This past weekend’s stop on the NEAR schedule was at the Ron Bouchard Museum in Fitchburg, Ma. A very nice turnout of cars both modified and cruise style alike gathered for the yearly visit. An awesome cookout was provided, with a live band, as all enjoyed the hot but beautiful weather. This is a must see destination for any race fan. Many thanks for the hospitality shown by Paula Bouchard, Bergie, volunteers, and staff who ran the event flawlessly. Thanks also to the participants who brought together a fine assortment of cars.
The NEAR Event at Seekonk has been postponed due to weather. We will be working on a re-scheduled date!
Saturday, August 11th, 2018, the vintage racing cars of NEAR take to the high banks of the Seekonk Raceway. The Hall of Fame Truck will be on the midway, and the stars of NEAR will race heats and a feature during the racing program. Pit gate opens at 3 p.m. with practice to follow. Come down and see some of the best examples of New England Racing history compete just like in years past.
Photos courtesy of Scott DeCota
A fine turnout of NEAR Sportsman and Modifieds were ready to do battle at Waterford Speedbowl on Sat. July 28th. Just as the feature was lined up in the pits, Mother Nature unleashed her havoc on all. All further racing was cancelled for the evening. This was a shame for the competitors, many who traveled from New Hampshire, Ma, and even the local racers.
We were able to get everyone out for 2 practices in the afternoon. We also ran our 8 lap qualifying heat, won by Angie Bullock in the 088. Second was Paul Jacques in the 7ny, and Dickie Doo Ceravolo in the #31. The rainout also prevented the speedway from recognizing Ceravolo for his 30th anniversary behind the wheel of a modified. Congratulations, Dickie. Unfortunately, the remainder of the event will not be re-scheduled, due to lack of open dates on the calendar.
The Hall of Fame truck was a popular attraction for the fans in attendance, as well as the static cars on display. Thanks to all for displaying and competing, it was a very well attended show.
The cars and stars of NEAR will be on hand for Summerfest at the Wiscasset Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 5 th, 2018. The track is located at 274 West Alma Road in Wicasset, ME. Pit gates open at 10 am., a picnic is part of the fest.
The show is a static one, with parade laps also on the speedway. We are hoping for good weather for this event, a very popular one with our friends to the north. Load the kids in the car, and come show them fine examples of New England racing history!
The Racers of NEAR are to appear next this Saturday, July 28th, pit gates open at 1 pm. The Hall Fame Truck will be on the midway, along with any cars wishing to static display. There will be a heat (8 laps) and feature (length TBD) for the running cars. Rich G. and/or Bill H. will be there to sign you in, we will be in the north pits (closest to the entrance in turn one.)
See you all there! Questions Rich 860-209-7343 call or text
The re scheduled Summer Knights Car Show is set for this Sunday, May 20th, from 9-3. Bring out your NEAR cars and have a great time!
Story and pictures courtesy of Bill Henry
Mother Nature took the start of the New England Antique Racer’s season by storm on April 29, 2018.
The annual Summer Knights Show was stopped in it’s tracks by rain at the Berlin Lions Fair grounds in Berlin CT. The early morning rain deterred many folks from making the yearly trek to show number one. Not surprisingly, the hardy members of NEAR were there waiting for the start of the season.
In attendance waiting when John Jarush, of the Summer Knights, made the decision to pull the plug were:
The 02 Vega of Butch Burbank, the 110 Coupe of Curt Snow, the 00 Corvair of Mike Rucci, and last year’s Show Champion Angie Bullock, accompanied by Bill Kemp, and Angie’s black beauty 088 coupe.
The weather continued to be poor after the 9:10 a.m. decision to call it a day. The Summer Knights went to work with the facility owners, the Lions Club, immediately. Mr. Jarush established a new date, with the same sign in time and venue on Sunday May 20, 2018.
John hopes to see everyone who did not make the trek this time on Sunday May 20, 2018, from 9 to 3. This is a huge fundraiser for the Knights, and NEAR’s long term association with this event has helped raise awareness for their causes.
Attendance points were awarded to those who made this trip, and will be awarded to those who make the show on the new date. Lets hope that the rest of the season will be safe and dry for the rest of the schedule in 2018!
Thanks again to those who attended, and we look forward to showing more cars on the new date.