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Newburyport, Mass., October 13, 2017 – Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 announced the upcoming release of its latest title, “TOBY: The Star-Crossed Story of an American Racing Family,” by Lew Boyd.
“TOBY” presents the dramatic life history of Dick “Toby” Tobias, the popular Pennsylvania Dutchman, who made Modified Stock Cars and Sprint Cars dance. He won over 300 features and, a true entrepreneur, built one of the most successful speed shops in the country before dying in a horrendous crash at Flemington, New Jersey in 1978.

His racing legacy was carried on in spades by his sons Ronnie, Scott, Richie, and son-in-law Paul Lotier, all of whom showed amazing talent behind the wheel. Ably supported by Toby’s daughters Debbie and Tina and Ronnie’s wife Dianne, they remained dedicated to Toby’s business pursuits, even though challenged by a seemingly unending series of on-track misfortunes. Through it all, the Tobiases have survived to become one of the most respected families in motorsports, and they continue to innovate in both racing and promoting.

“TOBY” is soft-cover with 192 pages and 150 color and black & white photographs. Priced at $29.95, it can be ordered from Coastal 181 (877-907-8181,
www.coastal181.com .) or Rich Tobias at Speedway Entertainment, (717-866-7450, www.speedwayentertainment.com   )

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George Koyt (left) with Modified and Winston Cup driver Tighe Scott looking at photos from George's collection of the many cars Tighe had driven throughout his career in this 2008 photo from New Egypt Speedway.


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Pit Steward Tom O'Rorke

News has reached us that former Wall Stadium and East Windsor pit steward Tom O'Rorke has passed away.
Racer Kevin Eyres said of Tom, "Tom was one of the best. Fair. Good man who had a racer's best interest in mind. You would have thought Tom owned Wall Stadium, the way he cared for it and ran it. Tom taught me a lot about respect in racing by being tough, explaining things out and than moving on. Gonna miss Tom, he was one of my first visitors when I was in the hospital in Florida after a wreck at New Smyrna and I always appreciated that.  Condolences to the Family and Friends of Tom. Rest in peace my friend."

Services for Tom will be Friday, November 10th, viewing from 4-8pm at Wooley-Boglioli Funeral Home in Long Branch. Service Saturday morning, November 11th at 11am.

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Racer Dick Wean Passes

We are very sorry to hear of the passing of modified racer Dick Wean.  Many will remember Dick behind the wheel of his light colored #77 Pinto bodied modified from the mid 70's.
As provided by friend of The Vault Rick Shive, "Dick raced modified at Flemington mainly, also ran Nazareth, Reading and Syracuse. Son Rick raced sportsman and modified, grandson Nick ran ARDC, and great grandson TJ Lilly currently races."
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Wall Stadium Racer/Welder Linus Johnson Passes

11/5/17:  Word has reached us of the passing of 70's Wall Stadium Racer/Wall Stadium Track Welder Linus Johnson.

Linus' welding skills were appreciated by the race teams at Wall each week, and also by the fans as it was Linus and his crew that would be called on to make repairs on the guardrail when needed, so that the show could safely continue.

In addition to his accomplishments behind the wheel in the 70's, in 2014, Linus was the recipient of the Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club's (GSVSCC) "Bob Thomas Dedication Award" for his work behind the scenes helping the racers with his skills each week as the track welder. 

Linus Johnson (right) receives the Bob Thomas Dedication Award as part of the 2014 Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club's 2014 Awards Banquet, for his dedication to the sport, and for his years of service as Wall Stadium's Track Welder.  (Photo from 2014 Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club Newsletter/Photographer unknown.)

We offer our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Linus Johnson.

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Racing Videographer "Big Mike" O'Brien Passes

11/1/17:  The racing community is very sad to hear of Big Mike's passing.  Mike always had a smile, and a laugh... Always.

Along with that smile, Big Mike also did so much great work when it came to researching, gathering and preserving the history of the sport, including a recent Harmony Memories DVD. I talked to Mike a few months back and he was very excited about a new lost speedways DVD that he was working on. He approached the project as a true historian of the sport, making sure to gather as much accurate information as was out there to be found, from those involved directly with each speedway, to go along with his video footage.

I'd always see Mike at the Flea Market/Swap Meets with his van full of DVD's, Video's, etc, and would also see him with his merchandise displayed at the Phillipsburg Mall events. He always had a good natured dig for me... usually something like "Nice morning to sleep in I see" as I'd stroll in to the Swap Meet around 10am after he had probably been there since the gates opened.

I will miss Mike personally, and will miss his posts on our Message Board.

Mike's contribution to the sport will be with us forever, through his efforts in creating his racing videos and DVD's, and by the many, many friendships that he made along the way.

Visitation will be held Monday, November 6, 2017, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at:

 John F. Pfleger Funeral Home
115 Tindall Road
Middletown, NJ


My sincere condolences to the friends and family of Big Mike O'Brien.

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