HOF Driver Robert “Dick” Wolstenhulme Passes


We regret that this information is not timely. We just heard that Dick had passed late last week.

WINDHAM – Robert “Dick” Wolstenhulme, 10-time Beech Ridge Champion, racing “Iron-Man” and legendary “hub-cap” man, 87, passed away June 14, 2020 on his 63rd wedding anniversary at Mercy Hospital. He was born Oct. 8, 1932, a son of John “Fred” and Lillian (McPherson) Wolstenhulme Sr. He grew up in Windham, working alongside his father in the shop he built, which Dick continued on after his father’s passing.

On June 14, 1957, he married Phyllis Howard. The two made their home in Windham, which has developed as a landmark for all who visit the town. Anyone who knows Dick is familiar with his thousands of shiny hubcaps he proudly displays at his shop. He had a love for “picking” particularly hub caps.In addition to his unique collection of hub-caps, Dick was a 10-time Champion at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, in both classes, the late model and super-modified. Known as the “Iron Man from Windham” he proudly drove #99; his love for racing was instilled in his whole family and Beech Ridge was their second home. Dick was inducted in the inaugural class of the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame. Dick also was inducted into The NEAR Hall of Fame in 2006.

A character in his own right, Dick was an unforgettable man who loved his family above all else. His bond with his daughter Barbara was unmeasurable and he was known as “Ganky” to his beloved granddaughter, Janice and great-grandkids Sawyer and Bennett who were the apples of his eye. Although he leaves a legacy of hub-caps and racing, he will be remembered for his salt of the earth qualities. When asked during an interview what life lessons Dick learned he responded, “Be good to people. Forgive them. Bite your tongue! If you can’t say nothing good, don’t say nothing.”

Dick is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis Wolstenhulme; son-in-law, Donald Sawyer; granddaughter, Janice Douglas and her husband Ryan; great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Bennett Douglas; a daughter, Cindi Wolstenhulme; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Barbara Sawyer; baby granddaughter, Kimberly Sawyer; and his brother, John F. Wolstenhulme Jr.

Dick’s funeral service was held on Saturday, June 27 at 4 p.m. at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough. To express condolences or participate in Dick’s online tribute, please visit http://www.DolbyBlaisSegee.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dick’s name may be made to the Maine Vintage Racecar Association, 6 Lookout Drive, Windham, ME 04062