Motorsports show is in the history books.
Thousands of people filled the aisles of the 26th edition of the Motorsports
2011 Presented by SEF Race Car and Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia
Expo Center in Oaks, PA this past weekend.
Despite bone chilling cold weather and some snow/ice conditions the show
drew an impressive crowd with NASCAR Hall of Fame David Pearson, 15 time
NHRA Funny Car champion John Force, Nationwide racer Kenny Wallace, former
NASCAR Cup champion Rusty Wallace, Hall of Fame sprint car racing legends
Rick Ferkel and Shane Carson, Partridge Family member Danny Bonaduce along
with former Roger Penske
Motorsports executive Don Miller attracting long
lines of autograph seekers.
Many well known local and regional racers were in attendance mixing with
fans and participating in autograph sessions.
“It was great to see the support given the show. We were very pleased with
the fan turnout,” said show organizer Len Sammons. “Many vendors reported
that they had a lot of traffic at their booths generating a large number of
sales. Some have already requested their display space for the next show.
All of us involved with the show were happy to see so much interest. We are
all anxious to get started on
plans for the 27th annual show.”
Always a highlight of the show the BPG Racing Ms. Motorsports Pageant had
23-year-old Karin Heisey of Middletown, PA being crowned the new Ms.
Motorsports. The lovely lady represented Four Star Lettering. Her favorite
track is Williams Grove Speedway and sprint racer Cody Darrah is her
As Ms. Motorsports she will represent the show in appearances at speedways
and special events throughout the year. She won $1,500, a beautiful custom
jacket from Design 500, jewelry from Golden Pleasures Jewelers in
Bordentown, NJ and flowers from Jen Moore Florals.
First runner-up was 19-year-old Kelsey Johnson of Elmer, NJ. She will also
represent national racing publication Area Auto Racing News at a variety of
races and events throughout 2011.
Arynne Moody, a 24-year-old beauty from Ambler, PA, was the second
Kimmie Trout of Reading, PA was tops in the interview caption while Arynne
Moody was the top pick of judges in sportswear. Heisey took top honors in
swimwear while congeniality honors were earned by Moody and Kelsey Johnson
was the most photogenic.
Kasey Missimer, granddaughter of Grandview Speedway owners Bruce and Theresa
Rogers, earned $500 from A-1 Racing Productss. The attractive 20-year-old
was the Fans Choice award winner.
During the course of the evening Donna Miller, wife of Thunder on the Hill
Series co-promoter Bob Miller, was presented with the prestigious Joey Pratt
Award named in honor of the popular former show manager who passed away back
in 2008. Ms. Miller has been an important part of the Motorsports show
running the BPG Racing Ms. Motorsports pageant for a number of years.
On Friday evening Ms. Tiffany Skias of Reading, PA and Stephanie Reid,
Macungie, PA each earned $500 as winners in the Pioneer Pole Building Model
During the Metal Fab sponsored Sunday Family Day activities Alexis Nyce was
able to win the 3-4 year old Big Wheel competition with Colin James and
Julianna Exner following. In the 5-6 year old division Christian Bruno brought his big wheel home
first in front of Ryan Brown and Bryce Smith. Evan Rothmann won the 7-9 year
old big wheel race over Nicole Tobey and Becky Yerk.
The Silver Spring Speedway Reunion display earned the top award in the
Vintage Car display competition. The Keizer Wheels Mark Bitner No. 15 sprint
car took the top award for Open Cockpit displays. Radical Design’s Mike Iles
No. 711 Modified earned the first place award for Stock Car displays.
First place in the Drag Car displays went to Derrick Townes’ 1969 Camaro
while the Kenny Weld No. 91 Modified got top honors in amongst the Vintage
Stock Car displays. The Phoenixville, PA Quarter Midget Club won the best
display award for Quarter Midget organizations and the Vargo Offy No. 3
midget was the top display in the Vintage Open Cockpit division.
First place in the Speedway and Club division went to Brett Deyo Motorsports
Media and the Overall Best Race Car display went to CJ Modifieds.
Thousands of show attendees were able to visit a variety of speedway display
areas to learn what will be happening at their favorite speedway, get up
close to more than 200 motorsports vehicles that were on display throughout
the 250,000 square feet of show space, attend close to 20 different seminars
(free) throughout the show weekend and see what is new in the sport by
visiting with large number of vendors that were offering a variety of
products and services.
Plans for the 2012 edition of the Motorsports 2012 Presented by SEF Small
Engine Fuel Race Car and Trade Show will be announced in the near future.