Rex Green passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2006, at the age of 77. Depending when your life intersected with Rex, you may know him as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, a student at Allentown’s Muhlenberg College or Thomas Jefferson University medical school in Philadelphia, a medical doctor in general practice in Allentown or on staff at Mack Trucks, or, since 1980, as the jovial proprietor of the Spring Valley Inn in Center Valley, PA. If you’re reading this newsletter, however, you probably remember Rex Green as the owner of a pretty hot #31 TQ midget with Bob Wilkey at the helm in the late 1960’s, the co-promoter, or perhaps the "co-investor" with Luther Gehringer (Dopey Duncan) in the 1966 indoor TQ races at Ag Hall on the Allentown Fairgrounds, the USAC or Pocono medical official during the 1970’s, or the avid NASCAR fan in his later years.
Although never one of the 'dreamers of the day', since his 'day job' as a medical practitioner kept him grounded in reality, 'Doc' Green was surely a facilitator of the 'dreamers of the day.' Whether doing all he could to promote the advancement of Bob Wilkey’s career, stepping up to become a willing partner in presenting TQ midget races indoors at the Allentown
Fairgrounds (Rex and Luther Gehringer – one of the true 'dreamers of the day' – agreed these were the most expensive 'tickets' they ever bought to watch races), giving young drivers a shot at the seat of his race car, or providing USAC medical exams and completing the forms at no cost to many local USAC drivers, Rex Green was always ready to step up and provide
whatever assistance he could to help local racers.
|Rex Green’s TQ was the former Bob Pouleson #706 Ernie McCoy was an indoor winner at Teaneck, NJ in 1953|
|The restored Rex Green Crosley #31|
Doc’s #31 is now on display at the EARHS showroom, thanks to the efforts of Tom Wilkey, Paul Weisel, Chuck Koehler, Bob Howe, Tom Cooper and others. Rex was pleased to know the restoration was completed, but never saw the finished product. Both Doc and his #31 will always be a part of auto racing in the Lehigh Valley.
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EARHS "wants and needs"
Wanted: Racing photo collections - share and preserve programs. If you have vintage racing photos, EARHS would like to be able to scan and copy these items. All items will be returned intact and we can provide you with a computer disc of those items from significant collections.
We are especially interested in Dorney Park items from the 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's and all Allentown Fair items, including indoor racing events, but all items are welcome.
We continue to fill our showroom - all members are invited to visit and check our progress. Please call Pete (610 398-2188) or Paul (610 395-5303) to arrange a time to visit.
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