DAARA HISTORY

IN DECEMBER, 1983, A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND RACING ENTHUSIASTS GOT TOGETHER AT THE HOME OF KERMIT AND JEAN WEISS IN PALM COAST, FL. THOSE IN ATTENDANCE WERE BILL & MARIE ROHLFS , BILL & DOROTHY BRINDLEY, RAY & MARY ANN THOMAS, RON & SANDY NORTON AND JACK GREENWOOD. THE MEN SAT AROUND DISCUSSING THE ANTIQUE AUTO RACES THAT WERE BEING PUT ON AT THE TAMPA STATE FAIRGROUNDS--THE AARA CLUB FROM MIDWESTERN UNITED STATES ORGANIZED AND RAN THIS RACE. SOMEONE WONDERED WHY A CLUB COULDN'T BE FORMED IN FLORIDA THAT COULD RUN THIS EVENT AND OTHER EVENTS IN FLORIDA. MARIE ROHLFS SAID, "IF WE WOULD STOP TALKING AND START DOING, WE COULD FORM OUR OWN RACING CLUB."

AFTER INQUIRIES WERE MADE TO THE AARA, EAST COAST AND EASTERN OLD TIMERS CLUBS, A MEETING WAS HELD ON MAY 1, 1984 AT THE HOME OF BILL & MARIE ROHLFS TO SEE HOW MUCH INTEREST THERE WAS INFORMING OUR OWN CLUB. TEN PEOPLE WERE PRESENT. WE DECIDED WE HAD THE INTEREST AND THE DESIRE TO PRESS ON SO WE SCHEDULED A FORMAL MEETING ON MAY 22nd AND THE OFFICERS WERE ELECTED, DUES WERE COLLECTED AND NEGOTIATIONS WERE STARTED WITH THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOR INCORPORATION. OFFICERS FOR THAT YEAR WERE: PRESIDENT: BILL ROHLFS; VICE-PRESIDENT: RON NORTON; SECRETARY/TREASURER: BILL BRINDLEY; DIRECTORS: SAM PACKARD, KERMIT WEISS, GLEN McCLONE AND JACK GREENWOOD. NEWSLETTER EDITOR WOULD BE BILL BRINDLEY. THESE INDIVIDUALS HELD OFFICE FOR TWO YEARS. IN 1984 WE HAD A TOTAL OF 21 MEMBERS. PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE CLUB HAVE BEEN BILL ROHLFS, RON NORTON, DOUG HOWARD, BOB BAILEY, GEORGE GRAY, DICK WOOLRIDGE, AND DALE MILLER.

DURING THE 1980's OUR CLUB HAD A COUPLE OF RUNNING EVENTS AT NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY AND VOLUSIA COUNTY SPEEDWAY. WE HAD STATIC DISPLAYS AT THE DAYTONA OUTLET MALL AND THE DAYTONA FLEA MARKET. OUR MEMBERS PARTICIPATED IN THE SHOWS AT THE TAMPA FAIRGROUND, ODESSA AND THEN ZEPHYRHILLS. THE RACING PORTIONS OF THESE SHOWS WERE RUN BY THE AARA. IN 1988 THE DAARA TOOK OVER THE RUNNING OF THE SPRING AND FALL SHOWS AT ZEPHYRHILLS AND HAVE BEEN IN CHARGE EVER SINCE.

OTHER TRACKS THAT OUR CLUB HAVE RUN AT IN FLORIDA ARE ST.AUGSUTINE SPEEDWAY, BRONSON SPEEDWAY, COLUMBIA SPEEDWAY, SUNSHINE SPEEDWAY, WALT DISNEY WORLD SPEEDWAY, OCALA SPEEDWAY, LAKE CITY, ST.PETE, EAST BAY ALONG WITH OUT-OF-STATE SHOWS AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY, EAST ALABAMA SPEEDWAY, PHENIX CITY, ALABAMA, PENTON, ALABAMA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY. STILL SHOWS INCLUDE THE SPEEDWAY SPECTACULAR AND DAYTONA STREET ROD SHOWS AT THE DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY WHICH INCLUDED LAPS AROUND THE FAMOUS DAYTONA TRACK. OUR CLUB HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN MALL SHOWS AROUND FLORIDA AND MANY CHARITY EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.

THROUGHOUT THE 1990's OUR CLUB HAS GROWN IN MEMBERSHIP AND EVENTS. WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 400 MEMBERS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD. MEMBERSHIPS FROM CANADA, JAPAN AND AUSTRALIA COME TO MIND--EXCHANGING THOSE CURRENCIES HAS PRESENTED PROBLEMS AT TIMES!

NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE LADIES. GIRLS LIKE MARIE WHO SAID, "GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND DO SOMETHING", LEE PACKARD, THE TREASURER FOR MANY YEARS, DEE HOERSTING WHO HAS BEEN THE SECRETARY FOREVER (OR SO IT SEEMS) AND ALL THE OTHER WIVES WHO SUPPORTED THEIR HUSBANDS IN THIS HOBBY. THANKS GIRLS!


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