Uleekenber NEWS-HERALD Panama City, Fla., Saturday, June 22,1974 Gopher Derby Is Set For July 4 That means fans can expect another of those thrilling Gopher Derbies sponsored by the Panama City Lions club. The big meet will be held as usual July 4 and the site will be the area in front of WJHG-TV's studios on the beach. Heat races will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the final big "race for the lettuce" is set for 10:30. LAV. (Low Water) Stafford again is gophermaster and he will again rule without fear or favor. "There will be no monkeying around in this meet", Stafford said, adding: "I just won't gopher that." Whiph means each of the speedsters will be examined carefully for a motor that might be concealed beneath a shell, or a foreign substance such as lightning oil that might be applied to the highly sensitive running gears of the racers. Entries are coming in fast and it looks like another big day. This is the 14th annual event and nary a taint of scandal has ever tarnished a Gopher Derby. Rep. Earl Hutto is the judge and the entries are being handled by Lions Walt Doxier, John Newton and Johnny Weaver. You put up $10 to enter a )her, and, .the 'money goes for the Lions club's activities in behalf of the blind. Sheriff Tullis Easterling will be the official starter, Savely McQuagge is the GOPHERMASTER--L.W. Stafford displays two of the trophies to be awarded at the Lions club gophef derby July 4. Stafford has been gophermaster for many years. Gal Softball Tourney Is On Some of the best women's softball teams in the Southeast are competing in the annual invitational slow pitch tournament now in progress at Terrace Park. Thirty-two Oakland teams, including three from Panama City, are playing in the tournament, which started Friday night, will continue all day today and wind up Sunday. Sharron, Rizzuto and Surplus-Salvage are the local entries. GETTIN' SOME SUN--The beautiful weather is bringing in the Alabama beauties as evidenced by lovely Pam Vardaman, 18, of Huntsville, Ala.Pam visited the beaches with her sorority, the PT's. Some of the outstanding out of town contenders include Chattanooga Longshore, Montgomery Generals, St. Augustine Vols, Pensacola Scramblers, Marianna Jewel Box, Pensacola Suburban Realty, Dalton, Ga., Precision Machine, Milton Charterettes, Mobile Spirits and Macon, Ga., Mavericks. Motorcyclists Race Tonight Motorcycle races will be held again tonight at Beaches Speedway, with time trials starting at 7:30 p.m. Motel Folk Are Too Busy - Because of the crush of summer business Bay County Motel and Restaurant Association will have no further meetings until after Labor Day. Bud Hastings is president, Pat Cook secretary, John Gheesling vice president and Sandy Moore treasurer. timekeeper and General Tom Vickers official inspector. Donnell Brookins is again the voice of the Gopher and John Moseley again the Gophers' Gray Ghost. John Hargrove is ir charge of the pit area and Terry Eyatt will handle the information booth. Sandy Bailey is in charge of handling the trophies and Charles Adams, Harold Bazzel and Bill Lawrence will be at the racing board. There will be first, second and third place winners in each heat throughout the meet and a grand champion will be selected in the runoff. , Stafford has issued a. word of caution: Not only should' spectators not get too close to the track, for fear of being run down by the speeH-happy competitors as they careen around the track, but there have been cases of over zealous fans risking pneumonia from the wind drafts caused by the superspeed aces. Bear Bryant Will Visit Paul (Bear) Bryant, famous University of Alabama football coach, will be guest of honor at a dinner Wednesday night at Four Winds. He will be accompanied by Hayden Riley, assistant athletic director. There are many Alabama alumni here and the event is certain to draw a capacity house. Reservations should be made with Sam Ridley or Edie Adams. Sign Welcomes Our Visitors "We're Glad You're Here!" visitors to the world's most beautiful beaches are told on a 40-foot billboard erected at the intersection of U.S. 98 and state road 30-C at Panama City Beach.
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