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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, 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
1209 Main St
East Hartford, CT
April 21, 2015 at 7:15pm

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By Dave Dykes
March 28, 2015

(WATERFORD, CT) Multi-time New London-Waterford Speedbowl Modified track champion Dick Dunn passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 27th, 2015. He was 77.

Calling hours and Funeral details may be found at www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary

Long heralded as a marquee star at the Speedbowl, Dunn began his career in the shoreline oval’s support divisions before successfully transitioning to the headlining Modifieds where by the 1960s he’d become a multi-time feature winner with his own car, and also while driving for other teams.

A pairing with car owner the late Peg Gaudreau and her late husband Al at the dawn of the 1970s proved wildly-successful for the Middletown, CT, native.

Piloting the Gaudreau “Buddha’s Bullet” #3, he went on to record 4-straight Speedbowl Modified track championships beginning in 1972. Click here for full story

Hall Of Famer Billy Greco Hosts
NEAR Racing Movie Party On March 28th
March 10, 2015

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(West Haven, CT.) On Saturday evening March 28th, New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Billy Greco will host a NEAR racing movie party at the Polish-American Club located on 194 West Spring Street in West Haven, Connecticut.

Things get underway at 5pm with tickets available at the door.

The event serves as an official fundraiser for the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), which administers the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Highlights of the evening include a display of vintage racing videos from a variety of the regions raceways, many-of-which have not been viewed for years. Also on display will be photos including many rare images from the early days of the sport. Raffles and door prizes, autograph sessions, along with a buffet-style menu of home-cooked Italian, American, & Polish cuisine complete the evening agenda.

“This is a way to get everyone together for an enjoyable night,” states Greco who was inducted into the HOF in 1999. “All proceeds benefit the New England Antique Racers which have presented the Hall of Fame Inductions every year since 1998. It’s a great cause and something that we all strongly-support.”  

It’s expected that an assortment of Hall of Famers along with other notable racing personalities will attend.

Greco, whose career began in 1951, remains one of the most endearingly-popular competitors in New England Modified racing history. He established himself in the sport early-on, notching track championships at West Haven in 1955, and again in ’56 and ’58. He won Saturday night championships at Riverside Park in 1965 and 67, and also won several Tuesday night track championships at The Park. His combined feature win total at Riverside is 68 including five 500-lap team races.

His success was not limited to just driving for Harvey Tattersall’s United Stock Car Racing Club. Greco was a charter member of the All Star Racing League and had success on both dirt and asphalt. In the late-1960s he tried his hand with NASCAR. Later in his career he joined the SNYRA and competed at the Danbury Racearena. It’s estimated that he won over 300 features during his career. Billy also has the distinction as the only driver to have won a feature event on all-eight oval tracks that once existed in Connecticut; Stafford Speedway, Thompson Speedway, Waterford Speedbowl, Plainville Stadium, Danbury Racearena, Cherry Park in Avon, West Haven Speedway and Candlelight Stadium in Bridgeport.

A non-profit endeavor, since 1998 NEAR has inducted 196 individuals into the New England Auto Racers Hall Of Fame, which is administered by the New England Antique Racers. Some notable inductees include Richie Evans, Ron Bouchard, Bugs Stevens, Rene Charland, Pete Hamilton, Fred DeSarro, Ed Flemke, Sr. and Billy Greco among others.

By Dave Dykes

Save the Date, "March 28, 2015"
Bill Greco Movie Party
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March 3, 2015

If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, then you should attend the NEAR movie night sponsored by Bill Greco for the benefit of the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame:

  1. Are you tired of all the snow?
  2. Are you ready for a night out with people who enjoy auto racing?
  3. Do you like good food?
  4. Do you want to meet Hall of Fame drivers?

On Saturday March 28, 2015, Hall of Fame member Bill Greco is hosting a fundraiser which promises to be the event of the pre-racing season. With Bill doing the cooking, your taste buds will be extremely satisfied. There will raffles, drawings and movies for all to enjoy.

So come to the Polish American Club located at 194 West Spring Street in West Haven, CT.  The event is set to get the "green flag" at 5pm.

The is an open event; the public is welcome to attend.

The donation for this evening of great fun is only $20. All inclusive of admission, food and good times!

And remember, if you want to join NEAR or renew your membership, this is a perfect opportunity to meet and greet as well as make new friends.

Hope to see you there!

By Bill Henry