Charlie Elliott’s racing career began in
1938, where he raced a home built “mud buggy” in the middle of a
field in Farmington, NH. He competed on and off until 1941, when he
left to serve his country in World War II.
When the war was ended, Charlie
returned to racing, driving a 60 horsepower midget for the next four
to five years. It was during this time that the Dover Speedway in
New Hampshire tried running the midgets. When the division didn’t
catch on, Dover officials decided to close the track. Charlie leased
the track from it’s owner, and set about fixing up the speedway.
Elliott was in charge in the
1950’s when a rise in the cost of living combined with an increase
in the cost of racing coupled to shut down many tracks. Charlie
realized something had to be done so he established a bomber
division where a guy could get started in racing with junk yard
cars. By promoting at this scale, Charlie was able to ride out this
period that put some tracks out of business.
From that beginning as a race
promoter, Charlie went on to own the Hudson Speedway, and also Lee,
which he later sold to Red MacDonald. Elliott built the Star
Speedway from scratch, and then, many years later, sold it to Bob
Webber. It was at the Star Speedway, in 1966, that Charlie began
promoting a new division, the Super Modifieds. Working with Ken
Smith of the New England Super Modified Racing Association, Star
Speedway and NESMRA flourished.