The Brodhead Historics, 2009
By Mary Jo McCornack
If you didn’t get to Sugar River Raceway in Brodhead, Wisconsin for this year’s vintage karting events, you really missed a good time.
This year’s sponsors were Max-Torque, Kart Marketing, Inc., Bill McCornack and Black Dog Racing. Karters came from as far away as New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina – but Jim Gay from Hoschton, Georgia won the award for the farthest distance traveled.
The picturesque track and cool summer temperatures were especially welcoming, but besides karting, there was so much going on.
Mica Wallace opened the festivities by singing the National Anthem. Kevin Genthe called the races with track owner, Marshall Fairman.
At the Friday night cook-out, rib-eye steaks were prepared by Marshall’s caterer, Koning. These folks raise their special Black Angus beef from calf to table. The cattle are fed a special diet to keep their meat tender and delicious. They were great. Everyone raved about them.
There were 52 entries for the event and about 40 entries for the kart show. Kart Show Trophies were won by:
Best Appearing Rear – Dick Teal, ’64 Fox Dual w/WB820s
Best Original Rear – John Augustine, ’62 McCulloch Duals w/Mc9s
Best Appearing Sidewinder – Steve Carrol, ’69 Blackhawk w/Mc91
Best Original Sidewinder – Mike Karels, ’75 Blackhawk w/Mc101
While we were checking out the vintage karts, we could also check out the beers and wines from New Glarus Brewery – a local company that set up a tent for tastings during the show.
Eighty tickets to the 50/50 Raffle were sold. Along with four cash prizes (the largest was $200.00) Bill McCornack also gave away a 93 McCulloch engine, a drill press and a wrist watch. At the Brodhead Historics, there are also 2nd and 3rd place trophies awarded in some classes. $360.00 was raised for VKA as well.
If the races were what you came to see, you weren’t disappointed. There was some great driving as Bill McCornack and Marshall Fairman went head-to-head, fighting for the right to bring home the First Place Trophy in the Dual/Triple Rear Engine class.
Bill built the trophy – but I guess you had to be there to see who brought it home. Hope to see you at Brodhead in the future.