Playland Speedway Reunion
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reunion was held on April 18th at McGees in Council Bluffs, Ia.
Over 100 people attended with about 80 there at one time. Thanks to Carol
Elder and my daughters Jessica and Anissa for taking all these
pictures. The reunion was fun! We got over 90 people signed in!! Everyone seemed to have a good time. I got more compliments this time and we had lots of new faces.
Bobby Parker with his wife Donna, and Pete Huffman were two of the greats from the midget era that attended. Mel and Joan Kruger attended again. What a gem he is! Really, all the guys are!
Coming in from Des Moines was Gale Hevelone. It was good to see him again after all these years. The guy coming the farthest distance had to be Wild Bill Martin. Bill came 750 miles from Tennessee for his daughter's wedding and came over to see everyone.
Prchal displaying her dad, Larry "the Hawk" Wheeler's racing
jacket! My uncle Dave sitting beside me. Dave pitted for Larry
Jiskra. Larry attended the last reunion, Dave didn't. This
time no Larry. We can't get these guys in the same place at the
Thanks to Rich McGee and his staff at McGees.
Thanks to all the folks that bought t-shirts.
Special thanks to all the helpers. Wayne Ratliff and his whole family, especially Tony who did such a great job giving away the door prizes. We managed to give away 100 passes to NRP, courtesy of Dave Freuer, and 50 passes to CCS, courtesy of Tom Gutowski. Kim Elder gave away a stack of free car washes, Rich McGee gave away a bunch of t-shirts, I gave away five t-shirts. My bro, Wes Franks (Quality Construction) gave away a $25 gift certificate to Home Depot.
My daughters Jessica and Anissa for taking pics and my sons Jeremy and Chance for helping out with set up. My son Jeremy and my friend Scott Gillette were especially helpful loading the Devil Woman in the rain! Scott also helps me with the coupe in the pits when we race. See our race schedule HERE.
are considering another reunion in the late October/early November timeframe. Having so many new faces convinced me that I'm still not reaching enough guys. There are a lot more of them out there.
Thanks to EVERYONE that attended.