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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 of approx. 350-400 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.

NEAR 2015 Annual Meeting
Dante Club, West Springfield, MA
Sunday, January 11th ~ 1pm
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John McCarthy Passes at 84
NEAR Hall of Famer, NEMA President
and Championship Owner
(Published on December 8, 2014 in NEAR, NEMA and NEMA Lites)

December 14, 2014

Tilton, New Hampshire – John L. McCarthy, 84 a long time resident of Tilton died at his home Saturday, December 6, 2014 after a period of declining health.

Son of Alma (Levis) and John L. McCarthy, Sr., he was born in Mount Vernon, NY on June 21, 1930. John spent his youth in Quincy, MA. He was a graduate of Boston College High School (’48), attended Boston College, and earned an MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He served his country in the Army National Guard and lived for many years in Shrewsbury.

During his youth, John was a clubhouse boy for the Boston Red Sox and during breaks, often played cribbage with Ted Williams. John had a brilliantly analytical mind and was at the forefront of the Electronic Data Processing/Information Technology revolution as a Senior Executive at Wyman-Gordon Company for 29 years, retiring in 1985. He revolutionized Midget Auto Racing as well. Click here for full story

Sources: William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home

NEAR Presents New England Auto Racing
Hall of Fame “Class of 2014”

South Windsor, CT
November 18, 2014

On Sunday, November 16th, the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 17th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Conducted at Maneeley's Banquet Hall in South Windsor, CT, the HOF celebrates literally hundreds of feature victories, championships, and untold contributions to the sport of auto racing within the New England region. Instituted in 1998, the HOF now boasts membership of well-over 100 deserving individuals.

Opening comments by NEAR President Al Fini and Benediction by Paul Masse along with a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner & God Bless America performed by young Sarah Mosseau began the event. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler again served as Master of Ceremonies.

Comprising the “Class of 2014” are drivers Ron Wyckoff, Deke Astle, Mike Rowe, Jim Martell, Fred Schulz, Fred Borden, Briggs Cunningham, Pappy Forsyth, drag racing Icon Bob Tasca Sr., car builder Dave Tourigny and Racing Historian R.A. Silvia. Click here for full story

By Dave Dykes