West Coast Hall of Fame - first inductees

West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inducts first 30 members. MONROVIA, Calif., The first annual West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame banquet took place Friday at the Sheraton-Four Points Hotel here on the eve of the NASCAR Winston West Jani-King 200...

West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inducts first 30 members.

MONROVIA, Calif., The first annual West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame banquet took place Friday at the Sheraton-Four Points Hotel here on the eve of the NASCAR Winston West Jani-King 200 at nearby Irwindale Speedway.

The initial 30 inductees were honored in ceremonies attended by approximately 200 persons, including NASCAR Chairman Bill France, Jr, NASCAR executives Brian France and Paul Brooks who flew from Florida for the ceremonies. Winston West executive Mike Verlatti also attended.

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame honors drivers, car owners, mechanics, officials and race promoters/organizers who have made significant contributions to the success and colorful history of stock car racing in the West. Tim Meyer, editor/publisher of Racing News West in Utah, was instrumental in making the hall of fame a reality. The second annual induction ceremonies and third West Coast Stock Car Reunion are expected to take place in 2003 on a Winston West race weekend at Irwindale.

Honorees and guests attended the NASCAR Winston West race and second annual West Coast Stock Car Reunion Saturday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.at Irwindale Speedway. They met fans and signed autographs again this year in the track's chalet village area. Jack McCoy's purple No. 7 winged Dodge Daytona, a vintage No. 29 Hudson Hornet that still started, and Don Basile's No. 15 1946 Ford coupe post-WW II stock car were on display.

Following dinner Friday at 7:00 p.m., the Hall of Fame ceremonies commenced at 8:00 p.m. Most of the inductee and family members were able to attend. Admitted were 20 drivers, five car owners and five officials/promoters. Drivers inducted were: Ray Elder, Bill Amick, Danny Letner,Eddie Gray, Lloyd Dane, Marvin Porter, Ron Hornaday, Sr, Marvin Panch, Hershel McGriff, Scotty Cain, Bill Schmitt, Jack McCoy, Jimmy Insolo, Jim Robinson, Roy Smith, Parnelli Jones, Troy Ruttman, Johnny Soares, Sr, Lou Figaro and Ernie Conn.

Car owner inductees were: Cos Cancilla, Carl and Jim Dane, Bill Stroppe and tire innovator Bruce Alexander. Race organizers/officials inducted into the hall of fame were: J. C. Agajanian, Ken Clapp, Bob Barkhimer, Charlie Curryer and Les Richter--track manager of Riverside International Raceway, a founder of IROC and NASCAR vice-president.

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Parnelli Jones , Marvin Panch , Hershel McGriff