Indy Bench Racing Weekend 2016

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Indy Bench Racing Weekend 2016 was a fantastic success.
On this page you can review the 2016 schedule and read a recap.  
 
 

 

Dates:       March 18-20, 2016
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel Indy Airport

2016 Recap

Bench Racing Weekend 2016 took place March 18th and 19th  2016 and by all accounts it was another success. There were interesting interviews like Dave “the king” Wilson interviewing Terry Lingner (Producer, NBCSN), Wanda and Mike Devin with Donald Davidson hosting conversations with Bench Racing Weekend participants and the keynote “Conversation with Chief Mechanics” where Donald Davidson interviewed Paul Diatlovich, Ron Dawes and Mike Devin. The keynote followed a banquet that according to participants, featured a fabulous menu that was extremely delicious and well prepared.

There were other activities too like two shop tours; one a local restoration shop, Race Car Restorations owned by Walter Goodwin  that specializes in older cars; front and rear engine, from the 50’s and 60’s, and the other shop, John Cummiskey Racing, a current F2000 race team that also does restorations on 80’s vintage cars like Penske’s March chassis.

  There was memorabilia, a silent auction, and two supremely restored cars from renowned collector Bob McConnell; a 1962 Watson roadster and a 1970 Mongoose. These cars were fabulous. Bill Blaylock led a conversation about racers remembered. There were rare 16mm films from raresportsfilms.com and the racing history.org group also featured vintage dirt racing movies. The 500 Festival Princesses were there to help with registration and to assure that everyone felt welcome.

 Many  people with a long and storied history in open wheel racing were in attendance including Johnny Parsons Jr. , Eldon Rasmussen, Paul Goldsmith, Dave Laycock, Frank Giuffre, Marie Hall, Don Kay and Cheryl Harkey who was there representing Bob Harkey. 

 This was a day and a half of bench racing at its finest.  The feedback from attendees was very enthusiastic and attendance at this year’s event set a new record. Planning for Bench Racing Week 2017 is already started and you can expect another terrific event in 2017. 

Below you can see the 2016 Event Schedule in Detail:

 

FRIDAY EVENING March 18, 2016:

4pm        Registration will open in the hallway outside the ballroom for anyone who wants to register Friday and beat the Saturday morning rush.

4-10pm   The Hartsfield Hospitality Suite will be open.  This year the theme of the Hartsfield Suite is "Sharing Memories".  We encourage you to bring photo albums, small memorabilia and tall stories to share with other participants.  

5-7pm & 9-11pm    Barb Hellyer will show racing movies in the Stapleton Hospitality Suite


7-8pm     Dave "The King" Wilson will host a conversation with Terry Lingner in the Ballroom

SATURDAY Morning March 19, 2016

7am-5pm    Registration 
will be open in the hallway outside the ballroom 

9am-12n     Tours of Walter Goodwin's Race Car Restorations shop in Indianapolis and John Cummiskey's JC Racing shop in Brownsburg.  

 

Walter Goodwin in one of his restored Indycars
Walter Goodwin in one of his restored Indycars.
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10am-4pm  The Hartsfield Hospitality Suite will be open for participants to gather, chat, grab a snack or simply relax

11am-4pm  The Bob Harkey Memorial Car Show in the Crowne Plaza parking lot adjacent to the Ballroom  (weather permitting) 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING MARCH 19, 2016

12n-5pm &  9-11pm     The Stapleton Hospitality Suite - watch 16mm film not available anyplace else with Doak Ewing


1-5pm        The Ballroom
- check out restored Indy Cars, shop the vendors, chat with old and new friends.



2-3:30pm         The Gatwick Hospitality Suite   Please join Wanda Devin for casual conversation about her years in the racing community.  

 

3:30-4:00pm     The Ballroom - Bob McConnell will discuss the featured cars on display


5-6pm          The Atrium  Cocktail Hour  Join in telling and hearing more tall tales over your favorite cocktail!

6-7:15pm        The Ballroom   Buffet-style Dinner

7:15-8:30pm    The Featured Conversation: Donald Davidson hosting "A Conversation with Crew Chiefs".  
This will prove to be an entertaining and fact (fast tales?) filled time with behind-the-scenes stories from notable crew chiefs.  


9-11pm   The Hartsfield Hospitality Suite will be open.  Lots more time to share photo albums, small memorabilia and fast stories with other participants.