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Stateline Legacy Fund
“This film isn’t just about a race car driver and his racing career. It’s also about a man who is not only loved and respected by his family, but is also held in high esteem by an entire community of friends and acquaintances.”
Those words by Randy Anderson, one of the founders of the Stateline Legacy Fund, were used to describe “Sammy”, a film about Sammy LaMancuso, the former stock car racer of four decades at many area race tracks.
“Sammy” will premiere on Sunday, April 24th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. 4th St., Jamestown, NY.
The movie is written and produced by Randy Anderson, Greg Peterson and Randy Sweeney. The film highlights the prolific stock car racing achievements of one of the most popular race car drivers from the Jamestown area.
Using video-taped interviews with LaMancuso, his former pit crew, dozens of other racers, the priceless picture collections of racing photographers Gordon Mahan and Olen Seidler, plus vintage home movies, the film makers have brought to the screen the fantastic racing years of the man known far and wide for his talent behind the steering wheel of a dirt-pounding stock car.
LaMancuso was honored and respected for his mechanical genius and driving ability. Although he competed at many other race tracks, Sammy’s main focus was at the now defunct Jamestown Speedway, Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY and Eriez Speedway in Erie, Pa. He racked up numerous victories and was especially noted for his prowess in extra-length races.
Beyond his racing accomplishments, LaMancuso is also well-known for his 70 plus-year career in Jamestown’s automobile industry working at Cusimano Brothers’ Dodge, Jerry Swanson’s Lake County Dodge and currently at Dave Warren’s Chrysler Dodge, Jeep and Ram at the still youthful age of 86.
LaMancuso, was also a role model for his own children and his extended family. Many well-known local business and professional leaders credit Sammy for being the role model that led to their successes. His nephew, John LaMancuso, MD, states, “We were blessed to have an Uncle Sam in our family.”
Following the viewing of the 83-minute movie, LaMancuso will engage in a question and answer session with the audience.
“Sammy” is the fourth auto racing film from Anderson, Peterson and Sweeney. Their previous documentaries were “Stateline Speedway – The First Ten Years, 1956-1964” released in 2010, “Squirt,” released in 2013, and “Busti Bobby” in 2015.
The film “Sammy” is a production of the Stateline Legacy Fund of Jamestown, NY in cooperation with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.
Sponsors of the “Sammy” movie are D & S Glass, John LaMancuso MD, Cusimano’s Carstar Collision, Dave Warren Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram, Bernie and Pat Woolschlager, Jerry Swanson, Lou Anderson, Painting Unlimited, Valpro Sanitary Supplies, Dave’s Classics Sales and Service, and The Chassis Shop.
There will be no admission charged for the film premiere. DVD copies of the film will be available for purchase for $20 following the event.
For further information, contact Randy Anderson at 716-640-6219.