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July 11th 2007 - SUPERBIRDS, AERO CAR REUNION ANNOUNCED AS PART OF MILWAUKEE MILE GOVERNOR’S CUP WEEKEND

PHOTO: Armin Krueger Collection features Don White in the #3 racing Roger McCluskey past the stripe at Milwaukee in 1970. I was at this race, watching from a tree at the end of the backstretch!-BRONCO

Champion Driver Ramo Stott Honorary Grand Marshal

MIILWAUKEE (July 3, 2007) – The Milwaukee Mile is the world’s oldest active speedway, with over a century of auto racing heritage. Extraordinary winged cars such as Dodge Daytonas and Plymouth Superbirds, along with the sleek Ford Torino Talladegas were some of the factory-backed winged wonders of the late 1960’s and early 70’s that dominated national championship stock car racing.

Between 1970 and 1972, more races including these unique racecars were run at The Milwaukee Mile than at any other speedway holding USAC, ARCA or NASCAR-sanctioned auto races.

History will come alive at The Milwaukee Mile, when the Aero Cars reunite on the speedway’s traditional Governor’s Cup racing weekend August 25 and 26, for a one time reunion hosted by the Daytona-Superbird Auto Club.

In addition to dozens of street legal Daytonas, Torinos and Superbirds, several historic race cars are scheduled to appear at the reunion. Among them are the #71 K&K Insurance Dodge Daytona originally driven by Bobby Isaac, the 1970 ARCA Championship winning Superbird driven by Ramo Stott, and the 1969 Ford Torino driven by Benny Parsons in his 1969 championship season.

Back in the day, big-block muscle cars ruled the highways and the racetracks. Chrysler and Ford both went to war to rule stock car racing’s super speedways. Chrysler fired first when in late-1969, they released the Dodge Daytona with it's wedged front and large wing rising above the trunk. The following year, Plymouth released it's sister version called the Superbird. Ford followed with the Torino Talladega, an aerodynamic upgrade of the Torino. The battle was on for racing supremacy.

In 1971, NASCAR banned the winged Dodge Daytona and Plymouth Superbird. USAC, a rival national series to NASCAR, embraced these winged warriors and for three years, these racecars dominated The Milwaukee Mile, Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway.

Adding to this historic event will be the ARCA/USAC drivers reunion. Many drivers of yesterday plan on being at the event. Ramo Stott one of the legendary drivers from Keokuk, IA has been named grand marshal. Stott a former ARCA and USAC champion won three times at the historic one-mile oval and had 11 top-3 finishes. Stott also won ARCA’s biggest jewel-the 1970 Daytona ARCA 200 which was the first win for the Plymouth Superbird.

Any past licensed ARCA or USAC driver wishing to attend the reunion is to contact Milwaukee Mile Historian Steve Zautke at (414)588-3824 or via e-mail at szautke@wi.rr.com.

In just the last five years, over $23 million has been invested in facility improvements at America’s Legendary Oval. The Aero Car Reunion takes place at The Milwaukee Mile on the same weekend as four stock car divisions, with an expected 200 race cars in 500 miles of racing will race for the Governor’s Cup, featuring Wisconsin NASCAR superstar Matt Kenseth racing in a super late model race, and the Governor’s Cup 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series event.

Tickets are now on sale for The Mile’s Governor’s Cup weekend August 24-26 through The Milwaukee Mile’s ticket office at 7722 W. Greenfield Ave., by calling (414) 453-8277, or by visiting the speedway’s website, www.milwaukeemile.com.


 
Further Resources:
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