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WinterNationals at the Orleans hotel, Las Vegas  12/3-7, 2014


This year the track was moved so it was beside the Orleans Arena instead of behind it. There was a lot more room.


There was over 300 cars from all over the country - a real National event.


They had a new fence this year brought in by the hotel which saved the club a lot of time and money. In the past, the club has hauled in the fence in a big trailer, and then had to take it down and haul it back to California.


Dave watches a handler check his car during practice laps.


Lined up for practice on Thursday. It was a late start due to rain and they did a second practice on Friday morning. 


The bunch from Orange Show, California


Driven to Race


Lots of color


Dane & Chase Ostman with new car


The Las Vegas Skyline 


Dale Hill flagged all the practice & races


They widened the track this year and the kids had very few problems driving on it. 



The RipRider Races - Sat night after the car races


Selling raffle tickets for the RipRider races
Kids names were picked from a raffle jar


RipRider Sponsers - 24 in all
Each sponsor picked a ticket to see who was racing for them. That kid got to keep the Riprider after the races.



I picked the 1st ticket and it was Almon


Each handler & driver had to put the Riprider together. There were 2 heats of 12 each and then a main event with all 24 kids


Zane Almon & handler - 
which part goes where??


Kids lined up according to how fast they put the Riprider together. 


Lined up and ready to get the green flag


The race was for 6 laps around a course laid out in the center of the big track
The trick was to hold onto one of the back wheels so it could not spin around.


And the winner is -- Zane Almon




George & Tony, a moment in time, 5/25/2014

A Day with Ernie Bose - Costa Mesa, CA - 3/16/2013 



Ernie's Shop - just behind the house
He cleaned all the parts here before assembling
There was also a table for surfacing heads and 
the tops of the block. I spent a lot of time there. 
      



Tony Hoffman, Ernie and myself
We spent about 3 hours in his backyard just talking
His niece came by as did the Chief of Police for 
Costa Mesa - they came by every day to check.
       



Norma Wetherbee had called me and wanted to 
know if Ernie was still around. I called him and
he said - come on down but don't wait too long.

Norma was so glad to see him and she brought
all her books so he could sign them
    



The "Quarter Midget Challenge"
Years ago the schools had a book in their libraries
called the Quarter Midget Challenge. It was a story
about a girl and her Quarter Midget. That story was 
the real life story of Norma Wetherbee and her dad.
      


Ernie passed away on Monday, Sept 23, 2013 at the age of 92!
      

Another Great Picture - Orange Show Reunion
 
Norma Wetherbee, Sleepy Trip, George Goddard & JC Berg

Winternationals at the Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas -- Nov 28 - Dec 2, 2012


The Rice crowd - turn 4


Cars from here, cars from Canada


Dane & Chase Ostman


Lots & lots of spectators


Tim Boznich - on a stand this time and better protected


We are just off Tropicana Ave

 

WEST COAST NATIONALS
Monroe, Washington - 2011

Pictures coming

West Coast Nationals
Portland, Oregon - 2012


The new skyline at the Winter Nationals
in down town Las Vegas - 2010


Just having fun on my I-Pad
at the Orange Show Banquet

 



Team Boomerang Wins big in Monza Series
Click on picture for more details


Quarter Midget Reunion at 
Orange Show, 10/16/2010

Dana Point, CA - 2010
Click again for some real
neat pictures by the ocean.

 

 

Winter Nationals at Buffalo Bills, Prim, Nevada, 12/2-12/6, 2009

 

From the staging area you can see the Buffalo Bills Giant Roller Coaster in the background.

There were entries from all over - 

NM, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, California, Oregon, Washington,  Indiana, Canada 

In the Boomerang Pits

Over the top

The kids could get an armband and ride on the rollercoaster or play in the arcade all day

 

Coming around the bend

The coaster was busy way into the night.

 

The track had a new plastic block fence. It moved when hit but did not need any repair like the plastic sheeting did in previous years. 

 

Tony Hoffman watching the races.

 

Kids watching the races. I think they are from Baylands.

 

(Can you tell who they are??)

Skyler Dale from Orange Show

From Novice to "B" in one year.

Dean Thompson coming through the corner

Right on the line -- this time

Each class was introduced before the race.

This says it all - and the heater was on!


The ladies had a nice warm tower to work in


Race Day - showing the Canadian Flag


Spectators at the end of the track


More spectators along the sides

It was cold!!      Are 3 heaters enough??  

 

 

Dean Thompson at OSQMRA, 5/16/09

World's fastest Jr Stock,  5:19

 

Fast Times at OSQMRA, 5/16/09

Jr Novice, Sr Stock, Jr Stock, Jr Honda, Sr Honda

 

Carlo Pogetto Memorial Race - PVQMRA - 2/25/07

After 50 years of racing, PVQMRA held its final race. Carlo Pogetto was responsible for getting this track going over 50 years ago and it was only fitting that the last race would be the Carlo Pogetto Memorial race. The Pomona Police Officers Association put on the Memorial ceremony and even Mrs Pogetto was in attendance. 

PVQMRA has a notable history but was best known as the 
World's Fastest Quarter Midget Track 


The Honor Gaurd standing by the Carlo Pogetto Memorial rock which was installed when Carlo Pogetto was killed in the line of duty.


Singing the National Anthem


Placing of the wreath in the cente of the track in honor of Carlo Pogetto. Following the placement of the wreath, the bagpipe player played several unforgettable melodies --  


Following the wreath ceremony, the police drove two of their cars down the center of the track


All the drivers in attendance gathered in the center of the track for one last picture. 
Notice the brick start/finish line. 


TThe Last Pretty Car Show


And the winner is - Anthony Soto

 

Cars on Show at the Pogetto Memorial Race


Rick Williams had his other car on show


A local driver moves on up to Midgets


Ron Williams - moving 3 cars at a time


Loaded  up and ready to go racing

 

PVQMRA moves to a new location 

  
Moving day has finally come. Everything is being moved to the Orange Show Fairgrounds in San Bernardino. The club has been renamed Orange Show QMRA and will race in the infield of the big track on brand new asphalt. 

All that will be left here at Pomona are the memories and the World Track Records -

And no one can take those away!!


Running a ramp up the tower stairs to bring down all the tower equipment and chairs


Two huge dumpsters were brought in -
one for added storage and one for trash


The track has a huge long storage bin on the property - this is being loaded with all the track equipment, snack bar machines, etc. It will then be loaded onto a truck and hauled to its new place at the Orange Show Fairgrounds. 


The Flag Stand was cut from its anchor posts and is also going to the new track
The club has purchased new plastic fencing which will be used at the Orange Show.


Even, the Start/Finish line bricks were dug up and they will be used at a new track when one is actually built. You can see the bricks as they looked in the Memorial Service above. 

 

 

Buffalo Bill's, StateLine -- Dec 1-4, 2005


There was over 400 cars and only 
3 min to practice on a cold track


TThe Tower was enclosed and heated!
The sun was shining but it was cold!!


The Grandstands were new this year.
The program went smoothly and everyone was inside by 7:00 PM


We were there - were you?
Out in the middle of the desert -
there was lots of room

 

Western Nationals, July 1-9, 2005
Alpenrose Dairy - Portland


QMA 2005 Western Grands
Painted right on the grass


Region Parade with Dancing Girls
The girls put on a great show


There is a small ghost town behind the track that is open on Sundays - Here, you can see the back side of the Opera House
 (the tall building)


Custom Suites with grass floors
The bleachers are built right into the ground
Good seating all around the track on top


Snack Bar on the top side


This is one of three baseball diamonds
on the Dairy grounds 


Ready to Race and a view too!
Did your Grands have pits like this??


This is the view from the big rig shown at left. 
A bicycle race track on the Dairy grounds

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The Records Keep falling at the 
World's Fastest 1/4 Midget Track
Pomona Valley QMRA -- California


Matt Wright - World's Fastest Lt "B"
5.1624   (5/14/05)
Power by "Ziggy"


Michael Lewis
World's Fastest Sr Honda
5.73   (6/18/05)


JJ Hughes

"Ernie Bose" Record -- 5.2849
(4/17/05)
Jay Gradia Memorial -- 6.0454 (5/28/05)
Madera, California --  5.7409 (10/29/05)  


Devan Illingworth
World's Fastest Jr Honda -- 6:1657   (5/15/05)

 

II wanted to thank you for building an awesome quarter midget.
We drove to the track in Austin , TX and my son Brandon smoked the tires off his Boomerang race car.
Thanks again for a safe and well manufactured race car. 
          Jorge and Brandon Diaz. Rockwall, Texas

 


Jordan Tygh - Sr Novice Record
Jay Gradia Memorial -- 6.8708
(5/28/05)

 


All the drivers pose with Rene Hendrick at the 
Kara Hendrick race at Pomona, CA 10/16/04



 

 

 

 

 

Brittney Inglis receives Pretty Car Award
from Rene Hendrick



  Travis Field 
  - 2004 GRANDS Fast Time Lt 160
     - 2004 GRANDS Main Event winner

 

 

Hi, my name is Alex Reinsmith. I'm 10 years old and this is my first year racing a quarter midget.My dad bought me a Boomerang race car this past year and I love it.It is a very good handling car,I have won three features at Blue Mountain QMRA with it and looking for more .   
                           Thank's to Boomerang ,  Alex


Sacramento Grands - July 17-24, 2004 

All new tower and hot chute


The covered hot chute helped a bit in the heat. 

Jim Fiser was checking the cars 


Brittney Inglis & Family
 Heavy Honda World Record -- 6.1179


Anthony Hoffman & family -- 16th Birthday!
Heavy "B" World Record --- 5.4950


Irwindale Twin 25's - Mar 26-27, 2004
This was the second year -- 78 cars participated


Classic car show at Twin 25's
This show was right beside the 1/4 midget track 


Matt Wright with Mopar Twins


Matt ---  let's  go race


Nick Rossi from Phoenix


Brittney Inglis & family - we are ready!

 

 


Buffalo Bill's, 2003 -- 402 entries
One driver set a new track record for riding the 
roller coaster 46 consecutive times -- What a ride!! 


Racing was quick and fast
Just line up and GO!!
And the weather co-operated too - 


Molly Putnam - at Buffalo Bill's, Stateline, Nevada
taking the checker flag!! 


Brooke Gardner at Buffalo Bill's -- 
won the heat race


Travis Fields - Honda Lt 160
California Monza Champion 2003


Tyler Williams  - Jr Stock
Fast Time & West Coast Grands Champion
California Monza Champion 2003

 

 

Monroe, Washington - 2004 Dirt Series
Skyler & Handler - Steve Jennings

Skyler Jennings - Sr Honda Winner on Dirt   Matt  Stone -- Open Class Winner on Dirt 

   


Garrett Gardner -- 
3 in a row --  Senior Honda A main wins. 
Washington Quarter Midgets

This picture is of Garrett and Brooke Gardner, at our last Washington Quarter Midget Assoc. club race Sept. 7th 2003. Garrett qualified with fast time in LT160 and Senior Honda and a win in Senior Honda. Brooke had 2nd fast time in Senior Honda behind Garrett. All three in Boomerang Cars. Also Rachael Van Kopp had 4th fastest in Senior Honda with her Boomerang. 
Thanks for the fast cars.

 

Mini Indy Grands - 2003 - there were over 1000 cars

Anthony Hoffman with new Boomerang cars


Tyler Williams at Mini-Indy


Michael Lewis at Mini-Indy


Angela Jennings at Mini-Indy

Opening ceremonies -- Regional Parade

Region 11 -- Pomona Valley

Let the balloons fly --- 

Tony with the National Anthem singer 

 

 

Western Grand Nationals - 2003 - Graham, Washington

Welcome to Little Wheels

Land of the Free - Because of the Brave

Opening Ceremonies and all the Kids

The Carlsons -- ready to go 

 

 

Irwindale - Twin 25's - April 26, 2003


Pomona Valley Quarter Midget club setup the track in the Irwindale parking lot early Friday morning
It looks stormy but race day on Saturday was beautiful


Steve Lewis of Lewis Racing setup and sponsored the
Twin 25's and got the OK to setup the 1/4 midget track
next to the big track so the kids could race too.
Here is Michael Lewis ready to go in a smaller version
of the big #9 Full size midgets


Sr Honda Race - single file and ready to go!! 


Hvy 160's lining up for their race 


Michael Lewis on the track --- racing Sr Honda


The Boomerang Kids & the MOPAR 25 Twins


The Mopar Twins with Devan & Shawn Illingworth


The Mopar Twins with --- 

Racing with Michael Lewis at PIR - Copper Classic - 


While the big cars raced on the big track the 1/4 midgets 
raced just behind the grandstands.
Here is Michael Lewis racing in Novice - won the Main Event


Michael, Steve and Loretta Lewis
Getting ready to go on the track

 

Ernie Bose World's Record Race
April 11-13, 2003


Anthony Hoffman
Hvy "B" Record --- 5:58


Tyler Williams
Jr. Stock Record --- 5:80


Sean Murphy
World's Fastest Lt "AA"  5:12 Oct 19, 2002

Boomerang Sprint 2003
Put your driver in one today!!

 

Going for the Win !! 


Jr Stock Main Event at State Line, Nevada 12/8/02


Angela Jennings - Sr. Honda - taking the win
Seattle, Washington -- 6/2/02

First Race -- First Place

Matt Stone - Hvy 160
Seattle, Washington -- 6/1/02


Nick Carlson, Sr. Honda Fast Time -- 6:03
Main Event Winner
Pomona Valley, California -- 8/31/02


Jarret Dahms, Jr Honda winner 
  New Smyrna, Florida


Jacklyn Harris, Sr. Honda winner
Austin, Texas


Jacklyn Harris, Fast Time & Overall Point Winner
San Antonio, Texas


Luke Blose, Feature Winner
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania


Kevin Bult, on the dirt track at Blue Mountain


Rowdy McClenon - PVQMRA
Jr. Novice Track Record - 6.6985
(9/28/02)

Running Dirt with a Wing


Garrett Gardner -- Age 10
ONE TWO THREE RACING -- Monroe, Washington

Send us a picture of your driver !!

 

 

Racing at Pocono with Bobby & Tyler Labonte


Bobby, Tyler & Tire Specialist


Ready to Go


On the track 


Coming round the corner

Bobby took time off from racing on the big track at Pocono to come and race with his boy, Tyler, on the smaller Quarter Midget track on Saturday May 8th, 2002.. This track, run by the Lehigh Valley club, is located in one corner of the Pocono track property and is "D" shaped just like the big track 
The Nascar race on the big track was run the next day on Sunday, May 9th, 2002.

 

 


Sean Murphy in New Lt "AA" car

 


Shawn Illingworth
Jr. Novice World Record -- 6.98


Shawn & Devon Illingworth
1st & 2nd Place Jr. Novice


Looking good in the Pits


Mel Gardiner, Tony Hoffman, Bus Martin
Racing buddies from way back when

 

 

  

 

Pomona Valley QMRA -- Home of the 
 Ernie Bose World Record Race

 

 

Turkey Race at Pomona Valley, California
Nov. 22, 2001

 

Buffalo Bill's at Stateline, Nevada, 
December 7,8,9, 2001

 

 

Awards Banquet at Pomona Valley


And the kids were jumping and climbing -- great fun for all 


Jennifer -- says Hi!


Andrew - one more bite will do it --

 

 

EASTERN GRAND NATIONALS - 2001

The track at Oaklane, Pennsylvania

For some great pictures at Oaklane & area -- click here

 

WESTERN GRAND NATIONALS - 2001
Madera, California

 


Angela Jennings  
Fast Time - Sr. Honda - 6:47

For more pictures on the Madera Grands - click here

 

 

World's Fastest Track

Pomona Valley, California
Ernie Bose World Record Race -- April 20-22, 2001

World's Fastest Cars


Anthony Hoffman, Sr Honda -- 6:21
Sr Honda Main Event Winner


Aaron Schankerman, Hvy 160 -- 5:92
Hvy 160 Main Event Winner


Brandon Ash, Jr Novice Main Event


The Mountain Dew Car

 

 

Kyle Shipley being interviewed by Shandee Mills
of Colorado at Portland, Oregon
Shandee is a new JR Reporter for Coast 2 Coast

Opening Ceremony, Portland - All regions Flag Parade

 

 

 


South Mountain Track
Phoenix, Arizona


And the Pits are busy -- Up Top
overlooking the race track


Serving Turkey Dinner
And it was enjoyed by all!

Thunder on the Mountain

This was a big race held at the South Mountain Track in Phoenix, Arizona on Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 24-27, 1999

They had over 180 entries making the biggest race yet

A great race and a lot of fun!

 

 

Las Vegas, Nevada

On the track at the Showboat Hotel -- Dec. 9-12,1999

The weather was cold and blowing on Sat. but race day on Sunday was great.

 

 


Arron Schankerman- Pomona, California
Hvy 160 Driver


Kyle Shipley - Phoenix, Arizona
Fast Lt."AA" Driver

 

Pomona Valley Raceway
Ernie Bose World Record Race
4/14-16, 2000

All new records were set on an all new track.
Both corners were completely redone and come qualifying the track was fast.
The new Lt. AA record was set at a 5.27

 

Joe Galante Memorial Race, Madera March 18-19

Candy Purple frames with Purple bodies

Robbie Smith
Heavy Stock and Mod Driver

 

Braden Kamigawachi
Lt. 160 Driver

 

 

      Hi, My name is Kurt Smith. This is my second year racing. I received my new   Boomerang two day's before our first race of the season. With no practice with my new car I won my heat and got third in the feature. I've done good with the car. It handles good and it's fast.

        Class Heavy 160                     Thanks,
                                                        Kurt Smith
                                                        Oswego County Quarter Midge
t Club

 



West Coast Grand Nationals, Portland, Oregon

Quarter Midgets

Boomerang in Yellow -- at Portland