Wednesday, June 06 2012 @ 11:34 AM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Thunder Road Prepares for Sentimental Twilight Event
Racing historian Cho Lee of Barre, VT will be remembered at Thunder Road this Sunday, June 10 in the racetrack’s first seasonal weekly program presented by Sherwin-Williams. It will be the first of two twilight Sunday affairs for the high-banked oval before weekly Thursday night racing begins.
Lee, who co-authored “Fifty Years of Excitement” documenting Thunder Road’s history, will be remembered by the New England Antique Racers with the Cho Lee Memorial Race. More than thirty vintage racecars are expected to join Thunder Road’s three weekly racing divisions in Sunday’s event.
St. Johnsbury, VT’s John Gammell will be in attendance to present the award for the historic racing cars. Gammell, who has been fighting cancer, is nostalgic for the opportunity.
“I wouldn’t miss this for anything,” said Gammell. “It will be great to see old friends, and such an honor to present this Cho Lee award”.
Gammell, whose career began in the 1950s, has been one of Vermont’s most popular drivers. He won the 1969 Milkbowl at Thunder Road and, along with Lee, is a member of the NEAR Hall of Fame. Long-time track owner Ken Squier feels this Sunday will be a special day for Vermont racing.
“I’m thrilled that John has made himself available for Thunder Road,” Squier said. “All of us who grew up around the sport here realize he is in a tough struggle these days, but he has always had a way of facing it down. The fact that he is presenting the Cho Lee award makes it that much more meaningful to the recipient,” he concluded.
Along with the Cho Lee Memorial, the three Thunder Road regular divisions will participate in championship point counting events during the Sherwin-Williams event on Sunday, June 10 starting at 4:00pm. Gates will open at 1:30, Adult tickets $10, children 6-12 $3, family passes are $20, and children 6 and under will get in free.