This Saturday night (Aug. 15) is Old Timer’s Night at the Rockford Speedway. That doesn’t mean people my age and older get in free. It does mean fans will get an opportunity to see what racing was like years ago.
Rockford’s historic track will host the Illinois Vintage Racing feature as part of the weekly line-up this Saturday. The first official entry for this event came from Randy Stallsworth. He is from Denver. Stallsworth will make the long trip in honor of his dad, Wayne Stallsworth, who was the 1970 National Short Track Champion at Rockford.
Stallsworth will be towing a completely-restored, 1934 Ford open-wheel modified to town. The car is an original ’63-era car, painted exactly like the car his father made famous in the early stages of his career. Wayne Stallsworth was a six-time late model champion in Colorado, and his many wins, accomplishments and contributions to motor sports were recognized in 2006 when he was inducted into the Colorado Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
All of the vintage cars on display that evening will take a few ceremonial laps around Rockford’s historic quarter-mile, high-banked oval track. That will be followed by the main event, the Illinois Vintage Racing feature. While it may take some fans down memory lane, it’ll also show the youngsters in attendance what old-school racing was all about.
Old Timer’s Night will feature an autograph session behind the main grandstand one hour before the racing begins. Fans are encouraged to bring their old pictures and programs to be autographed by the many past champions and drivers expected to be in attendance at this special event.
For more information or to reserve your tickets to the Rockford Speedway’s Old Timer’s Night, call the box office at (815) 633-1500.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
from the Aug 12-18, 2009 issue