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    Default El Camino Night at Lee USA Speedway NH, Friday June 8, 2012

    OK, New England El Camino owners --

    It's time to rev your engines and cruise to the track with other local El Camino's from all across New England for some laps around the 3/8th mile banked oval under the lights! Includes FREE ADMISSION for all drivers and their companion to watch the NASCAR modified races. Then, just before the feature event of the evening, we each get in our Elky and do parade laps around the oval in front of an enthusiastic crowd! Each driver and their car is introduced over the PA system to the fans while we are on the track.

    Burnouts are not only welcomed, they are encouraged by fans and track management in front of the main grandstand at the end of the parade laps.

    This is always a great time for those who have attended the last three years as we get to park in a designated fenced off area next to the gates before the races start. There we meet and greet, admire each others cars, and let the race fans admire our rides as well. It does not matter what condition your Elky is in,just show up and have fun! Beaters and daily drivers are welcomed as much as the show cars of "El Bandito" and "Pro Street Garry."

    Track management would like us to arrive at the track at as early as 5:00 PM on FRIDAY June 8, 2012, to line up in our area so that patrons and race crews can see our cars as they enter the gate. Races start at 7:00 PM. (If you cannot be there at 5:00 p.m., you can arrive as late as 7:30 and meet up with us before we go out onto the track around 8:00 p.m. or so.) Lee USA in about 30 minutes north of the MA/NH border off Interstate 495, going up Route 125 past Star Speedway and New England Dragway.

    This is not a race amongst ourselves......we just line up and follow the Lee USA Pace Car around the track and show off our rides to the fans. For those who want -- and are able -- to do burnouts, they are encouraged to do so in front of the grandstands after we lap the track a few times. Those who don't do burn-outs can just exit the track and return to our parking area and watch the rest of the race card until closing. THIS IS FUN BY ALL....DO NOT MISS THIS NEW ENGLAND EVENT OF THE SUMMER!

    Please let Rick Hapke (Crabman) or me know by email if you are planning to attend so we can send you additional info about the event:
    Contacts: rhapke@metrocast.net or necoa@verizon.net

    Here are some links to pix from our last outing at Lee USA Speedway, along with info about the track:

    http://www.elcaminocentral.com/galle...2_itemId=80979

    http://www.leeusaspeedway.com/2011Sc...1/Default.aspx
    Last edited by 1983elcamaro; 05-16-2012 at 01:54 AM. Reason: fixed spacing errors

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    Sounds like a blast!
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    As of May 22, we have over 30 El Caminos signed up to attend. Looks like a great event in the making.

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    Can you try and post the event on our calendar? http://forums.coolridesonline.net/calendar.php

    Trying to see if it's working properly, thanks!

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    Just tried to add it to the Calendar. Let's see what the Moderators do next.

    Not entirely sure how it works here, but I will try to upload one or two video clips from last year's event. Here goes:

    http://s481.photobucket.com/albums/r...t=DSCN0856.mp4

    http://s481.photobucket.com/albums/r...July222011.mp4
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    As of June 1, we have 4) el Camino owners signed up to attend. Here's an article from one of the local papers in Massachusetts:

    EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA
    May 27, 2012
    Auto Scene: Chevy El Caminos to parade at Lee Speedway

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    Jeffrey Zygmont

    Racing fans and El Camino enthusiasts will gather in Lee, N.H., on Friday, June 8, for the fourth annual El Camino Night at Lee USA Speedway. Participating El Caminos will be displayed prior to the track's NASCAR modified races, which start at 7 p.m. At about 8 p.m., the display cars will parade around the track just prior to the evening's feature race. Many will perform burnouts in front of the spectator stands.

    The event is sponsored by New England regional members of the National El Camino Owners Association. The group expects about 30 vintage El Caminos to participate. The cars are owned by people throughout New England, including residents of Haverhill and Salisbury, Mass., and Derry and Salem, N.H.

    El Caminos are distinctive, sporty vehicles produced by General Motors from 1959 through 1987. They are a unique, dramatically styled combination of open-bed pickup back and passenger- car front. El Caminos were sold by GM's Chevrolet unit, while the company's GMC division offered closely related, companion versions called the Sprint and Caballero.

    Display and parade models in New Hampshire on Friday will run the gamut, from daily-use "survivors" to fully restored show cars, customized models, pro-stock street modified models, and even an award-winning low rider.

    The National El Camino Owners Association, or NECOA, is an Internet-based enthusiast group started about 10 years ago. North Andover resident John Harris, who is an organizer of next week's Lee Speedway event, is a past national director. Harris notes that Friday's show-day at the race track is the sort of regional event that NECOA is now undertaking.

    More information is available at NECOA website, elcaminocentral.com.

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    Default Video from 2012 El Camino Night at Lee USA Speedway

    After several attempts that got rained out by bad weather, we finally pulled this event off on August 2, 2012. Approximately 27 El Camino owners hit the track for the parade laps and burn out contest. Here is a link to an 8-minute video posted today on U-Tube. Hope you guys like it and will try to do something similar at your own local NASCAR home track.
    (Be sure to click on the full-screen icon at the lower right of screen, and turn your speaker volume up.) John H.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue8cAaVbDtc

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    Looks like you had a lot of fun
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    It took us three attempts to avoid the rain storms, but finally had the event with 27 El Caminos on the track. Here's a link to the video of the event:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue8cAaVbDtc

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    Default Boston Globe article on El Camino Night on July 18, 2014

    Here's a nice column by my good friend Bill Griffith about getting his El Camino ready for a visit to Lee USA Speedway next Friday night:

    http://www.boston.com/cars/news-and-...wgL/story.html


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