Norwood, MA — While the unstable weather kept the classic car show down to 30 entries, a banner group of former race drivers, car owners and officials made it to the gathering of the faithful for the 6th Annual Norwood Arena Reunion on Sunday, June 6. The NEAR and STAR Antique racecar clubs produced more than a dozen vehicles. It all took place at Bezema Buick/GMC on the AutoMile in Norwood.
Among a banner field of former drivers on hand included many time NASCAR Modified Champion Bugs Stevens of Rehoboth, Bobby Clark of Lakeville, Leo Cleary of Hanover, Lew Boyd of Newburyport, Deke Astle of Westport, Jim Rosenfield of Middleboro, Don McCullough of Walpole, Denny and Daryl Stampfl of Norwood, Jerry Capazzolli of Stoughton, Jeff Horn of Ashland, Jim Holt of Attleboro, Bill Statham of Sharon, Jim Holt of Attleboro and Bobby Healy of Stoughton while Jim McGuire came up from NJ. Car owners Joe Brady and Augie Walathis, both of Brockton and Buddy Cook of Wrentham made the event. Demo Derby King Bobby Anderson of Brockton represented that segment. Former Norwood NASCAR Chief Steward Carl Merrill also attended the festivities.
The Bezema Family, host of the affair, served the large gathering, who braved the weather, a light lunch. All race and classic cars that attended received a dash plaque. The Best Race Car Trophy, a replica of Geoff Bodine’s Modified, went to Dick Murphy of Woburn, David Bezema of Wrentham got the Best Motorcycle Trophy with Dave Sareault of Walpole was presented the best classic vehicle trophy for his restored red pick-up truck.
Over a half-dozen vendors, offering photos, paintings, scale model race cars, books and CD’s did a brisk business among the attendees. Other fans displayed their photos, memorabilia and scrap books about the Norwood Arena to the delight of all of those in attendance.
Sources: Lou Modestino/Norwood Arena Reunion