Bobby Santos began racing in 1952,
driving a ’47 Plymouth at the Norwood Arena. The venture was
shortlived, and Bobby quit racing for several years.
One night, however, Don MacTavish
asked Bobby if he would take his wrecked racecar home and repair it.
He did, with the help of friends George Colwell, and Ira Tucker.
Santos took that car to Norwood, and won 3 Sportsman races and 23
Hobby Division races between 1961 and 1967. He mounted dirt tires
and drove the same car at Stafford, taking down 3 championships
In 1968, Bobby was so dominant in
the Norwood Hobby Division that he was “invited” to leave. He,
Colwell, and Tucker returned to Norwood, however, after building
themselves a modified, which he quickly managed to park in victory
Over the next several years, Bobby
drove for Ray Spognardi, Ray Stonkis, Bill Simon, and Joe Brady,
competing at Westboro, Thompson, and Seekonk. He then went to work
for Art Barry, driving the Preston, CT based #09 and then the #21.
Santos and Barry competed at Stafford, Thompson, Claremont, and
Monadnock. “Bobby was the “King” up in New Hampshire”, remembers
Barry. There was one year nobody could touch him up there. He won 7
consecutive races up there once.”
Bobby took the Barry cars outside
New England, and was a threat to win every time out at Trenton,
Pocono, Lancaster, Malta, and Utica Rome. “Win, lose, or draw,”
states Barry, “Bobby was a ton of fun. We won a lot of races. The
thing about Bobby was that he drove his heart out, from the first
lap to the last. He drove for me for 7 or 8 years, and we wona LOT
Santos retired from racing in
1973, after he broke his neck in a wreck at Thompson. Nascar needed
his doctor’s permission for him to return, and his doctor refused