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Peter Stephen Elias, 88, of Grasonville, MD, died on September 9, 2013.   

Born in Pawtucket, RI on November 7, 1924, he was the son of the late Stephen and Flora Fontaine Elias.  Steve spent most of his life in National Park, NJ and moved to Prospect Bay (on the right side of the Bay) in 1988.

  Steve proudly served our country in the United States Army from 1942 - 1952, during which time he earned a European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with 7 Bronze Stars and a Distinguished Unit Badge. After his honorable discharge, he spent his career in transportation, working as a truck driver.  In 1950, Steve started his “career” of driving stock cars at various tracks around South Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.  He ended this career with six Track Championships and over 150 heat races.  Steve was inducted into the National Old Timers Hall of Fame in 1999 and into the Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club Hall of Fame in 2002.  For stock car racing stories and pictures, visit www.3wides.com.  

When his racing days were over in 1968, Steve put a boat on the roof of his car and found a new love:  fishing on the Chesapeake Bay.  If he wasn’t on his boat fishing he was somewhere in the area talking about his last fish or plans for the next one.  His “secret” spots are now a true mystery to his friends, family and jealous fisherman.  Steve was an active member of Grasonville VFW Post 7464, American Legion Benedict A. Andrew Post 296, Bay Country Moose Lodge, Centreville Lodge No. 180 A. F. & A. M., Boumi Shrine, Chester River Shrine Club, Boumi Yacht Club, Prospect Bay Country Club and Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club.

  He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Johannessen Elias; his children: Sam Elias and his wife, Lorraine of Port Norris, NJ, Susan Riley and her husband, William of Lake Worth, FL and Jeffrey Elias and his wife, Lisa, of Kinston, NC; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren with one more expected soon; nephews Albert and Kenny Powell; niece, Madeleine Ritter; childhood friend Harold Mitchell of Salem, NJ; and his dogs "Maggie" and "Mollie".  A son, Peter Stephen Elias, Jr. and a daughter-in-law Roseanne Elias, his parents, his brother John and his sister Madeleine, preceded him in death.

  A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, September 14th at the VFW Post 7464, 203 VFW Avenue, Grasonville, MD.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospital Transportation Fund c/o Boumi Shrine, 5050 King Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21237.    Funeral arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. in Chester, MD.  For online condolences, please visit www.fhnfuneralhome.com.  


We have compiled a collection of Speedway Memorabilia from all the years of racing at the speedway and the surrounding South Jersey area. Take you time viewing, there is a wealth of data and information for your enjoyment. Enter via the image below.


 

  Did you know that the Studebaker Corp. in 1927 to 1930 did all their endurance an speed testing under AAA supervision at the Atlantic City speedway at Amatol NJ? These tests were for 24 HRS the big one was for 16 days night and day four cars circled the board track until each had logged 25000 miles. The average speed 65 mph.

 A little history for the web site, sent to us from  Ed Brown.

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     Below we have a short clip sent to us by Wayne Weaver of Speedster activities from a few weeks ago.   The damage was not extensive....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early, Vintage Photos of Harry Fleming

By Raycer 27

        Most all of us watched and enjoyed the American Pickers TV show, starring Harry Fleming. Usually Harry is not very comfortable around cameras, or so he says he's not. I remember the first time I came to the Pumpkin Run and I hadn't seen Harry in over 35 years and I started snapping a bunch of candid shots of him, when he told me if I didn't stop taking pictures he was going to do bad things to my camera, joking of course......I think.

Harry handled the TV show like he'd done 100 episodes and I hope that Mike and Frank will make a return visit the next time they're in Jersey. Right now, we are going to show you a couple of photos of Harry in his younger days, thanks to Tom Flanagan, who was kind enough to share these rare photos with us. We're even displaying the notes and signatures which were written of the back of the pictures, enjoy folks.

                                                          Glen Mason and John Fleming 

 

 

Harry and one of his sisters 

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