The 2011 All Firebird Lawn Show at Albany-Saratoga Speedway saw 135 cars from
as far away as Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, PA, RI, CT, MA, NJ, NY, VT,
NH, and Quebec, Canada. Nearly all participants said it was the best All
Firebird Lawn Show ever and loved the new venue with the 40’ by 80’ Big Top tent
and Speedway Concessions serving 100 percent certified Angus 1/4 pound burgers
with lettuce, tomato, onion, and dressings plus home made salads, cold beverages
and ice cream.
A very big thanks to NFTAC / FNONA member Tom Smith who organized and
coordinated the show.
Many thanks go out to all the FNONA club members and volunteers that helped
to make the show a success including Trailer Queens Sandy Smith, Arlene Delaney,
Margo Bagneschi, Lisa Lord, and Shelly Reed.
Thanks also go out to our great parking staff including Joel Auger, David
Lord, Ron Delaney, Ron Pratt, Gerry Garing, and Ray Eggert.
We thank Brian McDonald from Special Olympics Capital District Region for
controlling the entrance gate and directing the spectators. Brian is a newcomer
but did a great job.
We appreciate Master of Ceremonies Alan Edstrom from Saratoga Polo
Association. Alan helped so much with announcements throughout the day and at
the awards ceremony with his amusing sense of humor.
It is impossible to have a judged show without credible and knowledgeable
judges. Our 2011 judging staff included FNONA members Head Judge Joe Carey
(NY), Rick Holloway (CT), Jim Napoletano (CT), Steve Reed (NJ), Michael Thomas
(NY), Neil Silberkleit (CT), and Keith Fuerst (NY). Our 2011 guest judges
included Brian Carter (NY), Ray DeCrescenzo (NY), Michael Tyler (OH), and Russ
Stemple (OH). We truly thank these guys for volunteering to help judge the
field with a knowledge and dedication second to none.
I was very proud to see some of my Special Olympics athletes on the field
during the show including my son Brian Smith, athlete representatives Jennifer
Delaney, Doug Halter, Jim Cunningham, Scott Kennedy, Todd Byron, and Ryan
Banker, plus many more escorted by their parents, staff, and coaches.
Sponsors help pay the bills and I cannot thank our sponsors enough. 2011
sponsors included host venue Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Northwind Graphics of
Malta NY, Ralph Mangino Jr. and Mangino Buick-Chevrolet
Fbodywareouse.com , Ames Performance Engineering, Fairfield Inn and Suites of Malta
NY, Hagerty Insurance of Traverse City, MI, WantAd Digest, RockAuto.com of
Madison, WI, National Firebird and Trans Am Club, DePaula Chevrolet, Saratoga
County Chamber of Commerce, Midway Family Dental Associates, Zacks Sports,
Mothers Polish, Summit Racing, Gold Eagle Products, Dr. Kelly Herbs, Painting by
Ken and DeLacey Massage Therapy both of Schenectady NY.
Vendors Jim and Julie Valentino of
www.Photowheels.com , Dan and Denise Swint
of D and D Collectables and What Nots, and last but not least, Albany-Saratoga
Speedway food and beverage concessions.
Thanks goes out to the Digital Photographers who helped capture the Cruise
and Show including FNONA member Tom Smith who photographed all of the first
place winning cars, Steve Manning who captured the Friday night Cruise to the
Speedway, the fun on the track, and the Saturday show, and Paul and Christine
Kipphut of www.memorevents.com/ the official Albany-Saratoga Speedway
photographers who also photographed the Firebirds on the Track action Friday
Last but certainly not least, thanks to DJ Andy Narzynski who played
excellent music with top notch equipment and a vibrant personality.
50-50 raffle winner: Ray Eggert from East Greenbush, NY. Total raffle pool:
$1001.00. Winner portion: $500.50. Special Olympics portion $500.50. Winner
Ray Eggert gave back $250 to Special Olympics.
The 10th Anniversary All Firebird Lawn Show will be held on Saturday July 7,
2012 (Rain Date of Sunday July 8) from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the grounds
of the Albany-Saratoga Speedway, 2671 US Route 9, Malta, NY, 12020,
www.albany-saratogaspeedway.com , phone: 518-587-0220. Free truck and trailer
parking is available at the venue in the general parking area and free camping
is also available on the venue grounds.
Thursday night before the show will feature an informal ‘Meet and Greet’ in
the host hotel Fairfield Inn and Suites of Malta, NY parking lot starting around
Friday night before the show will include an All Firebird Cruise with police
escort which will assemble at the Saratoga SPA State Park on Friday July 6, 2012
at 5:00 p.m. and leave at 5:30 p.m. The All Firebird Cruise will end at the
Albany-Saratoga Speedway venue. The cruise package will include a full card of
NASCAR sanctioned Whelen Series racing on the paved oval, large fireworks
display, Firebirds on the Oval at racing halftime, and NASCAR Whelen feature
races. Pre-registration is strongly recommended since participation may be
Sunday July 8 will feature Firebirds on the NASCAR oval running time trials!
In the event that the Sunday Rain date is required, the time trials will
immediately follow the show.
The official hotel of the All Firebird Lawn Show continues to be the
Fairfield Inn and Suites in Malta, NY. Reservations before June 1 are strongly
recommended since the hotel sells out early and the parking lot is like a giant