MONROE – A little over 40 years ago, the last race was run at the Starlite Motor Speedway just off Old Charlotte Highway.
The red dirt track, long since built over, brings smiles to those who remember its Friday night races.
Those times will be remembered again from 1 to 5 p.m. March 16 at the Monroe Library.
“I used to love to watch Bunk Moore do the power-slide around the turns,” Starlite-fan Worth Barbee said.
Moore won a lot of races at the track. Though Moore is no longer with us, one of his best rivals, Doug Aldridge, will be on hand with his car and memories. Aldridge, along with Dub Simpson and Larry Wallace, will be part of a panel interview at 2 p.m. Others on the panel will be Gary Hargett, a builder of race cars, and dirt-track racing historian Bruce Keply.
The afternoon is designed to be laid-back and relaxed with several cars displayed in the parking lot, including a dirt-track racer owned and driven by Kenneth Deese. Some racing memorabilia will be in the Griffin Room.
Nelda Jean Davis, daughter of Parks and Nell Ray Williams who built and owned the track, recently shared what she remembered about those Friday nights.
“Everybody came and everybody had a good time,” she said.