-60, Don Strauch & Nephew #26 Kane Chevy II, Richard Walsh #8 Marmon-4, Doug Shanoian #17 Offy and Paul and June Ferreira #1 Edmunds Chevy II.
Richard Walsh did a static display with his Marmon-4 for Kenny Shepherd in front of the grandstands, what a beautiful car it was own and driven by his uncle Clay Walsh.
Remember guys we’re too old to be famous now, see you at Madera, June & Paul