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Hometown: Chalk Hill, PA

Favorite Local Track: Roaring Knob

Other Tracks I Visit: Lernerville Speedway

Occupation: Author/Publisher

Hobbies: Interviewing for stories

Favorite Local Racer: Michael Lake

Favorite Professional Racer: ALL

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I’ve Been A Racing Fan Ever Since… 1993

I Love Racing Because… The people involved have great work ethic and love of life.

My biggest ‘racing memory’ is… Publishing my books about Louis Chevrolet, Barney Oldfield, etc.

This Flying Merkle motorcycle was the first and only bike to top Summit Mountain in the SW PA hillclimb - sponsored by Firestone Tires, 1914.

This diagram by Jack Prince, Uniontown Speedway board track designer, shows the 1 1/8th mile oval which reached from the National Pike to the B&O RR tracks 1/2 mile away. The curves were banked at 34 degrees allowing Jimmy Murphy and Tommy Milton to set 52 AAA speed records in 1919 in their Duesies. These records held through the 1960's!

Uniontown Speedway board track Grand Opening Race, May 10, 1917. Barney Oldfield (center turned sideways in white shirt) with his new Golden Submarine behind him. Louis & Arthur Chevrolet stand just a few men to the right w/ mustaches. Fred Duesenberg in back of Louis in top hat. Driver Ralph Mulford waves to the left. In the preliminary race just 6 months earlier, 5 died and 17 were injured when the press stand was hit, collapsing it w 100 journalists and associates.

I am the author of Speedway Kings of SW PA & Region, 100 Years of Racing History and Yesteryear at the Uniontown Speedway board track. Presently I am working to get my Speed Kings film made and launching a magazine called Laurel Highland Legends. The mag will be all stories on racers and more characters of the area, past and present. As expert on the Uniontown Speedway board track and Summit Mountain Hillclimbs, I have over 200 photos 1913-1922 depicting Universal Films President and sponsor, Carl Laemmle, the Duesenberg and Chevrolet brothers,Barney Oldfield and his Golden Sub, Tommy Milton, Jimmy Murphy and MORE! Presently outlining a novel, Speed Kings,inspired by the back story of the early auto, film and coal boom and the men who made Uniontown their playground.

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