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7/10/2019 - Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - Manistique - Eric Sherbinow
So here is the official story on the U.

S. 2 Drive In Theater: For the last few years a couple of foolish guys with clearly too much time on their hands, who love movies and drive in theaters have been holding free community movie events at this theater. Eventually we named ourselves the Upper Peninsula Film Union. We find sponsors to pay for the licensing and we let local nonprofits operate the concession stand so they can raise money for their cause.

It's a big win for everyone. This old drive in has been for sale for many years and in the spring of 2018 it was nearly sold to a logging operation that would have use the property as a log storage yard. This would have been a real tragedy since this is the last standing drive in theater in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. As we were nearing the end of the 2018 movie season we decided to go ahead and approach a bank to see if we could finance the purchase of the property.

We formed a 501(c)3 nonprofit as the Upper Peninsula Film Union and went to talk to the president of a local bank. He was very aware of what we had been doing at the drive in for the last few years and thought it was wonderful. He was fully on board with the idea of the Film Union saving the drive in and we worked out a very good deal. Of course we still have to pay the loan back but we believe with future fundraising efforts and donations we will be able to do that in time.

The concession stand was in terrible condition and over the winter we have put a lot of work into it. It is far from done but the interior is getting close to completion. The exterior and the rest of the property is next on the hit list. Once the interior of the concession is complete we will start to kick the fundraising machine into gear.

We wanted to wait until we had something to show off. We have decided that we will use the original U. S. 2 Drive In name instead of the more recent Cinema 2 name (there was a theater downtown called Cinema 1 owned by the same person several years ago, that theater no longer uses that name so the Cinema 2 idea isn't as clever as it once was).

While we are not remodeling it to look like it originally did we are going for a look that would have been typical in the year it was built (1953). We will not be using the malt shop look that everyone doing something with a 50's look seems to do. This is not a malt shop. This is a drive in theater and everything will not be red, white, black and chrome.

Anyway, we have saved this theater from a very sketchy fate. We have kicked off the 2018 season with our first show on the 29th of June. Our next will be on the 27th of July. We only host 3 or 4 events per year because we know that if we did more the numbers of people attending each show would dwindle.

Plus it would be impossible to find sponsors for more events. On top of that we are volunteers with lives and jobs and we don't take a penny for what we do at the drive in. We do also host a monthly film club in the concession stand of the drive in. 6 to 12 people get together and we watch a randomly chosen film inside a cool, old drive in concession stand and then discuss the movie afterward.

It is always a good time. Sorry for the long-winded blab. If you want to help us save this sole survivor of the Upper Peninsula's cinema bygone years please find the U. Film Union on Facebook. You can be made aware of upcoming events there and find the link to our GoFundme. Thanks for taking a moment to read this!.
7/10/2019 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - Moe Meiers
Miller, All I know of Harmon Willcutt is he drove a car #02. His cars were built by a guy name Roy Laffey. Roy I think worked for Eaton Axle. Roy had a son I think name Jim Laffey.

Around 1974-5 Jim was working for Gratiot Auto Supply, he would have been around 20 years old. Roy is probably gone. Harmon was the champion in either '58 or '57. George Cooper was the champion the other year and he drove #33 for Parkers Garage! Just my two cents worth! Moe!.

7/3/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - David G. Burkett
Does anybody remember John Burt Bob's brother inlaw. Or bud Bob's brother or Stan.
7/3/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - Erica
My bf just got back from mowing/brush hogging around the track for the last three hours. Why, you might ask? Because on August 10, we shall party. Paul Sroufe (Mel Sroufe) and friends are putting together a big bash - any and all who remember the good ol days of Manchester Speedway are welcome. We hope to see you there, with memories to share.
7/3/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - jerry braun
7/3/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - Trenda Eversole
Meet and Greet at the Manchester Speedway August 10, 2019 The event runs from noon-5p at the Manchester speedway (old track) on Schleweis Rd. A bunch of race fans from Manchester are pulling together to get as much info and people together to reminisce the drivers and old track memories. It would be nice to have all you race fans to help pull this together You can email me or check on FaceBook for details and updates. Thanks, Trenda Eversole.
7/3/2019 - Detroit Dragway - Brownstown Twp - Bill Ray
I remember my first time at Detroit Dragway.

I was 9 years old. I fell in love with all the wheelstanding Super Stock cars. Ramchargers, Sox & Martin, Bill Jenkins and the list goes on. In 1965 some of these cars had an altered wheelbase and looked kind of Funny.

I had no idea i was witnessing the birth of Funny Cars right in front of me. Connie Kalitta was always one of my favorite drivers with his 1969 blue Mach One Mustang. The next time I saw that car it had Cha Cha Muldowney painted on the side with some girl driving. My friends and I were shocked to see some Female driving a Nitro Funny Car.

It took a few years but I changed my mind about this Girl Driver. She is a Champion and I have a tremendous amount of respect for Shirley and all she has done for the sport of Drag Racing. I miss those days of hitch hiking down Telegraph road to get to the track. I still have several ticket stubs and pit passes from the track.

A few of them were autographed by Ronnie Sox. A Treasured memory for sure. I now live in Don Garlits hometown of Tampa, Florida. I drive by his old house and shop every so often when I'm feeling nostalgic.

Always a gearhead..
7/3/2019 - Globe Theatre - Flint - Yvonne Greene
I lived for seven years as a child on Cornelia St.

and attended Doyle Elementary. The Ritz Theater was my brothers' and my favorite place for Saturday matinees (including a news report, several cartoons, a cliff-hanging serial and the featured western film). we also trekked to the Star and Regent and if we were feeling especially adventurous we would walk downtown on Saginaw Street to see first run movies at the Capitol or Palace Theaters. My mother also lived on Cornelia as a youngster and went to vaudeville performances at the Ritz, as well as to silent films and talkies there.

Probably the most memorable experience at the Ritz was seeing Hopalong Cassidy and his well trained, beautiful white horse. He and the horse clattered up on the old wooden stage at the Ritz for a brief but exciting horse trick performance..
7/3/2019 - Beverly Theatre - Detroit - Paul Brown
The Beverly Theatre was not demolished. It is currently occupied by the Strictly Biblical Bible Teaching Ministries.
6/13/2019 - Joe's Speedway - Farwell - Ricky Fox
Found track on google maps. It is on Superior St. Between Maple Grove and Surrey Rds. Farwell MI.
6/13/2019 - St. Alma Speedway - St. Louis -
Dale Betzer. And Darrell Hunday also raced this track.
6/13/2019 - Hague Park - Jackson - Dez
I just bought a home across from the lake.

The park is my front yard. I was told my previous owners my house was the bath house and my neighbor told me it was the ticket booth. (The basement part of my house). I would love to know if this is true if anybody could help.

When I'm outside and see the lake I imagine the park back then. Its neat and to think what was and what the truths are!..
6/4/2019 - Pandora 1&2 - Taylor - Hamoody Jaafar
Hello, Growing up, I used to go to my uncle's Video Store International Video Center on Schaefer rd in Dearborn.

My dad took me every weekend and every weekend, my Uncle, Fawzi Jafar, who owned that store, made sure I always left with a new movie to take home and watch. That same uncle, owned two movie theatres called Pandora. It was just before I was born. One was on Lafayette downtown in Detroit and the other in Taylor off of Telegraph.

I'm a filmmaker now myself (www. hamoodyjaafar. com) and can't help but have a longing to discover more about my Uncle's theatres. Do you have any additional info about these by chance? I just figured I would reach out to ask.

Thank you so much in advance..
6/4/2019 - Allen Speedway - Gladwin - John Berry
Part of Gladwin County Fairgrounds.
6/4/2019 - Somerset Cinema - Troy - Greg K
I worked at the Somerset Cinema during the summer of 1979.

It was still part of the General Cinema Corporation at the time. I don't recall too much, except our manager's name was John Fowler (surprised I recalled that), and depending on the particular movie, we did some pretty good business. Due to the location and the space the two screens were squeezed into, it would get very crowded at times. I'll always remember the big crowds we had for Moonraker, the James Bond movie out at the time.

I just remember the long and narrow auditoriums that were there. the screens seemed so far away because of the distance down the aisle to the front..
6/1/2019 - Maple Hill Cinema - Kalamazoo - Michael
Best childhood memory happened here.

I was 10 years old and Superman the movie opened Christmas 1978. It was, I believe, January 1979 and the last week Superman was showing at the theater. My mom called me in sick to school and we took the bus to the Cinema I II III. We arrived late and started watching when Clark kicked the football.

My mom explained to the theater staff her kids missed the beginning and they graciously let us stay and watch the beginning of the next showing. On the way out my mom purchased a Superman the Movie souvenir book which I still own 41 years later. Thanks mom, RIP, love you!.
6/1/2019 - Loop Theatre - Detroit -
There's been a mistake on the closing of the loop theater is a young man of about 14 years old my friends and I used to go down there directly across the street was the times square and we used to go there too and watch Tarzan movies and rocket Man and so many more with lot of westerns $0. 12 was that price back then I don't know what it was when it was closed but 1958-59 would be more appropriate about the time that it close thank you Ron nankervis to.
6/1/2019 - M-59 Speedway - Pontiac - Randall H Field
I recall watching racing on M-59 Speedway in the early '50s while living in Drayton Plains as a young kid.

I believe it was on Channel 7. In those days, we only received channels 2, 4, 7, and sometimes 9 (Windsor). I also recall Fred Wolf doing commentary for the races. In the late '50s, we had moved to Rochester (actually Avon Twp), and my grandparents had moved from Pontiac to Highland off Milford Rd.

We would take M-59 through Pontiac to visit them which took us past what had been M-59 Speedway. Through the years (I'm not sure of exact dates), the wooden walls that enclosed the track and signs gradually deteriorated until it was replaced by development. Even now, when I travel along M-59 in that area, I look over to the north side of the road and picture the old speedway. That was a long time ago.

6/1/2019 - Jackson Motor Speedway - Jackson - Bruce Bartels
I was 3 years old when the last race ran at Jackson Motor Speedway.

I tried to watch from behind the guardrail of corner 2 as my older brother and I walked a trail from our neighborhood home just north of the track. A uniformed man made us leave between races. When that track closed it became our playground for 16+ years. Many of our neighborhood friends enjoyed the same things.

We made trails all throughout the apple orchard around the track and throughout all the fields and ponds that were on the property. We road Dirt bikes, go-carts, snowmobiles, 3 wheelers and for wheelers often. We played hockey on the ponds and sled down the hills in those very woods. I would play on the starters crows nest where the checkered flag would wave.

We always started our competitions at that location. We saw demolition and vandalism of the buildings and bleachers throughout the years. Every now and then we would run into a car or truck running around the track. The track was in good shape for many years, up until around 1985.

In the mid 90's my nephews enjoyed the same up bringing with that magical environment right in there back yard. I would have like to seen more races than the 1 when I was 3, however my brother and I raced every time we got on that asphalt which seemed like every day. Thank you for the continued memories!.
6/1/2019 - Quad 6 - Grand Rapids - JC Ridley
I worked at the 29th Street Quad 6 as an assistant manager from 1986-87, moving over from Video-To-Go.

By then it was a dollar house, but we managed to get Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Big Trouble in Little China as first run features. Screen #2 was our large auditorium, it even had a stage. We ran kids features for free Saturday mornings which drew well, and of course Ferris drew well, the others were moderately successful. Mr Goodrich was very particular and adamant about maintaining his properties, and apparently he received an offer he couldn't refuse from the now defunct HQ chain and they demolished the theater to build a new store, albeit fronting 28th Street, sometime in the mid-1990's.

When HQ went bankrupt shortly after a local Ford Dealer took over the property..
6/1/2019 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - David Miller
I am seeking information on Harmon Willcutt who raced old model stock-cars on this track in the mid and late 1950s. He held the old-model stock car racing title in either 1957 or 1958 at that track.
6/1/2019 - Mid-Michigan Raceway Park - Muir - David Miller
I am seeking information on Harmon Willcutt who would have raced on this track in the early 1950s.
5/3/2019 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - Don epley
Does anyone have info on the track.

sonewhere in detroit,arwa. towards mobroe. ran t. qs and midgets.

my fsther was champ there with t. q club. he ran a purpke rodster style t. q number 7.

and at on time had 3 cars racing. 6. 7. and numer 8.

the t. q club ran all over the lower michigan area. i ckudibf flat rock and a kot of small go cart tracks. he has passed now and really have been tryibg to get any info on the club and him raci g in michigan.

5/3/2019 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - John Sanderson
Sad News about a legendary driver.

NEAL CARTER August 30, 1923-April 23, 2019 Matthew Neal Carter, 95, died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday April 23, 2019. Born in 1923 on a homestead in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Neal was one of seven children. Times were hard in the 30’s but Neal always said, “I was blessed with a great Mom”. Neal, known as the Mighty Midget Racecar Driver, began his racing career at Ft.

Miami Speedway in Toledo, Ohio and Partington Pasture located outside of Mt. Clements, MI. Over his racing career, Neal drove at most of the nation’s major tracks, garnering over 220- checkered flags. Most notable was his victory in 1948 at the famed Langhorne Speedway, establishing the fastest 100-mile auto race on a dirt track – a record that stood for an unequaled 13 years.

He was also the AAA Motor City Speedway Champion in 1949, 50, and 51. Adding to his prowess in the powerful midgets, he began driving Indy Champ Cars, competing in 24 Indy Car Races between 1949 and 1952, including the first race held at Darlington Speedway. Neal passed his drivers test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1951 and made additional qualifying attempts in 1952 and 1953. Upon his retirement from racing, he was Service Manager at Jim White Chevrolet in Toledo, OH, Carl Schmidt Chevrolet in Perrysburg, OH and CEO of Schmidt National Lease in Maumee, OH.

Neal also remained actively involved in racing. In the mid-1960’s, he was instrumental in the construction of the Quarter Midget racetrack at the Lucas County Rec Center in Maumee, OH. Neal was a member of the CART Horton Safety Team from 1979-89, and a 42-year member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oldtimers Club. He was inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the National Midget Racing Hall of Fame in 1999.

He met the love of his life, Barbara Lohrstorfer, at Motor City Speedway. Introduced by mutual friends, he would sit behind her and admire her beautiful long hair. This was the beginning of a 67-year marriage. Together they raised four children: James, Dennis (Suzanne), Kathleen (Robert) Senger, Suzanne (Mark) Smith.

Their home was loving and raucous! Neal was a devoted husband, father, grandfather of 10, and great grandfather of 11. A celebration of Neal’s life will be held at Bayliff and Son Funeral Home 311 W. Main St. Cridersville, Ohio on Saturday July 6, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame c/o Barbara Hellyer 4967 West 12th Street, Speedway, IN 46224. Thanks to MCS historian, Steve Wolski, who passed this info along..
4/23/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - David G. Burkett
My uncle Bob Clark drove 64 1936 Chevy 6 cylinder He passed away April 16 2019. He let me get in the pits when you had to be 18 I was 16. He did not like anybody work on his car but he let me. What a time that was if anybody remembers him let people know he is gone.
4/23/2019 - Canton Cinema 6 - Canton - jt
As posted on Facebook, the Canton 7 will closing on Thursday May 9.
4/23/2019 - Palladium 12 - Birmingham - Cameron Kanachki
This is now the Emagine Palladium, owned by Emagine Entertainment.
4/23/2019 - EMagine Novi - Novi - Cameron Kanachki
This theater now has a Super EMAX auditorium, making it the largest screen in Michigan.
4/9/2019 - Commerce Drive-In Theatre - Commerce - Bob Check
Would like to buy the property and rebuild the drive in to the best of our ability using the descriptions and pictures here…. people my age and older could drive past the sign into the park and throw back to yesteryear. does anyone think there'd be a market for that?.
3/29/2019 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - Michael Spragg
Hi All, I Just emailed Some Photos I Think are interesting.

A Couple of the 05 Coupe and Sedan My Dad owned That Doug Harvey Drove. And one of the sedan My oldest Brother Drove on its Last Race. It’s a Picture of Him With The Black Flag, and one of the #112 Blue Sedan. It was Such a Great Time Back Then Watching Some Very Good Racing!.


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