Rhonda Blanchette passes

From Pete Newsham—–She was an awesome team player with NEAR for many years
2004 Charlie Stebbins award recipient…2011 Dan Pardi award …RIP Rhonda, and thank you!

Rhonda Mae Blanchette (Seller), 65 of Panama City Beach passed away peacefully on February 13th. Rhonda was born in Southington, CT and resided there until 2019 when the beaches started to call her name. She is predeceased by her parents Robert and Rachel Seller (Goetchus). Rhonda spent her career working for several banks working her way up from teller at Southington Savings Bank at the age of 16 to Tax Officer/IRA compliance, Vice President of Key Private Bank. She was a member of Frederica Chapter #110, O.E.S. based out of Plainville, CT and served as treasurer and board member for the New England Antique Racers for many years. She was an avid gardener and lover of sea turtles and hibiscus plants. She leaves behind her loving and caring husband Gerry Blanchette of Panama City Beach, her son Robert Blanchette and his girlfriend Melody Neal of Panama City Beach, her daughter Megan Blanchette of Old Orchard Beach, ME, her brother and sister-in-law Rod and Kris Seller of New Britain, CT and her special feathered friend Rocky. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Rhonda’s name to the Hope Regional Cancer Center 2900 South Highway 77, Lynn Haven, FL 32444.

2022 NEAR Event Schedule


                      FOR 2022 EVENTS

June 4         Sat     Riverside Spdwy     Groveton, NH

                     Sign-in:  3PM                 Points/Running

June 16       Thurs       Thunder Road      Barre, VT

                     Sign-in:   12 NOON          Points/Running

                     Three hour track time      [12 to 3]

June 18        Sat      Seekonk Spdwy      Seekonk, Ma

                      Sign-In:   1pm                   Points/Running

June 24       Fri     Claremont Spdwy   Claremont, NH

                     Sign-in:  5 PM                 Points/Running

July 16        Sat     Northeastern Spdwy  Waterford, VT

                     Sign-in:   8 to 9AM      Points/Still/Parade

July 23        Sat   Bethel Motor Spdwy   White Lake NY

                     Sign in:  1pm                   Points/Running

Aug 6         Sat    Monadnock Spdwy  Winchester, NH

                    Sign-in:   3PM                  Points/Running

Aug 12-13-14   VAE Car Show             Waterbury, VT

                    Sign-in:    9AM            Points/Still/Parade

Aug 20       Sat     Bear Ridge Spdwy       Bradford, VT

                   Sign-in:   12 NOON      Points/Still/Parade


Aug 27       Sat  Waterford Speedbowl   Waterford,CT

                    Sign-in:   1pm               Points/Running

Sept 24      Sat    Plainville Reunion   Berlin Fairgrounds CT

                    Setup: 8 AM  show 10-2       Points/Still

Oct. 1         Sat Pines Speedway Reunion       Groveland,Ma                                                                                                                          

Sign in 10:00 AM     Still


**EVENTS MAY STILL BE ADDED**New England Antique Racers

Dates still not decided: Danbury Reunion, Hof Banquet