The National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association announced their 2012 Legion of Honor awards as presented at the 11th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds on July 13, 2012.
The annual awards are presented to the deserving recipients for their many contributions to the performance industry and to drag racing from the early days of the 50’s thru the 80’s era. The recipients are affectionately classified as pioneers of the sport. Each recipient receives an individual award, a prized photo from the archives of their racing history, and their names are placed upon a perpetual award that is on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing located off US Route 15 in York Springs, Pennsylvania. The perpetual award remains in the museum in perpetuity.
The distinguished group contributed in varying degrees of involvement, some as racers, as officials, and industry representatives with dedication far beyond the call of duty. The NNDRA presents the Legion of Honor awards annually at this event which is symbolic of a Hall of Fame presentation.
Recipients for 2012 were Maynard Yingst (posthumous) Harrisburg, PA; Bill Izykowski, Washington, NJ; Jim McCraw, Dearborn, MI; Tom Larson (posthumous) East Berlin, PA; Frank Spittle, Cornelius, NC; Hank Endres, Tennessee Ridge, TN; Pete Preston, Delray Beach, FL; Steve Seaman, Little Ferry, NJ; Bob Plumer (posthumous) Windsor, PA; Joe May (posthumous) Wilmington, DE; Ross Donovan, Jr., Wilmington, DE; Fred Welch, New Castle, DE; Vinny and Richard Napp (posthumous) Englishtown, NJ; and the first husband and wife Jerry Ann Gilbert and Ross Gilbert, Lancaster, PA. A rounded collection of countless contributions made to the sport of drag racing and the performance industry.
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