Showers Stall Start of the 2018 NEAR Shows

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.

For Sale

                           

For sale

Vintage Modified

Blue Knight #73 1982 Chevy Cavalier

Driven by: Donnie Bunnell

  • Built in 1982 by Ron Yuhas
  • Refurbed in 2012 by Ron, and original crew.
  • All sheet metal done with original templets with original roof
  • Hood made from original mold
  • 604 Butler / McMaster tour engine with Dyno Sheets
  • White powder coated headers
  • Remcoated Magnus 3 speed transmission
  • New multi disc clutch
  • Original quick change totally rebuilt with extra gear sets
  • All new suspension
  • New fuel cell with new steel braided fuel lines
  • All new Wilwood brakes rotors and calipers
  • All safety equipment current
  • Full containment seat
  • 1 set of chrome rims with new Hoosier tires
  • 1 set of painted rims with tires less than 50 laps                                                                               

 

Over $28,000 invested asking $16,500

Contact Dennis at 401-413-5107 or e-mail dym393@verizon.net

NEAR ANNUAL MEMBER’S MEETING

2ND  UPDATE-MEETING  DATE  CHANGED  TO              

 

              SUNDAY, JANUARY 21st, 2018

     DUE  TO  SCHEDULING  CONFLICT  AT  TRACK

           

               THOMPSON  SPEEDWAY  CLUBHOUSE 

                              205  E  THOMPSON  RD.  THOMPSON, CT.

DOORS  AT  11 A.M. – MEMBER LUNCH  AT  NOON

                 FREE   LUNCH  FOR  PAID  MEMBERS – ALL  OTHERS  $10.00  CHARGE

       AWARDS FOR TOP FOUR CARS/DRIVERS 2017

           DISCUSSIONS FOR  RUNNING/STILL  SHOWS  2018 SEASON   SUGGESTIONS, COMMITTEE  FORMING  AND  ADDITIONS,  COMPLAINTS

           RACING ITEMS/MEMORABILIA  RAFFLE

        BRING ALONG  ANY  ITEMS  YOU  WISH  TO  CONTRIBUTE/DONATE  TO  RAFFLE

            MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS  AVAILABLE AND PROCESSED

   YOUR  INPUT  IS  WELCOMED  AND  APPRECIATED

 

 

              Board Meeting  Tuesday                              11/22/17 at 7:15 P.M.

                                     Hall of Fame Wrapup/Report

                                      Planning for  December Event

                                       Planning for January  Meeting


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                                                   1209 Main St
                                                East Hartford, CT.

Attention!! Original M&H Tires Available For Your Vintage Race Car!!!

Ken Bouchard has the finishing touch for your vintage race car. We have over 90 Original M&H sticker tires for sale. Please call and leave a message 508-314-6013

 

Ken Bouchard’s Motorsports
520 Fairmount Street
Fitchburg, MA  01420

(508) 314-6013 
www.drivetovictorylane.com 
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NEAR Attends 2017 Danbury SNYRA Reunion

Article and Photos courtesy of Bill Henry

 

 

 

 

September 17, 2017 found the New England Antique Racers at the P.A.L. building  for the annual  Danbury  SNYRA  Reunion.  This always popular show brought out the crowd, even though the morning started out with clouds, mist,  and fog. By noon, the weather had cleared and we were in a summer sweat down.  Fortunately, this event is inside. The  hot weather had little impact on those shining up their cars. They all displayed well and  received the admiration of the masses.

In addition to the cars, the Hall of Fame Museum was also in attendance. This traveling catalog of racing memorabilia was, as always, a hit with those who toured. 

It is hard to believe that after 36 years race fans still come out to view the cars, and obtain autographs from their drivers.  Many  take pictures of cars which now only race in their memory. Some are still on the track at vintage events where some tracks allow  NEAR to participate. These are demonstrations. not at top speed and racing, as set forth in our bylaws. If you have not been to a facility where NEAR actively takes to the track, you have missed the sounds of open exhaust, the smell of rubber being ground into the track, and the scent of hot oil. The 2018 schedule is under construction as this is being written.  Please  check the website and make plans to support NEAR at a local race track. Come show your support for the facilities, and the members who do this as a labor of love for the sport.

Also for the fan’s viewing delight were late models, modifieds, dirt cars and go karts from the surrounding area.   They all came out to support the reunion. Outside the facility a good number of street vehicles made the trek to strut their stuff for the pleasure of the attendees.

 

 

On behalf of NEAR and the Danbury Racearena Reunion Committee,  I would like to thank  the following:  Don Moon, George Cleveland, Don Lajoie, Pete Ballard, Dale Cote, Bill Kemp, Jojo Farrone and Angie Bullock.  Your efforts were paramount to making  the show happen by bringing  your  cars and donating  your time. Much appreciated.

 A big tip of the hat goes to Steve Zukowski.  Steve drove  the HOF truck from Rhode Island to Danbury and back so that it was available to the fans.

On to The Plainville Reunion!

 

Ted “TC” Christopher Tribute/ Services


Tribute from Bailey Funeral Home Website

 

“First tap is telling you I’m here. Second tap is telling you to pick a lane. Third tap, I’m picking the lane for you.”

Ted “TC” “The King” Christopher #13

NASCAR driver, business owner and beloved husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, Theodore “Ted” “TC” Christopher, died following a tragic airplane crash in Guilford Saturday.

The celebrated 59-year-old driver, a Plainville native who recently moved to Southington, left behind both a legend and a legacy. His life was full of energy, swagger, intelligence, generosity and kindness that together contributed to the essence of a man whose greatness went far beyond the race track.

In 2001 Christopher won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national title and in 2008 the NASCAR Whelan Modified Tour Crown. With 13 combined championships, he was the winningest driver at both Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Christopher, whose “Three Tap” rule reflected his aggressive, signature racing style, was named one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR’s weekly series in 2006, when the series celebrated its 25th anniversary. In 2008, Stafford named a section of its grandstand in his honor. Despite his age, Christopher had not lost any of his edge. So far this season he had racked up six wins at Stafford with his most recent just two weeks ago.

A fan favorite whose ability was respected by his racing peers, Christopher won hundreds of awards and accolades throughout his racing career. And while most knew him because of his racing celebrity, his biggest successes in life went far beyond the tracks he raced on.

A well-regarded and hard-working businessman who owned M & T Enterprises in Plainville, Christopher’s roots in his community ran deep. A 1976 graduate of Plainville High School, he was a sports enthusiast who was captain of his high school wrestling team. In 2013 he was inducted into the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame. He rooted for any football team that was winning, especially if the team was beating his wife’s Dallas Cowboys, but could care less about the Red Sox or the Yankees. He was an avid reader, loved rock and roll music, was a classic car collector and a guy who couldn’t imagine life without his German shepherds, including puppy Maverick.  His friendships with his gang of longtime friends were precious, respected and far reaching. An accomplished cook, he never missed the Wednesday night Outback dinners “with the boys”  followed by Pralines ice cream on his way home. Morning oatmeal from scratch with a side of “Let’s Make A Deal” was a must. 

He was generous to his community, sponsoring many children’s recreational activities and quietly contributing to non-profit efforts because he wanted to help. As a son and sibling, he was devoted. As an uncle, he loved knowing that the party never really began for delighted nieces and nephews until a boisterous, grinning and mischief-making “Uncle Teddy” arrived.

Nothing in his life however, was more important than his wife, Quinn Wazorko Christopher, and the treasured life and home they had built together.  It reflected an unshakeable bond of love and trust and teamwork that he valued much more than his rooms full of trophies.

Christopher was a true man of merit, one who lived every day of his life to the fullest and whose life ended too soon.  He will be missed more than words can explain.

Besides his wife he leaves  his mother Lucy (Graziano) Christopher; his twin brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Jen Christopher of Wolcott; his sister and brother-in-law Joe and  Judy Christopher Mannix of Longmeadow; his mother-in-law MaryEllen Fillo Wazorko of Southington and Delray Beach, Fl ; his brothers-and sisters-in-law, Christopher and Raegan Wazorko and Justin and Tabitha Manafort, all of Plainville;  his nephews and nieces, Michael and Nicole Christopher, George and Jacob  Mannix, Olivia, Lillian and Amelia Wazorko , and Samantha, Justin, and Tommi Manafort. He also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins and treasured friends who shared his love of life both on and off the racetrack and dearly treasured him. He was pre-deceased by his beloved father, William Christopher.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew Church, 120 Church St., Forestville. Friends are asked to meet directly at church. Calling hours will be held Monday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Bailey’s Funeral Home, 48 Broad St Plainville .There will also be a race program memorial at Stafford Speedway in Stafford Springs on Oct. 1 where his #13 car number will be retired.

It is said “The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave.” His life was one of love, sass, compassion, honesty and adventure. His legacy is all that and much more.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Ted Christopher Memorial Fund, care of Farmington Bank, 117 East Street Plainville Ct 06062 Attn. Bree Pirog. To leave a condolence go to www.bailey-funeralhome.com

 

 

 


Charitable donations may be made to:

Ted Christopher Memorial Fund
117 East Street, Plainville CT 06062