Port Royal – Honoring the heroes of Port Royal and racing’s past will be the theme of this Saturday’s EMMR/Penn Central Racing Reunion Honoree Night at Port Royal Speedway while action on the track is dominated by the first ever appearance at the track by the wingless stars of USAC.
The 2012 Founders Awards will be bestowed during the night to a pair of iconic Port Royal figures in the form of car owner John Regester and driver Leroy Felty.
Regester owns the most career wins of any sprint/super modified car owner at the track dating back to when his cars first hit the track in the 1950s with drivers like Pete Swarmer, Ray Tilley, Dick Tobias and more.
Now 79 years-old, Regester of Thompsontown will be feted during the night’s activities as one of two Founders Award honorees.
Felty, now age 82 and residing in Fort Myers, FL., slung clay at Port Royal and on other mid-state ovals from the 1950’s through the 1980s and established himself as one of the most identifiable names on the super modified/sprint circuit as the division evolved through the 1950s and 1960s.
Felty too will receive one of this years Founders Awards during the evening.
Four restored Felty machines will be on display for the night along with many other restored Penn Central and EMMR racing mounts.
Felty’s 4ACES, Velvet Jet 7, Jim Campbell 31 and his very first No. 4 car from the early 1950s will all be on display.
Interviews with the Founders Awards honorees will be conducted during the evening along with other racing heroes and legends in attendance.
Lynn Paxton, a legend himself, will be on hand to help curate the event.
The first 35 antique racecars to arrive for the event will be given a free dash plaque.
The plaque is in the memory of Robert L. ”Bob” Stimely, a late Penn Central member.
A full program of USAC, ARDC Midget and pro stock racing will be presented beginning at 7 pm with admission gates opening at 5 pm however restored cars will be on display prior to that time.