The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will have a busy month of July.
This weekend, July 8 and 9, the museum will play host to the York US30 Heritage Days. The two days of festivities will honor the former US30 Dragway located west of York on Route 30.
After the closing of drag strips in Hellam and Lancaster, the York Dragway opened at the York Airport. From its first event in 1961, York’s drag strip was regarded as one of the finer facilities in the nation. In 1965, York played host to the Super Stock Nationals, the largest one-day event in the nation. The track was in operation until 1977.
The events begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, with Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins Day, honoring the legendary drag-racing figure. Jenkins grew up in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University. As a driver, Jenkins won 13 National Hod Rod Association events. Jenkins used his mechanical training to create a number of innovations in drag racing. He built engines that won five NHRA Pro Stock championships and three American Hot Rod Association titles. He died in 2012.
At 5 p.m. Friday, the 2016 Legion of Honor awards will go to members of the drag racing community. The Friday show will close at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s activities commence at 9 a.m., beginning with a cruise-in car show. Owners of street rods, muscle cars, special interest vehicles and trucks are encouraged to display their automobiles. There will be a People’s Choice award and a Best of Show trophy. Drag racing trophy queen Linda Vaughn will present the awards.
Each day, the museum and the Latimore Valley Fairground will host a wide variety of drag racing items. There will be racing apparel, vintage photos, books, posters, memorabilia, toys and models available to the public. Saturday’s show will close at 5 p.m.
The admission for both days is a $10 donation. There will be free entry for all active military with proper identification. All children 12 and under are admitted free. There is no parking charge.
EMMR will be part of the July 29 racing activities at Williams Grove Speedway. The museum staff will have an infield display allowing fans an opportunity to photograph vintage racing cars.
On July 15 and 16, there will be a community yard sale held at the Latimore Valley Fairground. There is a charge of $5 per space.
Sunday, July 17, the museum will play host to the York US30 Heritage Days round-table discussion. Local drag racing historian Darwin Doll will lead the panel discussion on the history and happenings of the dragway.
The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The two-story complex is home to a wide variety of racing machinery from the different eras of the sport.
EMMR is located off Route 15 between York Springs and Dillsburg. For information, visit www.emmr.org.