Racing Legends and Reunion Car Show at Fairgrounds Square Mall beginning Feb. 24

Submitted photo This restored No. 18 "Pink Panther" Late Model earned Best of Show recognition last year.

All systems are “go” for the 28th annual Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show.

The weeklong pre-season auto racing showcase at the Fairgrounds Square Mall, located on the former site of the famed Reading Fairgrounds Speedway on 5th Street Highway in Muhlenberg Township, kicks off Sunday, Feb. 24 and runs through Saturday, March 2. The show, free to the public, is open during standard mall hours.

Among the types of vehicles already entered into the show include big-block and small-block Modifieds, ARDC Midgets, SpeedSTRs, Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Late Models and Super Late Models, Vintage Cars, go-karts, Slingshots, XCel 600 Modifieds, Micro-Sprints and much more.

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The Reading Fairgrounds Speedway Racing Historical Society plans to assemble a vast display honoring the ‘Home of Champions’ which hosted its final event in June 1979 with restored race cars, memorabilia and items on sale.

Vendors will be present selling merchandise, collectibles, photos, videos and other novelties. Official Racing Legends Reunion program books and apparel will also be on sale.

A large contingent of speedways and sanctioning bodies has made plans to be present at the Racing Legends Reunion to distribute news and information for the approaching 2013 season.

Both New Jersey dirt tracks will have representatives and displays on hand for the first time in show history. Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway, under the new leadership of Keith Hoffman, Dave Adams and Danny Serrano, and New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway, this season featuring 358-Modifieds as a headliner under sole owner Fred Vahlsing’s watch, will participate.

Big Diamond Speedway new owner Jake Smulley will take advantage of the show to promote his plans for the Schuylkill County track. JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA (formerly Pa.’s Kutztown Fairgrounds) plans an expansive presence at the show with Doug Rose and Rich Tobias Jr. taking the lead of the Berks County oval. Last year’s track champions will highlight the display in addition to SpeedSTR cars to be piloted by Northeast racing stars.

Others setting up at the show include Grandview Speedway/Thunder on the Hill Racing Series, American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC), United Racing Company (URC), BD Motorsports Media/Friese-Deyo Promotions, LANCO’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, the Montgomery County Quarter Midget Racing Club and more.

The Temple Fire Company will again play host to the popular BASH Racing Awards Party on Friday night of the show (March 1) beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets will be on sale at the show and at the door for $10 and includes snacks, a cash bar and music for dancing.

Show awards - highlighted by the fourth presentation of the Don Marks Memorial Contribution to Motorsports Award - will be handed out at the BASH. There will be divisional awards and an overall, fan-voted, Best of Show handed out at the BASH.

The Don Marks Memorial Contribution to Motorsports Award was first handed out in 2010 to honor the memory of late Grandview Speedway and Area Auto Racing News photographer Marks, who passed away in 2008. Previous award recipients include Bob Greene of Pioneer Pole Buildings (2012), car owner, fabricator and former racer Dennis ‘Chico’ Bailey (2011) and Area Auto Racing News publisher/promoter Len Sammons (2010).

A first-time show marketing partner, the Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association (BSOHA) exists to promote and educate current and prospective heating oil customers as to the benefits of oil heat. BSOHA members are local oil companies and associate businesses that service the oil heat industry.

These local companies provide a wide range of products and services to enhance their customers’ satisfaction, as well as a dedication to serving the needs of the public and oil heat industry alike. To learn more about The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association log onto: www.bsoha.org.

Mall hours are Sunday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Monday-Saturday (10 a.m.-9 p.m.). Show set-up begins on Saturday, Feb. 23 (after mall hours) and cars must be removed from the mall on Saturday, March 2 (after mall hours).

To learn more about the 28th annual Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show, visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com or www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com. Brett Deyo can be contacted by phone at 845.728.2781 or via e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com.

Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media is in the late stages of a five-year agreement to purchase the Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show from founders Bob and Donna Miller. The Millers annually promote the NAPA Auto Parts Dirt Track Heroes Car Show at the Phillipsburg Mall in Phillipsburg, N.J., set for March 10-16.

28th annual Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show Tentative Schedule

Sunday, Feb. 24 - 28th annual Opening Day

Monday, Feb. 25 (7 p.m.) - Open Wheel Night: Meet the stars of URC, ARDC and SpeedSTR racing plus a salute to Kutztown’s Action Track USA

Tuesday, Feb. 26 (7 p.m.) - Small Car Night hosted by Barry Angstadt

Wednesday, Feb. 27 (7 p.m.) - Sportsman, Crate Sportsman, Late Model & Roadrunner/Street Stock Spotlight

Thursday, Feb. 28 (7 p.m.) - Modified Madness Night: big-block and small-block Modified stars and recognition of Pennsylvania & New Jersey Modified racing at Grandview, Big Diamond, New Egypt and Bridgeport!

Friday, March 1 (7 p.m.) - Annual Reading Fairgrounds Speedway Reunion & Tribute to Car Owners Past & Present

Friday, March 1 (9 p.m.) - BASH Racing Awards Party at Temple Fire Company (Tickets are $10) - Show awards presented, cash bar, racing movies from GSP Video, music for dancing & more

Saturday, March 2 - 28th annual Curtain Closer.