Fifth Annual Old Timers Racing Reunion Set For This Saturday

Historic cars, historic drivers, and great memories will all converge this Saturday, March 30 during the fifth annual Old Timers Racing Reunion in Rochester, Minnesota.

“The reunion was originally started to get these people together with their racing family, buddies and sometimes rivals. Many of which haven’t seen each other in decades,” noted event co-organizer Todd Narveson in a Facebook post. “A look back at a photo from our first reunion reminds me how important these gatherings are because a lot of those guys are no longer with us.”

A group photo from the first Old Timers Racing Reunion (Scott Swenson photo)

The annual gathering is scheduled for Saturday, March 30 at Steve Yaggy Motorsports, which is located at 7686 County Road in Rochester, Minnesota. It starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 5:00 p.m.

This will mark the fifth time that drivers from yesteryear have gotten together to tell stories, bench race and share fellowship. Multiple old-school racecars will be on display.

Included in the display will be Ed Sanger’s personal chassis. The Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer not only built his own Sanger Chassis, but also claimed over 500 coveted wins. One of his most notable triumphs for the Waterloo, Iowa driver was the 1974 World 100 title at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio). Sanger will be there with his car.

Gary Crawford’s legendary Sanger Chassis. (Karen Crawford)

Independence, Iowa’s Gary Crawford was the 1979 NASCAR Winston Racing Series Champion. He’ll also be in attendance with his fully-restored Sanger Chassis.

In addition, Jerry Monson will bring the ever-popular No. 28 coupe of Rex Garr to the reunion.

Not only will racers be in attendance, but area tracks will have representatives on hand as well.

“We wanted to give our local tracks an opportunity to have another option to get in front of race fans and promote what they have going for 2019,” Narveson revealed. “I’m excited to announce that Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota along with Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin and Chateau Speedway in Lansing, Minnesota all plan to be on hand.”

Rex Garr’s vintage ride

For Steve Yaggy and his Dirt Late Model racer son, Jordan, it means a lot to them to be able to support history.

“These racers and their cars are what laid the foundation for where our sport is today,” Steve Yaggy stated. “It’s an honor for us to be able to host the event at our facility. I sincerely hope everyone in the area will come out and support it.”

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. All donations will go to the Racers for Christ Motorsports Ministry.

Anyone needing more information can contact Steve Yaggy at 507-208-1034.

About the author

Ben Shelton

Ben got his start at historic Riverside International Speedway. His accomplished motorsports media career includes journalist, race announcer, and on-air personality.
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