COCHART, ROHR, MASSART INDUCTEES INTO LUXEMBURG SPEEDWAY HALL OF FAME AUG 5
Posted under News on August 2nd, 2011
(Luxemburg, WI) Aug 2 — Casco’s Reggie Cochart remembers his last race like it was yesterday.
It was August 21, 1981 at Luxemburg Speedway. “I was chasing Gregg Curzon in our supermodified and was gaining on him,” said Cochart. “I blew a hose and it pretty much ended my night. Curzon won the race. I parked the car and sold it in the spring, and never raced again. It was time to get out.”
Cochart still works out of his Casco shops and pits for his son Nick Cochart in his WDLMA late model. He’ll be hot lapping it Friday night at Luxemburg. “These guys buy everything for their cars now when years ago we used to build everything,” said Cochart. “I think it’s kind of funny Nick was hanging around the shop when he was three years old. Now I’m old and retired and I’m helping him with his racing deal.”
Cochart remembers the good old days, and the camaraderie he had with his foes. “I had some great battles with guys like Curzon and Irv Ettien. The guys from Michigan were tough, too, like Joe Haferkorn, Pat Temple and Ronnie Baciak. Those were some good times.”
Kewaunee’s Bill Rohr, now 71 won a pile of features in the popular coupe days of the 1960’s. “I held the track record for many years out there and raced Plymouth, Ford and Chevy Coupes,” Rohr recalled. “My last year I raced was 1979 and I had a 69 Camaro. I wound up losing to Jerry Jonet in that Mustang he had. ” Prior to that Rohr was President of the club that ran the track in 1968. “The guys I raced against were Ted Peters, Earl Ness, Tom De Groot, Red Maurer and Jerry Muenster. I can’t believe he’s still racing!”
Wally Massart passed away in 1993 and is best known in local racing circles for owning and serving as crew chief for Irv “Golden Boy” Ettien during his titles he earned in both the Supermodified and late model classes. “What many people forget is he helped get (Todd) Felix Dart his start in a modified,” said Wally’s son Darrell Massart, a former IMCA modified racer himself. “I think at the time Dad put Felix in the car he wanted somebody to beat me,” said Darrell, who was co-modified champion with Eddie Muenster at Luxemburg in 1989.
Massart got involved in racing in the early 1950’s. “There actually was a track in Brussels that sort of got things started up this way in terms of racing,” said Darrell Massart.
Rohr, Cochart and the late Wally Massart will be inducted into the Luxemburg Speedway Hall of Fame Friday night, August 5 presented by Dorsch Ford Kia at 7 p.m.
For more information call (920) 660 8095. The raceday track phone is (920) 845 2300. You can follow Luxemburg Speedway at our website luxemburgspeedway.com or on Facebook. Luxemburg Speedway is located 15 minutes east of Green Bay off state highway 54 at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds.