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Congratulations Rick

Rick Leighty has been announced as a 2013 Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductee. Rick will officially enter the EARHoF at the 5th Annual EARHoF Induction Ceremony on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The ceremony will be held in the banquet room of the Elma Eagles at 404 W Young, Elma, WA, starting at 6:30 P.M. Rick will join his dad in the EARHoF. Congratulations Rick. 





 Our beloved wife and mother passes on September 3, 2011


Gloria Aileen Leighty, age 73, a lifetime resident of the Aloha/Pacific Beach area, died on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen.  Mrs. Leighty was born on November 6, 1937, in Aberdeen, Washington to Robert B. and Aileen D. (Grigsby) Harper. 

While attending Moclips High School, she and her sisters were the majorettes for the band.  She graduated in 1955.  On October 14, 1955, she and Richard H. Leighty were married.  The couple continued to make their home in Aloha.

Mrs. Leighty worked as a postal clerk for the U.S. Postal Service for over 31 years.  She primarily worked in Aloha and Pacific Beach, but often would be called upon to help in the Moclips, Ocean Shores and Copalis Crossing offices.

She was a lifetime member of the Pacific Beach Community Church; a 60 year member of the Pacific Beach Ladies Aide and was a founding member of the Evergreen Auto Racing Association Ladies Auxiliary during the 1960’s and 1970’s.  She loved sprint car racing and was an avid NASCAR fan.  She was very supportive of her family, especially her granddaughter in all activities in which she participated and loved watching North Beach Basketball games.

In addition to her husband Richard; relatives include a son Rick Leighty of Pacific Beach; a daughter Wendy Leighty of Aloha; a granddaughter Megan Leighty of Aloha; a sister Norma Bowers of Belleville, IL; three brothers, Robert of Texas, Rusty of North Carolina and Terry Harper of Moclips.  A son Michael, a sister Donna Morrow, and her parents died previously.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Pacific Beach Community Church or the American Heart Association.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Pacific Beach Community Church.  A potluck dinner and celebration of her life will follow at the North Beach Community Center and Fire Hall  in Pacific Beach.

Private interment will be held at Hoquiam’s Sunset Memorial Park.

Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.

Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at http://www.colemanmortuary.net/.


Thank You, Soldiers!

If you want to hear/view a great tribute, sung by the 3rd graders of Tussing Elementary, Colonial Heights, Virginia, to the soldiers of our country, click Tussing Elementary. You won't be disappointed!

Our Next Event

Leighty Racing is in an indefinite hiatus. Watch for announcements as future plans are formulated.


Our Founder and Inspiration

2009 marked the 50th and final season of racing for Rich Leighty. It was a memorable season.  With a top 10 finish, Rich took the final checkered flag of his career at Columbia Motor Speedway in Hermiston, Oregon, on Saturday, October 10, 2009. He had a great 50 seasons behind the wheel. Your support and friendship through the years was greatly appreciated!

2009 Inductee


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