BCRA Vintage Midgets at Calistoga Speedway – 8th Louie Vermeil Classic September 4/5/6/2015

By June Wheeler-Ferreira

 The Louie Vermeil Classic over Labor Day weekend, what a great time we all had at this event. Things started off Friday evening with The 4th Hall of Fame Banquet. What an event it was. All kinds of celebrations, there was a sold out full house, great food and a real nice introduction to the Hall Of Fame Inductee’s by Bobby Gerould. Had several nice cars on display silence auction and a video going on of past events throughout the evening. Lealand Mc Spadden was the Grand Marshall for the event

 Saturday morning most of the vintage cars were there, so we line them up behind the grandstand area for display along with several Hotrods and Show Cars, We had 19 vintage open wheel cars a full field of Hardtops for Saturday night event, of course the real racers USAC Sprints Cars, Midgets with lots and lots of racing.

 The weather was perfect, just a little warm. Saturday we the Midget Guys had warm up and a main with Midgets running separately from the WRA Sprint Cars, Track Roadsters and Modifieds. Sunday because of lack of time we ran a main with all of WRA Cars. It was fun to run the big half-mile, the track was in beautiful shape as usual. WRA Pres Bob Mastroleo kept things straighten out with parking and racing events, a big thank you to him for all his hard work and effort, good job.

A lot of work goes into this event we would like to say many thanks to Tommy and Jeanie Hunt and staff for putting it together, we the Vintage Guys are lost for words to describe this wonderful event. Rico Abreu sweep with Midget wins, Saturday Ryan Bernal won in Sprints and Sunday Rico Abreu won in Sprints. 

 The Calistoga Speedway 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee’s; Fred Bailey, Sam Bailey, Bob Neilson, Gary Patterson, Norm Rapp, Art Shanoian and Jimmy Sills. 

Just to mention a few of BCRA guys that showed up with their Midgets; #2 JP Shanoian, Edmunds Chevy II, #2 Fred Maydole, Offy, #8 Rudy DiMaggio, Offy, # 8 Richard Walsh. Marmon-4, #11 Jerry Lewis Falcon, #16 Tommy Belfiore, Edmunds Chevy II, #17 Doug Shanoian, Offy, , #30 Norm Gray Kurtis, Chevy II, #36 Paul Ferreira, Rail V8-60 and #63 Larry Booth Kurtis  Checy II.

 Our next BCRA Midget event is Ukiah Speedway 9/26/15, hope to see all there,


Paul & June