NEAR at Stafford Speedway on Friday, June 7th, 2019

The New England Antique Racers appeared at the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday, June 7th, 2019. It was deemed “Kids Night” at the  popular oval, and there were many child oriented activities planned for the evening. A Big Wheels race on track, bounce houses and NEAR Race Cars on the midway, and a kids Bike Raffle to top it all off. The lucky winner of the bike only bought one ticket!!! Stafford management also donated a beautiful NAPA tractor trailer truck and a Chase Elliot collectible race car. Pronyne Museum donated a couple NEAR t shirts to the tally, as well! All in all, a great time was had by everyone in attendance.

The Bill Kemp #199 Camaro was very popular with the youngsters, as many took the opportunity to sit in a race car for the very first time. The #088 of Angie Bullock was also very popular with the fans!

 

The NEAR Hall of Fame Museum was also on site, with many fans checking out the plaques inside that honor the legends of New England racing history.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George and Candy Cleveland brought out the Cleveland Farms #5, and Ric Mariscal brought the Pronyne Museum’s  Checkered Flag Announcer #26 Gremlin. This car belonged to the infamous Paul Tremaine, a fixture at N.E. tracks in the 60’s and 70’s.

Also on hand was the beautiful #716 Checkerboard square car and the #19 Moose Hewitt Pinto owned by Tom and Eileen Maciag. Thanks to all our members that brought cars, and Bruce Nichols as well, for coming along to assist in the evening’s activities!!

 

 

 

 

 

NEAR at White Mountain Motorsports Park 2019

NEAR held the first of the running shows for 2019  on Saturday, June 1, 2019. The owners and staff of White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H. were great hosts.

The track gave us an open practice for a few hours and a feature race for both the sportsman class and the modified class. The sportsman class rolled out first on the track. The #9 of  Norm Cyr took the win followed by #71 of John Adams in  2nd, and the #088 of Angie Bullock to round out the top 3.

In the modified feature the win went to the #44 of Tim Hines, 2nd was “Downtown” Ken Brown #35 and 3rd was the #7vt of Wayne Wojtyna.

It was a great night of racing at White Mountain Motorsport Park.  Thank you to the entire staff  for the great job and for having NEAR there. To all of the NEAR members, thank you for your continuing  support!!

NEAR at Stafford Speedway Friday June 7, 2019

NEAR will be at Stafford Speedway this Friday, June 7,2019 for a static show on the midway. The Hall of Fame Truck and member cars will be on display to celebrate Kids Night. A lucky youngster will be taking home a new bike, courtesy of the NEAR Bike Raffle. Come on out and support a great racing facility and have a great night out with the family!!

First 2019 NEAR running event this Saturday!!

The cars and stars of NEAR will be appearing at the  White Mountain Motorsports Park this Saturday, June 1, 2019. The NEAR cars are slated for arrival at 1 p.m. for the show that starts at 6:30 p.m. Also in attendance will be the North East Mini Stock Tour, Street Stock Showdown Series, and other support divisions. Come on down and support a great racing program and your NEAR members!

NEAR visits the Ron Bouchard Museum

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.

NEAR original founder Ed Clark passes

The  entire  NEAR  Membership  offers  it’s  deepest  condolences  to  the family  and  friends  of  Ed  Clark.  Ed  was  one  of  the  original  founding  members  of  our  club.  New  England  Racing  will  be  forever  indebted  to  Ed  for  his  efforts  to  preserve  and  publicize  it’s  rich  history. R.I. P. good  sir.

 

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EDWARD ARTHUR CLARK
December 10, 1939 – August 11, 2018

CLARK, Edward A. — Edward A. Clark (Eddie), 78, of Palm Coast, FL, beloved husband of Diane (Leone) Clark passed from this life on August 11, 2018. Mr. Clark was born in Meriden, CT, and was the son of the late George H. Clark and Carmelina (Bazzano) Clark. 

Mr. Clark was a longtime resident of East Hartford, CT, prior to moving to Palm Coast, FL, in 1983. In East Hartford, he was active in the community serving as president of the East Hartford Little League in the 1970s and was a member of the East Hartford Elks Lodge #2063. Mr. Clark worked for Mashkin Freightlines from 1964 to 1983 where he was a member of Teamsters Local 559. In Palm Coast, he served as a volunteer firefighter in the mid-1980s, and over the years continued to be active in the Flagler County community as a member of the Italian American Club and Palm Coast Elks Lodge #2709. He also worked with the Flagler County Kiwanis. When first moving to Palm Coast, Mr. Clark worked for ITT Community Development Corporation at Palm Coast Home Realty as a property manager, and in 1992, worked with his wife to open Budget Property Management in 1992 until 2017. 

Mr. Clark was an avid NASCAR fan and was a racing pioneer in his own right as he was a  founder of the New England Antique Racers Association (NEAR) with the original vision of preserving New England stock car racing history. He followed his father George Clark’s footsteps by serving as a NASCAR technical inspector and official from 1960 to 1982. Mr. Clark was also a Navy veteran who served onboard the USS Tarawa CV-40 from 1956 to 1958. 

Along with his wife of 53 years, he is survived by his son, Jeffrey Clark and his wife Missy of Naples, FL; his daughter, Kelly Brandt, and daughter, Amy Bowes and her husband William of Palm Coast, FL. He also leaves his eight grandchildren, Adrianna Brandt, Jacob Brandt, Trevor Brandt, Samuel Bowes, and John Bowes of Palm Coast, FL, and Nicolette Clark, Madelaine Clark, and Charles Clark of Naples, FL. He also leaves his brother, George H. Clark, Jr., and his wife Rosemary of East Hartford, CT, and many nephews and nieces.

 Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Palm Coast, FL, on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. A visitation will be held before mass from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the memorial room. 

Mr. Clark was an avid animal lover and the family requests in lieu of flowers for any memorial donations to be made in his name to the Flagler County Humane Society, 1 Shelter Drive, Palm Coast, FL 32137. 

The family of Mr. Clark entrusted the arrangements to Clymer Funeral Home & Cremations

VISITATION

Saturday August 25, 2018 , 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church 
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MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL

Saturday August 25, 2018 , 11:00 AM at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church 
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Great turn out for NEAR at White Mountain Motorsports Park

 

Photos and Event Report courtesy of Angie Bullock

 

 

The  NEAR  Northern  Division  got  to start  their  running  events  for  the 2018 season at White Mountain Motorsport Park.  On  Saturday, June 2, there  was  a  good  turnout  of  cars.  They  were  able  to  run  two  separate heat  races,  and  one  feature  race. The  sportsman  heat  was  6  laps, with the #7 of Wayne Wojyna finishing 1st,  #9 of Norm Cyr 2nd,  and  the  #02NH of  Tim  Hintz  to  follow.  The  modified heat  was  8  laps  with  the  #02MA of Butch  Burbank  finishing  1st,  with  the #35  of  Ken  Brown and  the  #088 of  Angie  Bullock  to  make  up  the  top 3  finishing  spots.

The  feature  race  was  12  laps  with some  close  racing  going  on.  The  #7 of  Wayne  Wojyna  grabbed  the checkers, with  the  #199  of  Bill  Kemp taking  2nd  place, and  the  #088  of Angie  Bullock  rounding  out  the  top 3  positions.  The  Northern  group would  like  to  thank  everyone  who came  out  to  the  show.  It  was  a  good night  of  racing,  great  job  everyone!!!

 

NEAR HOF truck to appear in VT. and N.H.

On  Thursday, June  14th, the  NEAR HOF  Truck  will  be  making  the  trip to  Thunder  Road  Speedway  in  Barre, Vt.  The  cars  and  stars  of NEAR  will  also  participate  in  a  running  event  at  the  speedway  that evening.  The  HOF  Truck  is  being  sponsored  by  the  Lloyd  Hutchins Roofing  Company  for  the  northern  swing.  Thanks  to  longtime  owner/driver/supporter Lloyd  for his assistance!

The  truck  will  also  appear  at  the  Claremont  Speedway  in  Claremont, N.H.  the  following  night, June 15th,  as  the  cars  of  NEAR  also  have  heats  and  features  there.  Please  come  out  and  support  our owners/drivers  next  weekend, as  we display  a  fine  example  of  the  history  of  auto  racing  in  New  England. Bring the kids  and  grandkids!