Jack Petty is having a really good month of May. The veteran Kansas round track racer from Salina was notified recently that his iconic blue and white replica of Tim Flock's No. 91 Hudson stock car has been accepted for display in NASCAR Hall of Fame museum in Charlotte, N.C.
He also learned that he will be inducted into the Belleville High Banks Hall of Fame, the Kansas venue billed as "The World's Fastest Half-Mile Dirt Track." A former competitor at the High Banks, he will be one of 10 in this year's Hall of Fame class, which includes legendary speed equipment manufacturer Fred Offenhauser.
The induction ceremony is scheduled Aug. 4, while the Tim Flock car will go on display beginning June 1. The car will be shown for approximately two years, said Jack's son, Jim Petty of Wichita, who helped build the tribute racer and delivered it to the NASCAR museum last week.
"We're gonna miss it," Jim Petty said. But he said it is an honor to have the car selected, and for the late Tim Flock and his wife, Frances Flock, who provided much of the historical research material used in building the 1952 race car.
Scholarships — Scholarships are the name of the game at McPherson College's nationally known Automotive Restoration Program right now.
The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance announced it will award up to $20,000 each year to students in the restoration program in scholarships honoring the late Phil Hill, World Drivers' Champion in 1961 and a famed restorer in his own right.
The first three recipients of Phil Hill Scholarships are Jared Coho of Bellwood, Pa., Kalila "Frankie" Haddad of Kansas City, Mo., and Casey Maxon of Lawrence.
Another new scholarship has been established by Darryl Starbird, whose career building full custom cars and promoting custom car shows began in Wichita. The $15,000 Darryl Starbird Scholarship is intended for incoming freshman students, with the first recipient being Kala Tiemann of Lewis.
Congratulations to the recipients and thanks to the folks who are helping to advance the car hobby by giving deserving students a helping hand.