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DAYTONA PARTY: SLOT CAR RACING & SNOCROSS

LOUDON, NH: Kick off the 2020 racing season at the North East Motor Sports Museum on Saturday February 15th with free food and fun at our annual Daytona Party. The party starts at noon and runs until the end of the NASCAR Xfinity 300 which will be shown on our new 12×10 big screen! The party is free for museum members and kids under 12. If you’re not a member become one the day of the event or pay $10 for entry. Members, please bring your member cards for entry.
 
For one day only the 60 foot slot car drag strip returns to the museum for guests to test their reaction time and claim bragging rights. The slot car drag strip features a working christmas tree starting light, so don’t red light! In addition to the drag strip the museum slot car oval will be zooming with many makes and models of cars.
 
Also don’t forget to put the pedal to the metal on our iRacing Simulator. The simulator features 274 tracks and 102 cars. Rev up a midget car at the Chili Bowl or see how fast a NASCAR Cup car can go at Daytona. The simulator allows you to put any car on any track. On display as well will be two karts from Route 106 Race Park. Learn how you can go kart racing in 2020 at the party.
 
Giveaway prizes return to the party and will feature NASCAR die cast, memorabilia and free tickets to the NASCAR Modified and Xfinity doubleheader at NHMS in July. See new cars that have rolled into the museum such as the Richie Evans #61 Ghost Rider Modified or the wild 1940 Packard that drove from Peking China to Paris France in 36 days that was built in NH. Enjoy and explore our 25+ race cars and motorcycles and hundreds of artifacts.
 
Once things cool off at the museum the action heats up at the NHMS Flat Track directly behind the museum. For the first time The Flat Track will hold a snowmobile event featuring the Eastern Snocross Tour Championship starting at 4:30pm. For tickets and more info visit the NHMS website.
 
A variety of food will be served at noon so don’t be late! Join us on February 15th to enjoy the museum and talk racing with fellow friends and fans. Click here to get your tickets now or call 603-783-0183. All proceeds help support the museums mission of preserving and educating individuals about the history of motor racing in New England and the Northeast.
 
About: The North East Motor Sports Museum is owned by the Racing History Preservation Group, a 501-c-3 educational non-profit organization that seeks to discover, preserve and share the history of motorsports in the Northeast. The 10,000 square foot museum opened on June 10, 2017 on the grounds of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH.

Museum to Host Third Annual Legends Day

LOUDON, NH: The North East Motor Sports Museum (922 Rt 106, Loudon, NH 03307) will host the third annual Legends Day celebration and banner raising, this time to honor three outstanding supermodified race car drivers on October 27th.


            This year’s museum feature exhibit is supermodified racing. The museum floor features supers that go back to the early 1960s and includes those driven by this year’s Legends Day honorees. Shea Concrete Productssponsors the event and the exhibit.


            Ollie Silva, a four-time winner of New England’s most important race for supers, the Star Classic, is an honoree. He won the Classic race four times and was a four-time New England Super Modified Racing Association (NESMRA) Champion. Silva won feature races from California to Florida, from Ohio to Canada. His style was hard on the gas with his elbows up. He is the all-time top NESMRA feature winner with 179 victories. Silva is deceased.


            Bentley Warren is now known as the proprietor of the most successful biker bar in New England, Bentley’s Saloon. Or his huge sand-and-gravel trucking company in Ipswich, MA. But from his teen years through his mid-70s, Bentley was a top-shelf racer who piloted stock cars, sprint cars, and supermodifieds to checkered flags. His racing resume is unmatched:  Six-time Oswego Classic winner, six-time Star Speedway Classic winner, twice winner of the Little 500, six-time Oswego champion, four-time ISMA point champion, two-time Indy 500 starter…and so much more. Bentley is a unique personality, a guy who has lived life on the very edge and laughed at danger all the way.


            Ed West is a six-time NESMRA champion, winner of 107 NESMRA feature races, second all-time. He was a quiet racer who often started in the back because that’s where the great ones lined up in Eddie’s day and nights behind the wheel. He wasn’t spectacular so when the race neared its end, fans looked around as Westy took the lead and asked each other “Where did he come from?” The two-time URDC season champion won the NESMRA Classic three times.


            The ceremony honoring the drivers will be held at the museum on Sunday, October 27th with doors opening at 11am. The event will begin at noon. Tickets are priced at $25 for museum members, $30 for non-members and include a light lunch and access to the museum all day. The museum’s annual meeting will follow the Legends Day ceremonies and is open to all paid museum members.
           

Be there to see three of New England’s finest race car drivers honored. Watch as banners that will hang permanently from the ceiling are unveiled. Only 200 tickets are available. Buy yours online now, call 603-783-0183 or send payment to North East Motor Sports Museum, 922 Rt 106, Loudon, NH 03307.

About: The North East Motor Sports Museum is owned by the Racing History Preservation Group, a 501-c-3 educational non-profit organization that seeks to discover, preserve and share the history of motorsports in the Northeast. The 10,000 square foot museum opened in 2017 on the grounds of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH.

SUPERMODIFIED SALUTE

Honoring New England’s Supermodified Hero’s

LOUDON, NH: For decades, supermodified races have filled pits and grandstands at New England race tracks. Now, the North East Motor Sports Museum honors the brave supermodified driving stars and those who prepare their cars and promote their races.

Through October 2019, the supers and those who compete driving them are
the museums featured exhibit. In a display underwritten by lead sponsor Shea
Concrete
 and supporting sponsor the International Supermodified Associationthere are more supermodifieds on the floor than the museum has ever hosted for any other division in its existence.

Cars on display are as wild as the cut-down built by the Volante brothers,
driven by the fearless one, Gavin Couper in the ‘60s, Its outrageous power came from a Chevy engine with a blower bolted to its intake.

When NESMRA sanctioned races in the 1960s and ‘70s at Star, Thompson
and Arundel Speedways, cars driven to race wins and championships by Ed West and Ollie Silva are on display. Not replicas, the real thing driven by these, the top two NESMRA feature winners.

The first big race Bentley Warren won was the 1969 Oswego Classic. The
winning trophy from that race is on display at the museum as is a trophy collection from wins crafted by Paul “Ricochet” Richardson.

In 1964 Ed Perkins built a roadster that was driven by Richardson, Silva,
Warren, and flipped end-over-end in 1975 at Thompson by Ipswich, MA driver Art Rousseau. That’s when the car’s racing days ended. Perkins then installed it in his basement where it has sat unseen for more than 40 years before being restored and coming to the museum in April.

There are just two cars remaining from the once-robust V-6 supermodified
class, both driven by “Torrid” Ted Parker and one of them can be seen in the
museum’s Supermodified display.

Ed Shea, whose company, Shea Concrete, is the lead sponsor of the exhibit
and this year’s Legends Day event, once put an insane supermodified in the hands of Russ Wood who proceeded to win four championships driving it. The car, which has been magnificently restored, and more than a half-dozen trophies Wood won driving it, some of them six-feet-tall, are at the museum for you to see. The car driven to the Star Speedway Classic win in 1978 by the late Dave Thomas has been restored and is on display.

Also on display are photo albums focused on supermodified racing in New
England from the early cut-down days to the sport as it is today.

Highlight of the exhibit will take place on Sunday, October 27, when Legends Day will honor the late Ollie Silva, and driving stars Ed West and Bentley Warren in an afternoon of remembrance, stories, laughter, and fellowship. The event will take the stage at noon at the museum and includes lunch. It will sell out. Tickets are priced at $30 for non-members, $25 for members. Send payment to North East Motor Sports Museum, 922 Rt 106, Loudon, NH 03307 or call to order tickets 603-783-0183. Tickets are limited! The exhibit’s Grand Opening will be on Memorial Day weekend, May 25 and 26, from 10am-4pm.

About: The North East Motor Sports Museum is owned by the Racing History Preservation Group, a 501-c-3 educational non-profit organization that seeks to discover, preserve and share the history of motorsports in the Northeast. The 10,000 square foot museum opened in 2017 on the grounds of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH.