World of Speed honors 2019 inductees to the Northwest Motorsports Hall of Fame
The World of Speed Motorsports Museum will induct the third class of honorees into the Northwest Motorsports Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 19. The Hall of Fame celebrates notable individuals who contributed to all types of Pacific Northwest motorsports history. The ceremony and celebration will take place at the museum's Wilsonville location.
"We look for people who are retired at least five years out of the racing, and they've got to be from the Northwest, Oregon, Washington or Idaho," stated museum curator Ron Huegli.
This year's Hall of Fame class includes stock car racer John Kieper, sports car racers Harry and Mike Eyerly, drag racer Mary Ann Method, motocross racer Chuck Sun, vintage racer Bruce McCaw, and Indianapolis 500 winner Tom Sneva for open wheel racing.
"Tom Sneva is our first recipient who has actually won the Indianapolis 500," Huegli said. "He was also the first person to officially run a lap over 200 miles an hour at Indianapolis Motor Speedway."
This year's ceremony also marks the first woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Mary Ann Method began her racing career in 1976 in the National Hot Rod Association's (NHRA) Stock Eliminator category. She was a winner her first time out, winning her class at the 1976 Winter Nationals in Pomona, CA. Mary Ann would go on to win nine division races and three divisional championships. She is a Division Six Driver of the Year and NHRA Hall of Fame member.
The induction event includes a dinner and a cocktail reception at the museum in addition to the induction ceremony. Tickets must be purchased by October 15 and are available through the museum's website at www.worldofspeed.org.
"It's really a wonderful night," Huegli said. "We celebrate these people and give them some recognition that they may not have gotten before. With family and friends, we say that we're really proud of you and what you've done."
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