Dear Editor:




 


“Ron Wilbert will pick up the phone.” “Jim Wilbert come to the tower please.” “From the voice of Mo-Kan, that’s all folks!” These are just a few of the things that came over the speaker at the site of one of the oldest drag strips in existence today.


 

 

Dear Editor:

“Ron Wilbert will pick up the phone.” “Jim Wilbert come to the tower please.” “From the voice of Mo-Kan, that’s all folks!” These are just a few of the things that came over the speaker at the site of one of the oldest drag strips in existence today.
 

In the early 1960s drag racing was becoming the nation’s number one sport, not to mention the fastest. In 1962 Jim Wilbert along with family and friends built Mo-Kan dragway which is starting its 48th year. On the opening day nobody would have ever imagined that Mo-Kan would go on to be the legend it is today. 
 

On March 30 our hearts were saddened by the loss of Jim Wilbert. Jim’s passing left a void in the hearts of every racer and spectator that experienced the thrill and all around fun of the races at Mo-Kan. With the Memorial Day race just two months away I’ll be in the grandstands enjoying the smell of burning rubber and those good Mo-Kan hot dogs just like always, and I believe Jim will be there too. 
 

The reason I say this is because the greater the spirit is, the greater the legend becomes, and by putting his all into Mo-Kan which resulted in many years of fun and enjoyment  was what gave Jim the spirit he had to become the legend he is, just like the track he designed and built. With this in mind Jim as well as Mo-Kan will live on forever in our hearts, our thoughts and most of all the good things he left us.
 

Ray Martinous

Pittsburg