Donald F. MacLaren, age 75, of Chelmsford, formerly of Tewksbury, Jan. 12. Owner of 5 D’s Welding in Tewksbury, and Hall Of Fame Supermodified builder and racer. Complete Obituary Saturday. Visiting hours Monday 4 to 8 p.m. in the Tewksbury Funeral Home, corner of Dewey and Main Sts. (Rte. 38) TEWKSBURY CENTER, phone (800 in MA or 978) 851-2950. His funeral service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home followed by burial with Army Honors at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford.www.tewksburyfuneralhome.com.
Biography from NEAR Website
Don MacLaren drove his first race on his 15th birthday, driving a homebuilt supermodified, a Willys Coupe with a Ford engine. Telling officials at the Norwood Arena he was 18 years old, MacLaren went out and won the first heat he ever drove.
From Canada to Florida, Don has won well over 500 races. His 1st big win came at Oswego, driving the Tewksbury Auto Parts “Flying 5”. Today, MacLaren says no one win, or one championship, stands out. “Each week was exciting as hell”, says the gentle giant affectionately known as “Big Daddy”. “Each feature win was exciting, each championship a battle. You took your car home, worked on it, slept with it, and worked on it some more. If you worked hard enough, you’d win.”