Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Clay’s down in Trenton’s CURE Insurance Arena; Dirt Micros to hit the track Thursday for practic; Racing goes Friday and Saturday


micro sprint race cars

Micro Sprints hits the indoor clay at Trenton’s CURE Insurance Arena this weekend.

TRENTON, NJ November 29, 2017 . . . The clay’s down, bring on the cars!

That’s the sentiment the track building team of Len Sammons Motorsports Productions and the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled by VP Racing Fuels as the inaugural East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ is one day away. Continue reading

Let’s Make A Deal coming To New England Racers Auction and Trade Show


November 27th, 2017

By Matthew Wiernasz

SPRINGFIELD, MA-  Have you ever thought of making a deal on racing items but not to sure if you can get it or not.  Let’s Make A Deal will be held at the Hoosier Tire/Sunoco Race Fuels New England Racers Auction- Trade Show presented by CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts to be held this weekend at the MassMutual Center that will start at 12:15 p.m.  Continue reading

December 2017 Northeast Northeast Motorsports Museum



On Saturday, November 4, a sold-out crowd was treated to a rollicking good-time afternoon as three of New England’s all-time greats were honored with banners hung from the ceiling of the new North East Motor Sports Museum. The banners are a permanent part of the museum.

Three-time national Modified champion Bugsy Stevens and his wife Doris, all-time top Seekonk winner George Summers and his wife Maggie shared the stage with Paula Bouchard, widow of Ron Bouchard, as all three drivers and their wives were honored.

Stories of racing in days gone by, of friends and on-track foes, and the zany things that happened late at night after so many checkered flags produced a fun time for everyone. There were plenty of laughs and an occasional tear or two.

The event was organized by Russ Conway.  (photos by Scott Patten)

WINTER HOURS During the winter, please check the website ( to see the most updated days and hours of operation. It’s our intention to be open the first and third Saturday each month during winter from 10am-4pm. Returning to more normal hours in the spring.
VOLUNTEERSMeet Skip Ambrose, a resident of near-to-the-museum Meredith, NH, and one of the museum’s most enthusiastic volunteers. Like many volunteers, Skip finds things to do to improve the museum. He prepares the food volunteers have for lunch, sweeps the floor, cleans the bathroom, answers our guest’s questions and has considerable input into the way things should run.During the summer when the museum is open three days each week, Skip is on property nearly every one of them and sometimes during the week when we’re not open. There’s always things to do and Skip does it all from fixing broken trophies to hanging photos on the walls and setting up the floor for meetings.

It helps that he’s retired and loves racing. Skip winters in Florida where he continues to participate by sharing his thoughts on what the museum should do next.

“I have a good time when I’m at the museum,” he says. Skip has been right there when family members share memories of a loved-one’s racing many years ago. Those are emotional moments that can make his day or even his week.

You’d like working with Skip. To sign on as a volunteer, call the museum’s Executive Director Ray Boissoneau, 603-566-5770 or email (pictured engine restored by Dave Bennett)

If you joined the museum before it opened, you are probably a Charter Member. Check your membership card to be sure.  Charter memberships are good until December, 2018. Other memberships are good for one year. Either way, we’ll let you know when your membership is due for renewal.
CHRISTOPHER DISPLAYThe day the museum opened, three of Ted Christopher’s most important trophies and his helmet were in the building. The display has grown to now include more photos (with still more on the way) and one his famed bent front bumpers. It is our intention to do all we can to ensure that Ted is forever remembered by the racing community.
WELCOME THE MUSEUM’S NEW TREASURERWe welcome Rick Humprey (he’s the one on the left of the photo, but you knew that) to the Board of Directors as the museum’s Treasurer. Rick’s interests bring him to NHMS every race weekend. He is a CPA with a long tenure at the same firm and, like everyone else at the museum, he is donating his time.  An avid sailor, Rick is on the water as part of Marblehead, MA racing sail teams. He’s the treasurer of the Boston Yacht club and is an experienced non-profit accountant.
Make a hit with family and friends with gifts from the North East Motor Sports Museum. Headlining the gifts are engraved bricks which can be cemented into the museum’s wall to become a permanent part of the lobby. While most Holiday gifts are outgrown, wear out or exchanged, this one lasts forever. Order on the museum’s website or write to us for an order blank (RHPG, 7 Bayview Rd., Ipswich, MA 01938).For something in brass, sponsor a library bookcase for $300. Your beneficiary’s name will go on the plaque and become a permanent part of the museum. Email ( or snail-mail (North East Motor Sports Museum, 922NH Rt 106 N, Loudon,  NH 03307) with your contact information and whatever you want on the brass plaque.The museum’s book, “A History of Auto Racing in New England” has been enormously popular and is an excellent Holiday gift. $35 + S&H at, 877-907-8181.

Available at or the museum, Gil Coraine, Cary Boyd and Bernie Shuman worked to reproduce the New England drag racing’s most definitive history, “Cool Cars and Square Roll Bars.” The well written and entertaining book covers the sport’s earliest history and is replete with photography. $29.95 + S&H.

We are interested in racing’s history but we’re also interested in today’s racing. At the annual Thompson World Series in October, twelve of the museum’s Board were in attendance. Russ Conway, Lew Boyd, Frank Manafort, Dave Swenson, Jim Martel, Ed Shea, Dick Berggren, Bob Bianchi, Frank Grimaldi, Mark Hann, RA Silvia and George Summers were all there for the races.
HONORED VISITORTom Schmeh was the man behind the magnificent Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in Knoxville, IA. He put together the financing and the team that built a huge facility that covers just a narrow portion of  US motorsports but it’s a big success. We were thrilled when Tom came to our museum in October.
FLYING THE FLAGGeorge and Maggie Summers donated the funds to erect a flagpole and outfit it.  Bob Bianchi, Andy Kaski, Eric Rollins, Steve Locke, and others created a concrete foundation for the pole and hoisted the flag which is lit at night.
TWO VETERANS AND A PROMOTERVeteran drivers Dick Wolstenhulme, and Ralph Cusack were joined by Beech Ridge Speedway promoter Andy Cusack as they went through old photos of the track. The photos were taken in the very early 1950s and few are still alive and have good memories who saw the races at that time. Identifying old photos is an important part of the museum’s effort to preserve the history of  New England motorsports.
NEW TO THE FLOORWhen Ed Shea owned a race team, his team won many races with this car that was recently restored. Driven by Russ Wood, the car won four championships, two at Lee and two on the ISMA Tour. When you see it, we think you’ll agree that this is one of the nicest restorations in the museum.Also joining floor as we add cars is the cut-down driven by the late Joey O’Brien at Beech Ridge. A good bit of work has been done to make what was already a stunning restoration into a restoration that is closer to the way the car ran when Joey drove it. This one is typical of cars seen at tracks across New England with weight saving features, Buick brakes and stout construction.
FROM NOTHING TO SOMETHING SPECIALJim Martel’s restoration of the Jim Carter/Bentley Warren #44 sedan nears completion. As with all of his prior restorations, Martel’s work on this one was done to make the car as close to the way it was raced as possible. With that in mind, the entire country was searched for a new body which was ultimately found in Florida and was crated and shipped to Martel’s Massachusetts shop. Compare the two photos and the result is pretty miraculous.
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WoO driver David Gravel to sign autographs at New England Racer’s Auction and Trade Show in Springfield


November 27th, 2017
Connecticut’s David Gravel To Be Part Of Connecticut Future Stars Autograph Session At New England Racers Auction & Trade Show 
Matthew Wiernasz Press ReleaseSPRINGFIELD, MA- Craftsman World Of Outlaws Sprint Car Driver David Gravel will be apart of the Connecticut Future Stars Autograph Session along with NASCAR Xfinity Series/NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Ryan Preece next Saturday, December 2 at the Hoosier Tire East/Sunoco Race Fuels New England Racers Auction & Trade Show presented by CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts at the MassMutual Center.  The autograph session will begin at noon and go until 1:00 p.m.  Continue reading

Retaining wall, wheel fence installed at Trenton’s CURE Insurance Arena Monday; clay coming in Tuesday; impressive field of entries awaits Thursday practice


micro sprint race cars

Micro sprints head to Trenton for indoor winter racing action this weekend

TRENTON, NJ November 27, 2017 . . . Construction began on Monday morning inside Trenton’s CURE Insurance Arena for this weekend’s first East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals. The two day event, this Friday and Saturday December 1 and 2, followed the Disney On Parade show which moved out following two shows on Sunday at the venue. Continue reading

News from Lime Rock Park


So, Cyber Monday is a thing…


Our cyber-lives are filled with virtual this and online that. We stare at pixels as we walk the halls of the malls. Not too far down the road, the fun of driving will be taken away as we find ourselves ensconced in self-directed pods…


So… let’s get out there and drive, people!


Naturally, Lime Rock Park offers up holiday gifts where you do exactly that.


Here are some excellent choices for Lime Rock Driving Gift Certificates:


1. Lime Rock Drivers Club Track Day This is a rare, exclusive and very special gift certificate. An LRDC Track Day is the ultimate expression of the desire to drive your car on a famous, historic, world-class race track at speed, coached from the right seat by a topline professional driver. Five-star hospitality for two is included. Bring your car to one of the world’s most famous race tracks and become a VIP Member for a day



2. Lime Rock Autocross Days: Winter and Summer Our mini race track in the Infield is the perfect place to have safe, fast, affordable fun in your car. In the winter, we make and groom our own snow – you’ll have the time of your life getting your car “slideways!” – while in the spring, summer and fall, the Lime Rock autocross is the place to test the limits of yourself and your car, without the risks of a regular race track. Winter and Summer Autocross Certificates are a great idea for the car enthusiasts on your list



So let’s un-cyber ourselves as we think of Christmas and holiday gifts for the people in our lives who love cars and driving – a driving experience certificate from Lime Rock Park!


Cheers to all,

-Lime Rock Park

4-Cyl. Nationals to return to Claremont Speedway

North East Mini Stock Tour



Richest Race on the North East Mini Stock Tour is Set for Next September 14th

In New England, most short track racing tour have their own marquee events. PASS Super Late Models have the Oxford 250, ACT Late Models have the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has The Icebreaker at Thompson and the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Valenti Modified Racing Series share the spotlight during the running of the New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Continue reading