Kids Design Real Race Car In New Egypt Contest

Kids Design Real Race Car In New Egypt Contest New Egypt, NJ (July 9) -- Should it be red? Blue? With stripes? Or even polka dots? Young fans will ultimately decide in New Egypt Speedway's Coloring Contest, sponsored by Twinz Lettering, where...

Kids Design Real Race Car In New Egypt Contest

New Egypt, NJ (July 9) -- Should it be red? Blue? With stripes? Or even polka dots? Young fans will ultimately decide in New Egypt Speedway's Coloring Contest, sponsored by Twinz Lettering, where junior artists have the chance to design the Y2K paint scheme of a real, full-size race car.

Sportsman driver Jack Swain, of Mt. Laurel, NJ, has volunteered his car for the contest, and will distribute the official entry forms each Saturday night at the speedway. Young fans can use their wildest imaginations to design and color the blank race car on the form, creating what they think Swain's car should look like in the year 2000. At the end of the season, the winning design will be selected; the young artist will have his work recognized with a "byline" on the race car when Swain debuts the paint scheme next spring.

"It's a neat idea and I'm glad to be a part of it," said Swain, 32, a 10-year teacher at Lenape High School in Medford. "I'm really looking forward to seeing what the kids come up with."

Steve Mongiello of Twinz Lettering, Toms River, will take the winner's art and turn it into a real-life paint scheme for Swain's car. Mongiello, who is donating his services for the contest, is a noted area sign painter who specializes in truck and boat lettering, signs for all purposes, and racing graphics.

In addition to the coloring contest, kids can look forward to more fun at New Egypt Speedway. Speedo the Clown and his delightful traveling road show will descend on the Central Jersey track on July 24 for Fun Fest, where face-painting, pratfalls and all sorts of carnival hi-jinks will prevail. New Egypt also has a bike giveaway for kids each week, and the monitored playground area-complete with "monster truck"-is a popular attraction.

The track features racing every Saturday night, from April through mid-October. Call (609) 758-1900 for more information on New Egypt Speedway's kid-friendly programs.

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