STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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It’ll be like taking a weekend-long victory lap.
Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2016 will feature more than 200 race cars, antique race car displays, stage shows, a Ms. Motorsports Pageant and appearances by buzz-worthy figures in the sport Jan. 22-24 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.
What special guests are we talking about?
John Andretti (son of Mario Andretti’s twin brother, Aldo), who has been a winner in both IndyCar and NASCAR Sprint Cup racing and was the first to race in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. Andretti’s son, Jarett, who races in the United States Auto Club circuit, will be joining his dad for Friday and Saturday appearances. The Andrettis will do question-and-answer sessions with fans at the main stage area, and then signing autographs at the Coastal 181 Publishing display area.
Also appearing will be NASCAR race car owner Robert Yates; Sprint Cup star Kyle Larson; USAC racing standout Dave Darland; Greg Moore, crew chief for NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore; author Perry Allen Wood (“Bud Moore’s Right Hand Man: A NASCAR Team Managers Career At Full Throttle,” “Bud Moore’s Memoir of a Country Mechanic from D-Day to NASCAR Glory”); and others.
Why do I recognize Robert Yates’ name?
Over the years Robert Yates Racing had the late Davey Allison as a driver, winning the Daytona 500 with him in 1992; along with 58 high-profile victories won by the likes of Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett (a NASCAR Cup title), Elliott Sadler, Ricky Rudd and others. Yates will be interviewed at the stage area at noon on Saturday, followed by autographs at 12:45.
What else will make this special for race fans?
Vehicles on display include drag racing, NASCAR Sprint Cup, dirt track racers, motorcycles, a Pocono Raceway display with both an IndyCar racer and Kyle Larson’s Parker Stores NASCAR Xfinity race car, the No. 9 Bowes Seal Fast Champ car, the “Frantic Ford” 1969½ Mustang Mach I funny car, and more. John Andretti will be autographing copies of “The Stinger,” an Indy 500 centennial coffee table book. There will be copies of the new book “Foyt, Andretti, Petty: America’s Racing Trinity.” Family Day activities on Sunday, including Big Wheel racing for youngsters and a Little Miss Motorsports Pageant. Another highlight will be memories of the New York State Fairgrounds “Moody Mile” in Syracuse, with a special display of race cars from past events. Also included in the show will be more than 600 exhibitor booths, including collectibles and 2016 season information from speedways and sanctioning organizations.
Tell me more about Family Day.
On Sunday, all children under 12 are admitted free. Big Wheel races for children 3-9 offer trophies to the top three in each division. There will be a balloon artist and face painting, along with appearances by New Egypt Speedway’s Ralphie the Racer and Bridgeport Speedway’s Bandit.
Are there openings for the Ms. Motorsports Pageant?
It’s being held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The winner gets $1,500. For more details, call the show office at (609) 888-3618.
Where is the expo center?
100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. If you’re using GPS, type in 1601 Egypt Road, Phoenixville.
What are the hours for the show?
2 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 23 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24.
How much is admission?
One-day tickets are $14, $5 for children 6-12, free to children 5 and under all weekend and to all children 12 and under Sunday. Three-day tickets are $30, $10 for children.
What if I need to stay overnight?
The Crowne Plaza Valley Forge, 260 Mall Blvd., Upper Merion, will be offering discounted rates, and is 7.5 miles from the expo center. In fact, the Saturday night post-show gathering will be held in one of the large ballrooms at the hotel.
Where can I get more information?
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