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NORTH EAST MOTOR SPORTS MUSEUM TO REOPEN WITH MIDGET CAR EXHIBIT

LOUDON, NH: After an unprecedented temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic the North East Motor Sports Museum (922 NH Route 106, Loudon, NH) is ready to reopen to the public on Saturday June 20th for the first time since March 7th. The museum will reopen on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm for the remainder of June with possibly adding Fridays starting in July. New Hampshire museums have been given the approval to reopen by Governor Sununu with guidelines from the state.

While the museum was closed to the public for 104 days the team has been updating exhibits. The museums 2020 feature exhibit “The Mighty Midgets” presented by late board member Frank Manafort opens on June 20th and will feature seven historically significant New England midget cars. In addition to the cars, you will see rare midget photography and artifacts. Other new cars to arrive include “Jungle Jim” Liberman’s Lindblad Funny Car, Richie Evans Ghost Rider Modified, Joey Logano’s 2018 NASCAR Cup Car and Alan Darrah’s 1930 Ford Ice Racer.

Hundreds of rare New England auto racing photos have been added to our one of a kind photo books and 25 new large format photos are now hanging on our walls. Also now on display is the original Catamount Stadium street sign from Vermont.

The museum will be open for extended days and hours during the rescheduled NASCAR Cup weekend on August 2nd. Our annual car show fundraiser has been re-branded and revamped as “Hot Rods, Muscle and More” and will take place on August 15th. The car show will be co-promoted with the popular NH Muscle Cars Club.

Visiting the museum will be a bit different. We are asking visitors to please wear masks while inside the museum and practice social distancing from others as we protect our volunteers and guests. If you do not have a mask one will be provided for you. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the museum. Our interactive exhibits such as our slot car track and iRacing Simulator will be temporarily closed per state guidelines.

About the North East Motor Sports Museum:

The 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. Call 603-783-0183 or visit nemsmuseum.com to learn more.

ROCKINGHAM BOARDS: NEW ENGLANDS FIRST SUPERSPEEDWAY

LOUDON, NH: On March 28th at 2pm the North East Motor Sports Museum will host a special speaker presentation on the Rockingham Boards, which will be presented by Joe Freeman. From 1925 to 1928 the top drivers from across the country came to Salem, New Hampshire’s Rockingham Motor Speedway. The track which was made entirely of lumber was 1.25 miles in length and featured towering turns at 49 degrees, steeper than any track in the world today. The board tracks from across the country were the inspiration for today’s modern day high banked superspeedways.

Learn about the local New England racing heroes who challenged the national auto racing stars in their open wheeled Duesenberg and Miller race cars, that reached speeds in access of 150mph. Extraordinary courage was needed to brave the boards at Rockingham. The chances of horrible injury and death were very high. Drivers roared around the track with accelerators nearly full throttle every lap with no roll cages, seat belts or helmets to aid in safety.

Gain insight on the visionary behind the speedway, Jack LeCain and his involvement with other local speedways. Understand the massive undertaking it took to build a board track superspeedway in the 1920’s. Over 450 carpenters were employed to hammer in 53 tons of penny nails into 2.6 million feet of lumber. Also learn how poor construction preparation lead to the tracks short tenure.

For one day only view original programs from all seven board track events from Freeman’s private collection. You will also be able to view rare videos of motorcycle and car board track races on our big screen. On display as well will be board track books, photos and promotional posters from Rockingham.

Join us Saturday March 28th at 2pm as presenter Joe Freeman takes us back in time to the roaring twenties to learn and relive the excitement of the Rockingham Boards, New England’s first superspeedway. Tickets for museum members are $10 and all others are $15. Purchase tickets at this link. Seating is limited and pre-ticket purchase is encouraged. Presentation will last approximately one hour. Call 603-783-0183 for more info and tickets.

About Joe Freeman:

A graduate of Yale and Harvard, Freeman has degrees from Harvard in Education and Government. He is owner of Racemaker Press which publishes motorsports books. He is a past president of the Larz Anderson museum in Brookline, MA where he remains a board member. Freeman also serves on the board of the North East Motor Sports Museum. In 1999 he was elected to the Board of the Society of Automotive Historians, and served for two years as its President in 2003 and 2004. A collector of significant racing cars, Freeman actively participates in vintage events as an owner and driver.

About the North East Motor Sports Museum:

The 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.

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.