Sunday, September 6, 2015

24 hours of summer, four-wheel style

Last year, Labor Day weekend was marked by four days of four-wheel fun – auto racing and car shows. This year, we’re cutting it down to two days – Friday night at Oswego Speedway in Central NY and the Olcott Beach Car Show in Niagara County on Saturday.

The trip to Oswego itself is something to talk about as a racing fan, because the route we take goes through Cato, NY – home of Xfinity Series driver Regan Smith.

The race has become a tradition – a stop by the Race of Champions Modifieds plus qualifying action for the Supermodifieds and SBS Modifieds. I’ve become a bit spoiled, having spent the season on the infield at Lancaster, and now catchfences just bother me…

Andy Jankowiak won the RoC race, followed by Matt Hirschman and Tony Hanbury.

Andy Jankowiak

Matt Hirschman

Tony Hanbury

The Supermodifieds are really cool and really quick, and have their own celebrities: No. 00, Joe Gosek – known as “Double-0 Joe” – raced in the 1996 Indy 500, and Indy Racing League veteran and IndyCar Series co-owner Davey Hamilton (No. 6 Supermodified) raced in 11 Indy 500s.

Davey Hamilton
On Saturday, we took the trek to Olcott Beach – it was a beautiful day for a car show, and there were plenty of cars to be seen: more than 800! It was about 10 degrees cooler than it was when we left Amherst, and there was a breeze – it felt soooooo nice!

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