Kentuckiana Racers,Tracks and Custom Cars at the Carl Casper Louisville Show
This annual show came to town February 23-25 with at least as much excitement as in prior years. The show provides something for everybody.
Of course the multitude of ever more creative custom cars is the main attraction. And justifiably so. They are impressive. How do people even think of the things they do to those vehicles?
Entertainers were also on the program. They included Rey Mysterio as the Ultimate Masked Warrior. Others appearing included Max Brady of the soap opera “Days of our Lives”, Dora, Spongebob and Patrick of Nicolodean. Others were the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders, a talent search competiton, and Mickie James who was billed as “WWE Diva.”
I’m too old and slow to handle the excitement of all those hot entertainers so let’s take a look at the automotive and racing side of the show. There were more cars than I could see in one afternoon. They included every kind you can imagine plus others.
“Tow Mater” from the movie Cars was a big attraction for all ages and especially children. Chip Foose’s “Hemisfear” also attracted a crowd. Tony Schumacher’s world champion Army dragster was on display. A line formed ninety minutes before NASCAR veteran Terry Labonte’s scheduled appearance at a two-hour autograph session.
Did you ever wonder what racers do when they are not racing? I may have discovered the answer but you have to look at the pictures to find out. Link to my photos from this event and look for a photo of Artie Ware and Earl Riley--away from their cars. If you can figure out what they are doing you may have the answer.
Several area race tracks had booths at the show and some race car drivers were there with their cars on display. I tried to meet and get photos of all but know that I missed at least some of the drivers. (At the end of this article you will see a link to all the photos.)
Salem Speedway had a booth with several race cars and drivers onsite. Promoter Richard Deaton is expecting another big year at Salem. Bret James, longtime flagman at Salem, announced that he will be retiring after this year. Salem racers in attendance included Tony Conway, Jerry Norris and Keith Gardner. Norris is in his fiftieth year of racing!!!
Daniel Glover displayed his new Super Late Model that he plans to race at Bowling Green and Nashville plus some other tracks. Check with Daniel on his charity project for St Jude Hospital. If I understood correctly, donors get a free video and 100% of the donations go to St. Jude.
Alan Williams and Chuck Barnes, Jr. had their cars on display, as did Will Kimmel, Cory Harmon Raymond Riley, Mike Bevins, Eric Bayens and Mark Harmon. The Owen Funeral Home #15 driven by the “Faster Pastor” Ron Lasley was there. A Frank Kimmel #46 was on display.
Ron’s photos for the Carl Casper Auto Show can be viewed by linking to: www.LuvRacin.com click on the state of Kentucky then on Racing photos. Ron covers Racing across Ky and IN. To see more of his photos click the Writers page and then on Ron’s Racing Report.
Ron Singleton, LuvRacin.com, email@example.com, 502-693-2163