By June Wheeler-Ferreira
The 2014 Awards Banquet is history it was Saturday night, January 31st at the VFW Hall in Ripon. As usual Linda Manning our business manager and all of her gang did an outstanding job. The hall was great and the food was excellent. Rick Faeth, Petaluma Speedway Promoter and longtime BCRA member was MC, he kept the crowd laughing all evening, he’s great. Rick Holbrook, president of BCRA passed out the awards as the recipients was called up to the stage to receive them. Congrats to Chad Nichols Midgets and Brian Corso Midget lites 2014 Championships.
Norm Rapp talked about his trip to the Chili Bowl for his induction into The National Midget Hall Of Fame and his ride from Oklahoma with Floyd Alvis, which was funny. The Board presented Linda, Tom Manning and Jimmy Montgomery with a special award for all their hard work at the track and for BCRA. The drivers and owners were happy to get their awards and big money checks. Jim Dejong received the Pete Baraldi best appearing award for non-competition car. Larry Booth for his vintage membership won a year of free dues.
Vintage director Tommy Belfiore presented awards to the the Vintage Division who attend 3 events during 2014; Tommy Belfiore, Larry Booth, Jim DeJong, Paul Farajian, Paul & June Ferreira, Norm Gray, Bob Pena. Norm Rapp, Doug Shanoian, Karen Soares, Don Strauch, Vic Strauch and Richard Walsh. Also who were present; Chris Belfiore, Sammy Belfiore, Jim Correira, John & Joe Demartini and Lorraine Walsh.
The annual Championship Awards Banquet is always a fun night so if you miss it you miss a good time mark it on your calendar for next year. The 2015 season is coming up fast and the schedule really is looking good. Remember guys this is your club and to make it work we need to support it.
Let’s go racing, Paul & June Ferreira