Classic cars to kick off the races at Illiana Speedway

2013-06-08T00:00:00Z Classic cars to kick off the races at Illiana SpeedwayTara McElmurry Associate Niche Content Producer nwitimes.com

The cars from oldest auto club in the state will rev their engines at the Illiana Motor Speedway today before the races begin.

The Winamac Old Auto Club is in its 63rd year and will bring many of its members and their restored cars to the track.

"We thought it would be a great idea to bring the oldest auto club in the state to one of the oldest tracks in the state," said Paul Pettit of the Winamac Old Auto Club. The speedway is in its 66th year.

Pettit said the cars will be on display back behind the track before the start of the race at 7 p.m.

The speedway has allowed the club to take their cars around the track for one lap while the National Anthem is played to kick off the races.

"That is a pretty big deal considering how fast cars normally race around that track," Pettit said.

Pettit said race goers can expect to see everything from a Model-T to a 1965 Ford Mustang.

There are 122 families in the club. Pettit said he expects many of the members to be there depending on the weather.

Before the race, visitors can come view the display of cars from the old auto club for free.

Tonight's event will be a full race program with the North Grand Auto Parts Turbo Stock Challenge, according to the speedway's schedule.

Regular admission for the speedway races is $12 for adults and $5 for children. Pit access cost $30 for ages eight and up.

The Illiana Speedway has different divisions of racing including the super late model class, the turbo stock class, the legends division and the pure stock class. The speedway also features the Figure 8 Bus Race and the Trailer Race.

For more information about the Illiana Motor Speedway, visit illianaspeedway.com.

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