There has been a change to the schedule.
There has been a change to the schedule.
UPDATE ON THURSDAY 8/29/19
The track has set aside tickets at no charge for NEAR Racers displaying cars on Sunday. If you are attending, you need to call or text Rich at (860)209-7343 so I know how many to tell them to have at WILL CALL window. I will be on site before 7 a.m. to place truck and assist any members bringing cars. Thank You!!
NEAR has been invited to participate in the LIME ROCK PARK HISTORICAL FESTIVAL 37 that runs from Thursday 8/29 19 to Monday 9/2/19. Our still event will be on Sunday, 9/1/19. Gates open at 7 a.m. and show starts at 10.a.m. NEAR members get a 20% discount off a Sunday ticket, which will be $20.00. Please be aware that EVERYBODY pays entrance at Lime Rock. This is an opportunity to display your car(s) among some of the rarest, most valuable autos ever assembled. Our club will have a specific area where we will be parked/on display together. Bring your cameras for photos of all the great vehicles that will be in attendance!
NEAR has a unique code to order tickets at the 20% off rate by Thursday, 9/29/19 at 12 midnight. Call or text Rich at (860)209-7343 for the code. We would like to have 6 to 10 cars committed to do this event. The HOF Truck will be on hand. Please contact me with any questions or to verify your attendance.
We will be a part of the “Sunday in the Park: Concours d’Elegance & Gathering of the Marques program.” See the attached link (below) for more information on the weekend’s events. Lime Rock’s ticket info is there, as well. The NEAR discount applies to any/all day, or weekend tickets.
Let’s get together and have some fun this Sunday! See you there!
We have lost one of the most prominent figures in the northeast racing community. Russ Conway died yesterday August 20th. He was brought to his first race by his father Paul in 1956 at the Pines Speedway. His father worked on the fire rescue team at the track. His passion for auto racing and its people lasted for his entire life. He got his start writing for the Pines Speedway as a teenager and then attended Northeastern University and got his first major assignment covering the Boston Bruins in 1967 at age 18.
Russ teamed up with Ken Smith and Charlie Elliot in the late 1960s to build Star Speedway and formed NESMRA which ran supermodified races up and down the east coast for over 20 years. He was the co-founder to some of New England’s biggest auto races which are still going strong today. These events include the Star Classic, World Series of Speedway Racing, Oktoberfest of Racing. He worked at the Eagle-Tribune for years and his investigative journalism efforts helped bring down Alan Eagleson on charges of corruption with the National Hockey League Players Association. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame. He was a part of the original 6 board members with the North East Motor Sports Museum and created its first major annual event, Legends Day.
Funeral and calling hour arrangements have not been finalized.
Originally posted by the North East Motor Sports Museum
A great time was had by all on Saturday, August 10, 2019 as NEAR appeared at the Seekonk Speedway. Our members enjoyed three Sportsman/Modified combined practice sessions, a 10 lap qualifying heat, and a combined 15 lap feature. The staff at Seekonk is second to none and ran a very professional event.
Seekonk awarded podium trophies for both the Sportsman and Modified top 3 finishers. Curt Snow in the #110 bested the Modifieds, followed by the #8 of Paul Jacques and #76m of Rick MacDowell. The Sportsman were led by the #15 of Spanky Bancroft, the #69 B of Bob Seward Sr., and the #827 of Joe Keefner. Unfortunately, the Flying 9 of Kevin Weeks practiced, but encountered mechanical issues and could not race the feature.
We would like to thank all the members that came out to participate in this very enjoyable and competitive show.
The NEAR Hall of Fame Truck was out on the midway and held a kid’s Bike Raffle. There also was a strong showing by the hometown ProNyne Motorsports Museum and the collection of Brad Cohen in the truck’s showcases.
Thanks to those that made the event a huge success!
This Saturday 8/10/19 NEAR will be at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. Pit gates open at 2 pm.
The Hall of Fame truck and our running event will be on the schedule. A beautiful day for racing is expected, and we will be having another kid’s bike raffle as well!
See you all at the Cement Palace!
Mike Joy – National Motorsports Broadcast Legend
Ed Flemke Jr. – Modified Tour driver/Chassis Builder
Wayne Dion – Multi -Division Driving Champion
Vinny Annarumo – Pro Stock/Modified Seekonk 7 time Champion
Jack Doyle – Drag Racer, Promoter, Legend
Brad LaFontaine – Modified Championship Crew Chief /Chassis Fabricator/Parts Business Owner
Ric Mariscal – Founder/Conservator of the ProNyne Motorsports Museum in Pawtucket, RI
Bob Webber Sr. – Owner of Star and Hudson Speedways in NH
Congratulations to all those being enshrined into the HOF at Maneely’s Banquet Hall, 65 Rye Street, South Windsor, CT
Order forms for tickets are available lower on this post.
Please plan on attending this is sure to be a sold out event.
Advertising opportunities as well as congratulatory messages are available in The Hall of Fame Book. These are popular keepsakes for all Banquet attendees. Please consider supporting NEAR activities with your message!