The history of the biggest continuously operating dirt track event on the West Coast will be recapped with a host of memory lane activities at the 60th Gold Cup Race of Champions scheduled for September 4–7 at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA.
Leading the way will be four nights of competition on the ¼-mile clay oval located at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Led off by the California Civil War and Hunt wingless cars and capped by the World of Outlaw sprint cars, a full slate of events will celebrate this historical event.
Work has already begun on a commemorative book detailing all 59 Gold Cups held up to the 60th. Each year will be punctuated with photos, quotes, and facts about each race. Summaries of the events will be added along with actual race stories published at the time. Individual biographies will be scattered among the pages along with personal notes about each year's activities.
The Gold Cup Memories book will go on sale at the Speedway on September 4. A limited printing will provide books on a first-come, first-served basis.
History will gather in a Fairgrounds building as one of the most aggressive plans for a museum has been unveiled by organizers.
Director Tom Herseth and local historian Lew Lewis have plans to fully stock a museum with antique race cars, photos, programs, trophies, shirts, and memorabilia of 59 years of history. Herseth has located a car that won the Gold Cup more than 40 years ago.
Hours of operation for the museum are noon to 7 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It will also be opened after the Thursday and Friday night races. Several former Gold Cup Champions will be signing autographs from noon to 3 p.m. each day.
On track, the nostalgia will continue, as the night's race divisions have been chosen based on their history and influence on past Gold Cups. The historic United States Auto Club Sprints cars will be joined by the BCRA/USAC midgets, and the Nor Cal Dwarf cars.
Vintage BCRA Midgets and Vintage Hardtops hit the speedway surface for a series of exhibition laps during the Thursday night program.
Visit www.goldcup.silverdollarspeedway.com for more information on the 60th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions.