The Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for 2012, held at the Lincoln Firefighters Reception Hall, is the social event of the year for many "old" racers, their families and friends. Nearly three hundred people attended this years event with many arriving early to do what old time racers do best - bench race.
Master of Ceremonies, John Bishop, had everyone's attention during his remarks addressing the commitment, drive and dedication that all participants and their families have in the sport of auto racing. He noted how many who help expect nothing in return, but do it simply because of their love for the sport.
John also welcomed and recognized a number of past inductees who attended the event.
Guest speaker, Joan Parsons Voyles, daughter of 1950 Indy 500 winner Johnnie Parsons, spoke about her life as a child and growing up in a racing family. Her stepfather Duane Carter, brother Johnny Parsons and half-brother Pancho Carter were all Indy 500 participants. Together the four had fifty Indy 500 starts - quite a legacy.
The format used to present 2012 inductees was changed from that used in past years. This improvement held everyones attention and kept the process moving. Those inducted were Chuck Bosselman, Dave Chase, Bob Elic, John Gerloff, Keith Hightshoe, Bob Hubbard and Homer Macklin. To learn more about these people please refer to the press release posted on our/ this website.
The silent auction, with many unique items, was a big hit and well attended. Some spirited bidding was noted on several items. This is one of the main fund raisers that enables the NARHoF to make improvements through the years.
Always the gracious host, "Speedy" Bill Smith, after the induction ceremony, opened the Smith Collection of American Speed Museum for everyone to tour. There were a lot of comments such as "Wow, look at that." and "Hey, I remember that car." heard. A number of docents were on duty to answer questions and assist where needed.
It was a great evening.