PHOENIX, Ariz. – Three longtime members of the motorsports industry – Steve Page, Richard Spencer and Richard (Dick) Woodland – have been named to the board of directors of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.
The trio was elected during the organization’s December board meeting. Their election brings to 17 the number of directors governing the nomination and selection of West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inductees.
Voting by the board on the Class of 2016 has begun and inductees will be announced in March. Next year’s induction ceremonies will take place June 23 at the Meritage Resort in Napa, Calif. during Sonoma Raceway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series/K&N Pro Series West weekend.
“The election of our newest directors is recognition of their decades of service within the industry,” said Ken Clapp, chairman of the board of directors. “We are pleased that they have pledged their energies to growing our organization.”
Page, president of Sonoma Raceway, joined the motorsports world in 1991, after 11 years working in marketing and special events for Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics. Among other responsibilities with the A’s, he served as the coordinator for the 1987 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Before entering the sports arena, Page spent several years on Capitol Hill as press secretary for U.S. Congressman Leon Panetta. Page is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.
Page is ranked by the racing industry as one of the foremost and top major speedway presidents in the country and has served on special boards and committees for the motor racing industry to protect the rights of motor sports and its future in the state of California.
He was inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2014.
Spencer grew up around automobiles. His grandfather, Roy Spencer, was a vice president of Packard Motor Co. in the 1950s. Father Beverly (Bev) Spencer, who operated a Buick and Ferrari dealership in San Francisco, owned and raced every significant Ferrari of the 1950-60 era. His drivers included F1 World Champion Phil Hill, Richard Spencer’s life-long friend and neighbor and George Follmer.
Richard Spencer, president and vice president of several businesses, is a 39-year member of the Sports Car Club of America and an SCCA competitor for two decades. He was a regional racing champion in 1978 and won the 1980 RDC 4-Hour enduro.
Spencer is a member of the board of directors of the Aragon Dons Foundation.
Woodland, an entrepreneur and developer, owns Patricia Diane Vineyards as well as partnership in Eberle Vineyards, both in Paso Robles, Calif. He purchased his first NASCAR modified/jalopy in the late 1950s as a 15 year old, racing at the old Atascadero Speedway as well as in Fresno. Following service in the U.S. Army, he relocated to southern California to work in his in-laws’ poultry business and purchased a sprint car, competing with the California Racing Association and other groups.
Partnering with Billy and Anne Wilkerson, the cars were raced by many top drivers – including Joe Leonard, Billy Vukovich Jr., Marshall Sargent, George Snider, Bob Hogle and 2016 WCSCHOF nominee Frank Secrist.
From 1992 through 2008, Woodland’s Cold Duck Racing, with WCSCHOF member Ron Hornaday Jr. and Rich Woodland Jr., competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The team made additional starts in NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series events.
Woodland owns Woodland Auto Display which is affiliated with the Estrella Warbird Museum in Paso Robles.
The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was founded in 2001 and inducted its inaugural class the following year. It memorializes significant contributors to the sport’s development and history – including designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, racetrack owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.