The Riverside International Automotive Museum will host “The Legends of Riverside” on March 27th – 29th. Dan Gurney is chief honoree for the reunion, heading a very strong list of racing greats scheduled to attend the events.
“Dan’s name and the Raceway’s are forever linked in motorsports history,” said event co-organizer Dave Wolin. “His early successes at the Riverside propelled him to international fame, and his later successes at this track in stock cars absolutely solidified his stature as one of America’s true racing legends, and Riverside’s favorite son.”
Joining forces with the annual “Automotive Film Festival”, the “Legends of Riverside” will drop the green flag with a Friday night buffet dinner at the Museum and car films introduced by a discussion panel of well known racers.
Saturday will bring a feature film in the morning, followed by the Can Am / USRRC / F5000 luncheon, with drivers of that era sharing their experiences along with a showing of some rarely seen racing footage.
Following the luncheon an afternoon screening of a feature film will be followed by the “Memories of RIR” dinner; honoring well known racing celebrities of the early days of Riverside, along with the screening of a feature auto racing related film. Plans are for a number of special awards to be presented to those who contributed so much to the Riverside Raceway heritage.
In addition to camaraderie, tall-tales, racing hand gestures, outright misstatements of the truth, secrets, movies, light debauchery, awards, food, bun-throwing, AND drink; other events include a silent auction of assorted racing memorabilia, an autograph signing of the event poster by racing personalities and a display of historic Can Am, USRRC and Formula 5000 racing cars.
Attendees will also be treated to viewing all of the other spectacular machines on regular display at the Museum. Most importantly, all proceeds from this inaugural event will go to charities including the Parkinson’s Institute and the Lee Iacocca Foundation.
As for the “hardware” scheduled to be on site at the Legends event, at least five Gurney Eagles will be there along with a number of other very significant Riverside runners.
The Riverside International Automotive Museum:
815 Marlborough, Suite 200
Riverside, California 92507
Wednesday – Friday, Noon – 4pm
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
For complete information, a list of the special attendees, ticket purchases (they will only sell 150 total), accommodations and a complete schedule of events, visit www.riversideinternationalraceway.com.
[Source: Riverside Museum]