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by / on April 9, 2014 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Motorsports Industry, Stock Cars, Washington

Racing schools at Evergreen Speedway (Issue 105)

Doug Swerland of Kirkland, Wash., remembers wet tracks being an issue while racing Formula 3 on the European courses, but it was nothing but sunshine and dry tack when he and several other Northwest thrill-seekers met up for the Richard Petty Driving Experience last August at Evergreen Speedway. The group of about 15 students gathered under the grandstands Aug. 12, joking amongst themselves and engaging in light conversation while the sound of stock cars could be heard thundering by outside on the 5/8-mile oval.

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by / on November 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm / in Motorsports Industry

WARPA 2013 gathering in Portland

Promoters representing Northwest race tracks convened for the Western Auto Racing Promoters Association meeting Nov. 22-23 in Portland. Discussions included experiences of the 2013 season and possibilities for 2014. Representatives from many racing groups and motorsports-related industries were on hand to renew partnerships and coordinate 2014 event schedules.  

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by / on December 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm / in announcements, Motorsports Industry

RPM workshops in Reno

Photos from the 40th RPM promoters workshops Nov. 28-Dec. 1 in Reno

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by / on November 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm / in Motorsports Industry

WARPA 2012 gathering in Portland

Promoters representing 22 race tracks convened for the Western Auto Racing Promoters Association meeting Nov. 17 in Portland. Discussions included experiences of the 2012 season and possibilities for 2013. Representatives from many racing groups and motorsports-related industries were on hand to renew partnerships and coordinate 2013 event schedules.

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by / on October 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Motorsports Industry, Washington

Bombers Custom Auto Works (issue 103)

There are plenty of street rodders who can claim their vintage truck still works. But Steve Lagani can boast his vintage truck’s still works. The corn mash producing still is just one of the neat features on his Puyallup-based rat rod barbecue. Northwest race fans may recall Steve’s No. 88 Monte Carlo in the Hobby Stocks division at Spanaway Speedway when he started circle track racing in 1994. But his love for cars goes back to watching his father Frank race a C-Class dragster and a fuel car at Englishtown, NJ, during the ’50s and ’60s.

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by / on June 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Motorsports Industry

RPM Workshops (issue 101)

To some promoters, RPM’s annual gathering inReno,Nev., is a good way to wrap up the season. To others, it is more about jump starting preparations for the coming season. Either way, the workshops put on by Race Promotion Monthly are a great way to exchange ideas and learn from the experiences of other promoters from all over the country.

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by / on June 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Motorsports Industry

Fred Brownfield memories (issue 96)

By Craig Murphy: Something had happened to Fred, as in Fred Brownfield. The promoter and mutual friend who gave me the first interview six months earlier when he hastily launched the National Sprint Tour. The man who played a key role in Steve starting a weekly racing magazine I edited stories for. The man who earlier that week, while at a race in Iowa, had mapped out races I would cover for him that summer. Just hours earlier, he was the man who e-mailed me to remind me to send him an invoice so he could pay me.

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by / on May 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Motorsports Industry, Washington

Pacific Slot Car Raceways (Issue 95)

Pacific Slot Car Raceways

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by / on June 25, 2004 at 5:37 pm / in Feature Article, Motorsports Industry, Washington

RaceCals (issue 59)

Nestled in the wooded hillside overlooking Flaming Geyser State Park, an array of colorful stickers on the door of an otherwise non-descript garage are the only indication that one has arrived at MJB Screenprint, home of RaceCals. Inside, hundreds-maybe thousands-of stickers cover almost every inch of wall space as a colorful testament to the artistic talent of Andy Benedetti.

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