Brookfield Speedway Drivers Take to Track in Reunion Gig

(Brookfield – July 8, 2011) At 1 p.m., the second annual Brookfield Speedway Driver’s Reunion got underway at the Madison County Fair on the Fairgrounds in Brookfield. More than 70 drivers and 30 vintage cars were in attendance.

Notable attendees included:

Lew Boyd – Founder and president of Costal 181, a leading publisher of books related to motorsports; journalist – prize-winning author of four books, frequent contributor to national motorsports periodicals

Emil Lloyd “Buzzie” Reutimann – Former NASCAR Driver form Zephyrhills, Fla., and the father of current NASCAR driver David Reutimann; inducted into Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Eastern Motorsport Press Association Hall of Fame in 2006

Billy Wimble – won the first NASCAR National Sportsman Championship in 1958 and the first NASCAR NYS Championship 1960; first driver chosen for the Kodak’s All Time Great Award in 1972 and the Second Driver Chosen for the Race of Champions Hall of Fame in 1979; inducted into the NYS Stock Car Association Hall of Fame in 1988, the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame in 1990, the DIRT Hall of Fame in 1992, the Living Legends of Auto Racing in 1993, the Eastern Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 2001, and the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame 2002

Bernie Miller – one of the true pioneer heroes in Central New York auto racing; won the (Utica-Rome) Divisional Championship Sportsman Class in 1967 and the NASCAR Dogwood 500 in Martinsville, VA in 1971; inducted into the New York State Stock Assoc. Hall of Fame; now builds racing engines at his shop in Canastota

Jon “The Chittenango Cheetah” Button – World Drag Racing Champion in 1966 & 1967 and five times New York State Drag Racing Champion; won circle track title at Utica-Rome in the mini stock class in 1968 and the Utica-Rome Dragway Track Champion in 1968; inducted into the New York State Stock Assoc. Hall of Fame; currently holds a 2011 Florida Championship and Restores Vintage Race Cars

Photos by Stefanie Conway

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