The Racing History Project has announced its event schedule for 2017. Coming off a string of successful fundraisers in Pomona and Monterey, the non-profit that’s dedicated to preserving and promoting racing history has developed a promising series of events for the coming year.
All events will take place at the Wally Parks NHRA Museum in Pomona, California, and the two tribute dinners will feature a world class meal provided by Executive Chef Adam Haverland of the nearby Sheraton Fairplex Hotel.
First on the schedule is the “Tribute to IMSA – The John Bishop Years,” set for Saturday night, April 1, with dinner followed by a slide show presentation of IMSA history by John Bishop’s son Mitch, and a roundtable discussion with racers and team members of the era plus a short, never-before-seen film of IMSA racing.
A number of well-known authors will also be at the event to autograph their books, and supporting sponsor AutoBooks-Aerobooks will have a display of racing-related titles on sale. Topping off the evening will be an auction of motorsports memorabilia. Tickets are available at: www.tributetoimsa.com.
On June 25, Autofest 2017 — a combination automotive collectible, automobilia, automotive art, and literature swap meet — will take over the Parks. Complete with automotive authors autographing their books, the 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. event is expected to draw more than 200 vendors who will spread out around the grounds of the NHRA Museum. Admission is free. Please visit www.autofest2017.com for complete details and vendor information.
Finally on Saturday, October 14, “Riverside Revisited” will bring together the people and the memories of the legendary raceway. The gala dinner will be followed by a slide show presentation of Riverside Raceway by noted historian and author Pete Lyons, a short never-before-seen film of racing action at Riverside and a roundtable discussion with racers and team members of the era. Supporting sponsor AutoBooks-Aerobooks will again have a display of racing-related titles on sale. As is traditional at these events, there will also be an auction of motorsports memorabilia. Tickets are available at: www.tributetoriverside.com.
Each of the 100 ticket purchasers for the IMSA and Riverside events will receive a complimentary gift bag with a commemorative event poster, a collector’s edition event medallion and a special event-logoed T-shirt. For full information please visit one of the event-specific web sites noted above, or call Dave Wolin at (559) 760-1143