NEAR CARS AND STARS ARE INVITED TO BIG E

BY Al Fini

 
In 2016 Fred Ciavola and I were invited to put on a presentation representing the history of the Big E racetrack which operated from 1917 to 1968. That exhibit was so popular that John Juliano, director of the Special Events Dept. of the Big E reached out and asked if NEAR could hold a still show on the Avenue of States on Sunday October 1, 2018.
They requested our Mobile Museum (they will pay our normal display fee of $250.00) and up to 15 racecars which will be displayed on the road across from the State buildings which is their most popular attraction meaning that over 50,000 Fair attendees will visit our display of the history of New England Auto racing.
All the NEAR members coming with the display cars will receive free admission. You must arrive before 8 AM and the cars will be on display until 4 PM at which time the Security Dept will escort us back to the parking lot where you can load and leave. If there is enough interest we will schedule an autograph session, with Hall of Fame members
PLAN ON ENJOYING A DAY AT NEW ENGLAND’S GREAT STATE FAIR
We must have a minimum of 8 cars or the event will be canceled and the Board of Directors indicated if we have that many cars it will be a points show. You must contact Al Fini, (413-896-4764, finiplants@aol.com) or Steve Zukowski, (860-6388841) by May 15. If you plan on attending.
If this is successful I believe it could be an annual event.

2017 NEAR Schedule is up!

Please click on NEAR Schedule button for the 2017 Schedule updated on 3/12/17.
Please direct any additions, deletions, pictures, or copy for the website, to
Rich Goucher at rgoucher@comcast.net

A few points of interest and importance
The schedule now posted is updated and correct and differs from the one posted in the last news letter.
Twin State asked to be called Claremont Speedway that was corrected per the request of the Speedway who is gracious to host an event for us.
The date of the Norwood reunion has been corrected
The date of the Plainville reunion has been changed
This year the event will take place in September on the 23rd

If you want to display your call at the Thompson Ice breaker Commencing March 31 Please contact Jim Williams as the space is very limited although it would be nice to see a mixture of vehicles showing the coupes and coaches as well as the Vegas and Pintos A few flatheads and six cylinder would make a nice display

Summer Knights Sunday April 30 at the Berlin Fair Grounds
If you don’t have a race car or it is not yet ready for display bring your street car or hot rod. Motorcycles are also welcome
This is a charity fundraising event come out and show your iron, shake off the dust of the winter and soak up the sunshine. Enjoy the day and help John and his crew raise money for several good causes
There will be raffles, prizes, and a swap or sale area and food.

NEAR Pasta/Movie Night Fundraiser

Update-Weather will be chilly, but no snow! Expected HOF attendees:

Bob Polverari, Billy Greco, Dave Alkas, Bob Potter, Val LeSieur, R.A.Sylvia, and more!!!!! 

Come Celebrate and Participate

NEAR Pasta and Movie night is happening on:

Saturday March 4, 2017 at the

Elks Lodge
126 South Street
Bristol, CT

Cash Bar Available
Cocktails and Appetizer hour from 5 to 6 P M

Dinner served at 6 P M

Throughout the evening there will be racing movies showing as well as a  racing Memorabilia Raffle
Before the end of the evening a 50/50 raffle drawing

As an added feature this year a NEAR Hall of Fame member autograph session

So get out of the house and SHAKE OFF your CABIN FEVER and PARTICPATE

This will be a new rite of spring where you can gather with old friends and make new ones while sharing your racing memories and your plans for this season

Tickets are a $15.00 Donation at the door, or reserve yours by calling:

Rich at     (860) 209-7343

Jim at      (860) 922-9263

Steve at  (860) 638-8841

Donations for the raffle will be accepted till 6 – So bring something for the raffle and have an enjoyable time centered on the sport of Motor Racing!

All proceeds go to support New England Antique Racers (NEAR)