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4Oth Annual Convention at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing

This year's convention will feature a tribute to the Williams Grove Speedway.
This year's convention will feature a tribute to the Williams Grove Speedway.

It’s once again time for the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, in York Springs, to host its highly anticipated Annual Convention. As this marks the convention’s 40th run, this year’s celebration will be one of great food, music, special drawings, auctions, awards and much more.

The convention officially opens today, Aug. 16 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 17, but the kickoff cruise night was last evening, Aug. 15 between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Museum hours for today and tomorrow will be extended for this event, operating between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. featuring displayed race cars. Other special displays include modern ARDC midgets, which will be on display behind the grandstand along the creek from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a vintage race car track time exhibition from noon to 3 p.m. Several other ongoing events and activities will take place throughout the course of the day as well including a Saturday-only exclusive Metalshapers Meet. Come out for a “hands-on” demonstration of working sheetmetal. Visitors are welcome to bring their own projects to the show for assistance or other technical advice and work along sharing in tools and equipment, swapping and selling. Note that these projects are not limited to exclusively automotive applications.

Sunday’s highlights coincide with many of the same displays and activities featured on Saturday with a few exceptions. There will be a special church service held in infield at 9 a.m. for those who are interested. Another highlight includes the introduction of this year’s Grand Marshalls—Stan Lobitz, Perry Trimmer and Judy Freels at 11 a.m. At 11:15 a.m. there will be a special tribute memorial to Ernest “Crocky” Wright, devoted follower and driver in the sport of midget auto racing who even authored a book. Wright passed away in 2009 at the age of 90. Other tributes include those to ARDC’s 75 years of racing and the Williams Grove Speedway.

Convention events are held at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds. Event parking and admission are both free though a donation is requested to help out with EMMR—a non-profit, completely volunteer organization.

The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, EMMR for short, houses a wide range of vintage and antique racecars, artifacts, and even has an onsite research library complete with rare books, documents and photos about auto racing. There is also a gift shop full of many great books, videos, photos, artist prints, souvenirs and more. Regular hours of operation are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the months of April through October. For more information, visit