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 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 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!!
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!
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 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.
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
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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Photos and Event Report courtesy of Angie Bullock