Photos courtesy of Scott DeCota
A fine turnout of NEAR Sportsman and Modifieds were ready to do battle at Waterford Speedbowl on Sat. July 28th. Just as the feature was lined up in the pits, Mother Nature unleashed her havoc on all. All further racing was cancelled for the evening. This was a shame for the competitors, many who traveled from New Hampshire, Ma, and even the local racers.
We were able to get everyone out for 2 practices in the afternoon. We also ran our 8 lap qualifying heat, won by Angie Bullock in the 088. Second was Paul Jacques in the 7ny, and Dickie Doo Ceravolo in the #31. The rainout also prevented the speedway from recognizing Ceravolo for his 30th anniversary behind the wheel of a modified. Congratulations, Dickie. Unfortunately, the remainder of the event will not be re-scheduled, due to lack of open dates on the calendar.
The Hall of Fame truck was a popular attraction for the fans in attendance, as well as the static cars on display. Thanks to all for displaying and competing, it was a very well attended show.
The cars and stars of NEAR will be on hand for Summerfest at the Wiscasset Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 5 th, 2018. The track is located at 274 West Alma Road in Wicasset, ME. Pit gates open at 10 am., a picnic is part of the fest.
The show is a static one, with parade laps also on the speedway. We are hoping for good weather for this event, a very popular one with our friends to the north. Load the kids in the car, and come show them fine examples of New England racing history!
The Racers of NEAR are to appear next this Saturday, July 28th, pit gates open at 1 pm. The Hall Fame Truck will be on the midway, along with any cars wishing to static display. There will be a heat (8 laps) and feature (length TBD) for the running cars. Rich G. and/or Bill H. will be there to sign you in, we will be in the north pits (closest to the entrance in turn one.)
See you all there! Questions Rich 860-209-7343 call or text
Submitted by Phil Whipple
Gardiner Leavitt, the legendary driver, car builder, parts supplier, and Maine racing icon
passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, with family by his side. He was 87.
Leavitt raced on the dirt of Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, the high-banks of Dover (Delaware) International Speedway
and numerous short tracks in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.
Affectionately known as “The Geezer from Kezar,” Leavitt’s 60-plus year involvement in
auto racing began at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 1951. His red and white No. 35
entry was a familiar sight for race fans around southern Maine.
When the original NASCAR North Tour was created in 1979, Leavitt decided it was time
to try something new. After 12 years competing in NASCAR events from North Carolina
and Virginia to the Maritime Provinces of Canada, Leavitt retired as a driver to take on
the new role of tutoring young drivers.
For over 50 years, Leavitt wore the hats of race driver, car owner, teacher, fabricator and
race parts supplier. Leavitt and wife June touched more lives and influenced more young
drivers than perhaps any other couple in New England. Leavitt was a member of the
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame and
was inducted into the NEAR Hall in November of 2017.
On behalf of President Paul Masse and full membership at NEAR, our thoughts and
prayers go out to June, Steve and the entire Leavitt family at this difficult time. Gardiner’s
impact on New England racing was huge, and his legacy will live on for generations to
Story by Bill Henry
The New England Antique Racers will be appearing at the
“Remembering Danbury Speedway” event at Bethel Motor Speedway on July 21, 2018. Michael Hager , of the Bethel Motor Speed way, is inviting all NEAR members to bring their cars to the Speedway on Saturday July 21, 2018.
The pit gates open at 3 p.m. The track is offering 2 warm up heats and a feature event for the cars that want to take to the track.
Mike also said please bring cars for a still show, he has plenty
of room. Last year, those who attended enjoyed the event.
There will be two free entry passes for each car , whether
static or running. The main event for the track cars will be
the Ev Pierce memorial race. These folks put on a good show,
with wheel to wheel racing.
Members of the SNYRA reunion committee will be there with Danbury items. The P A system was turned over to members who raced at Danbury, to recall the memories of the track. The Grand Marshal will be a driver from Danbury, as well . Ev’s family will be there also.
So come on out for a great evening of nostalgic racing, and honoring a driver who raced for decades in our cars of yesteryear!
Hope to see you there!!!
Bethel Motor Speedway
361 Horseshoe Lake Road
Bethel New York
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!!!
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!
The show at Monodnock Speedway originally scheduled for Sat. June 23rd, has been re-scheduled to Sat. September 8th. Same time frame, 3 p.m. arrival, with show start at 6 p.m. Please see updated schedule page for more info.
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!