Club Archives

Our club formed in the fall of 2006, and we all quickly realized that our like-mindedness about motorsports would produce many great and exciting activities, trips and events. After several months of organizational activities, we conducted our first major "field event" - sponsoring Dick Anderson's famous No. 92 car, with Jeff Choquette at the wheel, in a Sunoco Sunbelt Series race at New Smyrna Speedway in April of 2007.

By that time, we had settled on a logo and a standard piece of club apparel - the famous "yellow shirts" that have become our group identity. It was an awesome experience, made especially so by our group's trip to the winners circle to celebrate with Dick and Jeff. A recap of this event - considered by many of to be a defining moment for our club - is included here in our archives, along with a collection of similar major milestone events we have recorded along the way. This is a work-in-progress... we’ll be continually adding documents as our club grows. Check back often.

We invite you to browse the documents below. They will give you a better feel for the ground we've covered. For those of you who were participants in these events, they will jog your memories! Click on the titles to view these historical accounts. Enjoy!

2007-2016

Blue-Grey Modifieds at Ocala Speedway - February 2007

Let's Go Racing - February 2007

First "Racing in The Villages" - March 2007

Our First Big Race - April 2007

More Than a Race - April 2007

Villagers Nuts About NASCAR - July 2007

Trip to Columbia Motorsports Park - August 2007

Club Celebrates First Anniversary - October 2007

Steve Griffin Mini-Stock Sponsorship - October 2007

Thrill of the Race - November 2007

Jeff Gets Governor's Cup Reelection - November 2007

Motor Racing Fan Club Inducts Hall of Fame Class - December 2007

Sights and Sounds of Daytona - February 2008

Racing Fan Club Donation - March 2008

Buzzie Visits Club - June 2008

New Dixie Racing at USA International Speedway - June 2008

Need For Speed - September 2008

Buzzie vs. David at East Bay Raceway Park - November 2008

Governor's Cup 200 at New Smyrna Speedway - November 2008

Best of the Best - December 2008

Red Eye 125 at New Smyrna Speedway - January 2009

Club Experiences Driving the Richard Petty Way - February 2009

Revved Up Over Racing - March 2009

'Real' Race Fans Make Up The Villages Racing Club - April 2009

Visit to Sumter Motorsports Park - July 2009

DAARA at Citrus County Speedway - August 2009

Hot Dogs & Hot Rods - September 2009

Harold Bedell Slingshot Sponsorship - October 2009

Club Members View Go-Karts - February 2010

2010 Daytona 500 Picnic - February 2010

Blast from the Past at Citrus County Speedway - March 2010

Gatornationals - March 2010

The 2010 Villages Cup - April 2010

16 Races, 2 Wrecks and 1 Broken Toe - April 2010

The Annual Visit To The Villages Motor Racing Fan Club - April 2010

Bingo Night - May 2010

Steve Griffin Dominates at Citrus County Speedway - May 2010

Orange Blossom 100 at Orlando Speedworld - June 2010

Villagers Race to Win, Pedal to the Metal - June 2010

Villages Club Awards 2010 Scholarship - July 2010

Daytona 500 at Colony Cottage - February 2011

Gatornationals, Recap - March 2011

Gatornationals, Photos - March 2011

Gatornationals, More Photos - March 2011

Ready, Set for Bumpin' and Bangin' - March 2011

The 2011 Villages Cup - March 2011

Club Sponsors Go-Cart Racer Nic Fernandez - March 2011

Bronson Speedway - October 2011

Watching Coke Zero 400 at Colony - July 2012

The 2012 Villages Cup - November 2012

Watching Ford 400 at Colony - November 2012

Kicking Off the NASCAR Season - February 2013

Racing Club's Stock Car to Roll Saturday Night - March 2013

Tiny Racers - March 2013

Speed Racer - March 2013

Villagers Pass on July Cup Race at Daytona - July 2013

Johnson Has Earned Respect of Racing Fans Around The Villages - November 2013

15 Members Inducted Into Fan Club Hall of Fame - January 2014

Villages Motor Racing Fan Club Honors Legends, Aspiring Racers - January 2014

Return of 3 - February 2014

The Villages Magazine, Club of the Month - May 2014

Villages Motor Racing Fan Club joins together to cheer on Daytona drivers - February 2015

The Villages Magazine, Club of the Month - October 2015

Villages Motor Racing Fan Club Gathers for Final Race of Season - November 2015

Motor Racing Club Celebrates 10 Years of Fun, Fellowship at Special Meeting - October 2016

The Villages Motor Racing Fan Club celebrates 10 years of revved-up fandom - October 2016

Member & Speaker Profiles

Jim Hedlund, "Hedlund" Could Aid Auto Racers - February 1979

Dick Anderson, Six Days In May - June 1989

Jack Hewitt, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame - 2002

Buster's Story - October 2007

Donna Davis, Reminiscing About Air Racing - January 2008

Silky Meegan, Match Made In Heaven - February 2008

Glen Carter, Daytona's First Race a Sight to Behold - February 2008

Buster Burt, Changing Times - February 2008

Jim Hedlund, Front-Row Seat at Famous Fracas - February 2008

Dave Bockman, Brickyard Bonanza - May 2008

Buster Burt, When Racing Was Fun - June 2008

Buzzie Reutimann, Still Roaring - July 2008

Betty Erde, A Great Ride - July 2008

Buster Rides Again - February 2009

Dick Anderson, "Speedweeks" - New Smyrna Style - February 2009

Buddy Pearce, Resident Used to Race Stock Cars - March 2009

Full Speed Ahead, Dave Bockman's NASCAR Collection - April 2009

Dirt-track Racer Reutimann Recounts Son's Win - May 2009

Buster Burt Drives Daytona, Sees Petty's 200th Win - July 2009

Zoe Ann Burt's Bucket List

Dick Anderson Career

Buddy Pearce Career

Buddy Pearce, Car Racing, Restoration Intrigue Resident - September 2009

Buster Burt Career

Betty Skelton-Erde, A Woman of Firsts - December 2010

Bill Garcia Credits Villages Lifestyle for his Return to Bowing Alley - January 2011

Buddy Pearce, Hooked on Auto Racing, Retiree Enjoyed 40-year Career at the Wheel - January 2011

Bill Garcia's Need For Speed - May 2011

Marvin Panch, 17-Time NASCAR Winner, Visits The Villages - December 2011

Diana Hubbard & Geoff Bodine, Former Daytona 500 Winner Visits Villages - March 2012

Remembering "Big Dave" Bockman - May 2012

Buster Burt, Villages Resident Shares Passion for Speed, Stock Car Racing - June 2012

Jerry Conkle and Gary Seyler, Back Behind the Wheel - October 2012

"Flash" and "Cyclone" Score Podium Finishes at Citrus County Speedway - October 2012

Conkle and Seyler, Motor Racing Club Members Experience Thrill of a Lifetime - November 2012

Glen Carter, Sharing his Love of Racing - February 2013

Jim Hedlund, Playing a Part in Daytona 500 History - February 2013

Elaine Harrold & Jane Routte, Life Near the Fast Lane - May 2013

Track President Ruser Remembered as Visionary - June 2013

Ernie Battee, Holding on to Hope - June 2013

Buster Burt, Local Racing Legend to be Honored - June 2013

Pennie Whitt, Driving Their Dreams - July 2013

Betty Skelton, Villagers Remember Aviation Icon, Neighbor - August 2013

Allan Brown Speaks To The Villages Motor Racing Fan Club - February 2014

Buddy Pearce, Former Racer from Summerfield Named to Speedway Hall of Fame - February 2014

Skip Bryan, Not Slowing Down - April 2014

Dora Thorne, Racer Focuses on Fun - July 2014

Dick Anderson, AMAC's Comeback Kid - Fall 2014

Daryl Ware, Chasing Dreams - December 2014

Jack Hewitt and The Villages - January 2015

Jack Hewitt Entertains Crowd at Villages Club - January 2015

Lou Palmer, Hot Wheels Golf Cart - February 2015

Jake Perkins, Driving Success - February 2015

Jerry Conkle, Crew Chief Radio Interview - February 2015

Janine Woodsford, Springdale Villager Wheels and Deals - February 2015

Mike and Kenny Brewer, Club Hears from Young Racing Phenom - July 2015

NASCAR Legend Marvin Panch Will Be Missed, But Not Forgotten - January 2016

Glen Carter, Gerry Hafer and Jerry Conkle; Then & Now - February 2016

Glen Carter, Looking Back at Those Glory Days - February 2016

Skip Bryan and Eileen Daniels, Living Life in the Fast Lane - February 2016

Mark Rife, Villager Leaves His Winning Mark on Car Racing - October 2016

Don Day, Restored Vintage Vehicle Sounds As Good As It Looks - April 2017

Mike Anderson, Mike's Music Has Friends Dancing In Their Seats - April 2017

Mike Touchette, Facility Specialist Says Goodbye - June 2017

Joe Kavalauskas, Villager Builds Speedstar Roadster From Ground Up - August 2017

David Vanderwall, Villager Builds 1923 Ford T-Bucket From Scratch - September 2017

Skip Bryan, Villagers Support Youth Ranches With Activities - October 2017