A TRIBUTE TO KARL NISHWITZ

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Hedman Hedders High Performer Award Presented By Drag Racing Edge Magazine to Darwin and Pat Doll.
February 18, 2019

The award was presented by John DiBartolomeo, editor of Drag Racing Edge magazine and appears in the March 2019 issue shown below. Please click the article for a larger view.


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NNDRA Awards at York US30 Heritage Days 2019
January 3, 2019

YORK, PA - The drag racing operations at York US30 Dragway, Thomasville, PA at the York Airport ceased presenting the finest drag racing events in the country at the end of the 1979 season, however, the nostalgia community continues their support for an annual York Reunion with the eighteenth annual to be presented at the York US30 Heritage Days event on January 12-13, 2019 at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

The National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association presents the annual Legion of Honor awards on Saturday, January 12th at 5 p.m.  The prestigious awards are comparable to Hall of Fame awards.  The awards are nominated by the recipients’ peers with an individual award and their names placed upon a perpetual award that is on display in the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs, PA in perpetuity.

The honorees for 2019 are, Larry Kopp, Carol Henson, Rick Osburn, Buck Wheatley, Jay Wheatley (of Wheatley Brothers fame), Tom McCrea, and Bob Gerdes of Circus Custom Paints, a distinct group of deserving contributors to the drag racing community. 

The Nostalgia Person of the Year Award will be presented to Joe McComas, of Dagsboro, Delaware a virtual walking York US30 Dragway encyclopedia.

The York Reunion has been recognized nationally for attracting the largest group of Legends of Drag Racing to assemble at one event at one time throughout the years.  2019 marks 40 years since York US30 Dragway has operated and the fever pitch of those memories has been a driving factor for the nostalgia community all these years!

 

 
16TH ANNUAL LEGION OF HONOR AWARDS ANNOUNCED
December 3, 2018

Carol Henson

YORK, PA - The Sixteenth Annual Legion of Honor Awards, equivalent of the Hall of Fame, will be presented by the National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association at the York US30 Heritage Days event at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center, Lebanon, Pennsylvania on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 5 p.m.

The NNDRA presents the prestigious awards to recipients nominated by their peers in the drag racing community for their many achievements and contributions to the sport of drag racing thru the years. An individual award is presented to each recipient and their name is placed upon a perpetual award that is on display in the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in perpetuity.

The York event is an annual reunion for the former York US30 Dragway that was located at the York airport in Thomasville. The track closed at the conclusion of the 1979 season. The annual pilgrimage to the York Reunion will occur for the eighteenth consecutive year.

The honorees for 2019 are as follows, Dave Alisio, Larry Kopp, Carol Henson, Rick Osburn, Buck Wheatley, Jay Wheatley (of Wheatley Brothers fame), Tom McCrea, and Bob Gerdes. A distinct group of deserving contributors to the drag racing sport.

The York US30 Heritage Days is presented on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The York Reunion has been recognized nationally for attracting the largest group of Legends Of Drag Racing to assemble at one event at one time throughout the years.

 

 

NATIONAL NOSTALGIA DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION

The National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association is an organization dedicated to the early days of drag racing, the glory days, as many of drag racing’s pioneers and racers from the ‘50’s thru the 70’s established their place in the history of the sport. We highlight historic moments of the past and contributions by the legends who set a pattern for the future of the sport of drag racing. The association covers the gamut of this history not only for racers, but for the many people who contributed their genius of engineering skills in the development of the latest trick equipment to make drag racing vehicles excel. The personalities who created the color at many events nationwide.

Each year "Legion of Honor" awards are presented by the National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association. Each recipient is nominated by one of their peers from the drag-racing community for their achievements and contributions to the sport.

An individual award is presented to each recipient and their name is placed upon a perpetual award that is on display in the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

NNDRA covers the realm of nostalgia drag racing and keeps it alive for the future generations who follow in the sport.

 

This photo is from the YorkUS30 Heritage Days show on July 20th and 21st of 2018 at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. This picture represents a group shot of some of the "Legion of Honor" recipients past and present.

Seated are from L-R: Larry Lombardo, Bruce Larson, Carol “Bunny” Burkett, Dick Estevez, Pat Doll

Standing are from L-R: Wayne Jesel, Dan Jesel, “Taco” Bill, Bill Truby, Jack Redd, Kenn Schulz, Carl Rubrecht, Jeff Golden, Bob Kashner, Bob Wenzelburger, George Nye, Darwin Doll, Drake Viscome

 
 
Legion of Honor plaque for 2004 to 2008 Inductees.
 
Legion of Honor plaque for 2008 to 2012 Inductees.
 
 

Legion of Honor plaque for 2012 to 2017 Inductees.
 
Legion of Honor plaque for 2017 to Present Inductees.
 

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All photographs on this page taken by Bob Wenzelburger.

 
 
 

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