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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 102
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.
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1209 Main St. (Rt. 5)
East Hartford, CT
Frank Maratta's Auto Show
East States Expo Fairgrounds
West Springfield, Mass.
NEAR Mobile Hall Of
Fame On Display At Frank Maratta Auto Show And Race-A-Rama
New England Antique Auto Racers’ New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Mobile
Museum will roll onto the floor this weekend at the Frank Maratta Auto And
The show takes place Saturday (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. – 5
p.m.) at the Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition grounds
in West Springfield.
The mobile museum features a visual history of the New England Auto Racers
Hall of Fame.
Instituted in 1998 and administered by the New England Antique Racers, the
Hall of Fame boasts over 100 inductees including notable names such as
Richie Evans, Ron Bouchard, Bugs Stevens, Rene Charland, Pete Hamilton, Fred
DeSarro, Ed Flemke, Sr. and Bill Slater.
Also featured within the museum are several rare memorabilia items
representing decades of auto racing history throughout the region.
Voting ballots for the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductions will also be available
at the museum display through the weekend.
NEAR will also award its longest running award over the weekend, the Frank
Maratta Award, which has been presented annually since 1981. This year’s
recipient is 1999 Hall of Fame inductee Billy Greco for his unwavering
support of NEAR.
Hall of Famer Louis
D'AMORE, Louis J. Of Dedham, February 20. Beloved husband of the late
Adelaide L. (Luippold) D'Amore. Devoted father of Susan A. Boone of
Putnam, Ct., Richard L. D'Amore of North Easton, Louise E. Peterson of
East Brunswick, N.J., David J. D'Amore of Dedham. Grandfather of the late
Daniel D. Boone and 5 other grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Brother of Rose Mambuca of East Boston, Leo D'Amore of Tewksbury, Cora
Tenaglia of Brighton. Louis was the retired proprietor of the Dedham Super
Service. Sprint Car Owner and Mechanic. WWII Veteran. Funeral from the
George F. Doherty, Wilson-Cannon Funeral Home, 456 High St., DEDHAM,
Tuesday at 8 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Ann's Church, Readville at 9 a.m.
Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours Monday 4-8. Interment
Brookdale Cemetery, Dedham. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Louis'
memory to the Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre St., Jamaica Plain
Ma. 02130. For directions & guestbook www.gfdoherty.com George F. Doherty
and Sons Dedham 781-326-0500 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?pid=169781736#sthash.JFgeYT78.9zq2os6B.dpuf
Louis J. Of Dedham, February 20. Beloved husband of the late Adelaide L. (Luippold)
D'Amore. Devoted father of Susan A. Boone of Putnam, Ct., Richard L. D'Amore
of North Easton, Louise E. Peterson of East Brunswick, N.J., David J.
D'Amore of Dedham. Grandfather of the late Daniel D. Boone and 5 other
grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Brother of Rose Mambuca of East Boston, Leo D'Amore of Tewksbury, Cora
Tenaglia of Brighton. Louis was the retired proprietor of the Dedham Super
Service. Sprint Car Owner and Mechanic. WWII Veteran. Funeral from the
George F. Doherty, Wilson-Cannon Funeral Home, 456 High St., DEDHAM, Tuesday
at 8 a.m.
Funeral Mass in St. Ann's Church, Readville at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends
kindly invited. Visiting hours Monday 4-8. Interment Brookdale Cemetery,
Dedham. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Louis' memory to the Italian
Home for Children, 1125 Centre St., Jamaica Plain Ma. 02130. For directions
& guestbook www.gfdoherty.com George F. Doherty and Sons Dedham 781-326-0500
Hall of Fame Member
Reino Tulonen Passes at 89 Hall of Famer Ron Bouchard presents a cake
on Reino's 85th Birthday
during Ron Bouchard's Auto Show several years ago.
-- Reino Kalervo Tulonen, 89, of Fitchburg, died Jan. 26th at HealthAlliance
Leominster Hospital, after an illness.
Mr. Tulonen was born in Lunenburg, on August 20, 1924, a son of the late
Emil Kaarle and Alina (Bjorbacka) Riikonen Tulonen. He was raised in
Lunenburg and attended schools there. When he was young he worked for the
Crocker-Burbank Company, and then moved to Custom Auto Body where he worked
until starting his own business as a front end alignment specialist until he
retired. But his real love was racing cars.
"The Flying Finn", as he came to be known, began his racing career in 1946,
the year his first child was born, and continued for thirty years. He raced
many types of cars including; big cars, midgets, stock cars and late models.
His most successful car was a cut down that he designed and built himself.
Most of his car racing was done in New England, but he also drove in Canada,
Darlington, NC, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Over the years, Reino
won many races, with trophies reflecting his skill as a race car driver and
articles describing his daring exploits on
track. He was awarded the 1964 Champion Class A Driver by the Atlantic Auto
Racing Association, and had fans from around the world requesting his
autograph and wanting to talk to him about his racing career. In 2005, he
was inducted into the New England Antique Racers Hall of Fame in recognition
of a life time of racing.
He leaves his wife of 69 years, Anna Mae (Deery) Tulonen; one son, Rodney
Arthur Tulonen and his wife, Patricia Magrosky, of Springfield, VT; two
daughters, Joanne Tulonen of Seattle, WA. and Elaine T. Pierce and her
partner, Joel Slutsky, and six grandchildren,
2014 Schedule Among Topics of NEAR Annual Meeting
Billy Greco accepts the Frank Marrata
Award from Al Fini.
Lloyd Hutchins, Jr. receives the Charlie
Stebbins Award from Al Fini.
On Sunday afternoon January 5th, the New England Antique
Racers (NEAR) conducted its annual meeting at the Dante Club in West
Springfield, Massachusetts. Presiding was current club president, Al Fini.
Among items on the slate was an announcement of thus-far secured events for
the 2014 racing season. Also on the agenda was the presentation of several
New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Billy Greco received the
prestigious Frank Marratta Award. Established in 1981, the clubs
longest-running award is presented yearly to a dedicated individual that
routinely serves as a goodwill ambassador of the sport. Among the
most-admired racers within our region, Greco remains a very active NEAR
member. Among his contributions in 2013 was a successful club fundraising
picnic held in August. A stalwart of the Tattersall families former United
Stock Car Racing Club, he was a multi-time champion. His decades-long career
concluded following a run with the Southern New York Racing Association at
Connecticut’s former Danbury Fair Racearena. He was inducted into the HOF in
Presented to an individual displaying a record of dedication & hard work to
NEAR is the decades-running Charlie Stebbins Award named in-honor of one of
the original organizers of the club. An absolute-expert on the early days of
auto racing in the upper regions of New England, Lloyd Hutchins Jr. was this
year’s recipient for his continued efforts in the name of NEAR. Well-known
amongst the regions racing historians, Hutchins’ willingness to share his
vast knowledge of the sports history is universally appreciated.
Receiving 2013 NEAR participation awards were; Scott & Judy Porier (15
events), Scott Haskell (10), Team Blanchette, Jim Torok, and Rich Belmonte
(9), Brian "Spanky" Bancroft (8), and, Lloyd Hutchins Jr. & Bill Kemp (7).
Vice President Bill Henry announced several events for the 2014 season with
additional dates still in the preliminary stages. Confirmed venues include
New Hampshire’s Monodnock Speedway, Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway, and,
Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, & the Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut.
Several car shows and raceway reunions round-out a busy 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 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.
The New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame is administered by the New England
Antique Racers. Some very notable inductees include Richie Evans, Ron
Bouchard, “Wild Bill” Slater, Bugs Stevens, Rene Charland, Pete Hamilton,
Fred DeSarro, Ed Flemke, Sr. and Billy Greco. For more information on NEAR
visit our website at www.near1.org
NEAR Introduces “Class Of
2013” At 16th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony Photo By Steve Kennedy
(South Windsor, CT.) On Sunday November 10, the New
England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 16th annual New England Auto
Racers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Conducted at Manelley’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
Opening comments by NEAR President Al Feeney along with a stirring rendition
of the Star Spangled Banner & God Bless America performed by past NEAR
President Bob Seller and his wife began the day. Award-winning sportswriter
Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies.
Inducted this year were drivers Ralph Nason, Stan Meserve, Drew Fornoro,
Bill Eldridge, Bob Sharp, Brian Ross, the late Bob Stefanik, and longtime
car owner Ron Berndt.
Presented honors by Steve Pellerin of the Maine Vintage Race Car
Association, three-straight Oxford 250 victories (1998-2000) top the racing
resume of Newburgh, Maine driver Ralph Nason. His six decade career includes
successes on the ACT, NASCAR North/Busch North, IPSC, PASS and NEPSA
circuits. Starting in the early 1960s in Central Maine, he grabbed national
attention when he won 23 races in a “Petty Kit Car’’ in 1973. He was a
steady winner at Speedway 95, Unity, Wiscasset, and Oxford, including Getty
Opens. The key force in the formation of NEPSA, he was the champion in 1996
and ’97. Also a track owner/promoter, Nason has run several raceways
including Unity, Spud Speedway (Caribou) and Montamagny Speedway.
A native of Sidney, Maine, Stan Meserve excelled on a number of levels not
the least of which is driver/owner. His 1968 effort as an independent on
NASCAR’s Grand National circuit is now legendary. Starting at Unity Raceway
in 1965, he has a host of victories including a pair of Getty Opens and
championships at four different Pine Tree State Ovals – Unity, Speedway 95,
Wiscasset and Oxford. He has been an official for NASCAR North and ACT, a
successful chassis builder, a team manager/crew chief (Ricky Craven, Andy
Santerre, Dale Earnhardt, Inc), even a magazine publisher in his long
service to the sport. Fittingly, it was fellow Maine racing personality
Bruce Elder handling Meserve’s induction. <<FULL STORY>>
Four Time NASCAR
National Sportsman Champion, New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Member "Da
Champ" Rene Charland Dies at 84
M Charland, legendary stock car driver who blazed numerous tracks from
Canada to Florida passed away peacefully on Monday Sept 30 at the Wilkinson
Residential Care Facility in Amsterdam, NY where he had resided for the past
Mr Charland was born in Chicopee, MA on November 13, 1928 the son of Adelard
and Noella Lamoureux Charland. After serving his time in the US Marines and
Merchant Marines, Mr Charland resettled in the Chicopee area and later was a
resident of Agawam, MA before locating to Upstate NY in the 1960’s. After
returning from his act of duty in the service he tried on many masks,
working for Remington Arms in Springfield, Ma and running his own speed shop
and radio station before turning the throttle full bore on his racing career
which began in 1947.
Rene was a 4-time Nascar National Sportsman Champion from 1962 thru 1965. He
was one of the original Eastern Bandits that enjoyed tickling the skills of
the drivers in the South. He was also a member of the AllStar League for
many years. He was inducted into many Hall of Fames thru-out his life span;
the New England Antique Racers(NEAR), Dirt Motorsports ,Riverside Park,
Fonda Speedway, Utica-Rome and Albany-Saratogas as well as many more. He was
named as one of Nascar’s Top 50 Drivers at Stafford Motor Speedway as well.
His career wins exceeded 800, his track championships were numerous and
covered many states in the country to achieve his records. <<FULL STORY>>
Billy Greco’s NEAR Fundraiser Proves A
Popular Event For Race Fans
(WEST HAVEN, CT) It was
months in the making, and all the hard work yielded big dividends on Sunday,
August 11th as a large appreciative crowd attended Billy Greco’s New England
Auto Racing Hall of Fame fundraiser held on the grounds of the Polish
American Club in West Haven.
A 1999 inductee into the prestigious New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame
himself, Greco spearheaded the event as a method to raise funds for NEAR, a
non-profit club that celebrates the rich history of the sport in New
England. All proceeds went into the Hall of Fame fund.
Still remaining as popular as-ever following the conclusion of his driving
days, Greco was a crowd favorite during a career highlighted by multiple
modified track championships at both the Riverside Park Speedway in
Massachusetts and Connecticut’s West Haven Speedway. He was a feature event
winner at virtually all of the region’s raceways.
Greco was known to be “fan-friendly” during his time at the controls of a
modified, and it showed on Sunday. It seems that just about-everyone from
fans, to fellow competitors has a favorite Billy Greco story.
Not-unlike of his days of winning on the ovals of the Northeast, Greco was
quick to state that it took a full team-effort to put-together the event.
“There were a lot of people that helped in putting this fundraiser-on, and I
greatly appreciate that,” he stated. “Many worked behind the scenes. It was
a true team-effort for a great cause. NEAR is very important in keeping the
Many of Greco’s fellow Hall of Fame members were present including Ray
Miller, Dennis Zimmerman, Bob Potter, Pete Zanardi, and Val LeSieur. It was
indeed, a long list of those who pioneered the sport. <FULL STORY><CLICK HERE
Hall of Fame Member Chick Stockwell Passes
— Charles "Chick" Stockwell, 85, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at home,
surrounded by his loving family and caretakers, Robert Stockwell, Cheryl
O'Bar, Thomas Stockwell, Valerie Galvin, Clyde O'Bar Sr. and Darryl
Mr. Stockwell was born in Woodbury, the son of the late Charles Stockwell
Sr. and Margaret Stockwell. He was a lifelong resident of Woodbury, and he
served with the United States Army. His love for stockcar racing began in
1949. He raced many tracks, but was most famous for his number "151" at the
Danbury Race arena. He retired from racing in 1981, when the track closed
down. He went into farming, raising cows, some of which he had pet names
"Chick," who didn't like attention, was a quiet man. But he had an open door
policy to whoever wanted to come see him on the "hill." No invitation
needed. He was known for his Friday night gatherings and many humorous
He is survived by his children, Donna Lindberg and her partner, Ray Oulette,
of Woodbury, Charles Stockwell III and his wife, Peggy, of Watertown, Robert
Stockwell and his partner, Jean O'Grady, of Woodbury, Nancy Freeman and her
husband, Tom, of Watertown, and Cheryl O'Bar and her husband, Clyde Sr.,
Thomas Stockwell and his wife, Diane, and Valerie Galvin and her husband,
Willy, all of Woodbury. He was predeceased by a son, Gary Stockwell. He
leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren behind.
Funeral and burial services will be held privately in New North Cemetery,
Woodbury. The Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, 2 School St., is in
charge of arrangements. To send an online condolence, visit
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to
the New England Antique Racing Association, P.O. Box 172, Milldale, CT
Charles Leroy Elliott
New England Racing Hall-of-Famer had a
creative 75 year career
By Russ Conway
three new speedways with his own hands and refurbished three more. Some of
the greatest drivers in auto racing history thrilled hundreds of thousands
of fans on those race tracks, leaving decades of lasting memories.
New England Auto Racing (NEAR) Hall-of-Famer “Charlie” Elliott, 96, passed
away in his sleep today, March 20, at his home in Hernando, FL.
Self-educated, his common sense approach, quiet vice-gripe handshake and
humor matched by a determined work ethic were his characteristics, building
a legendary career from New England to Florida.
He began racing open-wheel open-cockpit cars in 1936 on the old dirt
Newmarket (N.H.) Speedway and later became involved in midget car racing.
Rather than drive he preferred working on cars becoming a mechanic and
expert welder. After working as a submarine welder through World War II at
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, he began operating race tracks and building race
cars. He built the first rear-engine race car ever to compete on an oval
Elliott’s operation of race tracks began in the late 1940’s, first in
Sanford, ME and then the former Dover (N.H.) Speedway between 1953 and 1965.
He was the originator of the first “Canadian-American” challenge race in
1958, matching top New England “cut down” car drivers against “invaders” –
drivers he personally recruited from Montreal and Toronto.
Nobody actually built more speedways in New England than Charlie Elliott.
His vision for new racing facilities coincided with the formation of the New
England Super-Modified Racing Association (NESMRA) in 1965. Teaming with Ken
Smith and Russ Conway, the trio opened Elliott’s newly built Star Speedway,
a quarter mile oval in Epping, N.H., in early August of 1967, just hours
after the track paving had been completed.
Elliott didn’t stop there. He always had a “project” he was building. Star
Speedway became a nationally-known short track, home of the annual September
“Classic” race drawing drivers from coast to coast as well as Canada.
Another “Charlie Project” developed in 1978 when he purchased the
dilapidated Hudson (N.H.) Speedway. Again with his hands and grit, the track
was refurbished and returned to life. Along with help from Smith, Conway,
and his family, Hudson flourished with successful events throughout the
Yet Elliott looked for more, purchasing the old Lee Raceway triangle track
in 1982. He completely redesigned and built a new oval track on the site,
Lee USA Speedway, which opened July 4, 1984.
In 1988, he again got the itch to build. His company purchased the dirt
Canaan Fairgrounds Speedway in Canaan, N.H. Charlie’s hands and mind were
working while he operated a bulldozer, grader and water truck restoring the
track. He also built a banquet facility, rebuilt and purchased the former
Benson Animal Farm Merry-Go-Round for the grounds, and then donated a new
Little League Baseball park on the grounds to the town.
To make it a multi-track facility, he built a new paved quarter mile oval
speedway at Canaan, only 800-feet from his dirt oval track. That was
followed by a motorcycle mountain climb competition trail, also in Canaan.
Home to the Stars
From legendary Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr., “Daytona 500” champions
Cale Yarborough, Buddy Baker, and Geoff Bodine, to Hall-of-Fame
super-modified icons Ollie Silva, Bentley Warren, Don MacLaren, Nolan Swift,
Jim Shampine, to Chris Perley, Russ Wood and many more, they have all raced
Elliott was also the first to operate winter super-modified races in
Florida. Beginning in the late 1960’s, he ran races in Hollywood, FL, a
fore-runner of the NESMRA Winter Series during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Born October 18, 1916 in Dover, N.H., he was the son of Fred and Flora
(Miller) Elliott. He leaves his caring wife of 30 years, June (Erikson)
Elliott; four daughters, Carol Planche and her husband Thomas of Berwick,
ME, Joyce Elliott of Portsmouth, N.H., Barbara Allen of Hernando, FL., and
Diane Elliott of Dover, N.H.; two sons, Charles of Leland, N.C. and Wayne of
Portsmouth, N.H.; a step-daughter, Donna Drolet and her husband Marc of
Manchester, N.H., and a sister Doris Kennedy and her husband Frank of
He also leaves five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, his beloved
step-granddaughter Angela and her son Cameron.
He was pre-deceased by his wife Helen, the mother of his children who died
in 1993, and Dorothy, who died in 1973.
A memorial service will be held Sunday August 25, 2013 at the Canaan
Fairgrounds Speedway where family and friends will gather to celebrate
Charlie’s amazing life.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Charlie
Elliott's name be made the Northeast Motor Sports Museum at 7 Bayview Road,
Ipswich, MA. 01938.
Inaugural NEAR Pioneers
Induction Banquet Plays To Packed House
On Sunday afternoon November 18th hundreds of victories
and untold contributions to auto racing during the sports early era in New
England were celebrated before a packed-house at the Inaugural New England
Antique Racers Pioneers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held at the Thompson
The selection of inductees followed a lengthy and comprehensive voting
process administered by a committee of New England’s foremost auto racing
Inducted into the Hall of Fame were stock car drivers Tony Mordino, Sparky
Belmont, Hank Stevens, “Big Ed” Patnode, Johnny Georgiades, Wally Silva, and
Midget racing standouts Eddie Casterline, George Rice, Al Pillion, Billy
Tibbert, Frank Simonetti, Charlie Ethier, and George Monsen completed the
Also taking their place among the most-celebrated personalities of our
region’s short track racing history were car owners Anthony “Beebe” Zalenski,
Ed Stone, Wen Kelley, Bob Oliver, and Gordon Ross. Joe Tinty, owner &
promoter of Connecticut’s former Plainville Stadium, is now also a member of
the Hall of Fame.
All members of the Inaugural Pioneer Class have passed-on, but not before
leaving an indelible mark on the sport in their own unique way.
“It was truly a feel-good event,” stated Hall of Fame Executive Committee
Chairman Bruce Cohen. “We had started putting this together a number of
months-ago, and it’s obvious by today’s turnout and the appreciation
expressed by those present that it was the right thing to do. The entire
team with the project worked hard to make this a reality. We could not be
happier for the families and friends of today’s very-deserving inductees.”
NEAR President Val LeSieur himself a Hall of Fame member, echoed a similar
sentiment. “This being the first-time we presented a Pioneers Induction
Ceremony, we’re particularly pleased with the turnout. The day could not
have gone better,” he said.
“It appears that we hit-upon something very-special today,” stated presenter
and well-known racing historian R.A. Silvia. “Whatever it-was, things just
aligned perfectly making for a very-enjoyable celebration of racing’s early
days. So-many segments of the sport’s history were well-represented today by
a group of very-deserving new inductees.”
Popular Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies. Presenters were veteran
New England racing personalities Bones Bourcier, Lew Boyd, Dick Monahan, and
R.A. Silvia. In a particularly poignant speech, Hall of Fame member Billy
Greco made the presentation for Sparky Belmont. The pair had been both
friends and competitors for years.
Renowned New England racing photographer & writer Steve Kennedy served as
the day’s official lensman.
Well-received by attendees were several memorabilia exhibits along with the
popular NEAR Mobile Museum. Longtime racing photographer John Grady was
on-hand with a huge display of vintage photographs charting the sport all
the way back to the post-war era.
Since 1998, NEAR has inducted over one-hundred individuals into the New
England Auto Racers Hall Of Fame, which is administered by the New England
Antique Racers. Notable inductees include Richie Evans, Ron Bouchard, Bugs
Stevens, Rene Charland, Pete Hamilton, Fred DeSarro, Ed Flemke, Sr. and
Billy Greco among others. For more information visit NEAR on the web at
New England Auto Racing Hall Of Fame Member
“Wild Bill” Slater Passes At Age
By Dave Dykes
was learned Sunday, July 15 that New England Auto Racing Hall of
Fame member “Wild Bill” Slater has passed-away.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
A member of the first-class inducted into the New England Auto
Racing Hall of Fame in 1998, Slater drove his first race at Lonsdale
R.I. in 1949 and for the next twenty years he won at tracks from
Oxford Plains Maine to Trenton New Jersey.
He was a four time champion at the Norwood Arena and a two-time
Sportsmen champion at Thompson. He won on the dirt at Stafford and
on the pavement everywhere.
He was often a top-three finisher in the NASCAR National Sportsman
championship run, even though he raced against full time drivers
while he held down a weekly job.
long list of accomplishments included winning 8 straight features at
Norwood, and 7 straight wins at Stafford. In 1959 he posted twenty
wins at Waterford. He also took down two championships at Waterford
and one at Stafford.
He won the 400 mile race at Trenton New Jersey four times, and was a
two time winner of the Utica-Rome 400 in New York. His
career victory was in his win at the Langhorne Penn. Race of
Champions the first year it was paved.
He drove in The Daytona Permatex 300 four times from 1963 to 66. He
is most known for his long time association with the Vitari-Bombacci
He drove his last race at Stafford in 1969 and then became involved
in the promotional side of racing at Stafford and later Thompson.
By Al Fini
NEAR was started by the single-handed efforts of one man, Ed
Clark. This article attempts to trace the motivation and the actions that
In my opinion, NEAR’s
conceptioncan be traced tothe racing career of George Clark,
Sr. George was a racer’s racer of the post WWII period when so many
daredevils took to the early bullrings without any regard to safety or
sanity. He started racing motorcycles in 1939 and when he got home from the
War he started driving the notoriously dangerous homemade “Big Cars” that
were the fore-runners of today’s sprint cars. Later, he was among the first
to drive the “jalopies” and then drove modifieds until a broken shoulder
side-lined him in 51. Then he had a long career in the “strictly stock” late
models that became popular in the United Stock Car Club of Harvey Tattersall
and NASCAR with Bill France. In 1950 the Cavano Bros. bought him a brand new
Oldsmobile from an East Hartford dealer that they took to NASCAR and Daytona
George lived to race.
George loved to race and he always raced for money, not trophies. It is very
difficult today to document his career. He often won races in other driver’s
cars using fictitious names or as a fill-in for other drivers. Ed says his
dad has the credentials that the Veteran’s Committee should look at as a
nominee to the NEAR Hall of Fame. <<Click Here For Full
NEW ENGLAND AUTO RACERS HALL OF FAME MEMBERSHIP
Dave Alkas 2008, Gene
Angelillo 2006, Dick Armstrong 2005, Jack Arute Sr. 2001
Bob Bahre 2009, George Barber
2007, Buddy Bardwell 2011, Art Barry 2009, Dick Batchelder 2008, Sparky Belmont
2012-P, Gene Bergin 1998, Dick Berggren 2008, Len Boehler 2004, Red Bolduc 2005,
Vic Bombaci 2006, Ron Bouchard 2000, Smokey Boutwell 2005, Joe Brady 2008, Bert
Brooks 2009, Howie Brown 2008, Ray Brown 2012-P, Hully Bunn 2001; Moon Burgess
Jean Paul Cabana 2007, Punky
Caron 2011, Fats Caruso 2000, Eddie Casterline 2012-P, Rene Charland 1998, Leo
Cleary 1999, on Collins 2005; Russ Conway 2006, Robbie Crouch 2006, Joe Csiki
2005, Red Cummings 2006, Tom Curley 2009, Ralph Cusack 2001
Louis D’Amore 2011, Dave Darveau 2008, Fred DeSarro 1999, Dave Dion 2007, Dick
Dixon 2004, Jerry Dolliver 2011, Beaver Dragon 2004, Bobby Dragon 2009, Homer
Dick Eagan 2007, Charlie
Elliott 2000, Charlie Ethier 2012-P, Richie Evans 1998
Stub Fadden 2003, John
Falconi Sr. 2007, Mario Fiore 2012, John Fitch 2009, Ed Flemke 1998, Red Foote
1999, Nick Fornoro Sr. 2002, Fred Frame 2004
Ernie Gahan 1998, Danny
Galullo 2011, Johnny Gammell 2008, Dick Garrett 2007, Ray and Garuti 2011,
Sharky Gaudiosi 2006, Johnny Georgiades 2012-P, Moe Gherzi 2012, Harry Grant
2005, Billy Greco 1999.
Pete Hamilton 1998; Harold Hanaford 2009, Billy Harman 2004, Hop Harrington
1999, John Hoenig 2003, Jerry Humiston 2012, Dave Humphrey 2000
Charlie Jarzombek 2004, Bob
Johnson 2007, Booker Jones 2003, Jim Jorgensen 2012, Bob Judkins 2003
Vic Kangas 2011, Johnny Kay
2006, Wen Kelley 2012-P, Joey Kourafas 2012, Buddy Krebs 2000, Sonny Koszela
Don LaJoie 2000, Roland
LaPierre Sr. 2012, Val Lesieur 2011, Bob Libby 2006, Phil Libby 2006, Rollie
Lindblad 2009, George Lombardo 2008, Fred Luchesi 2008
Don MacLaren 2002, Don
MacTavish 2001, Dick McCabe 2002, John McCarthy 2007, Jim McConnell 2009, Jim
McGee 2006, Jocko Maggiacomo 2000, Skip Matczak 2011, Dan Meservey 2011, Ray
Miller 2002, George Monson 2012-P, Ralph Moody 2000, Tony Mordino 2012-P
Ron Narducci 2000, Russ Nutting 2011
Sammy Packard 2004, Ed
Patnode 2012-P, Al Pillion 2012-P, Bob Polverari 2003, Bob Potter 2007
Sonny Rabideau 2005, Billy
Randall 2006, Georgie Rice 2012-P, Paul Richardson 2009, Oscar Ridlon 2005,
Marvin Rifchin 1999, John Rosati 2007, Joe Rosenfield 2006, Fred Rosner 2001,
Gordon Ross 2012-P, Don Rounds 2001, Art Rousseau 2001, Reggie Ruggiero 2012
Bobby Santos 2001, Bill
Schindler 2004, Mike Scrivani Sr., 2008, Boston Louie Seymour 2006, Frank
Simonetti 2012-P, Ollie Silva 1998, Wally Silva 2012-P, Bill Slater 1998, Bertha
Small 2009, Ken Smith 2006, Joe Sostilio 2003, Ken Squier 2002, Bugsy Stevens
1998, Hank Stevens 2012-P, Chick Stockwell 2001, Ed Stone 2012-P, George Summers
Harvey Tattersall 1998, Johnny Thomson 2002, Billy Tibbett 2012-P, Joe Tinty
2012-P, Paul Tremaine 2004, Reino Tulonen 2005,
D.Anthony Venditti 1999,
Irene Vendetti 2012, Bob Vitari 2006
Bentley Warren 2007, Dick
Watson 2003, Phil Walters (Ted Tappett) 2002, Bill Welsh 1998, Eddie West 1999,
Bill Wimble 2002, Dick Wolstenhulme 2006
2012-P, Pete Zanardi 2008, Dennis Zimmerman 2001.