NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class
July 29, 2014


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.

NEAR Meetings are Scheduled for the
3rd Tuesday of Each Month
Next meeting September 16th

Monthly Meetings are at:
Triple A Restaurant
1209 Main St. (Rt. 5)
East Hartford, CT
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NEAR Member Profile this week is for Jim Allen
September 1, 2014
Photo by Judy Poirier

Wall Stadium was the track to go to and see the yellow #46 compete "back in the day". In 2000 Jim Allen became the owner and driver of the #46 Vintage Modified race car powered by the John MacIntire racing engine and a member of the Bob Donahue Racing.

For Jim, the racing attraction began at age 5 while living next door to a race track. The track had the foresight to give season passes to their neighbors, making it possible for the neighbors to attend the races.

Jim started his racing career in the Enduro race cars at Monadnock Speedway. After tiring of fixing frames, on a pretty regular basis, he began to look for a non-contact division. He found what he was looking for in Vintage racing. In 1996 Jim joined both NEAR and STAR Vintage racing clubs and continues that relationship; as well as taking a leadership role as a STAR Board member. Click here for full story

New England Antique Racers
At Waterford Speedbowl September 7th

August 28, 2014

Just added -- another event for Sunday September 7, 2014; this is a non-point event.

This will be a running show and all are invited to attend. Other events taking place at the 'Bowl that day will be music, car show, motorcycle riding and skill demonstrations.

NO motors can run before noon on Sunday.

It has been requested by the track that we arrive no earlier than 11am and that we proceed directly to the sign in booth at the modified pits located straight ahead off the driveway.

Hope to have a good collection of cars.


By Bill Henry

New England Antique Racers Identities
August 27, 2014

I will hold the NEAR Gear order open for mail order items with a check attached until September 22, 2014.

With the upcoming induction of the Class of 2014 into the Hall of Fame **Now** is the time to order your jackets to ensure we get a group rate for ordering larger quantities of merchandise.

We are offering the Quilted Satin Jacket, the same logo on the back as the Hall of Fame jacket, with a NEAR checkered flag emblem on the left breast and your name on the right. Jackets start at $67.50 for the Small, Medium, Large and X-Large. The 2-XL is $74.50 and the 3-XL is $81.50.

We also offer the Nylon lined Staff Jacket with your name on the right breast, the NEAR checkered flag on the left and the two modifieds 49 and 33 on the back display of our logo for $35.00. Click here for full article

By Bill Henry

New England Antique Racers
August 27, 2014

New England Antique Racers took northern New England by storm on August 14th and the 15th, 2014. With two (2) shows back to back the journey to Thunder Road International Speedbowl and Devil's Bowl Speedway was a great success and drew many active drivers.

Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont, on Thursday, August 14th, provided track time from 11:30am to 3pm; even with a brief shower that slowed the action, there was plenty of time on the track. In attendance were George Silsby in the 92, Darragh Hoyt in 199 NH, Paul Zampieri in the 30, David Wright in the 198, Bill Kemp in the 199 and Alson Perry in the 44. They were accompanied to the track by Rich Macdowell in the 99, Barry Roy in the 0, Lloyd Hutchins in the 176, Scott Haskell in the 27, Wes Mooney in the 79, Gerry Blanchette in the 49 and Jim Torok 04.

Two twelve lap features were conducted. Bill Kemp in the 199 won the modified division while Scott Haskell came home first in the sportsman group. Click here for full story

By Bill Henry

Sometimes nice guys finish first; Ron Wyckoff selected to the NE Auto Racing Hall of Fame
From online The Southington Observer
August 25, 2014
August 22, 2014

By John Goralski
Sports Writer

Southington’s Ron Wyckoff stands beside the Simons Brothers' No. 9 car at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Nobody expected much out of Ronnie Wyckoff when he slipped into the lineup at the Riverside Park Triple Crown Finale in August of 1980. After all, the Southington driver was supposed to be retired. How could he expect to keep pace with such a storied group of drivers in their prime? How could a recently retired driver survive the obstacles, trials, and ordeals of a 125-lap race?

But Wyckoff’s fans knew that he was the one to beat. After all, Wyckoff made a career out of finishing races.

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class
July 29, 2014

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, November 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

Part of one of New England’s foremost racing families, Astle, a Westport, MA resident, was a champion at both Seekonk and Lakeville Speedways. Noted for his adaptability, “The Little Man with the Big Cigar” was also a major force throughout Eastern New England, most notably at Westboro and Thompson Speedways in addition to Seekonk and Lakeville.



Martel, of Ipswich, MA, won in cars ranging from Cutdowns to Supermodifieds over four-plus decades of competition.  A two-time NESMRA Late Model champion, his resume includes a Late Model win at Fredrickson in the Canadian Maritimes and a Supermodified win at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut. He has victories at over a dozen tracks.


Turner, ME resident Mike Rowe continues to compete, adding to a list of accomplishments that includes over 200 victories and 13 championships. Starting in 1968, Rowe, a three-time Oxford 250 winner,  has won, in addition to seven Oxford crowns, NEPSA (1999), ACT (1994), PASS (2006), BRMS (2013) championships and has ruled at Wiscasset (1991) and Beech Ridge (2009).

Noted for an intense competitive zeal, Schultz’s championships at Norwood (1969) and Westboro (1978) figure among a list of accomplishments over a career that began in the post-World War II “cutdown” era. Also part of a racing family, Schulz, who passed away in 1999, and car owner Jim Susi won 14 straight at three different tracks in 1959.






Wyckoff, a Southington, CT resident, was a major winner at Plainville Stadium and Riverside Park Speedway and a force everywhere else in the 1960s and ‘70s.  A winner of three-straight Riverside 500s, the Florida native rarely sat idle, testimony to both his ability to take care of equipment and his standing among his fellow competitors and the fans.


Working with the Koszela family, Tourigny designed, built and maintained an impressive list of Modifieds. They included the legendary Woodchopper coupes and Vegas, the Logroller Corvair and a revolutionary Ford-powered Pinto that the likes of Fred DeSarro, Bugs Stevens and Mike Stefanik drove to a host of victories and to a half-dozen championships.  

"A Dave Tourigny Masterpiece"

A Providence-area Ford dealer for 55 years, Tasca came to drag racing in the late 1960s, seeing it as a boom to his business. He quickly became a major power. Starting with a ’64 Ford Fairlaine, Tasca moved to Funny Cars and full-blown “fuelers,” bringing New England into the national spotlight. Tasca died in 2010.

Silvia has emerged as one of New England’s premier auto racing historians and preservationists.  “The man to go to” for those seeking historical clarification or a photograph, he has served promoters, competitors, media and fans alike for over three decades out of his home in Warwick, RI. From a historical standpoint, his impact on New England racing is immeasurable.