MOTORSPORTS EXPLORER POST TO BE PART OF PENNZOIL MOTORSPORTS SOMETHING GOOD FOR THE YOUTH OF THE NATION FORT WASHINGTON, PA DECEMBER 6, 1999 . . . The Motorsports Explorers Post 1320 is the only scouting group of it's kind, combining...
MOTORSPORTS EXPLORER POST TO BE PART OF PENNZOIL MOTORSPORTS
SOMETHING GOOD FOR THE YOUTH OF THE NATION
FORT WASHINGTON, PA DECEMBER 6, 1999 . . . The Motorsports Explorers Post 1320 is the only scouting group of it's kind, combining motorsports with scouting and endorsed by the National Hot Rod Association. And this year the Explorers will be part of the massive Pennzoil display area at the Pennzoil Motorsports Auto Racing Trade Show set for the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center, January 14-16, 2000. The Hatboro, PA based youth group, is located at the Lehman United Methodist Church and is sponsored by On- The-Line Enterprises, a financial planning and marketing firm in Horsham, PA. The firm is run by a former race car driver and engine builder by the name of Joe McNally. He is probably the one most responsible for the success of the Explorer group. Even John's son Shawn is an important part of the organization. And not to be forgotten is mom and wife, Ginny. At a time when young people are looking for things to do, the Motorsports Explorers helps teens, some of whom may have had family or drug problems, and keeps them out of trouble by teaching them about motorsports and possibly starting a career path. The youngsters do not only learn about auto racing and how an engine works, they also learn marketing, sales and communication skills. The Motorsports Explorers is also an official group for the "Race Against Drugs" program in Pennsylvania. The organization is also a proud owner of their own Top Alcohol Funny Car which was donated by driver Russell Prince. The car is used to promote their sponsors and to participate in a number of shows including the Pennzoil Motorsports show. They will be using their fourth appearance in the "mid-winter motorsports happening," which attracts more than 40,000 people for the three day show, to raise funds for a new headquarters. At present they have a number of vehicles but little or no storage space. The membership is growing so the Motorsports Explorers need a bigger "home" than what the Lehman church is able to provide. The Motorsports Explorers will be raising funds by raffling off a Pennzoil gas powered race car, selling Pennzoil hats and raffling off a helmet signed by all drivers participating in the Pennzoil display area. The Explorers, with several members having reached the impressive Eagle scout status, will be an important part of the Pennzoil Motorsports Auto Racing Trade Show. "Pennzoil has been a very important part of our organization. They have been a big support," said McNally. A number of well known names in the sport will be participating in the show's popular autograph sessions (no additional charge for autographs once an admission ticket has been purchased). Included in the autograph sessions will be four time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt along with Bobby Labonte, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Scott Goodyear, Steve Park, Jeremy Mayfield and others to be announced. The show, covering more than 275,000 square feet of the huge Fort Washington Expo Center, includes just about everything imaginable in motorsports. More than 150 race vehicles will be on display with more than 500 exhibit booths loaded with sportswear, collectibles, auto racing hard parts and much more. As usual one of the highlights of the show will be the U.S. Tobacco Ms Motorsports contest. And there will be a pageant for the Li'l Miss Motorsports contestants and Big Wheel racing for all youngsters. The three day show will include a variety of seminars on subjects of interest to fans and motorsports participants. And there will be on-going demonstrations in the MotorMax Extreme Motorsports Garage area. For information on tickets, exhibiting, being part of Ms Motorsports and other events, telephone (609)888.3618. And for those looking for discount lodging for the show, telephone Marilyn Saxton at (215)752.2392. The Fort Washington Expo Center is located just minutes from Exit 26 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.