2018 annual show features the Pocono track

By Joyce Culling

We received so many positive e-mails and communications about the 2017 IMOA car show that was held at The Blue Harbor Resort in Wisconsin with laps around Road America, that we felt another lap was needed.

The 2018 IMOA car show is going to be the place to be Sept. 6-8, 2018. Get your hearts racing by taking a lap around Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, known as the “Tricky Triangle.”

Relax at the world class, four diamond, Mount Airy Casino Resort with their upscale accommodations and colorful amenities. Enjoy hiking, golfing, sightseeing and shopping in the Pocono Mountains.

The name Poconos comes from a Native American word meaning “a stream runs between two mountains.” In this case the stream is the Delaware River, which separates Pennsylvania from New Jersey, cutting through a ridge of the Appalachian Mountains and, in the process, forming Mount Minsi in Pennsylvania and Mount Tammany in New Jersey.

From a hundred viewpoints at and near Mount Pocono, the colossal notch of the Delaware Water Gap is plainly visible, even though it is 25 miles away.

Joey Logano leads the field into Turn 1 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Pocono Raceway is a super speedway and the site of two annual NASCAR races. It is run by the Igdalsky siblings, Brandon and Nicholas, both of whom are third-generation members of the family-owned Mattco Inc, started by Joseph II and Rose Mattioli.

Pocono is used throughout the year by the Sports Car Club of America and motorcycle clubs, as well as racing schools.

The triangular track also has three separate infield sections of racetrack – the north course, east course and south course. Each of these infield sections use a separate portion of the track to complete a lap.

During regular non-race weekends, multiple clubs can use the track by running on different infield sections. Also, some of the infield sections can be run in either direction, or multiple infield sections can be put together.

Designed by 1959 and 1962 Indy 500 winner Roger Ward, the Pocono Raceway has a unique design. Each turn is modeled after a turn at a different track. Turn one (14-degree banking) was modeled after the Trenton Speedway; turn two (also known as the “Tunnel Turn”) is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway (nine-degree banking), and turn three (six- degree banking) is similar to the Milwaukee Mile.

It may be considered a tri-oval, but the turns are much more severe than those of a more typical tri-oval, such as Daytona, and the track is nearly a triangle.

An additional complication is that the three turns are not the same, nor are any of the three straights identical in length. The banking of each turn is considerably less than on many other long superspeedways.

Although the track is long (2.5 miles), the sharp nature of the turns and the low banking tend to make the average speeds lower than at other tracks of similar lengths.

Because of its unique characteristics, Pocono is sometimes referred to as a royal (an oval track that behaves like a road course). Others refer to Pocono as a modified road course, due to the use of shifting gears to handle the range between the slowest turn and the fastest straightaway.

Bushkill Falls is only two miles off of US 209 on Bushkill Falls Road and not just one, but eight waterfalls can be seen via a series of rustic trails, and wooden stairs and bridges over a two-mile area.

The falls source is Bushkill Creek, which descends through the Pocono Mountains to the Delaware River, passing rocky walls, rushing through gorges,over boulders and tumbling over misty precipices along the way.

Lush foliage, ferns, mosses, verdant forested areas and wildflowers line the pathways.

Stroudsberg was settled in 1769 by Col. Jacob Stroud. Because of the strategic location three miles west of the Delaware Water Gap, Fort Penn was built around his home in 1776. Two years later, the post sheltered refuges from the Wyoming Massacre.

The Stroud Mansion, built by the colonel for his son, still stands at 900 Main Street; it serves as headquarters for the Monroe County Historical Association.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area stretches 40 miles along the Delaware River and is nearly 70,000 acres. The gap is a picturesque break in the Kittatinny Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. There are more than 200 miles of scenic roads meandering through the valleys and ridges of the park.

So join us for the 2018 International Mercury Owners Association Car Show. We are going to have a great time!
More details on the show will be published in subsequent Quicksilver issues and online at www.mercuryclub.com. Registration forms for the show are at: http://www.mercuryclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2018-IMOA-NATIONAL-SHOW-REGISTRATION.pdf