Six Days Until "The Blast from the Past" Takes Place at Columbia Motorsports Park
by Jane Smith
Lake City, FL (August 24, 2009) Only six more days until one of the biggest events in Florida racing happens at Columbia Motorsports Park in Lake City. "The Blast from the Past" has over 100 drivers coming for Sunday's event.
"We are very excited about this," said Sandy Nerone, Operations Manager at Columbia Motorsports Park. "It just keeps growing every day and we now have over 100 drivers who will be in attendance. The only requirement was that drivers had to be over 60 years old."
"Fans will get plenty of time to hear old racing tales and meet all the stars from yesterday. We will have tents set up with chairs on the frontstretch for the drivers and fans to sit a spell and chew the fat about racing and what it use to be. Then there will be a bbq and after that, it will be time for racing."
Ronald McDonald House in Gainesville will see the proceeds of "The Blast from the Past" help them help families in need.
"There is not a place who does more good for families when times are hard and you must be at the hospital 24 hours a day than Ronald McDonald House. If it wasn't for them, some families might not be able to be there for their kids and kids should never be alone in the hospital," added Mrs. Nerone.
The pit gate will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 30th. All cars are asked to unload in the pit area and then go to the frontstretch for parking. Tents and chairs will be set up for every three cars to try and help keep both drivers and fans just alittle cooler. Fans will be able to visit each and every driver from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. The Southern Style BBQ will be from 12 noon to 1:30 pm. Racing will start at 3:30 pm.
F1 Video will be on hand Sunday making DVDs of all the events. DVDs will be $10.00. DVDs will have interviews with racers and the day's racing events.
On Sunday, August 30th, General Admission is $10.00 with pit entry $25.00. Pit entry will include the BBQ. All drivers and their wives will be admitted FREE but are asked to please go thru the pit entry.
There is no other event like this and may never be another one that pulls as many names from the past as "The Blast from the Past" has pulled. Below are the names of drivers who will be in attendance on Sunday. I am sure you will find quite a few of your old favorites in the list.
Daniel Keene Sr.
Roy (no neck) Grimes
Jim Brinkley Sr.
Chaplin Bill Ross
And there are a few more on the list there a few coming from clubs that makes 126 drivers.
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