I have to admit, I’m kind of excited about Saturday. It’s the annual Quincy Raceways show at the Quincy Mall, and it’s also the day that “DIRT: The Boys Who Make The Noise” makes its first public appearance.
The book is a look at the history — the cars, the stars, the fans — of Quincy Raceways and it will be on sale in the area near the middle of the mall where where the track officials have their displays.
The 150-page tribute to the Bullring sells for $15 and provides plenty of conversation topics. I can guarantee both healthy debates and even healthier arguments will result from some of the topics covered. Just keep the fisticuffs to a minimum.
For years, I had toyed with the idea of putting something like this together, but the necessary research for a project of this nature also requires time. Finally, my bosses gave me that — and I think you’ll be pleased with the result. It’s a book you will constantly want to use. I am confident it is more than something you will read once and then discard — or at least I hope so. I tried to make it a work that will make you want to keep going back, to keep referring to, to keep enjoying.
I had a lot of fun putting this project together, and I hope you feel that is reflected in what you find inside the cover, which features the late Brent Slocum. The picture of Slocum epitomizes the emotion of the sport, which is the driving force behind its success and popularity. We all love the boys who make the noise and how they not only make every Sunday night a little more enjoyable, but life in general.
There are some stories included I’m sure very few fans may know about. One of my favorites involves the bleachers that you sit on every Sunday night. Did you know they came from old Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colo., the former home of the NFL Denver Broncos? (Neither did I until about a year ago.)
I will be at the mall Saturday in the area near Krieger’s, where the book will be sold between 11 a.m and 1 p.m. to answer any questions you might have — or sign the book, if you wish. (I know the Blonde Girls will want their books signed.) I’ll also be roaming around looking at the new cars. If you’d like to talk racing, please stop me.
The most important thing to remember about this book is that it was written by a fan for other fans. I hope you enjoy it.
For those wishing to order the book online, it will be posted on the Whig Store site in the near future. Also, you can contact The Herald-Whig at 223-5100.