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, over 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 207 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 - June 21, 2016

(NOTICE - No July Meeting)

Monthly Meetings are at:
1209 Main Street (Rt. 5)
East Hartford, CT
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NEAR Member Profile for this week is
Bob Donahue
June 8, 2016
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Photo Courtesy of Judy Poirier

Bob Donahue, a NEAR member since 2006, first got into racing in 1981. Ten years later he built an ice race car for the ’91-92 season, running the car for 3 years on ice; which I guess is a big thing in the north and very fascinating to someone from the south.

One night, Donahue went to watch Monadnock racing (his favorite track) and a buddy of his wrecked his Enduro car…and after enjoying the benefits of Monadnock’s Beer Garden, Donahue offered to buy the car for $200. The next morning when he arrived at his shop, he wondered why the Enduro race car was there but didn’t think much of it until the owner showed up and asked for his money -- that’s when Donahue realized he bought it!

So he put the Enduro together and raced it for 2 years. Donahue took a couple of years off and then decided he was going to build a Pro Stock because he and another guy owned one in the late eighties…and he decided he wanted to build one of his own. Click here for full story

"Get Your Motor Running:
25 of the World’s Best Motorsports Museums"
April 27, 2016

The New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Mobile Museum has been recognized by Independent Motors in Boulder, Colorado, as one of “25 of the World’s Best Motorsports Museums”!

To be included in a list that includes, to name a few:

Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Museum, North Carolina
Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Florida
Donington Grand Prix Exhibition, England
Museo Ferrari, Italy
NASCAR Hall of Fame, North Carolina

is amazing; this list reads as a "Who's Who" in motorsports museums!!

The NEAR mobile museum, which operates on donations, travels to New England events with the New England Antique Racers Club (NEAR) featuring a visual history of New England automobile racing.

Back in 1997, NEAR members began the hard work to establish the NEAR Hall of Fame; the first Hall of Fame in New England for auto racing. The first induction of twelve race legends was held on February 1, 1998, in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Since then, we have inducted 207 individuals into the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame, which is administered by the New England Antique Racers.

The mobile museum allows the club to continue their efforts in the preservation of New England racing by sharing the history of the Hall of Famers (track owners, promoters, publicists, drivers, car owners and engine builders who have made contributions to the racing sport); as well as display several rare memorabilia items representing decades of auto racing history throughout the region. Click here to check out a few pictures of the mobile museum.

It is truly an honor to be included with these incredible museums from all over the world!!

Please visit Independent Motors for the full article.

By Judy Poirier