Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame

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Edwin “Tex” Arnold

Edwin “Tex” Arnold was born in 1933, in Staten Island, Borough of Richmond, New York. Tex graduated from Lehigh University in 1955, with a Bachelor of Science degree and Second Lieutenant bars. After graduating “Top Gunner” in numerous pilot training classes, Tex’s... read more

Roger Avants

Thanks to his father, Walt Avants, Roger Avants got the racing bug more than 40 years ago. Roger started out racing in the Figure Eight Division at Englewood Speedway along with his brother, Larry, who raced in the Sportsman Division. It was here that Roger mastered... read more

John Abbot

John Abbott started drag racing in 1954 and graduated to driving Top Fuel Dragsters by 1964. In 1977 he won the Top Fuel Dragster title at the Popular Hot Rod Magazine Championships and in 1978 he won Top Fuel Dragster at the International Hot Rod Association’s Spring... read more

Keith Andrews

Keith Andrews started oval track racing in 1946 driving Roadsters. In 1947, he began driving midgets and won three feature races at Lakeside Speedway. The following year he raced midgets on the old AAA circuit in the Eastern United Sates. In 1950, Andrews finished... read more

Lloyd Axel

Lloyd Axel, born June 27, 1905, was bit by the racing bug when he drove an old Rajo Ford at Ord, Neb., substituting for a sick friend in 1926. Axel hooked up with the winner of that Ord fair race, Vic Felt of Deertrail, Colorado, and raced Felt’s ‘big cars’ throughout... read more

Pete Brandenburg

Pete Brandenburg has been chosen to receive the 2015 Jerry Van Dyke Award, which is given in recognition of lifelong dedication to Colorado Motorsports by an individual. Pete began racing at Lakeside Speedway at age 21, and over the course of his racing career he was... read more

Mike Bonicelli

Mike Bonicelli began racing at age 18, when he built a drag car and raced it locally in Colorado. However, his dream was to race ovals, so before his 20th birthday he switched to local stock car racing. Mike began racing at Pikes Peak Speedway in 1971 and was very... read more

Richard Burton

After spending many years attending races at Englewood Speedway and Lakeside Speedway, Richard Burton’s racing career began in figure eight and demolition derby racing when he built his first cars in 1969. In addition to winning many demo derbies in his early years,... read more

Jim Beckley

Jim Beckley was born and grew up in Englewood, Colorado. Near his boyhood home, the Malloy’s had a shop where they worked on and built stock cars. While in junior high, Jim started hanging around the garage. Jim drove his first racecar, a modified stock, at Englewood... read more

Roy Bowe

Roy Bowe was born in Denver in1916. During his racing career, he was unquestionably one the best drivers ever to come from Colorado. He won 64 main events running in Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association and won the RMMRA Championship in 1948 and 1949. In addition,... read more

George Butland

George Butland actually started running demolition derbies at Lakeside Speedway in the early ‘50’s and went from there to late model racing at Lakeside and Englewood Speedways. He was born in China and learned to speak Chinese better than most locals. Returning from... read more

Allen Batt

Allen Batt started racing in 1962 and drove a variety of race cars until 1988. He pitted for Hall of Fame member Larry Dechant and bought his first race car from Hall of Famer Wayne Stallsworth. He ran late models at Lakeside Speedway and Englewood Speedway from 1962... read more

Leroy Byers

Born in Oklahoma, Leroy Byers’ love for racing began when he attended a sprint car race at the Oklahoma State fair. Moving to Aurora, he struck up acquaintances with several of the midget drivers, climbing over the track fences into the pits on several occasions due... read more

Ade Butler

Ade Butler graduated from North High School, where he competed in both basketball and baseball. He witnessed his first midget race in 1937 at Merchants Park, and then began working on midget race cars in 1937 for owner/driver Burton Spickler. He served as a gunner and... read more

Alan Bockla

Alan Bockla was one of the best top fuel dragster owners and drivers to come from Colorado. In his teens, Bockla started drag racing a Chevy-powered 1940 Ford Coupe. By 1960, he was driving a Chevy-powered T-Roadster at local drag strips. Then, in 1962 he started... read more

Ralph Bruning

Ralph Bruning was born in 1945 in San Diego, Calif. Ralph’s father was career Navy, therefore, the family moved often, and finally settled in 1959. Ralph graduated from Wasson High in 1963 and received a B.A. degree from Western State College in 1968. He began his... read more

John Bandimere, Sr

John Bandimere, Sr. built his first race car in 1937, a Ford Flathead V-8, which he raced in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb to a ninth place finish. Always known as an innovator, Bandimere actually built a snowmobile in 1936. He became a nationally known expert on... read more

Lee Beard

Lee Beard recently retired as one of the most successful crew chiefs in the History of NHRA drag racing.  A Pueblo native, Lee enjoyed a career that spanned 35 years and included 55 National Event wins in Top Fuel and Funny Car classes.  His first win as a crew chief... read more

Scott Backman

Scott Backman formed a passion for racing as he grew up watching members of his extended family compete in events at Englewood and Lakeside Speedways.  He served as a pit crew member on the CARC Modified piloted by his brother Jack at Lakeside, from when he was... read more

Dave Crocker

Dave Crocker began racing in 1967 and soon realized he had a special talent behind the wheel. He quickly began winning races and in 1975 and 1976 Dave won supermodified season championships at Englewood Speedway in his famous number “78.” He was so dominant during... read more

Rick Carelli

Rick Carelli started his racing career in 1973 following in the footsteps of his older brother Donnie. He won the season championship in his first full season of racing in 1975 at Lakeside Speedway. The late motorsports commentator Larry Nuber dubbed Carelli as “the... read more

Codner Family

The Codner family truly entered motor sports in the year 1950 when they purchased a speedway in southwest Denver, known as Englewood Speedway. The family’s dad did not tell them he had bought the track. His wife found out about it when she read it in the newspaper.... read more

Buzz Calkins

A graduate of University of Colorado, Buzz Calkins started racing go-carts at age 15, winning the Colorado Junior Go-Cart Championship in 1987. He then ran Formula Fords in 1989 and 1990, when his father ran the same series and was the Midwest Division SCCA Formula... read more

Sonny Coleman

Sonny Coleman saw his first midget race at Lakeside Speedway in 1942. Little did he realize he would be driving at that track a few years after World War II. Like many others, Sonny built a street roadster and went looking for street races. Harvey Wilson was impressed... read more

Harry Conklin

Harry Conklin became a race car owner in 1946, owning midgets, modifieds and sprint cars during the next 60 years and continues to be a car owner today. His cars have won 140 Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association feature races and 15 of their yearly championships.... read more

Foster Campbell

Foster Campbell started his open wheel-racing career in 1947, after serving in the Navy during World War II. Campbell raced midgets in Colorado and throughout the country, winning many features and winning four straight Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association... read more

Danny Collins

Born and raised in Denver, Danny Collins was a fourth generation Colorado citizen. Collins successfully raced sports car and single-seat Formula cars for 50 years, including two years in England. In England, Collins was trusted to campaign a factory-owned Chevy... read more

Ernie DiCroce

Ernie was born in Denver in 1937. His love of racing began as a youngster helping his father build and maintain a midget that ran locally. In the 50’s, Ernie became involved in local racing at Lakeside Speedway and later, experienced one of his biggest racing... read more

Larry Dechant

Larry Dechant began driving race cars in the late 1950’s. Over the years, he drove modified coupes, super modifieds, late models and figure eights. On several occasions he also drove in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. During his career, Dechant won at least... read more

Bob Donner

Bob Donner came to Colorado Springs in 1939 and began driving road courses while serving with in U.S. Marines, in California, in 1953. After returning to Colorado in 1956, he scored his first two victories, one on a road course the other a hill climb. Starting in 1958... read more

Wally Dallenbach, Sr.

At age 15, Wally Dallenbach, Sr. began building race cars and engines, turning a ’38 Ford Coupe into a stock car. Too young to participate as a driver, he campaigned the car for two seasons as an owner and mechanic, gaining invaluable experience in the mechanical and... read more

Davey Durrell

Davey Durrell got his first motorcycle at age ten, rode in his first race at age eleven, and won his first short-track race in 1978.  In 1980, he turned pro and became Novice Pro #127K.  He won both Sturgis half-mile events that year and finished the year as... read more

Wayne Etter

Known as the best “Stick Shift” driver in the business during his era, Wayne began drag racing in 1962 in a 1961 Chevy, F Stock, for Larry Montreal. In 1963 Wayne drove a ’58 Chevy for Dennis Maurer. Wayne went to the National Hot Rod Association’s Indianapolis... read more

Arlo Englund

Arlo Englund’s first race was at age 14 in October, 1971, on a 90 cc Suzuki. His second race came shortly after and he won it. Arlo was then fortunate to get a sponsor, Robo Car Wash, and got his first racing bike in December, 1971, a 1972 Yamaha 125 MX. In 1972 Arlo... read more

Harold “HJ” Evans

By any number of measures, Harold Evans is one of the most accomplished oval track drivers in Colorado racing history.  His career began by driving quarter midgets from age 7 to 10, Go-Karts form age 10-14, and motorcycles form age 14-16.  He went on to “dabble” in... read more

Ted Foltz

When Ted was 13 years old he would sit on the curb and watch the open wheel race cars drive up Colorado Avenue on race day. This was in the 1940’s, before they were required to use trailers to transport the cars. That was when he decided he wanted to drive a race car... read more

Tom Frantz

Tom Frantz was born in 1943 in Denver. As early as eight years old, Tom was entering and winning car races sponsored by the Cub Scouts. By 12-years-old he was building race cars. In the early 1960s, his career then began in earnest with Tom racing in a car he built... read more

Vic Felt

Born in 1901 in Colorado, Vic Felt started racing in 1924. He won the Rocky Mountain Championship in 1926 and the AAA Championship in 1929. Felt competed at many famous half-mail and mile speedways including Ascot in California and Overland Park in Denver. During his... read more

Joe Garone

Joe Garone’s rise to the president/general manager position of Denver’s successful NASCAR Sprint Cup team — Furniture Row Racing – started at an early age while accompanying his racing parents to the Colorado short tracks. There is little doubt that his motorsports... read more

Joe Giba

Joe Giba’ s motorsports career spanned more than 33 years, including racing both motorcycles and midgets. During his career, he won two Colorado Midget Racing Association features in Pueblo in 1947. He also won 10 Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association features in... read more

Les Gaylord

Les Gaylord started his racing career in 1951 in a 1949 MGTC on a street course race in Aspen, Colorado, with his wife as a passenger. That race began a 53 year Sports Car Club of America racing career. He won so many SCCA regional and national races that no ones is... read more

Judy Lilly Gunson

Judy Lilly Gunson started her drag racing career in a 1961 Corvette. In 1965, she won her class in super stock at both the National Hot Rod Association’s Winter Nationals in Pomona, California and at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Between 1967 and 1970, Judy won... read more

Roy Golightly

Roy wasn’t born with nitro in his veins, but he was barely out of short pants when his life-long love of cars and racing began. The Denver native started with a 1928 Model A that he modified with a V-8 engine. Soon, he was racing it, and others like it, on the streets... read more

Roger Guzman

Roger Guzman and his brilliant succession of funny cars named “Assassination” became household names to America’s drag racing fans during Guzman’s 26-year career that spanned four decades. In a world where drivers are the stars, no one was better known among... read more

Charles “Chuck” Hamann

Chuck Hamann’s love of cars began when he started working at his father’s garage at the age of 14. He built his first hot rod, a 1927 Ford Roadster, when he was a senior in high school, and built his first dragster, powered by a Model A engine, in 1959. In 1960, he... read more

Butch Hardman

Butch Hardman began his racing career in 1959, when he was involved with drag racing, as well as midgets and sprint cars, at various tracks. In 1966, he competed in his first Pikes Peak Hillclimb, driving a lengthened sprint car in the Champ Car division. He has since... read more

Johnny Haberman

Johnny Haberman became an active member of the Colorado Automobile Racing Club in 1953. In his early years, he served as a top notch pitman and goodwill ambassador for Fritz Wilson. In 1963, he became a flagman and Lakeside Speedway, and over the years earned the... read more

Donnie Hough

Donnie Hough began riding motorcycles at the age of seven. His father owned a Yamaha dealership in Boulder, Colorado and it was a natural progression to begin riding. Beginning in 1971, he rode JT-1 Yamaha mini enduros at Coal Creek Raceway. In the early 1980’s, he... read more

Hank and Scot Hersh

The father and son team of Henry “Hank” and Scot Hersh became interested in racing in the early 1970’s, sponsoring local modified and stock car drivers, including Stan and Very Sheilling, Herb Renz and Kenny Clark. In 1976 they ran a sprint car with the Big Car Racing... read more

Gene and Gerda Heffley

Gene Heffley moved to Denver from Missouri Valley, Iowa in 1957, after serving five years in the military. In 1951, he met and married his wife Gerda. They started a trucking company and had two daughters, Helen and Patti. By 1960 this couple was operating four... read more

Bill Hill

Bill Hill was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1930. Before coming to Denver, he served as a Paratrooper with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team from 1950 to 1953 and is a Korean War veteran. He then attended the University of Illinois working on majors in... read more

Don Hackenberg

Don Hackenberg grew up in the Denver area, and like many teenagers, found an interest in fast cars and drag racing.  In the late 50’s and early 60’s, Don began his involvement with drag racing  when he helped work on a 1948 Fiat with a Blown 392 Hemi that was owned by... read more

Joe James, Jr.

Joe James Jr. was born in Denver in 1949, and began his racing career at Lakeside Speedway, where he won a “Chug” race at age 9. A Chug required one young contestant to steer and another to provide the power to move the hand-built contraption around the track, and Joe... read more

Rob Johnson

A Colorado native, Rob Johnson has spent much of his 25+ year professional career in sports management positions up and down the Front Range of the Rockies. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a journalism degree in 1990, he ventured to Kansas City... read more

Eddie Jackson

Eddie Jackson, a Colorado native, started his racing career in 1951 driving stock cars at Englewood Speedway. He raced there through 1955. In 1956, Jackson purchased the famed Number 5 midget race car from Lloyd Axel. Doing all of his own mechanical work, both engine... read more

Earl Kouba

Earl Kouba began his career in a midget in 1938 by competing at Merchants Park in Denver. In 1939, he won four features and was crowned champion even though he began racing at Lakeside Speedway in August of the same season. Earl continued to race throughout Colorado... read more

Junior Kaiser

A native of Colorado, Junior Kaiser grew up in the Washington Park area of Denver. He attended his first drag race in 1955, at age 16, at Lowry Air Force Base. Like many, he was first a street racer cruising the streets and drive-ins looking to take on anyone with his... read more

Ben and Rhoda Krasner

Ben Krasner purchased Lakeside Amusement Park in 1935 and staged a midget race at the Lakeside ball park that year. Midget racing started full time at the ball park in 1938. Krasner enlarged the grandstands and put in a paved fifth mile track in 1939 as midget racing... read more

Alex Keller

Alex Keller raced in Sports Car Club of America events in the ‘50’s. He also served seven terms as chairman of the National SCCA Board of Governors and was responsible for bringing the SCCA National offices to Denver, Colorado. He was a top official at many important... read more

Clarence Krieger

Clarence Krieger, a life-long resident Garden City, Colorado, made quite a name for himself “turnin’ left” at tracks throughout the northern Colorado region. Clarence, who was nicknamed “Tiger”, started racing in the early 1950’s. ... read more

Bill Kenz and Roy Leslie

Bill Kenz and Roy Leslie fielded top midget race car teams in Colorado for many years. During that time they won multiple Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association championships. Their V-8 60 Ford-powered midget was considered one of the best in the country. As a... read more

Buddy Lazier

Robert Buddy Lazier was born on October 31, 1967 in Vail. He is the son of Bob Lazier, two-time Indianapolis 500 starter and 2005 Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee. As a youngster, Buddy was a national-level ski racer from 1972-1987 in slalom and downhill... read more

Jimmy LaManna, Sr.

Jimmy LaManna, Sr. was born in Denver in 1932. He attended Cathedral High School. His love affair with racing began at 45th and Pecos in North Denver. There, he lived around the corner from Ralph Icovetta. Ralph had a roadsters race shop there, and Jimmy stated... read more

Ron Leslie

Ron (left) was born into a family that was already into high performance vehicles. So it was only natural to follow the lead. As early as six months old, he was in the grandstands at Merchants Park and later Lakeside Speedway. With his father, Roy Leslie, having won... read more

Joe Lehman

Joe Lehman drove his first race in 1955, driving a 1934 Ford Coupe at Englewood Speedway. Starting in 1962, he began winning auto racing championships at an unmatched pace. Lehman won many modified championships at Englewood Speedway and drove the Pikes Peak Hill... read more

Bob Lazier

Bob Lazier started racing in the Sports Car Club of America Formula V class in 1969, and by 1974, he had finished second in the SCCA Formula V National Championships four times and the National Formula Ford Championship once. He won the National Amateur Formula B... read more

Chris “Spiffy” Leaf

Chris “Spiffy” Leaf was born in Greeley, Colorado in 1968, and grew up in nearby LaSalle.  He began his racing career at Colorado National Speedway in 1986, and competed in Dwarf car, Street Stock, Grand American Modified, Pro Truck, and Southwest Tour Late Model... read more

Bill Kenz and Roy Leslie

Bill Kenz and Roy Leslie fielded top midget race car teams in Colorado for many years. During that time they won multiple Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association championships. Their V-8 60 Ford-powered midget was considered one of the best in the country. As a... read more

Mark Matejka

The board selected Mark Matejka to be the recipient of the 2014 Jerry Van Dyke Memorial Award, recognizing outstanding contribution to motorsports by an individual. Mark began his career as a driver, mechanic and crew chief in 1985. It was his skill as a mechanic that... read more

Buck Shaver and Grier Manning

With his brother Vern, Buck Shaver began his racing career in 1954 when the Shaver brothers built a 1932 Ford coupe, #39, which they raced at Pikes Peak Speedway in Colorado Springs. Later on in 1956, Buck and Grier Manning purchased the Shaver and Manning Phillips 66... read more

Jerry Malloy

Jerry Malloy, a Colorado native, began his career in motorsports in 1955 when he built his first car, the #83. During his career, Jerry raced both open wheel and stock cars at Lakeside Speedway and Englewood Speedway. While Jerry continued racing he soon realized, as... read more

Mitch Miller

Mitch Miller first became involved in motorsports in 1965 in public relations and advertising roles with the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association. In 1966, he began announcing for the RMMRA and was then elected president of the RMMRA in 1970. He served in that... read more

Bill Mattocks

In the 1940’s Bill Mattocks began racing boats and in 1947 he bought his first hydro-plane from famed engine and boat builder, John Forrester. He then bought yet another boat in 1949 and featured what they call a peek hull and it became a world record holder in the 49... read more

Harry Mathews

Harry Mathews is the true definition of an adventurist, and a lover of motor sports. He spent many years riding dirt bikes both recreationally and competitively. In 1970, he started participating at track events and auto crosses with the Porsche Car Club of America.... read more

Roger Mauro

Roger Mauro was a Colorado native and highly respected auto dealer. He became interested in auto racing after his brother, Johnny, finished eighth in the 1948 Indianapolis 500. He purchased his first midget race car in 1970, which driver, Dave Strickland, raced to... read more

Bud Morely

Bud Morley, in the early 1960s, began racing in regional Sports Car Club of America events. In 1967, he was eighth in points in the Canadian-America racing series driving against famed drivers from the McLaren, Chaparral, Penske and Ford racing teams, as well as... read more

Jim Malloy

Jim Malloy began racing modifieds at Denver’s Lakeside Speedway in 1952. He was the track champion from 1959 through 1961. He then joined the Canadian-American Modified Series in 1962 and won their championship from 1963 through 1965. From there, he started racing... read more

Johnny Mauro

Johnny Mauro was Colorado’s first born and raised driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. He accomplished that feat in 1947 driving an Alfa Romeo he purchased just days before the event and ended up finishing 8th. Two of Johnny’s cars that he competed with at the... read more

Deloy Naeb

While growing up in Brighton Colorado, Deloy and Herb Naeb spent countless hours in the auto repair shop operated by their dad, Reinold Naeb, who was also a participant in weekly local dirt track racing events. Deloy and Herb traveled with Reinold to the dirt tracks,... read more

Bob Olds

Bob Olds was born in 1927 in Denver. At age 13, while on his paper route in Park Hill, he was invited into Buddy Martinson’s garage to polish wheels and clean his midget racer. He did such a good job that the crew even snuck him into the pits at Gilmore for Turkey... read more

Pat Petrie

Pat Petrie started going to Lakeside Speedway when he was 8 or 9 years olds to watch his cousins Elmer Sauer, Sam Sauer, and Carolyn Day race. He was “instantly” hooked on racing. Elmer Sauer, who was president of the midget racing club, would sneak Pat into the pits... read more

Judd Pickup

Judd was born in Wiggins, Colo. in 1915. He began midget racing at Merchant Park in 1937 under the assumed name of “Kid Wilson” so his parents wouldn’t find out he was involved in such a dangerous sport. His first midget was an Elto 4-60 outboard he bought from Walt... read more

Frank Peterson

Frank’s involvement in midget auto racing started in 1947. At the age of 12 Frank started helping his uncle, Pete Mahr, on their midget race car. Between taking off body panels, side plates and cam covers, he was allowed to polish the body and clean up the car. But... read more

Frank and Kaye Peterson

Frank Peterson graduated from Alameda High School. While there he met a cheerleader by the name of Kaye, who would later become his wife, and from that point on, auto racing became a family affair. The couple first went to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1955 and they... read more

Johnny Pachello

Born in Colorado, Johnny Pachello was the oldest of nine children and as he grew older he participated in working at the truck farm his parents, second generation Italian Americans owned in Arvada. He still retains four acres of the original farm. Although he is... read more

Jack Richards

Jack Richards was born in Denver on August 8, 1921. After graduating from high school in 1939, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he got a job at McDonnell Douglas installing instruments in DC-3’s. There he purchased a ’29 Model A body and frame and a ’31... read more

Sam Rodriguez

Sam Rodriguez was born in Hayden, Colo., in 1933. Following his release from active duty in the Marines, he attended Denver University. He attended his first midget race at Lakeside Speedway in 1947. Sam purchased his first race car, a V8-60, from Dick Kendrick, in... read more

Vern and Brian Raymer

Known as Raymer & Company, the father and son duo of Vern and Brian Raymer will go down in history as one of the most successful drag racing operations in Colorado. With Vern serving as owner, head mechanic and crew chief, and Brian as the driver, Raymer &... read more

Bill Rice

Born in Clarks, Nebraska, Bill Rice built his first car, a 1944 coup, which he raced in Grand Island, Nebraska and Julesburg, Colorado. In 1965, he teamed up with Pete Dudden to field a Mark Williams front engine AA fuel dragster with a Ron Bement body and a... read more

Randy Roberts

Randy Roberts began racing in 1975 driving stock cars for three years before starting a 22 year Midget racing career. He won 86 feature races sanctioned by the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association and won nine RMMRA championships. He also won four Colorado Sprint... read more

Al Rogers

Born in 1909, Rogers drove his first race in 1934 in a stock car. He competed in his first Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1936. He first win at Pikes Peak was in 1940 and he also won the Lands End road race that year. He won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb four times in a row... read more

Jerry Robertson

Jerry Robertson has built one of the most impressive racing resumes in the history of Colorado oval-track competition.  He began his competitive career by winning rookie of the year honors in the Colorado National Speedway Sportsman division at age 19, and moved up to... read more

Odie Robertson

Odie Robertson began his racing career in 1960, driving a 1951 6-cylinder Chevrolet at El Cajon Speedway, which was then a dirt track in El Cajon, California.  By the late 60’s he was racing at tracks around the Los Angeles area, including Irwindale, Ascot Park, and... read more

Ron Schleiger

Colorado native Ron Schleiger attended his first race a young age. In his own words, “My passion for auto racing started when I was six or seven years old. My dad took me to Speedway Park, a track, a north of Fort Collins, for the midget races. From the minute I saw... read more

Pete Stringer

Pete Stringer’s love affair with motorsports began at a young age. It began when he turned his brother’s soap box derby car into a coupe and added the number 45. Pete’s first experience at the racetrack began at Lakeside Speedway, where his dad would take him if he... read more

Zan Smith

Zan attributes his being a motor head to his father. His father rode motorcycles, flew airplanes, loved cars and passed the wonderful world of “wheels” on to Zan. While in high school and college Zan had a job with a local foreign car dealership where he got to drive... read more

Russell “Doc” Simpson

Russell “Doc” Simpson grew up in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. His love affair with racing began at a very young age, as both his father, RG and his uncle, Ronald were involved in racing. As a matter of fact, Ronald became the first black mechanic to work at the... read more

Butch Speicher

Butch Speicher was born in 1942. Growing up near old Lakeside Speedway in north Denver, Butch grew to love racing. In 1966, he built a ’55 Chevy stock car and began his racing career. His “lucky red” race car, #73, changed often through the years as his natural talent... read more

Dave Strickland, Jr.

Dave Strickland Jr., also known as “Kid Strickland” until he won his first championship, started racing Midgets on May 21, 1977. His career lasted through 2004. He is the son of USAC Midget star, three-time Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association Champion and 2004... read more

Don Styes

Don Styes had an interest in motorsports from an early age. He was born and raised in Englewood and was attracted to Englewood Speedway from the time it was built, first as a spectator, then as a racer and later through many official capacities. In 1953, he was on the... read more

Scott Stocker

The board selected veteran motorsports journalist Scott Stocker to be the recipient of the Jerry Van Dyke Memorial Award, recognizing outstanding contribution to motorsports by an individual. As a journalist, Scott has received numerous awards for his outstanding... read more

Buck Shaver and Grier Manning

With his brother Vern, Buck Shaver began his racing career in 1954 when the Shaver brothers built a 1932 Ford coupe, #39, which they raced at Pikes Peak Speedway in Colorado Springs. Later on in 1956, Buck and Grier Manning purchased the Shaver and Manning Phillips 66... read more

Vern Shaver

Vern Shaver’s love of racing spanned more than 30 years. His racing career began in 1954 when he and brother, Buck, built their first stock car, which they raced at Pikes Peak Speedway in Colorado Springs. Veteran police officer Wayne Strobridge was their driver. In... read more

Joe Starr

The board selected veteran motorsports photographer Joe Starr to be the recipient of the Jerry Van Dyke Memorial Award, recognizing outstanding contribution to motorsports by an individual. Joe Starr was born in San Diego, California and attended his first race at one... read more

Nick Sanborn

For more than 50 years Nick Sanborn was involved with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He was born in the shadow of Pikes Peak in 1935, along with his twin brother Frank. At an early age the brothers constructed what they called “Chugs” and they raced down... read more

Steven Streeter

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Steven Streeter is now a longtime resident of Denver. He is now CEO of Steel Lock General Fence Contractors. His racing career really got started in the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s, when he raced snowmobiles for Team Polaris. In 1979 through... read more

Buddy Shay

Buddy Shay was born in Ohio but spent most of his formative years in Indiana. His older brother, Vic, bought a midget race car and decided to take it to races in Kansas City and Denver. In 1939 Shay left Indiana, worked in Chicago and then went to visit his brother in... read more

Wayne Stallsworth

Wayne Stallsworth drove his first race in a late model Stock car in 1956. He won his first championship at Englewood Speedway in 1961 in a modified and in 1968 missed winning the modified championship at Lakeside Speedway by only three points. In 1970, he won both the... read more

Tak Shiramizu

Tak Shiramizu was considered one of the best engine preparation specialists In the country. The drag race engines he prepared won major racing events across the United States as well as setting many track records. His own drag racing cars named “Tak’s Toy” were a... read more

Bruce Sass

Miles Spickler built his first midget racecar in 1936 for his brother, Burton, and drove to six main event victories in 1937. After serving in World War II, he returned to Colorado and built a number of midgets that he drove and had others drive, as well. Roy Bowe... read more

Miles Spickler

Miles Spickler built his first midget racecar in 1936 for his brother, Burton, and drove to six main event victories in 1937. After serving in World War II, he returned to Colorado and built a number of midgets that he drove and had others drive, as well. Roy Bowe... read more

Dave Strickland

Dave Strickland knew he wanted to race cars after competing in the Soap Box Derby race in Englewood, Colorado at about 10 years old. Strickland tried his hand at drag racing, running a ’37 Chevy pickup with a Corvette engine in Lodi, California, and again at the... read more

Sammy Sauer

Born in 1935, Sammy Sauer was considered one of Colorado’s most versatile drivers. He ran midgets, modifieds, super modifieds, and sprint cars, plus many other types of race cars. Sauer was the 1963 Lakeside Speedway modified champion, 1968 and 1969 Englewood Speedway... read more

Dave Tansey

Dave Tansey was born November 1st, 1943 in Newton, Iowa, and moved to Lakewood, Colorado at age twelve. His first experience with racing was going to Lakeside Speedway while he was in his late 20`s. After a next door neighbor invited Dave to the races at Englewood... read more

Steve Troxell

Steve Troxell was born in 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri. He began his racing career in 1963, driving a Solar chassis midget. He won his first main event in 1965 and his first Championship with the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association in 1966. He went on to win a... read more

Mike Troxel

Born in Wichita, Kansas in 1948, Mike Troxel got his first taste of success on the track as a youngster racing go-carts. In his early 20’s, he rebuilt the small block “fuelie” out of his 64′ Corvette in the basement. His dad wasn’t sure which was the bigger challenge;... read more

Johnny Tolan

Johnny Tolan won 45 midget car races in 1946, and won the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association championship. Tolan repeated his championship in 1947, and scored 47 wins. He had 27 feature wins in 1948. He captured the 1950 AAA Midwest championship, and his first... read more

Joe Umphenour

A Colorado native, Joe Umphenour became involved with building straight-line Chevy engines in 1952, which led him to help form the Chevruns of Denver Car Club that same year. In 1961, Umphenour built and drove an in-line GMC-powered Chevy Coupe and then moved up to... read more

Louis Unser

Louis J. “Louie” Unser, was the second of the four Unser brothers from Albuquerque who dominated Indianapolis, Pikes Peak Hill Climb and countless tracks in between. The younger twin brother of Jerry and older brother of Bobby and Al, Louie won the stock... read more

Leonard Vahsoltz

Leonard Vahsholtz is the owner of Vahsholtz Racing, with his wife, Barb. Leonard raced for a record 32 years in the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, with 18 class wins. In 1993, he won the Stock Car and Truck divisions, while setting course records and winning the... read more

Jerry Van Dyke

Jerry Van Dyke was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1934 and never lived anywhere else. His uncle took him to a midget race at Lakeside Speedway in 1946, and he was hooked on racing. His hero became Johnny Tolan. He sat in the bleachers on the south east side of the track... read more

Art Walsh

The board selected veteran Pikes Peak International Hill Climb flagman, Art Walsh, to be the first recipient of the Jerry Van Dyke Memorial Award, recognizing outstanding contribution to motorsports by an... read more

John Whitthar

John Whitthar started building roll cages for race cars in the ‘60’s. He has been associated with Howe racing building chassis for both dirt and asphalt cars since 1979. Although he won over 100 main events in his career, he never won a championship but said many... read more

Art Ward

Art Ward moved to Colorado from Oklahoma in 1958 at age 18. Soon after, he became a feared street racer behind the wheel of his two hot ‘57 Chevys. He and his friends would hang out at drive-ins looking for races. In 1959 Ward graduated from the streets to a track in... read more

Mark Williams

Mark Williams began a lifetime involvement with drag racing in the late 1950s owing and driving an Olds-powered ’34 Ford coupe. By 1960, he built and drove his first dragster primarily made out of old drive shafts. A trained machinist, Mark worked for John Bandimere,... read more

Windy Windholz

Windy Windholz was born in Kansas in 1923, the youngest of 15 children. In 1943, he was drafted into the Army Air Corp. and was sent to Aviation Mechanic School. One of Windy’s World II assignments was to work on a top secret aircraft later to become known as the B-29... read more

Don Wilson

Don Wilson started racing modifieds at Lakeside Speedway in 1955 and won seven modified championships on that oval. He was one of the few drivers that drove modifieds, midgets and late models at Lakeside Speedway. He finished in the top 10 in Rocky Mountain Midget... read more

Fritz Wilson

Fritz Wilson began his career racing motorcycles when he was a teenager and graduated to stock cars in 1947. He won the first stock car race he entered that season. He went on to win several modified and late model championships at Colorado National Speedway,... read more

Ralph Young

Ralph Young was a champion car owner and mechanic for many years. In 1967, with Sam Sauer as driver, his car set a Colorado Auto Racing Club track record at Lakeside Speedway that stood for nine years. They also finished second in CARC season point standings in 1967.... read more

Darrell Zimmerman

Darrell Zimmerman ran in the A Gas Dragster and A Dragster classes, winning 176 trophies and 26 top eliminator awards, while setting 22 track records during his career. He helped form the West Central Drag Association that was the forerunner of the National Hot Rod... read more