Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Racing Legends highlight 2nd annual Henry Gregor Felsen Tribute Festival

Henry Gregor Felsen

West Des Moines, Iowa (Sept. 11, 2012) – NASCAR’s David Pearson and Penske Racing’s Don Miller are both appearing at the second annual Henry Gregor Felsen Tribute Festival car and truck show, honoring the spirit and books of the late iconic 1950s West Des Moines-based, nationally known author.

It’s set for Saturday, Sept. 22, here at the historic Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road. And spectator admission is free!

Pearson, a 2011 inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, was known as the Silver Fox. He drove from 1960 to 1986, and had 574 starts and 105 wins. Miller is the former president of Penske Racing and one of the most influential figures in international motorsports. They’ll meet Tribute Festival attendees and sign autographs in the afternoon.

The event honors Henry Gregor Felsen (1916-1995), a prolific writer and the “Granddaddy of Street Rodding.” “Hot Rod,” the book that started it all, and “Street Rod” recently were republished by his children, Holly Felsen Welch and Dan Felsen, for a new generation of readers to enjoy. Those books can be ordered from Holly Felsen Welch at HenryGregorFelsen.com or from amazon.com.

Other Henry Gregor Felsen books that were popular with adolescent readers were “ “Rag Top,” “Fever Heat,” “Crash Club” and “Road Rocket.” They are in the final stages of publication and should be ready in time for the show.

Book sets, available with updated covers or the original vintage covers, will be available on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com or by contacting Welch.

Both Holly Felsen Welch and Dan Felsen will be on hand to meet and greet visitors to the Tribute Festival.

All makes, models and years of vehicles are welcome at the car and truck show. In addition to the show, organizers have planned food, bands, a trivia contest, pinstriping by Frosty Harrington and a live deejay.

The food vendor this year is the highly rated 3 Blind Pigs, which will be serving up pork, chicken, brisket and smoked macaroni and cheese.

Also planned are valve cover races. Build a valve cover car and join in the fun or just watch the action!

Car and truck show registration is from 9 to noon the day of the fest. Or register in advance online at HenryGregorFelsenTribute.org and get a free show T-shirt.

Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. The top 25 vehicles will be honored. In addition, six specialty awards, a unique neon guitar trophy sponsored by Victory Performance and Parts and the $500 Felsen Award will be presented.

Proceeds from the Tribute Festival benefit scholarship programs at Drake and DMACC.

For activity updates or more information, click on HenryGregorFelsenTribute.org. Or call Holly Felsen Welch at (515) 226-9372 or e-mail her at hfwelch@mac.com.

1 comment:

  1. This is actually this coming Saturday September 22nd 2012 with registration staring at 9am. So bring your car or truck out or just come and look at all of the buties from years past. Hope to see you all there!!!!!!!!!!!