Ft Washington, PA -- January 16, 1998 - The 1998 racing season kicked off in the northeast today with the opening of Miller Motorsports '98. Over 150 race cars are on display at the Ft. Washington Expo Center, north of Philadelphia, in one of the...
Ft Washington, PA -- January 16, 1998 - The 1998 racing season kicked off in the northeast today with the opening of Miller Motorsports '98. Over 150 race cars are on display at the Ft. Washington Expo Center, north of Philadelphia, in one of the largest racing shows in the east.
All types of motorsports are on display through Sunday, with representatives from teams and tracks ready to field questions from the fans. This year's show boasts everything from antique midgets to a Bonneville streamliner. In addition to all the cars there are two boats that compete in the American Power Boat Association series, plenty of karts and a monster truck to marvel the kids.
The Atlantic Coast Oldtimers have the Silver Deuce midget on display as well as a mid-seventies vintage, rear-engined midget. The Silver Deuce is a polished aluminum Kurtis Kraft chassis with an Offy engine. The car was raced by Johnny McDowell and is totally original as raced fifty years ago. The rear-engined midget was designed and built by Al Watts in 1973 in Dayton, OH. The Watts car is in original condition as well, and not to be missed.
From old to new, this year's show has it all. Chad Little's #97 Ford Taurus was on display, painted in its new John Deere livery.
Several local teams were sporting their new paint schemes as well. Fred Rahmer's #77 had a new sponsor on its wing from none other than the Philadelphia Daily News. Shawn Keen had his new Gambler chassis sprint car out for all to see. Shawn goes all out with his effort to win the award for best looking booth at Miller Motorsports. The new car looked great as did the special lighting the team put together for the show.
Roy Hill's Drag Racing School brought two drag racing machines to the show. The team's Pro Stock car was flanked by the team's Ford Pro Stock truck. Drag racers were also represented by Bunny Burkett and her famous Top Alcohol Funny Car.
New URL seen at the show: www.babygrand.com. The Baby Grands are a either a big kart or a small stock car. I haven't quite figured it out yet. They're a scaled down version of a NASCAR Late Model and although I've never seen them on track, they look they'd be a blast to drive.
Driver appearances are scheduled throughout the weekend. Cale Yarborough and Derrike Cope appeared today along with many of the top drivers in the northeast. If you're interested in getting an autograph from one of the Winston Cup drivers, be prepared to stand in line. Many of the local drivers can be found at their sponsor's booths and will be happy to answer questions or pose for a photo.
Miller Motorsports runs through Sunday at the Ft. Washington Expo Center, just off exit 26 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Wear your walking shoes and be prepared to spend the better part of the day taking in the entire show.