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Sprint car Hall of Fame gears up for film festival, historical forums

Monday, January 22, 2001

The International Reel Wheel Film Festival and Historical Forums will be held Feb. 2 - 4 at the National Sprint Car Museum in Knoxville. The third annual event celebrates the automobile and auto racing on film.

The activities will get underway on Friday, Feb. 2 on the second floor of the museum with several historical presentations. The first of several one-hour talks are a first-year addition and are sparking a lot of interest from across the state of Iowa.

"It's amazing how much interest has been shown in our presentations with this year's theme: Iowa's Tracks, Stars and Cars." said festival founder and co-chair Thomas J. Schemeh. "The Tiny Lund/Johnny Beauchamp, Des Moines Board Track, Greenwood Roadway and Bob Trostle presentations seem to be generating a great deal of interest amongst fans. In addition, we're excited about the films we'll be screening, including a new student film entitled "Totaled."

There are also some automotive-related documentaries from the American Archives of the Factual Film and Special Collections Department from the Iowa State University Library. Ten Lismore of Australia who is a past Golden Wheel Award recipient, has chosen to enter a film in the juried competition, too."