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Congratulations 2015 Co-Champions
Angie Bullock and Bill Kemp

Welcome to the New England Antique Racers and New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame

 

 

 


 

 

Slide Show of Vintage Race Cars

The New England Antique Racers Club is a non-profit organization that supports the history of New England auto racing. NEAR has been in existence since 1981 and has a growing membership, over 400 members, and 80 antique race cars. Members live throughout New England and are available, on a no charge basis, for exhibition events at  local race tracks in New England and several tracks in the New York area, with both original and historical replica race cars.

Since 1998, we have inducted 196 individuals into the New England Auto Racers Hall Of Fame, which is administered by the New England Antique Racers. Some very notable inductees include Richie Evans, Ron Bouchard, Bugs Stevens, Rene Charland, Pete Hamilton, Fred DeSarro, Ed Flemke, Sr. and Billy Greco.

Next NEAR Meeting
Triple-A-Restaurant
1209 Main St
East Hartford, CT
February 16, 2016

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Looking for Volunteers for
the Frank Maratta Show
February 2, 2016

The New England Antique Racers (NEAR) are looking for Volunteers to staff the NEAR display at the Frank Maratta Show. It is a great opportunity to visit with old and new racing enthusiasts and share NEAR’s mission to preserve the history of racing in New England. Invite them to tour the Mobile Hall of Fame Museum that recognizes the great contributions drivers, car owners, track owners, promoters, publicist, car and engine builders have made to our sport.

It's important for the club to have 6 to 8 volunteers to provide the needed coverage at the Maratta Show, February 26th, 27th and 28th (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at the "Big E" in West Springfield, MA. 

The club will be voting on the funding at the February meeting as long as we have the volunteer coverage. 

If you are interested in participating at this event, please call the President, Paul Masse, at (401) 769-3484, Event Coordinator, Jim Williams, at (401) 580-1313, or Steve Zukowski (860) 638-9941 to let them know; visit www.fmautoshow.com for more information.

Barbara Martel, Wife of
Hall of Famer Jim Martel Passes
February 2, 2016

(IPSWICH, MASS.) Barbara Martel, beloved wife of 2014 New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductee, Jim Martel, passed away peacefully at her home in Ipswich, surrounded by her family on Sunday, January 31, 2016. 

For a full obituary including arrangement details, and to leave condolences online please visit http://www.whittier-porter.com/

The New England Antique Racers (NEAR), would like to take this opportunity to forward its sincere condolences to the entire Martel family and all of Barbara’s many friends on this sad occasion.

By Dave Dykes

NEAR Member Peter Jacobs Passes
January 31, 2016
Photo courtesy of Yalesville Funeral Home

(MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT) New England Antique Racers member Peter Jacobs, 75, of Meriden, died Monday, January 25, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

For a full obituary and to leave condolences online please go to www.yalesvillefh.com

The New England Antique Racers (NEAR) would like to take this opportunity to forward its sincere condolences to the entire Jacobs family and all of Peter’s many friends on this somber occasion.

By Dave Dykes

2016 NEAR Schedule as of January 20th,
Has Been Posted

**Subject to Change**

January 24, 2016

The NEAR schedule for 2016 is nearly complete; click here for the DRAFT schedule as of January 20, 2016.

Please note that while the schedule is about 95% solid, some dates and/or times may be subject to change.

A highlight for this year is the gracious invitation extended to NEAR by Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. We have a running show scheduled there on Wednesday, September 7th.

Additionally, NEAR has been invited to have displays at three other major events: The Icebreaker April 8-10, the Vintage Oval Weekend May 13-14, and the World Series Oct 14-16.

This is truly exciting for NEAR to be a part of these classic events. Stay tuned for more information on the Vintage Oval weekend, including Registration Forms and click here for the Rules for participation. You will have more track time during this two day event than you'll know what to do with, and a good car count from NEAR will be rewarded with feature races at the end of the day.

Make plans now to attend May 13-14! Please visit www.thompsonspeedway.com for more information.

By Jim Williams

Frank Maratta Show
January 22, 2016

The New England Antique Racers (NEAR) are looking for Volunteers to staff the NEAR display at the Frank Maratta Show. It is a great opportunity to visit with old and new racing enthusiasts and share NEAR’s mission to preserve the history of racing in New England. Invite them to tour the Mobile Hall of Fame Museum that recognizes the great contributions drivers, car owners, track owners, promoters, publicist, car and engine builders have made to our sport.

It's important for the club to have 6 to 8 volunteers to provide the needed coverage at the Maratta Show, February 26th, 27th and 28th (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at the "Big E" in West Springfield, MA. 

The club will be voting on the funding at the February meeting as long as we have the volunteer coverage. 

If you are interested in participating at this event, please call the President, Paul Masse, at (401) 769-3484 or the Event Coordinator, Jim Williams, at (401) 580-1313 to let them know; visit www.fmautoshow.com for more information.

NEAR Member Profile for this week is Joe Keefner
January 19, 2016

"Back in the Day" you would see this Ray Bliss #10 1974 AMC Gremlin racing at Flemington. Today the Owner/Driver is Joe Keefner displaying the #99K on his first-ever race car.

In 2008 Joe started racing and has been a NEAR membr since 2013. His favorite race track is Devils Bowl Speedway where he took down the win in 2014. When asked his most memorable moment in racing, besides winning the 2014 Devils Bowl race, his answer would be working and running side-by-side with, his long-time friend, Rick MacDowell.

Joe and wife Bridgit enjoy family time when not racing...