As you know we are a nonprofit organization and rely on you for your annual membership to help keep our club alive, this is our forty second year and we are looking forward to the continued dedication to the preservation of the fellowship and nostalgia of automobile racing by all of you; lest we forget the efforts that went into the making of this great sport.Without your membership we would not be able to continue with our Creed. If you haven’t renewed why not do so today. If you know of someone who you think would be an added asset get them to sign up today. If you are a hall of Fame member and wish to help us continue, please consider completing the membership form with a donation. No amount is too small, and every donation is sincerely appreciated. While most of the information you can glean from the NEAR organization is available on social media, and our newsletters, without your memberships and donations we would not be able to maintain our social media presence or produce our newsletters, etc. $25.00 is a very reasonable expense in today’s economy, you would be hard pressed to bring a family of four to a track in your area for that amount! So please take a moment renew your membership, sign up someone new, and help us all to ensure that New England Antique Auto Racers continue on for another forty years! It is not too early to get in your 2023 membership renewal. The form is two sided, please complete both sides!If you can’t download the form, please reach out to me and I will send you one in the mail. Thank youApril May Preston-Elms Treasurer
Our 5th “Special Award” winner for the Frank Maratta Award, for outstanding contributions to auto racing in New England. Your 2022 award winner Ric Mariscal
Ric Mariscal has always been a racer. Besides his own short career and helping with NEAR, Ric loved the history and memorabilia side of racing. Ric has been the curator of the ProNyne Motorsports Museum in Pawtucket, R.I. for many years. To step inside reveals everything from historic cars to uniforms, trophies, pictures, anything from the last 60 years. To think that he has done all of this in his own building and from the donations of others through the years is amazing. Ric has a small team of dedicated folks that help make this feat doable. Ric, a NEAR Hall of Famer, truly is the driving force behind the effort. He is very deserving of this award today.
Eugene A. “Gene” Gosselin 79, of North Smithfield, died December 6, 2022 in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the husband of Jeannine (Cardin) Gosselin, whom he fondly referred to as his angel in life. They were married Septmeber 5, 1964 in St. Ann’s Church, Woonsocket. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Alphonse and Sophie (Petrosky) Gosselin. He lived in North Smithfield his entire life.
Gene was a 1960 graduate of Mt. St. Charles Academy, and a 1962 graduate of Johnson & Wales School of Business. He worked as an accountant, and spent the latter part of his career as the CFO of MJ Enterprises, Johnston, retiring in 2005. Eugene served in the RI Army National Guard for six years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and lifetime member of the Woonsocket Sportsman’s Club. A racing enthusiast, he was a member of the New England Antique Racers. Gene was a former coach for the North Smithfield Youth Hockey Association.
Besides his wife, Jeannine, he leaves their children, Bruce Gosselin of North Smithfield, Pamela Smith of Cape Coral, FL, Dwayne Gosselin of Napa Valley, CA, and Keith Gosselin of Weston, FL; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his grandson, Brandon Gosselin.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
THERESE BARIBEAULT OBITUARY
Therese G. “Terry” Baribeault, 90, wife of the late Ernest Baribeault, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. Born and raised in Woonsocket, R.I., on April 20, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Alfonse and Florence Bourgeois. She spent most of her life in Meriden.
Therese was employed by International Silver, Aero Gasket Corporation, Greenbackers Restaurant, and Hunter’s Ambulance. She loved all auto racing especially NASCAR and watching races at Stafford Motor Speedway and Waterford Speedbowl. She especially enjoyed watching her sons racing the 1/4 midgets and playing Dek-Hockey. Terry also enjoyed watching horse racing at Saratoga Raceway, going to Foxwoods Casino, hockey, and was an avid Yankee fan.
She is survived by her two sons, Dave and his partner Sharon-Lee Augur and Billy and his partner Karen Harris. She is also survived by many nieces and many nephews. Therese is the last of her 11 siblings: Peggy, Florence, Luella, Marjorie, Albert, Walter, Judy, Barbara, Connie, and George.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hope After Loss, 900 Chapel Street, 10th Floor, New Haven, CT 06510. For online condolences, please visit jferryfh.com.
Our 4th “Special Award” winner for the Charlie Stebbins Award, for outstanding contributions above and beyond his duties, your 2022 award winner Nicholas Teto
Nicholas Teto is a Rhode Island native and has been attending races for most of his life.
He is one of the up and coming “Young Guns” as far as researching the history of racing in New England. Nick has operated the YankeeRacer.com
website since 2002, reporting on most of the major events since. He is a photographer/videographer and has filmed many of the NEAR HOF Banquets.
He is also a former club Secretary, and serves on the Hall of Fame and Veterans Selection Committees.
He also is a contributor to Auto Racing Research Associates. In his spare time, you can find Nick in libraries all over the Northeast researching track histories, statistics, and locations of lost speedways.
Our 3rd “Special Award” winner for the Ron Bouchard Award, for lifetime achievement to auto racing in New England your 2022 recipient Johnny Morgillo
Johnny Morgillo had quite the career racing Quarter Midgets as a kid at Silver City Quarter Midget Club in Meriden, Ct.
He decided in his late teens to work with kids in Gymnastics. Later on he became the founder of The Region 1 Alumni Association Driver Development Program.
This program offers 30 or so ready to race Phase I cars for entry level families wishing to compete. 30 more Phase II cars are available for experienced kids that display marked talent, sportsmanship, attention to detail, and by learning car maintenance.
It’s all about molding kids to be great respectful drivers and awesome human beings.
The future is bright for our beloved sport with a guy like Johnny guiding these youngsters.
He is a great ambassador for the sport and is one of the most driven people you will ever meet.
Congratulations, and thank you for such a fine effort as a confidant and mentor, Johnny!
Our 2nd “Special Award” winner for the Pardi Award, for outstanding dedication and contributions to the success of the NEAR Hall of Fame. Your 2022 winner NEAR President Rich Goucher.
Rich Goucher has risen through the ranks by first facilitating the seating, meal orders, and other duties as a Board Member.
He now serves on the HOF Executive Committee and oversees the Awards, Identities, copy for the HOF Ad Book, and his very capable and talented team.
The waters were rather rough thru the pandemic and we missed a year. Since then, the HOF came roaring back and is again on solid ground.
Rich works hard and puts on a lot of miles each year to make sure NEAR and the HOF are successful.
The Mitchell/Ratta memorial Media Award for outstanding media coverage of New England racing your 2022 winner Karl Fredrickson.
Karl Fredrickson has earned a living as a professional auto racing journalist for thirty years. Starting as a non-salaried contributor, his work was so good Karl was elevated to paid full-time writer and photographer at Stock Car Racing and Open Wheel magazines.
In 1999 the magazines were sold and the entire staff of what at the time was the most successful auto racing magazine in the country was let go. Karl wasn’t about to give up being an auto racing journalist.
With Karl’s help, an effort to launch a new auto racing magazine found success months after Stock Car and Open Wheel were sold and Karl was hired at the new Speedway Illustrated magazine where he went on to become its editor. The magazine was eventually sold to a Kansas firm that made dramatic personnel cuts, eventually leading to the magazine’s closure.
Again, Fredrickson refused to give up. He sought and successfully secured funding to buy Speedway Illustrated out of bankruptcy and for the last 12 years he has run it as publisher and lead writer.
Karl and his wife Christine along with their two daughters are the driving force behind one of the only auto racing magazines to survive in a world that doesn’t read anything longer than a tweet. Karl’s writing and photography have earned first place honors in many journalism competitions. His magazine supports the sport’s fans and those who participate in it.
He is nationally recognized for playing a major role in promoting the popularity of local-level auto racing. Karl is a solid tell-it-like-it-is writer whose monthly magazine helps racers go faster and race more safely while spending less.
Our 2nd Veteran Hall of Fame Inductee Charlie Webster
Charlie Webster a pioneer at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, he was a winner in the track’s first 20 seasons from 1951 through his retirement in 1970. Three of his four championships came in the Non-Ford class (1956, ’58, ’59), and his 41 wins in that division will remain an unbeaten record.
He moved to the Modified division and won the 1966 title aboard the Fred Beaber “Checkerboard 716” during an eight-year stint in the car.
He retired midway through 1970 while driving for Billy Simons, winning the last two races he drove. His total of 77 wins still ranks among Waterford’s all-time top 10 list.
Sadly, Charlie is no longer with us. His Son Eric will accept his award here today.