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Saying Farewell to a Racing Legend, Freddy Adam

By Lisa Mitchell, The Kutztown Area Patriot

Monday, February 4, 2013

Legendary Reading Stock Car Associationstock car driver Freddy Adam passed away one day following his 82nd birthday.
A native of Kutztown, Alfred A. “Freddy” Adam, of Robesonia, passed away Feb. 1.
Known by friends and fans as “The Kutztown Komet,” Freddy raced stock cars at various tracks, including Reading Fairgrounds, for many years.
A carpenter by trade, Adam competed at more than 40 tracks in the Middle Atlantic region and drove for 57 car owners during 45 years (1949-1994) of competition, according to Eastern Motorsport Press Association,
He also won four track championships – three (1962 & 1964-1965) at the old one-third-mile Hatfield Speedway and the final Modified title (1959) at the old one-fifth-mile asphalt Dorney Park in Allentown, according to EMPA.
Freddy was a lifetime member of the Checkered Flag Fan Club, Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, and Reading Fairgrounds and the Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society.
Patriot photographer Carl Hess photographed Freddy signing autographs in 2009 at the Reading Fairgrounds Historical Society event at First Energy Stadium.
Hess said Freddy had a tremendous following in this area and was a fixture at the Reading Fairgrounds reunions.
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