Memorial Planned In Dick Trickle’s Hometown
RUDOLPH, Wis. – Plans are taking shape to build a memorial to late racing legend Dick Trickle in his hometown of Rudolph, Wis.
Trickle, perhaps the winningest driver in the history of short track stock car racing in the United States, died last year at the age of 71. It is believed he won more than 1,200 main events during his long career. He captured seven ARTGO championships between 1979 and 1987 and won back to back ASA titles in 1984 and 1985. He was also the 1968 USAC stock car rookie of the year.
In 1989 he became the oldest driver to ever be named Rookie of the Year in what was known then as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. During the next decade and a half he competed in 303 Cup events and 158 Busch (now Nationwide) Series contests.
He won the 1990 Winston Open at Charlotte to qualify for the All-Star Race. His best finishes in Cup competition was third on three occasions. He also scored two Nationwide Series victories.
In his memory a number of his friends have proposed building a monument to him in Rudolph, his hometown. The project has been authorized by the Rudolph Village Board, the Rudolph Park Commission and the Rudolph Lion’s Club.
Tom Reffner, one of Trickle’s long time competitors on the short tracks of the Midwest, described the initial plans for the memorial.
”This is only a proposal and something to start with,” Reffner said. “I will try to describe it as best I can. Around the outside going half way around are trees, shrubs and flowers surrounded by a retaining wall. Going all the way around, 360 degrees, is a concrete walkway. On the outside and inside of the walkway are plaques with ceramic photos of the cars Dick drove.
“Dick drove at least 75 different race cars. Inside the walkway would be five spokes (concrete walks) with dwarf shrubs in between. Inside the spokes would be a concrete area with a statue of Dick in the center, and possibly outside the statue granite memorial stones with ceramic pictures of Dick embedded into them.”
Contributions, which are not tax deductible, can be sent to:
Dick Trickle Memorial
c/o 6846 Meadow View Lane
Rudolph, WI 54475