BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 12, 2009 . . . One of most outstanding auto racing photographers to ever handle a camera will be remembered when the first Don Marks Memorial is presented at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, June 6th. The NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Late Models will be presented in the doubleheader show that will be sponsored by Main Racing Engines and Troyer Race Cars.
“Don Marks was a wonderful photographer who gave so much to the sport,” said Grandview Speedway public relations director Ernie Saxton. “He was ready to help with photos at a moments notice. He helped so many racers and he certainly was a huge help to me with the track public relations and program book efforts. Even more than that he was a wonderful friend.”
Marks, the track photographer for 25 years, passed away suddenly last March after suffering a stroke. He was just 59.
During this career Marks had his photography work appear in many media outlets including the weekly national trade publication, Area Auto Racing News.
“It is the goal of his long time girlfriend Lisa Binder and me to keep his memory alive,” said Saxton. “ We hope to do that with the Memorial. Thanks to Main Racing Engines and Troyer Race Cars for their wonderful support of this event.”
Knowing that there are many in the racing community that will want to be part of the Memorial, lap and heat sponsorships are being made available. The laps will sell for just $10 and qualifying event sponsorship will be available for $100 each. The laps and heats will be sold in both feature races. Heat race sponsors will be entitled to a quarter page ad in the special Don Marks Memorial program book.
Consideration will be given to those wishing to sponsor any special awards for the very special night.
Those having interest in being a supporter of the Don Marks Memorial are invited to contact Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797, Esaxton144@aol.com or at Grandview Speedway.
“It is our goal to make this a huge success,” commented Saxton. “Don Marks deserves this to be a success after he gave so much to the sport and in particular Grandview Speedway.”