Winfield City Hall has special "vroom" to honor drag racers
WINFIELD, WV (WCHS/WVAH) —
These days Winfield City Hall is much more than the center of city government. It's also the home of the West Virginia Drag Racers Hall of Fame.
Since the first sanctioned drag racing strip in West Virginia opened in Winfield in 1958, organizers said it only make sense that the hall of fame would be in Winfield. Many of the drag racers of that day worked in area plants.
"All of those guys were very mechanically inclined due to the nature of their jobs. They were well paid for their time and as a hobby they got into, drag racing," said Jim Winter, a member of the West Virginia Drag Racers Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
The West Virginia Drag Racers Hall of Fame started in 2013. The mission is to collect racing relics and pictures to preserve this part of history for the West Virginia Drag Racers Hall of Fame located in Winfield City Hall.
"It was built from gas pipe they purchased at a local hardware store and welded it together and they created this dragster," said Gary Jarvis, a founding member of the West Virginia Drag Racers Hall of Fame, describing how a dragster was made.
Winfield City Hall became the permanent home of the West Virginia Drag Racers Hall of Fame last June. It was a move that city council approved unanimously, and having the display in CIty Hall is not costing the city of Winfield any money.
"We might have brought a couple hangers to hang pictures on. Other than that, that's it," Winfield Mayor Randy Barrett said.
Winter said the hall of fame's location makes perfect sense.
"Drag racing started two miles up the road, so why not bring it back to its roots,' he said.
More than 80 drag racers from across West Virginia have been inducted into the West Virginia Drag Racers Hall of Fame. The Class of 2017 will be inducted in October. It has 32 members that includes Charleston Mayor Danny Jones.
Organizers continue to collect historical drag racing memorabilia to put in the hall of fame. If you have any drag racing relics or old pictures that you would like to donate to the West Virginia Drag Racers Hall of Fame, call Winter at 1-304-586-0807.
You can visit the West Virginia Drag Racers Hall of Fame at Winfield City Hall during normal business hours.