The Hamilton County Fairground's historic half-mile track, located in Webster City, is the site of the 15th Annual Vintage Race Car gathering Sept. 10 and 11, when vintage race car owners from several Midwestern states will bring their coupes, stock and sprint cars for a weekend of nostalgia and racing.
Cars and their owners arrive on Sept. 10 to reminisce, test and tune the racers for the Sept. 11 races.
Racing action begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 with heats and feature races. General admission to the grandstand to view the races is $2 for adults and $1 for kids, the same price as in the 1960s.
Local racing fans will remember Gerald Seiser's 7-Up car. Seiser, of Webster City, had a successful racing career in the 7-Up car at race tracks all over central Iowa. The 7-Up car has been restored by Marty and Nancy Pringle of Otho.
The general public can view the race cars in the pit area from 1 to 3 p.m. each day at no charge.
It is expected that many race cars from the past will be on display and in action on Saturday evening along with many long-time local favorite drivers.
The event covers racing from 1930 through 1990 with cars ranging from the early steel-body coupes to sedan stock cars, Offy-style sprint cars and midgets.
Webster City is celebrating its 100th year of auto and motorcycle racing in 2010. The semi-banked half-mile oval on the Hamilton County Fairgrounds was built in 1939 and early on hosted the likes of Gus Schrader, Emery Collins and Jimmy Wilburn in their Offenhauser-powered sprint cars; Danny Kladis, Red Hoyle and Johnny Hobel in midgets; and Ernie Derr, Don White, Ralph Dyer, Charlie Magnison, Bill Bailey and Wild Bill Harrison for 100-mile late model stock car races.
Emery Collins set world, national and state speed records on the track in 1948. The Hamilton County Fairgrounds had the distinction of being the only county fairgrounds in Iowa that year to have had a world record set on its half- mile oval.
There is no admission or parking cost to enter the fairgrounds.