Tom Curley, NEAR Hall of Famer, Northeast Racing Pioneer, passes at 73

 

 

Longtime Thunder Road Speedbowl co-owner and promoter Tom Curley died  last Friday following complications from a lengthy illness. He was 73 years old.

A pioneer for his sport of auto racing, Curley was involved in local and regional competition for most of his adult life. After spending considerable time at Thunder Road as a spectator and driver in the 1960s, he became the NASCAR Northeast regional director in 1978, and a year later created the NASCAR North Tour. He and Thunder Road founder Ken Squier then acquired the track in 1982 from former owner Tommy Kalomiris, a news release from ACT stated.

Though his health had declined in recent years, Curley continued to be a presence at Thunder Road. He and Squier had recently completed the sale of the track prior to his passing. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

After leaving NASCAR, Curley created the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) sanctioning body in 1986. Under Curley’s leadership, Thunder Road and ACT became household names for racers and fans throughout the Northeast, making the Barre high banks one of the most popular auto racing destinations in the region. Among his many accomplishments, he helped relaunch the famed Flying Tiger division that has competed since 1982, and created the ACT Late Model rules package used at Thunder Road and numerous other tracks.

Racing Promotion Monthly named Curley the North American Promoter of the Year in 2004. He also received the Lowes Motor Speedway National Short Track Promoter of the Year Award in 2003 and the Trackside Magazine Promoter of the Year Award in 1992. Curley was inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2009. Thoughts  from  the entire NEAR  community are with Tom’s family.

 Obituary courtesy of the Burlington Free Press

Summer Knights Car Show-1st NEAR Event of 2017

SUNDAY, APRIL 30TH, 2017  SAW  THE  MEMBERS  OF  NEAR  PARTICIPATE  IN  THE SUMMER  KNIGHTS  CAR  SHOW  AT  THE   BERLIN  FAIR  FACILITY  IN  CT.  A  BANNER  CROWD  WAS  ON  HAND,  ALONG WITH  A  FINE  SELECTION  OF  HOT  RODS, DRAG  CARS, STREET  SLEEPERS,  AND  RACE  CARS.  ANGIE  BULLOCK  AND  BILL  KEMP  HAD THE BEAUTIFUL  88  COUPE  AND THEIR  NEW  DESPERADO  RACING  “LAMBORGHINI” GOLF CART ON HAND.  THE  COUPE  LATER  WON A TROPHY,  AS  DID  THE #19  PINTO  OF  TOM  MACIAG.  ALSO  IN  ATTENDANCE  WERE  THE 7NY  OF  JIM  WILLIAMS,  THE  #5   OF  GEORGE  CLEVELAND,  AND  THE  #53  VEGA  OF  STEVE   ZUKOWSKI.  PLENTY  OF  NEAR  MEMBERS  WERE  ALSO  THERE  HELPING  DISPLAY  THE  HALL  OF  FAME  TRUCK  AND  RECALLING  GOOD  TIMES  FROM  LONG  AGO.  THANKS  TO  ALL  WHO  CAME  OUT, AND  CONGRATULATIONS  TO  THE  TROPHY  WINNERS!

NEAR Club invited to “Remembering Danbury Racearena ” Night at Bethel Speedway on July 15th, 2017

Speedway Promoter/Race Controller Mike Hager has announced a special event at the Bethel Motor Speedway. Bethel is a fast 1/4 mile slightly banked asphalt track located at 361 Horseshoe Lake Road, Bethel, New York 12783.

On Saturday, July 15th, they will be holding a “Remembering Danbury Racearena Night”. A full racing program is on tap including SK Lights, 3/4 Midgets(ATQMRA), Vintage TQ’s, Dirt Sportsmans, INEX Legends, INEX Bandoleros, and topped off by by the 50 Lap BMS Modified “Ev Pierce Memorial Race.” Ev Pierce was a long time competitor and track champion at the Danbury Racearena. He will be honored that night.

Mr. Hager would like to highlight The NEAR Club with a 12 lap exhibition Feature (pre-intermission, daytime) along with a 15 lap exhibition Feature (post intermission/nightime). Both winners can enjoy Victory Lane. Ample time for practice will also be provided in the afternoon, rotating with the other racing classes. Any cars wishing to set up a static display will be welcome in the grandstands. The track also hopes to see former Danbury drivers, officials, crewmembers, and fans to participate with any photo collections, memorabilia, etc.

Come early, as the gate opens at 3 PM. For more information you can contact Mike Hager at (914)522-7375 or the track at (845)319-7908.
Please support this event, as well as White Mountain on June 3 in Woodstock NH

Additional event added to the NEAR schedule for June 17, 2017!

Mark’s Classic Cruise has invited New England Antique Racers to their Second Annual Big E Auto Expo.
This event takes place on the grounds of the Big E in West Springfield MA. on Saturday June 17, 2017. The rain date is Sunday June 18 2017, if necessary.
There will be no fee for NEAR member cars and folks riding in with the car. Trailer parking will be free. You must be at the gate to enter at 8 A.M. to avail yourself of this opportunity.
A pre – registration is required a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to the event. Please contact Bob Talbot, the gentleman who is making this show available to us. His phone number is (413) 862 3381, or email him at rtal@AOL.com
Bob was at our March meeting to discuss the offer and promote the event. Mark’s Classic cruise is the longest weekly cruise in New England. Check out his website at markscruisenight@yahoo.com for pictures and a summary of last years event. This event is very deserving of our club’s support.
See you there!

NEAR Website Marketing Opportunities

NEAR  CLASSIFIEDS  NOW  AVAILABLE   TO  SELL  YOUR   ANTIQUE  CARS/ PARTS/ TRAILERS/ETC.

               

REACH  YOUR  TARGET  MARKET  BY  ADVERTISING  YOUR  ITEMS  FOR  SALE

ON THE NEAR WEBSITE!  REASONABLY PRICED  PLANS ARE AVAILABLE ON A

MONTHLY  BASIS  FOR  VALUE – ADDED  EXPOSURE  TO  THE  RACING  COMMUNITY.

WE  ALSO  CAN  ACCOMMODATE  MARKETING  PARTNERS  WISHING  TO  PROMOTE

THEIR  BUSINESS,  RACE  TRACK,  RACE  TEAM,  OR  SPONSORS  ON  A  MONTHLY  OR

ANNUAL  BASIS.  PACKAGES  INCLUDING  OUR  HOF  BOOKLET  ARE  AVAILABLE. 

 

                 SPECIAL  PRICING  FOR  NEAR  MEMBERS,  PLEASE  CONTACT :

                            RICH  GOUCHER   (860)209-7343  (LEAVE A MESSAGE)

               rgoucher@comcast.net   —–   Put “NEAR Classifieds” in the subject line                                    

NEXT NEAR MONTHLY MEETING

THERE  WILL  NOT  BE  A  MONTHLY  DIRECTOR’S

MEETING  IN  MAY,  DUE  TO  THE   HOF  SELECTION

COMMITTEE’S  MEETING  THE  SAME  DAY. (HELD AT

THE BOUCHARD MUSEUM IN FITCHBURG, MA.)

 

 

THE NEXT REGULAR DIRECTOR’S MEETING WILL

BE  HELD  ON :  TUESDAY,  JUNE  20TH, 2017  AT:

                                     7:15 P.M.

                     TRIPLE -A – RESTAURANT

                               1209  MAIN  ST.

                        WEST  HARTFORD, CT.  

                                                    

2017 NEAR Pasta/Movie Night Fundraiser Pics

President Paul Masse helps with the Raffle.
Treasurer Val LeSieur catches up with Brian Danko and Dave Baribeault
Many Raffle prizes were donated for the fundraiser. Thanks to all who helped out!
An after dinner “bench racing” chat and many memories shared between NEAR members and their guests.
Raffle Prize overflow!  This year’s movies were a big hit.
A great crowd was in attendance, for such a cold winter day.

 

THANKS  TO  ALL  THAT  ATTENDED , HELPED  WITH  THE  EVENT,  SOLD  ENTRANCE,   AND  BOUGHT  RAFFLE  TICKETS.  A  GREAT  TEAM  EFFORT MADE  THIS  EVENT  A  HUGE  SUCCESS!

NEAR Monthly Meeting

         Next NEAR Monthly Meeting

            Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

                          7:15 p.m.

                          Location

                Triple-A-Restaurant

                      1209 Main St.

                   East Hartford, Ct.