New England Motor Sports Museum


Ken Smith
Ken Smith

With sadness, we report the passing of Kendall (Ken) Smith. Ken was one of the very first members of the Racing History Preservation Group's Board of Directors where he served as Treasurer on the Executive Committee. The Group has built the North East Motor Sports Museum at New Hampshire Motor Speedway thanks in part to Ken. He was the only treasurer the Museum ever had.

Each month, he balanced the Museum's checkbook and he kept our books. His guidance helped build the Museum that will open debt free in June.

With Russ Conway and Charlie Elliott, Ken founded NESMRA and through it they promoted hundreds of race nights from Canada to Florida.

A retired regional bank Chairman of the Board, he skillfully guided his company through the recent times of troubled mortgages that brought other banks down.

As a racing promoter, Ken and his team engineered successful racing at Star Speedway, Stafford Speedway, Arundel, Thompson, Lee and even on the dirt at Middletown, NY.

He was profoundly interested in and successful at preserving racing's history. Along with others, Ken played a major role in the Pines Speedway Reunion events held every October. His dozens of racing scrapbooks contain the history of New England Supermodified racing.

A celebration of life will be held sometime in June.