Drag Races and Raffle Tickets Are Priority At Salem Motorsports May 11

Jerry Curry, Staff Writer

The new Bronco to be raffled was on display at Salem Motorsports. All proceeds support the YMCA expansion project.

David Fordyce of Salem proudly shows off his 1951 Crosley.

This $34,115 Bronco Sport could be yours for the purchase of a $100 raffle ticket.

Vernon Hacker of Salem obviously treats his 1954 Buick Skylark with lots of TLC.

This is an architectural rendition of the proposed YMCA addition.

Drag racers watch the signal light closely before the start of a heat.

Plenty of muscle cars were on display for fans to admire.

Salem Motorsports, located at 2593 West St. Rd 56, Salem, is alive with the sounds of high-powered cars.

They have several large action events like, King of the Asphalt, Drag Grudge, Drifting, Saturday Night Street Fights, and Test and Tune. A faculty that once was an airport runway is now a 1/8 mile drag strip.

The event May 11 was Cars N Coffee and Drag Racing.

The morning started off with a car show. Among the cars on display was Vernon Hacker’s pristine 1954 Buick Skylark convertible. The chrome of this car shined from bumper to bumper.

Close to him was David Fordyce’s 1951 Crosley. Fordyce has had this car since 1970 and has four other Crosleys at home. These cars were surrounded by expensive Corvettes and Camaros.

Ben Martin and Todd Osborn help run this faculty, along with a group of investors. 

Gate admission was $5 this Saturday.

The park has a nice cafeteria, where Melissa Price will fix you a meal from the menu. There are booths where you can sit down and enjoy your food.

This particular Saturday it was the site of the launch for the YMCA Bronco Raffle. The Bronco has a MSRP of $34,115. Raffle chances are $100 each, and 2000  ticketswill be sold.  Eddie Gilstrap Motors currently keeps the car in safe keeping when not on display.

This fundraiser, according to Kristy Purlee, Washington Co. YMCA Chief Executive Officer, is for the four-million-dollar expansion to the YMCA facility. They have quietly been raising funds and presently have 1.2 million. They are also working on grants. The plans are to raise $2 million at a time.

Raffle tickets may be purchased at The Washington County Family YMCA, located at 1709 N. Shelby St. Salem.


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