With Speedweeks 2015 fast approaching, the Daytona Beach-based Living Legends of Auto Racing has finalized its agenda of activities surrounding the annual running of the Daytona 500.
The LLOAR was founded in 1993 to recognize, honor and promote the pioneers of beach and stock car racing. Today, the organization has over 600 members around the world. The all-volunteer organization hosts a variety of activities throughout the year and publishes a quarterly newsletter, “The Cannonball” in addition to operating an impressive Museum of Racing History in in South Daytona. Along with the City of Daytona Beach Shores, LLOAR co-sponsors the Living Legends of Auto Racing Memorial Brick Walk of Fame, featuring inscribed bricks honoring the pioneers of auto racing. The group also provides a program on the history of automobile racing in Volusia County to Central Florida organizations and schools.
On Monday, February 16, the organization’s annual Beachside Parade will take place, with dozens of classic racing machines on display, before parading north from Daytona Beach Shores down Route A1A, site of the original Daytona Beach Road Course. Staging for the parade begins at 9 AM at the Drive-In Church on A1A in Daytona Beach Shores, with cars on display until 1 PM, when the parade begins.
On Tuesday, February 17, the Shores Resort & Spa at 2637 S. Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach Shores hosts the LLOAR Charity Auction and Autograph Session. Beginning at 5:00 PM, the evening includes an auction of new and vintage race memorabilia, autographs from numerous NASCAR legends, light snacks, door prizes and much more. A charity auction benefitting the NASCAR Foundation & LLOAR Museum annually features classic NASCAR memorabilia unavailable anywhere else, some of it from the personal collections of the sport’s biggest stars. Tickets are $15 each, $20 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Paulette at (386) 299-7343.
On Wednesday, February 18, the Living Legends’ 21th Annual Awards Banquet takes center stage at the Shores Resort & Spa. Hosted by Sirius XM NASCAR Radio host Chocolate Myers and his wife, Caron, this year’s honorees include legendary crew chief Buddy Parrott, former drivers Kenny Schrader and “Tiger” Tom Pistone, legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn, Speedway Illustrated magazine editor and former TV analyst Dr. Dick Berggren and former Georgia short track standout Eddie Spurling. Ticket info for this can’t-miss event is available by calling Joan Maxwell at (386) 255-7428.