Manchester Ohio, Sunday October 16, 2011.  Racing legend Jack Roush visits his hometown of Manchester in a very public way once a year for a day of fun with cars.  This year the gathering drew several thousand people to the Riverbarn on Route 52 just west of downtown.  The sprawling grounds on the banks of the Ohio were the perfect backdrop for a car show that featured cars of many makes and models from a Model A Ford to modern Mustangs and trucks equipped with Roush Hi-Performance parts and options.

            Roush, the owner of four NASCAR Sprint Cup teams, several Nationwide Series and Grand Am Continental Tire Series cars, prepares Fords for competition.  Saturday evening the NASCAR race at Charlotte was won by Matt Kenseth in Roush Ford, the excitement carried over to Jack's visit on Sunday.  Other Roush drivers are Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards (Sprint Cup point leader), Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jack Roush Jr., and Billy Johnson.  Past drivers of note have included Mark Martin, Kurt Busch, Scott Pruett, Max Jones, and Tommy Kendall; quite frankly Jack Roush is the King of the Hill when it comes to racing.  Having fielded cars in the premier series across the country, along with his recent NASCAR Championships with Kenseth and Busch,  Roush cars have also racked up championships in Trans-Am and IMSA GTO.  Drag Racers have benefitted from the Roush development too, Jack competed in NHRA as a driver and tuner and still produces a number of performance parts for drag racing cars.  Frankly Jack Roush is King of the Hill when it comes to American Racing in its various and fascinating forms.

            Known as "The Cat in the Hat" to many NASCAR fans, Roush sported his signature headwear as he wandered the car show and got on stage to help raise money for community causes by auctioning racing memorabilia.  Hi driver's had signed a number of pieces of cars that came up for sale, clothing, and posters went across the auction block into the hands of the enthusiastic crowd.  In the Riverbarn the hats like Roush wears were being sold along with other souvenirs to raise money for the community causes; it is an example of a success story not forgetting his roots and foundation.

            The car show featured many Fords and a selection of Mopars, Chevies and even a very nice British MG-A.  Mustangs abounded from a sweet '66 Coupe up to a 2012 Fastback,

Mach 1s and even a couple of Shelby cars.  A very rare 1970 Falcon sat next to a Factory 5 Cobra Coupe and a Superformance Cobra Roadster, across the aisle was a Sunliner and a '55 Crown Victoria.  Hot Rods and customs added to the party, one sporting an engine with the rare Ardun heads produced by Corvette designer Zora Arkus-Duntov.  The show field had something for everyone's unique tastes in automobiles.

It is always gratifying to see the local success stories in action, Jack Roush is such a person taking time to visit his childhood haunts in the midst of the championship chase and give back to the community.  The day was a winner all around with beautiful "top-down" weather, a fun and friendly crowd and a celebration for a great guy that has become a success.

Kurt Niemeyer is editor of Cincy Motorsports Journal. He has longtime ties to the racing and auto show communities. Visit Cincy Motorsports Journal online at for more facts and in-depth information. And connect with CMJ on Facebook "” Cincy Motorsports Journal "” to get weekly updates.