Officers rename major award, show season starts off strong
for Maine Vintage Race Car Association

AUBURN, Maine (June 27, 2017) – Officers and directors of the Maine Vintage Race Car Association (MVRCA) have announced the renaming of a major annual award to honor the group’s founder and past president.

On June 20, a proposal was made and unanimously accepted to change what was formerly known as the President’s Award to the Bob Morris Memorial Award. The award is given each year to an individual or individuals who go the extra mile to serve the MVRCA and its primary mission.

Morris passed away unexpectedly in May of this year after complications from surgery.

The same criteria will be used as before, given the fact Bob always gave so much of his time and energy towards preserving Maine’s rich racing history. Those who rise above are candidates.

“I feel this is an appropriate way for us to honor the founder of this great organization,” current MVRCA president Don Turner said. “Bob is the reason we’re all working towards the same goal. His vision of restored cars, a Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Mobile Museum are now hallmarks
of what we do. When we present this award next April in Augusta, it will have a very special meaning.”

As local short track racing enjoys a healthy resurgence in the Great State of Maine, the summer show season has also started off in fine fashion. On June 3, the MVRCA was well represented at the annual Maine Motorsports Day at Reynolds Motorsports in Buxton. Several beautifully-restored race cars were on hand, many photos were taken and traffic through the Mobile Museum was steady.

On June 7, the Mobile Museum was on display at Bentley’s All-Eras Racing Show in Arundel. This event also had a big turnout (no surprise there), and people were lined up elbow-to-elbow waiting their turn to go through the museum.

“We’ve been blessed with many compliments, and we express our sincere thanks to Gayle Libby and her assistants for making the Mobile Museum such a popular attraction,” Turner added. “We’ve had a large number of folks go through it already this year, which helps to showcase what we’re all about.”

Other shows on the MVRCA event calendar this summer include a display at the Owls Heads Transportation Museum (July 8-9); at Wiscasset Speedway (July 22); at our annual Summerfest (Aug. 6, at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway); and at The Pines Reunion (in Groveland, Mass., Oct. 7).

The Maine Vintage Race Car Association was formed in 2002 by co-founders Alan Brann and Bob Morris. Since its inception, the MVRCA has worked to preserve the rich history of auto racing in Maine through steady interaction with the public. The MVRCA also oversees the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame. Since the first class was inducted in 2004, 98 individuals have been enshrined.