Need For Speed Car Show Honors Wes Biswell

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Wisconsin’s oval track racing history unfolded on the well-known Slinger Speedway in Slinger, Wis, just a few miles away from Hartford, Wis which houses the Wisconsin Automotive Museum.

As might be expected, racing interest in the area is super high. In fact, that’s one reason the museum houses the South East Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame on its second floor. Wes Biswell was a local racer, and the Need for Speed Car Show held on April 16 in Slinger was created in his honor.

Wes was an avid racer, motor enthusiast and raced at Slinger Speedway for 25 years.  He passed away in February 2011 at 44 years old. The car show named after him is now in its sixth season and seems to be getting larger every year.  It features an outdoor vehicle display and indoor and outdoor swap meet spaces. Both the show area and the swap meet reflect racing interest.

Organizers of the early season car show and swap meet spoke of Biswell as “a guy lost too soon who loved working on cars, racing, family and friends.” Judging from the turnout at the annual show, Biswell’s passion for speed was well respected in the racing community.

Honoring Bissell meant a strong showing of race cars among those on display. Even former Green Bay Packer football star Gilbert Brown—a big time car guy—was on hand for a Meet and Greet and autograph signing session.

About John Gunnell 137 Articles
John “Gunner” Gunnell has been writing about cars since ‘72. As a kid in Staten Island, N.Y., he played with a tin Marx “Service Garage” loaded with toy vehicles, his favorite being a Hubley hot rod. In 2010, he opened Gunner’s Great Garage, in Manawa, Wis., a shop that helps enthusiasts restore cars. To no one’s surprise, he decorated 3G’s with tin gas stations and car toys. Gunner started writing for two car club magazines. In 1978, publisher Chet Krause hired him at Old Cars Weekly, where he worked from 1978-2008. Hot rodding legend LeRoi “Tex” Smith was his boss for a while. Gunner had no formal journalism training, but working at a weekly quickly taught him the trade. Over three decades, he’s met famous collectors, penned thousands of articles and written over 85 books. He lives in Iola, Wis., with his nine old cars, three trucks and seven motorcycles.

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