The good-time-havers of the Schaefer Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor once again enjoyed themselves over the past twelve months - especially when racing and/or Schaefer were involved.
The SHOF and SROH reconvened at their general base of operations - Charlotte Motor Speedway. Much fun, food, frivolity and Schaefer were enjoyed at the 23rd Anniversary of the Schaefer HOF and Ring Of Honor Schindig Schelebration.
This year, a banner with a newly designed logo was debuted (big shout-out to Barry Cantrell of Short Track Spotlight for the design).
The SHOF was represented each night of the long weekend. First, we enjoyed Thursday night qualifying from the posh confines of The Speedway Club. Friday night, it was time to get down and dirty at The Dirt Track with the World Of Outlaws sprint cars.
Kuzzin Kari (SHOF #8) and SROH member Kristi returned and brought a friend with them. Karissa reminded us she'd first schelebrated with us back in 2008. Was good to have her back with us.
in 2010; however, she made her racing debut in May 2015. She definitely earned her way into the SROH by first enjoying Schaefer five years ago and now hauling multiple cases from Ohio to North Carolina a couple of times per year.
- Go all in on the annual cornhole tournament. (And yes, *sigh* his team won ... again.)
- Rip a celebratory WHOOOO as he cracks his first track side Schaefer, and
- Gnaw on a greasy, grilled turkey leg.
For the next summer holiday, representatives from the SHOF made the trek to Daytona Beach, Florida on the 4th of July for the July 5th Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. The trip involved rain, a rookie, wrecks, mayhem ... and Schaefer.
I personally never attended a race where Richard Petty won. Nor have I been at a race where the 43 won in the few times it has since the King stopped driving. But it was awfully neat to buy a race program where the Petty team was featured on the cover based on Aric Almirola's win in the race in 2014.
web | Twitter). The food, service and fun were fantastic. But more symbolically for us, the place sits on what was once the north turn of the old beach and road course that preceded Daytona's superspeedway.
When the 2015 Cup schedule was released, the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway was slotted for a return to its rightful place: Labor Day weekend. My immediate goal was to hit all three summer holiday races at Charlotte, Daytona and Darlington. As it turned out, I was able to hit only the first two. But I'm proud to say SHOF co-founder Philly hit all three - although he attended Schaeferless.
Knowing Schaefer would be in short supply, our chosen brand was a predictable one. But hey, it's Chicago!
Double J Sports Bar (web | Twitter) sounded like a reasonable place. Sports bars in general are predictable, right? Burgers, chicken tenders, nachos, a club sandwich, big label brews, etc. Easy in and out. But Double J was indeed special. The place included a liquor store on the right side and a bar no wider than a Waffle House on the left.
The truck race was not to be. Shortly after getting our passes and making one quick stroll through the garage, the skies unleashed torrents of rain accompanied with plenty of nearby thunder and lightning. We slogged our way back to the car and debated how we planned to dry our shoes for the next two days of fun.
The garage area is not a place to be loopy. Keeping your head clear and on a swivel is imperative as so much movement takes place with crews and their cars.
The SHOF and SROH returned to Charlotte for October's Bank Of America 500. Philly hosted the festivities on Saturday with yep, another day of rain on a 2015 race weekend. A couple of fellas from the state of Maine joined in with the fun. I'm pretty sure we haven't raced with folks from Maine since a trip to Loudon in 2005.
Starters Sports Bar. If you find yourself in Phoenix on any race weekend, be sure to pay Starters a visit. Be prepared, however, as each race caution brings a shot of Fireball to each customer.
Schaefer's roots are in Brooklyn, NY. The original brewery is long gone, and the replacement plant now brews Sam Adams Boston Lager. Yet, a few places in NYC still sell Schaefer - though they're getting tougher to find. One such place I found in November was is The Liberty NYC on West 35th Street - somewhat between the Empire State Building and Penn Station.