New England Motor Sports Museum
The Exhibits

What You'll See

The North East Motor Sports Museum will exhibit cars, trophies, helmets, engines and vintage racing attire. There will be a library with books, photos, videos, posters and magazines. The theatre will show continuous footage of early New England racing.

The Museum has agreements with other museums and private collectors to display their cars and priceless historic artifacts which will be on exhibit for limited periods.

Those who donate anything of value to the Museum’s permanent collection can receive tax benefits for their donations. If you have a car, trophy, helmet, books, posters, etc. that you'd like to donate, please let us know by email at nemsmuseum@gmail.com. We'll pick your donation up or arrange for shipping if it is accepted.

Notice that many of the photos here show cars now stored in warehouse-like buildings. A good reason to build the museum is to put them together in a clean, dry, climate-controlled building for all to see and enjoy.

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This square top with its three-carburetor Cadillac OHV V-8 engine raced at the old Keene, NH Fairgrounds dirt track. It was restored by Pete vonSneidern and Jim Martel. The photo shows the car and its driver, Don Lawler, behind the wheel at the remnants of the Keene track. Lawler was nearly 90-years young when the photo was taken. This Hilligas chassis midget was raced all over the Northeast in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, primarily driven by King Carpenter. A New Hampshire-based private collector bought the car over 20 years ago. He has agreed to loan the car to the North East Motor Sports Museum. Interestingly, the car’s owner, Fred O’Hara, built a matching quarter-midget for his son. Painted just like the full-up midget, the car disappeared but was finally found in a South Carolina barn. Early drag racing cars will be on display, including this one, Country Girl which was driven by Ms. Rodalyn Knox. Her husband Kohn Knox was the team manager and their son, Brian, was the engine builder and tuner. As a team they ran Super Stock, Alcohol Funny Car and Nitro Funny Car. They drag raced from the mid-60s to the early 1980s and have promised to loan this car to the Museum.
This Edmunds mid-‘60s Sprint Car was driven to multiple feature wins at the Beech Ridge, ME Speedway by RHPG President Dick Berggren. The car ran from 1973 to 1978 when in the spring it was destroyed in a devastating crash. The car has been restored using parts that weren’t in the crash. The frame, running gear and most of the bodywork are original. Board Member and owner of Seals-it, Skip Matczak, ran this Sprint Car throughout New England and beyond with Gene Bergin and Buddy Krebs as drivers. The car had been missing for years before Matczak found it in a barn. It was carefully restored by Jim Martel. Matczak and Martel decided to not paint the body which is exactly as it came off the track after its final race. The Museum’s library has been the recipient of many book and magazine collections. The library is the one part of the Museum that goes beyond New England with literature focused on motorsports of all types all over the country and even contains some literature from other parts of the world.
In his day, Ollie Silva captured the imagination of New England’s race fans like nobody else. The star supermodified and stock car driver won hundreds of races and transitioned from cut-downs into supermodifieds with a car just like this replica which was built and is owned by Member Steve Newman. Its small block Chevy runs very nicely. Steve has promised to loan the car to the Museum for exhibit. In his day, Ollie Silva captured the imagination of New England’s race fans like nobody else. The star supermodified and stock car driver won hundreds of races and transitioned from cut-downs into supermodifieds with a car just like this replica which was built and is owned by Member Steve Newman. Its small block Chevy runs very nicely. Steve has promised to loan the car to the Museum for exhibit. The fairgrounds in Safford, NH, was the scene of Big Car, midget and stock car races for decades. This car and truck, both owned by Board Member Pete vonSneidern, make an appropriate pair as they are photographed at the track entrance. The car is powered by a four-cylinder engine that was typical of the day. It was one of two Granite State Auto Body Specials and was driven by Art Rousseau.