YORK SPRINGS, Penna., Wednesday, April 11, 2012 – Eastern Museum of Motor Racing board president Lynn Paxton was smiling broadly about the enormous turnout of fans for the Grand Opening and Dedication of the Phase IV expansion of the EMMR. “Without a doubt, we had the largest crowd ever in the 23 year history of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing,” Paxton said.
Hundreds of race fans descended on the museum to see the beautiful displays and to be entertained by the many special guest speakers. A terrible loss was felt when special guest Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins passed away just prior to the event, but a moment of silence was observed in his honor.
“It is impossible to thank everyone by name for their hard work and support,” said Paxton, “but we would be remiss if we didn’t offer a special thanks to former NHRA Official Darwin Doll for putting together the exciting new drag racing exhibit, and to keynote speaker and national funny car champion Bruce Larson for joining us.”
The event became a Who’s Who of famous racers from all areas of motorsports, and sprint car star and special guest Doug Wolfgang was a huge hit with the fans. Wolfie’s straight-forward shoot-from-the–hip style of story telling kept the audience on the edge of their seats.
Lynn Paxton (717) 432-8188