Welcome to the New England Antique Racers and New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame






Slide Show of Vintage Race Cars

The New England Antique Racers Club is a non-profit organization that supports the history of New England auto racing. NEAR has been in existence since 1981 and has a growing membership of approx. 350-400 members and 80 antique race cars. Members live throughout New England and are available, on a no charge basis, for exhibition events at  local race tracks in New England and several tracks in the New York area, with both original and historical replica race cars.

Since 1998, we have inducted 185 individuals into the New England Auto Racers Hall Of Fame, which is administered by the New England Antique Racers. Some very notable inductees include Richie Evans, Ron Bouchard, Bugs Stevens, Rene Charland, Pete Hamilton, Fred DeSarro, Ed Flemke, Sr. and Billy Greco.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monthly Meetings are at:
Triple A Restaurant
1209 Main St. (Rt. 5)
East Hartford, CT
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NEAR Riverside Reunion Committee Report
(NEAR Riverside Reunion, August 31, 2014, click here for flyer)
July 28, 2014
The NEAR Riverside Reunion Committee is excited to report that
planning for the event is on schedule.

The following drivers have indicated they will be attending:

Bob Polverari, Billy Greco, Ed Flemke Jr., Dan Avery, Tommy Fearn,
Ray Miller, Skip Matczak, Rick Summers

and we have just begun the process of contacting past competitors.


**July 28th UPDATE** 

Ray Miller and Skip Matczak are planning to attend the reunion. Skip will be bringing the Allyn Tool #7  sprint car. Ray still has the #7 coupe in his barn and he hopes to have it there. Rick Summers posted on FaceBook that he is planning to make the trip,
probably on his Harley with his new bride.

Riverside announcer Mark Wiernasz will be there with his son, journalist Matty. They won't be winning a prize for the farthest travel as they live less than a mile from the Polish Club. Other former track officials who have indicated their intention to come
are Bob Stromberg and Lenny Blews

Fred Ciavola is considered Riverside Park historian. He has compiled all the race results and he will bring 50 notebooks (one for each year) of articles and pictures. He also has four books devoted exclusively to Gene Bergin and he is willing to share all of that for the day with the fans.

Please pass the information of the reunion to your friends even if you can't attend.


We have lined up three food trucks:

Moe's Donuts will be serving fresh hot Apple Cider Donuts on site
along with fresh brewed coffees.
Mary from the Herban Grille will be serving breakfast sandwiches,
hot dogs, burgers, and pulled Pork wraps.
The Moolicious Ice Cream truck will come by after 12 p.m.
We have taste tested these items and all are delicious with very reasonable prices.
Drinks including beer and wine will be sold by the Polish Club.
People may bring their own food but not bring any alcoholic beverages.
(This is a strict Polish Club policy)
We have some amazing attractions besides a display of vintage racers
belonging to NEAR membrs
Matt Provost will bring a restored antique Model T type car that was part of the kiddie rides for over 50 years. The car runs and will be giving rides if space and safety concerns are met.
The NEAR Mobile Museum will be on display.
We plan on having an autograph table set up sometime during the day.
If we have enough entries, we will have a model race car contest so dig out your old self made models now. Both adults and kids divisions.
We are seeking donations for a large raffle of racing related items.
KGM videos will be showing and selling Riverside videos all day.
Scott Nichols will be selling his racing photos.
Keep checking back every week and we will update every Monday.
All types of Riverside memorialibilia are welcome.
Any questions or suggestions contact finiplants@aol.com
New England Antique Racers Appeared at the Simsbury Show
July 21, 2014

On Sunday, July 13, some of the members of New England Antique Racers took time from their weekend to support the Valley Collector Car Club by participating in a "still" show;  Jim Splettstoeszer made the arrangement for the club. The members of the public were treated to every kind of motor vehicle in addition to the vintage stock cars of NEAR.

Appearing for the club in addition to Jim, and his  flying  Greek 87, were Rich Belmonte and Bill Greco with the famous #43 and Ron Carlson who had to select from his fleet of cars and finally decided on $.   All the cars are fine representations of the skill and dedication of the members to restore and maintain these beautiful racing machine. Thanks guys for going and representing NEAR.

By Bill Henry

Riverside Park & Speedway 15th Anniversary
July 16, 2014

Vermont Racing Pioneer & New England Auto Racing
Hall Of Fame Member Johnny Gammell Passes At Age 86

July 10, 2014
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It’s been learned that 2008 New England Auto Racing Hall Of Fame Inductee John “Johnny” Gammell passed-away peacefully at his home in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on Friday, July 4th following an extended illness. 

Enjoying an extraordinary career that began in 1949 and concluded in 1972, he was twice a Vermont State Champion. 

Scoring feature triumphs at virtually all of the tracks in his region, one of many career highlights came in 1969 when he won the prestigious Milk Bowl at Vermont’s Thunder Road wheeling the memorable “Hawaii Five-0” entry owned by Joey Laquerre.

The entire New England Antique Racers family takes this opportunity to extend its sincerest condolences to Johnny’s family and many friends on this somber occasion. Click here for full obituary.

By Dave Dykes