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Adkins gets faster, not older

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 4:16 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 4:17 p.m. CDT

The older he gets, the faster he goes.

LaMoille Formulee Vee racer Hal Adkins, 62, claimed the Midwestern Council Formula Vee fastest lap record at Blackhawk Farms Raceway near Rockton. He set it six times during the race with the ultimately fastest lap (1:21.765) on the last lap of the race over a faster class of car. The old lap record was 1:22.326.

“I have been trying to get this done for a long time,” Adkins said, emphasizing the word long. The racing photographer won the Vee race lapping all the other cars other than the second-place car that ultimately came in second, and set the fastest lap of the race over a faster class of car. To see Adkins’ record lap, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1CG4kCFroE&feature=youtu.be.

Adkins already holds lap records at Milwaukee Mile with Midwestern Council (MC) and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), the Autobahn Country Club, both the North and South tracks with MC. He said he’s still working on the record for Road America in Wisconsin.

“I’m gonna be 63 in October but still getting faster,” he said.

His car is a 2000; he’s a 1949 model who’s parts are becoming harder and harder to find these days. Into the Hall: St. Bede will induct seven individuals into the Academy Hall of Fame at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to kick off the 2012 Hall of Fame festivities. One of the inductees is 1979 alumnus Tom McGinnis, play by play announcer for the Philadelphia 76rs, We’ve written about Tom numerous times over the years, including a piece during the NBA finals between the McGunnis’ 76ers and the Lakers and their famous broadcaster, the late Chick Hearns, who was born right here in Buda.

Other inductees include Ed Crowe (class of 1952), Bob Schultz (‘60), Don Causa and Jim Dietz (‘61), Gary Gahan (‘75) and Audra (Bima) Smith (‘86). Sorry, but no other information was available on these people at this time.

Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports editor. Contact him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com.

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