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Annual Car Race Benefits
Three Charities

Photos By Joe Gigli

RIVERDALE Participants in the 2003 4th annual benefit slot car races hosted by Zepplin Hobbies and Raceway went from the very young and young adult to middle aged and senior citizens.

Annual Car Race Benefits
Three Charities

Photos By
Joe Gigli

By Jeanne Dikdan Gigli

RIVERDALE Participants in the 2003 4th annual benefit slot car races hosted by Zepplin Hobbies and Raceway went from the very young and young adult to middle aged and senior citizens.

 "We had a couple kids as young as three and

(above) Christopher Miele, of Campbell Hall NY sets up the cars for the next race. (below) Andy Crane, Announcer at Accord Raceway, NY joins Donna Sweet, event organizer, with announcing the slot races.

even some grandparents who were racing," said Donna Sweet, Zepplin staff member and event organizer. "Everyone had a lot of fun."

 In addition to all the fun, raffle prizes, guest appearances and other hoopla, the event that was held on Sunday, Jan. 19 raised $1,500. The National Down Syndrome Society, the American Cancer Society and the Injured Drivers Fund (benefits race car drivers who have been injured) each

received $500 of the proceeds.

  All 168 cars that ran 20 races had the number 93 on them in memory of Neil Luce, a staunch racer at Zepplin who lost his battle with cancer during the summer. Ninety-three was his race number.

 "We decided to dedicate this year's races to Neil because he supported all of our races from the very beginning," said Mrs. Sweet. "Even while he was very sick, he still attended every race event."

 Some life-size race car drivers were on hand for the afternoon like C.J. and John Cantania who drive quarter midgets at the Garden State Speedway in Wall Twp., Craig Mitchell who races in Middletown, N.Y.;

(above) Mike Aumick, of Vernon; who runs IMCA Modified cars, enjoys the slots as well. (below) Wayne Miele, sets up the cars for the next race.

and Bud Holden who races at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

 The day also featured raffle prizes such as race T-shirts, slot car sets, remote-control cars, and gift cards to area department stores. 

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