(Special to Kelley Carlton)
The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame will host what Hall of Fame President Gerald Newton expects to be “the largest in the history of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame”. The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame annually inducts members of the Dirt Late Model racing community which have significant on the sport as a driver or contributor. The Hall of Fame is 100% funded by donations and one of its largest efforts is the annual memorabilia auction that it hosts in conjunction with the Induction Ceremony which takes place during the $50,000 to win North-South 100 at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky.
The NDLMHoF has previously announced plans to build a new and improved building to house the many artifacts and photos from its inductees. However the fundraising efforts have been much tougher than anyone had expected. “We have really been working hard to try and put together the funding we need to get going with our new building. But it has been slow going. We have certainly had some folks step up and help us but we are still well short of where we need to be at. We believe that we will get where we need to be but it may take longer than we had hoped. But I can tell you it won’t be from lack of effort. We have truly had a group effort.” said Newton.
For the last several years the Hall of Fame auction has continued to get larger and larger. Organizers expect to have some very unique and rare items to offer this year. “I have some trophies that Rodney Combs has donated to be auctioned off including the one he received for winning the 1991 North-South 100 at Florence. This auction is so important for us each year. It is one of the largest fund raisers we will have all year. And we have all really stepped it up this year and got some great items to be bid on. We will have some ticket packages from some of the larger events like the World 100 and the Dream along with some unique packages for the Gateway Dirt Nationals and Wild West Shootout that will feature exclusive behind the scenes tours. We think this should be a record year for the auction.” Newton concluded.
The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Auction is scheduled for 1 PM sharp on Saturday, August 12th at the Hall of Fame Building located outside of turn 4 at Florence Speedway. Bidders should arrive early to register to bid. No bids can be accepted without a bidder number. In addition to the aforementioned items the Hall of Fame expects to have sheet metal and other pieces from drivers such as Scott Bloomquist, Bobby Pierce, Brandon Sheppard, Josh Richards, Earl Pearson, Jr., Rick Eckert, Ronnie Johnson, Darrell Lanigan, Don O’Neal, Brandon Overton, Ahnna Parkhurst, Dale MdDowell, Ross Bailes, Jason Welshan, Tyler Millwood, Mike Marlar and many others. The items for bid will be on display during auction registration.
The NDLMHoF also accepts cash and auction items for donation. All donations are tax deductible as the NDLMHoF is a 501-C3 non-profit organization. For additional information or to find out how to donate visit www.ndlmhof.com or call (317) 500-1083.