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Maritime racing’s South East Challenge shows early success
After only two weeks of racing, the crowds are up, the car counts are way up, and the future is looking very bright indeed for the two facilities.
While only three of the combined events are slated for River Glade, recent events are pointing towards all of these being huge successes. The first of these three events took place on July 12th with a full slate of Points Championship racing, (part of the combined points competition known as the South East Challenge) followed by a wildly enthusiastic Burnout competition. The Burnouts have always been popular with huge crowds jamming the facility from one end to the other. This year fans will also be treated to some thrilling racing beforehand.
On August 23rd, the oldest continually run race in eastern Canada, and one of the three oldest in Canada, goes at River Glade Speedway. This event is a Sportsman class event and always attracts a large field of the best cars in the Maritimes. The race is run in two sections, with a ten minute break between halves, and has a distance of 100 laps plus one lap for every year it has been run, making this year a 145 lap event.
The race has had many formats over the years, from the old “modified” class to “MASCAR” and now Sportsman. The wily old veteran, Frankie Fraser, now retired, was a seven time winner of this event, and the late Don Biederman won it also. Defending champion, Mike Power Jr. will be undoubtedly back to defend his crown from a year ago.
The third and final River Glade event takes place on the 13th of September when the final points date of the South East Challenge will be run and champions crowned. With all the points titles on the line, the action will be fast and furious.
After the points battles have been settled, River Glade will stage its annual Demolition event. This event is always very competitive and extremely exciting and track owner, Herman Berry, always shows up ready for competition. This year Herman stated “I’m going to enter and I intend to win.” Brave words indeed for someone with a natural target on his back. It all boils down to a short but highly entertaining season of stock car racing at River Glade Speedway, the Maritime’s oldest continually run facility.
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In attendance were Pres. Blane Page, Director from NS. Jim Hallahan, Gordie MacCulloch, Director from NB, and Ernie McLean and Winona McLean.
The agenda before them was to become more diversified and the organization become known as Maritime Motorsports Hall Of Fame that would include all types of motor sports in the Maritimes. They had to decide what had to be done to prepare satisfactory information for the village of Petitcodiac and the different governments to approve the financing of a building to house the Maritime Motor Sports Hall of Fame.
On November 12, 2003 Petitcodiac Councillor Gary Barbour, Ernest and Winona met with the Canadian Motorsports Hall Of Fame President Ross De St. Croix in Toronto to gain information about the functions of a Motorsports Hall Of Fame.
After many meetings and becoming an Incorporate Non Profit Organization the first proposal was sent to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency asking for help funding the building on January 17, 2006. We received the final word in 2008 that we could begin building. The new Maritime Motorsports Hall Of Fame building is located at 5 Hooper Lane, in Petitcodiac, NB with easy access for travelers and tour busses at the intersection of Highways # 1 and # 905 at exit 233. The building is 10,000 square feet and will have interests for the young and older generations.
The Museum will be a learning experience as they tour the artefacts from the past. There are two social rooms to be rented for entertainment and small functions. For the travelers a much needed rest area is being prepared with a picnic area.
The building will be open year round, except for major holidays. The admission into the Museum will be $6.00 for adults. A special rate for groups may be arranged. Three events that are in the planning stage are a Volunteer Recognition Party on September 3rd, a Open House for local area residents with date to be set and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony planned for October.
The major fund raising campaign that is underway is the selling of the Commemorative Bricks to be place on a wall in the Museum. Anyone may purchase a brick and have they message inscribed on it. The cost of each 4 x 8 Brick is $200. A larger brick suitable for a business or club costs $1000. Order forms may be obtained at the Hall Of fame office.
The 2009 Induction ceremony is set for November 14th at the Crystal Palace in Dieppe, NB. This is the 4th Induction and will bring the total Inductees to 40. We are asking anyone having motor sports memorabilia if they wish to donate or loan these items to the Hall, it would be greatly appreciated. The phone number is 506-756-2110.
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