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Sammy Tanner named Grand Marshal of the Ascot Flat Track Reunion on May 12

 

122 1203 01 o 1960s dirt track racer sammy the flying flea tanner photoPomona, Calif. – Famous 1960s Dirt Track Racer Sammy “The Flying Flea” Tanner is named Grand Marshal of the Ascot Flat Track Reunion to be held May 12 at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. Tanner was the first winner of Ascot’s National Championship Half-Mile Race in 1959. He also won an incredible 408 regulation AMA races and 67 Trophy Dashes.

“During his career, Sammy won on Triumph, BSA, Royal Enfield, Norton, Honda and Harley-Davidson motorcycles–unheard of at the time. Flamboyant, he was the first Flat Track rider in the country to compete in colored leathers, standing out in a sea of black leather clad competitors,” said Ascot Reunion organizer Jerry Greer. “To have him as our Grand Marshal is truly an honor.”

When Tanner first began racing as a teenager, he was just 5 feet tall and weighed almost 100 pounds, earning him the nickname the “Flying Flea.” He was inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. Read more about Sammy on http://motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/detail.aspx?racerid=278. Sammy will be joined by numerous riders including Grand National Champions Gene “Burrito” Romero and Gary Scott for a day of wild and crazy Ascot memories.

122 1203 01 o 1960s dirt track racer sammy the flying flea tanner promo photoThe Ascot Flat Track Reunion – Saturday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – celebrates the spirit of Ascot, Greer saying, “The track may be gone but the legend and ideals that was Ascot live on, as do many of the racers.”

Entrance is just $10 for everybody including those who want to bring a Flat Track motorcycle. There will also be displays of memorabilia, rarely seen racing movies, an autograph session ($5 extra), raffle and plenty of Grand National-level bench racing. There are no awards and no judging.

Proceeds from the event support the Aid To Injured Riders and the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum-both are 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations.

For more information contact Jerry Greer: jrgreer5565@sbcglobal.net

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