In support of the nomination of Ron Blackmer for induction into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, the organization received a bulky notebook that contained page after page of statistics, photos, old news clippings and a lot of other information that detailed the career of one of the area's best-known racing legendsIn one of those clippings from May 22, 1965, the headline in The Post- Journal read "Who Stops Ron Blackmer?" The answer is easy - very few.
From 1960 to 1978, Blackmer was a dominant force at both Stateline Speedway in Busti and at Eriez Speedway in Erie. He roamed those tracks in his memorable "4" and "4JR" cars and only a scant few drivers were able to challenge him over his 18 years behind the wheel. His peers at that time included other well-known driving legends such as Squirt Johns, Skip Furlow, Bobby Schnars, Johnny Whitehead, Jay Plyler and Sammy LaMancuso, just to name a few.