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Bill Hewlett Passes
The racing community is sad to learn of the tragic passing of modified car owner Bill Hewlett.
Bill's signature #901 modifieds have been on the racing scene for the past 6 decades with drivers such as Larry Voss, Tom Eppolite, Bob Ayres behind the wheel in the early years, and drivers Jim Horton, Richie Pratt, Ryan Godown and many others in more recent years.
Bill was also a huge help to those who wanted to learn more about the sport. One of those who Bill gave an opportunity to learn back in the early 70's Charlie Langenstein, who would later go on to key roles at many of the top modified teams, followed by many years as Head Mechanical Director at Hendrick Motor Sports.
Charlie offered these words: "I owe so much to Bill for giving me my start on working on race cars. My dad worked at the race track many years ago for Bill. I first helped Bill on his race car at Reading Fairgrounds when Johnny Bennett Sr., and later when Larry Voss drove his car. Bill and I spoke many times about how he had giving me my start on working on the famed 901. He believed in me enough to work on any end of the car without checking on my work. He did things his way and he gave many different drivers a chance to drive for him."
"Last season, Bill and I talked about giving my son Austin a chance to drive his 901 race car. It was his idea because he, in his words, wanted our friendship to come full circle. He was that kind of a guy. He gave many drivers a chance during different stages of their careers and proved once again that with the right driver behind the wheel of his cars, and with Bill's knowledge, they could still win races."
"Bill was truly a special person that comes along once in a life time. I can't ever thank this special person enough. We pray that his wife gets well, and God bless you Bill. You had one heck of a ride. Not only with your 901 race cars, but in life itself. You will be missed buddy. RIP Bill."
A few of the #901 cars fielded by Bill Hewlett. (Top photo yellow #901 - driver unknown - Paul Irving photo. Larry Voss with the #901 sedan EWS pits - Bill Young photo. Larry Voss again, this time with the #901 Vega EWS pits - George McCormick photo. Tom Eppolite in the #901 Vega EWS frontstretch - Ace Lane Jr photo. Red #901 at Bridgeport - Bob Sweeten photo.)
We will always remember Bill's dedication to the sport.
We send our condolences out to the Hewlett Family at this very difficult time.
Racer, Car Owner Rick Thum Passes
Sad news has reached us on the passing of Rick Thum.
In addition to driving his own blue #12, in the 60's & 70's at many of the area short tracks including East Windsor, Flemington and others, Rick also drove the Inzeo #80, the Cass #9, and other cars through the years.
Photo credit: Top Left (Ace Lane Sr photo/Ace Lane Jr provided). Top Right (Dave Innes photo/Provided by GSVSCC.) Center #12 (Ace Lane Jr photographer/Provided by Mike Clissold.) Bottom photo (Steve Cameron photo/Steve Cameron provided.)
After retiring as a driver, Rick was a successful car owner with drivers Frank Cozze, Danny Johnson and others behind the wheel.
We send our condolences to the friends and family of Rick Thum.
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COASTAL 181 ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF BOOK ON HISTORY OF LEBANON VALLEY SPEEDWAY:
Newburyport, Mass., October 31, 2018 – Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 announced today the release of “MODIFIEDS OF THE VALLEY: A History of Racing at Lebanon Valley Speedway,” by Lew Boyd. It is the newest in a long string of popular racing books presented by the company over the last 18 years, focused on recording and preserving the color and drama of open-wheel and short-track racing across the United States.
New York’s Lebanon Valley Speedway is one of the most iconic tracks in the country. Boyd details comprehensively how the track gradually evolved from a gloomy start in a rural cornfield in 1953 to the successful and lively center for motorsports that it is today. The Valley has become particularly well-known for the high-banked turns on its half-mile clay and for the blistering speeds attained by the Big Block Modifieds and Sprint Cars.
The history is laid out decade by decade, illustrated with close to 300 full-color and black-and-white photographs and filled with colorful anecdotes about drivers and their cars – and the incredible action they produced, whether glorious or tragic.
Hully Bunn, Howie Westervelt, Doug Garrison, Frankie Schneider, Tommy Corellis, Dickie Larkin, the Tremonts, Flachs, Quinns, Marshalls, Brett Hearn, Andy Bachetti, and JR Heffner are just a few of the competitors profiled.
The 252-page volume is the perfect holiday gift for anyone who has ever visited the Speedway, as well as any race fan interested in the evolution and true nature of today’s finest dirt-track racing.
“MODIFIEDS OF THE VALLEY,” priced at $29.95, can be ordered online at www.coastal181.com or by calling Coastal 181 at 877-907-8181 toll free. The website, updated daily, includes over 1500 other motorsports books and DVDs, as well as hundreds of photos and racing commentaries.
The Number 43 chronicles the triumphs and trials of Wild Bill Greco, a legendary Northeastern short-track stock car driver. His success on the racetrack reveals much about his determination, drive, and desire to achieve success, but a look at the man behind the helmet and fire suit exposes a paradoxical figure who inspires and infuriates, embraces and battles, and ultimately, who steals the heart of all who truly get to know him. Be prepared to have your heart stolen, too!
Soft cover, 140 pages, 55 color and B&W photos. (click on link below for more)
Congratulations to Izzy Lowden
Izzy Lowden in victory lane at Blue Mountain 1/4 Midget Speedway in Walnutport, PA (top photo). Izzy's dad (and Crew Chief!) Billy Lowden greets daughter Izzy in victory lane (bottom photo.) Photos by: Leo Boyer
12 year old Izzy Lowden won her feature event at Blue Mountain last Friday 8/24 in the Senior Animal division. Izzy is a 3rd generation racer, with her dad Billy Lowden (current Mahoning Valley racer, having wheeled dirt modifieds at OCFS, NES, etc), and Izzy's grandfather Bill Lowden, who ran at Wall and East Windsor back in the 70's and early 80's.
Izzy has won before, and has quite a few 2nd place finishes in the books, but it's always great to be back in victory lane! With a few more events scheduled in the upcoming month, look for Izzy to have a few more in victory lane photo ops!
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