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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 380 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
March 17, 2015 at 7:15pm

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Former Waterford Speedbowl Competitor
Ricky Taylor Passes
February 19, 2015

Sadly, we received news today informing us that former Waterford Speedbowl competitor Ricky Taylor has passed-away. Arrangements are listed below, reported by The Day. Our sincere condolences are offered to Ricky’s family & many friends on this somber occasion.

The following short glimpse of his career is culled from the Wednesday January 15, 2014 edition of Dave Dykes’ Racing Through Time at www.davedykesracingthroughtime.com “Here we have a classic Shany Lorenzent image (circa 1969), featuring Ricky Taylor, a standout competitor in the Speedbowl’s Daredevil division. Introduced in 1965 to shore-up a sagging car-count in a failing Bomber class, it was a slam-bang show with cars-aplenty. Even qualifying for the feature could be a supreme chore. Mostly populated by tri-five Chevys & Fords, they were essentially-stock vehicles with the only modifications made in the name of safety.

The popular Taylor won a boatload of features in the division’s rough n’ tumble early era. The owner of this ride was our friend Angie Cerease who later became the driver of the iconic L&M coupe, one of Waterford’s most fondly-recalled Modifieds.” (Shany Lorenzent Photo)

By Dave Dykes

Calling hours will be held from 5 until 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Lake Ave., Niantic. A service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

Please visit www.fultontherouxniantic.com for photos, tributes, directions and more service information.

Published in The Day on Feb. 20, 2015

Click here for full obituary

NEAR Member Profile this week is for Steve Zukowski
February 16, 2015

If you visited Westboro Speedway “back in the day” - which was a high-banked 1/4 mile paved oval located in Massachusetts that ran from 1947 through 1985 - you might have seen our NEAR colleague Steve Zukowski, competing at one of his favorite tracks in his Chevrolet Vega #53. Steve started his racing career in 1960, he joined NEAR in 1998 and is the original owner/driver of the #53; which you could still see at the Vintage races today.

Other tracks Steve competed on included: Stafford Speedway, Riverside Park, Seekonk Speedway, Lakeville Speedway (Middleboro, MA), Thompson Speedway, Riverside (Groveton, MA), Hudson Speedway (NH), Brookline Speedway (NH), Star Speedway and Waterford Speedbowl.

The numerous car owners Steve drove for are some of his most memorable moments in racing; some include #78 owner-Nelson LeCleir (driving a ’50 Ford), #78 owner-Ron Langiven (driving a ’53 Ford), #17 owner-Ina Smith (driving a ’47 white Caddy – nicknamed the Joker), #21 owner-Don Silberman, #11 owner-Tony St. Angello, and #25 Coupe owner-Dave Johnson (Steve’s son-in-law). Click here for full story

NEAR to Appear at the Maratta Show
February 5, 2015

The New England Antique Racers will be appearing again this year at the Frank Maratta Auto Show and Race-a-rama at the BIG E in Springfield, MA. This year the event will take place from 10am to 9pm on Saturday, February 28, 2015, and again on Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 10am to 5pm.

As we discussed at the Annual meeting we need one vintage modified to be displayed for the event.  The vehicle can be brought in Friday afternoon and set up prior to the show. Three years ago a vintage car belonging to NEAR was chosen as the overall winner. The owner was given a three foot high trophy to mark the event. So if your car is ready for the season and all buffed and shined...give Paul Masse, the President, a call at (401) 769-3484 to let him know that you want to uphold the honor of NEAR.

If you do not have a car, or yours is not yet ready, come on down anyways. It is always a good time where you can bench race, get autographs and snag some good deals on products for your race car, show car or street machine. Wear your NEAR gear and sit for an hour or so and help out at our membership drive. We will have tables with sample Newsletters and Membership forms. No special skills required - just talk to those passing by and tell them why NEAR is a great organization and how we work to preserve the rich history of racing in New England. Tell them about the unique NEAR Hall of Fame. The famous individuals enshrined and how they can take part all year long.

We also need members of the Hall of Fame to drop by and sign autographs and converse with the public about your days behind the wheel. Stop by and feel the thrill of the fans as they tell you how they remember the fabulous racing that happened on the short tracks and the large ones that are no more. The history you created.

Hope to see everyone there. 

By Bill Henry

New England Antique Racers (NEAR)
Set Busy 2015 Agenda
February 3, 2015

The New England Antique Racers (NEAR) have secured several event dates as part of a busy 2015 agenda. First is the Frank Maratta Auto Show & Racearama to be held February 28th - March 1st at the Eastern States Exposition Center located at 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA. More details may be found at www.fmautoshow.com.

Next-up, New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Billy Greco hosts a NEAR Racing Party on Saturday evening March 28th at the Polish American Club located at 194 West Spring Street in West Haven, CT. The event starts at 5pm. With previous editions having been very-successful, it remains a must-attend affair for New England race fans. Click here for flyer

NEAR running events are slated for Monadnock & White Mountain Speedways in New Hampshire, Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway, Bear Ridge, Devils Bowl & Thunder Road in Vermont, Beech Ridge in Maine, and Connecticut’s Waterford Speedbowl. 

A non-NEAR event, it’s expected that the club will be well-represented at the Thompson Motorsports Park Historic Oval International to be held on May 15th & 16th.

Still shows in Connecticut include Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, the Summer Knights Car Show, and Danbury & Plainville Reunions. Appearances at the Norwood Arena & Pines Speedway Reunions along with the Bay State Show bring the club to Massachusetts.

Both still & running shows are still being added to the 2015 season and an updated comprehensive schedule including dates for all events will be posted under "NEAR Schedule", click here for the Tenative Schedule.

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, 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.

By Dave Dykes

We lose another Pioneer...
Multi-time United Stock Car Racing
Club Champion, Tommy Sutcliffe Passes
January 31, 2015
Shany Lorenzent Photo

We received the unfortunate news today that multi-time United Stock Car Racing Club champion Tommy Sutcliffe has passed-away in Florida. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Our sincere condolences are offered to Tommy’s family and many friends on this sad occasion.

The following short glimpse of Tommy’s career is from the Wednesday, July 18, 2012 edition of Dave Dykes’ Racing Through Time at www.davedykesracingthroughtime.com “One of the real chargers when Harvey Tattersall’s once influential UNITED ruled the New England Modified roost rather than NASCAR, Tommy Sutcliffe enjoyed a long-reign at the front of the pack. Twice a champion at Connecticut’s late West Haven Speedway, he was a top competitor all over our region for decades winning a boatload of features. This one captures the guy affectionately nicknamed “Suitcase Sutcliffe” when he was a part of the weekly starting field at Connecticut’s “New London-Waterford” Speedbowl of the early 1960s.”

By Dave Dykes