Inductees Jerry Blundy began an auto racing career that saw him acclaimed as one of the finest drivers in the Midwest as a 22-year-old stock car driver at the old Mt. Hawley Speedway in Peoria.
He went on from there to compile a national reputation in the fast and dangerous sprint cars on dirt tracks from coast to coast.
He was one of racing's busiest drivers and is considered to be the Midwest's winningest driver ever during a 31-year career on state and county fair ovals, in all winning over 200 races and 10 championships.
Racing in all divisions of competition, Blundy campaigned from California to Florida. Among his achievements was winning the IMCA midget title in 1969, the IMCA sprint car crowns in 1970 and 1971, the Mississippi Valley Spring Association title three times and the Heart of Illinois sprint championship in 1952 at Exposition Gardens.
During one stretch he won eight consecutive sprint car races on mile dirt tracks.
A native of Brimfield now living in Oak Run near Galesburg, he was voted the finest sprint car driver of all time from the Peoria area and National Speed Sport News, racing's foremost publication, has installed him as a "racing legend." He also has been voted into the National Sprint car Hall of Fame and Museum at Knoxville, IA.
Jerry Blundy began an auto racing career that saw him acclaimed as one of the finest drivers in the Midwest as a 22-year-old stock car driver at the old Mt. Hawley Speedway in Peoria.
Paul Reatherford was the main ramrod in establishing Peoria's first Biddy Basketball program in 1951 at the old Salvation Army gym with 275 boys. He started as Coach and Director in that league in 1947 where he stayed for 23 years. That first year in the official Biddy program his team won the state title but lost its first game in the national tournament in Scranton, Pa., home of the Biddy program. In subsequent years, his teams would have first and third place finishes, plus one season where our town hosted the national tournament.