New England Antique Racers (NEAR) Announce 2013 Schedule, Club Elections Completed


NEAR has announced its 2013 schedule with the season opener slated for Sunday, April 28th at the Berlin, Connecticut Fairgrounds. A “rain or shine” Summer Knights still-show, sign-in starts at 8:00.

NEAR visits several New England speedways from Connecticut to Maine throughout the 2013 season presenting both still and running shows.

Also on the agenda are several reunion events and auto shows. Newly-added for 2013 is New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer Billy Greco’s First Annual NEAR Picnic. The event takes place on Sunday, August 11th the Polish American Club, West Spring Street in West Haven CT. A still-show highlights the day. 

A detailed schedule with full information on each event will soon appear on the NEAR website at

As a result of recent club elections, Al Fini will serve as President with Bill Henry as Vice President. Rhonda Blanchette continues on the Board of Directors as Treasurer, as-does Mare Harlow as Secretary. 

Others serving on the Board of Directors are Val LeSieur, Pete Newsham, R.A. Silvia, Pete Zanardi, and Dave Dykes. Advisors are Brian Bancroft, Paul Masse, Rich Mayo, Bob Seller, Rod Seller, Rich Belmonte, and Nick Teto.

The New England Antique Racers club is a non-profit organization that supports the history of New England auto racing. NEAR has been in existence since 1981 and has a growing membership of approx. 350-400 members and 80 antique race cars. Members live throughout New England and are available, on a no charge basis, for exhibition events at local race tracks in New England and several tracks in the New York area, with both original and historical replica race cars.

Since 1998, NEAR has inducted over 100 individuals into the New England Auto Racers Hall Of Fame, which is administered by the New England Antique Racers. Some very notable inductees include Richie Evans, Ron Bouchard, Bugs Stevens, Rene Charland, Pete Hamilton, Fred DeSarro, Ed Flemke, Sr. and Billy Greco.

Sources: Dave Dykes/NEAR PR

NEAR 2013 schedule (confirmed as of 1/4/2013)
April 28,2013 Summer Knights Berlin Fair Grounds Berlin CT sign in 0800 still rain or shine
May 18,2013 Monadnock Speedway Rt 10 Winchester NH sign in 2 P.M. running
May 24 & 25,2013 Lime Rock Park 60 White Hallow Road Lakeville CT still Friday possible parade laps Sat sign 8 A M rain or shine
June 2, 2013 Norwood Reunion Bezema Motors Rt 1 Norwood Ma Still sign in 8 A M
June 8 2013 White Mountain Motorsports Park R t 3 North Woodstock NH sign in 2 P.M. running
June 9, 2013 Thunder Road Barre VT sign in 8 A M. running
June 28, 2013 Stafford Speedway Stafford Springs CT sign by 5 P.M. still
July 6, 2013 Cannan Fair Speedway West Lebanon NH sign in 2 P.M. running
Baystate Auto Show Deedham Ma 8 A. M Still call John Diamond 617 536 1432
July 27, 2013 Waterford Speedbowl Waterford CT sign in 3 P .M. running
August 4, 2013 Beech Ridge Speedway Summer Fest picnic track time gate open 8 A.M.
Sunday August 11, 2013 Bill Greco picnic Polish American Club west spring street West Haven CT 9 A.M. still show rain or shine pavilion and hall
August 24,2013 Bear Ridge Speedway Kidder Rd Bradford VT sign in 1 P.M. still
August 31, 2013 Seekonk Speedway Rt 6 Seekonk Ma sign in 2 P.M. running
September 1 and 2 2013 Lime Rock Park 60 White Hallow Road Lakeville CT still rain or shine
September 22, 2013 Danbury Reunion Haynestown Road Danbury CT sign in by 10 A.M. still rain or shine indoor show
October 5, 2013 Pines Reunion Groveland Ma still sign in by 10 A M. still

On the books dates to be confirmed:
Plainville Reunion Berlin Fair grounds Berlin CT still
Devils Bowl sign in by running
Twin state Speedway Claremont NH sign in by running


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