Bob Judkins
Car Owner
Class of 2003

     Ask Bob Judkins who has driven for him since he started building racecars in the early sixties, and you’ll hear a who’s who of auto racing legends.  Jerry Wheeler first drove Judkin’s ’37 Ford Coupe at Plainville, followed by Tony Mordino,  and then Billy Harmon.  It was Ed Flemke who first asked Bob to paint the number 2x on his car.  At that time, Flemke was running with the Eastern Bandits, and there was a 1x, a 3x, and a 4x.  “Put 2x on the car, and I’ll drive it”, Flemke told him.   Judkins and Flemke began competing at the Norwood Arena.  Mario “Fats” Caruso, Rene Charland, and Gene Bergin all drove the ’37 Ford.

     Judkin’s second coupe was a ’36 Chevy, and he continued to hire a host of notable drivers, including Kenny Shoemaker and Maynard Forette.  In later years Reggie Ruggerio and Brett Bodine took their turns in the 2x.  

     In 1971, Judkins introduced a new style of racecar, hanging a pinto body on the famous 2x.  NASCAR was not ready to do away with the pre-war coupe bodied racers, and they refused to allow the pinto-bodied car to compete.  Stafford’s Jack Arute tried to convince NASCAR to allow the 2x to run, telling Bill France, Sr. that the new body style was the “future of racing”.  When he was not able to convince France through letters and phone calls, Arute made the trip down to Daytona Beach to persuade France face to face, clearing the way for Judkin’s 2x to be the first pinto bodied NASCAR modified.

     Judkins went on excel at Riverside Park, with the late Dave Caruso, then Jerry Marquis having driven the car to many victories.  Bob currently resides in Florida, and has won track championships at both the Orlando Speedworld and New Smyrna tracks. In his fifth decade of fielding a racecar, Bob Judkins continues to be highly competitive.  Last year, Judkins entered the 2x in 47 races, coming away with 11 feature wins.  Today, we welcome Bob Judkins into the NEAR Hall of Fame.                             

 


Bob Judkins



Bob is inducted by one of his former drivers and current Modified Tour Competitor, Jerry Marquis.