by Randy Lawrence, Media Director
LINCOLN, Neb. (Oct. 15, 2007) -- The 10th Anniversary Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held Friday night, Oct. 12, at the Lincoln Firefighters Reception Hall in Lincoln, Neb. Seven new inductees made their way into the Hall of Fame housed within the Museum of American Speed on the Speedway Motors complex in Lincoln.
Master of Ceremonies Tom Grasso opened the event with a tribute to Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame board member Bob Burdick, who passed away just eight days earlier. Following the invocation, Grasso turned the microphone over to guest speaker Greg Weld. Weld, from Kansas City, Mo., was the winner of the 1963 Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals and founder of Weld Wheels. He spoke of his racing career throughout the 1960s and 70s.
The Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductees for 2007 included Edwin “Tex” Arnold of Omaha, Larry Danhauer of Lincoln, Sam Hoffman of Omaha, R. (Ronney) Householder of Omaha, Glenn Robey of Omaha, Jim Schuman of Lincoln and Darrell Zimmerman of Big Springs.
The highlight of the evening was the comedic styling of Schuman, who had the crowd in stitches with inside stories of his illustrious history in motorsports. The other living inductees - Arnold, Danhauer and Zimmerman - were on hand, along with the family of Robey, to accept their plaques. Bob Mays accepted for Hoffman and Lee Ackerman for Householder.
Edwin “Tex” Arnold
Arnold was a long-time Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) driver with seven divisional championships, and also served as technical inspector for the U.S. Grand Prix Formula 1 race in Indianapolis. Arnold also was Director of Club Racing for the SCCA and worked for many prominent teams in road racing.
Danhauer has built engines for many forms of racing, including late models, sprint cars, modifieds, hobby stocks and street stocks. His engines have won over 50 track championships throughout the years. Danhauer was the engine builder for 2006 NARHoF inductee Kent Tucker of Aurora throughout his illustrious dirt racing career.
R. (Ronney) Householder
Householder began racing midgets in 1933 during the golden age of midget racing. He won many midget races across the country and also competed in the Indianapolis 500 in 1937-38. In 1964, Householder took control of Chrysler Corporation’s stock car racing efforts.
In a career that stretched from 1921 to 1946, Hoffman raced big cars and midgets with equal success. Driving for such stellar owners as Felix Morosco, Leonard Kerbs and John Bagley, “The Flying Cop” won races from Indiana to California.
Robey started his racing career in 1949 at the Grandview Race Bowl in South Omaha and was a winner right from the beginning. He was one of the early hotdogs at Playland Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and won the very first feature contested at Omaha’s Sunset Speedway in 1957. Robey raced jalopies, supermodifieds and late models in a career that is still going strong 58 years after he started.
Schuman was first exposed to racing in 1954 when his father, Bill, began racing stock cars. Over the next six decades, Schuman has been a driver, mechanic, car builder and one of the most talented artists in the sport. Schuman was the driving force behind the Museum of American Speed as the initial Curator/Restoration Manager of the attraction.
Zimmerman began his racing career in stock cars but soon turned his attention to drag racing. His first drag racing trophy came in 1953 driving his Full House Flathead 1951 Ford Coupe. He set 22 track records during his drag racing career. In 1956, Zimmerman was appointed National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Regional Advisor for the West Central Division of the NHRA, and in 1961 became the Division Director for the NHRA West Central Division.
The Gordie Shuck Memorial Sportsmanship Award was presented to Tami Thurn for her hard work at Dawson County Speedway in Lexington and Lincoln County Speedway in North Platte.
The purpose of the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame is to perpetuate the memory of these individuals who have brought lasting fame to the state of Nebraska through their efforts in auto racing. Nominees to the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame must have been a resident of the state for at least two years and must be retired for at least four years from the discipline they are being honored for. Active participants in the sport will be considered if they are at least 55 years of age and have been with the sport for at least 30 years. All candidates must have made positive contributions to the sport of auto racing on a local and regional level and go on to some national prominence.
Anyone wishing to nominate a person to the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame can do so by submitting the person's name, with a list of their accomplishments in a short bio to: The Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Inc., 5527 S. 20th St., Lincoln, NE 68512. You can also call 402-421-2266, or e-mail your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame is located inside the Museum of American Speed at 340 Victory Lane on the Speedway Motors complex in Lincoln, Neb.
The Museum of American Speed hours: May through September, two-hour guided tours begin at 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. October through April, two-hour guided tours begin at 2 p.m. every Friday. Admission is $10 to tour the museum.
For more information about the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame please visit www.narhof.com.