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First time visit can leave long-lasting impression

Since 1992 the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame and Classic Car Museum has provided race fans with the opportunity to go back in time and see the cars of racing legends. It is a museum filled with rich history that will fuel any motorsports fan’s passion for the sport, whether they are young or old.

But even with the unique experience the museum provides, the attention it receives appears slim to none. To fix this problem museum members have devised plans to try and better show what the museum has to offer.

The first of their plan was broadcasting Joe Marotta’s “Around the Tracks” radio live for the museum.

“Back around Super DIRT week we did a live deal for Super DIRT week we do every year and talking to Jay [Fish] and he said ‘you know it would be good for the hall of fame if you could do it out there,’” Marotta said. “So I think the first one we did was the end of October and then we did one between Christmas and New Year. Then we have done one every month since then.”

Marotta’s show brings together various drivers, owners and members of the racing community for a round table discussion. The show allows listeners to hear the other side of drivers they do not get to experience at the race track. With the show based in the museum not only do fans get to see the drivers and the history in the museum itself, but there is a friendly atmosphere where drivers and fans can experience the history together.

The latest show on March 30, show cased a number of Oswego Speedway Small Block Super Modified drivers with a wide age range, but for the majority of them it was their first time being in the museum and on the radio show.

“This is actually the first time I have ever been inside the hall of fame,” said Jeremy Pitcher, Small Block Super Modified and DIRT Sportsman Modified driver. “I have raced many times down the road here, but have never been inside here. I think it is a great opportunity to get the word out about small block racing and the good drivers we have in the division. It is just a real nice setting.”

Even for some of the guests that have been on Marotta’s show and to the museum before, the experience of having the two together was worth another trip.

“This is a great set up for it,” said Small Block Super Modified driver, J.J. Andrews, on having the radio based in the museum. “It is of course great to come down here. When you go to Joe’s show, there is you and Joe and somebody else, but everybody is hanging around and it is a great experience here. It is nice to get together and chit, chat and relax a little bit before ‘the storm’ as they say.”

A sentiment supported by DIRT Motorsports founder and the museum’s visionary builder Glenn Donnelly.

“The good part about coming here to this museum, it gives you another outlet whether you want to see the past or you just want to bring your friends,” Donnelly said. “It is another reason for coming out here and you get to see the show. You go to a radio station it is the same old thing and there is nothing there. And your friends aren’t going to want to see a radio station; they can just turn the radio on and listen. You come to this museum and it is a whole different ball game. You really see the past here, at least the whole dirt racing for the past forty years is enshrined in this building.”

Marotta’s show was scheduled to take place in the museum just during the winter, but there is potential for the show to continue at the hall of fame due to the amount of success it has soon so far, according to Jay Fish, the museum’s PR director. Fish is also planning on bringing more attention to the museum through a swap meet and flea market which will be held on April 14 and possible other car shows. The hall of fame has also recently expanded by adding the Empire Super Sprints Hall of Fame.

No matter if you are a fan of dirt or asphalt racing the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame and Classic Car Museum has something for everyone and the amount of history it holds speaks for itself. To experience everything there is to offer, the museum is located at Cayuga County Fairgrounds 1 Speedway Dr. Weedsport, N.Y. For more information visit dirthalloffame-classiccarmuseum.com or find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/dirtmotorsports.halloffame.


-Published on RaceProWeekly.com


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