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 Supports the
2016 Summer Knights Event
April 28, 2016
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Bill Kemp with his "Big Truck" Trophy
Photo Courtesy of Angie Bullock

On Sunday April 24, 2016, the New England Antique Racers kick off the point season at the Berlin Fair Grounds. The following NEAR folks brought cars to the Summer Knights event: Rich Belmonte was there with his Cobra, Angie Bullock with her #088, George Cleveland with his #5, Bill Henry with his Torino, Bill Kemp with his #199, Tom Maciag with his #19 Pinto, Don Murphy with his '35 Street Rod, Peter Penfield with his #24 and Dave Wright with his #198 rounds out the NEAR attendance.

Congratulations to trophy recipients Bill Kemp for his "Big Truck", Angie Bullock for her #088 vintage race car and NEAR for the car display set-up!!!

Special thanks go out to Bill Henry and Angie Bullock for taking pictures of the event to post on the NEAR website.

"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

NEAR Member Profile for this week is Kent Ingves
April 19, 2016
The Freddie Beaber #716 '38 Ford vintage race car is currently owned and driven by Kent Ingves, who continues the race car's legacy appearing at New England race tracks participating in NEAR events.

Kent Ingves first got into racing in 1958 and has told us his favorite race tracks were Norwood Arena Speedway, Waterford Speedbowl, Stafford Speedway and Thompson Speedway. In fact he introduced Martha, his wife, to racing when they started dating and they could be found at one of the race tracks at least one night a week. Martha's favorite track was Stafford when it was a dirt track. Click here for full profile

NEAR Schedule Changes for Monadnock Speedway
March 15, 2016

Today, March 15th, we were informed the NEAR appearance initially scheduled for May 21, will be moved to July 9th due to the addition of the Winchester 200 Inaugural Modified Touring Series event on May 21 -- which will be a huge event at Monadnock Speedway. Pit space and a local noise curfew were the major considerations. 

Click here for a new schedule with an "as of date" of 15 March; all previous editions are obsolete. 

We regret any inconvenience this may cause any of our members but it is completely beyond our control.

By Jim Williams