Harrisburg, Pa.: Fans and competitors from across the country jammed into the impressive Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Saturday and Sunday for the 43rd annual Motorama Events and Races Show.
There was plenty of entertainment for automobile and racing enthusiasts. The show was highlighted by Live Arenacross, Quarter Midget, and Go-Kart racing on the dirt and concrete in the Farm Show Complex. Remote Control (R/C) and Robot Conflict kept fans busy in the smaller arenas, with car admirers were treated to over 500 custom cars, cycles, performance racing vehicles, and racing vehicles in the Speed Show and the Car, Truck, and Bike Show.
Motorama Events and Races also partnered with Rex Rothman and the Rothman Foundations to raise money that will be split between the with Cumberland Valley’s Eagle Foundation and Dauphin’s Vista School for Autistic Children and Young Adults. A preliminary count has the total donated money over $10,000.
Logan Leitzel was dominant during All Star 2-Wheel competition over the weekend, earning a victory in Saturday’s Open All Star A/B 2-Wheel class. He earned a hefty $1,000 check for taming the demanding course.
But Leitzel wasn’t done there. The Dillsburg, Pa., standout diced with Ricci Randanella and Derek Leatherman to capture Sunday’s 250 All Star A/B 2-Wheel main to earn an additional $1,000. Throw in a second finish in Sunday’s Open event and a fourth-place run in Saturday’s 250 All Star main, and Leitzel pocketed $2,900.
Valencia, Pa.’s Darryn Durham was also a major player on the Farm Show course over the weekend. He topped Sunday’s Open All Star A/B 2-Wheel program and finished third in Saturday’s 250 All Star A/B 2-Wheel main event. Durham’s eighth-place finish in Saturday’s event gave him a total of $1,500 in 2-Wheel competition.
Randanella, of Marlton, N.J., finished the weekend with $1,600 in earnings. He had a win in Saturday’s 250 All Star A/B 2-Wheel main event to go along with his second-place finish in the same event on Sunday.
In Saturday’s Open All Star A/B 4-Wheel scrum, Trevor Borger, of Lehighton, Pa., banked $500 after dicing with Matthew Hirschfeld in the main event. Josh Deemer was third in Saturday’s main event but stormed back to win the Sunday edition of 4-Wheel competition. He earned $700 over the two-day affair.
There were 468 participants in this year’s Arenacross show. That is roughly 100 more competitors than in previous shows who were able to duke it out for posted prizes and contingencies.
Sherman’s Creek Inn presented $100 gift cards to race winners. Darren Heddings (Open B 4-Wheel), Geoffrey Neville (70cc), Noah Minnich and Vincent Dillon (Open C 4-Wheel), Liam Klock (50cc), and Vincent Dillon (90cc Open) earned gift cards.
Hole Shot presented by 5-Star Powersports winners were Logan Leitzel (Open All Star A/B 2-Wheel), Trevor Bortner (Open All Star A/B 4-Wheel), and Ricci Randanella (250cc All Star A/B 2-Wheel).
Pit Bike races were sponsored by Mike with T.B. Parts and Chris with Rowdy Life Designs. Winners were Mark Hushon and Jarred McGhee. Arenacross Hole Shot winners were Darryn Durham (Open All Star A/B 2-Wheel), Zane Martin (85cc 9-13 2-Wheel), and Hayden Kitzmiller (Open C 2-Wheel). The Hole Shot winners for Sunday were sponsored by 5 Star Powersports.
Dash for Cash Arenacross winners were Matthew Herschfeld (4-Wheel) and Darryn Durham (2-Wheel) on Saturday. On Sunday, Josh Deemer (4-Wheel) and Darryn Durham (2-Wheel) earned extra scratch. The dashes were sponsored by District 6 and the Pagoda Motorcycle Club.
Ms. Motorama Pageant
Melanie Henry, of Irvona, Pa., was named Ms. Motorama, defeating 19 other girls to be win the highly competitive pageant. She received $1,000 for her efforts and will represent Motorama Events and Races throughout the upcoming season.
This was Henry’s second appearance in the pageant, which was sponsored by Drop of Ink Tattoo and Offroad Motorsports. She also owns Mel’s Car Shows and hopes to inspire women to be more involved in motorsports.
Holly Carroll, of Sunbury, Pa., was the first runner-up. Maryland’s Buckets finished third, with South Carolina’s Jennifer Ferguson and Newburg, Pa.’s Samantha Lee completing the top five in the competition.
Zach Emlet had a big Saturday in Go-Kart competition, sweeping the Stock 375 and Stock 375 Pro divisions. The Littlestown, Pa., ace was at his best in the 375 Pro event after starting on the pole and navigating difficult lapped traffic to lead every lap. He banked $325 combined for both victories.
In Saturday’s Stock Xtra Heavy main event, 358 Sprint Car driver Chris Frank returned to his Go-Kart roots to collect the victory. Frank, who raced Go-Karts from 1997 to 2013 and is from Wellsville, Pa., started on the pole and led every lap.
Tyler Brown, of Thompsontown, Pa., highlighted Sunday action at the Farm Show by winning the Stock 375 and Stock 375 Pro events. Like Emlet, who didn’t compete in Sunday’s events, he received a $325 payday for the wins.
Ryan Rost, of Delta, Pa., took top honors in the Animal Xtra Heavy 400 class. Chris Frank just missed a sweep by finishing second.
Peyton Knecht showed up the guys during Quarter Midget competition over the weekend by winning three events and earning a runner-up finish in a fourth. The 12-year-old, who has been racing for seven years, is from Kunkletown, Pa.
Knecht was victorious in the Heavy Honda and Unrestricted Animal classes. She also topped the field and the course in the Heavy World Finals A-Main. Her lone defeat came when she finished second in the Heavy 160 division.
Kiptyn Stratton was the lone driver in the 110-plus driver field to stop Knecht’s onslaught, when he topped the field in the Heavy 160 division.
U.S. Scale Top Truck Championships
A solid and competitive field of 130 entries took part in the U.S. Scale Top Truck Championships, which was sponsored by Sea Squirrel, Key City Hobby, White Rose Hobbies, SuperShafty RC, and Backhills RC.
Joshua Owens led the way in Motorama RC Scale Trials Class 1 Finals, besting Andrew Flowers to take the title. The Joppa, Md., standout also captured the Class Two.Five division by beating event coordinator A.J. Condon.
RC Demo Derby
A solid field of 18 competitors showed up for the National Class, as well as Truck and Outlaw classes, in an event put on by Pure Chaos Motorsports. Michael Solar was the big winner in the National Class, earning $250 for his victory.
Solar, of Waterloo, N.Y., also landed a pair of third-place finishes in Truck and Outlaw competition. Bobby Edwards, of Dryden, N.Y., was victorious in the Truck division, with Andrew Jester topping the field in the Outlaw Class. Edwards and Jester each earned $150 for their efforts.
Jester finished third in the National Class behind Solar and Aaron Jester, who also earned a runner-up spot in the Outlaw Class, in an event sponsored by Eldredge and Sons Scrap Recycling, Bodies by Bobby, Show Stylz, D&M Seamless Gutters and Contracting, and the Crash Course Derby Podcast.
Scott Beougher put together a solid show with a runner-up finish in the Truck Class and Mad Dog Award in Outlaw competition. Jill Beougher was the Mad Dog Award winner in the National Class, with Jason Diloreto earning Mad Dog honors in the Truck class.
The North East Nationals Scale Oval Championships was well attended again at this year’s show, with hundreds competing across seven divisions.
Nathan Dean, of Lantana, TX, made his long trip pay off with a win in the Outlaw Sprint A-Main, which was presented by Papa Williy’s Traction Tonic. Max Flurer and Ryan Ralph completed the podium. Dean was also victorious in the Late Model A-Main presented by McAllister.
In the Stock MudBoss presented by Moran A-Main, David Peek, of Schuylerville, N.Y., topped a field of over 50 competitors to collect the win. He beat Jason Isenhart and Kamron Flurer to the finish line.
Peek wasn’t done there, winning the 13.5 MudBoss presented by Customworks A-Main. Ryan Ralph came back after his third-place run in the Outlaw class and won the SC Modified presented by MR/Kustoms A-Main.
Some of the best Remote Control drivers from the East Coast and Midwest were joined by many first time and young racers on a 1/8th-scale track in the Equine Arena of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.
A stout field of over 120 bots took center stage in the Small Arena. In the Beetleweight class, Shreddit Bro was victorious over The Greatest Danger. Beam topped Yahoo! in the Featherweight class, with Disko beating up Minor Threat 5 in the Hobby Division.
Yahoo! also received the ‘Try Hard Award.’ Crunch Time was ‘Best Engineered,’ and Crab King was ‘Most Destroyed.’
Car, Truck, and Bike & Speed Show
The prestigious Car, Truck, and Bike portion of the show has been going on for nearly 20 years, and the 2022 edition didn’t disappoint with nearly 300 vehicles and bikes in attendance.
Tony DelSignore was the big winner of the show, earning $2,000 with his stunning 1966 Chevrolet Corvette that won ‘Best in Show.’ David Riddell’s impressive 1988 Chevrolet Pick-Up was second, followed by Mark Sangratz’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. Riddell earned $1,000, with Sangratz pocketing $750. Christine Hillard was fourth, banking $500 for her 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle.
Nearly 300 cars were on display during the Speed Show in the Main Hall. The No. 25 Super Sportsman owned by Hockenberry Family Racing and driven by Tyler Wolford won the prestigious ‘Best in Show Award.’ The car appeared in the BAPS Motor Speedway booth.
In the Classic Street Cars portion of the Speedway Show, Ted Loui’s 69 Firebird was the class of the field. The award for ‘Coolest Rat Rod’ was Don Nailer’s Ford with Cummins “Death Rattle.” The 40 Plymouth owned by Todd Doll won the ‘Saturday Night Cruiser’ Award. There were 40 different awards given out during the show.