Online community, RacersReunion.com, realizes the fruits of a labor-of-love after its launch only 8 months ago.
(1888PressRelease) October 06, 2008 - Myrtle Beach, Sc - The creator of this “social network-with-a-twist”, Jeff Gilder, set out to provide a place for race fans and drivers from the past to share memories of the history of stock car racing. Gilder, who is an ex-racer, received some mentoring from veteran NASCAR Grand National (now NASCAR Sprint Cup series) and NASCAR Sportsman (now NASCAR Nationwide series) driver, Paul Lewis, who turned his racing efforts into wins and a championship. “I wanted to do something for Paul and to give back to a sport that means a lot to me”, said Gilder. “Paul’s passion has been to recognize the contributions of the veterans of racing and to help those drivers who are in need. I started this project with that as my goal."
After attending an event to assist veteran driver Sam Aard in Mooresville, Nc in January 2008, Gilder realized the need for a central location to share the history of the sport. “There were people lined up for hours to meet and get autographs from over 70 veteran drivers who were there to help Sam Aard”, said Gilder. “Some of them were carrying pieces of memorabilia they had been saving for over 40 years. Many were seeking the “lesser-known” drivers from racing’s past simply because they had not seen or heard from them in a long time.”
RacersReuniuon.com has grown to include an online radio station (RacersReunion Radio), a Blip-TV station (RacersReunion TV), as well as the rapidly growing (free) membership based social network. The company's video staff travels from event to event wherever the veterans of racing can be found to record the history of racing from the driver’s perspective. The radio station employs veteran broadcast journalist, Jim Seay to conduct radio interviews with the legends of the sport such as Junior Johnson, Cotton Owens, David Pearson, Geoff Bodine, Tiger Tom Pistone, Charlie Glotzbach, Harry Gant and many others. Many racing veterans from NASCAR and other series have become members of RacersReunion.com….and the ones with computer skills, often communicate with the fans online. Photographers from racings past, including Ray Lamm and T. Taylor Warren have joined the network adding several thousand vintage photos…many that cannot be found anywhere else.
“I feel like we have reached a milestone...we are on the right track”, said Gilder. "With this platform the younger fans can learn about the history of the sport and the older ones can take a stroll down memory lane. The veteran drivers know that we (the fans) still care and seek their presence. The ultimate goal is to be able to use the recognition we obtain to raise money to assist the drivers from the past who need financial or medical help. Let’s face it, these guys are the foundation of a great sport…they didn’t make much money then…and many of them need our help.”
To join in the celebration of racing history and to take advantage of the free membership, logon to www.racersreunion.com.