R4 and Mr.G ventured recently to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMA) located on a site known as the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds located near York Springs, Pennsylvania. The site is located just east of U.S. Rt 15, midway between...
R4 and Mr.G ventured recently to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMA) located on a site known as the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds located near York Springs, Pennsylvania. The site is located just east of U.S. Rt 15, midway between Harrisburg and Gettysburg. I am not affiliated with this group, at least not yet.
The Latimore Valley Fairgrounds played an important part in the growth of auto racing in Pennsylvania during the 1920's and 1930's before the facility was finally abandonded in 1939.
In 1982 the Williams Grove Old Timers organization purchased a 22 acre tract of land and a home for the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing had been obtained.
In June 1984 after two years of intensive labor, the restoration of the half mile tract had been completed and the first public exibition of antique race cars was held. The museum opened in 1990 as the first charitable museum of auto racing history in the eastern United States. The grounds and the museum offer the public a rare opportunity to see historica automobiles in a setting reminiscent of the golden age of racing.
The museum is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM from April through October. There is no admission fee, however contributions are accepted. The following are a listing of the cars on display when we stopped:
o #6 Sprint Car, built 1933 by Don (Red) Campbell, 220 cubic inch Offenhauser engine, 92" wheel base, Model Ford A gearbox and rear end. o #28 Sprint Car, built in 1939 by Herman Hoppe, 238 cubic inch Mercury flathead engine, 90" wheel base, modified Ford gearbox, Model A rear end. o #2 Sprint Car, built in 1954 by Herman Hillegass, original owner Tommy Hinnershitz, 220 cubic inch Offenhauser engine, Offenhauser gear box, Halirand rear end. o #78 Championship Car, built in 1951 by Fred Tomshe, original owner George Tuffanelli, 270 cubic inch Offenhauser engine, 98" wheel base, Offenhauser gearbox, Halibrand rear end. o #62 Championship Car, built in 1932 by Herman F. Horning, same owner, 122 cubic inch Miller engine, 106" wheel base, Miller gear box, Chevy rear end. o #2 Indianopolis Car, built 1968 by Clint Bramer, original owner Andy Granatelli, Twin Cam Ford V8 Engine, 98" wheel base, two speed transaxle gearbox and rear end. o #00 Stock Car, built in 1952 by Lee Hurd and Russell Steele, owner was Lee Hurd, Ford V-8, 105" wheel base, Ford 4 speed, Model A rear end. o #32 Track Roadster, built in 1948 by Dick Frazier, Floyd Johnson and Hank Winniger, original owner was Dick Fraizer, For V-8 engine, 101" wheel base with a Halirand quick change rear end. o #91 Supermodified, built in 1967 by Kenny Weld, 350 cubic inch Chevy engine, 96" wheel base with a CAE gear box and rear end. o #5 Midget, built between 1937 and 1938 by Cornelius and Stillman Weaver with Lou Volk and Ed Pfister, original owners Cornelius and Stillman Weaver, 138 Ford V8-60 engine, 70" wheel base, hand made gear box and a Model T rear end. o #1 Midget built in 1946 by Frank Kurtis - Kurtis Kraft, original owner Peterkin, 110 cubic inch Offenhauser engine, 70" wheel base, Offenhauser gear box with a Casale rear end. o #10 Steffen "Offy" o #78 Championship Car, built in 1951 by Fred Tomshe, original owner George Tuffanellie, 270 cubic inch Offenhauser engine, 98" wheel base, Offenhauser gearbox, Hilibrand rear end.
The museum also has numerous displays relating to many tracks both past and present. For example I did not realize that Altoona PA was once home to a wooden track. I also did not know that racing used to occur in the Hershey Stadium in Hershy PA.
For the 1996 season the EMMA Schedule is as follows: May 11, 12* Spring Picnic - Opening Fairgrounds and track time L.V. Fairgrounds
June 15 Port Royal Speedway - EMMR track time and exhibit, Port Royal, PA
June 20, 21, 22*, 23* 12th Latimore Valley Fair - crafts, entertainment, food Contact Bob Paxton 717-528-8332
August 15, 16, 17*, 18* 22nd Annual Convention - J. Bob Benchoff Memorial, track time at LV Fairgrounds, Thursday - round table - autograph night, Saturday - Banquet York Springs Fire Hall, contact Bill Gable 717-2258-4695
August 25 Auto Show VII -antique, classic, street rods & specialties @ LV Fairgrounds, Contact Larry Stoner 717-258-4695
September 14, 15* Fall Picnic - winterizing fairgrounds & track time - LV Fairgrounds
November 10 Lobitz's Movie PArty - Lobitz Catering House, Hazelton, PA Contact Lynn Paxton 717-432-8188.
* Track time - vintage race cars welcomed
Membership in the EMMR is available, call (717) 528-8279.