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First Spring race

Postby Thumper » Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:16 am

I'm trying to find out when the first spring race was. I think it was called "Spring Warm Up", on
Memorial Day weekend in the late '70s.

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Re: First Spring race

Postby gary » Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:40 am

we call it spring fling now. but its the weekend of May 15th and 16th.
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Re: First Spring race

Postby sandaltered » Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:41 am

Thump,

You must've been working hard all winter and ignoring the 50+ pages of Pro Truck Nationals posts. It's at Cleves during the first race.

Here is the info. And it's not memorial day any more. It's May 15-16.
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=681

But if you're looking for a good race Memorial Day weekend come on down to Brookville, IN with us. 2 big days of racing.
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Re: First Spring race

Postby all throttle » Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:48 am

I think thumps wanting to know what year did the spring race start. or how long has it been a running event at Cleves. i have no idea
I'm not say let's go kill all the stupid people..... I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.
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Re: First Spring race

Postby sandaltered » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:11 am

Ha, Ha. I got ya now. I read it too fast. Sorry, Thump.

It was called Spring Tune Up and I think I even remember it called the National Open Sand Drags at one time.
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Re: First Spring race

Postby gary » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:49 am

sandaltered wrote:Ha, Ha. I got ya now. I read it too fast. Sorry, Thump.

It was called Spring Tune Up and I think I even remember it called the National Open Sand Drags at one time.


haha i did the same thing Mike. Ghost should remember this one.
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Re: First Spring race

Postby THE BOSS » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:00 pm

if you go way back, it was called Spring Tune Up Monster Bash or something like that. i have a hat. i will take a picture of it.

i think the monster trucks came for 2 years in a row back in 85 86 87??
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Re: First Spring race

Postby sandaltered » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:14 pm

THE BOSS wrote:if you go way back, it was called Spring Tune Up Monster Bash or something like that. i have a hat. i will take a picture of it.

i think the monster trucks came for 2 years in a row back in 85 86 87??


Yep, I think you're right. 'There were a couple years with a bunch of monster trucks.

Spring Tune-Up was always a good race. It was still an East Coast Class race and there were a lot of heavy hitters there from pretty far away. I remember cars out of Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. Tonka Toy, Sandman, Suddenly, Locomotive, Mike and Ennis Thomas and a bunch out of West Virginia. We actually always ran this race and not Gravelrama, so I actually have more memories of the Spring race from my childhood than I do of Gravelrama.

The first year we ran XA with our new car we got thrown out for being 2WD. :shock: We had a belt drive that just didn't work.
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Re: First Spring race

Postby Thumper » Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:02 pm

OK, we are getting closer to what I'm looking for! I think it was in 1979 and called
"National Open Sand Drags". The following year it was called "National Open Sand Drags and Obstacle".
I found some pictures from the first race of Charlie Nelson, Leon Barber, Joe Hoffman, Joe Camella
and Bill Sayler (? spelling). I will get them posted this weekend.
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Re: First Spring race

Postby sandaltered » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:29 pm

Thumper wrote:OK, we are getting closer to what I'm looking for! I think it was in 1979 and called
"National Open Sand Drags". The following year it was called "National Open Sand Drags and Obstacle".
I found some pictures from the first race of Charlie Nelson, Leon Barber, Joe Hoffman, Joe Camella
and Bill Sayler (? spelling). I will get them posted this weekend.


Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please do.
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