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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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East Hartford, CT.
Thanks to Candy Cleveland for all photos!
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Photos by Bill Henry
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!