Motorama 2018 Results

Harrisburg, PA (2/18/18) - Motorama’s 40th Anniversary event was a success despite several inches of snow falling throughout Saturday evening. Arenacross, Quarter Midget and Go-Kart racing kept fans entertained while Remote Control and Robot Conflict provided an element of technical precision. Car enthusiasts were treated to a wide variety of show cars, race cars and an abundance of exhibits in the Speed Show and the Rod, Custom & Tuner Show.


During the two-day event, nearly 1,300 people competed in various forms of racing while automotive and racing enthusiasts alike, cheered on the action. The fans and drivers in attendance gave generously to the 2018 Motorama Events official charity, the Children’s Miracle Network of Hershey. The organization benefited from a 50/50 raffle and a live charity auction. More than $10,000 was raised for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hershey over the two-day weekend.


Expert Arenacross Riders Take Multiple Wins


The Large Arena housed two days of jam-packed Arenacross action with plenty of drama playing out in front of a standing-room-only crowd. Over six hundred competitors raced for top honors in various 4-wheel and 2-wheel classes, including for the second year, the 3-wheel trikes.


New in 2018 was the Five Star Powersports sponsored, “Holeshot Award.” The Holeshot Award is presented to the first rider to drag race from the start gate through the first turn. Saturday’s winners included Ryan Friedly in the 2-Wheel Open C division, Kevin De Pinho in the 50cc Open (4-8 year olds) and Michael McDade in the 2-Wheel Open A class. Sunday’s Holeshot Award went to Ryan Canaguier in the 2-Wheel Junior Mini 85/65 class. Barry Carsten and Clint Johnson drag raced to a tie in the +35 A/B 2-Wheel division.


For the second consective year, Tyrone, PA’s John Natalie dominated the entire weekend, claiming wins in the Open A 4-Wheel features, Saturday and Sunday. Natalie also won the Five Star Powersports sponsored Holeshot award. 


Edinburg, PA’s Michael McDade claimed wins in Saturday and Sunday’s 2-Wheel 250 A and Saturday’s 2-Wheel Open A. McDade, who has been racing since 1993, has a unique connection with the official charity of Motorama Events, the Children’s Miracle Network. McDade’s son received treatment for Leukemia through the Children’s Miracle Network for three years. McDade since decided to come out retirement so that he and his son could race together. Michael’s son Keegan finished second in both Saturday and Sunday’s 2-Wheel 50 Stock Max features.


Sunday’s 2-Wheel Open A saw Dillsburg’s Logan Leitzel lead all ten laps to claim the victory. In three-wheel trikes competition, 55-year-old, Ted Trey, raced his way to victory lane in both Saturday and Sunday’s feature races.


The 2018 “Dash for Cash” returned to Motorama for the third consecutive year. The 4-wheel portion, sponsored by District 6 Sports Association and Pagoda Motorcycle Club, was swept by Natalie. The TroyLee Design, 2-wheel Saturday portion saw Michael McDade lead the first lap, and Nick Desiderio lead the final two laps. Sunday’s 2-wheel dash was won by McDade. McDade led all three laps, claiming an extra $500 both Saturday and Sunday. Kevin De Pinho led all three laps of Saturday’s Horizon Hobby 50cc Dash for Cash with Kayky De Pinho taking all three laps in Sunday’s Dash.



Hannah Everhart Crowned Ms. Motorama 2018


Over forty beautiful women competed in the 2018 Ms. Motorama Pageant. The ladies took part in several rounds of competition including interviews, sportswear and swimwear.


Hannah Everhart, of Columbia, MD, was crowned Ms. Motorama 2018, collecting the $750 cash prize. Everhart competed in several pageants, and was excited to have the honor of being named Ms. Motorama 2018. Everhart placed first in the interview round, collecting an extra $100.


A total of $1,900 was presented to Ms. Motorama contestants in various categories such as a crowd-judged swimwear round, won by Abby Minck. Minck also won the Ms. Motorama Remote Control contest. Other cash winners were Chloe Sanner in the crowd sportswear category, Emily Boyd in the sportswear category and Christina Khalil in the swimwear category.


Boyd was awarded the runner-up and a $300 cash prize while Christina Khalil collected $200 for the second runner-up..




The 2018 racing season kicked off for many Go-Kart teams with a stop at the 40th Annual Motorama Events at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. 262 Go-Karts signed in to the pit area located in the Northeast Hall for two days of exciting, action-packed racing.


With high speeds and tons of aggressive but clean racing, the Pro Finals played out to an excited and packed crowd. Mifflintown’s Tyler Brown picked up the $500, Stock  375 Pro feature win for the second year in a row. Doug Stearly finished second followed by 2016 winner Todd Crenshaw in third, Trevor Teats in fourth and Dominic Roselli in fifth. The Clone 375 Pro, $500 to win feature was claimed by Fulton, NY’s Tyler Thompson. Jonathan Keister, Todd Crenshaw, Doug Stearly, and Trevor Teats completed the top five.


Quarter Midgets


The Quarter Midget room had nearly 150 competitors registered in 12 classes. The A-Mains saw side-by-side racing on the 1/10th mile, concrete oval in the Northwest Building. Quarter Midget racing at Motorama is considered a family affair with parents and siblings helping and cheering on their driver.


Winners in the Quarter Midgets included Steven Snyder in the BME Racing sponsored, Heavy World Formula final, Tyler Henry in the Lehigh Valley Home Improvements sponsored, Sr. Animal division and Gracyn Buckwalter, daughter of 410 sprint car driver, Steve Buckwalter, in the RR Frey Services sponsored, Sr. Honda division.


Robot Conflict Smash, Destroy & Annihilate The Competition


Everyone remembers watching sparks fly as robots were destroyed  on the hit show, BattleBots, but at Motorama 2018, fans were treated to live smashing and crashing in the Small Arena. The Northeast Robotics Club (NERC) has proudly presented “Robot Conflict” at Motorama for several years. The bots compete in seven different weight classes ranging from small but deadly to massive machines of destructive power.


Warren Purvin, an accomplished competitor in the Fairy weight class, the smallest class to compete in Robot Conflict, claimed victory five years in a row and has since decided to try a different class. Purvin’s Fairy weight robot, DeMise, was a clone of an Australian robot named Scarlet. DeMise went undefeated for seven years.


Purvin, a huge fan of the Robot Conflict community commented, “when you’re in the arena, your mission is to destroy the other bot, but after the battle, everyone is always helping each other out.”


Purvin is also among the dedicated competitors who traveled a great distance to get to Motorama 2018. Purvin traveled from Michigan State University in East Lansing, where he is currently studying Mechanical Engineering.


Notable winners in the Motorama 2018 Robot Conflict event were Spark Plug in the Fairy weight class, Commander Doom in the Ant weight class, Silent Spring in the Beetle weight class and MegatRON in the Feather weight class. The “most destructive” bot went to BEAM while the “coolest bot” went to Crippling Depression.


Remote Control


New for 2018 was Mud Boss, an entry level oval racing Remote Control competition built on the Traxxas Slash 2WD chassis, and competing on spec tires, spec batteries, stock motors and stock speed controls, in an attempt to make it a more affordable class. Motorama 2018 played host to the The North East Mud Boss Winter Series, which consists of fourteen events in the New York and Pennsylvania areas.


Trail-Way Speedway 600cc Micro Sprint driver, Brad Weber, competed in the Mud Boss competition at Motorama 2018. Weber has been racing remote control cars since he was 13-years-old and feels it keeps him sharp during the winter months. Weber finished eighth in Sunday’s 200-lap A-main.


For the third consecutive year, JMW Motorsports Inc. presented the COW RC sponsored “Demoo Derby.” Twenty remote control cars started the JMW Motorsports, Steel Horse Harley Davidson, Boca Bearing,, Catskill Fabrication & Performances sponsored event.


The main event featured fifteen minutes of unlimited assists followed by an elimination via a thirty second shot clock. Tyler Spittle smashed and crashed his way to victory, taking with him the $250 prize. Chris Brothers finished second followed by Jason Adams in third.


Additional sponsors for Motorama 2018’s “Demoo Derby” were Derby Ink Mag., 1st Priority Restoration, Wreckless Abandon, Fat Back Racing, The Crash Course Podcast and JMW Motorsports Inc. R/C Park.


Recon G6’s Brian Parker, along with his team, hosted the U.S. Scale Trials Championships at this year’s Motorama. The Horizon Hobby Scaled Trials Championships, featured five different classes including Buggy, STL, Diva, ST, Extreme and Open.


Josh Burgess claimed the championship in the Open Class, and the Extreme Class champion was won by Ridge Henley. Other champions included ST class champion, Josh Baird, Diva class champion, Cassie Lagimoniere, STL class champion, Bert Melchner and Buggy class champion, Bill Riddle.


Additional sponsors for the U.S. Scale Trials Championships, presented by Castle Creations Inc., were Pro-Line Racing, RC4WD, Boom Racing, Scale-Speed, Die Rosterin and Blue Rocks Family Campground.



Rod, Custom & Tuner Show, Speed Show Offer Displays & Exhibits For All Ages


Custom cars and trucks, new and old, were displayed in the Rod, Custom & Tuner show. The room was packed wall-to-wall with over 250 cars including numerous vendors and exhibits. On the other side of the complex, the Speed Show featured over 300 show cars and race cars.


The coveted “Best of Show” award for the Rod, Custom & Tuner cars went to Ronson Burton’s 1963 Chevrolet Nova. Runner-up was awarded to Riddler contender and one of Detroit Autorama’s “Great-8”, Gary Corkell’s 1941 Ford Pick-Up. A 1966 Chevrolet Corvette owned by Tony Delsignore received the 2nd runner-up award and Luigi Derrigi’s 1968 Ford Mustang received 3rd runner-up.


On the other side of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, the Speed Show featured trucks, off-road vehicles, race cars, vendors and games for children. Both rooms sold 50/50 tickets to with proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network of Hershey. Bad Bunny Apparel won “Best of Show” with a his and hers motorcycle display.


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