SAXTON: Richard Petty selling part of legendary personal collection

NASCAR legend Richard Petty said that after “accumulating stuff” for 80 years, it’s time to sell some of his most famous cars, trophies and other items.

Petty’s iconic day-glow red and Petty blue 1974 Dodge Charger is going on sale at an auction on May 12 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, along with more cars, his 1981 Daytona 500 trophy and other items. Petty drove the ‘74 Charger to 31 wins, including his fifth Daytona 500 championship.

“We’re putting some pretty good stuff out there, some winning Daytona cars, some rings, some watches, some knives,” Petty, 80, told The Associated Press.

“You name it, we’ve got a little bit of everything. Some of the uniforms, some stuff that really meant something in my career.”

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Petty said he has more cars and memorabilia than he can showcase in his museum in Level Cross, North Carolina. Having been to the museum I know exactly what he means.

“We feel like we’ve got enough stuff in the museum, and none of my kids really want it,” he said. (How many times have I heard that from my own family.)

“They’ve got enough of their own junk. So we got together and said, hey, let’s throw some stuff out there and see if there are other people interested in some of the stuff we’ve got.”

Petty won a record 200 NASCAR Cup races, including seven at the Daytona 500, and seven Cup championships.

Also up for auction will be a trophy for Petty’s first Southern 500 win in 1967, part of his streak of 10 consecutive wins that year. The collection also includes a leather racing jacket signed by Petty, race programs, license plates, posters, trading cards, plaques and clothing.

Petty remains involved in NASCAR as the owner of Richard Petty Motorsports. Rookie Darrell “Bubba” Wallace now drives the No. 43 car Petty made famous, and he finished second with it at the Daytona 500 to open this season.

The auction will be conducted live and online by Julien’s Auctions, which estimates the value of the ‘74 Charger at $400,000 to $600,000 and the 1967 trophy at $100,000 to $200,000.

Keep in mind race fans Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Cars action takes place at Grandview Speedway on March 24th at 1 p.m. The first of six dates for the doubleheader shows. And then on Saturday, March 31st, starting at 12 noon, Free-to-the-Public practice action featuring all sorts of race cars. Great chance to see what the racers will be running in the new season. It is also a great opportunity to purchase a season ticket that gives you a reserved seat for all Saturday night events during the 2018 season.

Bridgeport, NJ Speedway now has the support of Design for Vision/Sunglass Central for their new 3/8th mile speedway. The track will now be called the Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Speedway at Bridgeport.

Donald R. Manning, Sr. learned his trade in the New York City optical labs as well as in the military. He opened the first Design for Vision location in February of 1955 in Morrisville. In the mid-70s, a second location was added in Langhorne and operated by Don Manning, Jr. Over the years, other locations have been added so that in addition in Morrisville, stores now are located in New Hope, Newtown, Jamison, and Levittown in addition to three Sunglass Central locations that specialize in the area of both prescription and non-prescription sport sunglasses, sold for both fashion and function alike. All eye wear is still produced in the Manning’s state of the art lab in Morrisville.

Don Manning, Jr. is a former competitor at the Bridgeport Speedway with eight feature wins to his credit in the Small Block Modified ranks. Manning returned to competition with his son, Roger, midway through the 2016 season. Roger Manning first competed in the final DA’s Auto Body & Repair Rookie event of the season and then several weeks later, went out and captured the first feature win of his career in Bridgeport’s Crate/Sportsman division. The Mannings returned to weekly competition for the 2017 season where Roger picked up another feature win and was in the thick of the point championship battle right down to the final checkered flag of the season. For the 2018 season, the Mannings will make the move into Bridgeport’s headline division - the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds.

About his choice to support the new 3/8th mile Bridgeport track, Don Manning stated, “Certainly, we wanted to help out the track but I really like the idea that the World of Outlaws, Brett Deyo’s race and the USAC Eastern Storm events will be raced on the 3/8th mile track and are certain to attract a lot of people.”

The first practice session on the 3/8th will track will take place on Saturday, April 7th with the track seeing its first competition on Sunday, April 22nd for the first Pre-Season event featuring the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds, 602 Crate Sportsman, MASS Sprint Cars, the fourth Rookie race of the season and Vintage Stock Cars as well.

– For the first time since the year 2000, Monster Trucks are invading the New Egypt Speedway when the Monster Truck Racing League Monster Truck Schools Out Summer Smash comes to the Ocean County, NJ D-Shaped oval on Saturday and Sunday June 23rd & 24th.

Headlining the field will be the Monster Truck that started it all, the one, the only, the legendary, Bigfoot along with Snake Bite, Equalizer, Viper and more who will all be looking to topple the original Monster Truck! Trucks will be competing in both Racing and Freestyle competitions. The car-crushing, truck-tumbling action will be sure to keep fans on their feet!

In addition to the Monster Truck Madness, Freestyle Motocross will round out the card!

Monster Truck Rides will also be available throughout the weekend for just $10.

Advance tickets are on sale now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-egypt-speedway-schools-out-monster-truck-summer-smash-featuring-bigfoot-tickets-42046082966.

There is a Family Four Pack (2 Adults & 2 Children) that is only available online in advance for $50.