Donations can be made in her name to: Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094-1231 or by computer at www.niagarahospice.org.
Bonnie was predeceased by her husband Jack in 2006. Jack also earned an award from the Hall of Fame backing in 2000, winning the Lenny Sammons Outstanding Service Award.
The following was the write up about her used during the 2004 Hall of Fame ceremonies:
BONNIE VEACH, THE WOMAN BEHIND THE RACING FAMILY
Many times it is said that behind every successful man there is a woman. But in Bonnie Veach’s case, behind every successful person is a “real” racing family.
Bonnie and her husband Jack, started their racing venture back at Lancaster Speedway in 1967, working at both the drags and oval events. “I worked the ticket window helping fans and friends alike,” stated Bonnie.
In the mid-70's she moved her efforts to the dirt tracks at Merrittville and Ransomville, were she still can be found in the pit sign-in shack. She also began to sell Super DIRT Week tickets in the Niagara Frontier region at different tracks back when Super DIRT Week was in it’s infancy.
“I’m still working at Ransomville and loving every minute of it,” stated Bonnie. “But it was in November 1976, that I met Gert Farney and my involvement in racing took off.”
Gert was really the head of ticketing and the “Queen of the Sign-In Shack” for DIRT Motorsports. Gert used Bonnie to help her handle rain checks that fateful year during Super DIRT Week. From that point on Bonnie became an important part of the annual Super DIRT Week family.
Her duties have included answering phones, selling tickets and parking passes and just anything that needed to be done. She can be found at her post in the Media Offices just off the fourth turn waiting to sign in the officials and press. She still helps out everyone in need and tries to answer all questions she is asked
In 1985, Bonnie agreed to help with the Niagara Convention Center’s Indoor TQ Midget Racing Series. Each winter, usually once in December, again in Feburary and finally in March or April, the Convention Center was rented out and the Can Am Midgets took to building a 1/10 mile chemical based oval. Bonnie handled the back gate, signing in the racers and their teams, the press and the officials.
“All of these things have only been possible because of my family, Jack, Dawn and John,” she continued. “Dawn has worked with me over the years in the sign-in shack, John has been a flagger and Jack, who was honored a few years back with the Lenny Sammons Outstanding Contribution to Auto Racing Award, has been a working pit official at almost every track in Western New York.
“This has been quite a month for the Veach family,” Bonnie stated. “On the 9th, Jack and I celebrated our 40thyear of marriage and now to be named to the Woman in racing Award, is just wonderful.”
Lou Lazzaro and all the Great "4's" Saluted Today on the Countdown to Induction Sunday at the Hall of Fame
-The Hall's 600+ Facebook fans continue to drive toward induction Sunday with their favorite drivers form all era's.
Weedsport, New York - In a sport that can be extremely unpredictable, where the outcome remains in doubt until the final checkered flag falls, where victory can be snatched, at a moments notice, from the dirty jaws of defeat, numbers are the one thing in a race fans heart that can give them stability and peace of mind in the midst of all of the dust & dirt flying, high speed anarchy and the raging blur of furious competition.
With that, the Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame continues its fan-driven Facebook "Countdown to Induction Sunday" with today's fan tribute to "The Monk" Lou Lazzaro & all of the great #4's from any era of short track racing.
With the Hall of Fame fans driving the "Countdown to Induction Sunday" on Facebook to just 4 more days, by celebrating the wins and triumphs of all of their favorite drivers, it was only fitting that the fans get a chance to win too. The Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame, in partnership with two great partners, has been able to give back to these great fans with two very special promotions.
Fulton Speedway's Cory Reed, Dave Medler and the Wight family have come on board with a special Hall of Fame Package and will be giving a lucky Hall of Fame facebook fan 2 great passes (not a bad seat in the house) to the Memorial Day Salute, presented by Ehrlich Pest Controls, coming up this Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway. The race card at Fulton will be jam packed with side-by-side excitement on the high banks as orchestrated by the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds, Suny Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models and much, much more. Special Thanks to the Wight Family, Cory Reed, Dave Medler and all the staff at the Speedway for putting this deal together for Hall of Fame fans.
For More information about the Memorial Day Salute and the Fulton Speedway go to:
Another way Hall of Fame fans are winning is with the Super Dirtcar Series, & this weekend's All Star Weekend event at the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. The event will showcase the Super DIRTcar Series for the Big Block modified's in addition to the action of the DIRTcar Sportsman Series, Stock Cars and Pro Stock Cars and our Hall of Fame Fans will enjoy 2 tower/pit passes compliments of the folks at Dirtcar. Special thanks to Jeff Hachmann & the staff a Dirtcar Northeast for treating our Facebook fans like Honorary Hall of Famers.
For more information on All Star Weekend & Rolling Wheels Raceway Park go to:
Acknowledgement of Board Members, Volunteer Staff and Sponsors
Big Thank You to all those who's dedicate themselves in making sure this museum is here for all to honor our legends in stock car racing and the memory of those classic cars.
Curator - Jack Speno
Manager - Harry Elkema
Web Master - Karl Schartner
Media, Photography, and Advertising:
Photography - Jay Fish
Photography – Bill Moore
Photography - John Meloling
Flyers - Michael Trapani - Jacob Press
Radio - Around The Tracks - Joe Marrotta
Custom Signs - Sean DiSanto and Frankie Doll JR
Area Auto Racing News - Alex and Helen Bruce
Gator Racing News - Patrick Family
Mid-State Vintage Stock car Club
Karl Schartner - Web Master
Larry Bishop - Dig Safely
We Care Trash Removal
Lenny Sammons - Area Auto Racing News
Bill Baker - Parts Plus
Food Auctioneer - Jim Bush
Village Of Brutus
Azenda Bond Catering
Gene Dewitt- Outstanding car owner
of Motorsports Awards