Times Staff Reporter
The Terre Haute Quarter Midget Association (THQMA) will conduct a special event this Saturday to commemorate some of the elder statesmen who have helped the organization succeed through the years.
The organization will put on its first-ever Hall Of Fame Race this Saturday at the Hulman Mini Speedway in Terre Haute. Being inducted into the hall are Macon and Mary Morgan, Andy Camp and the late "Grandpa Myers." An induction ceremony will be held amidst a day of racing, which begins with qualifying at 11 a.m.
According to the THQMA website, midget racing is "a family oriented sport that involves racing designed specifically for kids ages 5-16." The cars are 1/4 scaled-down versions of open wheel midget cars. They are fully suspended with springs and are built around a tubular frame.
The Hall of Fame celebration is for adults who grew up with the organization and have continued to volunteer their time in various ways helping develop new racing talent. Each inductee was selected by the THQMA Board of Directors. Organization Vice-President Jim Behnke said it was necessary to reward past members, as they offer a model of how current racers should handle themselves.
"I think it's very important to honor our past members," Behnke said. "I think these individuals are people our racers can look up to."
The event is free of charge to the public and all proceeds, which are raised from concessions and sponsorships, will be donated to a charity selected by the Hall of Fame inductees. Behnke said THQMA prides itself on spreading around their proceeds locally.
"Our club finds it very important to give to the community," Behnke said. "It's very important for us to give back."
Publicity Director Brad Wallace said THQMA, which races most Saturday's, serves a valuable purpose, as it provides people with quality free entertainment at a time when most are finding money to be sparse.
"With this struggling economy, nothing beats free entertainment," said Wallace, an alumni of the racing league are current crew worker for his three children. "You could pay $1,000 for a NASCAR race, or you can come for free and see kids race twice as hard."
The event begins with Saturday with qualifications at 11 a.m. The event will feature semi-feature races, followed by feature races, which run for 100 laps. The Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held prior to the feature races.
For more information on the organization, visit them online at www.thqma.com.