New England Auto Racer Hall of Fame member Vic Bombacci, co-owner of V8, passed away Feburary 2 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. He was 78.
Bombacci and Bob Vitari, boyhood friends in Essex, CT, brought a race car to the Waterford Speedbowl in 1958. With driver Bill Slater, they won the Speedbowl championship in 1959 in the car soon known as the Connecticut Valley Rocket.
Into the late 1960s, the team, based at Norwood Arena, scored many victories including major wins at Langhorne, PA, Trenton, NJ, Thompson, CT, Oxford Plains, Me, and Old Bridge, NJ. Bombacci and Vitari were inducted into the NEAR Hall of Fame in 2006.
Bombacci is survived by his wife of 43 years Gloria, sons Willliam and Gary, brother Tom and sister Jennie Cutone, grandsons Connor and Brian, several nieces and nephews and many friends.
Sources: Pete Zanardi/NEAR PR