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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 380 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 196 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 NEAR Meeting
Triple-A-Restaurant
1209 Main St
East Hartford, CT
March 17, 2015 at 7:15pm

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Save the Date, "March 28, 2015"
Bill Greco Movie Party
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March 3, 2015

If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, then you should attend the NEAR movie night sponsored by Bill Greco for the benefit of the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame:

  1. Are you tired of all the snow?
  2. Are you ready for a night out with people who enjoy auto racing?
  3. Do you like good food?
  4. Do you want to meet Hall of Fame drivers?

On Saturday March 28, 2015, Hall of Fame member Bill Greco is hosting a fundraiser which promises to be the event of the pre-racing season. With Bill doing the cooking, your taste buds will be extremely satisfied. There will raffles, drawings and movies for all to enjoy.

So come to the Polish American Club located at 194 West Spring Street in West Haven, CT.  The event is set to get the "green flag" at 5pm.

The is an open event; the public is welcome to attend.

The donation for this evening of great fun is only $20. All inclusive of admission, food and good times!

And remember, if you want to join NEAR or renew your membership, this is a perfect opportunity to meet and greet as well as make new friends.

Hope to see you there!

By Bill Henry

Former Waterford Speedbowl Competitor
Ricky Taylor Passes
February 19, 2015

Sadly, we received news today informing us that former Waterford Speedbowl competitor Ricky Taylor has passed-away. Arrangements are listed below, reported by The Day. Our sincere condolences are offered to Ricky’s family & many friends on this somber occasion.

The following short glimpse of his career is culled from the Wednesday January 15, 2014 edition of Dave Dykes’ Racing Through Time at www.davedykesracingthroughtime.com “Here we have a classic Shany Lorenzent image (circa 1969), featuring Ricky Taylor, a standout competitor in the Speedbowl’s Daredevil division. Introduced in 1965 to shore-up a sagging car-count in a failing Bomber class, it was a slam-bang show with cars-aplenty. Even qualifying for the feature could be a supreme chore. Mostly populated by tri-five Chevys & Fords, they were essentially-stock vehicles with the only modifications made in the name of safety.

The popular Taylor won a boatload of features in the division’s rough n’ tumble early era. The owner of this ride was our friend Angie Cerease who later became the driver of the iconic L&M coupe, one of Waterford’s most fondly-recalled Modifieds.” (Shany Lorenzent Photo)

By Dave Dykes

Calling hours will be held from 5 until 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Lake Ave., Niantic. A service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

Please visit www.fultontherouxniantic.com for photos, tributes, directions and more service information.

Published in The Day on Feb. 20, 2015

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NEAR Member Profile this week is for Steve Zukowski
February 16, 2015

If you visited Westboro Speedway “back in the day” - which was a high-banked 1/4 mile paved oval located in Massachusetts that ran from 1947 through 1985 - you might have seen our NEAR colleague Steve Zukowski, competing at one of his favorite tracks in his Chevrolet Vega #53. Steve started his racing career in 1960, he joined NEAR in 1998 and is the original owner/driver of the #53; which you could still see at the Vintage races today.

Other tracks Steve competed on included: Stafford Speedway, Riverside Park, Seekonk Speedway, Lakeville Speedway (Middleboro, MA), Thompson Speedway, Riverside (Groveton, MA), Hudson Speedway (NH), Brookline Speedway (NH), Star Speedway and Waterford Speedbowl.

The numerous car owners Steve drove for are some of his most memorable moments in racing; some include #78 owner-Nelson LeCleir (driving a ’50 Ford), #78 owner-Ron Langiven (driving a ’53 Ford), #17 owner-Ina Smith (driving a ’47 white Caddy – nicknamed the Joker), #21 owner-Don Silberman, #11 owner-Tony St. Angello, and #25 Coupe owner-Dave Johnson (Steve’s son-in-law). Click here for full story

New England Antique Racers (NEAR)
Set Busy 2015 Agenda
February 3, 2015

The New England Antique Racers (NEAR) have secured several event dates as part of a busy 2015 agenda. First is the Frank Maratta Auto Show & Racearama to be held February 28th - March 1st at the Eastern States Exposition Center located at 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. More details may be found at www.fmautoshow.com.

Next-up, New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Billy Greco hosts a NEAR Racing Party on Saturday evening March 28th at the Polish American Club located at 194 West Spring Street in West Haven, CT. The event starts at 5pm. With previous editions having been very-successful, it remains a must-attend affair for New England race fans. Click here for flyer

NEAR running events are slated for Monadnock & White Mountain Speedways in New Hampshire, Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway, Bear Ridge, Devils Bowl & Thunder Road in Vermont, Beech Ridge in Maine, and Connecticut’s Waterford Speedbowl. 

A non-NEAR event, it’s expected that the club will be well-represented at the Thompson Motorsports Park Historic Oval International to be held on May 15th & 16th.

Still shows in Connecticut include Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, the Summer Knights Car Show, and Danbury & Plainville Reunions. Appearances at the Norwood Arena & Pines Speedway Reunions along with the Bay State Show bring the club to Massachusetts.

Both still & running shows are still being added to the 2015 season and an updated comprehensive schedule including dates for all events will be posted under "NEAR Schedule", click here for the Tenative Schedule.

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, 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 196 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.

By Dave Dykes