Fred Luchesi
Driver
Class of 2008

     

       Fred Luchesi’s career in racing started in the late 1940’s, and lasted until his retirement in the late 1960s.  During that career, Fred drove coupes, modifieds, midgets, and late models.  He competed against nationally known drivers like Fonty Flock, Red Byron, and Ted Tappett, and raced against local drivers like Moon Burgess.  Fred is modest when asked about championships.  “Oh, I dunno.  Three at Westboro, 2 or 3 at Lonsdale, 1 at Noorwood, oh, and 3 at Waterford”, Fred recalls.  One year at Lonsdale,  Fred“Lead Foot” Luchesi took down every main event of the season but one, finishing 2nd to NEAR Hall of Famer Dave Humphries in that race.

     Fred recalls those early days in racing, when he’d load up his car with race tires, tools, and his two man pit crew, and drive the race car from Pawtucket, RI all the way up to Victoriaville in Canada for that day’s race.  Another early memory is those Sunday mornings driving the race car to Thompson to compete.  He would roll the car down Slater Street in Pawtucket, and fire it up at the bottom of the hill, in front of the St John the Baptist church.  It wasn’t until sometime later that a friend informed Fred that every Sunday, when he fired up the car, the service would be halted, and the priest would take time to “bless that race car out in front of the church”.

     Today, we welcome Fred into the NEAR Hall of Fame.