2021 NEAR Hall of Fame Induction

Bob Cuneo      Dave Lind     Dave Grantz     Jim Haynes

John Spence Sr.     Pete Falconi    Jeff Horn    Kelly Moore

                         Andy Cote’      Ted Stack

Please join us to celebrate our 2021 NEAR HOF Class induction. We will gather at 11:00 on Sunday, November 14th, 2021 at the Westford Regency Inn in Westford, Ma. 01886. This new venue is very close to the center of New England, making it much easier for everyone to attend. Rooms are available at the hotel so our guests can join us on Saturday evening for camaraderie, storytelling, and good times.
Tickets are available in advance via our order form available on our website NEAR1.org or on our Facebook page NEAR-New England Antique Racers.
We also will have a silent auction for racing memorabilia and NEAR event t -shirts on sale. Hope to see all of you vintage racing fans in attendance!

Click HERE to download and print the banquet ticket order form.

If you would like to send well wishes to our inductees please Click HERE to download the information form for the HoF program.

Vintage event 9/11/2021

The rescheduled 2nd Annual Historic Motor Sports Exposition returns to the North East Motor Sports Museum (922 Route 106 Loudon, NH) on Saturday September 11th. The event will host five mobile museums which will setup and display a variety of regional motorsports artifacts. In addition the expo will feature a variety of historical race cars from a range of disciplines and a vintage race car swap meet.The main attraction of the day will include outdoor museum displays from the Maine Vintage Race Car Association, New England Antique Racers, Ollie Silva Museum and the Ron Bouchard Museum. Pawtucket Rhode Island’s ProNyne Motorsports Museum will also feature a display.For the first time the event will feature the following best appearing award classes for vintage race cars. Awards sponsored by Wall’s Ford to be presented at 1:30pm•

Best Appearing Open Wheel Race Car
• Best Appearing Modified Race Car
• Best Appearing Stock Car Race Car
• Best Appearing Drag Racing Car
• Best Appearing Road Racing Car

The cost to enter your car to be judged is $20 which includes two free tickets to enter the museum the day of the event. Non-judged race cars may display in the show field for free. The cost per vendor space to display your vintage racing cars, parts, memorabilia, etc for sale will also be $20. Motorsports related items only and please cash only for entry payments. Join us on Saturday September 11th from 10am to 2pm and enjoy the one day museum exhibits and diverse display of historic race cars outdoors. While attending make sure to check out the North East Motor Sports Museum’s 30+ regionally historic race cars and motorcycles, electric slot car track and iRacing Simulator. Admission to view the outdoor show is $5 per adult at the front gate with museum members admitted free. Admission to view the indoor museum is $10 per adult with kids under 12 free to view both outdoors and indoors. We will hold a moment of silence at noon in remembrance of the victims of the September 11th, 2001 acts of terror. After this moment of silence cars on display outside will roar to life with our traditional gentlemen start your engines. This event will feature an onsite food truck to purchase food and drink. The event is a fundraiser for the North East Motor Sports Museum, a 501-c-3 educational nonprofit organization. To display your historic race car or artifacts call 603-783-0183.

Jeff Horn still winning at 75!!

At age 75 and just days from his 76th birthday, Jeff Horn won the midget feature event at the Rumney, Vt. track. He is most certainly the oldest driver to ever win a feature in New England. Even Dave Humphrey, who had an unusually long career, won his last feature at age 61.

Jeff began racing in 1965, and after serving his country in the military, has been racing ever since. Stock cars, supermodifieds, and midgets have been piloted by the accomplished racer. He’s won feature events in many cars with small and big block power.

Rumney is a dirt track, Jeff never left pavement until he was 67 years old.”All I wanted to be was a Saturday night throttle pusher” he said of his racing aspirations. No NASCAR, no Indy cars, just racing right here so we could all enjoy watching him.

Jeff does all the work on his cars, and he’s the guy driving the truck and trailer to the track, as well. Jeff Horn is a race fan’s dream!

Story/pics submitted by Dick Berggren

Bethel Motor Speedway Report

NEAR had a great night at Bethel Motor Speedway in White Lake, N.Y. It was Danbury Racearena night and none other than the Great Billy Greco (92 yrs.) was Grand Marshall. Billy wowed the crowd with a few racing stories and many autographs! A nice field of old and new NEAR cars was on hand. Paul Jacques and his gorgeous #8 coupe was the winner tonite. We welcomed two new drivers, Dennis David in his VERY historical #5 coupe and Larry O’Donnell in the #35. Thanks to all our members for coming and putting on a Great show! Good time had by all!!

NEAR wins over rain at Claremont

On Friday, July 9,2021 the skies stopped raining long enough to sneak in the NEAR Modified and Sportsman races at Claremont, N.H. Promoter Mike Parks made the right call and we had a real close race within a race. Jamie Ferland in the #194 took the mod win with Bob Donahue #99 2nd, and Jim Allen in the #44 third. In the Sportsman, John Adams took the win in the #71 BGN, Dave Manning #27 2nd , and Greg Gilbert in the #71 third. It was a really hot and humid night topped off with a full weekly race card and fireworks!