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Late York driver Dave Strickler honored with own day


Friday, July 7, will be Dave Strickler Day at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

Strickler will be honored as part of the 16th annual York Reunion, which pays homage to the former York US30 Dragway, which ceased operations in 1979 at the York Airport in Thomasville. Also part of the event at EMMR will be the second edition of the York US30 Heritage Days. The two events run simultaneously on July 7 and July 8.

The car that York's Dave Strickler made famous is shown above. Strickler will be honored with his own day at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing on Friday, July 7.

EMMR is located at the historic Latimore Valley Fairgrounds.

York's Strickler was one of the most popular drag-race drivers to shift a four-speed transmission. Strickler was known for driving the world-famous Old Reliable Chevrolets out of the Ammon R. Smith Auto Company, also located in York.

“Strick” as he was affectionately called by his many fans, won many National Hot Rod Association championship events, including the Super Stock World Championship driving one of the Smith-sponsored Camaros.

Strickler died at an early age while mowing his lawn.

In addition, a number of other drag-racing legends will be sharing York US30 Dragway memories at the annual event, including Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick, Ed Miller, George Cureton, Al Joniec, “Ohio George” Montgomery, Bob McClurg, Wally Bell, Bob Harrop and another local favorite, Patti Young.

The event will include a Friday display by the Ford Fairlane Club and a Glory Days Cruise-In on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., along with a sensory experience, when the legendary race cars start up and provide the sounds of nitro drag racing.

Admission is $10 per day or a two-day ticket for $15. The event supports EMMR.

Activities for the weekend culminate with the presentation of the York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July 9, where many of the legendary race cars will compete for York Nostalgia Nationals honors.

For Informartion, visit or or visit the York Nostalgia Facebook page, or call (717) 757-2720 or (717) 250-9066.