Both men live in the Winfield area, near where the old Kanawha Valley drag strip once was. The drag strip, which is now home to a lumberyard owned by Mead Paper, was the site where much of the history the hall of fame is looking to preserve took place.
Winfield native Bill Miller opened the drag strip in 1958 on what is now Route 817. The site operated until the late '70s and was a popular attraction with locals of all ages for many years.
Both Winter and Jarvis said their love of the sport was kindled at the Kanawha Valley drag strip over the course of many sunny Sunday afternoons spent watching races from the strip's white-washed bleachers.
Winter said even though the old location is long gone, many of its regular participants and spectators still keep in touch. To help with the selection process for the hall of fame's candidates, its co-founders are calling on members of the car community to submit names for consideration.
"We've sent the word out to various car clubs and car guys. It's really kind of a small, close-knit fraternity," he said. "Car guys pretty much know who car guys are in other areas, and we've asked them to submit nominations and we've received quite a few."
To make sure that older contributors are recognized in time, this year's class of 13 inductees will be larger than in future years. Each year, the hall of fame's co-founders will consider the applications they receive and vote on which six names make the cut.
Winter said candidates would be chosen based on experience, contributions and standing in the community.
The hall of fame's inaugural class will be inducted at noon Oct. 5 during the car show. Winter said parts of this year's show will focus on drag racing. In addition to authentic drag racing cars, there will also be memorabilia, trophies and photographs on display.
The annual car show will also feature a fireworks display, musical performances, a lighted boat parade, raffle drawings and new and used car part vendors.
Anyone wishing to submit candidates for consideration should send names and photographs to Danny's Service Center, 5401 MacCorkle Ave. S.E., Charleston, WV 25304.
For more information on the car show, visit www.charlestonwvcarshow.com or call 1-888-4-DOOWOP.