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Take a walk in the past....

when times were simpler and the stands were filled with cheering fans

rooting for their favorite driver. Remember when the cars  had character?

They were built with blood, sweat and junkyard parts.

Come join us for the excitement of Vintage Stock Car racing!  

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                                                                                                                                  #444  Wib Spalding feature winner at Tri-City Speedway  RIP Wib

Wilbur “Wib” G. Spalding, 81, went to be with the Lord at 9:05 am Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at his home, under the care of BJC Hospice.

He was born on August 26, 1933 in Granite City, IL, the son of Earl and Gertrude Mae (Stearns) Spalding.

He married Rosa Lee Emery. She preceded him in death. He married Mary Etta (Hodge) Dreith on September 21, 1990 at the Bethalto United Methodist Church. She survives.

Wilbur was the owner/operator of Godfrey Speedway from 1978 until 1991 and he worked for Capenters Local 633 out of Granite City. He was a member of Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Bethalto. He was inducted in the Granite City Sports Hall of Fame and he raced all over the United States. He won thirty four track championships, four 150 lap features, three 200 lap features, one 300 lap feature, two track records at Oswego, NY, a USAC Sprint Race at Salem, IN and a 50 mike Duquoin, IL Race. In all types of racing has had over 600 feature wins. He placed 8th in a 200 lap Indy car race at Trenton, NJ in 1968

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children and spouses, Terry Lee and Nancy Spalding of Godfrey, Tina and Danny Tyler of Granite City, Earl and Laura Spalding of Alton; his stepchildren and their spouses, Michael and Carol Dreith of Murphysboro, Il and Barbara and Bill Watson of Bethalto; thirteen grandchildren; several great grandchildren; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Leland and Jean Spalding of Wichita, KS and Kenneth Spalding of Granite City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Gertrude Mae (Stearns) Spalding, first wife, and two daughters, Connie Mroz and Gayle Spalding.

Visitation will be from 9 am until services at 12:00 Noon Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Bethalto.

Burial will be at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Church.

Online Condolences and guest book may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com


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Club News

  Also, on Saturday Sept 20, Poplar Bluff Speedway has rescheduled the non-points race that was cancelled on Sept 13.  Steve Santee and the boys from Malden will be there.  For more info call Brian Wolfmeier.

In Memory of Curt Hauck

 On a very sad note, one of our own GVRA members, Curt Hauck, passed away on February 19, 2013. Curt was 51 years old. Curt was the driver of the #00 Cuda and  a big force in the "Hauck Racing Team". He was a friend to everyone and always a pleasure to talk to. Curt will be greatly missed by everyone.

 


Tri-City Speedway Feature winner 7-24-14 #3 Brian Wolfmeier (Photo by Kirby Laws)
Doe Run "A" Feature Winner 7-25-14 #0 Terry Gallaher  (Photo by Kirby Laws)

Doe Run "B" Feature Winner 7-25-14  #99 Jamie Pfeifer (Photo by Kirby Laws)

 
Joe Hauck and Rolla Auto Salvage completed the restoration of Ray Eby's '39 Willys and brought it out to Granite City for its first race since 1970. Last year Dwight Barbeau's 51 Henry J debuted for the first time since the early '60s. These are both St. Louis local cars from the past in as original of a configuration as possible. The cartoon was done for Dwight Barbeau. This was a statement that he made while his '51 Henry J vintage race car was being restored.