PLAINVILLE – Former racecar drivers will gather Sept. 25 at the Berlin Fair Grounds for the 13th annual Plainville Stadium reunion, sharing memories and showing off their classic vehicles.
The reunion, sponsored by the Berlin Lions World of Wheels and the Nutmeg Kart Club, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fairgrounds at 430 Beckley Road in Berlin, with a rain-date of Sept. 26. People will have a chance to see vintage race cars and street rods, meet with the racing stars from the days of the stadium and watch as Nutmeg Kart Club finishes up their go-kart racing season.
Plainville Stadium opened in 1947, originally as Tinty’s Flying Ranch, where it was used for horse shows, circuses and small air plane shows. In 1948, it was converted into Plainville Stadium and an asphalt track was laid down. The stadium became a hub for the local racing scene, drawing packed crowds in its heyday. Plainville Stadium remained active until 1981, when it was closed and sold to a property developer. Today, a Lowe’s Home Improvement stands on the site.
Don Moon, the owner of Don Moon’s Auto Repair, is one of the organizers of the Plainville Stadium reunion. He raced frequently at Plainville Stadium, starting in 1960 with his 1949 Ford. Over the course of his racing years, he also drove Chevrolet Coupes and Ford Sedans and he ended with a 1980 Ford Pinto.
“I almost won my first race as a novice driver but my tires went flat at the end,” Moon recalled.
Moon said the reunions are a great way for former racers to “enjoy the memories.” Seeing all of the classic racecars, he said, reminds many of when they used to line up on the stadium’s Pit Road before going to the track.
“It’s a fun day to come and see the old cars and meet the old drivers,” he said. “A lot of people bring their kids.”
Moon has also accumulated a large collection of signage, photographs and other memorabilia from the days of Plainville Stadium, which people can see at his auto repair business.
These items, Moon said, were used to create exhibits locally at the Plainville Historic Center around five years ago. Moon has also brought his racecar to the annual Wings and Wheels festival at Robertson Airport, which was unfortunately canceled these past two years due to the pandemic.
Admission to the Plainville Stadium reunion is $5 for adults and is free for children under 12.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.