Racing Legends Parade February 2, 2013 From: Dargan Watts
PONCE INLET, Fla. - For the first time in many years, the Town of Ponce Inlet, officials of Volusia County and Racing's North Turn Restaurant will stage a parade of vintage race cars and motorcycles on the old NASCAR beach/A1A road course.
The last race held on the beach/road course was in 1958, the year before Daytona International Speedway opened. Many of the top names in racing ground it out on the demanding 2.1-mile beach sand heading north and the 2.1-mile asphalt Highway A1A going south. Some of the stars who competed on the beach/road course are: Fireball Roberts, Curtis Turner, Glenn Wood, Junior Johnson, Lee Petty, Banjo Matthews Speedy & Jimmy Thompson, Cotton Owens and Billy Myers.
The event will be held on Saturday, February 16th and is free to the general public and there in no entry fee for entering a car in the parade.The parade will leave from in front of the North Turn Restaurant, located at 4511 South Atlantic Avenue in Ponce Inlet at 9a.m. The parade route will follow the NASCAR race course south on Atlantic Ave (Hwy A1A) through the South Turn onto the beach.
Following the parade, race cars will be on display in the Racing's North Turn Restaurant parking lot. Invited racers and others from the Beach Racing days will be signing autographs and will be interviewed inside the restaurant by NASCAR historian Buz McKim. Spectators may park in the vacant parking lot at the corner of Toronita Avenue and Highway A1A and a complimentary trolley shuttle from the parking lot to the Racing's North Turn Restaurant and back will run from 8a.m.until noon. This project has taken a lot of work and the full support of the town and county in obtaining a permit to drive north on this section of the beach.
The event is open to race cars and race car replicas from model years 1958 and older. Modified cars with fenders are welcome and open-wheel race cars that date from the beach racing era are also welcome as well as motorcycles from that era.
Cars brought in by trailers and haulers are urged to unload and park the trailers and haulers at the Ponce Inlet Town Hall located on the west side of 4100 South Atlantic Avenue, which is north of the North Turn Restaurant. Cars should arrive by 7:30a.m. and should be staged for the parade in a parking lot across from the North Turn Restaurant by 8a.m. A 15-minute mandatory drivers meeting will begin promptly at 8:30a.m. This meeting is a requirement in order to obtain the permit to drive on the beach. If you miss the meeting, you will not be permitted on the beach. The parade will roll off at 9a.m.
At this time it is undetermined whether another parade will be held on the beach/road course in future years, so for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to follow the path of legends from the 40's and 50's era should not pass this one up.
Ponce Inlet is located 10 miles south of Daytona Beach on Hwy A1A.
For more info, please contact Bob Coolidge at 386-956-3465 or Rhonda Glasnak at Racing's North Turn Restaurant. Telephone: 386-566-1167
Bill McPeek of Oviedo will have this 1935 Chev. coupe in the parade.Car was built in Syracuse, N.Y. and has documented history of racing thru out the north east and Canada
24X competed on the beach/road course in 1955.