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Fifth annual hall of fame

The Vidette

ELMA — Final touches are being put on the fifth Annual Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony scheduled for March 16 at the Elma Eagles. The Elma Eagles is located at 404 West Young Street in Elma. The evening gets underway with a silent auction at 6:30 p.m.

The induction ceremony honoring six racers from the 1950s through the 1990s and begins at 7:30 p.m.

Olympia racers, Tom Neff and Dick Morlan Sr.; Shelton’s Tom Williams and Grays Harbor residents Dan West Sr.; Rick Leighty and Ken Stearns will be honored for their accomplishments and actions that greatly influenced auto racing at Grays Harbor Raceway.

Also on the agenda will be the recognition of Del Fry and Bob Valencia for the Larry Spoon Distinguished Service Award and the Fast Freddie Brownfield Exemplary Contribution Award, respectively. All inductees and award winners or their families have indicated they will be in attendance to accept their honors.

The silent auction is expected to contain approximately seventy-five items on which to bid. Item values vary from a few dollars to over $150 and include pictures, posters, die cast cars, planters, sculptors, gift certificates, Mariner items and much more. Skagit Speedway has donated tickets to their biggest events the Dirt Cup and the Summer Nationals.

Prizes, valued at a total of $650, will be given away in a raffle during the evening.

Prizes include two pair of Hoosier G-60 tires, donated by Hoosier Tire West, $100 cash and a Elma Author Racing Hall of Fame package. Tickets will be sold and winners must be present to claim the prizes. Photos, racing DVDs and other memorabilia from the early years of auto racing at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds will also be on display.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Those wishing to bid on auction items must purchase a bid number for $5. Proceeds from the evening go to the non-profit EARHoF in its quest to honor and preserve the heritage of Grays Harbor Raceway.

Additional information of the Elma Racing Hall of Fame can be seen at the following web address: http://elmaautoracinghalloffame.webs.com.

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