Annual “Jack London Bash” Hall of Fame Picnic
July 16, 2016
By June Wheeler-Ferreira
Hi all, well July 16th was the 34rth Annual Picnic and Jack London Bash held at Petaluma Speedway. A good crowd was on hand for the event and it was held in a different area. This year it was in the picnic area right behind the main grandstand entrance over by the Auction buildings. There was lots of shade, plenty tables and benches, it was a great spot for a picnic. Would like to give a big thanks to all who put this event together and help out the whole day. Especially Linda Manning, our manager, we don’t know what we would do without her, this lady does alot of work and it is appreciated by all who attend.
The weather was just right, just a little windy and it got cold at night. It was a full night of racing with BCRA/USAC Midgets, Midgets Lites, Vintage Midgets and 360 Wing Sprints and they got all that done and finish by 10pm. Great show, 24 Midgets starting in the main so you know it was crowded on the track. In the Winners Circle for Midgets was Alex Schutte, Midget Lites Craig Dillard, 360 Wing Sprints Andy Forsberg and Vintage Midgets Sparky Howard, congrats all.
Rick Faeth made sure that the Vintage guys got their time on the track he takes real good care of the Vintage group, thanks Rick, good job.
We saw a lot of Hall of Famers wondering around in the picnic area and the food was good. Floyd Busby did a great job of introducing the new inductees; John Sarale; Jim Fowler; Lonnie Lopez; Ted Hunting; Mark Sublett and Matt Sublett into the Hall of Fame.
Also like to say something about the track announcer, Ron Lundgren, this guy was really good and really made the show a lot better. All in all we had a really fun day and will be looking forward to next year, Thanks again for another great event.
The Vintage guys present with their cars: #30 Norm Gray: #23 Ron Dunn; #36 Paul Ferreira/Driver Richard Walsh; #107 Jim Soares/Driver Sparky Howard; #8 Richard Walsh (static display) and #87 Norm Rapp (static display).
Our next event Stockton 99, 8/6/2016 this is really a fun track to run on hope to see you all.
June & Paul