Eddie McCardel  1921 – 2015

Brother's Guy (left) and Eddie McCardel were awarded the first Port Royal Speedway Founders Awards in 2011.

Brother’s Guy (left) and Eddie McCardel were awarded the first Port Royal Speedway Founders Awards in 2011.

Three-time Port Royal track champion Eddie McCardel passed away on March 18, 2015.  “Fast Eddie,” who at times also raced under the name “Jack McGurk,” to avoid insurance companies and his mother knowing he was in action, was 94 years old.

McCardle won the first track titles at Port Royal when the track began weekly auto racing programs run under the sanction of Penn Central Racing Association in the early 1950s.
In 2011, Eddie McCardel and his brother Guy became the first recipients of the Port Royal Speedway Founders Awards.

Both Eddie and his wife Rita were instrumental in the building of Beaver Springs Dragway in Snyder County following Eddie’s retirement as a circle track racer.
After his son Bob closed a deal to purchase land and build the dragway in the early 1970’s, Eddie oversaw complete construction. The Dragway set a record by being up, and operating in only 30 days.
“For as long as I can remember, dad  had gasoline in his veins,” said his son “Beaver” Bob McCardel . 
Eddie raced AAA Midgets after the war and then he and his brother Guy formed Penn Central Racing Association, and started the Stock Car Races at Port Royal Speedway in 1951. He was the first club president, and the first champion.
He went on to win two more championships, and was the first driver to win a feature driving a Chevrolet V-8.
He was the man behind the scenes with the running of Big Rita’s concessions at the dragway. He stayed involved with the track, at a distance,  right up to the end of the 2014 season, marking 43 years in the drag racing business.
Edward owned and operated Fast Eddie’s Used Cars and E&W Rebuilders, retiring in 2003 at age 82.
He was a sportsman, an avid racing fan and a loving husband and father.
In retirement he became quite the Western movie buff, reminiscing to all of the old cowboy movies. Always by his side in later years was his faithful Westie, Toby.
May he rest in peace.