For those of you planning to attend the 25th New England Antique Racers 2022 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, please think about joining us Saturday night for food and beverages at the Pub at the Westford Regency which will be open for us at 4:00pm. Rooms are available so you can feel free to come early stay late and not have to worry about driving home! We hope to see folks there Saturday night to share your favorite racing story! Call today to book your room and join in the pre celebration fun! (978) 692-8200

NEAR HoF Banquet is coming up fast! All are welcome!! We would love to see our past inductees joining us to help celebrate this years great class! If you haven’t been to a NEAR HoF Banquet in a while, why not come back this year!!! TICKET ORDERS MUST BE RECIEVED BY THIS SATURDAY OCTOBER 15TH!! We have to prepay and give a head count to the venue two weeks before so there can be no last minute requests. PLEASE JOIN US SUNDAY OCTOBER 30TH!!!

Passing of “Gentleman” Jim Martel

The racing world and a storied family has lost a grand champion.
Gentleman Jim Martel led a storied racing career during which he won two Late Model championships during Star Speedway’s most competitive years for that class.
His time behind supermodified steering wheels produced spectacular results. He accomplished the impossible by winning a feature race at Thompson with its long straights while driving the short wheelbase Snapp Six, a car that was notoriously skittish on straightaways.
Driving Skip Matczak’s sprint car, Jim won Claremont the first time he ever raced anywhere on dirt.
He later won at Beech Ridge on dirt and earlier had successfully raced coupes and cut-downs on asphalt.
His best year was 1970 when he won 21 feature events and the track championship driving his late model at Star Speedway. Despite his record of dominating wins, fans always cheered Jim. Never did the grandstand boo even when he defeated a popular driver.
Son Scott helped Jim to wins as a crew member. Jim helped his son Scott to supermodified wins as his crew chief. Father and son were classy top racers who drove sophisticated cars to victory.
Jim earned the “Gentleman” nickname because that’s what he was. Usually. There was the day at Lakeville where he was bunted by “Wild Man” Wayne Dunham. When the race ended, Jim visited Dunham in his pit and urged him to get out to settle the score. When Dunham wisely refused, Jim hopped atop the Dunham’s hood on which he jumped up and down before the incident was broken up.
He was devoted to his wife Barbra during nearly 60 years of marriage which produced five kids: Scott and his late brother Keith, Cheri, Lori, and Marci.
For more than 50 years Jim successfully ran his garage business in the small auto racing-focused town of Ipswich, MA. He was an excellent mechanic, charged a fair price and was honest. That’s how he served customers who returned to Jim’s garage for decades in the small town where he lived and worked.
Jim was inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2014.
His most lasting contribution to New England auto racing is the fleet of race cars he restored. Jim’s hands were on several cars that have appeared on display at the New England Racing Museum.
Jim joined the board of Directors of the New England Racing Museum where he served with distinction until health issues forced his exit.
Calling hours will be on Sunday, Oct 2 at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich, MA 4-7pm. A funeral will be held at the Our Lady of Hope, 1 Pineswamp Rd., Ipswich, MA at 10am on Monday, Oct 3.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the New England Racing Museum, 922 Rt 106, Loudon, NH 03307

2022 NEAR Hall of Fame

NEAR HoF Banquet is coming up fast! All are welcome!! We would love to see our past inductees joining us to help celebrate this years great class! If you haven’t been to a NEAR HoF Banquet in a while, why not come back this year!!! Get your tickets before you’re left out!!!!

hotel reservation link is here

The banquet ticket order form is attached HERE Deadline for ticket orders for the Banquet is OCTOBER 15, Tables of 10 MUST BE ORDERED BY OCTOBER 1ST.
Hotel Reservations at the group rate need to be made by SEPTEMBER 29th-directly thru the Hotel
Get your ticket orders and Hotel rooms booked today!

Monadnock running show 8/6/22

8/6/2022 - Monadnock Speedway

8/6/2022 – Monadnock Speedway

Winchester, NH

NASCAR Advance Auto Weekly Racing Series

NHSTRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Late Model Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Pure Stocks, Young Guns, NEAR (New England Antique Racers)

Concessions, Beer Garden Area and ATM onsite.

Small coolers allowed (No Glass or Alcohol)

Pit Admission: $30 / $35 (purchased on the day of the event)

General Admission: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors (65+) and Military (with Proof of Service, $5 (Ages 11-18) and FREE (Ages 10 & Under). Tickets available in advance or on the day of the event.


Adult General Admission$15.00
Senior General Admission (65+)$10.00
Military General Admission (with Proof of Service)$10.00

4 ticket options availableGET TICKETS


  • Pits Open2:00 PM
  • Gates Open3:00 PM
  • Hot Laps At3:30 PM
  • Racing Starts6:00 PM


  • NHSTRA Modifieds
  • Street Stocks
  • Late Model Sportsman
  • Mini Stocks
  • Pure Stocks
  • Young Guns
  • NEAR Antique Auto Racers


2021 Annual Meeting Makeup

The date for the 2021 NEAR Annual Meeting Re-schedule has been set for Sunday, July 31,2022. It will be held in central New England for the convenience of our travelling members. The event will be at the Leominster-Fitchburg Elks Lodge, 134 North Main St., Leominster,Ma. Guests may arrive from 2:30 p.m. for the meeting to begin at 3 p.m.

A light meal and refreshments will be served and the Elks will have a bartender on duty for any desired libations. Business matters will be discussed as well as voting in of new directors previously appointed by the President. A raffle will also be on the schedule.

Awards for the 2021 running season will be presented to our 3 co-champions through 4th place. This meeting was announced in our last newsletter, please use this as a reminder. Meeting is open to 2022 paid members, and applications will be available at the door. Please bring your current membership card with you to expedite admission.

Can’t wait to see you all there!!

Rich Goucher, NEAR President