Dick Dixon
Class of 2004

Dick Dixon was a family man from Warehouse Point, Connecticut.  He was a top competitor in the United Stock Car Club, USCC, in the 1950s and 1960s, and also competed in the Grand American division run by NEAR Hall of Fame member, Harvey Tattersall jr.  One year, he won 13 of 15 late model features run by United.  He earned several wins on the old Big E racetrack in both the coupes and the late models.

Dixon and the white “8balls” that he built in his own shop were synonymous. In an era before fire retardant safety clothing were known, Dixon and the “8ball” crew stood out in their clean white shirts and pressed pants. At a time when most of his competitors were having success with Chevys, he was almost exclusively a “Ford” man.

Dixon raced in several Grand National (Winston Cup) events, including races at Charlotte, Lime Rock, Daytona, and Islip Speedways.  Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett were close friends.  In fact, Holman-Moody offered Dick a lucrative contract to move down south and manage their race shop.  Dick decided to pass on the offer, however, to allow him to spend more time with family and continue to compete in the northeast.

Dick was well respected in “local” racing circles, competing against NEAR Hall of Fame legends: Bergin, Caruso, Charland, Flemke, Greco, Krebs, and Jocko Miaggiacomo. 

Unfortunately, Dick Dixon lost his life in 1967 while competing at Thompson Speedway in the #zero sedan normally driven by fellow Inductee, Billy Harman.  As a tribute to Dixon’s popularity, the Indianapolis Speedway had a moment of silence the weekend after Dick passed away.  Sandra Dixon, Dick’s wife, summarized his career by saying,” Racing was his life, his passion.  People who knew him loved him, and he loved the people he met through racing.  He loved signing autographs, especially for the children.  He was the love of my life, and every moment was a special moment.” 

Sandra will be joined by their 5 children and many grandchildren, as Dick Dixon is posthumously inducted into the NEAR Hall of Fame.

Sandi Dixon accepts induction from Publisher/Author Lew Boyd.
Howie Hodge Photo